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The Agenda VR3 PDA
What is it?
Agenda VR3 is a Linux-based PDA using a MIPS CPU similar to those used
in Windows CE machines. For now, I wouldn't recommend one over
a Palm for PDA functionality, but it's a neat hacking platform,
and likely to improve quickly, since all the software is open-source.
I keep my more frequently used bookmarks at
http://www.aq.org/, and there are a bunch of Agenda bookmarks there at
http://www.aq.org/agenda.html. Rather than try to maintain the same information in two places
(one of which is sure to become stale), I'll just point there.
My experiences with the Agenda
Agenda software builds
The Agenda ships with a cross-compiler for Intel Linux, so it's
easy to get started building stuff for it.
I didn't see any encryption software available, and I use things
like Secret and Secure Memo Pad on my Palm to hide things like
web site passwords and the combination to the lock on our barn.
So I found an appropriate-looking piece of software, TEA Total,
and built it for the Agenda. I also added a few convenience
scripts to minimise the amount of typing. There's no GUI -
I'd like to add one, but that will require learing C++ and FLTK.
For now, you just run the stuff in the Agenda's terminal application
(a modified RXVT).
Please let me know if you find this useful or if you have suggestions
- The TEA algorithm is described at
- The source for TEA Total came from
the README from my port, describing how to install and use it. (It assumes you've
already got PPP to your Agenda working; if not, check out some
of the sites in
my Agenda bookmarks.)
- US and Canadian citizens can send me email to get the actual
tar file with the binary and scripts. I hope to put it up on
the web in the future, but I understand there's some government
paperwork I need to do first. When you untar it you'll get
teatotal binary, the scripts and symlinks, installation instructions
the README), notes on how I built it, and a copy of the complete original
last modified 2001.11.25