Quality Video on Demand content (as opposed to live streaming of on air shows which may be coming down the road), including HBO, Cinemax, Stars, and a few other networks is now available for Comcast customers. It’s really a ton of content, and it looks incredible and works perfectly. To get the premium content, you need to subscribe to those channels, obviously.
Comcast promised this was coming, and they’ve done a great job. This really rounds out my options for viewing content wherever I am. Does it replace Netflix on my iPad? Not yet. But the two complement each other nicely. Comcast promised more and better “TV Everywhere” and they are delivering on that promise.
I fired up the updated Xfinity app that showed as an update and here is a walk through:
First, iPad users will see a new Play Now button. This is the key to streaming to the iPad.
After selecting Play Now, you can filter by Network, Genres, Titles, Movies, Series.
Parental Controls are available (but you can elect to not show again)
Once an asset is selected, it is fairly quick to load (about 37 seconds over my home 802.11n WiFi)
I’ve selected a Harry Potter movie available on HBO. Note the HBO GO logo
And here is a shot showing the movies running on my iPad. Slick.
I now have multiple sources for entertainment on my iPad and a larger choice of content. I’m hoping that Live TV streaming is next.
You may have the issue that surfaced recently (December 2010-January 2011) that the standard FAQ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977116 steps will not fix.
First, you will need to change yours DNS servers to resolve the issue. The theory is that somewhere along the line, caching DNS/proxy servers have corrupt/bad information that impacts some, but not all US users.
Go to http://www.dnsserverlist.org/ which will automatically determine the best DNS servers based on your IP address. Pick two and carefully get the IP addresses.
Next, you will need to change your network settings on your Windows Media Center PC(s) to use these. This will override any settings on your router and/or the DNS settings provided by your ISP via DHCP:
1. Start Menu, Control Panel
2. Select "Network And Internet"
3. Select "Network and Sharing Center"
4. Select "Change adapter settings" on the left side of the screen
5. Right-click your network adapter and then select properties from the menu. (For example: "Wireless Network Connection" or "Local Area Connection")
6. On the Networking tab, double-click "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)"
7. Check "Use the following DNS server addresses"
8. Carefully type in the DNS Server IPs you want to use.
9. Click Ok and Ok again to exit.
After doing the above, open an administrative command prompt
1. Select start Menu, then Programs, then Accessories
2. Right click "command prompt" and select Run as Administrator
3. Type into the command window
and then press [enter].
4. then type in:
cd \ [enter]
cd c:\Windows\ehome [enter]
start /wait mcupdate -uf [enter]
Wait a bit and Netflix and Internet TV menus should appear when you open Windows Media Center
If the above does not work, please post to http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/t/97522.aspx?
I suggest you watch this thread/subscribe to it via email in case a permanent solution is found so that you can revert your DNS to normal settings.
Redmond WA, January 14, 2011
Wendy Stidmon, MSFT Program Manager, end user beta advocate extraordinaire and champion of the Windows enthusiast community has been terminated. Cause of termination was most likely advocacy for the end user, championing a feedback policy, and engaging the community of enthusiasts.
And no, this information did not come direct from Wendy. Anyone who has spent time in a Microsoft beta program saw Wendy’s passion and commitment while seeing the beta programs and enthusiast programs dismantled and deprecated. It looks to me that the easiest way for Microsoft to silence and disconnect the enthusiast beta community was to cut the communication channel. Wendy was the voice of the community to Microsoft and the conduit to Microsoft for many.
Where Windows Enthusiasts and Testers formerly had a voice in shaping and testing products, yesterday’s termination clearly demonstrates the Sinofsky Syndrome of assuming to know what consumers want, without need of their feedback or participation.
Wendy’s achievements and stature in the enthusiast community are legendary. Formerly the champion of the Butterfly program, by acclamation she was hired by the Windows Beta program (as the result of a “we want Wendy” user campaign). Herding and guiding testers (a daunting task) Wendy has gained the respect and affection of a huge following of worldwide Windows Enthusiasts. All of whom, I am sure, will join with me in mourning the huge loss to the community.
Is Microsoft’s new strategy a one way “take what we give you” imperative? Does Microsoft need the Windows Consumer Enthusiast’s feedback to attempt to regain what has already been lost to Apple? Apparently not.
