The Advisory Boar

By Abhijit Menon-Sen <>

Simvalley PICO RX-80 mobile phone

My long-suffering Nokia 6610i fell on its head a few days ago, and its screen died. My friend Arnt told me about the tiny Simvalley PICO RX-80 mobile phone, and was kind enough to send me one a few days later when I told him—sadly—that it wasn't available here.

There's surprisingly little information about this phone on the web. A bunch of blog posts copied almost verbatim from this one (they all have the same three or four photographs, and claim the phone has dimensions of "50x800x10mm"!), and this German video. Here are my brief but non-boilerplate initial impressions of the RX-80.

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Net::XMPP virtual hosting support

A patch to enable Net::XMPP to connect to Jabber virtual hosts.

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Dual-use scientific names

Why do the Yellow-footed Green Pigeon and the genus of Flamingos share the name Phoenicopterus?

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Life with two PPP links

Here's how I set up two PPPoE modems under Linux so that my default route always pointed to a working link.

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HTTP::Parser 0.04 bugfix

An HTTP protocol version parsing bugfix for HTTP::Parser 0.04

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A weekend calendar

A program to display a weekend-aligned calendar for the current year.

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Canon EOS D30 to 40D

In late 2003, Elaine Ashton very kindly offered to give me her old Canon EOS D30, because she was upgrading to a 10D. The camera travelled from Finland to Germany by post, then to India with a friend early the next year; and in August, I bought a 50/1.8 lens and took my first digital photographs. (Here's one of them.)

In January 2008, my parents very kindly got me a Canon EOS 40D for my birthday. Amazon shipped it to Chicago, and it travelled to India with a friend in February. We took it with us on a camping trip to the Himalayas at the end of the month (here's one of the first photos), and I've been using it ever since.

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OpenWRT and DD-WRT on the Linksys WAP54G 3.1

This page is about my experience with installing, using, hating, breaking, bricking, reviving, and reconfiguring the Linksys WAP54G wireless access point we bought in August 2008.

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Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 3

Our first tent, bought after much research, turned out to be sturdy, roomy, lightweight, and inexpensive. It has served us well for many years now.

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Munsiari, April 28—May 09 2009

I had a productive summer bird-watching trip to Munsiari, Uttarakhand. I hiked up to Khalia Danda (3747m) with a group of NOLS students who were learning about the alpine habitat.

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