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pixelicious
26th June 2007, 08:01 PM
Ok, I know the official release is in a couple of days, but Australians wont see anything for a couple of months. To help alleviate the pain you're all feeling from waiting, I have a partial solution!

the pseudo-iphone.

What you will need:
1x Windows mobile device
1x Windows machine (you can use a mac, but it's more complicated)

Source links:
http://lifehacker.com/software/hack-attack/turn-your-windows-mobile-phone-into-an-iphone-269055.php
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=308361
http://rychlicki.net/en/2007/04/01/174/

main screen turn on
Ok so here we go. First step download the iphone launcher from
http://rychlicki.net/en/2007/04/01/174/,

direct link http://rychlicki.net/inne/res_ppc-custom.icons.zip

you'll need to extract it and copy it somewhere onto your mobile device. This is the part where you may need a windows machine. I tried accessing the device from my ibook, but it was nothing but hassles. your mileage may vary.

You can now test it out by using the windows file explorer, browse to the folder you created, and run the "launcher.exe" program. this'll give you the main menu interface as seen in
http://bayimg.com/cACAjaabd

You may notice while playing that some of the buttons don't do anything, and infact cause errors. Each button launches a program as defined in the config.ini in the same file. config.ini looks something like...


text=\Windows\tmail.exe
calendar=\Windows\calendar.exe
etc...

If you want to change the program that launches, change the parametre on the right.

**Don't change the tag on the left! this will break it.**
note: if you're editting this on a mac, remember to use the windows formatting for newlines CRLF not just CR or LF.


[B]Slide?
Ok, now for what is perhaps the cooler part the slide2unlock app! (why do windows applications have such crappy names?!?!)

If I can get some space, I'd love to host this somewhere, otherwise everyone is going to have to sign up to the xda developers forums to download the appropriate files:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=308361
there are 2 versions!! one is for mobile5 and one for mobile 2003, check your version!!! it'll save headaches later.

the application comes as a .cab file. Copy it onto the device, browse to it in file manager and double tap to install it.
Now that it's installed you can run it from slide2unlock.exe
It should be in the Program Files folder.
Once you have it running, it should look something like...
http://bayimg.com/IaCaDAabD

fin.

Ps. Sorry about the quality of the photos, taken with my 2mp phone-cam :\
Also i fixed the orientation, but they still appear in landscape :(

aafuss
26th June 2007, 09:09 PM
I think Multitouch will became widespread-I saw a LG stereo with a close resemblence (controlled by a touch sensitive screen).

aafuss
26th June 2007, 09:10 PM
Hope Apple legal will quickly ask for the removal of those files.

Dante Kyar
26th June 2007, 09:23 PM
Lol, thats awesome

Squozen
26th June 2007, 10:14 PM
All the look and none of the feel, that's Windows to a T.

Johnny Appleseed
26th June 2007, 10:19 PM
Some people will go to great lengths to avoid paying for the real thing!


I think Multitouch will became widespread-I saw a LG stereo with a close resemblence (controlled by a touch sensitive screen).

Touchscreen ≠ MultiTouch

Apple has patented MultiTouch like it patented the iPod click wheel, so no other device will come close.

mechcon
26th June 2007, 10:25 PM
Very good... but the iPhone wont be in Australia till early/mid 2008

geektechnu
26th June 2007, 10:33 PM
Apple has patented MultiTouch like it patented the iPod click wheel, so no other device will come close.Apple have patented their implmentation of MultiTouch - there are currently a few technologies going around that allow for MultiTouch-style behaviour. Though I'm not sure I've seen any implementations as small as the iPhone... yet...

pixelicious
27th June 2007, 10:52 AM
indeed. From memory there are three methods currently being worked on, one was not by apple, but by one of apples manufacturers, but it's included in the ipod. Then there was another from a major developer I think LG, that i believe featured in the microsoft multi-touch table. The third is being developed by a smaller company whose name I have forgotten.

But yeah, this guide was to give a little bit of life to what are pretty awful handheld devices :(
and while i see alot of tech problems with the iphone, at least they have the human element covered, which i think is more important.

ps. props to Nathanh for being the only one to like my post ;)

Brains
27th June 2007, 11:36 AM
The multi-touch technology used by Apple (and used in recent iPods and two-finger-scroll trackpads on recent Mac laptops) comes from FingerWorks, which Apple bought outright around two years ago. Then there's the matrix-based stuff found in the Jazzmutant Lemur, developed by IRCAM in Paris.

The stuff used by Microsoft in 'Surface' is the rear-projection approach perfected by J. Han (on a Mac, no less) and his company Perspective Pixel. You won't ever see this technology in a portable device.


B.