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More information and pics in the original news-thread on the pyra-handheld forum.
Somewhere buried in the last news thread I've already made a small status update post, but here's a proper, more thorough information and a bunch of pictures, as I'll document the prototype building process very thoroughly.
Well, the current delay in prototypes building can be blamed on me - not any company or anyone else.
I've had a few rough weeks. First a colleague with whom I've worked for 20 years now has suddenly died due to a heart attack - then I catched a cold (maybe even the flu)... and while I'm usually recovering within 2 - 3 days, this time, it took more than 2 weeks until I fully recovered.
I tried to work on the prototypes - but literally fell asleep in front of them, which wasn't helpful :)
Maybe it was also a small burnout, who knows. But I guess it was all just a bit too much. A lot of work, death of a colleague which also leads to some demotivation, flu season... all that added up and took its toll.
Anyways, I gave myself some time to recover, as it won't help ANYONE if I continue working in Zombie mode, and it seems like I've fully recovered now, as I'm feeling fine and FINALLY started to work on the prototypes this weekend!
I hope you can understand that
Now, onto the important stuff: The news!
1. The cases
While the new company has already done some tweaks and design changes, they didn't have too much time as they had a huge project by one of their biggest customers which had to be done within a timeframe. They already told me that when I was visiting.
Well, the deadline for that ended last Friday - which means that they can now fully work on the Pyra case.
I can't wait to see the fixes they'll do :)
2. Small change for the keymats
The manufacturer of the keymats ran into an unexpected small issue while doing the mass production run: It was nigh impossible to prevent visible air bubbles inside the glue when attaching the keycaps.
That's why they're changing the design of the plastic caps so that they will stay affixed on top of the mat without glue.
Everything else stays the same. As soon as I know more, I'll let you know.
3. Prototype building
Finally, long overdue, the prototypes are being assembled by me.
And while I won't do a video (as such a setup is too complex and just hinders the assembly), I'll do a LOT of pictures for you to enjoy, basically a step-by-step guide on how the units are assembled!
I will post these pics here in this thread and will try to update it daily, as I continue to assemble the prototypes.
First some pictures which don't have anything to do directly with the assembling of the prototypes:
One resistor had a wrong value and needed to be replaced. Does anyone remember how MWeston had to replace over 400 resistors to fix Wifi on the first-built Pandoras...?
Yeah, we had something similar - though luckily, we noticed it before the mass production. This wrong resistor value limited the power input of the USB port to 1.5A - which caused a slower charging.
More information and pics in the original news-thread on the pyra-handheld forum.
#pyra-handheld #umpc #pc #hardware #linux #debian #computer #handheld #pyra-handheld
Wow, incredible faux pas! It seems, that Microsoft decided to leak private contacts of their users to other contacts!
The reasons not to even think about such a "feature" are only too obvious:
YES MICROSOFT I HAVE THINGS TO HIDE.Microsoft does not even hide their major clanger.
* Lawyers that are using Skype have also things to hide, and you're directly exposing the persons they are talking to to their other clients.
* Doctors that are using Skype have something to hide and you are exposing their patients list to other patients or contacts.
* Journalists that are using Skype have something to hide and you are exposing their sources and colleagues to other contacts putting some of their life and investigations at risk.
The second reason why I choose to leave Skype is that Microsoft recently enforced the usage of Skype under Chrome, the "desktop Skype" (that is an embedded Chrome) and the themed Chrome alternative that will be Edge soon.The web becomes a monoculture. But there is hope:
If you want to contact me, you can still send me emails or add me on Movim. Movim is supporting video-call (peer-to-peer), direct messages and chatrooms.Time to leave Skype (I did so many, many years ago) and move to Movim or other free and federated alternatives. Btw. Movim will be part of the upcoming Debian 10 (buster) release!
#skype #microsoft #privacy #dataprotection #fauxpas #clanger #mozilla #firefox #chrome #edge #webrtc #movim #xmpp #debian
Pyra: Quick update and summary
as promised (and as it has been asked for quite for a while), here's the current status of all the things that remain to be done.
First a quick update regarding the case:
We're waiting for a good material to arrive. It's scheduled to arrive this week, so a test run to see how well the moulds work will be done early next week.
Let's take a look at the other parts:
1. Electronics Design (PCBs) (95% done);
Fully done, unless a developer finds a serious issue with one of the prototypes I'm currently building.
GC will receive the new design files soon so that they can precheck them for any mass production issues.
2. Keymat (99% done):
Already in mass production, so fully done as well.
3. LCDs (100% done):
2000 are lying around at GC, more are already in production.
4. Nubs (100% done):
10000 lying in my office :) Should be enough ;)
5. LCD Cables (100% done):
3000 lying in my office, so done as well.
