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Comment Re:Who uses Thunderbird? (Score 1) 154

I do not WANT to give my email to Google. I really don't. But I need a multi-PC/mobile solution (i.e. an IMAP server), and I ran my own (hosted) server for my own domain for years, until the spam completely overwhelmed me. I used Tuffmail for awhile, although their spam controls are not-user friendly and I find their documentation very hard to apply. Tuffmail is reasonably priced, although not long ago I went on a cost-cutting spree and Tuffmail got hit.

To-date I use gmail, because they are managing my spam effectively, and for free. (Except for the privacy thing, so I must 'trust' the GOOG for what they claim). I still don't like Google Mail though; they are an advertising company, and I am the product being delivered to their clients.

I use Thunderbird mostly, via gmail IMAP. I wish fighting IMAP-spam were easier.

Comment Re:Solar Power? (Score 1) 409

The word Hajji means a person who has made, or is in the process of making a religious pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. This pilgrimage itself is called the Hajj. The Hajj terminal in Jeddah is the largest airport in the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Abdulaziz_International_Airport

In the context you have used, you are referring to a violent person. Hajjis have nothing whatsoever to do with violence, they are religious pilgrims.

Comment Re:Can't really hurt the N9... (Score 1) 211

I could not agree with you more, especially when one considers Elop clearly had access to something pretty close to the released N9 waaay back in February when he wrote the burning oil platform memo, as justification to sleep with Microsoft and kill off All Direction and Resources up to that point in time.

How would Steve Jobs have made the world know the N9 was The Latest and Greatest Nokia phone (until the next one of course)? He'd Sell it! Yet the very next day Elop hacks together something so lame, it certainly speaks for itself, actions being louder than words and all; with that hindsight clarity.

What grieves me is it is so clear the team that delivered the very fine N9 is not being praised to the highest for what they managed to do, and the day after the announcement the CEO does everything he can to belittle their most-solid straight-on-target deliverable. This lame public presentation and its timing must not look good to the board. (And that video was shot with 2, sync'd tripod'd cameras, anyone can see that it isn't a cameraphone video that 'leaked')

How could the N9 team have done any better? I hope the market answers in a most solid way, without Elop's further interference. Elop's tenure is a matter of time, and I hope it is short because I can't wait for whatever happens in the post-Elop era. Who would want to work for this guy?

I don't really need a new phone, both my N95 & N900 are still perfect machines, with SIP, etc. But now I want an N9 bad, and I want to develop apps for the swipe single-handed GUI. I can envision web-clients to my OpenAtrium development that crackberry CEO-types might like; and the single-handed interface development seems like a good investment once iOS and Droid adopt it too.

I've been telling my friends about the N9 Linux phone, and I'm gonna buy Mom her first smartphone, N9. And I don't see why not, I mean really? Why do people say it is like buying a dead technology? If I like the phone and it works and it lasts, it isn't dead at all. It isn't like someone will make it stop working because something else is coming later. As far as apps go, my N900 does very well with the free open-source apps available at repo http://maemo.org/ and when Apple talks about 'over the air sync' I gotta laugh, since linux does this like a normal thing. I trust the ongoing linux community for support, and I want to support the effort that went into this particular, open, product.

Comment Re:N9? (Score 1) 211

As a developer, I saw the N9 GUI and got totally psyched. Disclaimer: I like Linux and open-source. That said, the single-handed swipe mobile GUI is The Future and I can already see Apple, HP, Google, etc. photocopy machines switching ON. (I already got a feel for it first-hand using FireFox 5 Mobile on my recently purchased, low-price N900; ...but the price shot up nearly 175% after May 23rd when no N9 was announced at the San Francisco Meego conference and I digress).

More disclaimers + My Point: I am a Drupal developer and have yet to write a mobile client-app. I develop a lot using Drupal & www.openatrium.com which is a custom Distribution of Drupal. OpenAtrium is an intranet-in-a-box. The person I want to win over is the Crackberry CEO and I see the Nokia N9 swipe GUI as The Future, so I want to develop a single-handed mobile client for my customer. I want a Nokia N9/N950 BAD to get started, get it done, and then move on to Maemo-open-source ...iOS/Android/WebOS once they get the single-handed GUI-thang goin' for them too.

Comment Re:And They'll Encourage Tethering (Score 1) 302

Who in the U.S. has an affordable wireless data plan? Data-only is most-desirable, I think. But I live in Northern Arizona and my wireless carrier options seem dismal, at least if I expect a radio signal to support me in the greater Prescott Metropolitan area. (Prescott is no tiny village btw.)

T-mobile used to have a $40 monthly unlimited data-only plan (possibly with caps.) But this seems like ancient history, and I can't find it anymore.

And don't get my started on the subsidized packages, grrrr. You can pry away my open Nokia linux N900 (with dead-simple tethering) when you....

Comment Re:A small fusion reactor (Score 1) 210

Yeah, talk about your buried lead! The kid has fusion going for him, egads! TFA says he did the fusion thing 3 years ago, but is otherwise mute on the details. I'm no nuclear physicist, so I had to google to make certain my own understanding of nuclear fusion was in the ballpark.


Wait until Nature reads about this development at Gizomodo.com; they're gonna be pissed!

Comment Re:Ahhh crime. (Score 1) 983

Yes, photos exist from memory cards that survived the Twin Towers collapse and bridge explosions, for example. In the case of the former, these were the last photos of an amazing photographer that himself perished.

I'm too tired now to cite these actual references, but in the case of the bridge explosion two cameras were setup one behind the other. Too much explosive was used and both cameras were destroyed, although the 2nd camera managed to capture the first, in front of it, actually beginning its destruction. The SD card on at least the 2nd camera was readable.

Comment Re:With sadness... (Score 2) 76

The link to that old blog post is very mis-leading, which was written at the height of the Nokia/Microsoft announcement, when the partners really really wanted to hype WP7. Let me quote the relevant text from the whole piece right here:

Under the new strategy, MeeGo becomes an open-source, mobile operating system project. MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. Nokia still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year.

Okay Slashdotters, what is wrong with this? What better option are you suggesting, if you really like the idea of an open, linux phone? The timing of the Meego announcement today has everything to do with the upcoming Meego conference in a few days' time in San Francisco, where in all likelihood the Nokia N950 will be revealed. I saw the teaser video before YouTube pulled it and it looks sweet. What is not to like, other than Nokia dedicating less resources than before? They are NOT ending their Meego support, but they are looking for Slashdotting-type Devs to enbrace their new "elegant, Developer-focused" N950 hardware, along with Meego 1.2 available today for a range of mobile devices.

Comment Re:Is the lock in that strong? (Score 2) 129

The annual (linux) Meego conference is in a few days' time, in San Francisco. Google News (search) reveals that the Nokia N950, the successor to the N900 will be _probably_ be announced at this conference.

Nokia has never backed-off its support for Meego. Well, okay they have hyped and now focused development resources towards their M$ partnership, but to the extent possible given their current business strategies, they still support their prior open-source OS strategy. In other words, they haven't really backed-away from Meego, while they will support WP7 going-forward. (But in lieu of the recent M$ partnership, they need to hype M$, especially following that particular announcement).


Vote with your feet folks. Meego is still a very good mobile OS worth buying and developing for; especially if you are developing for your own purposes. Today's news reinforces this.

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