Wendy, you will be missed and Microsoft has made a huge error in judging the value of its Enthusiast’s community.
For the past few days, every tech site and blog seems to be overly excited about the announcement by LG about the LG Smart TV Upgrader they will be showing at CES 2011 (but likely not to be available until LATE 2011. According to the specs, this is a DLNA device and some folks are getting excited by this.
Main CPU: BCM7615
DDR 384MB, 1GB Flash
LG Add-on Architecture + Web Browser
AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz
Wi-Fi, Ethernet, DLNA (DMP)
USB: 1EA (USB mouse, external storage)
- Finger Touch RCU
Size: 11cm x 11cm
I just can’t get excited by this device. It’s just another closed system that features its own LG apps. And the press release mentions Premium Content, without stating if it is extra cost. And the price of this device has not been disclosed. No info on supported codecs, either.
The DLNA functionality is minimal (it is NOT a digital media renderer/DMR) which means Windows 7 Play To will not work. (But hopefully Windows Media Player streaming will).
Hopefully another vendor will show something at CES that will be fully featured DLNA 1.5 with DMR support.
For any of you attending CES 2011, let me know what DLNA 1.5 DMR add-on devices you discover at the show in The Green Button DLNA forum.
Some of you might be saying, “huh?” and wondering what I’m talking about. If you are a geek, you probably know that the IPv4 universe of addresses is shrinking and latest estimates are that the IPcalypse will occur in about 30 days. You can follow this on Facebook.
What does this mean? At some point in time, a new web site you want to visit or new web service you want to use may not have an assigned IPv4 address and be reachable over IPv6 only.
Is your ISP working towards insuring that you can connect to these sites? Mine sure is. Comcast has been working on this for a long time. Of the available technologies, 6 to 4 and native dual stack seem to me to be the most robust. But the catch is that in your home, you need equipment that has implemented one of these technologies, starting with the router at the edge of your network.
I look around and I see a sorry state of affairs for the home user, where there are so few capable devices (let alone firmware upgrades for top of the line dual band wireless routers) that it would appear that the router vendors are planning on forcing consumers to buy entirely new products, most likely to be announced at CES2011.
- Apple’s Dual Band N Airport Extreme seems the farthest along in out of the box features with firmware 7.5.1,and it is a great performer, provided you are willing to forego things like MAC address cloning, and can limit yourself to 50 clients and not being able to manage via a web browser.
- D-Link’s flagship DIR-855 has no apparent support for configuring IPv6 features (although their DIR-825 B2 hardware is rumored to have some IPv6 support, but I’ve ordered and returned 4 of them, having received the initial hardware version each time).
- Netgear’s flagship WNDR3700 (I believe it has recently been rebadged with a new product number) also shows no sign of IPv6 support.
- Linksys’s E3000 (rebadged WRT610N) also shows no signs of official IPv6 support (and it is the worst performer of the bunch).
So, yes, there is open source firmware for some router lines, but the typical home user shouldn’t have to deal with a geeky upgrade and the quirks.
My advice if you are in the market for a new router? Don’t be pulled in by those door buster holiday specials.. You are going to need to purchase a new router in the next 18 months or so unless the vendors ante up and do the right thing.
When my older low end downstairs printer needed all ink cartridges replaced at the same time, I realized that buying a new printer would actually be cheaper.
HP has been trumpeting its latest crop of ink jet printers that feature ePrint, a technology that assigns an email address to each printer and enables you to send mail via a HP web service that is supposed to print documents to your printer from anywhere in the world using email. I had a $50 BestBuy gift card and they (and HP) are selling the D110 ePrinter for $70. That was a no brainer for me.
Too bad ePrint needs constant care and feeding by the end user to actually work. Here’s my quick review:
The Good: Printer setup over 802.11n was a breeze, as the printer includes WPS. The printer immediately discovered an available firmware update and I applied the update (and had to reconfigure). I setup the ePrint mail list (which lets you restrict who can send jobs to the printer) and added the email address to my contacts. Next, I used my iPad and was easily able to discover and print a page in Safari.
