Posts filed under Symbian

Nokia N95

The Nokia E61i is old. Well, ever since I got a Nokia N95 from my boss. So no longer a privately owned phone (with a company SIM), but a new shiny N95 :).

First impression; plastic fantastic, but a fast plastic fantastic phone. A faster CPU, HSDPA instead of 'regular' UMTS, and a 'normal' keypad instead of a QWERTY keyboard (which is not an improvement!!)

The OS (Symbian S60) is the same as the OS on the E61i, so no real surprises on that part. Even the backup with Nokia Phone Manager restored on the N95. New features were also included;

  • upload images to Flickr
  • nokia maps
  • built-in GPS

The only real bummer is the lame Nokia Phone Manager software. That application just won't work properly (it could also be that the crappy Windows OS is helping a hand).

Posted on June 10, 2008 and filed under Gadgets, Hardware, Software, Symbian.

SymCAImport Donators, Thank You

The Certificate Import Tool for Symbian S60 (and other) phones was created on a lousy Sunday afternoon. Mainly, because I was frustrated with the lack of documentation AND support from Nokia on the issue. Nevertheless, it seems that really lots of people are using it (approx 300 a week), and every now and then I receive a donation through PayPal (just click on the donate button).

So to all the donators (you know who you are);

thanks for showing your appreciation!

Posted on June 2, 2008 and filed under Personal, Symbian, Website.

Symcaimport Safety

No matter what you do, there are always social rejects (and this is saying it nice) trying to sabotage you. I've been getting various virus alerts on my CA import tool for mobile phones. Every on of them seems to be an attempt to upload a trojan. Thankfully, the AV software intercepts them.

Social rejects trying to upload trojans

 Just to reassure you all; each upload is given a unique name (8 characters). If such a filename already exists, it will be overwritten. So the chance of you getting someone else's file is (almost) zero. Just make sure that you use the correct name / URL when you're trying to download the certificate on your phone.

Posted on May 27, 2008 and filed under Annoying, Security, Symbian, Website.

Nokia E61i Firmware Update - update

It's been a couple of days since my firmware update, so it's time for a small update on the subject.

The biggest advantage is that the mail client is very stable. I use (secure) IMAP and I have 3 mailboxes configured on the device. The mail client hasn't crashed yet.

The biggest downside (in my opinion) is that the 3G connection drops automatically, so you need to re-establish the connection every time. Sure, it saves bandwidth (and costs), but it's annoying that you actively have to monitor your e-mail.

Thankfully, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, so I'm still happy with the Nokia E61i.

Posted on March 28, 2008 and filed under Personal, Symbian.

Nokia E61i Firmware Update

Early this week, I found a new firmware for my Nokia E61i (out since October 2007). The version I had was v1.x, and this one was v2.0633.65.01 (press *#000# on your E61 to see the current firmaware version). Updating goes through a separate application, but it should also be possible through download over the mobile network (I haven't tried this). All you need to know is explained on the Nokia website, but there are some thing you don't want to forget;
  • Use the Nokia Datasuite to create a FULL backup of the phone, because during the upgrade the phone goes back to factory defaults.
  • Have lot's of patience (and some deodorant handy)
  • Make sure the PC isn't doing anything else that might interfere with the update.
The first attempt failed for me. Even with all the warnings (DO NOT INTERRUPT THE UPDATING PROCESS OR DISCONNECT THE PHONE!!!) I rebooted the PC and disconnected the phone. Result, the phone didn't respond (this is where my deodorant came in). After this I restarted the upgrade process, and the phone got recognized (thankfully). After 10 minutes, the phone rebooted with the new firmware version. First action was to restore all data and settings on the phone. Since I had some issues with my network connectivity I decided to remove the Access Points and reconfigure them.... Well, don't. First of all, I wasn't able to receive the configuration parameters from the mobile operator (SMS 'ja' to 1300), so I had to reconfigure them manually. Their website has a step-by-step manual on configuring the E61i, but this didn't help either. MMS functionality remained absent, and none of the applications was able to connect to the Internet by itself. I had to initiate the connection manually before browsing the web. E-mail was even worse. Every time I had 'Packet Authentication' errors. So after a day I decided to restore the Access Points from my backup, and guess what... Everything worked again. And now for the thing that have changed (at least the ones that I've noticed);
  • the e-mail application seems more stable
  • camera and video are still crappy (the time between the snapshot sound and the actual capture is still multiple seconds)
  • Idle connections are terminated. This is a bad thing (for me at least), because I had my UMTS connection open all the time, and this way I received mail throughout the day. Now I have to connect each time I want to check my e-mail.
I haven't tried VoIP yet, but will try to do so soon (that's what happens when you don't pay for your own bills :-) ) Conclusion is that the phone didn't get better. There are some improvements, and there are some new annoyances. But my e-mail is stable at this moment.
Posted on March 15, 2008 and filed under Annoying, Gadgets, Software, Symbian.

