Posts in the category "Mobile phones" and its subcategories.

After getting N73 I’ve fallen in love with mobile phones (you can’t go back when you’ve had a little S60…).

Found & irreversibly lost

I like to imagine different scenarios. I’m really good at the coulda shoulda woulda and I often plan possible scripts of conversations I know I need to have (face-to-face or, especially, on the phone). I like to “plan” beforehand so I can more easily think on my feet, in a way, even though the real situation is of course different from what I had imagined.

Yesterday I found a cellphone on the bus on my way home from work. I took it to the driver because I figured they must have a lost&found. Later that night I started wondering what will happen to the phone: will they try and find the owner or will they just chuck the phone in a box labeled “Phones” and wait for the owner to contact them?

What if I would’ve tried to play Sherlock Holmes and investigate? Would the phone have been accessible and not locked? Would I have found the owner’s details in the phonebook or by calling myself to get the number and then by checking the directory service? Would they have lived nearby so I could’ve taken the phone straight to them? I would’ve walked up some stairs to their apartment, rang the doorbell, and asked if they’d lost a phone. Then I would’ve asked for distinguishing marks before giving them their phone back.

It was a nice phone, too. A black Nokia Lumia 920 (I think), just like the one I have, in a nice leather case. I wonder if the owner would’ve been nice too.

Now I’ll never find out.

Oh no, what have they done

In 1996 I was a 14-year-old girl in love with a band. My world was crushed 15 years ago, almost to the day (Feb 13), when they announced break-up.

Now it’s 2011 and I’m a 29-year-old girl in love with a brand. And my world gets crushed again. I feel devastated and just as sad as I did back then, after today’s announcement (I was reminded of that day in ’96 and how horrible I felt). I’m even more sad, now, because I fear this affects my homeland (negatively, it goes without saying).

But, there’s still hope. Even Take That came back.

(I write this as a sort of diary entry for myself because I don’t keep a diary anymore. I just need to mourn for a while.)

What broke the camel’s back?

Meego. That’s what.

Or actually the promise of Meego — on the N900.

Ever since the N900 came out last year I’ve lusted after it. But there were rumours about Meego phones so I thought “no no, I have to wait and see.” The rumours haven’t stopped, and there also haven’t been any Meego phones yet, but recently I’ve been seriously wanting a new phone; I’ve even been looking at HTC devices for something to play with while waiting for the next big Nokia. The My N900

My N900

The theme is Pleego variant of the Black Plastic Theme from I’m still experimenting; haven’t found my favourite theme yet.

Improvements in 4.0735.3.0.2 vs. 2.0628.0.0.1

Thursday, February 7th 2008 @ 8:42 pm | N73 in Use | 3 comments

A couple of things I’ve noticed in my phone after the upgrade:

The phone hasn’t rebooted accompanied with pretty coloured pixels — but it’s too early to tell if the upgrade fixed the problem I had.


Friday, February 1st 2008 @ 9:37 pm | Computer & Gadgets + N73 in Use | 1 comment

I’m about to upgrade my phone’s firmware. Wish me luck!

It’s been acting up lately: rebooting suddenly. The screen pixelates and goes black, and after a while it reboots to the active idle screen without having to enter the PIN code. Odd and annoying. And today was the last drop — it started playing Nokia Tune when someone called me! Of course, there are many things that can cause this but then I had just had it. That’s it, you’re getting an upgrade.


Let’s see what happens…

@10:03 pm: At least it’s not bricked. The computer says the upgrade was successful.
So, I had done a backup of everything on the phone and now I restored it. It brought back my selected theme and even the very customised menu. It is missing some of the applications I’ve installed but I listed those (the important ones) before the upgrade.

So, now I’m at version 4! My old version was 2.0628.0.0.1. I hadn’t upgraded before because my operator either hadn’t approved of many of the previous versions or hadn’t bothered to approve them.

New firmware!

Unfortunately, now the music player doesn’t open directly to the playlist but in a completely useless menu. Now there’s one extra step between me and my lovely music. Getting it on full blast (ehm, 20% volume) quickly is sometimes crucial — after a long day at work and there’s a kid, or just other kind of noisy crowd, on the subway/train/bus.

Thank god for AD-41

Saturday, August 25th 2007 @ 9:53 am | (Odd) people + Mobile phones + Moblog | 7 comments

I sit down in the train after speeding in a hurry through the town on a mission – I need to get something for my godson. Suddenly a noisy flock of finnsvenskarna, Swedish-speaking Finns, comes trampling down the corridor. Oh no! They sit in the 4+4 seats smack in front of me.

I start digging through my backbag – I must’ve brought my earphones, I must’ve! (I had to make a quick switch of bags in the morning when I realised I couldn’t fit everything in my other bag.) I finally found them in a pocket I didn’t remember having.

I have nothing personally against Swedish-speaking Finns, but because the language is “foreign” I can’t block it out as effectively — the Finnish words in the middle make it worse.

And let’s be honest: they’re loud. :-)

Anyway, I hope you have a nice weekend. I’ll be in the middle of dogs, horses, kids, and a donkey.

Things you may not want to be caught listening to on the street

Tuesday, August 14th 2007 @ 6:18 pm | Miscellany + Mobile phones + Moblog | 3 comments

I was standing on the escalator coming from the subway. Listening to music on my mobile. All of a sudden the music stopped and I thought I’d accidentally hit the pause or stop button on the remote. I kept walking, thinking I’d fix it when I get to the bus stop (I was in a hurry).

