Written Sat, 01 September 2007 by Daniel Davis
Nokia 5500 Sport
Phone for harsh environments
(It still seems to have everything though)
It was time, time for an update!
My old lg kg320 had played out its part and it was now time
to find a replacement. A replacement that could deliver the
basic functionality now lacking in my old workhorse. If one
may call it that when I almost never got to use it - not
much of a social life you see. And since calls are so
rare in my life I have come to value them immensely. Making
the need for a new mobile phone immediate.
A small fact of life that has always annoyed me is the
illogical way in which mobile phones are dispersed among the
populous. The smallest phones tend to end up with the
technology-savvy mobile enthusiast while the larger clunkier
models find their way to the casual users. The casual user
who may not use their mobile phone very often, but rather
wants it for availability, should opt for the smaller
phone since it would be less obtrusive. While the enthusiast
should be the one who ends up with the larger phone. Larger
meaning room for more features.
I, at any rate, ended up getting the "Nokia 5500
Sport". Admittedly it was not my first choice (the new Nokia
e90 communicator looked pretty good to me) but as it turns
out fancy, posh and perfect phones don't do well in
grease-laden industrial environments, not at all unlike my
own workplace. And so I felt the need to revise my plans
slightly. A tougher more rugged phone seemed advisable...
In this new "gem" of mine, a couple of features stood
TTS - STT
Text To Speech and Speech To Text. The ability to have a
computer-generated voice read me my text-messages never
ceases to make me happy. I take every chance I can get to
fire up my own HAL 2000 and marvel at the current state of
technology. And "yes" I am easily amused ;^)
The device automatically makes a voice-record of all of your
contacts. Press down the right "soft-button" for a second
and a half, say the name of the contact you wish to call and
the phone will dial their default number. This feature also
extends to a few of the applications, like the
voice-recorder and bluetooth manager. One can also add other
Once set up one can easily play, pause, skip forwards and
backwards by tapping the phone with your fingers. Two taps
on the bottom of the phone pauses playing music or plays
paused music, while tapping the right side of the phone
skips to the next tune, tapping the left side skips back.
Tapping the phone within 30 seconds of receiving an SMS
makes the TTS-system read the message for you. When in
sports mode; tapping makes the TTS tell you what your
current training statistics are.
Through which a flurry of applications are derived. The 5500
Sport has the ability, by virtue of being angled at active
people, of functioning as a workout tool. After entering
your own personal data like height and weight etc. the built
in pedometer will calculate how many calories you burn while
"power walking" to work every day. A feature more likely to
be used is the Groove game. The game consists of a maze
through which the gamer would angle the phone to navigate a
steel ball. I found the game seriously addictive and along
with the new 3d rendition of the Snake game (Snakes) I have
all I am going to need for a long time.
The phone uses Symbian 60 3rd edition. I have already
downloaded oggplay that enables me to play my ogg-files and
a small horde of apps that might come in handy one day,
including putty for ssh.
The phone supports SSL which makes it possible to check your
gmail account. My old phone did have a mail-client but
is Nokias own xhtml-browser. And it is EXCELLENT! It is
definitely better than ie6 at rendering web pages and it
will do css. If the page is larger than the screen, as
it always is, a thumbnail overlay will appear to show you
where your at. click at the picture above for an example.
All things said I am very happy with my choice of mobile
phone, except for these "few" points.
- Connecting the phone to computer over USB
- My desktop computer summarily refused to mount the
telephone as a usb mass storage device. I use Ubuntu 7.04
(Feisty Fawn) as my desktop. The solution? format the card!
After formatting the MicroSD-card in the phone it was found
by the mounting software. Now it all works.
- The awkward placement of the menu-button
- I'm constantly tricking myself into pushing the
contacts soft button. Silly me! but everything else works so
nicely I just had to say something about this.
- Battery life
- If one uses all of the phones features; e-mail,
mp3-player (or oggplayer - oggplay), play a few games and
browse the web your battery won't last for more than a
day! Summa sumarum it's all good and well having all this
functionality - as long as you don't use them, the price to pay
for the size of the phone I gather.)
- The ad-45 hands-free adapter?
The hands-free adapter that was included in my box, namely
ad-45, is a bit short on perfection. The cable is so
short; that I have to carry the phone in the belt-clip.
- No software cd included!
Normally this is not a problem for me. I generally
never use the included cd but since all of the
software is PREinstalled on the accompanying 64MB
microsd-card (not nearly big enough) it would be nice
to have access to the cd. Moving installed programs
from the old card over to my new 2GB card could prove
a bit tricky.
If all of the software-packs were
available online then I would side with Nokia and
consider the cd superflous but... They aren't!
Written Sat, 11 August 2007 by Daniel Davis
Now kinda working for IE6
Phew! IE 6 Support...
F inally! Now my little site "works" with the
archaic headache-generating browser a.k.a Internet Explorer
6! It doesn't work perfectly but at least a basic level of
functionality is has been reached.
Now the site works with every big boy browser out there.
I had to download Opera for linux to check out how this page
would look in that browser, and to my surprise it worked
well! They had packages for Ubuntu Efty/Fiesty, but only for
the i386 architecture though. This was easily circumvented
by forcing it on to the system:
dpkg --force-architecture -i
As long as you have the apropriate 32bit-libraries - it should work.
