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Gas-Balls

September 5, 2010 2 comments

Checked out Gas-Balls from the Ovi Store.

Its a nice Live-Wallpaper-like application developed by Nokia. The gas balls bounce around on the desktop, respond to tilt, and explode in vibrant colors when touched.

It comes in 3 modes:

1) Fullscreen

2) Background

This mode will turn the app into a Live-Wallpaper but still respond to tilt and touch.

3) Transparent

This mode will run as a transparent layer on top of the current background.

The app is resource intensive but nice to play around with. The physics behind it are impresssive as the balls bounce on the widgets and the flames wrap around desktop widgets. Its also good to see Nokia still coming up with apps for Maemo.

Now the downside. It doesn’t play well with Live-Wallpaper. Sherman-Aquarium disappeared but continued to take system-resources. Had to restart it from the Settings.

Either way, its worth a look!

Update: Added YouTube video by murfad

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Jailbreaking over MobileHotspot

September 5, 2010 10 comments

After buying an iPhone 3gS today, I took my 6 year old to Chuck-E-Cheese’s as I had promised last week; even though I find its ambience utterly unbearable.

In order to use the 3gS on T-Mobile, I had planned to jailbreak it after getting home. But while hanging out at ChuckE, in the midst of the yelling, crying and laughing kids, it occurred to me that a jailbreak using a hotspot tether over 3G is entirely possible!

So I whipped out the N900, fired up MobileHotspot, and laid it on the table away from the pizza and soda stains while my son was busy dropping tokens in mindless games. After its usual set of annoyances, the Hotspot started; and the iPhone duly picked it up. It was then simply a matter of going to jailbreakme.com and sliding to begin 🙂

T-Mobile’s connection, thankfully, remained solid during the download and the process completed painlessly.

Once again, the N900 brought joy.

T-Mobile’s IPv6 beta-service

September 4, 2010 1 comment

T-Mobile USA is currently inviting its subscribers to test their IPv6 beta service if they have an IPv6 enabled device. The N900 does not support IPv6 out-of-the-box but the Maemo platform is easily capable of enabling IPv6 via a custom kernel. So, if you are feeling adventurous with the N900 and want to help the best carrier in the US, sign-up for the beta!

To test the beta-service, you need to:

1. be on T-Mobile’s unlimited data-plan. This also includes those who managed to get the $10 unlimited plan.

2. register on their website by filling out a form and wait for the confirmation. The response time in my case was a couple of hours.

The setup for the N900 is quite straightforward. In general the following will setup a dual-stack (IPv6/IPv4), details on this post; and a lot more here. If you would like IPv6 only instead, look here

1. Install Power kernel.

2. Download the 2 enable and disable scripts,place them in the /etc/network/if-up.d/ and /etc/network/if-down.d/ folders respectively, and make them executable.

3. Edit the APN info in the 00_enable_apn_ipv6 script.

MY_IPv4_APN="internet2.voicestream.com"
MY_IPv6_APN="ccinternet2.t-mobile.com"
MY_IPv6_USERNAME=""
MY_IPv6_PASSWORD=""
ADD_IPv6_DNS="yes"

4. Enable IPv6 DNS in the browser. about:config. set disableIPv6 to false. Its worth noting that Opera Mobile supports it by default!

5. Restart 3G service using 3G/2G Mode Selection Applet. Select 2G then 3G.

6. Start the T-Mobile internet connection and navigate to http://ipv6.whatismyipv6.com/ to see your IPv6 address.

The Browser will work but Skype won’t. Other services not yet working (IPv6 enabled) are MSN and Tor.

There’s some useful info on Google’s IPv6 service, here

Enjoy!

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