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Which friends have an Android phone?

The Google blog showed a cool new feature Google Labs has built: Green robot icon. The icon in GMail or Gtalk shows which friends or contacts have an Android phone or device. :) Cool! I can't wait to the Liquid A1 once it comes out! My Nokia 6500C is seriously getting on my nerves. It can't do ANYTHING!

Nokia N900 mobile computer

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Oh and speaking of Internet, should the Android Liquid A1 fail (available early december), then I can always change over to the fabulous Nokia N900 mobile computer. It runs Maemo5 Linux, has 32 GB of RAM, 1 GHz ARM processor (underclocked to 600 Mhz) and all the connectivity options anyone could want need. The specs are simply mouthwatering! A-GPS, 3D OpenGL support, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, microSD slot for up to 16 (!) GB.

Update: T3 has pricing info
Update2: T3 also has a review.

Nokia NbuExplorer

When my N73 (S60 Symbian smart phone) crashed, I lost the ability to copy contents over to my new phone. I solved the immediate needs by mailing my most frequently accessed friends using Gmail. But I thought I could resync my new work phone with Google Contacts again using Google Sync. Helas, the Nokia 6500 Classic is not supported even though it supports SyncML. :(
However, I still have a recent backup of my N73 on the SD card (created backups monthly) and a colleague mentioned I should give Nokia NbuExplorer a try... :) Cool! Will do! Or convert them using the ABCNBU utility.

What have we learned from all this?!? No matter how inconvenient and bloatware and terrible Nokia OTI aka PC Suite is, it is worth trying to strip it down to the bare minimum so you can make regular backups of your contacts... because you never know when you'll really need that!

IMAP Email on the Nokia 6230

Having spent an hour trying to get Gmail access working on my old Nokia 6230, I gave up an reverted to using XS4ALL, my ISP. I know that used work. Using their excellent online helpdesk I quickly retrieved the settings and verified once more IMAP access to my Email is working.
I think the trick is the Nokia doesn't support SSL. So configuring IMAP using SSL ports 993 and 465 for secure, private and encrypted Emails to and from their server, didn't work. However, using TLS (ports 143 and 587 resp.) worked fine! Now that I know that, I may switch over the Gmail if needed. For now it's nice to know I can send/receive Emails on my phone should I need it.

Update: I think Gmail will never work on the 6230. Gmail requires the use of SSL over port 993 for incoming IMAP mails. The phone only supports TLS (port 143). Bummer.

Nokia 6500 classic from work

Work gets me a new Nokia 6500 classic. Very bare bone but decent enough. Symbian OS, so that gets me some flexibility. Hope I get it on time for my vacation... Be good to have all my contacts synced with Google again.

Update: FUCK, it's not a Symbian-powered Nokia, it's the Nokia Series 40 OS. Grrr

Mobile phone broken

At LIEF festival, my phone fell and while the batteries were already empty at 4pm, the phone hasn't come back up online since. :( RIP I guess. It's a 3 year old Nokia N73. I had been looking at a replacement for while but haven't found one that really tips the scales. I like Symbian OS phone for their versatility and usability, although they are usually s l o w. The CPU is underpowered to make it cheaper and/or last longer on one charge. So... I really wanted to try a Google Android phone, just because I can, however they suck so far. Ugly. Bricks. Needless to say, I am running from my backup phone the ancient Nokia 6230 - and bearing with it for now. My work (KPN) might give me a decent upgrader but I still want an Android.

Lucky for me, my brother from another mother MrVanes has the same wishes, desires and longings - gadget-wise that is. ;)

Nokia 'Rover' N900 tablet phone

Apple iTablet, Nokia N-tablet, smartphone, tabletphone, smarttablet... whatever. I've been drooling over the tablet series of Nokia (n770, n800, n810) for as long as they're been around. The latest Nokia 'Rover' N900 is no exception.