The Bad: Normal TCP/IP network printing works as expected, except for buggy 64 bit drivers that need to be reinstalled after a computer restart. This has existed for at least a year and HP thinks reinstalling every restart is an acceptable solution, apparently. Many of their printer support pages all point to the same KB/FAQ so stating. Also, HP is using the Bonjour protocol on the printer, which enables the IOS functionality. (It is too bad that Apple decided to use their own proprietary protocol, but it is good news for folks like HP who hope to sell new network printers. I assume that the reason that printers connected to local computers work with the new iPxx print function is that Bonjour is installed (and required) on the host computer.
The Ugly: The real travesty is that the ePrint functionality that links the printer to the HP Web Service is badly broken and these printers lose their connection to the Web Service (but ALL other functions continue to work) and that HP has been aware of this since at least August, as evidenced by this 18 page (and growing) thread. HP interns patrolling the forum have marked “power cycle the router or the printer” as an acceptable solution, but there has been no official reply from HP tech support OR a commitment to fix this.
In Conclusion: I suspect that HP needed to release and promote a not ready for primetime function to coincide with the launch of IOS 4.2.1 which enabled printing from an iPxx device. HP’s current list of ePrint enabled printers as of 11/22/2010 includes:
•HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One Printer series - A910 for customers worldwide
•HP Officejet 7500 Wide Format All-in-One Printer Series- E910 for customers worldwide
•HP Officejet 6500A e-All-in-One Printer - E710
•HP Photosmart D110 series for North America customers
•HP Photosmart B110 series for Asia and Europe customers
•HP Photosmart B210 series for customers worldwide
•HP Photosmart Premium C310 series for customers worldwide
•HP Photosmart C410 series for customers worldwide
•HP Photosmart Ink Advantage K510 series for Asia and Europe customers
•HP Photosmart eStation e-All-in-One Printer C510 series for North America and Europe customers
•HP Envy eAll-in-One Printer D410 series for customers world wide
Recommendations: If you need a replacement printer or especially in you want iPxxx print functionality, and can live with having to reinstall drivers on 64 bit Windows at inconvenient times, check out one of these printers. If you are looking for ePrint, it isn’t ready for prime time.
Yes, you read that correctly. The iPxxx devices don’t natively support DLNA functionality, which rules out using Windows 7 Play To”, so I decided to see what could be done, at least as a proof of concept, to try to get this working.
The secret sauce was finding an app called PlugPlayer and installing it on my iPhone and iPad and seeing my iPxx devices show up in the Network Window .
I was intrigued, and not expecting much success, used Windows Explorer, right clicked a music file and saw not only my TV and Sonos Players listed, but my iPhone (via PlugPlayer) as well.
Then, the next task was finding which file formats would be supported.
All my ripped music is now mp3, as I discovered long ago that almost all devices supported this format.
Clearly, Windows 7 can now stream music to my iPxxx devices.
My individual jpg image files also presented no problems. Playing a picture stream to my iPad (did not try the iPhone) sort of worked. A sort of intermediary screen was displayed on the iPad with a button labeled “Done” after each image displayed. I could either wait and the next image would display or push this button to see the next image. So this needs some work or tweaking.
Video, on the other hand, was tough. Neither dvr-ms or wtv are apparently supported by my iPxx devices/Plug Player and it appeared that while mp4 files work, there is no buffered instant play and you need to wait for the whole file to be loaded in memory. So, small video files are do-able, but I don’t see any transcoding taking place or any live streaming. I couldn’t get a small mp4 video file (about 1/3 Gig) to actually play without intervention. For proof of concept I took an old unprotected dvr-ms and converted in to a mp4.
I suspect the file was transferring in the background and being cached locally on the device. I actually closed the Play To window on the computer. Five minutes it showed up on the device on a Playlist screen, where I could push the play button and watch the video clip.
My conclusions – the existing PlugPlayer app is fine for music streaming using Windows 7 Play To, but not so good for images and videos. Still, there is now proof that it is possible to Play To an iPxx device, which opens up possibilities. I may post a message on the PlugPlayer support forum and see if the developer is interested in pursuing these issue.
If you have experience with this app, suggestions for other DLNA controller iPxx that are better, or comments in general, please post on the DLNA forum on The Green Button.
After publishing a piece on how to connect an Internet enabled camera to WMC, iPhones and iPads yesterday, I received a couple of emails basically saying, “great, but I want to monitor more than one camera in a master view like stand alone IP surveillance software”.
