Nokia Plan Z (part 2)

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Earlier this year (some time during August), I had created a post called Nokia Plan Z. While I could not yet complete and publish this post but the very essence of this post is now already known to all, in forms of:

  • The Nokia Z Launcher
  • The Nokia N1

So, I guess, my part-fiction “story”, which I had in my head then, was not wrong at all. I just hope the rest of it also coming true, very soon.

Some of them being:

// # 1

Nokia might still be working on a “Kick Ass Android Phone” which would be launched on the very next day they are allowed to make mobile devices again (as per the MS agreement). This phone might have the best specs to date, a good UI and UX. Or it is quite possible that they are doing something of their own?

// # 2

Heard some rumours some where that Nokia N9 (MeeGo) is not dead. So, I assume it is going to come back in some form or the other. May be like a cloud OS or a major uplift to first the software and then, the hardware? Who knows, but changes of software + hardware combo is still remote. I would still bet on something cloudy.

// # 3

Here Maps going mainstream, leaving Google Maps way behind. Guys, I have worked in the team that used to develop Here Maps. And let me tell you, they are an awesome team. Right from the designers to developers to managers. So, this product is going to go very far and bring Nokia “BACK”

Some more still, but I guess, that is all for today. It wouldn’t be wrong to tell that Nokia is definitely going to make another 150 years in history. Once again, I have to say, kudos to an awesome team at Nokia.


Jolla problems

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Why I will stop using Jolla for a while:

  1. 6 nights in a row, the phone has switched off over night and then, stuck in reboot loop (yes, the battery was charged at about 50% and for 2 nights, the phone was even plugged to the charger). To be able to start it again, press the power button a couple of times (and get annoyed by only seeing the Jolla logo and red led) and finally, I need to pull out battery, put it again. And yes, I think its overkill for getting my laptop every-time and trying to get the phone out of reboot loop by reseting it using telnet. Also, my TOH has become little loose on the corners because of this exercise.
  2. Problem with connection: I have just moved to a new address and don’t have an internet connection. So, I am using wireless tethering a lot. But apparently, I see this problem with connection (for data connection) a lot and this annoys me again. I need to switch off the data connection from settings and turn it on again for the whole thing to work again.
  3. MMS: I sent an MMS about 30 days ago. Its still sending!
  4. Yellow thing (like burnt screen) on one side of the screen.

I get annoyed by these “small” issues and would rather prefer a working stack of things. I have liked Jolla from day one and support their eagerness but guys, be realistic. You people are shipping a CE hardware. These issues will reduce your credibility in the market.

And as an end user, I think every person (including me) will get annoyed with the above mentioned problems. At this moment, I will switch back to my precious Nokia N9. Will eagerly wait for the software  updates for Jolla and will make a #switch when they are fixed!

Can the community point me to any (reliable and not hack-ish) fixes, please? Or should I give my device to Jolla HQ for debugging? What should I do? Please suggest on my twitter handle @aseemshakuntal.

Nokia Plan Z

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Long ago in 2007, when the first iPhone was launched, everybody at Nokia thought that it is going to take a very long time for this new kid on the block to come in real competition with the GIANT. They were busy making a self-proclaimed, before-its-time internet tablet which was based on debian linux (later Maemo, MeeGo).


If the rumors are correct, then Nokia had a perfectly working “touch based” Symbian phone during early 2003 but it was only in early 2009 when they shipped their first touch screen device for all the markets (we might want to forget Nokia 7710, which was launched during 2004).


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Little did they know what was coming through!


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There has been too much of the talks going on about what happened to MH370. I thought to add one more to it (but I am really not sure if somebody has already thought about it?).

Before I begin, I would like to pay deep regards to everyone on-board the missing jet. Your family members loved you and they miss you. May god be with all the family members of those on board. God bless and god speed to their lives.


I believe that MH370 has not crashed. I assume it is just lost in time. Like one of those sci-fi stories coming true. I believe they are out there, somewhere, in some distant galaxy, in one of the multiverses and they don’t yet know that they are lost.


Linux vs Mac

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Or well, let me frame the title of this post by not being politically correct!

“Development on Mac sucks”

Especially for newbies on Mac, yes, that is very true. First of all, the package management for mac sucks big time. I really couldn’t find a LAMP package in App Store. WHY? Such a biased decision! Wouldn’t developers use mac? Or do people at apple assume all developers to be nerds who know ins-and-outs of using macports, brew etc? Other than that some small points that make me feel pissed.

  1. “readlink -f” (illegal option, #fail)
  2. “echo -n Hello”
  3. I dont know how many keyboard shortcuts I need to remember
  4. Amazing that they forgot some really important keys like [, ], {, }
  5. Some things really not uniform, like usage of cmd and ctrl keys. They have moved many of ctrl features to cmd key but left some of them with ctrl. WHY?
[SORRY, hit publish too early.. wanted to save it.. need to rush to office, so will update this post little later]

the passport story

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Another interesting thing, I wanted to share with all. It might be my foolishness or my carelessness. Nevertheless, it still was interesting.

Long story cut short:

  • In May 2013, I had to travel from Berlin to Tampere and back.
  • It was an unplanned and sudden journey
  • I decided to fly on Friday and came to office for a half day at work
  • I booked tickets when I was in office and then, started at 12 to catch the 2’o clock flight from Tegel
  • I was possibly the last person to turn up. At the baggage counter, I decided to drop my luggage.
  • They did not ask me about any kind of identification and let me in
  • I boarded the flight
  • The moment flight moved, I recalled, where is my passport?

I had to get Nimika travel with my passport to allow me travel back (Helsinki – Berlin – Helsinki).

T-Mobile data problem

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Yes, a repeated post. Well, almost. Writing down my mobile data problem with my T-Mobile, Germany sim card so that Telecom_hilft could help me.

My subscription: Post paid t-mobile subscription with dual sim card. Primary sim being used in Lumia and secondary sim in N9. (or sometimes, also the other way round).

What is the problem:
1. When connected to the mobile data, the native email application on my phone does not work. It complains that it cannot connect to smtp server. At the same time, internet in the browser works ok.

The most annoying part is that the same email application works absolutely fine with a prepaid t-mobile connection. Also, to make sure its not the problem of cell phone, I checked phone with other connection (e.g. my number from finland) and it worked just fine!

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