Vive Comfort Part 3

June 9, 2016

The research continues — evidently, my previous post is worth disregarding. What really seems to matter more than anything is getting the IPD right. I think I’ve been struggling to fit the headset on correctly because I was trying very hard to fix it in the position where I could see “clearly,” but realizing that I instead needed to get it comfortably on my head and THEN adjust it so I can see better.

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Vive Comfort Part 2

May 28, 2016

Ha — now I’ve figured something out that, for me, makes more difference than all of the previous post’s items combined: I swapped out the default face padding with the “narrow” face padding that also came with the unit.

As I posted on reddit: “I’ve spent a lot of time trying to adjust the straps, lenses and cushions on the Vive and was pretty bummed out that no matter what I tried, it seemed uncomfortable to use and would imprint itself onto my nose like so: http://imgur.com/ewmBXCW

I was pretty much ignoring the narrow face plates because I was thinking “Oh, I’ve got a reasonably big head and that’s probably for children and the like.” No — it was the panacea I’ve been looking for. It took me a week to bother trying the narrow face cushion, but it’s super fast to swap out so there’s no reason to not try it!”


Vive comfort hacks!

May 27, 2016

I’m finally starting to figure out ways to make VR comfortable to use for longer than 10 minutes at a time. Things that have worked for me:

-Remove the padding near the nose (see pic, just move it slightly downwards) — this seemed to physically be more comfortable, but also allows a bit more airflowWP_20160527_02_18_46_Pro.jpg
-Have overhead fan on. Yes, it’s a potential obstacle, but the breeze helps a lot
-Earbuds instead of headphones! I did not realize just how much the headphones were contributing to my “overheating” issues, and the earbuds seem slightly easier to keep on as well
-Have a place to put the controllers. I have some loose cargo shorts, and the pockets can house the controllers when I need to set them somewhere
-Have a bottle of Gatorade nearby
-Have as close to a square area as possible

I’m now in a 3×3.3 area, and it’s a very noticeable improvement over 2×3 meters.


Deleting old “Microsoft Messaging” contacts from Windows 10 Mobile

April 29, 2016

I had several old names that I no longer wanted in my phone book showing up under the filter “Microsoft Messenger.” Googling around revealed that several others had this issue. My solution was anything but straightforward, but here was my experience:

I downloaded the legacy version of Messenger (ignoring any incompatibility warnings), logged in from there, and removed all of the contacts from my PC while I had my phone off. I uninstalled Messenger, restarted my PC and turned my phone back on. The contacts were still there.

Annoyed, I turned my phone back off and reinstalled Messenger to see if I’d missed anything. I noticed that this time, it wouldn’t let me log in and instead demanded I upgrade Messenger. I clicked “okay”, but the update failed because it wanted to upgrade Messenger to Skype, which I already had installed. So, I opened up Skype on my PC, incidentally(?) deleted a couple contacts I no longer was in touch with from that list, and closed it.

At this point, the unwanted “Microsoft Messaging” contacts were no longer appearing on my phone contact list.

Windows Phone is great for all my needs, but I am finding a number of little kinks like this along the way that might scare away other users.


The Phone Saga Continued — Getting Things to Work with my Lumia 640, Windows 10 Mobile and TracFone.

April 29, 2016

The first part of the journey (getting my first smartphone) is here.

Edit: I also came across this after writing this entry. You might want to do a hard reset first. I did not.

One of the annoyances that prompted me to go ahead and download Windows 10 on my Lumia 640 was that I couldn’t seem to receive media over text messages (I would try, and it would forever be stuck on “getting media content”). I found a few convoluted-looking solutions online, but hoped that Windows 10 would just fix it for me behind the scenes. Sadly, it did not.

Getting data from your TracFone network on your Lumia 640 without a Wi-Fi connection on Windows 10 Mobile:

First, since it’s somewhat related and much less of a headache, here’s how to get the internet to work outside of your wireless range in Windows 10 Mobile starting from the home screen. We’ll go ahead and start by disabling our wireless connection so we can see if it’s working when we’re done:

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Wi-Fi => Wi-Fi networking: Off

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Cellular & Sim => Data Connection: On

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Cellular & Sim => SIM Settings => Internet APN => Add an Internet APN:

Profile name: [whatever you want]
APN: RESELLER
User name: [blank]
Password: [blank]
Type of sign-in info: PAP
IP type: IPv4 (change from default)
[keep checked] “Use this APN for LTE and palce the one from my mobile operator”
Proxy server: [blank]
Proxy port: [blank]
[keep checked] “Apply this profile”

-Turn your phone off and back on. If successful, you’ll be able to for example get google results as long as you have bars. You can turn your Wi-Fi back on without worries.

Getting media content in text messages (MMS) on the TracFone network on your Lumia 640 without a Wi-Fi connection on Windows 10 Mobile:

It seems that you have to disable Wi-Fi (assuming you are in range of a network) if you want to download media content of any kind (i.e. pictures) from a text message (UPDATE: thankfully, it seems like we only need to do this once). First, we need to set up the correct APN for the TracFone network:

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Cellular & Sim => SIM Settings => Internet APN => Add an MMS APN:

Profile name: [whatever you want]
APN: RESELLER
User name: [blank]
Password: [blank]
Type of sign-in info: PAP
IP type: IPv4
Proxy server: proxy.mobile.att.net
Proxy port: 80
MMSC (URL) http://mmsc.mobile.att.net/
MMSC Port: 80
Maximum MMS size (KB): 1024

Now, here are the step by step procedures I needed to follow to download (and send) my first media content through text messages.

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Wi-Fi => Wi-Fi networking: Off

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Cellular & Sim => Data Connection: On

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Airplane mode => On

[wait about 30 seconds]

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Airplane mode => Off

[restart phone]

Once you reconnect to the cellular network, you should be able to download the media content from your text messages.* If you reconnect to a Wi-Fi network, you might have to go through this process again (I was given that impression, but actually it seems like it’s continuing to work regardless of my Wi-Fi settings). Naturally, there are plenty of ways to send media to other folks than text messages these days, so you might find that to be the easier option.

*if no Wi-Fi is in range and you are having trouble, the trick here is go ahead and disable Wi-Fi and possibly restart the phone. Yeah, pretty annoying.