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At some point I need to set up an insecure Wi-Fi to connect to with old devices…

Haha. This stuff still works!

Sent the Tapwave PalmOS Wi-Fi driver via Bluetooth file transfer from a Linux box, installed on device - only now I don’t have any networks to connect to.

@galaxis

Did not know this hybrid thing even existed...

@zwangseinweisung I created an open guest network on my DSL router for now. Still didn't work though until I remembered I had to enable 802.11b...

...and now I don't have any network applications on the Zodiac 🙄

WTF. My old "23 in 1" USB card reader detects the mass storage part of that Sandisk SDIO combo card, but it doesn't manage to read any modern SD card?

Okay...

@galaxis What do you mean by "modern" SD card ?

There's no reason your memory card reader couldn't read this memory card+WiFi dongle combo. It still has a plain old SD card in it so…

Readers and devices could be limited by the memory capacity of the (micro)SD, though. Not all support SDHC or SDXC.

@devnull Well, the PC with a builtin card reader is currently booted to Windows, and it didn't want to do anything with the SDIO card without a driver...

The USB card reader (connected to either a Linux machine or Windows) only knows of the storage and can write to the flash.

The smallest standard SD card I currently had available was 8GB, and the USB card reader doesn't detect that one, no matter the OS.

Hrm. I thought it used to be possible to run Opera Mini on the Java MIDP runtime that was sort of released for PalmOS ARM at some point... But Opera Mini 8 crashes the JVM right away, and the earlier versions I tried (4.5 down to 3.1) hang in the "installing..." phase, at least during the time I had the patience to wait (half an hour each, maybe).

At this point I'm rediscovering old posts on Mastodon that link to even older posts on my blog :flan_eyeroll:

I also forgot that the internal storage in the Zodiac is RAM-backed, so when you let it sit for a week and the battery runs down, everything is gone.

This probably means I'd need to recreate a working Hotsync setup, and find out how to install applications to an SD card (or at least how to install *from* the card, as the built-in file browser doesn't see any of the files on there)...

The great thing about retrocomputing is that you can just start rediscovering all the stuff from scratch after a couple of years of looking at other topics - at least as long as the hardware in question is still operable...

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