My post to android developers
My post to android beginners
I hate being a duplicate, cross-poster, but really really these things didn't show up on either list for several days.
Anyhow, once the posts showed up I got help from several kind folks. It seems that various problems I had been having were associated with using the older sdk, and once I upgraded to 1.5r1 everything seemed to get sorted; although it did take combining the various suggestions to finally produce a distributable package. The package ended up looking like the above image; and the bash script I used for startup contained the following:
after I had created an sdcard image using the following syntax:
./emulator -sysdir . -datadir . -skindir . -skin HVGA -sdcard sd256m.img
I had to install my application by downloading it through the browser, but finally everything seems to be working. I'll try and make the package and application available to everyone soon.
./mksdcard -l SD256M 256M sd256m.img