My top-3 favorite podcast feeds

Lost the podcast feeds on my Nokia N97 for some reason, so I had to look them up and re-insert them manually – since the podcast search feature doesn't seem to find many of my favorite podcast.

FWIW, here's my top-3 favorite podcast feeds:

  1. Rebooting the News

    http://rebootnews.com/feed/
  2. IT Conversations

    http://feeds.conversationsnetwork.org/channel/itc
  3. The Gillmor Gang

    http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheGillmorGang/

How do I get the Nokia Ovi Suite to sync my N97? (Help!)

I've been at it for a couple of hours now, and I'm about to give up.

I installed the Nokia Ovi Suite from the DVD that came with the Nokia N97, onto my PC running Windows Vista. (I had to do that twice; first time around, some of the applications failed to install)

I connected the N97 to the PC via USB cable. I chose "Select USB mode: PC Suite" on the phone.

In the Nokia Ovi Suite, I connected the device.

It would appear to be connected indeed, since the Ovi Suite on the PC shows the N97's available memory.

[UPDATE, August 16: It is clearly connected, as I can browse the files on my N97 through the Ovi Suite on my PC.]

Then I chose to synchronize, i.e. to "copy images, sounds, videos, and messages from N97 to your PC", and clicked "OK".

After a few seconds, a small dialog box appears, saying:

Synchronization completed
0 files successfully copied to PC
0 files failed

I did this five times, and the transfer log in the Suite shows a history of five (finished) synchronizations.

The Photos application on my N97 shows 34 captured items.

What's going wrong here? Does the sync software somehow look at the wrong directory on the N97?

[UPDATE, August 16: In the lower left corner in Nokia Photos on the PC, it reads "Updating Nokia device view", which seems to go on forever. Should I wait for that to finish before I can sync? (LATER: It stopped, but that didn't help)

I've just submitted a question to Nokia Ovi sync support:

STARTS

Dear Support,

I've installed the Nokia Ovi Suite from the CD enclosed in the Nokia N97 package, onto my PC.

I've connected the N97 via USB cable, choosing the "PC Suite" connection mode.

In the Nokia Ovi Suite on the PC, and in Nokia Photos, I have repeatedly tried to synchronize the 34 photos and video clips in the camera folder on the device, to be imported in Nokia Photos on the PC. Alas, to no avail.

I have over 6000 items in Nokia Photos, but no lack of hardware memory.

For more details, please see: http://ping.fm/73D1E

Thank you!

ENDS

The response:

"Thanks for your message. We'll get back to you as soon as possible."]

New all-time-low for my Nokia N97 battery: it lasted for 13 hours yesterday

I've been keeping track of the battery performance of my new Nokia N97. I reported earlier that on some days, it has lasted only for about 16 or even 15 hours.

Now, yesterday I got up at 05:00 hrs. with the N97's battery fully charged. At precisely 18:00 hrs. it died on me in the middle of a phone call. That's a new low of 13 hours.

Again, I should grant that it was performing heavy duty during some parts of the day.

While driving for 2.5 hours from Mikkeli to Helsinki in the morning, and then on to Tampere for 2 hours, I was using bluetooth to listen to podcasts, checking email over 3.5G, making a few phone calls over GSM, sending a couple of SMSs.

I also used Nokia Maps with a GPS connection to find my way to Tampere and while walking in the city.

It was quite unfortunate that it stopped working just when I started my way back to Mikkeli. Not only did it quit in the middle of a phone call; I also had to find my way by looking at the road signs (what a drag!), couldn't call home to indicate what time I'd arrive, and had only the car radio to listen to (which, let me tell you, is no invigorating experience).

As you see, I'm still not used to having a device which doesn't stay with me the whole day.

It was raining cats and dogs when I walked into three different stores to try and find a recharger for the N97 that I could plug into my car. No luck; apparently the USB/power socket has a rather unique shape…

I felt quite isolated and disconnected. Have I become a connectivity junkie?

The art of selling, part 2/2

Did you read the first part? Okay then, now I'll tell you what happened to me yesterday.

(In the spirit of the Live Web, I'm publishing this while I write. Please check back for a more complete take of this post in a while – I'll be having a little tea break next)

I've had a Nokia N97 for a bit over two weeks now. When I started using it throughout the day, I was somewhat disappointed to notice that on some days, the battery only lasts for about 16 or 15 hours.

Yesterday, I had a bluetooth connection to my headset, and a "3.5G" connection to the Internet, while scanning for WLAN access. Made me wonder if that multitude of connections was the reason why the battery, for the first time, turned rather warm, or if something was wrong with the battery itself – a concern fuelled by the disappointing battery power.

