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Finally a fully featured Linus-FONero !

FON Movement ButtonI made it !  I finally managed to make my brandnew € 5,- FON Social Router happily play together with the existing AVM Fritz!Box DSL-Router.
   FON is a Spanish start-up, founded by serial-entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky, trying to bring affordable public Wi-fi into most every city on the globe.
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Trying out my Nokia 770 Internet-Tablet (Developer Device)

When I finally received my Nokia 770 Internet Tablet some weeks ago I was very excited about it, since it will be the first mobile client device for our SemaWorx Project.
   Our context-sensitive backend-interaction already works pretty well with PCs, so now it’s time to try out some smaller clients. If the N 770 works well, hopefully a couple of cellphones will be next.
About the 770 itself: No, its certaily not slow as the first press feedback assumed, but it’s just as fast as most other PDAs. The preinstalled Webbrowser (the OS is linux-based, so you will be able to install a broad range of apps yourself soon) seems to be an Opera for Linux, the e-mail software comes with support for encryption and signature certificates and IMAP4 for comfortable, server-based e-mail handling.
There have been theoretically two ways to go online with the Nokia 770: Wi-Fi (b/g) or via Bluetooth Dial-Up. Unfortunately the current Bluetooth software only dials up via mobile phones but not via common household access points. So Wi-Fi access is much more convenient, though activating encryption is somewhat ponderous.
This is what leaves you hoping for the promised firmware upgrade early next year which will hopefully not only include some fixes for its mediaplayer but also some sort of scheduling software which is missing by now.
Something to praise: Although Nokia published a battery life of only three hours, I have to admit I had almost no chance to get it empty within less than three DAYS. Clearly enough time to find a place for recharge.
    I’m also a fan of the handwriting recognition software: Right after teaching it the often strange looking of the characters I produce 😉 i t did an amazing job on their transfer to plain text.
I’m really looking forward to what the community has saved us for the next upgrade…

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Free Wi-Fi @Mainz

Since the time that Deutsche Telekom has started paying bistro-owners a fistful €uros for letting them rig a Wi-Fi hotspot at their location, it seems that in Mainz and several other cities free Wi-Fi has become a rare commodity nowadays.
Though these spots are rarely ever used by the bar or bistro’s clients, since they could easily have three cappuccino at the price of a single hour of internet use.
Someone who has cleverly managed to profit from the extra hours (and drinks), that visitors consume while working the web, is the tenant of Octan, a bistro and bar right inside the heart of old town Mainz, which is mostly frequented by students.
The lively nature of young folks — even when surfing the web — also prevents the atmosphere from suffering the "zombie effect", which is created by many people looking at their screens, while preventing to talk with one another.
Since I am always happy to find a free Wi-Fi spot when travelling around, I decided to create a new category on the blog’s sidebar, listing free Wi-Fi locations in the rhine-main area.

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