[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: Ognen Duzlevski ognen at naniteworld.com
Date: Fri Mar 6 18:41:58 EET 2009
Julius Szelagiewicz wrote:
> 	The biggest beef seems to be that the Nokia tablets are not aimed
> at the idiots. As a business decision, it may be misguided, since idiots
> constitute a vast majority of the buying public. Personally I like to be
> treated as an adult.


My intended application for the N800 is controlling Lego Mindstorms NXT 
bricks. For that purpose the N800 is actually a very cool device (runs 
Linux, has bluetooth and USB, can run python etc.).  I have another N800 
that I bought as a portable "lazy-man's" gadget - that portion has not 
played out so well. The idea was to take it on trips for movies, 
browsing the web and use it as a GPS. None of these have worked out well 
(for me, YMMV). I have since bought an Eee and that puppy is miles ahead 
of the N8x0 for my intended uses, mind you, it costs approximately the 
same and runs Linux or you can put Ubuntu on it yourself, which is what 
I did.

My main beef with N800 is the difference between advertised 
functionality and what you actually get. Maemo community is great BUT 
there seems to be an enormous amount of confusion out there on what the 
device can actually do and how to get it done between the various 
versions of maemo. I am used to hacking stuff all day but maybe 
sometimes, just sometimes, I don't want to serve the gadget and I want 
the gadget to serve me.

I kind of resent the wording in your email - that the beef with the 
device is that it is not meant for idiots. I have a CS degree, have even 
published a paper or two, co-wrote a chapter in a scientific textbook 
and have been a programmer for most of my life (on Linux). I don't 
consider myself to be an idiot by any means.


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