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Unfortunately, my compact flash (CF) holding the root file system of my alix2c3 system died; I replaced it with a 4 GB CF and set up latest http://openwrt.org and updated several packages: Python 2.5.4, Mercurial 1.1.2, Lighttpd 1.4.20.
Before and after attending Pacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology (PSIVT), some travelling is in place: To Nikko, Kyoto, and Himeji. Accomodation: Taito Ryokan in Asakusa/Tokyo, Turtle Inn in Nikko, Kyo-No-En (Kyoto Guest House)
Unfortunately, the Japan Rail Pass got really expensive!