Anti-Whining: Happy Moko Moments

Ben Wong at
Thu Jul 23 14:35:41 CEST 2009

I've got a simple success to share.

My nine year old niece and her family expressed an interest in
geocaching.  I said, "Oh, my phone does GPS!"  which led to this
series of Happy Moko Moments:

* Used Midori over GPRS to create an account on and to
look up the latitude and longitude of the closest cache to their home.
* Showed a map with TangoGPS.
* Downloaded the SimpleCaching application from
* As a family outing, we followed the arrow in SimpleCaching to a
park, to a statue named "Sensei", to a nearby tree, and finally to a
rock under the tree.
* Found the hidden treasure, put some items inside.
* My niece and her family had a lot of fun, all thanks to my neo.


On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 12:13 PM, Warren
Baird<wjbaird at> wrote:
> There seems to be a repeated theme of people posting how crappy the
> Freerunner is and how nothing works for them.  Usually a number of people
> then jump on the thread and talk about how the FR works well for them.
> I like to try turning that around and start a thread for people to talk
> about their successes.   Maybe if we get enough good ones we can push it
> onto the wiki.
> 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
>   - Pidgin over GPRS has come in quite handy several times, either when I
> didn't have my laptop with me, or didn't have wifi coverage
>   - 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 was able to show off the client software from my 'day job' - a quite
> complex j2se application - running on a cell phone, which definitely
> impressed people.
> What are your successes with the Freerunner?
> Warren
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