So you’ve heard me talk of the Nokia 770 (which I own) and the Nokia 800. Nokia just started selling the Nokia 810, a sleeker more feature packed version of the 800. For starters, it sports a slide out keyboard, GPS, and is smaller than its predecessors. Wifi and bluetooth as usual and a camera. The new model sports a built-in stand. Software wise, the browser is webkit based and some improvements were made to flash performance. I hear it plays youtube and flash video just fine but I have not tried it myself. For most people interested in either an iPhone or a UMPC, I strongly recommend the N810 as a more capable alternative.
So you’ve got a brand new Nokia 770 or N800 and some bozo in your office went and spent a grand on a UMPC and is showing off. Needless to say, talking about Linux, hackability and speed to a non-geek audience would be an utter waste of time. So what’s a geek to do? why install Canola of course! Canola is a media center type application for the Maemo platform. It runs on both the Nokia 770 and the 800. Although beau-coup memory is needed to have your multimedia on the device itself, you can also stream content straight out of your PC or NAS as long as you install the proper UPNP software. Update: Canola 2 is out, please help test it and provide feedback to the authors at http://openbossa.indt.org.br/canola/
The Venture One sounds like a dream vehicle from reading its planned specifications, but hopefully a dream that will come true when the first model rolls off the assembly line in 2009. Ian Bruce is hard at work with several other companies to assemble the initial 3 configurations for this futuristic leaning 3 wheeler based on the Carver.
It is expected to give drivers sport car like performance with 100mpg and top speeds of 100mph, with the fun and excitement of a motorcycle thanks to a complex yet elegant hydraulic system that allows the front part of the car to lean independent of the rear.
I’ve got my name on the waiting list for this one…
Here we go again… I am leaving in 2 days for Vancouver again. This is a repeat of last year’s visa stamping thing at the US consulate there. It should go much smoother this time since they already have most of my information on their computers. I guess we’ll see if I am staying 6 days or a month and a half like last time 🙁
On a brighter note, I have been mucking around with Ubuntu on an IBM Thinkpad T42. I have to say that so far, it pretty darn good after running automatix and bringing over the Tahoma font from the NTFS partition. Performance is acceptable and the features are just amazing. I will be taking this laptop with me to Vancouver and working remotely through VPN, which incidentally was a breeze to configure on Ubuntu.
Blender 3D is open source 3D modeling and animation software that runs on Windows, Linux and OSX. This is sort of like 3DMax only much much much better.
It was used for such things as the staging of Spiderman 2 scenes, the open source movie “Elephants have dreams too” and other impressive videos. Checkout www.blender.org for more info.