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Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

Nokia 770 Internet TabletI picked up one of these a few months ago at CompUSA for $350.00. The Nokia 770 is a product that’s attempting to fill/recreate a new market. It is called an “Internet Tablet” and that is it’s primary purpose. The screen resolution (800×480) is the best I’ve seen in a handheld device; very nice. Internet connection is through a bluetooth phone or via wifi. I have not used the bluetooth feature and have read that it is finicky, however I do use the wifi and I’m happy with it. Browsing the web is much like from a desktop. I’ve had a few issues with flash heavy sites; which can crash it, and there’s no java runtime. If you want a small device to surf the net and check you email via wifi the Nokia 770 is it. However, this is also a geek toy. The OS is based on Debian Linux and various Linux applications have already been ported to it. When I got mine I promptly installed xterm, dropbear-client, dropbear-key, dropbear-server, load-plugin, nannoid, pymaemo-runtime, and vim-tiny. How did I live with out one? 😉

If you get one check out these sites:

Maemo.org, Internet Tablet Talk, and Teemu’s Blog

LinuxSmith Linux Compatibility Rating: Excellent




Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000

QuickCam 5000I purchased a Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 at CompUSA, which with effort will work under Linux. It requires the uvcvideo kernel module and newer Linux programs that support v4l2, such as Ekiga and luvcview. If you want an webcam for Linux that just works with little or no effort, I would suggest the Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000, which as of March 2006 is at BestBuy for about $80.00.

Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 specs:

  • Takes up to 1.3 Megapixel photos
  • Build in Microphone (Doesn’t work under Linux yet)
  • 640×480 VGA sensor
  • USB 2

Update: With Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) this camera just works. I haven’t tested the audio however, so not sure it %100 works yet. I updated the rating, but now this information is no longer accurate for current Ubuntu.

LinuxSmith Linux Compatibility Rating: Limited




Ubuntu on Toshiba Satellite P25-S676

Toshiba LaptopI’m working on a howto: Installation of Ubuntu Linux on a Toshiba Satellite P25-S676. When I purchased this laptop I could not find a decent howto, so I will attempt to provide one. I, however, am not recommeding this laptop for Linux users for various reasons. This laptop mostly works with Linux just fine, but there are issues with the shut down while the power is plugged in, and the keyboard is odd. I guess my only major issue with it is the shut down problem, which is easly dealt with, but it can be annoying. There are better Linux laptops options out there now.

LinuxSmith Linux Compatibility Rating: Okay




Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

I’ve been teaching myself python in attempt to gain some programming ability. An opportunity came about at work for me to exercise my newly learned skills. I coded for a week straight. A lot of errors needed to be corrected and I had to learn about cgi. For my first useful programming attempt I think it went well. In the process I discovered Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI). I’ve had issues with pain before from using the computer, but this went further the usual. A day or two away from the computer usually fixes the issue, but this time it seemed to linger. That is how I ran into the Workrave. “Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit. Please refer to the feature comparison for a complete list of features, and how the program performs with respect to other programs on the market. The program runs on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows.”