As I mentioned earlier, in my posting 'Nokia 770 (Part 4)' VNC is an efficient utility to get remote access. In the previous example, I used the Nokia 770 as a VNC Viewer utility, this time it's the other way around. I installed a VNC Server on the Nokia 770 so I could remotely control the 770 from other PCs, Windows, Linux, it doesn't matter.
Is this usefull ? Yes, when you are planning to type a lot on the 770, for example when preparing some bash scripts, in stead of buying an expensive bluetooth keyboard, now I can just use the VNC server application on the 770, and the VNC viewer on your pc or laptop.
What's hot these days, as mentioned on Cebit, the UMPC, the Ultra Mobile PC, sometimes also called a Origami Tablet PC.
The Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) addresses these needs with small, stylish products you can carry with you everywhere you go. The UMPC devices offer ultra-portable sizes and long battery life, plus full PC and Internet capabilities, so you can access your favorite web pages anytime, virtually anywhere!
The UMPC, it's an interesting new development, curious to see how this will proceed. Currently having the impression that the size of the devices is too big, the weight of the devices is too heigh and the available functionality inside is a bit overkill. It seems to be a portable pc without keyboard and less power.
This kind of device is for sure usefull for some people, however, a lot of people are just looking for a small device providing easy internet access which has a fair price; not really looking for a complete pc or portable pc replacement.
Wondering what the price setting will be, 600 EUR or more for a UMPC, it's worth this amount of EUR ?
Anyhow, the Nokia Internet Tablet is still a great device, no matter what the Microsoft marketing campaign will tell the end user.
The Nokia 770 has it (almost) all, ... internet connectivity, beautiful screen, the appropriate size, the appropriate price, very good battery life, capability to listen to streaming audio, to watch movies, listen to music, voip (very) soon... and last but not least, it has a Linux OS inside, so less viruses, less spyware, ... and finally a great community behind.
Of course, it's good to have more such devices on the market. Finally, the end user will benefit from the competition between different vendors, between different visions. These kind products will evolve much the coming years, cuurious to see how the Internet Tablet will look like in 2008 (not so far from now, isn't it ;-) ).
As most of the linux people already know, VNC (Virtual Network Computing) is a very useful application. VNC, a client/server software package allowing remote network access to graphical desktops. It is remote control software which allows you to view and interact with one computer (the "server") using a simple program (the "viewer") on another computer anywhere on the Internet. The two computers don't even have to be the same type, meaning, they don't have to run the same operating system.
More information and pictures can be found on the next page.
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In order to try the video capabilities of the Nokia 770, I have converted the movie 'One Hour Photo' (2002 - Robin Williams) last night, using the Urho Konttori video converter for the Nokia 770, a very nice GPL utility ! The Media Converter lets you convert a long list of different video formats to the correct video size and format that the Nokia 770 supports.
I have tried to make a short video sample with my digital camera to give you an idea about how a movie is presented by the Nokia 770. The teaser (19 MB large) will be available for only a limited time period (due to bandwith consumption).
For those interested in some more technical details and a detailed list of the different video formats supported, see next page.
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Currently on the internet lots of ideas about hardware improvements are written down, from expandability, ... all the way to the famous 'more memory' and 'more cpu power (speed)'. Expandability, there are indeed some good and clever ideas, but would this increase the price ?
As Ari Jaaksi is mentioning in his blog "But now, the hardware is what it is. We?ve got a gorgeous screen, a pretty good size (not too big ? not too small), the device is tough and solid, and the price is right. Yes it is. You?ll see new hardware coming from Nokia in the future, but let?s now use the hardware we?ve got. We try hard to get enough units built, and get them to you. For more memory and speed, we?ll work with the software to try to improve the performance. Also, let?s remember that a 770 is not your regular PC. So comparing a 770 to your latest laptop makes no sense what comes to memory and speed. But I agree that there is room for improvement there. Our goal is to make internet tablets good internet citizens. All major internet use cases should be easily performed. Therefore, all kind of input related to this goal are carefully studied. We need to put things in priority order and keep on working."
The weekend will begin, so time to test some applications with some 'fun' inside. As my mother seems to play everyday a 'Sudoku' game, I gave it a try on my Nokia 770, ... indeed, once you have started with it, it's difficult to stop.