Written Sun, 10 December 2006 by Daniel Davis
add header info
What is this blogging thing about?
I have wondered for some time now what a blog
is. A web-blog is of course an online journal that the
author updates fairly often.
Even though I have designed my own site in a similar
fashion, I can't (for propriety's sake) really call it a
blog. It's more of a.. "bloggish" personal site.
Written Sun, 06 May 2007 12:30:26 by Daniel
live at sticky fingers
Last Friday (4th of may) brAnd played live on
stage at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg.
Although the condition I was in (mildly refreshed), might
have skewed my perception of reality slightly, I have been
told that I had the time of my life.
The gig was the culmination of a singing course in which
the performance was a part of the learning experience. After
the two song set the band was coaxed back for an encore,
although highly irregular they were granted permission for
this and performed a third song.
The music was excellent despite useless sound gear. An
Written Sun, 10 December 2006 by Daniel Davis
Julia Daniella Davis
On the 10th of December 2006 the newest addition to our
family was born. Julia came into the world in the normal
fashion. At 18:21 swedish time it was all over.
- Weight: 2360 g
- Height: 45 cm
Right now she's harrasing her mother every other hour to
revel in milk... She is gaining in weight.
Written Sun, 15 November 2006 by Daniel Davis
Didn't work out
The excursion to the land of the living didn't work
out. My financial funding backed out. And I'm back on the job.
Now I'm forced to live vicariously through this website
and by reading tech news.
Written Sun, 08 October 2006 by Daniel Davis
To the breach once more?
It has been a while since my last posting - the
main reason for this is the fact that I don't have any
readers... A natural consequence of not putting anything
useful on the web ;-)
Lately I have been busy with what is called a "Tekniskt
Basår" ( lit. Technical base-year) at Chalmers University of
Technology. In a way have partly accomplished one of the
goals set for myself in my CV. But I still have a long, long way
to go, though!
Written Sun, 08 October 2006 by Daniel Davis
brAnd - new single
A brAnd new single
On the 8th of May the incredible new duo "brAnd" released
their first single. The song entitled "Take The Stand" was
written by Alex Brage and Niclas Bergstrand to rally support
for using products certified with the fair trade symbol. The
use of these products ensure that the workers who produce them
are treated fairly. brAnd joins in with
trade movement to do their part. Guess how you could do
your part? Try checking this song out - for a start.
brAnd's (myspace) website
Written 06 June 2006 by Daniel Davis
The Razer Krait
Today I bought the Razer Krait infrared, high-resolution
(1600dpi) mouse. And I like it. It is not the best thing out
there - but for me it is the perfect choice. It has a modest
A while back I had some trouble with the wireless/useless
Fujitsu-Siemens keyboard/mouse kombo that was included with
the computer. It developed a nasty habit of picking up the
keystrokes of a neighbours wireless keyboard! I was minding
my own webily buisiness as usual when suddenly someone typed
"Red Dragon" into an input field of a webpage! unless the
wireless reciever had suddenly developed some sort of preemptive
mindreading capability, it would be an understatement to say
that this was a problem.
I spoke to with the company that I am leasing the computer
from and they sent me a new wireless keyboard/mouse combo
(same brand, though) and believe it or not but the very same
thing happened again! Only - this time the same "someone" was
searching for "borat".
After hitting the ceiling a couple of times I set out to
get myself some wiremore periferals. Mouse-wise I stumbled
across the Razer Krait (named after some snake I presume)
for a measly 350 SEK. Being the last of the highend infrared
gaming mice it will serve my purposes nicely. All I need is a
good mouse plain and simple.
I'm using it under ubuntu dapper drake (6.06 LTS) and it
workes fine. Bear in mind that you probably have to tweak
your mouse-settings in gnome slightly.
For a simple person like me this mouse seems to be
perfect. There are only three buttons left, right and
middle/scroll (being a modest gameplayer, that's all I
need). I you're an advanced gamer you would problably rather
be looking at the newer 2000dpi laser mice that are available
but if all you're looking for is "a good mouse" this one
ought to do nicely.
Written 26 November 2006 by Daniel Davis
My shrimp is dead.
At about 20:00 Swedish time my dear shrimp
passed away :-( During a purging of snails from the aquarium,
the shrimp met with a sudden and violent death when a enormous
humanoid foot brutally invaded its personal space.
Somehow the shrimp had managed to get out of the aquarium
and, through some incredible efforts of gargantuan
proportions, had crawled one meter into the living-room - where
it met its unfortunate fate.
After a brief goodbye-ceremony the remainders of the dear pet
was lovingly wrapped in toilet paper and respectfully flushed
down the toilet.
(Som vanligt är det inte den faktiska
räkan på bilden som har dött.)
Constructed 8 November 2005 by Daniel Davis ©.
Written 19 December 2005 by Daniel Davis
Personal System Log
System Log - star date...
This is my personal system-log. In this file a have tried
to incorporate everything that has ever been a problem on my
systems and and the manner in which I solved the problems.
This information is primarily here so that I can access it
myself but, of course, anyone who finds it useful is welcome
to use it. Keep in mind that unless you are running some
variant of Linux this will probably not help you very
Last updated 20 August 2007.