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Cosmo Communicator - CoDi / Re: Codi firmware 1.1.1.16
« on: May 09, 2021, 01:18:32 pm »
Personally, I just hope newer CoDi firmwares will crash less often.
Well, this is me, some ten days later. Firmware 1.1.1.14 and earlier, used to crash my CoDi, five or so, times per day, making it pretty much "a broken feature", as another thread describes it. I noticed some improvement with 1.1.1.15 and 1.1.1.16 has, so far, been stable for me. Yay.

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Well, after using 1.1.1.16 for ten days, my total CoDi Crash Count for that period, is, as far as I can recall, zero. That's a big deal for me, as that actually makes the CoDi, again, for me, quite useful. Maybe it could have a more features and some of the features it already has, could perhaps be implemented in a better way. Still, hearing my phone ring and be able to have a reasonable expectation of the CoDi actually showing me who's calling, rather than just having crashed again, undoubtedly makes my Cosmo more useful.

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Cosmo Communicator - CoDi / Re: CoDi is a broken feature at this point
« on: April 30, 2021, 01:18:27 pm »
For reference, my CoDi randomly hangs, multiple times a day, on the Planet logo, a distorted menu or, more rarely, a distorted logo. Then, it just shows the logo or nothing, until turned off and on again from the main screen shortcut. As I like to keep the brightness down, which it forgets when restarted, restoring that setting, gets boring really soon. As I do keep restarting it, though, I am, apparently, finding it somewhat useful, even in its present state. Or I'm just a programmer, used to things not quite working.

Maybe the update to 1.1.1.15 made it a bit less unstable. I feel like I'm down from about five to three restarts a day. As I upgraded to 1.1.1.16 so recently, I can't say how it performs yet, though I am, obviously, hoping for the best.

My contact list doesn't get cut off, which might be because mine only has 60 or so contacts, with around 90 numbers in total. Maybe there's a limit to how many contacts the (very limited) computer running the CoDi can handle? If so, maybe forcing users with "too many" contacts to pick a first letter and then only show those contacts, would be a feasible workaround?

I do find it bothersome that it wakes up for non-events, such as when Google Play or Airmail merely looks for updates or mail. Ideally, those apps should have their own settings to only notify when they found something, but even then, I'd still like a notification filter (in Android) for the CoDi. For example, while I do want new mail notifications on the CoDi, as there might be a human awaiting my response, I do not want app update notifications on the CoDi, only on the main screen.

I would find it helpful if I could significantly lower the CoDi timeout, from its default 40 seconds, to, say, 10, so non sense distractions, at least, would go away sooner. As it is now, I feel compelled to use the "silver button" to put it back to sleep, whenever it shows something less than useful, which is often. Many times though, it will immediately wake up again, because checking email wasn't quite done or whatever. If I have explicitly told it to go back to sleep, it would be useful if it could ignore that particular type of notification for the next minute or so.

It would also be helpful if the camera preview wouldn't lag so badly. Currently, it appears to show a qVGA (240x320) picture at ~2fps, with multiple seconds of lag. As it can only ever be used for coarse framing, I'd much rather have, say a 120x160 or even 60x80 pixel preview (I mean, look at my avatar, that's 29x29), if that could get me a better frame rate with (much) less lag.

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Cosmo Communicator - CoDi / Re: Codi firmware 1.1.1.16
« on: April 28, 2021, 06:25:54 pm »
None that I can see. It downloaded quickly and for me, it installed on only four attempts in flight mode, with DND and the CoDi off. The resources appears to be the same as in 1.1.1.15 so it only flashed the actual firmware.

I do notice that I can get an on-CoDi kind-of keyboard to quickly jump to a particular letter in my contacts, rather than being forced to scroll all the way. Not sure how long that has been there, as I rarely make phone calls from the CoDi, or at all, for that matter.

Personally, I just hope newer CoDi firmwares will crash less often.

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Astro Slide - General Discussion / Re: The Astro Accessories
« on: April 28, 2021, 08:10:23 am »
Yes, some kind of flip case should be possible, basically the Astro clear case with an attached flap to cover the front of the device, a bit like the image below. There could be a sheet of clear plastic in the opening on the flap, such that it would still allow interaction with the touch screen. To avoid having to make a special GUI (we all know how that would go) to fit the opening, the window could cover most of the front, such that, at least, phone calls could be handled with the flap closed.

