Pretty Good WiFi-performance (For a Phone)

April 25, 2007

A few days ago I ran a “long-haul” WiFi test with the upcoming 3.5 version of Salling Clicker. Basically, I wanted to see (1) what kind of battery drainage one should expect and more importantly (2) that the connection didn’t go stale after a while of idleness. The results were a bit surprising!

I ran the test overnight (for about six hours) with a Sony Ericsson P990i phone, and I’m happy to report that the connection didn’t go stale; I was able to pick up the phone and control iTunes right away. What really impressed me, though, was how much battery life there was left in this phone.

This is in spite of the phone being connected via WiFi for 6 hours! I didn’t take any battery capacity percentage readouts either before or after the test, but the graphical meter on the phone’s display appears to have moved just a little bit over to the left. I was kind of expecting a nearly drained battery after such an extended connection time.

During this test, there was minimal traffic on the network. I wasn’t actually controlling anything with Salling Clicker. But, this type of “idle” connectivity is still useful; had I been listening to really loud music in iTunes, for instance, Salling Clicker would have automatically paused the music, and I would have been able to hear the phone.

It’s pretty obvious that WiFi chipsets have gone a pretty long way from where they were just a few years ago. During heavy use, I’d still expect power drainage to be significant, however. I don’t know how other phones perform quite yet, but I’ll probably try this with some other new phones.


Something is brewing

March 28, 2007

My apologies for the blog being kind of silent for the last 9 months or so. I’ve had work up to my eyes and there just wasn’t a whole lot of time to post anything.

Lots of stuff have happened since the 3.0.1 release of Salling Clicker. A number of smartphones models based on Symbian 9+ have been released (or announced) by Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola(!). The Broadcom folks appear to have lost their grip on the Bluetooth stack market for Windows (for better or for worse—as a result we’ve seen the rise of stacks from Toshiba and IVT/BlueSoleil). An increasing number of phones now come with built in WiFi capabilities. Windows Vista was finally released and Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” and Windows Mobile 6 appear to be just around the corner.

These are all things that need to be addressed in an application like Salling Clicker. In addition, there are features to add. Lots of work but I have a feeling something might be ready for release pretty soon now…


Salling Clicker 3.0 made PCWorld.com’s Top 100!

June 1, 2006

PCWorld.com digs Salling Clicker 3. We’re in good company, too! Some of the other cool products awarded are Intel Core Duo, Newsgator FeedDemon, Google Earth, and Xbox 360. Many thanks to the kind folks at PCWorld.com!

Check out the whole list here (Salling Clicker at place 86):

http://pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,125706,pg,13,00.asp

Meanwhile, we’re working on a follow-up version. There’s some really cool stuff in there that I’m dying to share with you when it’s ready!


The “iTunes Speaker Thingy”

November 9, 2005

Sometimes, I hear about people doing cool things with Salling Clicker. You know, things that are a bit out of the ordinary. I hope to cover some of these in a series of posts here on the blog. Let me know if you have an interesting Clicker story of your own to share!

Anyhow, a recent post on the Make blog pointed me to an interesting contraption known only as the “iTunes Speaker Thingy”:

Dale writes “This is an enclosure which holds and powers an Airport Express and a set of attached speakers to wirelessly stream music from iTunes. It also incorporates a Palm T|X which acts as an LCD wirelessly remote for iTunes using the Salling Clicker remote control software. The setup provides a nice set of compact wireless speakers for any spot with AC power that’s in Wi-Fi range of your home network.”


Waiting for a fix…

October 27, 2005

Over at Shirt Pocket Watch, my buddy Dave Nanian blogs about a long-standing bug in OS X Tiger that has an unpleasant impact on his SuperDuper! disk cloning product and his customers’ experience:

“This is really frustrating for our users, because things don’t work in a mysterious (and ungrammatical) way. And it’s frustrating for us, because it makes us look bad, incompetent and/or lazy. Honestly, we’re not.”

I have had similar experiences and feel for Dave in this situation. Bugs and shortcomings in software out of our control have the potential of making our products look bad, frustrate customers, and cause quite a lot of otherwise not required support work.

Dave, by the way, is the hardest working indy-developer I know, and I can highly recommend his SuperDuper! to those who need a disk cloning tool. Check it out; it’s good stuff.


David Chartier likes Salling Clicker, might send batch of cookies…

October 23, 2005

Over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, David Chartier describes the experience of controlling his iMac around the whole apartment using a Palm T|X and Salling Clicker over his Airport Express network. He seems to be liking it!

Helpful Hint: When connecting to Salling Clicker over a wireless network, make sure your computer’s firewall isn’t blocking TCP-port 52131. Take care of this from System Preferences -> Sharing -> Firewall.


Nice to meet you!

October 11, 2005

Let me introduce myself and this blog. I’m Jonas Salling, and I run Salling Software, a small software company with what I think are really cool products. In this blog, I’ll be writing about things that catch my interest and, of course, about Salling Software and its products.

Stay tuned! And welcome.