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How-To: Do Just About Anything on the Nokia N900

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

The definitive how-to/FAQ for the Nokia N900.

The definitive how-to/FAQ for the Nokia N900.

Getting over the Nokia N900′s learning curve can be a long, arduous process. I’m here to make things a little easier. Essentially, this how-to/FAQ is a collection of all the things that I’ve learned so far, so expect it to get bigger in the future. And if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments.
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How-To: Play DOS Games On Your Nokia N97 [DOSBox]

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
Run some of the greatest DOS games on your Nokia N97!

Run some of the greatest DOS games on your Nokia N97!

Before there was Windows, there was DOS. A command-line interface with nothing but text, text, and more text. During the ’80s and ’90s, DOS was the OS of choice for gaming. And there were lots of great games.

Flash-forward to today. Thanks to an open-source emulator called DOSBox, you can now run those oldies-but-goodies on your Nokia N97 (or 5800XM, or any other S60 3rd or 5th Edition phone, for that matter). This how-to will get you started installing and running games with DOSBox.
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How-To: Hack Your Nokia N97 In 16 Steps [HelloOX2]

Friday, August 7th, 2009
Today's How-To: Hack your N97 to run unsigned apps, among other things.

Today's How-To: Hack your N97 to run unsigned apps, among other things.

The latest version of HelloOX has been released, and it’s easier than ever to get unsigned software working on your N97. But let’s step back a bit: unsigned software is simply any kind of application that hasn’t gone through the Symbian Foundation’s rigorous signing process. Most freeware is unsigned, mainly due to the costs involved (around ~$525 for the bare minimum of one signing, with extra $$$ or euroseuroseuros for additional signing). With the included ROMPatcher utility, you can also apply unofficial patches to the firmware to fix bugs, modify current functionality, or adding new features. Pretty cool, right?

Unfortunately, by default your N97 (or any other recent S60 phone) will not allow you to install unsigned applications. We’re going to change that.
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How-To: Change Your S60 Phone Key Mappings With VirtualKey

Saturday, August 1st, 2009
Change your key mappings with VirtualKey.

Change your key mappings with VirtualKey.

I recently discovered the S60 gem VirtualKey after going on the hunt for a good key remapping application. It’s easy to use, sufficiently powerful, and best of all, it actually runs on S60 Fifth Edition.

There’s a caveat, however: VirtualKey is an unsigned application, which means you might be in for a world of hurt. More on this after the break.
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Quick Tutorial: Hide Your Sound Files From the S60 Music Player

Friday, July 17th, 2009
Hide your sound files from the S60 Music Player.

Hide your sound files from the S60 Music Player.

The situation: I have a lot of instrumental music that make great ringtones, but lousy listening music. I don’t want those songs showing up in my “All songs” playlist in the S60 Music Player, because that means I have to create separate playlists that exclude those songs – which take time to create and continually update.

The solution: Dump your ringtone songs into one directory, hide it from the Music player, and use the All songs playlist to play your tracks.

The instructions: Inside.
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How-To: Encode Videos For Your N97 and 5800 XpressMusic

Sunday, July 12th, 2009
Learn how to encode video files for your 5800 XpressMusic or N97.

Learn how to encode video files for your 5800 XpressMusic or N97.

You’ve got an N97 or a 5800 XM, and you’re fiending for some content. Movies. TV shows. Funny video clips. Where do you start? What settings do you use?

I’ve written up a short guide that will get you up to speed with encoding videos for the S60 Fifth Edition phones’ default RealPlayer application. Hopefully it’ll take out a little of the guesswork that normally goes into the encoding process.
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A fairly awesome N97 custom wallpaper.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
Grab a new wallpaper for your N97 or 5800 XpressMusic.

Grab a new wallpaper for your N97 or 5800 XpressMusic.

A couple of weeks ago, I found a really, really, awesome desktop wallpaper. And so I decided it needed to be on my phone. After a little resizing, color changes, and experimentation on how the N97 deals with custom wallpapers (verdict: it doesn’t) – I came up with this.

Grab it inside. Also, more about the bugginess that is the N97′s custom wallpaper display feature.
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Software: Free Audio Themes From Nokia

Monday, November 3rd, 2008
A motley crew featuring the N78. N85, and 5700 XpressMusic.

A motley crew featuring the N78. N85, and 5700 XpressMusic.

If you’re looking to spice up your phone’s sound effects, check out Nokia’s Audio Themes page. There’s currently a good 20 themes that can change your default sounds to something more pleasurable. Free of course.
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The Handy S60 Phone Shortcut List

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

This month’s official S60 newsletter included a nice little “tip of the month” column that highlighted the quickest way to add a carriage return (enter key basically) to your text messages/notes: just hit the 0 (zero) button three times. So simple, yet so effective.
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How-To: Get MP3 Album Art on Your Nokia N95 (or S60 phone)

Monday, November 12th, 2007

I’ve been wrangling with the N95 Music Player application for the better part of a night, trying to get album art, or those little JPEG files that you can embed into an MP3 file’s ID3 tags, working with a foolproof method. Whether you’re copying MP3 files to your device for the first time, or just making some sense out of the Music Player’s screwy-ness when updating, this mini-tutorial should clear up any problems.

The definitive guide to bringing the album art to your N95 or S60 or Nseries device.

MAIE: Most Annoying Icon Ever

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