Posts Tagged ‘XDA’

Phone stolen

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

My long time mobile buddy, my first gen XDA, was stolen last night during a trip to cinema and restaurant.

I doubt it will be of any use to whoever has it, its three years old and uses an extremenly propriatary connector, so likely it will run out of power in two days. They also cant get in cause of password, but they will likely try to reset it.

I am actually more miffed about loosing my 512mb sd card that was in it. Now I cant listen to my podcasts either! Grrr…

Its funny.. I was is some doubt about getting the new MDA Pro (HTC Universal), but I guess this kinda forces me to go get it, as I have nothing alternative currently.

Anyway, to all my friends that read my blog, dont try and call my on my old number, I will be getting a new phone with a new provider, and thus also a new number. I will be reporting my poor XDA as stolen in the morning.

Rest in piece, my trusty XDA.

Review of the Vosonic VP3320 – and my audio-storage woes

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Well I have dragged this thing with me all weekend, and I am not very happy with it.

The thing is this: it tries to be an mp3 player and a portable harddisk, which was the whole reason I bought it, but it ends up doing neither very well.

As a portable harddisk, it has the benifit of acting as a standard enclosure, so you can stick any laptop IDE hardrive in it. But on the downside, it needs the adapter to be plugged in, if you want to do actually connect it to a pc.
It also uses one of those mini-usb connectors on the device itself. Now that is not nessesarily a problem, but a normal usb connector is more standard, and would be handier.

As an mp3 player it basicly sucks. It has no playlist functionality at all, it cant pause any mp3 without turning the whole device off, it cant play directory trees, forcing me to manually select any mp3 I want to play, the volume is controlled by the main buttons, which I cant possibly reach while the device is in its hip-bag. Also the stereo plug sticks out of the bag at an impossibly ackward angle. All in all, it makes a very lousy mp3 player.

Now the whole reason I considdered bying the thing in the first place, is cause I needed a decent mp3 player that could store all my music, but I also needed a portable hard drive.  I didn’t see much sense in bying two seperate devices, like an ipod, and then another harddrive in a standard usb2 enclosure.

Up till now, I have been playing my mp3’s on my XDA, but this has two limitations that have started to grow into major fucking annoyances: 1. I will never have the storage I need for my daily dose of podcasts and some music on the side, and 2. The XDA doesnt have a standard 3.5mm stereo connector, it has a 2.5mm stereo/mic connector, for the handsfree set you got with it (the XDA is also my phone). Now I have long since wanted a decent headset or earbuds to listen to the podcasts/music with, and this has been problematic with the XDA.

On the upside, the XDA is a lot handier , if I only want to listen to podcasts, (my daily dose fits nicely on my 512 sd card), and only if I have the proper 2.5mm stereo/mic handsfree set, (but my current one, which is in fact the handfree set of the XDAII, is broken).
PocketPC 2002 Phone Edition deals with this nicely, as incoming calls mute the sound automaticly, and I dont have to switch headphones or anything.

In actuality, I would want a phone with a 3.5mm plug, and then a 3.5mm stereo harndfree set with an awnser button and volume control on the wire, but this is very very rare, or at least I have not been able to find this.

Or even better: how about a setup where I have no wires at all. Where I have a bluetooth headset that basicly does everything (stereo, microphone, awnser button, volume control), and where I can dynamicy switch between a blue-tooth enabled phone, and my bluetooth enabled portable harddrive. This must exist, now all I need to do is find it.
(To this end: I also need to get a new phone. I’m still kinda waiting for the MDA4 😀 )

Anyhow. I will be sending the VP3320 back. Shame. I dont send back things often.. in fact I dont think I ever have, my purchasing decisions are usually better informed than this.

Below pictures are thumbnailed
(harddrive was purchased seperately by me)

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Morning musings

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Been getting up at 5am the last two days, to make up for having to leave early due to a completely pointless roadshow that my employer held on Thuesday evening. (Pointless cause I hearn nothing I hadn’t heard before).

Getting up earlier seems to have some advantages. First off, public transport is pretty quiet that early, so that is nice. It also seems that the route between my work and Utrecht Central, my crossover station, seems to be covered by a double-decker train earlier in the morning, and these are pretty nice and roomy, so able space to get out my laptop.

In fact, I had to pull out my laptop, as my XDA began running out of power halfway here, while listening to yesterdays Daily Source Code. I did not have a change to recharge it last night cause I wasn’t home, I was staying at mothers as I usualy due on Whensday.

