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Cropping PDF Files With Briss

A large PDF

Introduction

Good Heavens I have just looked up what Briss means. At long last the name now makes sense. Briss is a tool to cut down PDF page sizes while retaining the formatting. It does this by cutting away at the page, letting you cut away white space around the edges or taking a multi column page and turn it into a single thinner column.

Briss can be found here:

http://briss.sourceforge.net/

Other write ups about Briss can be found here:

http://lifehacker.com/5744899/briss-trims-pdfs-to-make-them-more-readable-on-your-e+reader

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/10/briss-trims-and-repaginates-pdfs-for-better-e-reading/

Here is a very brief guide to Briss and why it might make your life a little better if you like reading things on devices with smaller screens. For the purposes of discussion the screen I am using is the 480×800 pixel screen of my Archos 70, which is a good 7 inches across the diagonal. This could also be handy for my Sony Reader I suppose.

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Archos 70 Mini Review – Turns Out Not To Be A Small iPad

From the official Archos site:

Slim and light Android™ internet tablet

At home and on the go. The slim and light design of the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet makes it both portable and generous for sharing your best moments with your family and friends. All the functions of a computer: your apps, the Internet, your photos, music and videos, eBooks and 3D games.

Background.
There are wheens of these things about. Go Google for Android Tablet and see whatr happens. There is the Android Vega (whichy I initially considered), Creative Zii0, Samsung Galaxy Tabs and more coming to an Internet near you by Christmas time. I have played with an iPad for a few days and can safely say the Archos 70 is not really better in any way. Except two.

The Gizmondo As A Modern Handheld Console

Right then a slightly bigger write up of the Gizmondo scene as it is today. After a thorough few days of investigation.

Firstly these things still seem to be fairly easy to buy from both Amazon and eBay. Funnily enough Amazon does seem to be slightly cheaper. I got mine for about forty quid as I was aware that at least there used to be a homebrew scene once people learned how to run unsigned code.

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Bring Out Your Dead

Just got myself a Gizmondo from Amazon UK a few days ago. Quite a nifty device. Looks like the anti piracy protection was bypassed many moons ago and when the console officially died a small homebrew scene grew up.

Not much action recently but the scene does not seem to be dead. The console for my money is not as bad as many reviews made it out to be at the time. Seems to have a decent amount of power, the GPS and built in cam could not doubt have been used within games in novel and interesting ways. Of course I got it for £40, I may have been a bit less chuffed if I had got a full priced one when they initially came out.

Will do bit more of a write up when I have stopped playing around with it.

Amazingly I was talking about the Gizmondo recently and someone I know own up to getting a full priced one ….

How To Brick A Treo 650

Thought I would try to fix up the rom on my Orange branded Treo 650.

This tool here looked handy:

http://www.grack.com/programming/misc/TreoROMTool.html

Then I noticed you needed a sync cable with a hotsync button, which I do not have. Looked around for another method. Found this:

http://www.shadowmite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=46

The codes only work for american non-gsm (cdma?) phones. For GSM codes you need to prefix the code with:

#* instead of ##

Woo Hoo I thought.

Tried the access bootloader code and have killed off my GSM. I suspect if I do not find a solution I will have to hard reset 😦

The problem with the dead GSM was caused by installing the MultiUser Hack. It stopped my phone from rebooting properly. Don’t use it with the Treo 650 in its current state.

Will write something when I have this thing working.

Misc Gadgets

Music – iRiver H320

The control interface for this device is quite awful. Almost as user freindly as a punch in the face. The ability to play most of the music files I throw at it is brilliant. Most of my collection being in ogg format. The sound quality is as good as any I have heard from a mobile device.

iRipDB

iRiver ihp-120: Linux Usage and Notes

MisticRiver :: For iRiver Enthusiasts

Rockbox

Apparently working on open source firmware for iRiver players.

H320 Specifications

Sony Ericsson f500i

I love everything about this phone except for two things. The keys are too hard and plasticy feeling, also the colour scheme is quite repulsive. Everything else is just right. The camera is good enough for quick snaps, call quality is good, user interface is not too bad, the screen and big, bright and clear.

The Phone

Developer Site

Club Sony Ericsson

SonyEricsson/Theme Files

RSS Orbit

Play Infocom Games

ZeeME Z Machine

f500i Specifications