Rooted Airpad 7p with Ice Cream Sandwich Installed

After some doing some research online I have been able to root and install ice cream sandwich on my airpad 7p.  It seems to run the new android os nicely.

Here are some pictures:


Android Market place on the Airpad. The Airpad is not shipped with the market

Airpad About Info Page

Airpad apps and widgets installed

Updating the XO-1

I really have not had much oppurtunity to use my XO-1.  However last night I was reading that a new build was publicly available.  So I updated my XO-1 to build 653 by going to the Terminal activity and running:

su -l 
olpc-update 653

The update took about 15 minutes to download and updated successfully.   Hopefully now that the holidays are over I will have more time to use it. 

Connecting xo-1 Remote Desktop (RDP) to windows

Here are some tips on how on I got the xo-1 connected to windows.    First you will need to drop into a terminal from Sugar.

 Then type in:
 rdesktop -x m -r clipboard:off -r sound:off -u [your login name] [ipaddress: port]   (i.e.

 I found that if I don’t turn the clipboard and sound off I get a “Segmentation Fault”  and the -u just saves you the work of typing in your username.    rdesktop actually has a lot of other commands you can use, here is a list that I pulled from source: 

  -u: user name
 -d: domain
 -s: shell
 -c: working directory
 -p: password (- to prompt)
 -n: client hostname
 -k: keyboard layout on server (en-us, de, sv, etc.)
 -g: desktop geometry (WxH)
 -f: full-screen mode
 -b: force bitmap updates
 -L: local codepage
 -A: enable SeamlessRDP mode
 -B: use BackingStore of X-server (if available)
 -e: disable encryption (French TS)
 -E: disable encryption from client to server
 -m: do not send motion events
 -C: use private colour map
 -D: hide window manager decorations
 -K: keep window manager key bindings
 -S: caption button size (single application mode)
 -T: window title
 -N: enable numlock syncronization
 -X: embed into another window with a given id.
 -a: connection colour depth
 -z: enable rdp compression
 -x: RDP5 experience (m[odem 28.8], b[roadband], l[an] or hex nr.)
 -P: use persistent bitmap caching
 -r: enable specified device redirection (this flag can be repeated)

         ‘-r comport:COM1=/dev/ttyS0’: enable serial redirection of /dev/ttyS0 to COM1
           or      COM1=/dev/ttyS0,COM2=/dev/ttyS1

   ‘-r disk:floppy=/mnt/floppy’: enable redirection of /mnt/floppy to ‘floppy’ share
           or   ‘floppy=/mnt/floppy,cdrom=/mnt/cdrom’
       ‘-r clientname=<client name>’: Set the client name displayed
           for redirected disks
          ‘-r lptport:LPT1=/dev/lp0’: enable parallel redirection of /dev/lp0 to LPT1
           or      LPT1=/dev/lp0,LPT2=/dev/lp1
       ‘-r printer:mydeskjet’: enable printer redirection

               or      mydeskjet=\HP LaserJet IIIP\ to enter server driver as well
       ‘-r sound:[local|off|remote]’: enable sound redirection
                   remote would leave sound on server

           ‘-r clipboard:[off|PRIMARYCLIPBOARD|CLIPBOARD]’: enable clipboard

                        ‘PRIMARYCLIPBOARD’ looks at both PRIMARY and CLIPBOARD
                    when sending data to server.
                    ‘CLIPBOARD’ looks at only CLIPBOARD.
 -0: attach to console
 -4: use RDP version 4
 -5: use RDP version 5 (default)

See for more information.

Unboxing the XO-1

Opening XO-1

FedEx showed up at my door yesterday with a present for me. I recieved my XO-1. The packaging inlcuded 100% earth freindly cardboard. Here’s a picture of it in all of its glory.

XO-1 with Dell Laptop

As expected, the device is pretty small, rugged, and portable. I took a quick snapshot of it sitting in my mega-watt burning full size laptop.


I installed the battery and powered the XO-1 and to my surprise this one came with Windows XP on it. It must have been a test model, but no complaints here. (Just kidding, actually it did not have XP on it, but as a proof of concept I used rdesktop to log into a Windows PC. More about this later.)

Post #1

My first post! So who doesn’t start their blog off this way?  So far I have not been consistent with Blogs.  I have blog accounts with, MSN Spaces, MySpace, and I am not sure where else.  None of which I have posted to in over two years. 

I really just enjoy spending my time reading blogs rather than writing them.  However every once in a while I come accross a nugget of information that I want to share.  So thats what I will do here. 

Note: I received my XO-1 in the mail yesterday so I will probably start with that and then see what happens from there