[maemo-users] N800 as a Business Productivity Tool

From: Acadia Secure Networks acadiasecurenets at aol.com
Date: Sat Feb 17 19:17:31 EET 2007

many of the router and 802.11 access point products with which I work 
are designed around the assumption that the predominant, and, in most 
cases, the only method of effecting remote (i.e. via the TCP/IP stack as 
opposed to a serial port) management is via http or, preferably, https 
to a www server. On the router side most of my experience is with the 
products of Cisco/Linksys but I assume that the others, e.g. Dlink, 
Netgear, Belkin, etc. use the same approach given the ubiquity, 
familiarty, ease of use of a www browser based client end interface.

Regarding the mail client I believe Nokia has to fix this, and do so 
sooner as opposed to later. For business use,  email is still the 
"killer" data app (somewhat to my surprise that it is still so after all 
these years) and for Nokia to have missed the opportunity to get this 
right just amazes me. the N800 won't be a viable business tool until 
they correct this, in my opinion, fatal software flaw/shortcoming. Now 
maybe that is a market that Nokia is not interested in for this product 
but I think that would be a mistake, especially since fixing it is a 
SMOP (Small Matter of Programming).

Best Regards,


John Holmblad



ktneely at astroturfgarden.com wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 16, 2007 at 05:09:11PM -0500, Acadia Secure Networks wrote:
>> Navigating the router admin port www pages was a little extra work 
>> (scrolling of 2 levels nested windows)  but with the N800 I was 
>> still able to perform the necessary configuration adjustments on 
> I would think that installing the ssh client would make router configuration much easier.  Of course, then you will likely need a keyboard, as well, but mine is as small as my 770.
> The ssh client would also cirumvent the problems associated with ActiveX, flash, Java, etc.
>>    As others have commented, the N800 mail client really needs
>>    improvement. It is nowhere year as useable useful as the Windows
>>    Mobile 5.0 (I call it Outlook-lite) client on my handset. For
> I have given up on the built-in mail client, using mutt on my home server 95% of the time.  I only fire it up when I know I am going to be without connectivity for a while and have some mail to go through.  Even then, I will likely scan with mutt first and get rid of a number of messages quickly.
>>    There needs to be a reader for Microsoft word .doc's, Excel .xls
>>    files, and Powerpoint .ppt files Perhaps a stripped down version 
>>    of
>>    Openoffice would be a workable solution for this requirement.
> I have not tried, indeed, I am a bit afraid, to try the Google Docs & spreadsheets for this function.  It should be simple to forward a message with one of these docs to the appropriate import email address and then view via the browser; if it could handle it, and I worry that the 770 cannot.  Maybe it or the 800 would handle it just fine.  I need to check it out.
> Also, I believe gnumeric is available for maemo.  I have also seen abiword, but cannot figure out how to install it.
> K
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