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by kb
Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: Archos 5 and Archos 5G (without Android)
Topic: Free "soft" fix for Archos volume limit.
Replies: 13
Views: 1818

Re: Free "soft" fix for Archos volume limit.

Normalization works OK on movie soundtracks, but it's not ideal for music. A CD that has been properly engineered, and then properly ripped to MP3 or whatever, will already use the full dynamic range of the format.
by kb
Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: Competitors
Topic: Cowon s9 vs Archos 3
Replies: 29
Views: 5043

Re: Cowon s9 vs Archos 3

You can continue forever with your nonsense. And my local Aldi supermarket sometimes has a clearance sale on a noname 2-year old Mp3 model as well. That is not the market, that is BS talk. Archos 2 (8GB) is 45Ôé¼ at the current recently introduced mass market price with less than 5% margin left for...
by kb
Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:43 pm
Forum: Archos 5 and Archos 5G (without Android)
Topic: Low Volume Ear-Phones
Replies: 10
Views: 1152

Re: Low Volume Ear-Phones

Can anyone give some suggestions? I'm still having a problem with low audio coming from my PFE in-ear phones. It's extremely annoying! I got them so I can listen to music and watch videos on a 20 hour plane(s) ride in the coming month. Is there any settings or something that I can change? Sorry, I ...
by kb
Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:59 pm
Forum: Archos 5 and Archos 5G (without Android)
Topic: Offline wikipedia possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 741

Re: Offline wikipedia possible?

I don't -- it's what I recall seeing from when I was hunting around their web site about a year ago. It might be bigger now :) You can, or at least could, download a copy of the database if you want, and you have bandwidth and storage for it. I ported a Wikipedia offline reader to the PMA430 about f...
by kb
Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android
Topic: I have both an Archos 5 and a G1 (Android)
Replies: 20
Views: 5473

Re: I have both an Archos 5 and a G1 (Android)

The C API is pretty limited right now. But it's conceptually interesting, in that it _might_ provide for access to some of the Linux devices in /dev, for example. So some sort of direct framebuffer access might possible, which is potentially good news. But I note that there is no implementation of t...
by kb
Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:31 pm
Forum: Archos 5 and Archos 5G (without Android)
Topic: Offline wikipedia possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 741

Re: Offline wikipedia possible?

That's very impressive -- the Wikipedia database currently stands at about 40Gb of compressed data, or so I understand. That's an awful lot to cram into a handheld device :/
by kb
Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:30 pm
Forum: Competitors
Topic: Cowon s9 vs Archos 3
Replies: 29
Views: 5043

Re: Cowon s9 vs Archos 3

Just drop it, Archos is by far the best value proposition in everything that they do. It's only a question for them of the efficiency of their sales and online marketing channels if they achieve more or less sales. Not in the UK. You're arguing in the very teeth of the facts. You can't say that som...
by kb
Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: Competitors
Topic: Cowon s9 vs Archos 3
Replies: 29
Views: 5043

Re: Cowon s9 vs Archos 3

No, you can't get a 3" screen device from the High Street for £60 (so far as I know). But there are plenty of 3" devices in the £100 range. I'm not at all saying that the Archos 3 is poor value for money, even in the UK. But its pricing in the UK does not make it stand out from the competition. Si...
by kb
Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:51 am
Forum: Competitors
Topic: Cowon s9 vs Archos 3
Replies: 29
Views: 5043

Re: Cowon s9 vs Archos 3

So far in the UK the Archos 3 is considerably cheaper than the Cowon S9 -- about £100 compared to about £160 for an 8Gb model. But that still puts it at the top end of the market for an 8GB player (if you don't count Apple or Cowon). Philips and Sony have products in that price range. And if you g...
by kb
Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: 705 WiFi
Topic: Flash Shared Objects (help!)
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

Re: Flash Shared Objects (help!)

