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I no longer customize my S60 devices or my Mac except in cosmetic ways

Submitted by Roland on Wed, 2008-10-08 02:53

Had the pleasure of meeting James at Nokia Open Lab 08 and it's interesting (Agile Messenger!?! IM on my phone, no thanks, I'd personally rather use Twitter and Jaiku) to see his (mobile) desert island desktop for his S60 devices.

I personally no longer customize the home screen of my S60 devices just like I no longer customize my Mac that much (or I customize it in cosmetic ways like change the desktop, I don't do that on S60 for fear of using precious memory something which we will look back on in 5 years and laugh that we worried about memory!).

I find S60 too unstable (I blame ShoZu and S60 memory management; don't get me wrong I can't live without ShoZu but after a while I simply have to reset (usually a warm reset using *#7780# sometimes a hard reset using *#7370#) all my S60 devices which means I lose my customizations. I am sure I am an outlier here; I think it has something to do with posting dozens of photos a day from ShoZu :-) ! Yes I am addicted!)

QUOTE [From AAS Feature: Desert Island Desktop, with James Whatley]

Whatley's main role at SpinVox is to look after their Social Media Strategy, and that means he is plugged into many of the fast moving Web 2.0 sites, so it's no surprise to see Jaiku as the first application - he's one of the most prolific Jaiku'ers on the service (

There are a number of built in applications here, and one click away from Jaiku are the Nokia Web Browser and Contacts applications. The contacts application is probably the biggest 'social application' on any handset (oh don't mock, it lets you email people, call them, keep notes on them, group them together - that's just like Facebook), so keeping it close to hand is high up in his thinking.

Pretty much everyone I asked had a web browser in some form on their launcher, and Whatley is no exception. "It's the first application I open up whenever I pick up my handset", he explains. I suspect that he's checking out his other social networks and keeping an eye on the SpinVox blog as well.

Communicating online is a mainstay of the quick launch apps, and the inclusion of Agile Messenger ( solidifies that view. Offering access to most of the popular IM platforms, including MSN and AOL, this has been on whatever handset Whatley has been using for a few years. "I purchased a lifetime licence and genuinely could not live without it."

The phone is also his main PDA/Organiser, but not through the built in PIM apps. Whatley has chosen to use Epocware's Handy Calendar over the regular S60 offerings



Heya Roland,

Guess what, we've finally gotten to the bottom of
that bug you're having and it has been fixed for version 4.1 due out
really soon!

It was driving us a bit crazy, because we could only ever reproduce it on people's phones when they were traveling overseas. it
was proving very difficult for us to reproduce in-house on our debug
builds, unless we sent staff on month long world vacations flying 3
times a day :-) ...I wish

Turns out it was a really silly thing. The lockup/slowdowns on
your phone occur as a result of the countdown timer crashing that
generates the 'fake' SMS telling you that uploads have been overdue for
48hrs (normally occurs when roaming overseas) but also happens when you
Pause transfers on the Transfer Status screen.

What a pest! We've
ripped that code out completely for the new release, which will also
keep a few people happy who didn't like that SMS anyway :-) I'll let
you know when 4.1 is ready to download.

Hope this helps you get a bit of sleep at night in the meantime! Let me know if you see any other weird behaviour like this.


Chat soon..




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