I have had my old HTC Dream sitting around collecting dust for months. I have been trying to come up with a cool use for it for months. After all that time, I think I finally may have come up with a good use: running a small Conky status display on it via VNC.
How to do it
Install a VNC server and Conky:
I am running Ubuntu and chose to install the VNC version 4 server. This ought to work on Debian as well.
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Then fire up the VNC server:
If all goes well, there should be a VNC server waiting for a connection on port 5910. I am currently using the
Mocha Lite VNC client on my phone. It is the second client I tried and I am not very happy with it. If I end up finding this hack useful, I will probably try to hunt down a better client. I’d like one that will let me disable the status bar and hide the mouse pointer.
My Conky configuration is rather boring. I just trimmed, condensed, and slightly expanded on an old configuration I used to use a long time ago. It is quite utilitarian.
How useful is this?
I am not entirely sure how useful this is going to be; I haven’t been running this for very long. It has already kept me from having to fire up
htop a few times already.
I would like to come up with a good way to attach the phone to my monitor stand if I actually end up finding it useful.