Damn desktop plugins

If you ever had a PocketPC, you probably have heard the horror stories of the “Today” third party plugins being the No1 cause for these PDAs/phones crashing. Well, it seems that the Nokia geniuses thought that it would be nice to have such “desktop” applets on their N770/N800 internet tablets too. Apparently the RSS plugin is what causing for some users the N800 to immediately reboot after loading, and in my case tonight, the OMWeather plugin crashing the whole Maemo desktop, re-spawning and eventually rebooting the device — and then all over again. Now, I have no alternative but to re-install the N800 firmware, re-patch the kernel to get SDHC support and re-install all my apps from scratch. This is a case where Nokia’s engineers didn’t learn from the predecessors’ mistakes and made these plugins/applets too integrated to their main desktop so when they crash, they bring hell to the whole system. Poor design. Just like Microsoft’s “Today”.

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