I thought about this for a bit and then tested to see if an HTML page could be hosted locally, placed in the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Media Center\Media Center Programs folder with the appropriate MCL and PNG file. The answer was yes, and this now opens the door to more customizations.
Further, I thought that the still images needed to be refreshed. Not much value in watching an image on the screen that just sits there. I fired up Microsoft Expression Web and created a page and added in a META REFRESH tag to reload every xx seconds (I used 30 seconds as the interval). While tables should not be used for layout on a page designed to be viewed in a real web browser (a deprecated means of coding), a nested table structure proved perfect for display inside Windows Media Center. I specified the Segoe UI font and ended up with something that looked pretty decent and worked. Here is the view inside Windows Media Center:
Here is the HTML code. You will need to replace the hostname, port, image path as I documented in the post linked above. The mycameras.html file I created contains the following:
<meta content="en-us" http-equiv="Content-Language">
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="30">
font-family: "Segoe UI Semibold";
border: 10px solid #FFFFFF;
font-family: "Segoe UI Semibold";
<body style="color: #99CCFF; ">
<p class="style3"> </p>
<td class="style4">Parking Lot Cam</td>
<img alt="" height="480" src="http://hostname.dyndns.org:XYZ/IMAGE.jpg" width="640"></td>
<td class="style6">Home Office Cam</td>
<img alt="" height="480" src="http://hostname.dyndns.org:XYZ/cgi-bin/video.jpg?size=3" width="704"></td>
<p class="style3"> </p>
The MCL file (mycameras.mcl) is as follows:
|<application url="mycameras.html" |
After removing the files I created and used yesterday, I placed the html file, the MCL file, and the new PNG file in the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Media Center\Media Center Programs folder. Next I launched Windows Media Center,and opened Extras.
I finished by adding my new My Cameras extra as a top level Extras menu item.
Now, if I add more cameras, I can just edit the existing HTML. I’m sure I’ll have to change (reduce) the size of the displayed image to get more on a single page, but I now have a personal IP Camera viewport inside Windows Media Center. (And naturally, I’ve added the second camera to my iPhone and iPad Smartvue configuration).
Motivated by the upcoming yearly Halloween onslaught of youngsters and the not so young about to come through my condo complex, I started thinking about how to integrate an Internet capable surveillance camera with my connected home and devices. I’m not a “real” developer, but I’m a pretty smart geek (IMO) and I started looking around for ideas that I could borrow and customize.
My goals were to be able to check activity in my parking lot/walkway on demand from Windows Media Center, my iPhone, and my iPad. The web is a wonderful wealth of information, and putting this together was not really difficult. And definitely worth sharing with others.
Back in 2002, I wrote about adding an Internet Camera to my home network. Obviously, 802.11b with WEP doesn’t interest me any more, but since the device has a 10/100 Ethernet port, connecting to a MoCA network or using an 802.11n wireless bridge makes the device usable with more modern networking technologies. The device can display a live view with either an ActiveX control or Java (neither of which is usable on an iPxxx device or Media Center friendly. The I found the Smartvue web site, which not only listed the URL format for images for a huge variety of IP cameras, but pointed the way to free iPhone and iPad apps.
I tested the image path samples on the Smartvue site and found the correct one for my DCS100W by testing with Internet Explorer using the internal IP, my FQD URL (dynamic DNS) and on my iPhone and iPad.
First up was adding what was needed to view inside the Media Center interface. I found the info to create an MCL file and accompanying tile for Windows Media Center on The Digital Lifestyle and got started tweaking.
|<application url="http://hostname.dyndnsprovider.domain:Port |
Since I need to view on both laptops away from home and desktops at home, I used the fully qualified dynamic dns name from my dynamic DNS provider, the port number, and the image path as shown above. (And my home router has the corresponding port forwarding set up. My router supports loopback (and supports dynamic DNS providers), so this guarantees a sweet experience.
Below you can see the MCL file and the PNG image I created (in Photoshop, but Windows Paint will work) and where these were placed so that they would be available to all users. As stated on The Digital Lifestyle information, I had to create the last two folders.
