Topic: Thoughts on Zurk's Firmware
Prompted by a member of this forum, I downloaded the latest build of Zurk's firmware. As I hadn't tried it out in a while, I decided to use it. And it turns out, it IS an acceptable solution-to the technically minded. And I don't mean the people who are "Pros" at Windows. I mean the really technically-minded people. And this is coming from someone who has installed Arch Linux (look it up) from scratch. I'll explain. I downloaded the file from Sourceforge, unzipped it to a flash drive, and installed it. Next, I did the initial setup procedure with the Wi-Fi and screen calibration. After that, I logged in to the web-based interface, deleted some widgets I didn't want, and set up the weather configuration. Only to find that it didn't actually have an effect on the weather widgets. I looked on Zurk's forum and found that you had to edit the parameters of the individual widgets to actually get the weather correct. After this, I couldn't figure out how to add new widgets, and there's nothing about it on the forum. Then, the Chumby wouldn't let me connect to the wireless network. At this point, I gave up. From what I could see, however, there were a lot of rough edges. For example, several of the widgets were clearly meant for the 8 inch devices, as the screen was letterboxed. The weather app's text was too small to read, as well. Also, there's no way to adjust how long the widgets take to switch, and I can''t upload .swf files to use as widgets. Because of these faults, as well as the increasing frustration caused by the problems I was having, I am currently back on the test stub server. If Zurk makes configuration better and removes some of these flaws, I could envision using this as my daily driver. For now, however, I expect Duane to get the new servers up and running before this happens.