I rather suspect that the ability of Flash code to write the local disk has been disabled by Archos, as another of its paranoid anti-hacking measures. But it may be that there are specific places you can write. I did try to get a straight answer from Archos on this subject about a year ago. They wer...
by kb
Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:30 am
Forum: Archos 5 and Archos 5G (without Android)
Topic: Firmware 1.6.54 is out
Replies: 52
Views: 8432

Re: Firmware 1.6.54 is out

Guys, under no circumstances are you to download this firmware. Both of my drives have now been locked out. I cant even get past the splash screen. I know its the firmware because the hard drives work when they are out of the tablet. I cant get to 109 recovery only when i put in a 250gb but that do...
by kb
Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:11 pm
Forum: Archos 5 and Archos 5G (without Android)
Topic: The Debate
Replies: 29
Views: 5816

Re: The Debate

I have about 40 000 songs on the player and it works just fine. Yes. Although if the Archos units could recognize, and order by, user-defined tag patterns that might help. But I don't any other portable player is that smart. Trying to organize 40,000 tracks based on essentially three selection crit...
by kb
Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:09 pm
Forum: Archos 5 and Archos 5G (without Android)
Topic: Hard drive issues
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: Hard drive issues

Is your host computer providing some sort trash/recycle facility? It's possible that when you delete files they aren't actually gone, but lurking in some invisible folder somewhere. The Nautilus (Linux) file manager does this. If I delete files from my Archos and want them really gone, I have to emp...
by kb
Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:19 am
Forum: Open Development
Topic: Rather than hacking the protection ...
Replies: 2
Views: 1235

Re: Rather than hacking the protection ...

It's certainly an idea that has occurred to me and I guess to others. The problem is that there's no such thing as `standard' RSA. RSA defines a mathematical procedure for doing an asymmetric block cipher using large integers, that's all. It doesn't control how the data should be chunked into number...
by kb
Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Archos 5 and Archos 5G (without Android)
Topic: Firmware 1.6.54 is out
Replies: 52
Views: 8432

Re: Firmware 1.6.54 is out

jl97delsol wrote:"Hardware changes support"

Maybe we now can change the hard drive, touch screen, things like that?
In your dreams ;)
by kb
Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: Archos 5 and Archos 5G (without Android)
Topic: Firmware 1.6.54 is out
Replies: 52
Views: 8432

Re: Firmware 1.6.54 is out

Probably they have closed up a potential hack, and don't want to tell anybody what it was, in case it gives people ideas.
by kb
Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: Archos 5 and Archos 5G (without Android)
Topic: Low Volume Ear-Phones
Replies: 10
Views: 1152

Re: Low Volume Ear-Phones

The Phonak PFEs are not particularly sensitive and, to be honest, are probably not well-suited to the Archos player, whose volume is limited for legal reasons. Shure in-ear phones like the E2/E3, or the later SE3XX, are much more sensitive and will give a much louder volume with the Archos. But the ...
by kb
Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:24 am
Forum: Competitors
Topic: SmartQ5
Replies: 5
Views: 1094

SmartQ5

Why bother hacking Qtopia, etc., onto your Archos unit, when you can buy a MID with `real' Linux for about £130 in the UK? http://www.gbax.com/smartq5.html Seems to be a 600MHz Samsung CPU and, if you believe it, 1GB RAM :) And OpenGL-capable video hardware. It seems to be a similar kind of offerin...
by kb
Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:19 am
Forum: Open Development
Topic: Something New (i guess, i dont reallly know tho)?
Replies: 19
Views: 2558

Re: Something New (i guess, i dont reallly know tho)?

Just a polite suggestion: you might consider asking questions like this in a more, um..., discrete way. Try the PM facility ;)
by kb
Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: Archos 7 (without Android)
Topic: Looks Like We're Hosed Again By Archos
Replies: 23
Views: 2824

Re: Looks Like We're Hosed Again By Archos

He was saying what could we do IF it was hackable. Yes, but my point was that even if the device were completely unrestricted, that is, with no vendor security checks, porting a new Linux would be astronomically difficult and time-consuming. And also extremely risky, given that there is no alternat...

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