Dear Nokia

Dear Nokia,

the times I give advice to companies are quite seldom, so please shut up & listen. The next time you announce an 'important phone software update' on my N97 mobile, make sure that :

  1. I don't have to do the upgrade with my computer, especially if it's a minor update. FOTA will do fine, thank you.
  2. when starting the Nokia software updater on my computer, I don't want to be forced to upgrade this POS 'software' called "Nokia Software Updater"
  3. when upgrading this Nokia Software Updater software, I don't want to have to wait 20 minutes for it to finish - this is a dualcore with 2GB, not one of your Symbian turtles, for cryings sake !
  4. after the upgrade of the upgrade software, I don't want to reboot my computer
  5. after reboot, and starting the upgrade software, I don't want to receive a warning that OVI suite is already running.
  6. No, for crying out loud, I don't want to upgrade OVI suite !!! Can we finally update my mobile firmware, pretty please ???
  7. when finally be able to start the Nokia Software Updater, I do want you to find my USB-connected phone, it's the only USB-connected thingy, goddammit !
  8. I don't want to reconnect my mobile 5 times before your POS software finally recognizes it
  9. I don't want to see your 'important phone software update' to be the most minor upgrade I've ever seen
  10. And most of all, when pressing the 'Upgrade' button, I don't want to receive a final message 'Phone software already on latest level' after this whole irritating procedure !!!

Nokia, please fire your Symbian QA management. It's incompentent !

Now where's my aspirin ?

Anonymous Wed, 08/11/2010 - 09:14

Ever had a reaction from Nokia, Christophe?
(I can imagine Nokia -and others- "scan" for blogs whith their name in...)

kristof Wed, 08/11/2010 - 20:55

In reply to by Anonymous

This article is only on my site for 2 days, probly a bit too soon to show up in Google queries.
However, there's lots and lots of similar posts on the discussions forum of Nokia itself, (even with great propositions of new phone functionalities) and even one of their technical leads admitted "that the N97 end-user experience probably was a let-down".

Guy Wed, 08/11/2010 - 10:58

I had similar experiences with updating my E75 from the device itself. It took over 5 tries to get the update started.
And previous updates broke more stuff than they fixed.


If you like Anne Geddes, you need to check out Mila's Daydreams. A mother taking pictures of her dreaming baby in an arranged background, resulting in some surreal photos.


Proxmox OpenVE looks the closest to a VMCenter/VMSphere alternative based purely on Linux (Debian to be more precise). You can add pure virtualized environments a la VMware guests, or run container based Linux(-only) guests. It comes with a cluster option with live migration possibilities.

Two disadvantages on first sight :

  1. It's 64bit only
  2. It comes only in the form of an appliance-based installation (which will wipe your /dev/sda)

Apart from that, very promising.

dowdle Mon, 08/02/2010 - 09:09

Just wanted to mention OpenNode... which just recently had their first public release. What is OpenNode? It aims to be similar to Proxmox VE but based on CentOS.

In the beta release they have the installer done and it has the following features from my memory so check out their site if desired:

  • Graphical installer
  • Minimal install footprint, trimmed down CentOS
  • Auto-partitioning with LVM if desired (software RAID is an option if desired)
  • Bridge device pre-configured
  • Minimalistic TUI management app that lets you download OS Templates for OpenVZ from their OS Template repo, setup Func, and a couple other things

Their next release will include a modern (Web 2.0 / Ajax-based) web-based management system.
So far as I can tell you can drop to shell and use vzctl for OpenVZ container management and virsh / virt-manager for KVM machine management.

Fairly functional for a first release.

Ben Nevis, 10yo

The Ben Nevis distillery, now overtaken by the Japanese Nikka distillers, is named after & located at the foot of the highest mountain in Scotland (1334m). For one or other strange reason, Ben Nevis is called the Banana Whisky. My interest in Ben Nevis was sparked by my colluegue Peter B., who refers it as one of the best whiskies ever made, and very difficult to find. However, I had no problem locating it in my favorite dram shop.

The color : dark amber
The nose : orange with chocolate flavors. Some maltiness, then spices are flowing in.
The taste : *Very* malty, quite spiced, bit of pepper. Lots of dark chocolate, the very bitter taste of orange zest. Bit of spice & smoke. Smooth but very firm. Not complex at all, warm.

Where are the bananas ? Probably a referral to the littering of banana peels on the peak of Ben Nevis ?
This whisky has a very strong taste, especially empowered by the malty taste in combination with the bitterness of chocolate and orange. I'm sorry, Peter, too bitter for my cup of tea.

Springbank CV

Temperatures are soaring outside, not really the time for a dram. Or is it ? Some people drink whisky at any season, others prefer a warm fireplace while the rain is pouring outside. Count me in the last group. However, duty calls, so here's a new tasting note. Springbank is the oldest independent distillery in Scotland, and created in Campbeltown. From a traveller's perspective, visiting the Campbeltown area is a small nightmare. One has to make a long trek to the Southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula on the Western coast of Scotland to reach Springbank - or the nearby Glen Scotia distillery. Except for the distilleries, there's not much happening in Campbeltown. And even for the people that want to 'get away from it all' for a few days, Springbank is a fairly poor destination. It's one of the few distilleries that isn't surrounded by the lush Scottish countryside - located in the middle of a busy town.

Springbank CV is an unusual whisky, for several reasons : first, it’s not quite clear what ‘C.V.’ used to mean. Some say ‘Chairman’s Vat – or Vatting’, others ‘Curriculum Vitae’... It contains a blend of different single malts between the age of 8 and 30, therefore presenting a 'taste visiting card' of Springbank. Then, there’s been several versions, notably an earlier ‘white cap’ version that’s the one we’ll have right now, and then a more recent ‘gold cap’ version. Second, it has a quite complex tasting :

Color : *very* pale gold, almost white wine.
Smell: complex. Spirits and grain. Spicy. Adding drops of water emerges a burst of pepper. Is that fruit there hiding in the back ?
Taste : oily, malt and more spices. So much pepper, it makes my mouth tingle ! Tears in me eyes. Again some fruit (lemon ? Pear ?) hiding in the pepper cloud. Lots of other stuff too, like liquorice, peat and some bitterness but almost killed immediately by spice and pepper.

Aaa-choum ! Did I mention the pepper ? This could have been a balanced complex whisky, but unfortunately too spicy for me.