Login or register:

Imageserver Favorite:

Portfolio Galleries:

Recent Subjects:
Box diagram
Pool Automation
Farnsworth Fusor


Latest position from APRS
My public CVS server
My instance of AprsWorld

Vanessa Park
Jon Sullivan
Chris Bell
Steve Kehlet
Mark Blair
Andy Chou

New Articles:

Folded metal box
Raspberry Pi Home Automation
Farnsworth Fusor
Land Anchor
Custom Discovery Roof Rack
August, 2012 - Sierra Backpacking
July 22nd, 2012 - Hiking in Santa Barbara
July 15th, 2012 - Valley of Fire
May 5th, 2012 - Afton Canyon
April 28th, 2012 - Devils Playground
Alpine Tripod
Convict Creek Trail
January 2012 - Mustangs
January 3rd, 2012 - Heart Lake
August 7th, 2011 - Kelso Dunes
August 5th, 2011 - Lundy Canyon Hike
August 2011, Mammoth Archery
Birds in the garden
June 4th, 2011 - San Gorgonio
May 29th, 2011 - Sequoia National Forest
April 23rd, 2011 - Living Desert
April 2nd, 2011 - Death Valley
March 8th, 2011 - Mountain Palm Springs
February 13th, 2011 - Iron Smelt
November 13th, 2010 - Mojave
October, 2010 - Mammoth
September, 2010 - Mammoth
September, 2010 - Duck Lake Trail Backpacking
Iron bloom forging
August 28th, 2010 - Mt. San Jacinto
OSM Import: US Designated Wilderness
July 25th, 2010 - Mojave Mustangs
July 17th, 2010 - Mojave Exploration
Bloomery furnace iron smelting
Open Street Map: Mojave Project
June 13th, 2010 - Mojave
June 6th, 2010 - El Cajon Trails
Wolf Mountain Sanctuary
Carrizo Gorge
March 28th, 2010 - Salton Sea
March 21st, 2010 - South Main Divide
March 13th, 2010 - Anza Borrego Wildflowers
March 7th, 2010 - CSULB Japanese Garden
February 2010 - Mammoth
Dakota and Asha Celebrate Christmas, 2009
November 21st, 2009 - Mojave Road
November 14th, 2009 - Anza Borrego
Exploring The East Mojave: The Afton Canyon Area
Broken flex plate
Remote Image Serving
Astro/night photography in Inyo National Forest
Wild Mustang Sightings
September 26th, 2009 - Night Photography In Frazier Park
August 15th, 2009 - Catalina dive trip
January 24th, 2009 - Mojave Exploration
July 2008 Mammoth Vacation
President Barack Obama!
Rachel Maddow
Big Geek
Barack Obama
April 12th, 2008 - Wildflowers and Landmarks
My Grandfather's Alfa Romeo Spider
March 8th, 2008 - Carrizo Plain
Bridge To Nowhere
High Availability
October 20th, 2007 - Big Bear Camping
October 22nd, 2007 - Fire
Scottish Highlands, Aug 7th, 2006
Scottish Highlands, Aug 6th, 2006
August 5th, 2007 - Duck Lake Trail
May 26th, 2007 - Kelso Dunes
Culloden Battlefield, Aug 5th, 2006
May 20th, 2006 - Irwindale Renaissance Faire
Edinburgh, Aug 4th, 2006
The Clifs of Moher, Aug 3rd, 2006
The Burren, Aug 2nd, 2006
Bunratty Castle, Aug 1st, 2006
May 5th, 2007 - Mojave
Truck Audio/Data Network
2007 - Master Bath Remodel
Centrum: Exit
The Ring of Kerry, Jul 31st, 2006
Nikon D200
Victory in 2006!
Blarney and Killarney, Jul 30th, 2006
Dublin and Cork, Jul 29th, 2006
Dublin, Jul 27th & 28th, 2006
What Can I Do?
April 30th, 2006 - Anza Borrego
New desktop: Intel 805 D
Macro Photography
Jan 7th and 14th, 2006 - Hiking
Whiting Ranch Hiking
Digital Photography with Linux
September 5th, 2005 - Living Desert
