Anti-Whining: Happy Moko Moments

Rask Ingemann Lambertsen ccc94453 at
Tue Jul 21 20:50:54 CEST 2009

On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 03:13:20PM -0400, Warren Baird wrote:
> Here are a few of my own:
>   - the GPS with tangogps has been really useful to me a number of times,
> especially on business trips

   It's good for showing off the high resolution of the screen. Having
480x640 instead of 320x240 means that with the map covering the same area,
you can zoom in one level further and therefore see more street names, etc.

>   - It's very useful as a PDF reader - with the high-res screen I've been
> able to read documents while walking or while standing on a metro or bus,
> when getting out a laptop wouldn't have worked well.

   I think so to. I'm using ePDFview and xpdf to view PDFs like this one, a
daily graphical timetable of trains crossing the border between Denmark and
Sweden today:

   A 640x480 screen is (barely) enough to make out enough of the train
numbers to tell passenger trains from freight trains and spot 388xx extra
freight trains without having to zoom in. It just wouldn't have worked with
a lower res screen.

   (A major problem with ePDFview is that it puts a (huge) border around the
page, wasting screen real estate for no benefit at all.)

> What are your successes with the Freerunner?

   For sure my biggest success at the moment is that it gets my emails out!
My ISP, having always firewalled outgoing SMTP connections, now also
requires authentication for their relay host, but has not made sure all
customers have access codes and passwords. So while I'm looking for a
replacement ISP, my outgoing email is routed to the Freerunner with Postfix
installed as mail server, which then deliveres it over a GPRS connection.
How would I do that on an iPhone or a smartphone running Windows Mobile?
Chances are I couldn't.

Rask Ingemann Lambertsen
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