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Desktop, System, and Utilities (Part 3 of 3)

Developer: Taixzo
Category: Desktop, System & Utilities
Beginner: No
Platform: Fremantle (N900)

Application Description:
Saera is a Siri clone for Fremantle. I started this because there are like 5 Android ones that popped up after Siri was released, but nobody made one for the N900. Siri obviously is more integrated with iOS than Saera can ever hope to be with Maemo, but hopefully we can get close. Saera uses Pocketsphinx for voice recognition and eSpeak to talk, and calls out to modRana for navigation and local search. Saera can also do a few other things, with more being added every day:
- Tell you the time, both where you are and in a few major cities
- Greet you
- Verify she’s working, if you say ”testing”
- Take a picture
- Tell you random facts about the N900
- Tell you where you are if you’re lost
- Search for food near you
- Read you new emails as they come in
- Read you new IMs as they come in
- Set alarms
- Play and pause music

Download Instructions:
Saera is in the extras-devel repository; you can download it from the Application Manager once you’ve enabled the catalog.
Announce thread:
Wiki page:

Server Status Widget
Developer: Ashish Bhate (briggers)
Category: Desktop, System & Utilities
Beginner: Yes
Platform: Fremantle (N900)

Application Description:
Serverstatuswidget is a desktop widget for Maemo 5. It allows you to monitor the status of servers by pinging them periodically.

For more information

I built this widget from scratch. I learnt pymaemo by looking at the source code of the sleeper and recaller widget by Tom Waelti and reading the tutorials on the wiki.
The widget is complete, but I’d like to add some more features to it when I get the time. See the wiki for the list of features I hope to add in the next version.

Download Instructions:
For more information and download details, please see
I’m working on uploading the package to extras-devel.

For help on using this widget, please see

Please use the wiki for feature requests and bug reports

Sync Yourself
Developer: adityamhatre
Category: Desktop, System & Utilities
Beginner: Yes
Platform: Harmattan

Application Description:

This is for you if you think you can count one minute precisely and exactly in your mind without watching clock

Download Instructions:

Developer: qwazix
Category: Desktop, System & Utilities
Beginner: No
Platform: Fremantle (N900)

Application Description:
Timenow is a utility that takes care to show the lockscreen when you pull your N900 out of your pocket. It allows you to just see the time and put it back, or unlock it and start working.

It uses the proximity sensor to do that, and there is a simple configuration file in ~./timenow/settings.ini

There are no screenshots as this application does not have any user interface, there is however a promotional image

Download Instructions: announce thread:
download location: maemo-extras-devel

My thanks to everybody that contributed.

PS. The thread started long before the first release of timenow, as a way to gather ideas to do something like this, but the first actual binary was posted in the 9th of july in this not-so-optimistic post:

USSD balance
Developer: Avis
Category: Desktop, System & Utilities
Beginner: No
Platform: Harmattan

Application Description:
Simple application fo MeeGo Harmattan to get balance of the mobile account over the USSD requests.
Program queries the balance when user clicks program’s icon, gets the reply, cuts digits and shows them to the user in different ways.
– USSD sending/recieving
– updating balance after Calls/SMS (daemon catching D-BUS messages, can be switched on/off)
– updating balance on time (time can be set in format HH:MM or hh:mm AM/PM etc..) (new in version 0.0.5)
– calculated difference since last update (shown in Notificaton) (new in version 0.0.5)
– calculated call length (shown in Notificaton) (new in version 0.0.6)
– optional delay of auto-update (new in version 0.0.6)
– display balance on standby screen (new in version 0.0.7)
– pop-up window catching and dismissing (in two ways: click emulation or force window closing – see option ”hard-kill”)
– showing balance over the program’s icon
– showing balance through the Notifications (optional)
– native configuration through the control panel (Settings->Applications->USSD balance)
– multilanguage (english, russian)

Download Instructions:
Program is in beta state. It can be downloaded directly from here:
Installation is possible through the Terminal or from the file manager like FileBox.
Sample configuration for the program shown on the screenshot.
More information available at forum’s topic:

Developer: Wikiwide
Category: Desktop, System & Utilities
Beginner: No
Platform: Fremantle (N900)

Application Description:
VirtRanSim is a simple Hildon Control Panel applet which allows user to choose a virtual keyboard to use. As far as I know, before it was created, the only way to change the onscreen virtual keyboard was to directly change the setting by writing a gconf command in X-Terminal. It was tedious, and not exactly user-friendly. This application can be started by clicking appropriate entry in Hildon Control Panel. It shows, in a dialogue, selector with list of files any of which could be used as a virtual keyboard. When the selection is changed, a banner (yellow strip) shows information about the currently selected file: name and description of the package to which it belongs. If the dialogue is dismissed, virtual keyboard is not changed. If the ”OK” button is pressed, virtual keyboard is set in accordance with the selection.

Download Instructions:
The package was uploaded to Extras-Devel with gracious assistance of Maemo Extras Assistant. It can be installed by ”apt-get install virtransim”, for instance, since the name of the package is ”virtransim”. The icon has been recently created, and is not included in the package yet. The most recent version is 0.1.1 for now, but it can quickly change: its current icon is very confusing. Considering that the N900 it was created on is not working right now (hardware problem), beta-testers and any feedback would be welcome.

Developer: Lucien XU / Sfiet_Konstantin
Category: Desktop, System & Utilities
Beginner: No

Application Description:

Widgets is both a Qt/QML library that makes the use of widgets easy on platforms supported by Qt. It is also an application that brings widgets to Harmattan devices.

Widgets are displayed in the lock screen, on several pages, like Maemo or Android. This application also provides docks, that can be combined to widgets and make the device very customizable.

Download Instructions:
Packages can be downloaded from
Installation is done as usual, by downloading the package and clicking on it. The installation is quite long and will replace the lockscreen when completed.

Developer: Khertan
Category: Desktop, System & Utilities
Beginner: No
Platform: Harmattan

Application Description:

Wleux is a little utility to setup a wallpaper for your n9 or n950 by selecting it from the service.

Download Instructions:
Application is available on Apps 4 MeeGo :

Support Page :
Sources :
Bug Tracker :

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Last edited by kojacker; 2012-09-19 at 00:33.

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