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[28 Jun 2012 | | ]
Comix: A comics reader for the N900

Have a liking towards comics or manga and feel like reading some on the go? In that case you’d want a good comic reader application for your reading pleasure, and the N900 has a great one ported!

Comix is a pretty well known desktop comics and manga reader and the N900 has it, keeping all the wonderful functionality, which includes almost everything a good reader should have and even more.
Many viewing modes will make reading any comic layout you prefer, automatic page scaling, with high quality support, is there, flip-on-click and tons of things to set up make reading very enjoyable. Having a library is good for those of you who’d like to keep many comics on the device and organize them.
A particularly important feature is that Comix supports archives: zip, rar, tar, tar.gz, and tar.bz2 are all supported, which is great , because some comics can take a good load of space if you leave them as image or PDF files. Speaking of PDFs, it can handle them as well with conversion, which allows Comix to also be used as a PDF book reader, although I had trouble with certain PDF files and it takes a while for them to open.
Certainly, the scrolling is very smooth, and so is the page flipping.
So, if you read comics or manga, this is certainly something you should get!
Activate Extras-testing and fetch Comics via an appmanager or with
sudo gainroot
apt-get comix
from your X terminal.

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[27 Jun 2012 | | ]
Yappari: Whatsapp on the N900

Yes, all of you who’ve been asking me about Whatsapp on the N900 numerous times, you have read the title correct! The Whatsapp client was found by me during my browsing on TMO and I’m quick enough to report it to the readers.

Yappari is a growing Whatsapp client for the N900. It’s in alpha stage. So far, basic messaging and groups are supported, but with your support, the client might attain full functionality.
While I myself didn’t take the chance to try it (ethical reasons, I see no apparent licence of the client and I have to agree to Whatsapp’s TOS), I can guide you through the installation process.
Fire up your X Terminal. Make sure all the depends are installed, type in these commands:
sudo gainroot
apt-get install libqt4-core libqt4-dbus libqt4-xml wget
apt-get install libqtm-contacts libqtm-systeminfo libqtm-messaging
Fetch the .deb file from here and drop it into MyDocs (the 32gB directory). Don’t leave the terminal yet. After fetching, go back to your terminal and type in these:
cd MyDocs
dpkg -i yappari*_armel.deb
rm yappari*_armel.deb
Your phone will reboot and after that you should have a functioning client.
If you require further assistance, see the thread on TMO.

And the video how-to:

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[26 Jun 2012 | | ]
OpenTyrian on the N900

Do you like shmup (aka shoot’em’up or STG) games? Well, you most probably have heard of Tyrian, an epic shmup from the nineties! If not, Tyrian is a great shmup for you to start from, especially since the libre version, OpenTyrian, has an N900 port!

Truly an epic game, Tyrian has tons of content. It features a full campaign, with purchasable weapons and a plot (not half bad one); and the arcade mode which plays more like a regular shmup. All that in 4 episodes with many levels.  For the adventurous, there’s a good load of secret content, from levels, to even minigames and new difficulty levels.
Forgiving easy difficulties and hardcore modes, such as SuperTyrian, will keep both a newbie and a pro interested.
The game plays without a problem on my N900, but, of course, playing with the keyboard is rather hard. Fortunately, playing with the stylus is sane, although not as controllable (you’ll still want to keep the keyboard out for the sidekicks). Oh, and a small detail you’ll need to know, to save press Ctrl-Fn A after you’ve typed in the savename.
To get the game, activate Extras-devel and type
sudo gainroot; apt-get install opentyrian
at your X Terminal. Remember to turn Extras-devel off when you’re done installing the package.
The package also needs the datafiles, which are not included. Either drop them into /home/user/.opentyrian/tyrian21 from your PC installation or just type these commands from your X Terminal:
mkdir /home/user/.opentyrian/
cd /home/user/.opentyrian/
wget http://camanis.net/tyrian/tyrian21.zip
unzip tyrian21.zip
rm tyrian21.zip
And you’re done! Into your journey to Savara!

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[25 Jun 2012 | | ]
[How-To] Using you N900 as a WiFi Hotspot

Stuck with having no internet connection nearby, but 3G via your trusty N900?  Not a problem, you can turn your N900 into a moving WiFi hotspot, which will allow you to share your 3G (or maybe GPRS, if you’re really stuck) for the wireless devices to connect. In this post we’ll go through a few ways to do this.
Note: All following methods require you to have kernel-power installed. If you don’t have it, refer to this article in order to install a stable kernel. Do know, that kernel-power is targeted at power-users and if you’re not one, you’re advised to stay away from it’s configuration. Default configs are pretty sane and you shouldn’t experience problems. 
GUI Option: QtMobileHotspot

