I have been a long time user and advocate of Mumble. It has across the board had lower latency, and better sound than most of the competition for a long time. The interface is very simple, it almost makes the program look like it lacks a lot of basic functionality. If you dive into the options Mumble has you will find a lot of complexity.

Originally I looked at Mumble against TeamSpeak 2 and RaidCall. Back then Mumble used newer codecs. These codecs allowed for smaller packets, which improved latency and lowered the required bandwidth needed. This was great for running a server. These smaller packets allowed me to host a much larger user count than with other options. Typically I found once I broke 125 concurrent users on Mumble, with roughly 50-80 in a single channel, I would start to experience the upper end of  my 10 megabit upload connection.

I also researched Ventrilo, which is another alternative still available. Ventrilo requires you rent a server from a designated provider. We were trying to setup a VoIP option for a club, and they didn’t have the funds needed to host a server year around for the number or LAN attendees that would need to connect (200+). It was simply too much money to spend on a server that wouldn’t have that many users on it 29 days of the month. That ruled Ventrilo out.

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If you receive a phone with a year warranty, how long do think that warranty lasts? What if I told you, you have no warranty without proof of purchase. Worst yet, if you win a phone (so it is a prize, not a purchase), you might get no help as well.

That is the situation I have been in twice. Both with Nokia and Samsung. I have competed in various programming competitions, and have been lucky enough to win their handsets. I had a Nokia Lumia 800, and a still own a Samsung Focus Flash.

I originally switched to the Lumia 800 after owning the Focus Flash for about a year. The Lumia 800 is more powerful (response is much quicker) than the Focus Flash. I used the Lumia 800 for about 3 months, and it died on me. It died unexpectedly, it had about 23% battery left when I checked, 10 minutes later when I went to make a call it was off, and would not turn on. I figured it would be a simple issue to resolve.

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I have been pretty busy, and haven’t had a chance to update some of the themes on my site. WordPress recently changed what themes can do, I believe to reduce security issues. They are now limited on how they can use dynamic PHP code.

Time to update!

I noticed one of the themes I had issues with before, Montezuma, had received some updates. I tried switching back to it, but the image preview for posts is still not functioning properly in all browsers. I am surprised that an update wouldn’t address that issue.

The big issue is that the theme I was using,¬†Atahualpa, was broke with the update. Nothing major, but the logo in the upper left corner was no longer showing. You won’t see an error, because I disabled the logo. I will try to spend some time to re-enable it, but I wasn’t using a custom logo. The theme simply isn’t loading it’s own default logo. This could be due to the security changes they made, but it is frustrating I have to correct issues with a theme right out of the box.