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Monthly Archives: August 2006

gaim

Okay, okay, gaim is very easy to install. Here's the skinny:

To install gaim, I first had to setup a new repository in the Application Manager. This is easily accomplished by opening the Application Manager under the Tools menu, selecting Tools > Application Catalog, and entering a new repository as below:

Web Address: http://maemo-hackers.org/apt/
Distribution: mistral
Components: main

Be sure enabled is checked and let Application Manager refresh itself. Then simply click on Install New Applications and select maemo-gaim to install. You also need to install the protocols for different services, such as AOL (Oscar) or Yahoo.

So, easy IM'ing with the 770. And thanks to the hacker's repository, easy to install!

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gizmo

I recently received a "pushed" webpage from Gizmo, promoting their Nokia 770-compatible software for their telephone service. I didn't navigate to the page so I'm a little concerned as to how it "magically" appeared….

At any rate, I downloaded and installed the software and signed up for the service (after figuring out that a username MUST have eight characters!). Works pretty darn good. With the complimentary $0.25 that comes with a new account, I proceded to call-out my home phone. The call went through fine, except for a short delay when I was first connected. If I wasn't in shouting distance, I think my wife would have hung up because she didn't think anyone was there. But Gizmo turns the 770 into a sufficient enough WI-FI phone, though I think a headset may be preferable. And that's pretty cool.

Of course, it would be a lot more convenient if Gizmo could talk to Skype, or if it was compatible with other IM devices (like Yahoo or MSN).

In fact, where is all the IM software for the 770? It just comes with Googletalk, which again doesn't talk to Yahoo or MSN….

One the web:
http://www.gizmoproject.com/