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Friday, July 30, 2010

Busting Bandwidth Bugaboos: Troubleshooting ISP Speed Problems

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 11:30 AM

Since most Thoughts Media readers are using high-speed Internet, I decided this article would benefit everyone, so it's one of our rare across-the-network pieces of content. I hope you find it useful!

Figure 1: What is this, 1994 all over again?

Whenever bandwidth is discussed, there's always lots of finger pointing because there are so many variables, and players involved, that it's rarely a simple issue. My particular bandwidth bugaboo this morning? I was ticked off that Dropbox (referral) was only uploading at 10 KB/s. I left a 900 MB transfer running all night and it wasn't finished in the morning, and that's when I discovered the awful speed. My first instinct was to point a finger at Dropbox, thinking there was some sort of bandwidth throttling going on. I did a speed test with a tool my ISP provides (speedtest.shaw.ca) and was shocked to see 1.7 Mbps downloads and 107 kbps uploads (Figure 1). It's normally 20x that on downloads and 10x that on uploads, so I knew something was wrong beyond just Dropbox. Read more...


Friday, May 14, 2010

The Zune Software & Logitech Keyboards: Why Doesn't This Work Right?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 08:00 AM

I'm generally a big fan of the Zune desktop software - performance could be better (I swear it's gotten slower with every update) - but I prefer it to Windows Media Player so much that I've installed it on every computer I have, despite the fact that I only sync my Zune with one of those computers. It's really nicely designed software; it makes Windows Media Player look like it was designed 20 years ago. I also like Logitech keyboards and mice; I have five desktop computers in my home, and all of them are running Logitech keyboards and mice. I used to prefer Microsoft mice and keyboards, but I found I had fewer wireless signal problems with Logitech products. So on every desktop computer I have, it's Zune + Logitech. But here's the problem with that math...

Image credit: sad face from How to Feed a Ninja.

Every decent keyboard has dedicated media buttons, making it easy to pause, resume playback, adjust the volume, etc. I use these keys all the time...and therein lies the problem. Read more...


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Apologies for the Brokenness

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 02:30 PM

When we upgraded some server software over the weekend, it has some unanticipated side-effects - and unfortunately it not only broke the news feeds at the top of each site, it also broken the article page on every site. We're working to fix this and thank you for your patience.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Zune: Welcome to the Flawed Social

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 04:05 AM

Since the 1.0 days, Zune has matured into a very capable platform. Yet there are still flaws, some of which have bugged me more often than not as of late. Here's a handful that I believe deserve some attention.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Metadata Fixes with MP3Tag

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Media" @ 11:00 PM

http://zunerama.com/forum/index.php?topic=7842.0

There's been a lot of complaints about the way the v2 Zune software handles your songs' metadata. Luckily, Zunerama member WillysJeepMan a.k.a. sracer (his avatar is Speed Racer) has laid out a detailed if somewhat lengthy step-by-step for cleaning up whatever mess has been left behind. Be warned—this could take the better part of a weekend to get everything in working order. Why can't metadata just be easy to work with?


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Zune Battery Issues?

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune Talk" @ 09:48 PM

http://www.zune-online.com/news/zune/issues-with-zune-30-v2-battery-life.html

“A few people on the official forums have issues with battery life after updating their Zune 30s to v2 Firmware. Zune doesn't charge correctly and although it says its fully charged after a few hours the battery dies. I don't think its a very common issue but if you have it see how you can try to fix it...”



Are any of you having battery life issues with the new Zune firmware? I actually never thought about it with my Zune 30 but I actually may have the issue myself. I have noticed my Zune was draining more quickly than usual but I just figured I wasn’t paying attention to how long I’d been using it. After reading that others were experiencing this, I’m willing to bet it was the same issue. I can’t really test it since it appears I left my Zune cable in South Florida over Thanksgiving.

However, if you are experiencing this issue there seems to be hope! A Zune-Online reader came up with the following solution to the problem. I’ll have to try it once I have my cable back.

“Drain your Zune 30 completely of battery life until you get the exclamation point of death. Fully charge your Zune 30, overnight even. Reset it. You do this by simultaneously pressing UP on the directional pad and the BACK button.”


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Zune Still Having Trouble With Vista?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Software" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2007Apr/lab20070417004277.htm

"I wrote up my impressions of the Zune a while back and have used it on and off since that time. Recently I was asked to review the PQ DVD to Zune Video Converter Suite (review coming soon). This forced me to get a Zune connected up again. Does Vista play well with the Zune? Read on. I first plugged the Zune directly into the Vista box. I figured since Vista was new and the Zune was new, it should either recognize it right away or at least go to Windows Update and grab the latest drivers. Well, I was wrong..."



That's a quote from Joel at Geek.com, and he shares his experience setting up a Zune on Vista. It seems like things still aren't quite right with the Zune, and Joel is right: with Vista the experience should be even more seamless than under XP because both are shiny and new - or maybe that's the problem. I set up my Zune on a Vista computer last month, and it worked nicely enough - though I knew to install the software first. Have you had trouble with the combination of Zune and Vista?


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