[maemo-users] my two big fustrations with the N800 - please help me find aworkaround!

From: James Knott james.knott at rogers.com
Date: Sun Jul 22 04:39:29 EEST 2007
DrFredC.com wrote:
> James Knott wrote:
>> My point is that since it is almost a general purpose computer, people
>> should be able to do what ever they want with it, including PDA
>> function.  That said, I find some of the apps are not quite "there" yet,
>> as far as product quality and usability go.  For example, while there is
>> an email client, the import function doesn't import properly from Sea
>> Monkey, in that it mixes up a couple of fields.  The capability is
>> certainly in the device, we simply need the applications to use it properly.
>> Another problem I've encountered, is with remote X apps.  On my desktop
>> linux systems, I can remotely run apps, via ssh and X.  While I can
>> start and display those apps on my N800, I can't use the keyboard or
>> hand writing recognition to entere anything.  This has been part of X
>> and Unix/Linux for many years, yet it's broken on the N800.-
> I agree that Nokia could perhaps do a little more to direct folks to PIM 
> apps for the N800.  However, in the big picture, I'm sure they will 
> come, probably sooner than later. 
> As for importing into the n800 mail client, my experience is there are 
> also problems with importing from Thunderbird.  However, curiously, I 
> imported my TBird address book into my N800, then exported it back to 
> another computer which needed a TBird address book update.  Here I 
> corrected the goofed up assignments (nickname and emails were 
> reversed).  Then I exported back to the N800 and the corrections were 
> correctly displayed in the N800.  Go figure.   I suppose it's possible 
> that TBird had an update in the interum that might have played a role.   
> Or something else was in play. 
>   It would be very nice to get a Tbird (or Seamonkey) on the N800 that 
> would have junk mail and folder filters.   It's a  big struggle to use 
> the n800 to sort thru a couple hundred emails a day which Tbird does on 
> my laptop without much trouble.  Seems to me most of these TBird 
> features were available back when I was  bulleting along with a 133 M 
> processor with 128M of memory.  

I have no use for those who insist we shouldn't ask for things because
it's an "internet tablet".  While that may be it's name, it is in fact a
Linux box, which is capable of so much more.  I haven't used the email
client for much more than sending a few messages.  I run my own imap
server at home and before I connect the N800 mail client to it, I have
to get around to configuring OpenVPN to connect to my home network from
elsewhere.  My email spam filtering is done by Seamonkey, which is
always running on my main system.  I have come across a few other "half
assed" apps that could be really nice, if only someone would make the

The N800 is a very capable device that could do a lot more if certain
people would just get over that "internet tablet" speed bump.
Any device that's capable of running OpenVNC client or a spread sheet is
more than capable of being a PDA replacement as well as many other things.

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