6. Cooling (95% done):
Design for the metal plate is done, design for the heatpipe (or heatstrip?) is done.
Production of the metal plates is basically also ready, but we need to wait until the case has been fixed to know how thick it can be. But metal plates are readily available in all thicknesses and the plates are being laser cut, so production would take a week :)
The design for the heatpipe needs to be sent to the manufacturer (working on that) so that they can cut some samples and then mass produce them on confirmation. The design is finished, I just need to convert it into a format the manufacturer can use and recheck it :)
7. Batteries (100% done):
We've got 3000 which are waiting to be used :D
8. Other things:
That's mostly the status since summer last year (except for some fixes made to the design requested by GC to improve the mass production quality). The major holdup was the case - as without the case, I couldn't build more prototypes and we couldn't make the final tests and confirm that everything is fine :)
And as the Pyra turned out to be more expensive to create than planned, I had to make sure my shop is running fine to pull in more money. So I didn't have as much time as planned (which is also the reason I haven't finished building the prototypes with the cases I now have yet).
But I've already updated the prototype PCBs to resemble the latest version (one resistor had a wrong value, limiting the charging to 1.4A), so that step is done as well.
I also need to test various strong magnets for the lid switch. The one I currently used is too weak, but there are a lot more stronger available.
So yes, we're now all waiting for the case fixes - and more testing.
Softwarewise, a LOT of work is still left, that's for sure. Which also made testing the hardware take longer than expected (if something doesn't work, is it the software or the hardware?)
But Debian is working fine, with apt to install things, so it's definitely already usable.
I'll try to finish the prototypes ASAP so I can ship them out.
I noticed that I'm getting a bit old though, back in Pandora days, having 3 or 4 hours of sleep each day for weeks wasn't a problem, these days I'm getting tired more often... but I'll try my best (without dying :D)
#pyra #pyra-handheld #handheld #pc #hardware #umpc #dragonbox #debian #linux #gaming #electronic
Pyra: Back from Greece
** ATTENTION: LONG POST! **
One week has passed since I returned from Greece, so it's time to let you know about the status of the cases!
As you might've read already (if you followed my updated on the last news thread), the movement was a success!
The moulds are already being worked on at the new company and the produced plastic shells are also in my hands.
Here are some pictures of the produced shells:
Theae are the main parts of the case. Yeah, the packaging (wrappigg up) is a bit weird, the new company will do that differently.
Here are the small plastic parts (in bags):
And finally, the rubber parts to keep the speakers in place:
These are about 100 sets - that's all they did produced until now.
These will be used by me to assemble the prototypes (hopefully this week, when I find the time) and I'll put these sets on sale as well.
So, what's wrong with them?
They're mostly fine but have the following two main issues:
- The lower part (with the battery compartment) is a tiny bit warped and not 100% flat
- The keyboard part is missing some pegs which make sure the PCB stays in the proper position and can't wiggle around.
These missing pegs make sure that the PCB sits perfectly inside the case. Even without a keymat, it stays fixed and can't move around. The Pandora case has these as well.
As these are MISSING, the PCB isn't fixed. It's squeezed in between the keymat and the battery compartment - and the position changed depending on how much you tighten the screws.
The effect is clear: Depending on the position, the shoulder buttons hit the buttons on the PCB - or miss them.
That's the reason the shoulder buttons worked fine with some units but not with others.
This CAN be manually fixed on the existing cases - but that's not suitable for mass production (of course!).
So yes, these can be used for prototypes (and if you want to play around with them a bit).
What about the moulds themselves? Are they fine? What needs to be fixed?
Well, I already took the time to take a look at the moulds together with the new company:
* The quality itself is fine. FormAction did a good job here, so nothing to worry about here.
* The missing plastic pegs mentioned above need to bee added in order to keep the PCB in the proper position. The interesting thing is that these pegs are actually existing in the 3D data - so my 3D printed cases didn't have these issues! They are simply missing in the mould!
* A mould is negative (as plastic is injected in there), therefore, adding pegs means removing metal inside the mould. This is way easier than removing something, so not a big challenge.
* The shoulder buttons will be checked and improved once the PCB is sitting in proper position. They might already be perfectly fine, we'll see once that first fix has been applied.
* The injection points of some of the moulds will be adjusted and improved. What does that mean? Well, during production, hot liquid plastic is being injected with some pressure into the mould, completely filling it out. Once it cools down, the plastic part is done. However, if there's an area where the plastic flow is a bit slower or faster than in other areas or it cools off too fast, you will have some effects like discolorization, brittle plastic or shrinking marks or (in worst case), some parts aren't even filled with plastic so you will have an incomplete part.
* This is the reason we painted the Pandora cases (discolorizations) and it's tricky to get this right.
