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Fun with the iGala picture frame

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NOTE: This is an old article that I never got around to finishing. So it might or might not still be relevant. Turns out iGala is about to launch Android support for the frame, but until then, I suspect the following could still be of interest to some.

One of the most geeky of shopping sites must be thinkgeek.com. They have many wonderful and useless items to appeal to the geek inside of you, hell even my wife had a blast reading their catalog. Anyway, one of the items they sell (exclusively apparently) is the iGala digital picture frame, from Aequitas Technologies. Now I've come across countless of these, but the iGala is one of the few ones running an easy-to-access embedded Linux. In the following I will show what I mean and provide some documentation that I have collected.


Probing the frame from outside
It's an 8" LCD, capable of a 800x600 resolution and with a resistive touch membrane in front. Apart from that, not much info is given to the consumer - in spite of this…

Android debug bridge on ubuntu 9.10

It turns out the latest Ubuntu release makes it a bit more difficult to connect the multi purpose Android debug bridge to your Android device. The following is really just an update of my older entry, to remind myself of the changes in Ubuntu 9.10. This stuff is pieced together from various other sources online (mostly android-discuss) and thus not particularly original.

Ok so first of all, there are quite a few more vendors and devices now (yay). In order to identify your device, make sure your device is not connected and then execute the Linux command lsusb.


casper@workstation:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 07cc:0501 Carry Computer Eng., Co., Ltd Mass Storage
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0409:005a NEC Corp. HighSpeed Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 051d:0002 American Power Conversion Uninterruptible Power Supply
Bus…