Monday, October 25, 2010

Samsung Tab experiences

Samsung Tab arrived today. Few quick points and experiences for hungry fellow gadgeteers;

It's small. Compared to ipad. It's solid, bit slippery but overall very nice. Android works nicely, bit of sluggish on heavily equipped flash pages, but very usable. I found integrated applications very nice, email and calendar are business ready with excellent integration to Google services. I also noticed that Scandinavian keyboard include our domestic charters (öäå) which is great.

There is short video available here.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ubuntu 10.10 on Nokia Booklet

Just installed latest Ubuntu 10.10 to Nokia Booklet. Installation was a lot faster than before, but screen resolution was still an issue with poulsbo GMA 500 adapter. I just wonder how much better sales nokia would have done, if they have chosen some more standard graphics adapter for this and delivered complete set with Ubuntu?

However I followed instructions in wiki to gain support for GMA500. And now things are looking good again. Thanks to Ubuntu community, only.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Imaging with N8

Low light image from evening sunset, shot with Nokia N8. Not too much noise, I think? I've been playing with this device four days and been quite satisfied, especially imaging side of it. I did also few youtube uploads of videos. They look amazingly sharp and good. Ten points from this.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Nokia N8 - experiences

Imaging with N8 is nice experience.

(tip: erase exif data with "mogrify -strip [imagefile]" command in ubuntu, before posting).

But I just keep wondering that emailing thing. Today I figured out that denying those service terms when setting up email account on N8 will result downgraded emailing application for my use, which allows me to keep those smtp servers. Email header indicates that I use "EPOC Email Version 2.10" when I do not accept service agreement with Nokia. Otherwise all my emails goes to servers, which I do find unnecessary by all means.

N8 is nice device, missing only xmpp support, meego and hardware keyboard. Until those times, let's play with this.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Nokia N8 - FRA Phone

First thoughts on Nokia's latest N8 were fine, but then I found out this:

I just noticed that I cannot any more configure my SMTP server to Nokia N8 email client. Nokia pushes all my emails to servers and when I live in Finland, everything goes to Swedish signal intelligence (FRA), among other agencies. When I do emailing in my security business, I don't want to receive my domestic emails with this kind of headers:

"from (unknown []) by (Postfix) with ESMTP id 8D8932BD44 for ; Sat, 2 Oct 2010 08:58:48 +0300 (EEST)"

I found this really disturbing (!) Even Android does allow me to specify SMTP servers with SSL-security. Big boys are wiser.

Nokia: hire some expertise and download FRA Portfolio

Update: It is still possible to create manual SMTP server entries. Phone to off line first and giving non existing email & password combination brings you to setup screen where smtp server can be specified. So there is an issue by default, but by tweaking you are able to produce domestic or inter company email communication with this.