Should MeeGo error messages refer to the system in the first person?
Kathy Smith asks on forum.meego.com: Other OSs will provide you with a 'low battery' indicator. Some helpfully remind you to save what you are working on in case they die suddenly. But MeeGo speaks up, terribly politely and says "I've noticed that your battery is running low". Who is this I residing in my netbook, keeping watch over battery levels? Is it the fox on the load screen? The Teddy Bear I added there myself? [...] Am I the only one who finds it just a little... disturbing? Commenters did agree that the informal tone was certainly different. Your editor also remembers his "user technology" (i.e. manuals) training at IBM and the cultural sensitivities which were explained in the style guides: certain countries didn't like their computers saying "please" (as in "Please save your work.") as it was an inanimate object making the request.
Switching between MeeGo Handset and Netbook UXes
The Lenovo netbooks Nokia and Intel handed out at the MeeGo Conference in Dublin feature a nice capacitive touchscreen and rotating, tablet-converting screen. Unfortunately, as MeeGo does not yet have a Tablet UX, and the Netbook UX offers very little in the way of touchscreen support, the only real option is the Handset UX. Progress is being made on providing a switch of some kind, which Gary Birkett has highlighted: The context of the question had to do with using the Lenovo S10-3t Netbooks given away at the conference as platforms for MeeGo Handset development. Sabotage pipped up and offered up his experience as proof that it can be done, and some very basic instructions on how to do so. Since the question continues to come up in Mailing lists and IRC, the specifics on how to switch between desktops are being documented for ongoing reference. Collaborating on meeting this (non-core) use case is encouraged.