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+ <title> PayPal resumes: Neo900 sources again </title>
+ <meta name="date" content="2016-03-05 21:00:07">
+ <meta name="last modified" content="2016-03-03 21:00:07">
+ <meta name="keywords" content="neo900, paypal, N900">
+ <meta name="authors" content="hellekin">
+ <meta name="description" content="Neo900 resumes sourcing components after PayPal trouble clears.">
+ </head>
+<p class="lead">After <a href="/news/paypal-trouble-delays-project">6 months of PayPal
+trouble</a> the situation has been sorted. Neo900 has resumed buying
+components for the upcoming production run.</p>
+<h3>PayPal Unfreezes Neo900 Account</h3>
+<p>This is good news! Thanks to your continued donations through PayPal, we
+have accumulated there $$. Since last September our assets were frozen (the
+"WikiLeaks Syndrome") as our "case" was going through a Kafkaiesque process
+that finally ended XX/XX/XXXX.</p>
+<p class="todo">See Maemo Talk for info about PP. <a
+<h3>Component Sourcing Resumes</h3>
+<p>Right after PayPal unlocked your contributions, we could resume buying
+components to build the new boards.</p>
+<h3>Incoming: 250 N900</h3>
+<p>Thanks to our dear correspondent in China, Xiangfu, put a hand on a stock
+of 250 N900 units we can use to metamorphose into the Neo900. That amounts
+to xx% of our needs. If you know where to find some affordable stocks,
+please <a href=" Stock">contact
+<h3>Hello Neo900 Community!</h3>
+<p>This article was brought to you by hellekin, who joined the team to
+facilitate communication with you.</p>
+<p>I was called to join the Neo900 to relieve our dears inventors from the
+public relations tasks, and let them focus on the technical and
+operational side of the project.</p>
+<p>I'm not a PR professional, but a long time free software activist and
+accidental coder. A member of the Foundation, my activity
+covers a diversity of projects ranging from system administration to web
+development and community building. I participate in a few free
+software projects such as Tomb and Dowse. I also volunteer time to the
+GNU project in the webmasters team and with the GNU consensus project to
+coordinate development of free social software.</p>
+<p>Last August at CCCamp15, I was softly coerced into accepting a N900
+phone from Werner with the hope I would go back a week later to Buenos
+Aires and hand him the device for dissection. Allow me to apologize for
+not having given it back yet and perharps slighty slowed down Neo900
+development (but not as much as PayPal).</p>
+<p>You see, my last phone ended up dying slowly on the roof of a random bar in Paris, sometimes in 1999. My friends had been harrasing me to get one, then
+harrassing me for not answering it, and finally stopped complaining when they learned I had no phone anymore. Go figure. I was happy with the situation until
+<p>You can imagine how an inexperienced user who didn't follow the
+evolution of _smartphone_ technologies since before <abbr
+title="Year 2000">Y2K</abbr> can build expectations about a phone. I
+had mine: it should be flat, multitouch and HD, about the size of a
+Galaxy S10, and of course free hardware, the only way the user can
+ensure the phone is not spying on them.</p>
+<p>Interruption and built-in privacy wiper were the two main blockers for me
+to get a phone again. I was still waiting for my dream phone.</p>
+<p>My lack of experience with <em>smartphones</em> make me an excellent
+guinea pig for user interfaces. My friends can't stop wondering when
+they see me fail at using their device for simple tasks. But if you
+wonder how a clueless person can handle tech talk about phones and
+communicate for Neo900, here comes a little context.</p>
+<p>I had been curious about free hardware since I met S&eacute;bastien
+Bourdeauducq in the <code>/tmp/lab</code> hackerspace near Paris. We share
+some fun memories of making an ad-hoc street demo of MilkyMist One in
+Amsterdam. The OpenMoko project was great and the Neo design attractive,
+although a bit clumsy to handle and the display too small. So I kept
+<p>When Werner introduced me to the Neo900, I stubbornly dismissed it for
+the form factor. Although it brought to life my desire for an Internet
+device built on free hardware and free software, I could resist the
+tentation to crave this <em>slider</em> with a ridiculy small keyboard: I'm
+not a thumb-writer! So when Werner sneakily handed me an N900, via my
+partner, to "keep in touch during the camp", at a moment most vulnerable as
+I was leaving my angel shit in the kitchen, circumspection had me.</p>
+<p>Long story short: I've been traveling to 4 countries lately and have 6
+SIM cards in a little box. Using the keyboard to SSH into a remote machine
+or editing text isn't as bad as I expected. I still prefer my full-size
+keyboard but I took some notes on the N900, and it's great for ad-hoc
+interventions on a server.</p>
+<p>Having passed this barrier to usage, I'm eager to see what the hardware
+upgrade to Neo900 can bring in terms of performance. The N900 falls a bit
+short and shows its age.</p>
+<p>But more importantly, and this is why Neo900 has a special place in my
+heart, it's the only phone that provides a hardware protection from remote
+activation of the baseband chip. Even a secure phone like the Cryptophone,
+besides not being free, cannot prevent the baseband chip from requesting
+power on its own, because it's using stock hardware, and all commercial
+phones (I know of) connect the baseband chip directly to the power, without
+CPU intervention, hence without any control from the <abbr title="Operating
+System">OS</abbr>. With the Neo900, you are free to choose whether this
+pesky lurker _needs_ access aaato your phone's radio or not.</p>
+<p>Thank you for your attention,</p>
+<p>&ndash; hellekin for the Neo900 team</p>