First option is the qtMobileHotspot application. Install the package with:
sudo gainroot; apt-get install qtmobilehotspot
from your X Terminal. Launch the app and you’ll be presented with a menu as on the screenshot above. Now all you have to do is to connect to the 3G/GPRS network and press Start. If you’re confident, you may wish to fiddle around with the settings by pressing the “Wifi…” button near the top. The default password to the hotspot is thirteen zeros (000000000000) and the SSID is N900 Hotspot.
Alternatively, try the paid Joikuspot app from the Ovi Market.
CLI Option: jebba’s Script
Now, an experienced user may go at me and tell that mobilehotspot also has a CLI interface. Well, the script written by jebba and 9000 is far more simple and consumes less power, allowing you to keep your hotspot active for a longer time! Here’s how you set it up:
If you don’t have iptables and wireless-tools, install them with
sudo gainroot; apt-get install iptables wireless-tools
Download this script to MyDocs, then go to your terminal and run these commands:
cd MyDocs
sudo gainroot
cp 52NuntpC.txt /usr/bin/hotspotstart
chmod +x /usr/bin/hotspotstart
After this, run the hotspot by typing in sudo gainroot; hotspotstart into your terminal or bind it to Queen BeeCon/Desktop Command Execution widgets. Again, note that the script must be run as root.
The default SSID is honeypot and the password is also thirteen zeros. You can change them by modifying the ESSID and PASSWORD values in the beginning of the script. Make …

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[17 Apr 2012 | | ]
UAE4ALL: Commodore Amiga on the N900

Ever had or seen an Amiga machine? Well, if you did, there’s a chance to have a nostalgic rush to the past, if you didn’t, there’s a chance for you to see how the once living Amiga machines looked like. And all that with your N900.
UAE4ALL is a Commodore Amiga emulator, which will emulate the Amiga 500. For it to work, you’ll need a Kickstart ROM. Kickstart 1.3 works best, but 2.0 runs too and is required for some 600 games (Cannon Fodder, one of my all-time favorites, would need a 2.0, for example). Unfortunately, I can’t give you an exact link for the ROM, but you sure know where to find it, right?
I tried booting with both Kickstart 1.3 and 2.0 and most of the games I tried worked quite well.
One of the things you should note: controls are not very intuitive, so check out this FAQ page, which also might answer some of the questions you might have about the emulator.
Fetch the emulator form Extras with
sudo gainroot
apt-get install uae4all
and dive into Amiga classic programs and games!

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[16 Apr 2012 | | ]
AlmostTI: the N900 as TI Scientific Calculators

Are you an engineer or an engineering student? Then a scientific calculator is a must-have for you! AlmostTI will turn your N900 into one of the Texas Instruments Sci Calcs that beat pretty much every calculator app that is available for the N900!

AlmostTI is a Texas Instruments Sci Calc emulator and a really great one! It will emulate TI73, TI82, TI83, TI83+, TI83+ SE, TI85, and TI86 (some models will require you to locate a ROM for them, as the app doesn’t include it by default) and emulate them really well, making pretty much every single function usable! Writing code, graphical calculations, anything that a real TI can do, Almost Real TI can do as well.
See for yourself, fetch the emulator from Extras with
sudo gainroot
apt-get install ati85
The only thing I found weird is the lack of documentation. It took me some time to figure out that you need to tap the top-left corner of the screen for a menu that will allow you to choose which calc to emulate. The top-right corner quits the emulator.
Totally the best calc app for the N900, and a must-have for the engineers, ATI85 is something you would really like to have on your N900. Especially since real TI-eighties don’t actually fit into a pocket.

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[13 Apr 2012 | | ]
Recording audio with Recaller

Planning to have a phone conversation that might be memorable? Want to record a sound that your N900 plays? Or maybe use your N900 as a dictaphone? Then you need a good audio recorder, and Recaller is a great choice.

Recaller is a nice little widget designed to help you with recording just about any audio, be it system sounds (including internet radio or sounds from games), phone calls or the external sounds. All you have to do is to configure the widget to use a desired recording mode, and tap on it to start a recording, which will conveniently be stored in the directory you specified (MyDocs folder by default).
Recaller can record in three audio formats, the AAC, FLAC and WAV, all of which are perfect for recording voice audio (if you want high quality, go for FLAC, AAC gives you a smaller file but eats more resources for compression. WAV is fast, but the file will be a bit bigger than the AAC one). If you want to automatically record all out/ingoing calls, Recaller can do that as well.
So, grab this great little recording widget from Extras with
sudo gainroot
apt-get install recaller
and forget about having a separate dictaphone app!
Note that recording calls might be illegal in your country. Recording copyrighted music from internet radio streams is also illegal.

