[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: Julius Szelagiewicz julius at turtle.com
Date: Fri Mar 6 20:16:49 EET 2009
	I'm sorry that you took offence at my joke. This really was a
joke, but obviously poorly worded.

	I find it mildly amusing that people complain about N810
functionality and the need to add application at the same breath praising
Iphones and saying how they were able to download applications to make
their very, very expensive device functional. The real price of an Iphone
is the monthly rental charge disguised in the phone bill.

	My experience with all thing "screen" on N8x0 is mixed - the
applications perform well enough, my eyes don't.

	Since I didn't see any ads for N8x0 devices, I don't feel cheated,
on the contrary, I think that a N810 for $220 is a tremendous value.

	So please don't take offence at feeble jokes. Without going into
my degrees and decades of programming, I happily admit to being an idiot
about most, if not all, things in life. It took me very long to lose my
delusions of adequacy, just shows that I'm slow.


On Fri, 6 Mar 2009, Ognen Duzlevski wrote:

> 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.
> >
> Julius,
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Ognen

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