I opened Media Center, and the new Camera tile was displayed as expected. When I opened it, I received a standard Windows login credentials prompt because my IP Camera is protected with a username and password. But since I had already opened the site in IE and selected “remember password”, I could select OK either with the mouse or the remote. Next, the expected warning about compatibility with the Media Center interface and selected to not warn me and view anyway (a one time task).
I also added the Tile to the top level menu (right click or I on the remote)
And here’s the view inside Media Center of my IP Camera (we had a frost last night so there is some condensation).
Integration with my iPxx devices was next. Smartvue provides FREE apps for both the iPhone and iPad in the Apple App Store and they are both pretty neat. (And they have apps for Blackberrys Android’s and more !) They also support a way to view password protected cameras like mine (documented on the bottom of the third party camera page AND in the apps themselves.
On the iPad, with the larger display, there is a list of cameras on the left and the view from the selected camera is on the right, (Out of the box, both the iPad and iPhone apps have some default cameras configured, but you can delete/edit, etc.)
And on my iPhone, here’s the default list, with my own camera at the bottom:
And the view from my iPhone:
And, the camera itself can send email and a screen shot when motion is detected, so no matter where I am, I’m going to know who’s pulled into my other parking space or is walking to my front door!
I’m not easily impressed, but my jaw is hanging open today after installing two Sonos S5 Music Players to cover my home with end to end music. I’ve used computers, Media Center Extenders and all kinds of hardware and software in the past to move music around my home, but I always had to cobble together pieces and use separate devices and controllers to get what I wanted. What did I want? Well, everything imaginable. The list below is not in any particular order:
1. The ability to stream from ANY of my computers (using Play To or anything else) to more than one music player/renderer simultaneously.
2. To be able to control the volume above individually or together.
3. Play Pandora Radio and other Internet sourced digital music
4. Use existing/create new playlists
5. Use iPhones, iPads and iPxxx whatever to control and manage the device as a remote control (including graphical menus).
6. Use the system as an alarm clock with choices to wake from alarm, music, Internet music, whatever
7. Wireless connectivity in my Living Room
8. A system that was upgradeable.
9. Quality sound
I’m still stunned that I found a system that does ALL of the above. (And I’m betting I discover more features – I’ve only had a few hours experience with this all, so my exploration and discovery has only just begun).
First, it’s a nice looking system. Available in Black or White, it will fit in anywhere,
Connecting two of these to my complex network was mindlessly simple. I plugged one into a switch uplinked to my router and connected the power. As for the second one, I stuck it in my living room and plugged in the power. The two units found each other over wireless 802.11n automagically, without my having to do anything. My network is secured by WPA2-AES, but Sonos uses “SonosNet 2.0” which is a secure AES peer to peer mesh wireless network, so this is a separate, but secured network. Interestingly, the speakers have two Ethernet ports for Ethernet bridging. And they also have a jack for a powered sub woofer which the devices find automatically. The docs state that you can use TWO of these in a single room for left/right stereo, but I’m wowed by just one in my living room and another upstairs that covers my loft home office and master bedroom.
I downloaded and installed the latest Sonos controller pc software from the Sonos website (rather than even opening the enclosed CD). After installing the software, I had to push a combination of buttons on each speaker to link to the software, but that was easy and fast. I saw that firmware upgrades were detected for both speakers and they were downloaded and applied seamlessly. I then connected my existing Pandora account through the Sonos Controller software. Done!
I fired up Windows Media Player (already set up for “Play To” with my Samsung TV which was not turned on at the time) and as you can see below, both units were available for Play To.
And of course, it worked beautifully.
I’ve got music stored on a flock of computers, including WHS1 and Vail. So how can I stream to my new Sonos speakers without moving from the sofa or booting up a laptop? Well, Sonos has apps for the iPad/ and for the iPhone/iTouch. Just below is a screen capture from my iPhone. I can browse all my media servers and drill down to Artist, Album, etc. etc. and add to queues, play now, (etc. again). And I can stream my Pandora stations, too!
The iPad Sonos controller software, with more screen real estate, is a real knock out, as shown below.
And yes, there is a Line-In on the speakers themselves to connect even more devices. Like a Zune or whatever. Both the desktop software and the iPad software allow me to set alarms and sleep timers (!)
I will be setting up a series of alarms that I can turn on or off. This is so slick.