Such a design should make it possible to use the keyboard with the case still attached. On a table or similar, the flap would simply lay flat, behind the screen. I would like some means of keeping the flap reliably closed, such that it cannot open by accident, and thus fail its primary purpose, if the device is dropped with the case closed.


Redmi 6A Golden Згори
Nickispeaki, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Astro Slide - General Discussion / The Astro Accessories
« on: April 27, 2021, 09:28:44 am »
In Astro update #28, a bunch of accessories, now available on the Astro Indiegogo page, were announced. Does anyone here recognize the active pen? I can't imagine Planet Computers had a brand new model developed just for them. I'd rather presume they've put their branding on some existing model.

I have sent an e-mail to Planet, asking for specifications on the pen, such as size, weight, how it's charged, battery runtime, standby time, tip diameter etc, to help me determine whether their pen would be a suitable upgrade from my current pen (an Adonit Dash 3). I will, of course, share any answer from them here.

As I don't really expect to get that much useful information from them, though, should someone here recognize the Planet pen as some existing model, I'd like to know, as that would make it easier for me, and others, to evaluate it. Otherwise, I might back it blindly, but I'd prefer to know a bit more about it, if possible.


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Gemini PDA - Android / Re: Official Gemini HDMI Cable Not Working
« on: March 27, 2021, 11:34:38 am »
Out of curiosity, I tried disabling the "App bar" app in the settings, and, sure enough, after that, the home screen would stay in landscape mode.
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One does, of course, lose the app bar, which means nothing happens when pressing the just the Alt key. Personally, I regard that as an improvement, so I'm leaving it that way. The Shift + Fn + R shortcut also stops working, which, for me, is a tad of a bummer. On the other hand, with the app bar disabled, the regular Android auto-rotation, by tilting the device, works, provided it is on in the settings, and for me that's enough, I think.

Oh, well, this wasn't supposed to be about screen rotation, so let's stop here. I hope you can get your adapter working.

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Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / Re: Fast charging port
« on: March 26, 2021, 08:07:30 pm »
One shouldn't need to be all that careful about what to plug in. The only thing that should happen when a charger and a device doesn't support the same fast charging standard, is that the charger should stick to the standard USB specification and stay at 5Volt.

That's why I can safely plug my (up to) 130W Dell USB-C charger (it's a powered docking station for a laptop, to be precise) into my Cosmo, and it will even work, though at 5V ~10W, with no fast charging. Only when that charger gets the secret handshake from a Dell laptop, will it kick the voltage up to 19.5V and allow 6.7A (which is beyond the USB PD standard, but that's how Dell did it).

FWIW, I have charged both my Gemini and Cosmo with various Samsung chargers many times. While the device, of course, wouldn't fast charge, it charged just fine. There is, of course, always the possibility that some chargers, especially off-brand models, might not follow the standards properly, so applying a bit of common sense is typically beneficial.

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Gemini PDA - Android / Re: Official Gemini HDMI Cable Not Working
« on: March 26, 2021, 07:32:46 pm »
Today I dug my Gemini, which is updated to Android 8.1, out of storage, charged it up and hooked it up to the living room TV, using the Planet USB-C to HDMI adapter (and a HMDI cable). Technically it did work, but rather than being presented in proper landscape, the image was shrunk down and rotated 90 degrees, like this:
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I read in this thread that the rotation issue can be worked around by disabling the app bar, but if you get no picture at all, that likely won't help you.

If you get no picture, it could be that your particular external screen can't handle the slightly odd 2160 x 1080 output (regular "full-HD" is 1920 x 1080). If it's a PAL TV, it might not like the 60Hz refresh rate (then again, my old TV is PAL, and it accepts a 60 fps signal just fine).

If you get a headphone symbol (I don't), I'm wondering if your adapter or connector might be faulty somehow? I suspect that something as simple as a headset identifies itself by some simple means, such as shorting two particular pins in the connector. Should a pin in your connector (either in the Gemini, adapter, HDMI cable or display device) be bent or otherwise damaged, that could perhaps explain both why you are not getting any image and why you are getting that headphone symbol. That doesn't mean I'm right, it's just a educated guess on my part. There could be any number of other reasons, beyond my comprehension, but you might want to have a look at your connectors with a good magnifier.

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I use AirMail too, and as far as I can tell, mine works the same after the update to V25 as before.

