Thursday, February 6, 2020

Waterfox, web browser compatible with old mac os

I am seeing the message from Youtube that it will not be compatible with old browsers very soon. I have a MacBook pro with 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, so I cannot install new browsers anymore. I have tested compatible browsers like ArticFox, but I also see the same message: very soon I would not be able to watch Youtube on any browser.
What to do? I cannot and want not update my old MacBook pro. Well I also have a linux laptop but all files and configuration are for now on this old chap. I updated the hard disk to a ssd one and it works like a charm. I hate throwing away things that work well so I am keeping this old Mac. I am a rebel I will keep it as long as I can.
I am glad to tell you that I have found a nice browser and installed it with no problems. It is Waterfox based on Mozilla, I also have imported settings and configurations from Firefox with no problem.  They also promise that no telemetry is collected and no sending back data and there are also versions for old Windows and Linux platforms. And it is very fast and light. So here it is:

https://www.waterfox.net/

Just download it and browse!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Nook Simple Touch with a External Keyboard

You can plug an external USB keyboard to a Nook simple Touch and type to make your e-ink reader a tool to write documents. I really love e-ink screens as they are easy on your eyes for long writing sessions.

You will need:

  • A rooted Nook Simple Touch.
  • An OTG cable adapter.
  • A cheap external keyboard .
  • ADB Command line tools from: https://developer.android.com/studio#downloads
  • Two binary images: uImage and uRamdisk that you can download from here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/nook-touch/general/nook-glow-multitouch-usbhost-files-t2846867
  • USB Mode Utility apk from http://temblast.com/download/UsbMode-1.7a.apk

How to do it

Install ADB

I am usign Mac here so the file I downloaded is: sdk-tools-darwin-4333796.zip

Unzip the sdk tools to a folder, lets name it adb but it could be any name.

In the same folder copy the two images files uImage and uRamdisk and the USB Mode apk UsbMode-1.7a.apk

Connect the Nook Simple Touch to the computer and from the adb folder type:

./adb shell
# mount -o rw,remount rootfs /
# mkdir /boot
# mount -t vfat /dev/block/mmcblk0p1 /boot
# exit

./adb
./adb shell
./adb push uImage /boot/
./adb push uRamdisk /boot/
./adb install UsbMode-1.7.apk
./adb reboot


By doing the instructions: ./adb push uImage /boot/ and ./adb push uRamdisk /boot/ you just replaced the boot files and with the UsbMode apk you will open the Host mode through the usb port to use the external keyboard.

How to type

  • Unplug the Nook Simple Touch from the computer.
  • Plug the external keyboard.
  • Open the UsbMode Utility application.
  • Click on Host.
  • The green Led lights up.
  • Open a Text Editor, I have installed Jota.
  • Type :D
  • When you are finish typing, click on Peripheral.
  • The green red light is off.
  • Unplug the keyboard.

Watch the whole thing working