DLNA videos on ZTE MF93D

Bought a unlocked ZTE MF93D to take with me on our vacation. Selected this over the Huawei E5776 since it was available at a local store to very good price.

Have been reeding a lot compering the two and in the end my conclusion was that there are no big difference between them. ZTE you can use MiMo (dual external antenna) in low signal condition but the HUWEI has a bit better internal antenna and max throughput on 4G. But what difference does 150 Mbps for Huawei and 100Mbps for the ZTE really do when you do not intend to stream multiple movies over 4G.

Have been trying to get the dlna to work, but to get the movies to show up in the Video folder has not been easy. Google didn’t have the answer.

No manual saying what limitation there are and support could not help directly, they needed to escalate it.

So after some testing I found that the following works:

  • .mp4
  • .wmv

Did not work:

  • .m4v
  • .avi
  • .mkv
  • .mov
  • .divx
  • .xvid

So now I have to turn on the converter at home, so that my kids can stream movies on our iPads when we drive the 2000km down to Munich.

In Germany I buy prepaid surf card for the ZTE router and we can all surf without using expensive roaming. With some extra battery pack we can be on the move the whole day.

Vacation here we come!


MacBook with wrong HDD size

Last week I went to the local Apple dealer to purchase a new Notebook for my stepfather. Since he recently retired he had to give back the company notebook.

To give him a new challenge my step sister and I decided he should try Mac.
Since he does a lot of presentation as wine connoisseur, good presentation software was one criteria and Keynote is the best I’ve seen. So I found it to be the perfect match.

We decided that the 2.4GhZ, 2Gb Ram, 250Gb HDD version of MacBook would be the best! Back lit keyboard is really good when presenting (Especially in dimmed rooms). And size optimal for transportation. So that was a perfect match to! Still the price is a bit high. So that is not a perfect match.

Back @ home we did some unboxing and I started to configure and install the necessary software. I was rally surprised as I wanted to resize the hard drive (needed a partition for Windows XP) and found it only to be 160GB. First I thought it may be an extra 90GB partition some where, but I could not find it.
Opening the battery lid, the HDD size of 160GB could easily be confirmed!

Today we brought it back to the Apple reseller and they confirmed it. They also did do some checking and Apple in Ireland apparently had never heard of some thing like this.

So my recommendation, to anyone with a new 2008 generation MacBook with 2.4GHz cpu, is to check that you did get a 250GB HDD (if you didn’t order a larger one). If you have something smaller then that, it is not what you have paid for! Minimum configuration is 250GB HDD.

I have personally decided to buy one, but since renovating two baths in our house, did get a little more expensive then calculated. A MacBook Pro more expensive to be precise! I have to wait until I can afford one form my self. But I will for sure check the size of my HDD

So now they have ordered a new hard drive! At least it easy to switch, since I have a Time Machine backup of the smaller drive.

Summory of the time between blogs

Have been very bussy trying to get old things done. Had a lot of old development project I wanted to finish.

In my free time I’ve been:
– working on two bathrooms. One at a time of course.
– Preparing our summer pool.
– Isolating our small summer lodge.
– Time with the kids.
– Garden work.
– Playing with Joomla.
– Guests, guests and another guest. I’ve been thinking off opening a Hotel.

Still it’s always nice having guests but it is not good if you want to get things done.

Most projects are now at an end. Bath close to be finished…
Now I’ll try to be more productive, logging what I have found.