Hence this micro-blog post:

@Nokia, @Saunalahti: Right now, the battery of my new Nokia N97 is getting really warm. Should I be worried?

After I sent that message from my ASUS Eee PC netbook, I wanted to access my Facebook account with my N97, curious to see how fast Facebook would update my status and what it would look like.

Now, it is not a priority to me to access Facebook from the front screen, which is why I had removed the Facebook app from the display when I customized the N97. After all, the Facebook application is still available under the applicatons menu, right? So it's only three clicks away. (apps menu button -> applications icon -> Facebook app). Right?

Well, in theory, yes. When I tried to fire up Facebook that way, the app kept booting forever until I gave up and decided to quit the app. But there's no Esc key, not Crtl-Alt-Del, or any other way I know of to stop the app. Hence my next micro-post:

@Nokia, @Facebook: I just rebooted my Nokia N97 using the on/off
button, because the FB app took forever to start. Is there a better way?

Someone replied to me:

use the browser. The client doesn't work properly, yet.

I realize there is a good chance that some people at Nokia are not going to be pleased with this story. I worked with the company for six years, was proud to be a Nokian and actually caring about its business. I am also a strong subscriber to the Cluetrain Manifesto – which explains the first part of the name of my present company.

What I fear is that even some of the colleagues at Nokia who have read the Cluetrain will not appreciate that with feedback like this, bloggers and customers such as myself are actually doing the company a favor.

Of course it's easier to frame this as a "cheap shot" since Nokia happens to be down in the polls. Some marketing communciations folk tend to take the "wounded game" perspective rather seriously, thinking that the journos and the bloggers are smelling blood and are looking for the first opportunity to take the company down. Well, if that makes it easier for people to sleep at night, they hardly deserve the favor. It's really how you choose to look at this stuff.

Umh… did I get a little defensive there for a moment? :-)

With some 250 million users, Facebook is about the largest social networking service out there. The company is proud to say in a YouTube video that Robert Scoble has called the N97 the ultimate Facebook device.

Then how can you ship this product that costs 650 euros unsubsidized, with a Facebook app which is not ready?

I am still a Nokia believer, because I feel that mobile participation requires not only a QWERTY keyboard, but also real buttons with tactile feedback.

But Robert is right about there just not being the same buzz around Nokia's N97 now as there was around the N95. He even goes as far as to say that 'Europe no longer matters to lead position in mobile':

"(…) in the back of my head I remember how cocky the same entrepreneurs used
to be when showing me their cell phones and noting how far ahead of the
world they were. That cockiness is done and that has deep implications
for entrepreneurs across Europe. They must now visit Cupertino and
Mountain View to get access to customer bases. (…)"

It scares me.

Anyways. Since the Facebook app didn't work, I went to look for an S60 social networking client. Found an interview with my friendly ex-colleague Mark Squires, titled: 'Nokia and Social Media: We Learn It All'. Mark tells us that his favorite new Web 2.0 app is "No question, Gravity (…)".

Now, note that this is an interview article on a Nokia-sponsored site, the Traveling Geeks – an initiative in which, incidentially, Scoble has also participated.

No link to Gravity, so I Google " Gravity S60". The first source I dare consider is half-way down the first results page. It points to the S60 Blog, which I happen to know is also Nokia-sponsored and I consider fairly authoritative on S60 matters. It sports a link which says:

"Download Gravity here".

So I click through and get to 'MOSH by Nokia', which says:

"MOSH by Nokia is no longer available – You are being redirected to Ovi Store, the global market place for
mobile apps, games, videos, ringtones, widgets and more. If you are not
automatically redirected, please click here http://store.ovi.mobi/."

It redirects to a page that says: "

"We're sorry.

Your device is not compatible with the Ovi Store.

Please check back as new Nokia devices are being added frequently.
You can also visit http://store.ovi.com on your PC for help and information about compatible devices."

I can see that my device is not compatible because I am browsing on a netbook. But couldn't your system recognize that and at least give me some information about your wonderful mobile app? Perhaps redirect me? :-)

I still went back to the review of Gravity on the S60 Blog and noticed that it mentions a "free 10-day trial". Right! So they're even asking money for it. Then I noticed the first comment on the page, by John Mark:

"i prefer snaptu which is free and has many other applications on it like facebook and sports
you can download it from http://www.snaptu.com they also have a help forum at http://forum.snaptu.com"

Downloading Snaptu was, well, a snap :-)  Thanks, John!

