I'm an old skool coder (anyone remember BT Wireplay?) who is seriously miffed that all my previous mobile phones have never quite done what I want, have never quite had the right (cf: up to date) software standards that let me develop fun apps and I couldn't do anything about it except spend more cash. Not any more.. mwahaha...
Looking forward to getting a Sat nav, VoIP handset, gaming platform and GSM communication tool in one cool little package :)
I finally got my grubby mitts on a Neo1973 today - w00t!
- 0 - turn it on - yay it boots, loads a kernel and stops as expected :)
- 1 - flashing the right rootfs / kernel - used 26th July files from chooseopen.com, held breath and cut/pasted dfu-util commands, then rebooted... it's ok!
- 3 - insert sacrificial SIM (UK T-Mobile) and SD card
- 2 - Test hardware:
- 2.1 - well the CPU and display are ok, as are the Flash and RAM it seems
- 2.2 - Copy mp3 file onto media card (using scp), play back with madplay - audio and SD card interface ok
- 2.3 - Fire up libgsm-tool -m shell, attempt to power up GSM and register SIM - failed :(
- 2.4 - Remove SD card, reseat SIM and try again - ok
- 2.5 - Call mobile number - enjoy moment of nostalgia as RING appears :)
- 2.6 - Answer call, no audio but that's expected - GSM chip ok
- 2.7 - Just for fun call another mobile - also connected ok
- 2.8 - Check time, 02:04hrs go to bed happy!
NB: Must test GPS if possible (looks tricky ATM)
Take new toy to office (BT Labs, UK) and show off :)
Try to join mailing lists - not working it seems, go to IRC channel instead.
Managed to join the appropriate mailing lists (thanks to whoever resurrected mailman)
Have now discovered just how long the Neo currently lasts without a USB umbilical attached - about 2-3 hours.
Much poking about on the Wiki to see where I could help with the power management, and playing with the power monitoring script available there.
Discovered I can change the backlight level by writing appropriate numbers to the /sys control file - handy when it gets dark and I don't want my eyes fried!
Neo now permanently attached to my PC, since the kids use the PC a fair amount during the day while I am at work, thus keeping my Neo alive :)