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[11 Apr 2012 | | ]
Gargoyle: Interactive Fiction on your N900

Enjoy reading? Enjoy interactive fiction? Well, some happy news for you, in addition to Ren’Py for visual novels, with a Maemo port of Gargoyle you have tons of interactive fiction in your pocket!
For those who never heard of Gargoyle yet, it is a very advanced interactive fiction interpreter that supports many-many different formats, like z-machine (Inform), glulx, tads, agility, alan, hugo, level 9, magnetic, scare and more!
With that much formats you can play many sorts of fiction, allowing you to choose many genres and play famous games, such as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy or Zork. For those of you in search for fiction to read (or play, if that is how you prefer to say it), you can find game archives with the help of search engines. One of the most famous archives is IFArchive, which has games for most platforms Gargoyle can handle. Just grab the file for the game and launch it either from a command line with gargoyle [gamefile] or from a graphical menu.

Gargoyle can be obtained via the Extras catalogue with:
sudo gainroot
apt-get install gargoyle
GET it, but don’t forget a light source.

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[10 Apr 2012 | | ]
Currency Converter on your N900

If you have been a long-standing Nokia fan, then you sure remember the currency converter that Nokia always included in it’s older phones. Well, for some reason, there isn’t one by default in the Nokia N900 and many of you could tell that they needed one sometimes. Especially if your career has something to do with travelling. Fortunately, there’s a solution for that available in the Maemo Repositories.

Currency Converter is, well, a currency converter app and a quite good one. It supports 70 different currencies (pretty much every major currency is there and it’s just as much you’ll probably need) with updating exchange rates, and has a handy calculator built-in. Unit conversions are there as well!
Counting taxes, adding up different currencies, unit conversions, the app has all you need from a currency converter.
So don’t wait, get this must-have app strait from the Extras with:
sudo gainroot
apt-get install currencyconverter

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[9 Apr 2012 | | ]
Wordsler: Quiddler for your N900

Are you a fan of word games? Well, I know I am, so when I found Wordsler in the repos, I just couldn’t pass it by.

Now, Wordsler is a fun word game, which is basically Quiddler, but on your N900’s screen. If you’re not familiar with Quiddler, the game’s simple: you are given a set of cards and you form words out of them. For every word you form, you receive points based on the cards you used. For example, a card with Q is worth more than the one with A, as there are less words that have the letter Q in it.

Wordsler has a few game modes aside from the standard Quiddler: Time Trial, which is pretty much self-explanatory and Online Challenge, where you can compete with other players online, adding quite some fun into the game. Wordsler also features an achievement system, which also adds some playing value.
I myself found the game a good time sinker, I have spent at least an hour playing after discovering it. So, if you want to check it out, grab it from Extras with:
sudo gainroot
apt-get install wordsler
And dive into Quiddler without physical cards!

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[6 Apr 2012 | | ]
Slysics: Sleigh simulations on your N900

Have a like for simulation games like Numpty Physics? Slysics is something you’ll definitely enjoy.

Slysics is a fun simulation game where you build sleigh tracks and then watch the figure gracefully (or painfully) slide down them.
With not that many tools you can nonetheless build some really great simulations and you are only limited with your imagination. Build a giant track with a ramp to see how far the sleigh will travel? Maybe a beautiful scenery? Or a sadistic track full of traps and rough falls? You are free to do anything.
Slysics is currently available in the Extras-Devel, which you’ll have to enable before getting it with
sudo gainroot
apt-get install slysics
The game is moving on to OpenGL, which will soon bring it better graphics, but even with it’s 2D now, it’s still very fun.
A fun little time sinker, Slysics will sure keep you busy for quite some time.

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[5 Apr 2012 | | ]
[How-To] MMS on the N900 with fMMS

Using MMS? Or want to try? Well, unfortunately, N900 doesn’t support MMS out-of-the-box, but fMMS can help us with that! In this guide, I will show you how to setup fMMS on your N900.

First, get fMMS from the Extras repository with these commands:
sudo gainroot
apt-get install fmms
Now, for the settings! Run fMMS and go to the settings:

Once there, tap another Settings button. Now go to this page and carefully fill in all the information for your mobile carrier. Make sure to double-check all the settings after you did so, a typo in the AP name can cost you quite a lot (literally, your carrier might charge you heavily if you try to connect to a wrong AP).
Now, a little note, if the data on the wiki page says “Use Proxy: No”, you will have to take another few steps:
1. Tap the system Menu button, go to Settings -> Internet connections -> Connections -> MMS -> Edit
2. Tap Next -> Next -> Advanced
3. Uncheck the “Use proxy” checkbox and click Save.
If it says “Use Proxy: Yes”, ignore the above and continue.
Now to test all your settings, set the “Polite” Setting in the fMMS settings menu and (via the statusbar menu) connect to an internet connection called “MMS”. Open up MicroB and go to the MMSC URL you put in fMMS settings (don’t worry, unless your carrier is crazy and charges for receiving MMS, you won’t lose money). If everything is setup correctly, you should have a blank page. If you have something like “HTTP Response: 400″ or any text like that, then you’ve got something wrong, check all your settings again.