Notice the contrast? Well, ya'll draw your own conclusions. I'll stop right here, before this gets out of hand :-)

(PS.: I tend to post my micro-blog posts and status updates via Ping.fm onto a number of social media / social networks, including Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook. As I'm trying to link to some of those posts here, it brings home Doc Searls' urging for searchable micro-blog archives; e.g. for Twitter.

First of all, there is no single reference to the "origin" of these posts. My "recent posts" on Ping.fm are not public and they are in fact published onto various services in parallel, all of which are silos in this sense.

Secondly, there is no way of knowing if and when the URLs to the various instances of these post will expire. So what am I supposed to link to? Perhaps I should start using Bit.ly?)

Capturables from Bad Hair Day #3

http://badhair.us/2009/07/09/00019.html

With Marshall buying a house and not attending episode 3 of the Bad Hair Day podcast, the experience is quite different. No disrespect to the substitute guests – Andrew Baron, producer of Rocketboom and Mag.ma, and analyst Michael Gartenberg -, but it just wasn't as captivating to me as the first two shows.

There are two things at play. First, I identify more with Marshall as he is a tech journalist. For example, when he talks about his editorial workflow, it's very relevant to what I do. Also, he takes a broader, perhaps more socio-political than purely technological perspective to social media, the live web and the Internet in general.

Second, there has been more "positive tension" between Dave and Marshall, and a more dynamic "debate", than there was in this 3rd episode. Having two people sparring perhaps just works better, is more interesting, than having three people. It felt as if not everyone was sufficiently engaged all the time, and sometimes the whole trio fell silent.

Still, the topics where interesting. Mag.ma is certainly something worth checking out. There were 200 beta tickets for the site. I got there too late, so I'll be waiting for an invite later. Since Andrew mentioned not being impressed by Google Wave, I was wondering if Mag.ma is somehow operating in the same space. This will be interesting to learn.

Views on the "operating system of the future", i.e. Google's Chrome OS announcement triggering a media hype without substance and Dave having seen it all in the mid-1990s, definitely worth a listen.

What spoke to me as well was the discussion about the iPhone. It's really amazing how Apple is taking a march on Nokia, and how e.g. the Nokia N97 in comparison, IMHO doesn't nearly get the coverage it deserves. I do think that the N97 has pretty "deep integration" with the Internet, quite comparable to the iPhone.

I used to prefer the N95 over previous releases of the iPhone because the N95 had a superior camera, 3G connectivity, and longer battery life. (DISCLAIMER:) Plus, I was working at Nokia at the time, got to use the device for free, and was undoubtedly influenced by the Nokia-internal culture and propaganda.

Now I tend to favor the N97 over the iPhone. Granted, the iPhone has a huge developer base and a huge number of applications are available. And this is a real threat to Nokia.

However… back in 2004 when I started experimenting with mobile blogging, I wrote that moblogging requires QWERTY. Today I would add: and tactile response.

I simply don't believe (yet) that I can learn to type as fast and conveniently on a touch-screen keyboard without physical buttons, as I can on a Nokia Communicator, or now on the Nokia N97 (which, admittedly, has a smaller and therefor somewhat slower keyboard).

See also the FriendFeed group at http://friendfeed.com/badhair.

Nokia N97 battery lasts 16 hours

I got up this morning at 7, fully charged, and so did my N97. Now, around 11 pm, both of us need to be recharged again.

I have a feeling that the Nokia Communicator 9500 used to last longer than a day, on average.

BTW, one other thing where the old work horse outperformed the new N97 was the usability of it's keyboard.

What to pick for the N97 home screen?

The front display of the Nokia N97 has some six slots for content.

Slot 1 contains the current time, date and active profile.

Slot 2 features four shortcuts. By default they are: 'New message', 'Web', 'Maps' and 'Music player'.

Slot 3 features a Facebook application.

Slot 4 features the AcuWeather application.

Slot 5 shows four selected contacts from the contacts list.

Slot 6 features the subject lines of the latest two emails and links to the messaging application.

For starters, I'll keep slots 1, 2 and 6 as they are. The weather thingy is the first to go. I don't think I will miss the Facebook app either. The contacts in slot 5 will get the benefit of the doubt.

In stead of slots 2 and 3 I want to install more useful ones.

One could be a time management tool. I currently use Remember The Milk and a text document on Google Apps.

Another could be a life streaming tool, or content aggregator such as FriendFeed.

Yet another set of tools would be those that enable sharing of the different types of content which I described in my previous post today…

[LATER: The podcast client should definitely have a presence on the front display as well.]

[LATER: In my comment below, I explain how I've now customized the N97's front display to fit my needs.]