* The expert from the new company looked at the moulds and already described exactly what problems our colored cases most likely had (without having even seen them!) and that this can be fixed with a proper fix to the injection points. He also pointed out that one or two moulds probably won't even work properly with the currently set injection points and that most of the cases produced with these would would not be usable... that would totally explain why FA only produced 100 set so far and why they wanted to increase the price per set A LOT for the actual mass production run.
So, that's mostly it!
Luckily, it's nothing too serious and they're already working on applying fixes.
Some information about colors:
In theory, the cases can be produced in ANY color we can think of.
However, any custom color needs to be mixed, which means that it can take a few weeks AND we'd have to buy at least a ton of the plastic material.
So while that's a possibility, it does make more sense getting a color that's currently on stock, as this one doesn't need to be produced and is available with any quantity right away.
The good thing is: The company where they buy their color materials is pretty big - and has a LOT of customers. So they have quite a lot of different colors readily available!
They will send me a list of those (RAL colors) and then we can produce samples.
So the steps for the cases:
* The plastic pegs will be added, some mould injection points which will certainly lead to issues will be fixed (this is already being worked on)
* Each plastic part will be produced with some cheap material. The reason for that? Well, if the CHEAP material works fine already, then a good one won't have any issues. And if the cheap one shows some problems, you know exactly where and what to fix. So basically, this is being done to make the optimize the injection points as good as possible.
* The shoulder buttons will be checked with the fixed cases and be tweaked if need be (it could be they work out of the box).
* Samples will be produced in the colors I choose.
* That's it - time for mass production!
It's too early to give out even approximate dates for that. They don't know the moulds that well yet (they haven't designed them), so they have no clue how much the injection points need to be tweaked (and on how many moulds).
Once that's done, it's a lot easier to make assumptions.
But they want to work as fast as possible on that, so it should be a LOT faster than what we've seen the last 2 years...
Now, I also took some pictures of the moulds, in case you're interested. Sorry for some being blurry - I only had a smartphone available and it didn't want to focus properly.
One mould always consists of two parts: An upper and a lower one. So I'll show you both.
The keyboard part:
The discs for the nubs:
Logo, Stylus holder, stylus and an unused DPad (as the DPad is coming from the keymat company):
This is - of course - the lid with the hole for the logo plate:
The bottom part with the battery compartment:
The shoulder buttons:
The rubbers for the speakers:
The battery cover as well as the frame for the LCD:
Quite a few moulds :)
That's it for today. I'll try to find some time to post another thread to let you know the status of EVERTHING regarding the Pyra (not only the cases) soon, but it's 5am here and I'm tired, so it won't be now :D
#pyra #pyra-handheld #umpc #linux #debian #handheld #dragonbox #hardware #pc #computer
Le projet Debian a l'honneur d'annoncer la septième mise à jour de sa distribution stable Debian 9 (nommée "Stretch"). Cette mise à jour intègre la récente mise à jour de sécurité pour APT, afin d'assurer que les nouvelles installations de Stretch ne sont pas vulnérables. Aucune autre mise à jour n'est incluse.#debian #linux #gnu-linux #gnulinux #mise-à-jour #miseàjour #mise-a-jour #miseajour #annonce #système-d-exploitation #systèmedexploitation #systeme-d-exploitation #systemedexploitation
De nouvelles images d'installation seront prochainement disponibles à leurs emplacements habituels.
Mettre à jour une installation vers cette révision peut se faire en faisant pointer le système de gestion de paquets sur l'un des nombreux miroirs HTTP de Debian. Du fait de la nature de la mise à jour incluse, il est recommandé de suivre les instructions mentionnées dans DSA-4371.
Liste complète des paquets qui ont été modifiés dans cette version :
Adresse de l'actuelle distribution stable :
Mises à jour proposées à la distribution stable :
Informations sur la distribution stable (notes de publication, errata, etc.) :
Annonces et informations de sécurité :
This is a bug fix release, and most bug fixes are for MS-Windows.
Anyway, it's already in Debian unstable and will probably be in Debian 10 (testing/buster) in a few days and then also in Debian 9 backports (stretch-backports).
#gajim #xmpp #freesoftware #debian #federation
Nach dem Upgrade des Servers schien es, als ob eine kleine Änderung in der SSL-Konfiguration von Dovecot das einzige Problem war, das ich lösen mußte (kostete mich ja auch nur gut drei Stunden …). Aber jetzt mag icecast2 nicht mehr, und das ist ziemlich meh, weil wir heute Abend einklich, wie jedes Jahr, noch die Weihnachtsgeschichte von Dickens (privat) streamen wollten
Every Debian user has their own reasons to like — or dislike — different aspects of their operating system.
For Bradley Kuhn the essentials are:
- Licensing assurance
- Curated and configured software, with connection to the expert
But read yourself!
#debian #freesoftware #fsf #sfc