Google Maps and Nokia e61i

A couple of weeks ago, I was pointed towards Google Maps on my Nokia e61i (I got a download link when I visited on my mobile). After downloading and installing it (which was very easy), I started the application (which was hiding under Menu -> Installations -> Google Maps). Most basic features are available on the phone app (directions, searching for restaurants etc., Zoom in and out), and there's the possibility of positioning yourself on the map by using cellular positioning. Thankfully, this is done for you by the application. Downside is that it's not that accurate. In my case, I could be anywhere in a 1.7 mile radius circle. It's also possible to use a GPS mouse (which I recently bought) for your location. The neat thing is that you can see yourself walk across the map (or drive if you're by car). This is an excellent application. These is one downside... Google Maps is using a constant Internet connection to update the maps, so make sure you have some sort of flat fee data service (or use wifi when available). Otherwise you might be in for a surprise when you receive your phone bill.
Posted on February 5, 2008 and filed under Fun, Gadgets, Personal, Software, Symbian.

Symcaimport and Windows Mobile Devices

It seems that my little upload / download page for adding root certificate authorities Symbian phones is also a big help for those who use Windows Mobile Devices.

Very strange that there are millions of smartphones on the market, and that everyone, regardless of the phones they have, experience the same problem. Why won't Microsoft (Windows Mobile) and the Symbian people simplify the interface of adding root CA's?

Posted on December 28, 2007 and filed under Symbian, Tips'n Tricks.

Remove Certificate From Nokia E61

Somehow, people are directed to my website by queries which contain the following key-words; 'remove', 'certificate', and 'e61'. So, here's a quick certificate uninstall guide:

Menu -> Tools -> Settings -> Security Settings -> Certif. management -> Scroll down to the certificate you wish to delete -> Options -> Delete -> Confirm Delete -> Yes.

It's not that hard :) (the 'guide' is written for the e61i, but I doubt if it's much different on the e61)
Posted on October 12, 2007 and filed under Security, Symbian, Tips'n Tricks.

Change Nokia E61i Default Browser

A friend suggested the Opera Mini browser (v4 beta2) as a browser on my Nokia E61i. So I downloaded it and installed it. Great looking browser which renders some sites much better than the normal included browser (and it's still absolutely free!!). My online banking site seems to work a bit better anyway. One thing I haven't figured out is how to set the Opera Mini browser as the default browser. If I open a link in an e-mail it opens the original browser....
Posted on October 8, 2007 and filed under Annoying, Browsers, Symbian.

Symcaimport Available for Download

The last couple of days, I've had several requests for the source code of the Symcaimport pages. Therefor, I decided to 'zip' the files, and serve them to the world.

The pages are written in Macromedia Adobe Coldfusion, but for some one with PHP or ASP knowledge, it should be fairly easy to understand.

Click here to download

B.t.w. It would be nice if you create a link back to my website if you use the pages in some form. And remember that you still need to modify the MIME settings for your webserver for this to work. An alternative is to send the specific MIME setting with the download. Coldfusion does support this, but when I created the pages, I couldn't be bothered. Perhaps someday....

Posted on September 15, 2007 and filed under Software, Symbian.