Archive for November, 2009


The cool thing about the address book is the it is integrated with Skype and VoIP accounts. However, one feature I miss from my S60 phone is the ability to call fax numbers.

The N900 assumes that a fax number is not dial-able. Unfortunately, I used fax numbers from my GMail Contacts for additional numbers. Now when I sync with Google Contacts, I can’t dial the fax number. There is already a bug created for this issue.

Another feature lacking is speed-dial. The phone app requires selection of the contact or complete number-entry.

Hopefully they will change this “limitation” in the production firmware.


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Playing Flash games offline

November 15, 2009 3 comments

Played around with Flash games offline today.

Flash 9 support on the N900 opens up the Flash gaming possibilities greatly. Having the option to play the games when a data connection isn’t available is cool.

The setup for Offline Flash games on the N900 is just like on the desktop.

    Download the flash (swf) file. A goodplace is Click the Download link to get the file
    Open the browser

    From the menu, select Open File

    Select the downloaded file

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Bloxorz offline on the N900

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Facebook MafiaWars

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vpnc (beta)

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IRC using Xchat

November 8, 2009 1 comment

Last night I enabled the extras-devel repository to see what apps are coming down the pipeline. It was nice to see a lot of cool apps in the works like Canola, Irreco, MediaBox and DrNokSnes.

I was particularly interested in getting IRC set up so I checked out Xchat. Earlier, the guys in the maemo channel advised me to use a version prior to the one current so I installed 2.6.8.maemo10.fremantle1 manually using apt-get:

apt-get install xchat=2.8.6-maemo10fremantle1

The installation was smooth and I was up and running on it in no time. However, the UI feels clutterred and it needs a Maemo5 makeover before it is finger-friendly.

NOTE: Extra caution needs to exerted when dealing with this repo because all the apps in there are in beta and are therefore perfectly capable of causing serious injury to the device!

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Changing the Nokia welcome video

November 7, 2009 2 comments

Like all Nokia phones, the N900 also starts with Nokia’s signature video of clasping hands.

Thanks to the freedom allowed by the Maemo platform (and this post), its easy to change the welcome video (provided its of the right format and resolution).

In order to use rootfs more frugally, I saved the new video in /opt and created a symbolic link to it in the media (/usr/share/hildon-welcome/media) directory.


I also modified the default.conf file with the name of the link so that the conf file will not have to be changed when I choose a new video.


from now on, the penguin will be welcoming me. :likes:

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