Where's Jed? Why isn't anyone mentioning Jed? It's got Emacs bindings, it's really light-weight, works on command-line, and is available by a simple apt-get.
Perhaps they should study whether the main problem is talking in the phone or simply one ringing. Digging the annoyingly ringing phone out of your pocket could be a bigger risk than talking in it.
How to prevent that? Good question.
Handsfree devices are also rather useless, especially if you are driving with automatic gear, and often result in much more distraction than just holding the phone. Fumbling when you attach the phone in the holder and especially fumbling with an earphone can be really dangerous.
Microsoft is not buying Nokia, only the Devices & Services division of Nokia, which includes its phone business. However, that might not prevent Nokia from setting up a new phones business. Perhaps it doesn't make much sense, as Microsoft does get the right to use Nokia brand for 10 years, so re-entering phone business would be rather confusing for Nokia.
Now, if the Android phone is made by the Devices & Services division, it will be transferred to Microsoft, and the Android products may be terminated at some point. It's hard to say - Microsoft could be trying to confuse the market somehow - with existing pantent licensing by Android phonemakers and the ongoing patent cases, Microsoft may try to shake Android markets with a cheaper device for which it has all the patent rights - it now can use all Nokia's phone patents as well, so making phones is almost patent-free, unlike for other Android phone makers who have to pay licensing fees to Microsoft for certain patents. So, making low-cost Android phones could be much cheaper for Microsoft than for others. And, as it doesn't use Google Play, it would bring no revenue to Google.
I'm one of the guys who got the phone two days ago. You can read my quick review here.
To summarize: the user interface based on swiping works quite nicely, even if a bit confusing at first, and the phone works OK as a minimalistic smartphone. On Day 1, there still are quite many bugs and usability issues that need to be worked out.
Compared to Android or iOS, the visual simplicity of the user interface views is extreme, no buttons or decorations almost anywhere. When you open the phone app, you just see a very plain call log. In the email app, you just get a list of emails, and when you open an email, there's just a title followed by text. On the downside, views are often rather over-simplified, so that things are hidden too well, and workflows to get to what you want are often a bit complex and unintuitive. There's no status row that is always visible, system settings aren't accessible immediately everywhere, but you need to go to the start screen, etc.
Some critical features such as WiFi access point missing (or I just haven't found it after poking around 2 days).
Around 30 native apps; some Android apps work just fine, but many do not, and the selection is in practice very limited.
A pack of hair color costs something like $10 at your local store. One problem solved. (If someone has good tips for coloring beard, I'd like to know.)
My guess is that if you want to apply to an organization that uses formal screening process, you're off worse. Networking is the word of the day and if you have a lot of previous work experience, you might already have a professional network. Use it, and sidestep the screening. If not, build your network. Participate in groups, attend conferences, etc. Be active, social, and ambitious, in the right way. Create your own projects, team up, work hard. Target smaller companies that may be more flexible about their hiring practices.
Previous accomplishments are not necessarily a proof of anything, the problem is that everyone can boast about their accomplishments, so nobody pays attention to them if they don't know you, but school grades are official and considered "objective". So, your accomplishments only matter to people who know about them - mainly your network.
Of course, you must be able to develop yourself to the tip of your field. You need to show that you have experience about the field - perhaps write a professional blog, or something, be social. Younger people often have more ambition than us older guys, and you have to rebuild that ambition in yourself, even though I know it can be hard. Be proactive, smart, and develop something bright.
'nuf of pep talk. More booze, sleep.
I'd really recommend taking a look at Vaadin. It's a server-side Java and Ajax web application development framework that lets you forget most of the web stuff. The Ajax and HTML rendering are all hidden and it's closer to desktop application development than traditional web development. The client-side is based on GWT, so if you want to make new components, you can do it with Java. In addition to the built-in components, there are some 250+ add-ons, so you can most likely find what you are looking for from those.
Check out StoneGate, it offers a GUI where you can drag&drop all kinds of stuff with a very powerful management system. The learning curve is a bit steep, but it's really meant for network admins who use it as a central part of their jobs. I think it has most of the features you're thinking about.
It's really ideal for large enterprise-level installations with multi-homing network connections, but works in smaller installations just as well (I used it also at home). It requires two servers: at least one firewall node (you can build clusters), and a management server (can be your desktop machine). You can do logging on yet another server, etc. They also offer IPS (intrusion prevention system) for detecting nasty behaviour.
I didn't find any good comparison, so I wrote a simple comparison table: http://markogronroos.blogspot.com/2009/08/n900-vs-iphone.html
Looks like N900 wins iPhone easily on hardware specs, though iPhone does have a few advantages (slimmer, possibly better touchscreen). N900 wins on some very important software issues as well, such as Flash and Skype, though iPhone does have much more software (commercial), at least until old maemo software works in Maemo 5 (if it doesn't directly).
My guess is that iPhone will win in usability and responsiveness, but that's just a guess, Nokia has a chance to surprise us there. I'll be waiting for N900 eagerly and will possibly buy it at some point, although my E90 is just 2 years old and has much much better keyboard than even N900...
Oh, I really hate the three-row keyboard concept in N810, N97 and now N900. I've actually had real nightmares about using Nokia's bluetooth keyboard, which also has the numbers and qwerty row combined. That's definitely the worst thing in N900.
Nothing scientifically interesting here. This is just basic 101 mathematical modeling, straight from the text book. They start with the most basic SIR model, building it from the elementary reactions and do the basic analysis: solve the equilibria and determine their stability with eigenvalues. They have just renamed the generic "infected" as "zombies". We did these calculations for dozens of different models as part of course exercises. For some reason, they don't do phase plane analysis, which is a very basic method, for any of the models, which is a bit strange.
I don't see why any scientific magazine would publish such basic text book stuff, except for fun. Sure, it's fun.
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In the year 5,431,970, the ruling species, Rattus Sapiens, will clone prehistoric animals, which once roamed the Earth in the late Neogenic period and were called Homo Sapiens.
They create a theme park where the humans can run around freely and were rich rat families can admire the gigantic ancient beasts. "Ooohs" and "aaahs", that's how it always starts. Then comes the running and the screaming.
Developers can build rich web applications easily with Java on the server-side, much like creating regular desktop applications with Swing or AWT. There is no need to know anything about HTML, Ajax or JSON working under the hood. Unlike the client-side RIA frameworks, like GWT or Flex, where one needs to implement both server and client, in IT Mill Toolkit you only implement the server application.
While being an extensive framework for RIA development, it is just one JAR that you can drop into any Java Web project and use side-by-side with other frameworks. This is also the only server-side Java toolkit where the extensions to the framework are also created in pure Java. If the (fairly extensive) set of included widgets is not enough, developers can continue coding with Java on the client-side using GWT."
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