Generally speaking, it seems fairly common for random things to act up a bit for a while after an update. The only thing I have noticed, thus far, after this particular update, is that my CoDi hasn't crashed today. That's unusual.

Edit: It is now the day after, and my CoDi just crashed. Let's hope it at least won't crash just as often.

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The update itself was fairly smooth, for me anyway. On the first attempt, the firmware download stalled, without downloading anything, but I just backed out of it, tried again, and it worked. Both the download and the installation were fairly fast, so I reckon there weren't all that many changes this time.

Once Android was updated, I started the CoDi Assistant, which found 1.1.1.15 and downloaded it quickly. Just trying to install it (I had to try) didn't work, as usual, but after going to flight mode, do not disturb and turning the CoDi off from the notification shade, it flashed successfully in just a few minutes, on the first attempt. I will presume I just got lucky. While previous updates of the CoDi, has been a two-step process, flashing resources and the firmware separately, it seemed to only flash the firmware this time. Perhaps it could (re)use the existing resources?

I mainly look forward to see if the CoDi will be any less unstable now. I usually have to restart mine from the notification shade five or so times a day, when it's stuck showing the Planet logo instead of the time, a broken menu or, most often, nothing. It would also be VERY nice if it could abstain from waking up all the time, unless there is something I might actually want to know - not just that, say, AirMail did NOT find anything to download... but, well, while "not crashing ass the time" should be achievable, implementing a useful notification filter is, reasonably, much harder. 

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Astro Slide - Hardware / Re: Fin/Swe keyboard layout
« on: March 10, 2021, 07:21:32 pm »
Isn't "i" in Swedish the same as in Norwegian: "In" or "inside"?
You are quite correct. In Swedish "i" means the equivalent of "in", which is what I tried to type. Apparently, a typo occurred though (that lost the "n" and, somehow, made the remaining "i" upper case), which I won't be fixing now, since that would make your question seem strange ;). Well spotted. And, yes, "i" can be used to mean "inside" too. I just picked (what I think is) the most common translation.

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Astro Slide - Hardware / Re: Fin/Swe keyboard layout
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:08:14 pm »
While designing their Fin/Swe, layout I guess Planet, when they saw that a Fin/Swe PC keyboard has eleven letters on two of its rows, just moved the two rightmost letters to the Fn layer and called it good, thinking "Well, Finns and Swedes are both used to have Ö next to L", which isn't incorrect, but perhaps not the best adaptation to a "no more than ten letters per row" layout. Unless sufficient noise can be made about it, I doubt they will change it, though. If they'd make an official keyboard remapping tool, they could start selling a selection of key caps to those wanting to customize. I'd gladly pay €10 for an Ä key cap.

What makes Ä so relatively common in Swedish, is probably the word "är", which means "is". According to that cryptography page, it's the sixth most common Swedish word, after i(I), och(and), en(a), av(of) and som(as). We find an Å in the eighth most common word på(on) while the first Ö is found in the twelfth most common word för(for). In the top thirty Swedish words, there are a few more with Å and Ä in them, but no Ö.

On a side note, han(he) is the sixteenth most common word, while hon(she) doesn't even make the top thirty. It seems we still are a fair bit away from gender equality...

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Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / Re: squeeky hinges
« on: February 25, 2021, 03:20:32 pm »
Hm... that looks a lot like my middle hinge, only worse.

I posted a picture of mine, a little over seven months ago, in the daily driver thread. It looked like this:
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As far as I can tell, mine still looks very much the same, so mine doesn't seem to be gettings worse. Thus far, it works fine.


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Astro Slide - Hardware / Re: Fin/Swe keyboard layout
« on: February 25, 2021, 02:40:11 pm »
And yes, Ö is used more in Ä in Swedish, while in Finnish it's vice versa.
As natively Swedish I'm not sure I agree, and neither does Wikipedia, it seems, which states that about 1.79% of Swedish consists of Ä, while 1.34% consists of Å and 1.30% consists of Ö. They, in turn, seems to have got their data from Pratical cryptography. Their data, based on some 90MB of raw text, suggests that Ö is the least used of the "special" Swedish characters, so swapping Ö and Ä on the Fin/Swe layout would seem to make sense from a letter frequency perspective.

On a side note, in Swedish, Q, W, X and Z together makes up less than 0.4% of written text.

Edit:My link tags got a bit chewed up. They should work now.

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