I managed to listen to the first half of the latest cast from IT Conversations; an interview with David Goodman at Digital ID World. I must say that I find these interviews highly enjoyable, but it also stirs this old familiar pet peeve I have.. more on that in the next post.

The way podcasts are meant to be.. well, almost.

Monday, November 8th, 2004

Finally got the majority of my audio problems sorted out.

Ordered a headset for the Qtec 2020, which is basicly an XDA/MDA II ..  I figured this might work on my XDA I on account of the devices being almost identical, so I figured same part.. and I was almost right.  See picture below: 2.5mm audio jack is on the right side, the XDAII (top) covers it with a plastic.. uhh..cover.

I had to physicly cut and mangle off a piece of metal from the base, in order to make it it fit in the XDA I, but when it did, I had stereo sound, and a mic, for the first time in a while! The metal/plastic base I mean is shown above, its actually covering  the mic input line on the 2.5mm jack.

But then I can into some kind of wierd buggyness in Media Player 8.5, that ships with PocketPC 2002 Phone Editition. The player, and sometimes the entire device kept crashing when I tried to fast-forward beyond 8 or 10 minutes on an MP3.

So I had a look at some free media players for the PocketPC, and have settled on GSPlayer, which is pretty feature rich and works quite nicely.  I downloaded a couple others but I see no reason to change in the near future, this player will handle even the longest podcasts, like yesterdays Trade Secrets!  (jees! 2 hours!)

Keeping Busy – Sauce reader woes, Doppler, podcasts, XDA

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

Been spending my free week online, just reading stuff, and now listening to podcasts.. uhm.. digital broadcasts… those.. incuded..mp3.. things..     lol

Quite a few people commenting and critisising the fact its called PODcasting.. IPODder… etc..  As you dont actually need an Apple IPod to do it..

Been having a lot of problems with Sauce Reader, my current RSS reader. Until about 2 weeks I was using Sharpreader, but its been ages since an update, it lacks features, it still doesn’t propery do digest auth on for instance Livejournal

But anyhow.. Sauce Reader isn’t perfect either.. even though the interface is pretty good, and its pretty jam-packed with features..evenincluding its own blogging tool, and its being updated prequently. However.. it EATS memory and CPU.. in a way that just isn’t healthy. And twice now it has somehow corrupted its own database of downloaded feed content, making half my feeds no longer update..  The only way I have been able to restore functionality is by re-adding those feeds..but with my feeds now round the 50 range.. that was quite a bit of work..

So I will be looking for another reader.. anyone got any suggestions?

Oke.. Podcasting.. Engadget has a nice new tutorial on how to get your podcast downloads set up on any other media device.. Pocketpc, Zen, Rio, whatever. check that out here

Erwin van Hunen released Doppler this morning, is an alternative for Ipodder for your podcast aggregation on the Windows platform. Been giving it a spin.. too early to really tell you what I think (is half hour too early? 😉  I already like the fact that I can import opml directly, saves me the bother of having to copy-paste feeds manually, I can just take the OPML that sauce reader creates and import it.. it will download any includes it finds amungs the many feeds.  I also really like the little popup it gives me when its downloaded someting. Its a bit buggy though.. chashes on some feeds.

Oke.. so now its a race with who can build the better podcast aggregator.  That is great and all.. but I would much rather like all the RSS aggregators update to support includes. I really want a single platform to manage feeds, I imagine perhaps a little blinking icon on a feed telling me its got an includde bit of content waiting for my approval to download.  We also desperatly need a management system for all these podcasts..  like and auto delete of old files or content expiration or something.

What we also need is commenting on ipodder.org.  I mailed Adam and he replied that they where working on it, but that they where kinda swamped.. which I can imagine. On todays source code we heard an example of Steve Holden Tech Rag Tear Out where he declares who whillmost likely listen to his cast..  that is, at least at the present time, a goodway of quickly filtering.. however at that point.. you will already have downloaded the mp3.

Went shopping for a new headphone for my XDA .. and to no suprise of mine.. no one has it anymore. Even though I am pretty sure the headphone/handsfreeset for the XDAII and III will propbably work fine, no one seems to have the accesories for it..so no headphone.  Looks like I will have to order it direct from O2, T-Mobile, Orange or whatever.

Oke more later…