After work today, I met up with Annalisa for dinner. We went to Panera's, sat outside and had some fun just gossiping. Good times! After dinner, I went with her to Payless, Marshall's and Target. It was that last one that got me. I only bought household things, though -- light bulbs and a microfiber cloth to wipe off the dust and stuff on my DS. Didn't even look at the DVDs! (I know...)
Came home and found out my R4DS
came in. WOOHOO! I had originally ordered the M3 DS Simply, except it was out of stock and would be for a while, so the seller
recommended the R4DS instead. Having read some reviews of it, it seemed like a great substitute. Oh man, I luuuurve it.
Set up was really easy. I had gotten the latest firmware from the R4 site days ago. I reformatted my 2GB microSD card to FAT32 (and named it Sikozu). Then I just simply unzipped the downloaded firmware and dropped it on to the card, via a card reader. Totally simple. I threw on a test game and started it up. No problem at all. The firmware loaded great and so did the game. Tested Moonshell and that loaded, even though I didn't have anything on the card it could use yet.
After that, I decided to try out some other things. I'd made a few R4 skins (Doctor Who, SGA, isaymckay) as well as having downloaded some and put those on. Made a directory called "Music" and threw in some MP3s. Even copy&pasted a fic into Notepad and threw it in a "Text" folder. All of it worked! I just haven't had time to do any sort of video converting, or I'd test that too. (seijitataki
tells me the quality is pretty crap though.)
So far I've tested 5 ROMs and they've all worked without needing to be patched. It's awesome. I think I'm going to see about putting the DS browser on the card. Apparently the ROM only works with the official slot 2 RAM cartridge, which I have, so that's not a problem. This way, I can still use it without switching out cards.
Speaking of, I have been fiddling a bit with the DS browser -- even took it to Panera with me and connected to their wireless! It'll definitely render any images & html, as well as java, but don't even think about Flash. Pages load at about dial-up speed, but it occurred to me today that with a lot of those, I should just be using the site's mobile device views. Google, Yahoo, and even Twitter have them, so that would make the load time much faster. Google's mobile search will even strip most of the html from the sites off the results so you can view those faster. Must investigate further.
Oh yeah, I'm a geek. What about it? :-PEdit:
Have converted a divx avi file. Was 350mb and after conversion it's 103mb. Also tried a 47mb mov file, which became a 14mb file. Encoding was pretty speedy, maybe half of the actual runtime of the file? Playing it on the DS the quality is fairly decent, considering how much compressing and resizing was done. The audio sounds fine. I'm going to try converting the same video with the profile setting set at VeryHigh instead of Med.