Hybrid Connection Mod

The programmer sent a "proof of concept" version that worked very well. So we now know we can do what we need, and with the hardware most players already have. It isn’t finished yet, but it’s at least great news we can do what we need. Now the programmer just has to fix a few bugs and refine the process to be more efficient. There’s nothing major left to do though. I’m confident this mod will be available some time next week.

 

So far the mod appears to work on all phone models (for the particular phone series/manufacturer) except one – which is the latest version in the particular series of phones. So if you have this version, you will need an earlier phone version to use the connection mod. Contact me if you need more information. You can still use the "latest" version as the secondary phone, but just not the primary phone. We can get the software working on the latest phone but it is not a priority for now because most people use an older version anyway.

Hybrid general update

This applies to computer service users, in particularly players with "borderline acceptable" internet connections:

 

When I work as the operator, often we might waste an hour messing around with a bad connection. Sometimes it just isn’t reliable enough to be practical for me. Most of the time the problem is a busy network, like during peak periods. Unfortunately I don’t have the flexibility to waste even an hour or to be an operator in other times of the day. There is another operator almost ready to work full time and any time of the day. He is in the final stage of training.

 

So unless you already know the Internet is perfectly ok at the times we need, to proceed with me as an operator, I want the connection mod done. This will make "borderline ok" connections to be perfect in most cases. Then we wont need to waste time fidddling with connection settings or waiting for busy networks to become quieter. And we wont have to deal with frustrating situations where video quality degrades despite a large edge and easily beaten wheel.

 

I expected the connection mod to be complete last week, but development is more complicated than we first thought. It is mainly because of firmware limitations on phones. But still we’re very close now, and I should have a completed version at the end of this week, or early next week. It is NOT certain yet because the development is tricky.

 

There are ready-made solutions, but they involve the use of hardware that is too bulky. Our solution is much more practical.

 

As I explained previously, do not mistake lack of activity to be anything other than what I say. For some players, things may be quiet and frustrating. If this is your case, I understand your frustration but keep in mind you do not see everything that is happening on my end. I try to keep everyone informed with the blog, but I do not always give specific information about what is happening because anyone can read the information. And besides, giving all the details wont make a difference. So please trust that although things are quiet now for some players, you are about to be very busy.

 

If you are a brand new player and haven’t even played yet, then you fall into this category because I don’t want to be sitting at my computer at 3am, risking dealing with a jittery internet connection. I’d rather just have it perfect so I can focus on other things like communicating with the team and maximizing prediction accuracy.

General update and hybrid

Unfortunately I didn’t get everything I needed to get done today because of unexpected software testing. But by midday tomorrow, I will be up to date on all emails and support tickets.

 

I have been unable to schedule any further hybrid sessions this week, although an additional operator is one or two practise sessions from being able to conduct sessions at virtually any hour. I understand that this may be frustrating for players that are waiting. But keep in mind although it may have been quiet and uneventful for the past two weeks, we are about to enter a period where most of the teams will be very busy. Your patience is appreciated.

Hybrid mod schedule

The mod for connection bonding is expected to be available this week (as per programmer’s notification, and he’s usually reliable). If you are a player, it is important to understand the relevance of this mod.

 

It is rarely required BUT before international travel, players are strongly advised to have this mod. That’s because if you travel to specific location you’ve never visited before and find the mod is needed, you will have wasted your time. So I do not advise the planning of travel until I confirm the mod is working perfectly. The exception is if you already know the connection is acceptable.

 

After the connection mod, we will work on a solution for dimly lit wheels. The modification specifications are already written, and it will not be difficult to program – mostly it’s just a few lines of code. But we are limited by the programmer’s available time so it may take him a week to complete.

 

A reasonable estimate to have both the connection and lighting mod complete is roughly two weeks.

Hybrid equipment

This is just a reminder in response to a question I was asked: bettors for the Hybrid can also use the same equipment as camera wearers. In fact any player can have two different cameras on them (although usually only 1 is used), and the operator can switch between players and cameras anytime. Either way you will be told the best way to overcome any issues you may face. On that note, for players that have issues with lighting, the specifications for a solution are complete. Now the programmer just needs to work on it. This will done after the connection bonding mod.

Organizing Hybrid teams

I’m in the process of updating how teams are organized. The updates will make it easier to match players to form teams, and determine who plays in which casino. Only I’ll have access to the database. When I’m complete, players may receive an email asking for further information about their position.

Updated Hybrid instructions

Updated hybrid instructions are available from the same location. It is the version for players & bettors, NOT operators. Although operators should still download and see the addditions. The addition is chapter 20 which summarizes the most important points and common mistakes.

Booking Hybrid sessions

All hybrid players: I havent had time to email everyone independently today to organize sessions, but email me directly to organize a time this week. Specify a few different times that suit you, and specify the time in Melbourne Australia time ( use http://www.mymeetingtime.com/ )

 

A lot of players have been scheduling times when the table is too busy, and it much more time consuming to play at this time. The times should be scheduled so you begin ABOUT 3 HOURS BEFORE THE WHEEL STARTS TO GET BUSY. It is ok and best if you are the only person at the table at this time anyway.

 

If you are still a new player, the timing is not so important because the first session or so is mostly getting used to the equipment.

Hybrid connection enhancements

The programmer started work on the internet connection enhancements. Basically it uses connection bonding, where multiple phones and sim cards transmit the video to the Hybrid server. This isnt normally needed. But in some cases, the cell phone towers may have great reception, but are flooded with users. This makes the data flow unstable. When this mod is complete, it should ensure near perfect video transmission in almost every casino. The mod isn’t too complicated so shouldn’t take much more than a week, although I don’t yet have a time estimate from the programmer.