Scripting News for 9/29/07

Notes on the N800 

I still didn’t have the N800 working reliably on my home network, but it worked everywhere else I tried it, so I was determined to figure out what was wrong. I heard about a program called Kismac that helps you debug wifi, and it was a little bit of help. But the tide turned when I decided to turn off wifi routers (I had four running) and see if the N800 would start working. Well, one of my two Airport Extremes made the difference, when I turned it off, the N800 started working. So after a bit I tried turning it back on, and the N800 still worked. No explanation, but knock wood, it’s still working an hour later.

One nice side-effect of having Flash on the N800 is that YouTube works. I was able to watch the great MoveOn ad about Senator Mitch McConnell. It looked great on the N800.

Now I’m looking for a VNC client. I’d also like to play old TV shows on it, but the video player doesn’t have the rich set of codecs baked into VLC which has spoiled me.

Battery life on this thing is outstanding.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for your bleeding edge work with the N800. Living in toolieville, I hadn’t even heard of this thing til you began your journey. Seems it’s like what Palm should’ve evolved their PDAs towards. Gawbless Linux; I imagine PDA-type apps, esp. calendars and contact lists, will get themselves into this world.

    — stan


  2. Hi there.

    For more video codec support in the N800, try out mplayer

    There’s a download/install link on that page.

    It’s not the prettiset of apps, but will bring up a list of videos on all your storage cards and let you play them. Xvid is supported. Not tried divx yet.

    There’s another mediaplayer/photo viewer out there somewhere too called Canola, which looks nicer, but has some issues with some of the video I have tried.

    If you want to browse podcasts, you could try hopping over to too.

    Every member also has their own N800 interface eg:

    hope this helps.



  3. A VNC viewer is listed here.</a<


  4. Just testing out the ipod touch in the apple store in london. It takes ages to type anything. Actially i think i’m getting used to the keyboard. Anyways bye.


  5. You should also take a look at Video Center for the N800 which supports RSS feed enclosures and acts as a podcatcher. Comes loaded with a Rocketboom and a podshow feed

    You can set which media player it uses, if you dont use the default.

    Another very cool thing on the N800 is an app called MaemoMapper which is a GPS mapping app which I connect to GPS via an external bluetooth GPS unit.

    Shame the camera on the N800 isn’t that good, but works ok for video conferencing. (amazingly)


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