It’s aggravated a lot of people, and I get the feeling that tempers are getting frayed. The newcomers are now here to stay, whether the old-timers like it or not. The place will never again be what it was six months ago, and there’s a lot of pain and grief about. For a really good analysis, I point you to Tabula Crypticum – Texrat's blog on the subject.
So what has My Mo been up to this week? Well, he showed on Friday how much a bit of high tech can be useful with spiritual practice.
I was part of a team running a quiet day. Apart from the usual simple things such as keeping me in touch with both personal and work email (and twitter!) while I was away from the desk, I expected Mo to pull his weight.
On arrival, while people were gathering I plugged him into a little portable amp, and left him to provide some drifty music from my ‘celtic’ playlist. Which was fine.
Mid morning, we were running a ‘sharing best practice’ session on relaxation. I plugged Mo into a digital projector which had a yellow ‘video’ input, and people arrived to see a candle (the one from Ovi) flickering on the screen. Then, as people settled down, leaving the candle still running I opened an mp4 file. I have a large high quality file made from a DVD which features streams, trees, waves on a beach – glorious, relaxing stuff. People settled into it and relaxed. Then we cut to the actual sharing bit: I flipped open Xournal and took notes onscreen. As someone dyspraxic enough have lousy handwriting, being able to write with a stylus on a little tablet was an awful lot easier than fighting with a whiteboard or flipchart! And the file has been saved as a pdf, for emailing round afterwards! We talked a little about using ‘fun’ to relax – and I cut to the opening of one of my children’s TV programme videos. Then finally, when the session ended, I pulled up the candle again – it had been running in the background throughout – and we extinguished it to show the session was concluded.
Just before lunch I had the task of leading a meditation: I did a simple guided imaginative meditation about a beach. And then turned up Mo, again plugged into the amp, to play an mp3 file of the sound of waves on the sand.
After lunch, I got a little tiny bit of free time – and managed to nip into the glorious grounds of Epiphany House and take some photos of the winter trees. Of course, I happened to have a rather good 5mp camera handy. ;) Those shots will appear on my tumblr account over the next few days and weeks. And as I build up a collection of good photos, I can create a folder...a slideshow for the next time we’re leading something like that.
The other fun thing I’ve been doing is a little bit of wiki-editing. Those well up in the Maemo community will know the name of Frals. Indeed, one feels one should bow while typing it! N900 shipped without the capacity to send or receive media messages – and Nokia have made it clear they don’t plan on providing it. What they are doing is supporting the Amazing Frals in the task of adding this feature. And he’s well on the way.
As part of the testing, people from all over the world have been setting up their n900s for MMS, and providing the parameters for their network providers. Somehow, the task of collating them into the wiki got out of hand, so I decided to step in and help out a bit. Every day or two I collect any parameters in the thread on talk.maemo and add them to the wiki, if the poster hasn’t done so already.
Which, I’m guessing, is why I got an (unjustified!) reputation for knowing about parameters. And received a private message which left me baffled. It was in Polish – at least, I think it was Polish. The only bits I recognised were “fMMS” and “Orange Polski”. I took a leap in the dark, googled some parameters and sent them back with a disclaimer (in English) that I was only guessing as we hadn’t had them confirmed. I got back a reply (in English) that the poster had tried them before without success, but now found them to be working. I can only guess he PMed me in Polish at first in an absent moment. Though I’m mildly chuffed at guessing the right answer to a question I didn’t understand!
If you’re an n900 user and haven’t tried fMMS yet, it’s overdue time you did.
So that’s been my week in Maemo – and Mo’s week in my world.
Someone looked at Mo wired up to a projector and asked “Is that a phone, then?” Sneakily I replied “No, it’s a pocket computer that happens to have phone facilities too”. I swear I heard Mo purr.