The sound is great. Sonos supports a wide variety of music formats (but not WMA lossless or Apple AAC enhanced or Fairplay). Most of my content is mp3, so I’m all set.
This is the most advanced, converged system I’ve seen, and I’m more than just a little impressed. Kudos to Sonos for having the vision that supports my connected home.
I’ve got a bunch of blogs. Probably too many, but you know how THAT goes. I’ve had a mostly dormant blog on Spaces, mostly because I tested the thing early on and because it is easy to cross post in Windows Live Writer. Anyone using Spaces with the native web interface must have been digitally masochistic as it as the most cumbersome, unintuitive blogging interface ever invented.
Anyway, I decided to see how the migration process would work (mostly to help others) and got a pleasant surprise. I’m pretty sure they key to my good experience was that I was logged into another existing Wordpress.com blog that I own using the web interface. I don’t actually use the web interface for posting, but do check regularly for upgrades and such.
So I followed the breadcrumb trail after logging in to my old Spaces blog and picked a new blog title/URL (took 30 some odd tries..). Amazingly, the new blog was added under my existing account/profile. No new password, just a second blog. I started customizing the theme and was pretty much up and running. My expectations are that if you aren’t logged in to an existing account, you will only be presented with the option to create a new blog and import your Spaces content, giving you two sets of credentials to manage.
All in all, a good experience and well done.
Wow, after waiting all this time for PUSH email for my Office Live enabled domain on Hotmail (hey MS, I pay you for this, it isn’t a FREE Hotmail account). I read that Active Sync for iPxxx devices is available. But the service is so busy that you won’t accept my sign up. Did you guys ever think about giving PAYING Office Live customers some kind of break?
Hello barb bowman,
To get Hotmail on-the-go, you recently tried to set up a service called ActiveSync from your mobile device.
We are really glad that you're interested, but we had so many sign-ups that we had to temporarily stop accepting new ones.
We're making constant improvements and we should be accepting new requests fairly soon. Please check the following website in about two weeks to see what's happening: http://windowslivehelp.com/solutions.aspx?categoryid=699b2703-2b62-4a92-86f2-9d5d52cc477d.
Thanks again for using Hotmail--we're really sorry about this delay.
The Hotmail Team
Apple treats me better!!!!
I appear to be one of the users afflicted. Existing computers that were syncing fine stopped and don’t show as registered. New computer never before synced also can’t register. Apple Support forums with many user reports – e.g., http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2553248&start=15&tstart=0
Waited 1hr 32 min for chat rep who, like all first line agents in every company wanted me to jump through every hoop and blame my computer(s) – my network – my frame of mind. And finally escalated and then admitted it was an Apple problem. Then the solution was “we know, wait a few days, keep trying”. Apple, this is NOT acceptable.
Here is the chat transcript: You are chatting with Davoren K., a MobileMe Support Advisor
- Hi, my name is Davoren K.. Welcome to Apple!
- barb bowman: hi
- barb bowman: when is the mobile me sync issue for windows users going to be fixed?
- barb bowman: see http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t%20%3C/t-998931.html
- barb bowman: and your own support site
- barb bowman: been down for 3 days
- Davoren K.: Hello Barb, I see that you are having trouble syncing with Windows, is that right?
- barb bowman: 3 computers sudfdenly stopped syncing
- barb bowman: others are reporting this
- Davoren K.: Have you contacted chat support about this issue before?
- barb bowman: no
- barb bowman: sync IS working on ipad and iphone
- barb bowman: but stopped on computers
- barb bowman: I am not the only one having this issue
- Davoren K.: What type of error are you receiving?
- barb bowman: onunable to register this computeer for syncing
- barb bowman: on another computer, advanced suddenly shows NO computers are registered
- barb bowman: same errors as everyone else has reported since 8/21
- barb bowman: PLEASE look at http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=12141186
- Davoren K.: May I link you to an article?
- barb bowman: yes, but I have tried uninstalling and reinstalloing
- barb bowman: and honestly this can't be a local issue since it suddenly happened on ALL computers
- barb bowman: what is the link
- Davoren K.: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1681
- Davoren K.: Please inform me of the steps you have already tried.
- barb bowman: I've tried nearly everything but again
- barb bowman: how do you explain this happening to 3 computers at the same time?
