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You’ve been unaccepted!

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

So, semi-tried to get into the N810 device program, guess I failed. The announcement at Quim Gils personal blog said the accepted parties had been contacted. And since I didn’t receive a notification, I’m not in.

The interesting part is now, how many of the 400 that didn’t get accepted are currently engaged in going over spam folders, reading one viagra mail after another, starting to consider various happy pills or wondering if their penis size has something to do with the missing mail. Not sending out a rejected mail is just adding insult to injury. Out of the 400 rejected applications there must be a whole lot of them that put their hearts and minds to them. A whole bunch of them probably tried hard as they might to gather as much karma as possible which was announced the day after the program closed.

Not only did they not get accepted, Nokia saw it fit to raise their middle finger and silently tell them their work or idea wasn’t good enough.

I’m personally not that surprised I didn’t get accepted, my application was not the greatest of them all, not by far. It was written with the current pet peeve in mind, usability and overall user experience. The things I’m referring to are those minor bugs, if you might even call them that. More like blemishes, it’s the zit of the application, the small things you don’t really bother with fixing unless you’re Rasterman and live for pixel perfection. It’s the oddities, the small inconsistency that raises an eyebrow but finally gets thrown on the pile of annoyances that makes up for the overall experience.

UPDATE Please realize that this post is ONLY about the flipside of being accepted. It’s NOT intended as a rant “oh my god, I SO deserve to be accepted and Nokia is a big bad evil company”.

Not at all.

Seriously.

I applaud the application program, the people running it and the effort. I just had to jot down my thoughts about what some 400 people (-1 (me)) were going through once the hoorays on blogs, irc and such started to pour in :)

referrer

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Finally managing the blog from the 770, since opera does not send referrer as default or is it configurable I thought I was out of luck. But oh yay, it was just a simple matter of editing ~/.opera/opera.ini to include Enable Referrer=0 \o/, just run this in your xterm with all browser windows closed:

sed -i /^Enable/s/Referrer=0/Referrer=1/ ~/.opera/opera.ini

Oh can you shut that thing off?

Monday, January 30th, 2006

So I annoyed myself about this a few days ago when I found myself listening to some music on the 770, had my PSP at home and my iAudio is still being repaired. Having german music blasting out of the headphones when you trying to order a coffe is probably not the best thing, so what to do when you do not have a remote? Try to remove the cover and quickly press stop without unplugging the headphones and treating everyone to a bit of your taste in music. *sigh* Hardly efficient :) Thankfully someone raised a similar question on #maemo earlier today which prompted me to throw together a rather silly script. Unplugging the headphones will set the volume 0 :) (I made it remember the current values aswell, but just to show the person on IRC.) Stupid hack I agree, but I found it quite useful and will promptly put in among the init scripts.

HP="/sys/devices/platform/gpio-switch/headphone/connection_switch"
MAIN=0
HEAD=80
while true; do
        NEW=$(cat $HP)
        if [ "$OLD" != "$NEW" ]; then
                if [ "$NEW" = "connected" ]; then
                        gconftool -s /apps/osso/sound/master_volume -t int $HEAD
                else
                        gconftool -s /apps/osso/sound/master_volume -t int $MAIN
                fi
        fi
        if [ "$NEW" = "connected" ]; then
                HEAD=$(gconftool -g /apps/osso/sound/master_volume)
        else
                MAIN=$(gconftool -g /apps/osso/sound/master_volume)
        fi
        OLD=$NEW
        sleep 1
done