Cool! Zonbu & the Firefox Showcase Plug-in

September 6, 2007

I discovered this by accident.Firefox Showcase screenshot

If you have multiple tabs open in Firefox, hit the F12 key and you will see a “Showcase” view that shows you large thumbnails of all the open windows…

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CD/DVD Burner not appearing in Xfburn

August 18, 2007

I have had my machine on for a day or so and I decided to download the latest Damn Small Linux RC ISO and try it out on the Zonbu hardware.Xfburn doesn’t see the drive…

I connected the Zonbu external USB CD/DVD drive, and the blank CD icon appeared on the desktop.

I launched the CD/DVD burning application, selected the ISO source file and went to burn it when I noticed there was no “device” appearing in the target drop-down…

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Pout for me, Baby!

August 13, 2007

Zonbu MotherboardOur friend Dave J is quite a good photographer.

He spent a few hours with his beautiful new Zonbu yelling “Pout for me, baby! Pout for me!” (At least I think that’s what he said, my Dutch is kind of rusty…)

The results of his work can be seen on flickr.

-Mr. Zonbu


Zonbu Storage Update & Response To Zonbu questions

August 8, 2007

Zonbu S3 storage update screenshotI wrote yesterday about my experience with the Zonbu S3 online storage model.

A member of the Zonbu team read the post and provided a lengthy response, asking a number of questions to help determine if there is an issue.

I’m going to formally respond here so the relevant items are outlined and updated…

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Of mice and men; Zonbu atop my Desktop

August 7, 2007

zonbuondesktoppc.jpgI successfully had my Zonbu on for 14 hours today.

According to my Kill-a-watt as I was shutting down, 14 wall clock hours generated .16 KWH of electricity use.

However, the USB media card reader problem I mentioned in another post has forced me in to Windows.

That’s ok, it means you get a little bit of eye candy.

And what Internet user doesn’t like eye candy?

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Another MIME-type observation: .sh files

August 6, 2007

Just a quick one for the MIME-type file.

I clicked on a shell script, in this case on http://oss.zonbu.com/ and instead of offering to open it in the text editor, it suggested the appropriate application was `less`, the command line utility for “paging” text. (If you don’t know it, it’s a cousin of “more”).

Open .sh file type with less

I’m thinking that the included ‘notepad’ application is probaby more appropriate.

-Mr. Zonbu


Musings after 8 hours of continuous use

August 5, 2007

[EDIT: If you’re interested in this post, you probably want to go back and read my initial post after using the desktop in my simulator as well.]

I happened to be in a terminal window recently so I grabbed a quick screen shot when I realized I’d been using the machine for almost 8 hours straight.

Uptime 8 hours

(By the way, PCoR stands for “PC on Rails”, I assume an early name for the project)

So what do I think after 8 hours without any material problems?

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