A Look at the Ben NanoNote
Games on the NanoNote
No geeky device of the last ten years has been considered much of anything if you couldn't play id Software's first-person-shooter (FPS) DOOM on it. The Ben NanoNote is no different. I wouldn't call DOOM on the NanoNote “playable”, but you can walk around, shoot things and get through the various levels without dying too much, provided the difficulty is set to “I'm too young to die.”
Quake, another FPS game from id Software, also can be run on the NanoNote. Again, the usability is low (it's harder to play than DOOM), but it does work in a slow, jerky sort of way.
A more usable game available for the Ben NanoNote, from the same developer who provided the DOOM and Quake binaries I used, is Frotz. Frotz is an interpreter for Infocom-style text adventures (like Zork). There are some issues with text wrapping weirdly with strange line breaks, but the games I tried played fine.
Qi Hardware: qi-hardware.com
Ben NanoNote Wiki: en.qi-hardware.com/wiki/Ben_NanoNote
Applications Included (or Proposed for Inclusion) with the Default Firmware: en.qi-hardware.com/wiki/Applications
Instructions for Installing Debian: pyneo.org/howto/debian/nano.html
Games for the NanoNote: downloads.qi-hardware.com/people/zear/games
Daniel Bartholomew works for Monty Program montyprogram.com as a technical writer and system administrator. He lives with his wife and children in North Carolina and often can be found hanging out on #maria and #linuxjournal on Freenode IRC.
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