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Browsing Posts published in December, 2007

You freakin’ build it yourself.

Or, at least start a bounty to create a proper video driver: D3D Driver Bounty – $770+ Raised So Far! – xda-developers.

It will be interesting to see how this goes. HTC is silent on the lack of a proper video driver for the HTC Kaiser / AT&T Tilt. The community, frustrated at the lack of engagement and filled with love for their device, is going to try to build a driver on their own.

It’s a good thing that this might work. It’s a bad thing that this has to be attempted.

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I just discovered one work around for TCPMP playing video on the Tilt / HTC Kaiser to make it less of a jumbled mess:

(1) Options -> Video -> Video Driver: GDI (or Raw Framebuffer); not DirectDraw.

(2) Options -> Video -> Quality -> Low

Since the ROM video drivers are crap, this avoids the frame drop. The video I watched didn’t get out of sync with the audio anymore (good) but hit occasional fuzziness due to the lower quality setting.

So that works for TCPMP. I didn’t see anything off-hand for Windows Media Player.

Source: AT&T Tilt: Poor video performance – AT&T/Cingular (HTC) – Wireless Forums from AT&T.

Oh, and if you’re a Tilt / HTC Kaiser owner and not happy about the choppy video and want a small moment of relief: HTC TyTN II Video Driver Petition. And seek solace on the XDA thread: Petition opened for HTC – 2481 signatures – spread the word – xda-developers.

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What’s on your AT&T Tilt (aka HTC Kaiser aka HTC TyTN II)? What I’ve loaded so far:

HTC Home Today Plug-In: I really like this. I was expecting it when I read the HTC Kaiser manual off of the HTC site. But it’s not standard for AT&T Tilt, so like many people I went onto the net to find a version. It consolidates a lot of information (time, weather, favorite people to call, app launcher) into one plug in that is finger friendly.

Connected Applications:

  • Windows Live Search: my favorite map viewing application, along with traffic. It even has voice recognition for search.
  • Google Maps: always have a Plan B.
  • Yahoo! 2 Go: (Yahoo! 2 Go Windows Mobile Phone Selection). This was a surprise. Plan C? I hadn’t really heard much about it but this is a pretty rich connected application. I just installed it and I really like the design of it. I’m (slowly) beginning to sense that folks have awoken to new design principles for mobile software. This does a pretty good job implementing those principles.


Device Tweaking:

  • Kaiser Tweak: via: KaiserTweak (Nov 5, 2007) – xda-developers. This is to fine tune some of the registry options and such directly related to the HTC Kaiser, along with doing the essential tweak of turning ClearType on for Pocket Internet Explorer (geez! every device, every time…). You can also slap GPS location info into the EXIF metadata your pictures.
  • PTT_Fix_4Tilt: I’m not going to use the PTT (push-to-talk) extra service, but here I have got a button that’s dedicated to it and non-assignable. Well, had. Now I can map it to two different actions (one for push, one for push-and-hold). Sweet!

Resources for getting up to speed that I used:

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Update: this is now fixed. Thanks to buzzby and blowery over on the Bloglines crew. They engaged with customers in their support forum having the problem and by now should have rolled out the fix for everyone. Thank goodness. I really haven’t found anything better than Bloglines for the way I read blogs so I’m happy.

I first started reading RSS feeds with Dave Winer’s system (oh, RSS, I get it now). Then I paid for Newsgator to read in Outlook. I tried a lot of other little programs here and there. And then I discovered Bloglines. A website that I can access my feed state from various computers (I use up to five computers during the day).


But now it’s busted. All your feeds report the max number of unread items being available as new posts. For most active blogs, that means 200. You read your favorite blog (like, say, Cute Overload) and for a while it’s cleared to zero. Then you update and *bang* it’s back up to 200.

Which is a really busted experience. I know, I’m getting what I paid for. It happens in the Beta version of Bloglines, too, and clearing your Internet cache and stuff like that doesn’t help. And right now, Bloglines is totally mum on the issue. I sent a couple of emails to support, and then I participated in the thread with other hapless Bloglines fans: Bloglines Forums :: Support :: Why do some posts on some feeds ALWAYS show as updated. No response. Who do they think they are, Facebook?

I’d like to know that they acknowledge there’s a problem. Then I’d love a fix. I like Bloglines. Better than Google Reader. But eventually I’m going to have to throw in the towel and start using Google Reader instead…

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