glol - global orientation lock on MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan
Editor: Ryan Abel
Harmattan currently lacks any sort of user controllable orientation lock which, as anybody who's used a device sideways in bed knows, can make it difficult to use the device in non-standard position. As an effort to address this is the short term, Javier S. Pedro has put together a small application, glol, to temporarily lock global orientation: The design is quite simple: it is a "fake" contextkit provider that lies about the orientation. [...] It is a command line application: it needs to be invoked as "glol l" for landscape, or "glol p" for portrait, and use Ctrl+C to kill it. Harmattan users can grab the .deb from a link in the post.
Developing Harmattan sharing plugins
Editor: Andrew Olmsted
MeeGo.com user "ab" describes the methods developers can use to implement a sharing plugin in Harmattan: [It] allows applications to share much of service-specific code and keep us all from re-implementing the wheel -- you don't need to have dozens Flickr or Facebook sign-on plugins on the device to write an application that uses Facebook sign-on, for example. The post contains links to working, documented examples of the different ways to acheive this. The good news is - it looks like Harmattan follows the MeeGo sharing framework.
Spectrum, NES, GameBoy and TI emulators now available for Harmattan
Editor: Ryan Abel
Those of you who haven't been living under a rock and have some use for emulators are probably familiar with Marat Fayzullin's series of emulators, which he's kindly maintained for free for Maemo for years and has now ported to MeeGo (the ports for both platforms are free): I have ported my retro computer and console emulators to Harmattan. Those of you who own N900s or N8x0s, probably know what these are. For the rest, there are: fMSX - MSX/MSX2/MSX2+ home computer emulator, Speccy - emulates Sinclair ZX Spectrum and its clones, ColEm - ColecoVision console emulator, iNES - Nintendo Entertainment System, Famicom, and DiskSystem emulator, MasterGear - Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, SG1000, SC3000, and SF7000, VGB - GameBoy Classic, GameBoy Color, and Super GameBoy, VGBA - GameBoy Advance, and AlmostTI - TI82, TI83, TI85, TI86, TI84 programmable calculators. Both a direct link to the .debs and a link to a repository for them are available in the thread.