Random Uses for Your Nokia Internet Tablet

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Ever since I purchased my Nokia n800 last year, it has become an integral part of my life, much to the chagrin of my wife. It is described by its creators as an “internet tablet.” Along with the n800, some of you might have its predecessor the Nokia 770 or its heir apparent, the Nokia n810. This blog post includes all three, and any other device that might fall into this category (although I can think of none).

The operating system, Internet Tablet OS 2008, is a Debian GNU/Linux based distribution with a customized GTK-based graphical interface. Beyond surfing the web, here are some of my common uses for it:

1. Media player (mp3s, videos, podcasts, mostly using Canola)
2. Sync/backup using a wireless GRsync connection.
3. Server maintenance – It is Linux after all. I can SSH into my remote server and make updates, security changes, restart services, etc.
4. HTPC control – I run a Freevo box in my living room. I currently don’t even have a keyboard attached to it, but I can wirelessly use my n800 for any tasks not accessible with the remote control
5. Alarm clock – Yes, I sleep with my n800, and it wakes me up in the morning.
6. PDA – I use the calendar program to keep track of tasks and do a three-way sync with my Google calendar and with KOrganizer.
7. Thin Client – Using a handy graphical program called kerez, I can setup an SSH connection to my desktop PC, forwarding the X server all with the click of a button. Then, I can remotely start an application and run it within my n800.

Those are just some of the less obvious uses. With a fully functional web browser, anything accessible on the web is pretty much fair game. It also behaves as an internet phone using Skype and has a built-in camera for video conferencing (currently only through Google Talk or Gizmo…not sure when the latest Skype version with video support will be released).

What more can I say? I think I’m in love with my Nokia n800. I call her “Kia” for short.

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