- barb bowman: in fact, I tried to set up a brand new computer
- barb bowman: with the same problems
- barb bowman: this is not an issue on my computers
- barb bowman: or for the hundreds of other people reporting that sync suddenly stopped working on their windows machines
- barb bowman: can you check the SERVER status on your side?
- Davoren K.: We can isolate the issue by following the troubleshooting in article. The status of the MobileMe service can be found by logging into me.com/account and checking the pane on the right. As of right now, all MobileMe services are active and running.
- barb bowman: please, others have posted tht while the web shows the service as UP, other chat reps have acknowledged that there are issues for windows users
- barb bowman: if all you can do is blame this on local issues, and read a scripted set of answers, you need to edscalate me to the next level of support
- barb bowman: this is unacceptable
- barb bowman: it is ludicrous when 3 computers stop working here and hundreds of others are reporting the same issue
- barb bowman: to try to make users jump through the same hoops tht don't fix the problem
- Davoren K.: We need to isolate the issue using the article, as each issue can be user specific. Would you like to coninue?
- barb bowman: I have already done verything in that article
- barb bowman: as I already said
- barb bowman: up to including trying with a new computer to rule out bad data on all 3 other computers
- barb bowman: starting with a clean copy of outlook
- barb bowman: new install of itunes and mobileme, etc.
- barb bowman: plus trying the fixes on one of the impacted computers
- barb bowman: on the new computer, last sync sttus is never connected
- barb bowman: I am logged in to mobileme
- barb bowman: when I clicked sync with MobileMe I get the error
- barb bowman: just like I do on the already connected computers
- barb bowman: there are no firewalls or any other add ins on the new computer
- barb bowman: it is not a network issue
- barb bowman: I have tried 3 different networks
- Davoren K.: Ok. Please allow me a few minutes to consult my resources on this issue.
- barb bowman: ok
- Davoren K.: Thank you.
- Davoren K.: When did this begin?
- barb bowman: august 21 1.09pm was the last time I synced
- barb bowman: EDT
- Davoren K.: Ok, thank you. I will be right back with you.
- Davoren K.: This issue requires more investigation than what we can accomplish in chat support, and engineering is aware of the issue. A fix is in the works and should be released in the next few days. Please continue to periodically try to register your computers until then.
I’d forgotten that I’d converted many Battlestar Galactica Recorded TV files recorded using Windows Media Center to mp4 files and stashed them away on a NAS drive.
I just had one of those A HA moments and uploaded one of them to my iDisk in the cloud (which comes with my MobileMe subscription). I had been thinking of iDisk as a place in the cloud to stash files, but not as a streaming server. I downloaded the iDisk app to my iPad (and to my iPhone) and yup, I’ve got another place to store media files that can be served to my computers and iPxxx devices over the Internet. Apple supplies 10GB of cloud storage space (compared to the 25GB Microsoft supplies with SkyDrive, but MS doesn’t seem to have an App in the App store <G>).
Here are a couple of captures from my iPad:
Yesterday, I became a happy iPhone 4 user. The following tells it all, sung to the tune of "Bye Bye Blackbird"
|Back up Outlook files and so |
leaving RIM, here I go
Bye Bye Blackberry
Where a better phone waits for me
Syncs so fine with MobileMe
Bye Bye Blackberry
RIM gave no love to Outlook 2010, see
And to their beta they did not invite me
The iPhone 4 was slick and bright
The Apple staff was really nice
Bye Bye Blackberry
Signal is strong on AT&T
I'd tested my iPad with 3G
Bye Bye Blackberry
No one at RIM would engage me,
Or give out info that would help me,
(Oh oh oh oh)
Made my choice, quit that fight,
iPhone's working great tonight,
Blackberry, BYE BYE
I have been struggling trying to keep 3 copies of Outlook (non Exchange) Calendars and Contacts in sync for a long time. There are lots of manual kludgy ways to do this. But when I add my iPad and a need to be able to accept meeting invites (not to mention a Blackberry), I’ve been pretty frustrated.
My second problem: Apple for whatever (probably business) reason, can’t read Outlook ICS meeting requests files (and apparently won’t let any third party app to update the iPad Calendar). And third, there is RIM, whose Blackberry Desktop Manager doesn’t even support Outlook 2010 yet.
I’m happy to report that I’ve solved problems one and two. And still using Outlook 2007.
