Nokia N800

Several months ago I mentioned the Nokia N800. Recently a Mozilla based browser was released. This got me extra interested. Apparently flash support is improved, and you could run a better browser. Also can run Skype, and openSSH. What more could you want?

Well there is a killer thing missing: offline support. It’s a WiFi only device (which IMHO is fine), meaning no data connection if your not in range of a hotspot unless you use bluetooth and your cellphone, but that’s expensive. I’d love to see offline support. I’m surprised Google hasn’t stepped up to the plate and released a version of Google Gears the N800. Seems like it would be the perfect application.

Very interesting product.

Nokia N800 Looks Interesting But Large

The Nokia N800 looks really cool, but I wonder if it’s size is a little to large to make it practical to carry around. The lack of good Flash support, and weak MPEG4 (my guess would be lack of an onboard decoder and using software to make up for it). The fact that it’s Linux powered means you can run a fair amount of desktop software on it, with a little patience.

The size is really what hurts. If it were a little smaller, it would be a really cool PDA-like device.

I’m still curious what people will figure out can be done with the hardware. It’s still too new to tell. From what I’ve read it’s somewhat powerful, so the potential is there.

New Mozilla.org

As undoubtably, everyone will blog in the next 24 hours… New mozilla.org has been launched. Looks great. Also has a wonderful end user focus.

One thing I would do, is make a subdomain for corporate customers. Gear the same information, but corporate advantages (why Mozilla is good for an organization). How to deploy? Security? Updating? Customizing? Branding? etc. These corporate users involve thousands of users per company. And remember. Convince 1 company, and potentially thousands of users are exposed to Mozilla. That means some will undoubtedly, download for home use.

An ISP targeted subdomain may not be a bad idea either.

While not technically end users. These customers will advertise for the Mozilla project. All have reason to consider Mozilla. For example licensing. Mozilla is free distro for all OS’s. Great for ISP’s. Can be customized, etc.

Food for thought.