[maemo-users] OpenOffice (was Bluetooth keyboard?)

From: Mark wolfmane at gmail.com
Date: Fri Apr 25 23:09:30 EEST 2008
On Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 1:25 PM, Kevin T. Neely
<ktneely at astroturfgarden.com> wrote:
> > per-MB charges. Meanwhile, free Wi-Fi is ubiquitous in most metro
>  > areas, where the need for urgent Internet access is most likely to
>  > occur, and it's way faster than any form of wireless phone network
>  Great!  then we can assume wireless access, and will snip the rest off

No, we can't! That's the point! Often there is no wireless access in
the time and place where the document needs to be *edited* or created,
not simply viewed. If I need to download something, then I can usuall
go somewhere else long enough to do that, because whatever prompted
the need to do the download was due to either Internet or cell phone
access in the first place, which implies a metro area. Most of the
time, both the files and apps need to be on the device itself. What
does it take to get that point through?

>  > >but should be implementable (is that a word) for just about anyone.
>  >
>  > Nope. Not even close.
>  Guess I need a better word then.  Still.  VNC server is basically install, choose a port, and forward that port on the router.  That is pretty much a point-and-click procedure.  It may take a bit of playing around, but will be nowhere near as difficult as fiddling with beta versions of OO tablet edition.

If I'm at a meeting, and need to work with documents at that meeting,
and there's no possibility of Internet access at the meeting location
(*usually* the case for me), then *no* network-based application will
work. Again, the only bulletproof solution is to have both the apps
and the files on the device.

>  > Wrong again. I have yet to have a recent version of OOo choke on any
>  > Word, Excel, or Powerpoint file I've thrown at it, or even screw up
>  I am sure that OO (if it were implemented) on a tablet would choke on complex docs.  And the main point is that it is not currently on the tablet, so this is an in-the-meantime solution that is not difficult and may actually be useful.

Not when it's a straight-across port, not a stripped down complete
rewrite. And it exists, but I'm not capable of repackaging the armel
files to ITOS2008 install debs.

>  But, I came up with a second solution.  I think you'll like this one:  From the original post, I did not realize you had access to the files ahead of time.  If you have that, you can use OO.org to convert to pdf and then use evicne on the tablet to view them.  voila!

That's fine if all you need to do is view them. I need to be able to
edit them. And create new ones from scratch. And in general,
manipulate them in exactly the same ways that I would on my desktop.

On paper, the eee PC has very little more horsepower, no advantage in
storage (because the N800 has two full-sized SD slots instead of the
one in the eee PC), and actually has less versatility, because it
doesn't have bluetooth or a touch screen and is a lot less portable.
And yet, it has a full version of OOo.

If I had known how little of the potential of the N800 was being
realized, I would have opted for the eee PC instead. I actually was
hoping to get both, but because of a boatload of unexpected expenses
in the last few months can't possibly swing the eee PC now, and
probably not for a very long time.


More information about the maemo-users mailing list