There, now fMMS is set up and you can send and receive MMS messages! If you have still have any troubles (after you’ve passed the testing), please see the Troubleshooting here.

Guide requested by Steven Kierath, our reader. Have your own suggestions/requests/problems? Contact us on our Facebook page (you can find the link on the homepage) or send me an email.

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[4 Apr 2012 | | ]
[How-to] Play music from a remote machine

Just yesterday, I was on my way home. Usually, I listen to the music while out on the street, but my audio player wasn’t with me and it’s been a while since I have uploaded any fresh music into my N900. Luckily, I had all my music on my home PC (which was conveniently running) and with an N900, I sure can access and listen to it. Want to know how? I’ll show you in this guide.

This guide assumes the machine you’re connecting to runs a *nix system (GNU/Linux, BSD, MacOS). For getting SSH up with Windows, refer to this guide by Lifehacker.
First things first, you would want to have SSH running on your machine with the music. Make sure you start it and have the SSH port unlocked on the machine.
If you are unsure how to do that, see this guide for Ubuntu, which will work for most other GNU/Linux distros with minor changes, or refer to your system’s documentation.
Obviously, you also need OpenSSH on your N900, which you can get with
sudo gainroot
apt-get install openssh
if you don’t have it already. Now, let’s look at the methods you can use to start playing music from a remote machine on your N900.
You can use MPlayer + SSH. This is a faster, but a slightly inconvenient way, for which you need MPlayer on your N900.
If you don’t have it, get it with
sudo gainroot
apt-get install mplayer
Then, you can use this command:
ssh <user>@<remote-address> “cat <full-path-to-file>” | mplayer –
Where <user> is your username on the machine, <remote-address> is your machine’s IP address and <full-path-to-file> is the full path to the file you want to play.
The inconvenience of this is that you won’t be able to play many files at once and you’ll have to use the full path to the file.
A better method is sshfs. Again, if you don’t have sshfs, grab it with
sudo gainroot
apt-get install sshfs
Create a directory, which you’ll use (as root):
mkdir /home/user/Home-PC
Finally, mount your machine’s filesystem on that directory with sshfs:
sshfs <user>@<remote-address>: /home/user/Home-PC
There, you can now access the whole home directory of your home PC via /home/user/Home-PC and that means (besides other files) you can …

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[10 Mar 2012 | | ]
Vulture’s Eye: Nethack on your N900

Are you a roguelike enthusiast? Want to take your beloved NetHack with you? Or want to try it out?
Well, then you’ll be happy to know that a “Vulture’s Eye” Maemo port exists and works very well.

Vulture’s Eye is accessible from the Extras, so get it with
sudo gainroot
apt-get install vultures
NetHack surely can be played without it’s graphical version, but you should take in mind that the N900’s keyboard is not the best thing you can play roguelikes with. While having a dislike for “tiled” roguelikes myself, I found Vulture’s Eye very sweet to play with a touchscreen. It works very well, and still allows you to feel this dungeon atmosphere. Sure, sometimes you will have to slide down the keyboard, but most of the time you wouldn’t need it, and this allows you to explore the dungeon while you’re in a bus/queue/whatnot.
So don’t wait, fetch vultures from Extras and dive into the quest for the Amulet of Yendor!

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[9 Mar 2012 | | ]
[How-To] Record call durations

Note: this how-to is aimed at advanced users. Messing something up may harm your device, everything is done at your own risk.
Want to keep record of all your call durations? Well, while the functionality is not included by default, there’s a hack that can help you out. All we need to do is to patch the SQL database.
Note: You don’t need to be root for following the guide.
Open up your X Terminal and cd into a folder we need:
cd /home/user/.rtcom-eventlogger
Make a backup of your original database file, just to be sure:
cp -a el-v1.db el-v1.db.backup
Download the patch (you’ll need wget, if you don’t have it, install it with sudo gainroot; apt-get install wget):
wget ‘http://talk.maemo.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=10495&amp;d=1275242093′ -O triggers.txt
Apply the patch:
sqlite3 -batch /home/user/.rtcom-eventlogger/el-v1.db < triggers.txt
Finally, install Extended Call Log from Extras:
sudo gainroot
apt-get install extcalllog 
You’re finished! Now the call durations will start recording. Please note that it will just start, so you’ll need to go through a couple of calls before you can see the durations.


Thanks to kovach from TMO for the patch.