N80 – Possibly one of the worst UI’s about…

The Nokia N80 has an unbelievably bad UI.

One, it is so painfully slow that you sometimes think it has just hung.

And two, it sometimes does just hang – which leaves you thinking it’s even slower than it actually is (which is pretty damn slow).

And three – it uses odd terms to describe elements. E.g. I wanted to add an item to the top menu. However, looking for “menu” in the 118 page manual does not cover it. I finally tracked it down via a Google search to “Active standby mode – Standby Display” – what on earth does that mean?!

So to add an item or customise it you have to go to  Tools> Settings > Phone> Standby mode > Active standby

… groan!

N80 – Possibly one of the worst UI’s about…

The Nokia N80 has an unbelievably bad UI.

One, it is so painfully slow that you sometimes think it has just hung.

And two, it sometimes does just hang – which leaves you thinking it’s even slower than it actually is (which is pretty damn slow).

And three – it uses odd terms to describe elements. E.g. I wanted to add an item to the top menu. However, looking for “menu” in the 118 page manual does not cover it. I finally tracked it down via a Google search to “Active standby mode – Standby Display” – what on earth does that mean?!

So to add an item or customise it you have to go to  Tools> Settings > Phone> Standby mode > Active standby

… groan!

Setting up N80 Wifi Access Points

Boy! Setting this up is tortuous in the extreme.

Finally found it here:

N80 setting for WLAN access point are (Tools->Settings->Connection->Access Points)

as opposed to the myriad other places it could be such as:

connect->conn.mgr->Availab. WLAN

or the cryptic “Connection -> Access Points” as suggested in the unhelpful error message when you try and edit the WLAN details from  Availab. WLAN

Of all the discussions on the net from bewildered users, this seems the clearest:

http://discussions.europe.nokia.com/discussions/board/message?board.id=connectivity&message.id=2529&view=by_date_ascending&page=1 

Word sometimes doesn’t launch on Intel Macs…

The problem: Some PowerPC applications (such as Word) sometimes fail to launch on Intel Macs.

One solution: There is a root process called translated which seems to be launched with PowerPC programs. If this process is killed, then the application can be launched with no troubles. Note that an administrator password is required. translated can be found by opening up the Activity Monitor. Select the process and click on Quit Process.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2006080308222881

Word sometimes doesn’t launch on Intel Macs…

The problem: Some PowerPC applications (such as Word) sometimes fail to launch on Intel Macs.

One solution: There is a root process called translated which seems to be launched with PowerPC programs. If this process is killed, then the application can be launched with no troubles. Note that an administrator password is required. translated can be found by opening up the Activity Monitor. Select the process and click on Quit Process.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2006080308222881

Remove Gmail Sponsored Links

Here’s a script you can use with GreaseMonkey or Stylish that removes those pesky Gmail sponsored link adverts on the right hand side.

http://userstyles.org/style/show/391

If I had a pay-and-remove option then that would be something I’d seriously consider however this is all Gmail Help has to say on the matter:

Opt Out of Ads

Gmail users can’t opt out of receiving ads because these sponsored links help Google support the cost of providing Gmail for free to our users. Instead of serving pop-ups and untargeted banner ads, Gmail displays text ads using our contextual advertising technology. These ads should be relevant to the content of your messages and we hope you’ll find them useful.

Note, an update since I originally posted this – Google have released Google Apps Premier Edition which lets you opt out of ads and also gives you a whopping 25GB of space. All for $50 / user account / year.