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n770

so i am thoroughly enjoying this nokia internet tablet, i had reflashed it to an early version of it’s OS, but quickly returned to the 2007 hacker’s edition. the only thing i’m lacking, that is missed, is the flash player plugin. so, many website functions are not available, but i’m ok with this.

much of what i do on a regular basis is reading news feeds ,playing Mahjong, listening the local mp3’s or internet radio. but i’ve ultimately enjoyed the fact that it is like home in my pocket, i found HowTo’s to put a root kit on it, and give the ability to start treating more like a native linux machine. i have had to refrain from just totally decimating it, so i don’t have to re-flash it, because there is still a level of laziness to my methods.

it is a debian base system, and their frontend package manager is a fine package manager, but once you have added the community repository enough to install the xterm program, then you can just ‘vi /etc/apt/source.lst’ and add more repos their.   of the extra things i’ve installed so far is the ‘minimo’ mozilla browser, xterm, nmap, mplayer, pidgin (xmpp,aim,irc), video center (video podcast manager), vncviewer, maemopad+ (notepad database thing…), maemo-wordpy (wordpress client for blogging),

here are a few more random snaps i’ve just taken,
* n770 xterm
* n770 FileManager
* n770 HomeScreen
* n770 pidgin
* n770 pdf

battery life is very dependent on usage, i try to keep the screen almost as dim as it will go and only kick on the wireless mode when needed. and even if i’m surfing the web, i’ll turn off the bluetooth if i’m not using it. on average i will deplete it every other day. But if i’m hammering on it, or just surfing the web for hours, it will die in just a couple of hours. you give and take.

most of my browsing is done in doors, so i can keep the screen tuned all the way down. but if you need to look at it and you are out doors, the brightness cranked all the way up is visible for a LCD type, but it can still be challenging. i can accept this for now, many devices are like that.

portability, i carry it in my pocket most everywhere i go now. it spoons with the brick of a work phone (700w Treo) i carry. if i’m going home to work, vice versa, i’ll probably through it in my bag. But as soon as i’m at the office, its on my desk or in my pocket. the only thing about its apperance that *partially* disturbs me is that people might think i’m playing a PSP or some gameboy type console…

Cool Toys

So this blog is coming to you from a Nokia n770 internet tablet. l’m test driving it to see if it’s something l would spend my money on. The keyboard takes a little getting used to, but l can look past that. So far l reflashed it with the 2OO7 hacker edition so it has the feel of the new N8OO model. Nokia has used the Debian package manager, and there’s plenty of good repositories for open source apps, and they’ve made the GUl package tool easy to add repos add/remove apps. Because of this, l’ve now got vnc, terminal, ssh, this wordpress blogging app and a significant textpad. But i’ve got to run now, i’ll post more later.

Collaboration

one of my bosses likes to stay keen of new services that could enable our linux based company, and platform independent collaboration has been a weak spot for Linux’s .
he, himself a windows user, broadcasts this service called Yugma that could support Windows, Mac and Linux.
jumping in, this product is quite slick, an all java app. it “installs” itself in a Yugma folder in you home folder.

for the ‘premium’ usage is at a cost, but you can preview what all it has to offer for free as a trial period.

it has file sharing, personal and public chat, as well as phone dial-in for hosting the audio side.

the biggest advertisment of this service is the ability to share your desktop and even to allow others to control your desktop. and no sooner do i launch this application that it offers to share my desktop, then eclaims linux support. if this isn’t sad enough, they are heavy publisizing that they are integrating with Skype, for easier audio conferencing and collaboration. this new Skype Yugma Edition is a windows only edition. they have posted that Linux edition is “Coming Soon”, while Skype has been increasingly disappointing ever since they were aquired by eBay, they have left there Linux support behind, and primarily focused on enhancing the Windows functionality.
this is all primarily disappointing in a capitalistic sense, the dev API’s are they and many of these services are likely facilitated by linux platforms, but since the majority of end users are not linux, further, the majority that is more of the consumer mindset instead of the innovative type, is not running linux. therefore the offer enough of a ‘linux solution’ to put Tux on their site, but not enough support to have a functioning service across the board.