Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sideproject tidbits

It's been an exceptionally busy December so I have not had too much time to fiddle with the HTPC setup. Here's some updates on the sideprojects:

"Carputer" Sideproject Update: I couldn't find an sufficiently inexpensive LCD screen to make this worthwhile so I'm just going to use the iPhone screen. (The model I linked to isn't in stock anywhere). For the kid, I'm going to use a motorcycle handlbar iPhone mount to hold the iPhone to to the passenger seat headrest. I've already re-encoded his movies and tested them out on the iPhone. Works great!

Phone Service Sideproject Update: I haven't had a chance to use Fring yet but the native Skype iPhone app works well at home using SkypeOut. I had the first hiccup last night (unfortnately when talking to my Dad, who's picky about these things). While I was talking I seemed to lose wifi signal and the call came in and out before disconnecting. I was all of 5 feet from the router so I'm not sure what the problem was. It seemed to be a problem with the iPhone since the mac was fine. Cycling the wifi seemed to fix the problem.

So far we have not really made too much use of the SkypeIn number. I can see that answering a Skype call with the iPhone Skype app just isn't going to happen. I don't think Shanna answered a call via Skype on the mac yet. I've only done it once or twice. I paid for 3 months so I'll give it until then to decide if it's worth keeping.

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