22 October 2009

maemo jobs - new position again

our colleague Kristiina Saaristo has posted again new position - "Maemo Developer Advocate @ Nokia" As it stated there,

The Maemo marketing team, which has created quite a buzz in recent weeks, is looking for a Maemo Developer Advocate to assist in promoting the business opportunities for apps built on top of Maemo globally.

you can apply straight on Taleo

also some other positions advertised on Google Adsense once page or search contains word maemo ;)

books and digital e-ink revolution coming

reading article "The Google Book Store, Coming Soon To A Browser Near You" @ TC , I had some thoughts, which most probably other people share too.

somehow I feel vary about "paper -> digital" books transition presumably-closer-in-time - on one hand, emotionally and sub-consciously paper has more traits than digital: digital e-ink has no smell, feeling of age in book, you can't do handmade notes with distinctive personal touch, etc-etc-etc, leave alone difference in human perception between light screen vs reflecting paper

on the other hand - digital books have full text index, you can search in them, have wild amount of meta possible, etc-etc-etc

so this is not exactly win-loose game - it should take some more time, no matter what would-be digital printing suppliers and Co would like us to believe ...

on the other hand, our children (probably) and grand-...-children (most probably) will have perception of paper as something _ancient_

and the other aspect - somehow digital _printing_ I perceive as unsustainable i.e. one have to rely on rather complex infrastructure, which is not necessarily reproducible with simple tools

here and there I see examples of calculations "how ebooks are more green and mean and lean" while it is common knowledge (or is it?) that electronic waste is one of worst forms of pollution, both during production and rest of life cycle, and ethical producers are not that cheap.

and there is no guarantee that digital _books_ will survive in long term, as paper one do sometimes - usually they are made as short-term cheap-o-device... so are we going to put our future to be bet for e-ink pushers?

17 October 2009

Maemo jobs on offer!

Jobs on offer!
Originally uploaded by Loek van der Helm

we are (still) hiring at Maemo Nokia - Finland (Helsinki, Tampere and Oulu), USA (Mt. View) and India (Bangalore)

14 October 2009

Maemo 5 UI showcases

Maemo 5 UI team has created their own channel on YouTube where they present/showcase their design and give hints how you can use it in your own projects

Following are their personal top 5 shortcuts to start with:

  • tap on the Avatar opens the related contact card e.g. to call a friend from an ongoing Conversation
  • Ctrl+ Enter to send an e-mail
  • double press the Power key to lock the device
  • long tap on the Dashboard icon moves you directly to the Desktop
  • start typing on the Desktop to search a contact