Suddenly I realised the music — Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake — was playing on the loudspeaker!! It took me a few fumbling moments to shut it up.

The phones should definitely refuse to play music from the loudspeaker unless it’s specifically activated by the user.

Or maybe I should just listen to less embarrassing songs…

Do you have an artist, a song, or a music style you like, which you rather keep to yourself?

N73 in Use: Mobile books

Sunday, April 29th 2007 @ 8:28 pm | Books + Computer & Gadgets + N73 in Use | 4 comments

I try to read as much as I can and I like to carry a book with me wherever I go. When I’m close to finishing one book, I start carrying two books with me which sometimes makes my handbag quite heavy…

Luckily, I stumbled across eBook readers for mobile phones. I’m currently using Mobipocket Reader. At for example Manybooks you can download several different formats — one of which is the Mobipocket Reader format. It’s also really easy to convert text files, HTML files or Word documents into eBooks with Mobipocket Creator.

Let’s pick a book at Project Gutenberg and convert it to Mobipocket.

Pick a book at Project Gutenberg

I’ll pick the HTML format even though plain text would do. HTML format contains tagging for headers and things which can be used in formatting the text in eBook.

Let’s pick the HTML format

After opening Mobipocket Creator, I choose to create a new blank publication. This way it’s easy to pick the title and I can combine several files if I want.

Enter the title and browser for output folder

Now I need to choose the files to include in the publication. I drag and drop the HTML file I just downloaded from Project Gutenberg.

For demonstration’s sake I’ll pick up an image to be used as the cover image. I’ll drag and drop this image into the Cover Image window.

Drag and drop a cover image

As far as I know, the image doesn’t show in the mobile application. Instead, it’ll show up in the Mobipocket Reader’s library.

Finally, I click the build icon and the Build button.


Then I open the Mobipocket Reader and send my newly created eBook to my mobile.

Send to phone

The resulting eBook from this HTML looks like this:

The eBook on my mobile

In Mobipocket reader there are several settings. For example, if I read just before going to sleep, I change the background to black and the text to yellow. Last night I tried out teal text on black which was quite good. On the bus it’s usually best to read black on white. The font size and font type are also adjustable, as well as justified text or unjustified. There are options to add highlights, bookmarks and notes to the text as well as create hyperlinks.

What I miss is a way to check the total number of pages. There is a meter at the bottom of the screen to show how far you are in the book but it’s difficult to really make out how much there is left. Maybe it’s just me, I like to look at the number on the last page no matter how interesting the book is.

Sooo jealous!

Monday, April 16th 2007 @ 9:52 pm | Mobile phones | 3 comments

I spotted my first N95 in the wild today. It was sitting right next to me at the ontology lecture.

The owner was fondling the device all the time (I still fondle my N73 — constantly…). I hate to see people get gadgets that I want. I sure hope they appreciate the amazing gadget they have obtained. :mrgreen: But, I’m determined to give this one a pass and wait for the next device which will of course be much better and more wonderful and more beautiful (they better have it in plum colour, too). And hopefully it’ll have a miniSD card slot instead of microSD.

I still have 1 year 7 months left of my contract (I could switch the phone to N95 but I’d have to pay the rest of the N73 first) so I’m going to wait.

There better be something much better around the corner (in 2 years — no sooner, no later).

N73 in use: Themes and applications

Wednesday, January 10th 2007 @ 10:37 pm | Mobile phones + N73 in Use | Commenting closed

Here’s some information on the applications I’ve installed as well as some theme places I stalk in order to find The Perfect Theme.


Most of these are freeware.

(Pre-installed) Lifeblog logs your messages and media (photos, videos, sound), and you can add your own notes, too. I don’t use the mobile application at the moment because I haven’t figured out how to moblog to WordPress with it, but Lifeblog is very handy in transferring the logged items to the computer.
A file explorer. The search seems to be working very swiftly.
Omat Lahdot
Timetables for the capital city area (Helsinki, that is). You can save a list of bus stops/stations and filter out all unnecessary lines.
Take a screenshot of a lovely theme or a horrible-looking user interface
Opera Mini
A browser that filters out the blingbling on sites for easier viewing on a small screen and smaller load to data transfer. I like the built-in browser better though.
Nokia Search (unofficially out)
Search messages, emails, calendar, to-do, contacts, notes, and other files. Available for download at Symbian Freak for example.
Simple calculator but it’s much easier and faster to use than the built-in calculator.
Trivial Pursuit Genus Edition
Not freeware. Bought this via the N73 Services on Download!.


I’m currently using Clarity by Submarine (Clarity Wine variation). It has some blue in popups but I can live with that. The colours are very clear and the red is wonderful.

Theme - Clarity Wine

I check the following theme places daily: Forum thread “Upload your 3rd Edition themes here!” themes
Mobile9 theme gallery

New site » Themes

Please note that for some reason some people want to look at naked women (etc.) on their phone screen, so those theme places may contain NSFW (not safe for work) images. They do censor some theme previews but not nearly enough.

Some of the uploaded themes, particularly at Mobile9 and MobileThemes’s general upload section (not the forum post), have been created using online resources which may add icons and other “advertisements”.