August 19th, 2005 - Mammoth
Hiking and Photography
July 30th, 2005 - Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
Nikon D70
Death, Fright and Photography
Mmmmmm Eggs
Inova T4
May 14th, 2005 - Red Rock
April 2nd, 2005 - Death Valley
Count Every Vote Act of 2005
Image Archiving
Linear Logic ScanGuage
Gentoo Linux
November 6, 2004 - Mojave
Super Tuesday, 2004
John Kerry
Irish Stew
Ireland, 2004
Canon A80 Camera
Jul 25, 2004 - Death Valley
Chronic Hiccups
May 4th, 2004
Landscaping - My Front Slope
Stump Pullin' Yeeee Haw!
Feb 22nd, 2004
Feb 16th, 2004
PostgreSQL Logfile Analysis
Mountains? Desert? Jan 30th, 2004
Jan 28th, 2004
Ceiling Cargo Basket
Front Bumper Version 2
Exide Orbitals
Land Rover Valve Jobs
The Matrix: Revolutions
Halloween 2003
Greg Davis CDL Linkage
Mom's Turkey Gravy
Grandma's Guacamole
Top Nodes
Julian Pie Company
The KB1DIG 2-meter Halo Antenna
Incomming searches
Gardening is hard!
Aug 13th, 2003
SQL and Perl
Cancun 2003
Jul 9th, 2003
Aprs intelegence
Jun 17th, 2003
Some People's Comments
Dakota is a silly dog
The Matrix: Reloaded
Chris' Stage Bottle Harness
April 23rd, 2003
Cracked Radiator!
Black Wednesday
DVD Burning Under Linux
My Satellite Phone
My Near-Death Experience
Laser Cannon Revival
Front Bumper, Version 2
The Critters
KPC 3 Plus and HTX-252
My House
Moving, moving moving...
Mobile 1
Portola Hills
New new house
Suse Linux
Database images
In Truck Dr. Pepper
My Favorite Toilet
Kelso Dunes
Desert Trips
Late Thoughts: Dr. Pepper Cooler
265/75-R16 Tires on a DII
George W. Bush
Horses Sep 14 2002
Sawdust Bellydancing 2002
August 17th Yukon Dives
Less notifications
My Custom Front Bumper
Bracketless, Renamable Links
Discreet Winch
Jul 28 2002 Day Trip
My Firewall
Jedi Group, my T1 and money
A Bumperless Discovery!
My Custom Rear Bumper
Vanessa's 24th Birthday
Jun 30th Dive to Long Beach Canyon
PHP/PostgreSQL String Quoting
Tonsillectomy, Uvulaectomy and Turbinite Reduction
Searching functionality
240 Watt CO2 Laser Cannon
My Workspace
Dr. Pepper
The Tulsa Rib Company
The quality of hard disks these days
Email notification of articles
Email notification of comments
erikburrows.com source code
User Bios
User Preferences
Login feature
Renisance Faire Jun 9, 2002
Computers hate me, and it is mutual.
Star Wars Sucks!
Horses, Jun 1, 2002
Land Rover Mileage
Insomnia, Robin goes evil.
100 Watt Diode Laser Test Firing 1
Amateur Radio
The Matrix
2001: A Space Odyssey
TDI Deco Class
Horses, Apr 30, 2002
My Truck Batteries
My Truck
Vasquez Rocks
The Zope Bible
Mojave Apr-12-2002
100 Watt Diode Laser
The New www.erikburrows.com
Hunter the Kitty
Yukon May-13-2001
Mojave Feb-10-2001
Mojave Jun-09-2001
Mojave Jan-27-2001
Mojave Apr-01-2001
Ironage Jul-4-2001
Ironage Feb-03-2001
Jedi Group
Matts Desert Pics
Programming Languages
Aprs intelegence   -   2003/06/21Viewed 73 times this month, last update: 2005/02/15

A couple years back, Chris and I each bought one of these Fujitsu pad computers with the intent of putting Linux on them, and using them with XAstir to make them into intelegent APRS nodes.