Update: Photos of N900 running Maemo Linux

Sync Google Contacts with your Nokia N-Series

Forgot to blog about this earlier, but I don't backup my mobile phone's address book anymore. Instead, I sync it with Google Contacts. That way I always have a backup handy. And I get to edit the addresses, names and numbers on the web where I can also add an Email address easily (vs on the phone). Now I have everyone's phone number on the web and their email address on my phone. Cool!

Oh and Google has support for *way* more devices! Check for yours...

New smartphone?

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Been thinking about replacing my 2+ year old Nokia N73. I like the Symbian S60 OS esp. now that it's been open sourced. So I'll stick with it even though it can be a tad slow from time to time. So far, the sparkling new Nokia E75 email-savvy mobile phone and E55 look promising. Any thoughts?

Update: E75 specs look very promising! Android is also on my list. ;)

Nokia Quake III gains cool features

I think I've just found my next new smartphone! :)
The N82 supports Nokia Quake III. W00t And it now even supports bluetooth mice and keyboard! And an on-phone server, for those on-train in-transit LAN parties! ROFLMAO genius!

New firmware for my N73

Well, I finally updated the Nokia firmware. My desktop at work is Windows and I got a local admin account. So I installed the software and got it over with. Finally... I was still at the original firmware dated July 10th... sjeez!
/me reconfiguring phone now

Retro Rotary Mobile Phone

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The most brilliant retro mobile phone I have seen in ages is the ort-O-Rotary over at SparkFun!!! :)
It is a straight-forward, standard desktop rotary phone that is equipped with a 2000 mAh battery, a SIM card slot, tri-band network antenna and more. All you need to do is insert your SIM, grab a bag/backpack and go! ROFLMAO

Nokia N810 touched

T3 has been playing with Nokia's latest incarnation of the Linux tablet, the Nokia N810. So coool! B) Wanna have one, just because... 'nuf said

Sony GPS-CS1KA: add GPS data to your photos

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With Google Earth, Maps, TomTom and N95 in combination with GPS location data, GPS is becoming hot. Super hot. Adding GPS data to your photos makes them localized in an instant. iPhoto, Photoshop, smugmug, Flickr... everyone supports GPS data already. Now if only it would be easy to add GPS to your photos. A built-in GPS will come soon, but it will drain batteries even quicker. Enter little bitty devices such as Garmin and the new, sleek, sexy Sony GPS-CS1KA. Tack it to your belt while travelling and connect it to your PC when transferring images... Could it be that easy?! :)

N73 firmware versions

Some guy is listing all known Nokia N73 firmware versions, bugs, known issues and fixes. :respect:
Turns out that I am about a zillion versions behind. :( That's what I get for being an early adopter. When I checked, there was no new version...
BTW, press *#0000# to see which versions you have. This works on all Nokia phones.

Syncing magic with GCALDaemon

Google Calendar, or GCal, is quickly becoming the ubiquitous calendering application that everyones syncs with. I can sync my Nokia N73 with it, for instance. But most iCal-aware calendars also can!
Read the article Syncing magic with GCALDaemon for information on syncing Mozilla Lightning or Sunbird with GCal... Cool! B)

New Nokia N800 Internet Tablet available now

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As I said, Nokia introduced the N800 Internet Tablet at the CES today. Check the link for pictures and details. :drool:
Detailed specs are listed on the NokiaUSA site.

Nokia N800 Linux tablet

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Even though it's not yet officially released, it seems you can already buy the new Nokia N800, successor to the super cool and geeky N770 Linux tablet PC. The N800 appearantly contains twice the RAM and a faster processor. It has two SD card slots, instead of one, and still shows WiFi as well as Bluetooth access. Nokia is said to introduce the N800 at the CES today...

GCALSYNC - synchronize your phone with Google Calendar

Carry your Google Calendar in your pocket! GCalSync is an open source application that lets you do a two-way synchronization between Google Calendar and your phone's built-in calendar. Download events to your phone, or add an event on your phone and upload it to Google Calendar.
I'm trying this out now. So far so good.