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Apple’s Iphone, the various Google Android phones by Samsung, HTC and probably others, and Nokia’s Symbian phones are fighting on the smart phone market. As far as I know, Iphone is “closed” and you can only download those apps that Apple lets you have. Android lets you use any apps, and I assume Symbian is similar, though I’ve heard it’s old-fashioned. I don’t have real experience with any of these phones.

What’s really missing from the palette is an open source OS.

Well, there is one, Nokia’s Maemo, nowadays called MeeGo when they started co-operation with Intel. Only one phone, N900 uses it currently. I’m waiting for the next one, N9. Just look at a source example. All graphical development is done with Qt. It’s apparently not sucky since even XFLR5 managed to move into it quickly.

I’m using Linux at home, Windows at work and a Mac every now and then, like when the Windows is acting up every day or when I’m not at home. So this writing comes from a Macbook.

I hate Windows’ instability and sucky performance, Apple’s quirks and desire to do things differently (how do I get {} brackets on this keyboard?) and Linux’ need to fiddle with configs to get things to work.

I love Windows’ hardware versatility and choice of programs, Apple’s “things just work”* approach to software and hardware and Linux’s powerfulness and openness.

As a phone, I’m using a Nokia 6310i from 2002. The battery lasts more than a week and the user interface is snappy. It has a monochrome display. Hope N9 will be ready soon. You could run Dosbox on N900. Irssi. XFLR5. Just anything. In case something goes wrong, Android will be my fallback option.

*who ever thought that waking from sleep mode should take 15 to 45 minutes,
or connecting to a wireless connection should take forever and require ten
different cross-preventing logic levels? That every week you should
download updates that would require long installing times and reboots?
That the additional desktop room should switch from the left to the right side...
Apparently, someone at Microsoft, but nobody at Apple. I don't think it's
great innovation, it's just making things not suck.

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Vesireittejä

If the city flooded – the water routes would allow escaping

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Archie

I have to admit I was skeptical at first. What can a pile of trash bricks, mud and sand do, on a barren poisoned wasteland? Or some pouches of dirt around this and other abandoned post-industrial zones in the city? Apparently, a month later, the most awesome party ever, where everybody makes their own pizza and bakes it in the centerpiece of the whole happening, Archie the dome oven. Pumpkin, Zucchini, Beetroot, Onion farmed by the city farmers. Even the honeybees had participated. A huge thanks to everyone!

People building archie the clay oven in Helsinki

Building Archie

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Curvirostra, I think, in the blog header picture. (Shot through a scope. My parents’ camera’s light baffle fits over the eyepiece almost perfectly.) It’s probably not Pytyopsittacus or Leucoptera. The latter dines in larch but these didn’t have the clear white stripes in the wings and it’s more rare anyway.

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Away Again

for a few weeks. The camera had some trouble transferring the pictures to the computer too so you didn’t see any cool stuff yet, sorry.

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Return

I’ve come back from the Baltics and Berlin. The blog title picture is from Vilnius, the viewpoint near the old fortress. I’ll write and post more photos later.

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Regarding light gathering area and sensor noise are harsh. Well, it was cheap and it’s tiny and has a rechargeable battery. Maybe it’ll do something worthwhile. The view is from the kitchen window after 11 pm. Why do these things have 10 megapixels? I took the pic in 3 MP mode,  scaled it down in Gimp to about one and it’s still too big, most of the information is just noise. Better use that smallest picture mode so I can use that SD card for a loong time… I also edited the curves slightly to bring more forest and less white in the sky. OK, maybe I’m being a bit rough on it, that’s a huge contrast between the sky and the trees.

Nine Megapixels Noise, One Signal

Nikon Coolpix S203 it is by the way, though these are all probably made in the same factory… 😉

If someone brought to market a 3 mpix camera with twice the quantum well depth, that’d be interesting.

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