Category: clie


yclept’s ‘tweak’:

I’ve played Strong Bad podcast .m4vs on TCMCP and they run horrendously choppy. Like several seconds’ worth of delay. Unwatchable. Anyone else share the same experience?

So I found this freeware program called MeWiG (MEncoder GUI) that converts QT files (and others) into .avis. Definitely fewer problems now. Give it whirl.

Thanks. I just might. I’ve had a few issues with video using TCMCP as well. So far, my ‘solution’ has been to lower the framerates when converting the videos, but this may be a better idea 🙂

Finding the niche

Ask any “expert” on blogging, especially professionally, and they will always tell you the same thing: find your niche. Darren Rowes has said it many times over at Problogger, and I’ve seen it repeated many times in many other places. This is something I have struggled to find, as my interests are pretty varied, even if most of them are pretty geeky.

When I first got my Clie, I thought about turning completely to mobile blogging. While I may create a post or two from the Clie itself (or even all posts. Where I post from is irrelevent), I think I have found my niche: the Clie itself.

Sure, while there are several blogs on mobile computing in general, or even Palm/Palm OS more specifically, I do not think I’ve seen one covering only the Clie. There may be some out there that I haven’t stumbled upon yet, and they may be touched on in more general blogs, but after the trouble I’ve had with audio and multimedia, the idea hit. I’m sure I’ve got several posts in me about the Palm programs that I find useful on the Clie, so I am going to move more towards Clie-related content.

I’m not sure how exclusive I should be to that subject though. Should I create a new blog for the Clie only? Should I just stop posting non-Clie stuff altogether? Should I build a network of blogs, one of which (this one) is general content, while the others help fill a niche?

If I go the network of blogs route, most individual blogs will probably start their lives here until they are generating enough content on their own to warrant their own blog. For example, I have been meaning to set my BBS back up, at least telnetable (and possibly dialup via VoIP). I’m sure this will inspire a ton of BBS-related content on the blog, which may grow enough to warrant a blog of it’s own.

So, what does everyone else think? Going the network route definitely provides the greatest earnings potential, as there are several niches that I can fill via separate blogs. But my posting output will have to increase in both quality and quantity in order to fulfill that potential. As much as I enjoy writing, that’s not a bad thing 🙂

The Core Pocket Media Player

Yesterday, I posted about my trouble with the Clie audio, but failed to mention the program that I’m using for multimedia playback. I’m a big fan of open source, and have discovered The Core Pocket Media Player. TCPMP is an open-source media player for Palm OS and Windows CE/Windows Mobile devices. It works well on the Clie once you’ve installed MCA2 to fix the lack of audio playback. I may check out one of the non-free programs, such as MMPlayer to see how it compares, because I’m not 100% satisfied with my frame rates. At 29.97 frames per second, it drops about a third of the frames and causes the audio to skip a little. Since I have to convert video down to fit on the smaller screen anyway (if I don’t convert, the video still plays. It just takes up a lot more space on the memory stick) I may play around with the frame rates a little bit to see if I can smooth things out a little bit. Ideally, I’d like to get at least 24fps. I’d imagine anything over 15fps will be watchable, though. Anyone out there have any suggestions? Is adjusting frame-rates the way to go? Or is one of the non-free solutions going to make a huge difference?

Clie Audio

I’ve been playing around with my Clie a bit, and got a little frustrated because many of my MP3s and none of my videos had any audio on playback. A little bit of searching later, and I’ve discovered that the NZ (and prior) models had not-so-standard audio components, but audio is standardized in Palm OS 5.2. A little more digging turned up a great little gem called MCA2, or “Modern Clie Audio.” This gives the Palm OS 5.0 models most of the functionality of the later Palm OS 5.2 models. A note on the website says that it is only for the NX, NZ, and TG models, so if you have something even older, you’re out of luck unless your searching turns up something mine did not. If you have a solution that works better, leave a comment and let me know.

More from the Clie

I have been entirely too busy between work and school to worry about the blog much lately. I’ve also been trying to find some decent blogging software for PalmOS5. In the future, I hope to do the majority of my blogging from my Sony Clie.

At work I have been busy with a fairly large programing project, the biggest project I’ve worked on. Granted, the project is in PHP, so it was easy for the number of files to quickly grow out of control. But the project went into production on Friday without any problems, so I’m pretty happy.

At school, the quarter is winding down. This means a bunch of larger assignments are coming due. It also means getting ready for finals! Ugh! But after they are done, Sring Break! Until then, don’t expect much blogging from me.

(This entry was completely entered from my Clie using Graffiti mode for input.)