[maemo-users] N8xx ponderings

From: Rick Bilonick rab at nauticom.net
Date: Fri Mar 6 19:15:15 EET 2009
On Thu, 2009-03-05 at 14:21 -0800, lakestevensdental wrote:
> After using a variety of small internet communication/computing devices, 
> (n800, n810, netbook-eee PC on Xandros, Ubuntu and now XP, plus and Ipod 
> Touch), I've come to some conclusions that might be worth sharing. 
> 1. None of these devices is a truly one size fits all solution for small 
> computing/communication needs. They've all got strengths and weaknesses.
> 2. For 'serious' portable use, an XP netbook is great.  Good browsing, 
> media player, typing, etc.  It's limits are with casual use -- you can't 
> carry it in your pocket and you've got to be sitting up in bed to use it. 

Yes, that's what I want to do. Support a monopoly so they can use their
money to deny me the use of open source software and so they can go on
trying to disrupt and pervert standards for their own ends. My HP2133
running any Linux distribution I want is exactly what I want.

Why not put Vista on your netbook and then use it as a boat anchor?

> 3. There is a definite market niche for a n810/Ipod touch like item.  
> The open source of the n8xx series is generally very good.  However, for 
> much of the Maemo 'freeware' that one can get, there's usually an equal 
> or better inexpensive Ipod Apple App.  There's some Ipod ap's that you 
> can't get on the n8xx. 

Who really cares? Let the idiots have their walled gardens. I want a
device that let's me choose what I want to do - not some bozo at Apple.

> 4. If I were designing the next generation of internet tablet devices, 
> I'd attempt to create a 'standard' plug and play interface for the 
> interior hardware.  In other words, when a faster chip/board comes out, 
> perhaps with new features (like cell phone chip, or motion sensor), 
> users could just pop the old hardware out, plug the upgrade in, boot up, 
> install some new drivers and move on with the rest of my device intact.  
> Then one would offer this open standard for anyone to make plug and play 
> tablet hardware for.
> The reality to all of these devices is it's the software and user 
> interface that makes them work, or not work.  The current limitations 
> are primarily hardware oriented.  It takes a lot of investment to 
> develop new units of both hardware and software.  Hence the suggestion 
> to share the load by adopting some common standards which might speed up 
> development of the entire genre. 
> Just a few thoughts... 

Now if we could just get rid of verizon and comcast.

Rick B.

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