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Subject: Re: [PATCH] ff/rewind acceleration - Comment
From: Peter Koenig (
Date: 2002-08-31

31.08.2002 13:40:49
I second that.
Plz put the custom ff/rew back on.
It's perfect for my DJ-Sets.

>I joined the mailing list to comment on a mail by Nate Nystrom on
>the change of the fast forward behaviour.
>In version 1.3 is it possible to set a fixed amount of seconds
>for fast forwarding steps. This has been changed in favor of
>an a forwarding that gets faster the longer you use it.
>Nate wrote:
>> we should probably combine the ff_rewind and
>> ff_rewind_accel bytes into one
>> byte. With acceleration, an ff/rewind step size
>> above, say, 15 seconds seems pretty useless to me.
>When I fount the feature I set it to 30 seconds right away and found
>it to be the killer feature why I *had* to change to RockBox.
>Here's the reason:
>I use my Archos to time-shift my favorite radio stations to listen to
>it in the car and some other places. This means I usually have files
>that are from 3 - 8 hours long in which navigation is a pain.
>With a fixed step of 30 seconds I can skip a song, news or
>commercials in less then a second. These skips are on average 3:30
>minutes, the length of a typical song.
>With the new behavior it takes 5 seconds at the fastest setting. This
>is only a minor annoyance. The problem is a different one:
>Now I have to look at the display while forwarding, because if I hold
>the key for 4 seconds a don't get very far, but if I hold it for 6
>seconds, I forward for 8 minutes. So blind navigation within the file
>is no longer possible. This is a major downside for in car use.
>I hope I can convince you to put the old feature back in - maybe as a
>combination. A fixed forwarding size and the acceleration factor as
>two values would provide a flexible navigation for everbodies needs.
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