Well, Chris tried to install Linux on his pad, but it was a total pain, not fully functional, and lost the touch-pad functionality. Add to that the fact that these things are only 133Mhz machines, and XAstir is a CPU heavy application, and it was kind of a lost cause.
My pad computer sat in my closet for a couple of years, until I dicided I was sick of having a APRS station without smart beaconing. I could only set my TNC to transmit every so many minutes, or not at all. I wanted it to transmit more frequently when I was moving, and get mostly silent otherwise.
So I broke the Fujitsu Pad out of retirement, jury-rigged power for it, and plugged it into the TNC in my truck. After some work, I found a windows application that would work with my setup, UI View, and now I have smart beaconing!
The problem is, UI View is a really dumb application. Map support is terrible, and it doesn't seem to handle moving itself on the maps very well. It's kind of odd. Xastir will run on windows, but it's a harrowing task to say the least. We'll see.

Actually, I'll be kind of supprized if the Fujitsu pad lasts two weeks inside my truck, with the vibration. It's lucky it's not hot here yet!

Update: 2003/06/25
Another possibility has presented itself! The nice people at Margin Software have published a HOWTO on getting Linux running on the Fujitsu Point 510, including drivers for the touch screen! Xastir here I come!

Update: 2003/06/26
It works! Thanks Margin Software! I now have Linux working on the pad, with Xastir doing it's thing! Smart beaconing, good map support, messages, wee!

Update: 2005/02/15

I finally got off my butt and built a holder for the Point510. It consists of a plate on the bottom of the center console bucket, screwed into the console mounting bracket, and the console itself, with a large 1/2" nut welded on. Into this nut screws the stand, so it can be easily removed. On the top of the shaft is a ball-and-socket joint, connecting the holder panel. This allows the computer to be easily rotated around, and up-and-down. The bottom of the computer is held with small wrap-around tabs, and the top is held down with a bungee cord, which is ugly, so not pictured. I like it a lot. It's sturdy, doesn't wobble too much, and puts the computer easily within view, but not in the way. Best of all, it can be taken completely (except for the mounting plate) off in about one minute.
I've also added 100k, 250k and 500k topo maps to Xastir on the tablet, making it very good for navigation on both freeways and trails. (24k maps are too much for it.)

Matt Bell (2003-06-25): You might also want to make a cover for it so you don't come back to a broken window and torn up dash...

Erik (2003-06-25): Yeah, I thought of that too. I don't actually keep it up front, since it's useless for navigation, but in the back, out out sight. My long-term plan is to replace the sterio with a tablet PC, which will hide in the slot, and pull out on an arm...

Thierry (2007-09-14): Hello
I'd like to know which versio of linu you used.

Erik (2007-09-18): Thierry, it was a custom-build linux distrobution made by Margin Software, linked above. However, it no longer seems available, and my tablet no longer functions.


Erik (2008-02-11): pinkal333, I think you're talking about cell phones... Your phone needs to connect to a cell tower by radio. The range of your phone is only a mile or so, so the mobile company knows where you are, by looking at what cell tower you're connected to.

Alice Bevan-McGregor (2010-01-27): It's awesome to read about some of my earlier exploits in the world of Linux; I used to run Margin Software. The tutorials (but not the files) are still available online using the Internet Wayback Machine: http://web.archive.org/web/20031129172532/http://tablet.marginsoftware.com/

Erik (2010-03-22): Too funny. Thanks Alice, and thanks so much for the work you did.

Your Name:

To add a comment to this page:
1. enter your name...
Your comment:
2. Enter your comment
Anti-spam check:
5. Press "Post Comment" button.

Email me at erik@erikburrows.com if you hate the new anti-spam checker.


Email me!

Erik Griffin Burrows and ErikBurrows.com are not responsible for any damage or loss caused by viewing this site, or actions taken as a result of reading any part of this site. Articles and comments on this site should not be taken as legal, medical, scientific, engineering, botanical, dietary or any other kind of professional direction. This site is not affiliated with any business institution.

You get the idea. This site is just another big pile of misinformed, uneducated, unsolicited opinion, and should be judged as no more truthful or accurate as anything else on the internet.

Don't Panic!