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Old 05-10-2008, 08:49 AM   #1
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Slight problems with calibre

A couple of minor issues with claibre/libprs500:

Fetch News for Wired.com produces an lrf file whose font is very large. Normally I complain about fonts being too small and I am very happy with the size of the fonts in all other Fetches that I have used. Can the font in Wired.com fetch be reduced slightly without affecting all the others?

I have noticed that occasionally the first page of an article will have the last line of that page reproduced (duplicated) on the following page. This happens ONLY on the first page of an article. It happens on different news feeds, not just one. It does not happen in all articles.

I have attached the Jerusalem Post feed for Friday, May 9th as an example.
Table of Contents/Front Page/ 2nd article down “11 Killed as Hizbullah…”, the last line: “With top Israel Saad…” is repeated on the next page. Do others have this quirk? Can it be corrected?
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File Type: lrf Jerusalem Post [Fri 09 May 2008] - calibre_250.lrf (247.3 KB, 237 views)
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Old 05-10-2008, 12:02 PM   #2
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wired.com's font size will be reduced in the next release. I don't see this line being repeated problem in the jerusalem post.
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wired.com's font size will be reduced in the next release. I don't see this line being repeated problem in the jerusalem post.
Thanks for the reduction in Wired.com.

But strange about the repeating! The repeated line does not show up when viewed in calibre but it does on the Reader. Another example: New York Times feed today (May 10th), article that begins "Illegal Farm Workers, page 42 of 948 on my 505. last line reads "who has practiced in the central Valley town" is repeated as the first line on page 43. Perhaps I have a quirky Reader.

I will add that I save the "Fetched" news to hard disk, then load it into the Sony Connect software and then transfer it to the Reader. Perhaps that is my problem.

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Old 05-10-2008, 12:26 PM   #4
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Try transferring one of these files using the send to device and see if the problem still happens.
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Try transferring one of these files using the send to device and see if the problem still happens.
That did it! The problem is gone! Evidently sending it to the hard disk, loading it into Connect software and from there to the Reader added the extra line.

The reason I used this method to transfer the news to the Reader is that it seemed to require less time for the 505 to bring up the file - no spinning arrows. Also it seemed I was getting less re-booting when switching from one file to another but that may just be my imagination as I made no test.

Anyway, I will go back to sending the files directly to the 505 from calibre and try to see if there is an increase in re-booting. I know the Wired.com feed would continue to re-boot the device unless I first loaded it into the Sony software. That particular file (several days ago) had a lot of pictures - but I don't remember the size.

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To demonstrate: Wired.com (this date) downloaded with caliber 4.53 was 6.7 mb in size. Sent directly to the 505. When attempting to read on the 505 the reader spun its wheel for a brief time and then re-booted itself. This happened 3 times (three re-boots) and I stopped trying.

Using caliber I removed the Wired.com file from the 505.

I sent the Wired.com file to the hard disk.

I loaded it into the Sony connect software and then transferred it to the 505.

I disconnected my Reader and read the Wired.com file with hardly any delay. No spinning wheels, no re-boot.

I have no memory cards in my 505 and calibre shows 124mb available with the Wired.com file loaded.
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Old 05-10-2008, 01:45 PM   #7
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It's caused by a bug in the SONY reader firmware, I've sent a bug report to SONY, hopefully they'll fix it before the next firmware upgrade. As for wired, the new small font version should load OK.
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This is no big deal. Loading into the Sony software first and putting up with the extra line or the occasional re-boot is just annoying but nothing major. As I said above, "Slight problems."
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I had what my physicians called a coronary event April 23 - something just short of a full blown heart attack. Doing heart catheterization they determined that I had one artery which was 99% occluded two others in excess of 70% and one 50%. All of which got me a quadruple bypass. As a result I am in a rehabilitation center for the next month to two months.

I have access to a rather slow WiFii system, I have not checked the speed, but I will. My problem is that I have been totally unable to download any of the provided RSS feeds, let alone a custom one. What happens is that the hourglass churns and churns until either Calibre crashes and burns or the network dorps me. Have you any clue as to what is going on? I have been able to download some pretty large files - in excess of 100 mb - though at a snail's pace.

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Speakeasy: Download 428 kbs Upload 550 kbs
CNet: Download 244 kbs Upload 244 kbs

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Old 05-13-2008, 10:30 AM   #10
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I hope the coronary event didn't have any other side effects and that you're recovering well.

Try running the downloads from the command line to see where things are stalling.
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I typed in the following command while in terminal mode:

web2lrf --verbose ap

and absolutely nothing happened.No output of any kind went to the screen, not even a diagnostic of any kind. Weird.

If is of any import I am using a new MacBook Air with OS 10.5.2
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try feeds2lrf Associated\ Press --debug
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try feeds2lrf Associated\ Press --debug
Errored out with a message to the effect that the file was not found. it suggested using the name in quotes as in:

feeds2lrf 'Associated Press' --debug

Which I tried with the same result as before name nothing happened. It simply hung after the return.
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That means it's hanging on fetching the RSS feeds, which is weird. Do you have some sort of proxy on your wifi connection? Can you ping?

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ping hosted.ap.org
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