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Comment one hand 6 at o'clock (Score 1) 756

One hand 6 at o'clock, sliding the hand to the 4/8 o'clock position for turning. I was under the assumption this is how most drove outside of driver's ed class.

Seems like the most convenient way to drive imho and the one handed pivot point turning seems far faster than two handed grip switching.

Now I have one more reason for this driving method, keep the air-bag from breaking my arms.

Comment A feature Nokia N900 has had for over 2 years. (Score 1) 48

I could develop apps straight on the N900 using Qt Quick for nearly 2 years now.

Before that C++, Ruby, Python, PHP, were all available for hacking away at code.

As others have mentioned, coding on a phone is no fun, but with PyGTK Editor and a bluetooth keyboard (iGo Stowaway[why did they stop making this awesome keyboard?]), long commutes and boring classes have just become far more interesting.

Comment Re:Kohana Just Works. (Score 2) 287

I have to second this. If you guys are already in the business of working on a PHP (Symphony) site, switching languages as well as frameworks seems like a bit of a leap. From my personal experience with Kohana, it's been a great way to add some structure to a messy project. You don't have to ditch all your spaghetti, but you can begin to work it into a nice clean structure. Migrating from Symphony should be fairly straightforward I imagine. Though at the end of the day it just depends on the developers you have working with you, what their skill-sets are, and how much code you expect to reuse. If you are restarting from scratch, any framework or none at all will do, it just depends on the project and the people who will work on it.

Comment Why not MeeGo? (Score 1) 62

What I don't understand is why they didn't go with MeeGo? Nokia has been playing nice with Mozilla since the n770, and has undoubtedly had some of the most impressive versions of Mozila/Firefox Mobile. Why not use this code/relationship and help build a really nice OS, instead of some one of Linux implementation to appease the carriers...

Comment Re:Symbian (Score 1) 198

You're forgetting the super-geek demographic. The kind that don't want Linux-Lite that Android offers, but want the whole shebang you get with Maemo. That being said I own an N900 and it is by far the best phone I've ever had. I've played with friend's iPhones and Android phones before and they never appealed to me. The devices felt cheap... not hardware cheap.... software cheap. The limitations of which could be felt within 5 minutes of using the device... heck you can't even multi task on the iphone.

One of the first things I did when I got my N900 was first install gainroot, takes like minute from the app manager, then installed Ruby 1.8.7, then found some Ruby tutorial pages and began copy/pasting Ruby code snippets into Conboy notes that I keep synced up. Then I make files using PyGTKEditor and execute them from terminal. So now whenever I'm stuck in a boring situation... aka the bus, lame party, work gatherings... I pull out my phone and continue learning Ruby so I don't feel like I'm wasting my time.

Ohh I also remapped my arrow keys to do Home/End/PageUp/PageDown when I hold the function keys, and remapped the Pound and Euro symbols to < and >.

I don't know if any other phone would have let me do all this stuff... and it's just a fraction of the fun of having a full blown OS... but I feel that if I had an Android I'd be hitting walls of frustration.

The reason FireFox went with the N900 is because Nokia spent alot of time working on it for the Maemo internal browser. The FireFox mobile project probably got alot of free code from Nokia which made writing FireFox for the N900 the easiest task to tackle. Which I still prefer over the FireFox simply because it's much more integrated into the phone, and I've yet to had a website not work in it.

Comment Re:How hard is it? (Score 5, Interesting) 374

Just got my N900 the other day... and the way this phone integrates with Skype is a thing of beauty. With WiFi + 3G and I have slim to no reason to use any minutes. You are right though.... carriers are afraid of this.. and I can see why... because who's going to pay $70 a month for lackluster internet service... while the whole arbitrary minutes to $ value is a good way to make a lot of money. Thus I had to order my phone from Dell... and T-Mobile gives you the same deals as a contract with no contract if you don't want any phone subsidies. I think all communications companies need to realize they're all going to be ISPs in the future, and the only thing they'll be able to charge for is how much bandwidth they deliver. I also think that T-Mobile starting to realize that... seeing as how they offer a $40 data-only plan... to which I'm considering switching eventually.... after I see how this Skype thing plays out over time...

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