Microsoft, I hope you are listening..
I’ve started a 60 day trial with MobileMe. After a couple of hours of doing some backups of my Contacts and Calendars and installing iTunes and the MobileMe Windows Control Panel, I’m happy to say that all three computers are marching to the same drummer and are in sync. I’ve added my iPad and yep, 4 devices all with the same data. I’m still using the Blackberry Desktop Manager via USB to sync that device to Outlook on one of my computers.
My remaining issue was what to do with meeting invites while away from the computers. Enter a nifty app called RDP Lite from the iTunes store that I’d already been using for some time. This app will work with all versions of Windows that support being a RDP host. Since I’m using W7 Ultimate on everything, I’m covered. While it is a little kludgy, if I get a meeting invite via email on the iPad, I’ll just use RDP Lite to a computer at home (and BTW, RDP Lite supports port specification so if you have multiple computers on your network and change the RFDP port for other computers, you are covered).
I open Outlook (if not already running) and retrieve mail, click the ICS and add to the Calendar on that computer.MobileMe takes over from there and syncs with the other computers and the iPad. And if I schedule something on the iPad manually, MobileMe syncs with the three computers.
Here is a screen shot of RDP Lite on my iPad. You can see the MobileMe icon in the system tray (clouds on a blue background). It’s really working!
I still have to jump through some hoops to sync Notes and Tasks, but I’ll figure something out for that.
Is MobileMe worth $99 a year? Well, 59 days left in my trial period before I get charged. I’ll post an update when I decide.
This FREE app in the iTunes store is a keeper. Most of the other iPad apps for Twitter and Facebook are light year’s behind in readability when compared to this iPad app that just hit today.
Your newsfeeds, tweets, et al are displayed in a magazine type layout that is easy to read and stunning to boot.
I can see why the Flipboard servers are busy busy busy. Every iPad user on the planet must be trying to set this little gem up simultaneously. Be patient. It’s worth it.
Start page for Flipboard. You can add your own content!
Twitter post displayed in landscape format. Really gorgeous!
Some of my Canadian friends might be pleased to hear that Netflix intends to cross the border officially later this year. You can pre-register now if you are interested at http://www.netflix.ca.
Here’s what you’ll see if you access the site from a Canadian IP address.
CBC news has posted info, including the fact that this will be streaming only (no DVD’s by mail). “English only to start, French to follow over time”.
I don’t know if Media Center access to Netflix for Windows 7 Canadian users will be turned on at launch, but am trying to find out.
One comment, if you are a HD snob (and I have no qualms admitting that *I* am), the content is pitiful. And the content for PC’s and Mac’s (a subset) is shameful.
I can’t imagine why Microsoft didn’t work harder to get RIM to offer timely support for Office 2010. (And I hate the iPhone+Apple+ATT monopoly that locks me out of getting an iPhone because AT&T refuses to build out coverage in Northern New England).
After months of silence, RIM has announced 32 bit only support “targeted for” August. And no 64 bit support until 2011. Targeted is a weasel word. My perception is that RIM has crappy programmers and/or figures most people don’t care about either Office 2010 and/or sync.
They’ve posted the following (linked above):
Currently, BlackBerry Desktop Manager 5.0.1 does not support Microsoft Outlook 2010 64-bit version for mailbox connectivity and synchronization of organizer data such as Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Memos. The next release of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager provides support for Microsoft Outlook 2010 32-bit version only. This release is targeted for August 2010. Support for Microsoft Outlook 2010 64-bit version will be available in 2011.
June 22 press release from Toshiba announces an effort to “ promote a new SD card that integrates Wi-Fi wireless communication with data storage capabilities. The forum, the "Standard Promotion Forum for Memory Cards Embedding Wireless LAN"* has been founded by Toshiba and Singapore-based Trek 2000 International Ltd.. ‘
But they want to make this 802.11b/g and not the faster 802.11n (which is backwards compatible with b/g.
As any photographer knows, RAW files are huge, and even the JPEGs at Fine and Super-Fine resolutions are pretty big.
Eye-FI has done it right and offers SDHC cards that utilize 802.11n.
Why in the world would Toshiba (or anyone else for that matter) want to slow people down? This may be a price based decision. I sure have no interest.
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