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Just wondering if anyone else has had these problems or has any suggestions. (I went two months back in the archives of this community and didn't see anything.)

I have Sprint PCS and want to do email posts from my phone to my LJ/Fotobuilder account. I have tested from an email client and it works beautifully. From my phone, when I send a picture, it posts

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A Picture Share!


You have a Picture Share!


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in my journal. Instead of uploading my picture to fotobuilder. I can use the same phone sent the same way to Buzznet and it uploads the picture fine. Anyone have any ideas?
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From:filthymonkey
Date:September 16th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
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As far as what Buzznet is doing, i'm not sure, the only tag that I see in the email is a very small approx 150 pixel picture, clicking on it takes you to a marginally larger picture, then clicking that takes you to the full size picture... If they are doing that then it's going 3 levels in, which could happen but seems kinda clunky.

As to your remark, "nobody seemed to take it seriously, or took the typical Open Source view of "if your device doesn't do things in a standard way, too bad.", I think that is a faulty way to think about this one, since it's a paid member only feature. It's not like someone who wants to do this is a scab looking for free features, but an actual paying customer who wants their stuff to work.

Alternatively, I joined 4 other photo-blog services and tested with my phone and they all work, every last one of them. While I understand the rathole associated with supporting every hardware / software thereby attempting to keep up with the market, if everyone in the market does it, it may be something to look in to.

Thanks Sherm, I appreciate the reply.
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From:mahlon
Date:September 16th, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC)
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We should probably support Sprint and whatever horrific reinventions of the wheel they decided would be best for the world. (Not for Sprint, but for our users that are stuck using those phones.)

When you've got a spare moment, send me a picture from your phone (mahlon@danga.com) so I can pick it apart and see what's going on.

Make it interesting! :)
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From:filthymonkey
Date:September 16th, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I didn't think i'd be using it, so I went with Sprint knowing full well the stupid crap that they do. It's my fault really.

I'll send you a picture in just a few. Thanks for looking.


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From:mahlon
Date:September 17th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the mail sample. I replied initially to this post before reading sherm's comment - which is of course completely accurate. Sprint's PictureMail consists of a text/plain piece, which is just a link to their website. There is also a text/html piece, that -is- "screen scrapable" - we could potentially pull the image url from it, and at least stick that in your journal behind an img tag.

The picture wouldn't be uploaded to your Fotobilder account, however. Adding pictures from a URL was a discussed future feature of Fotobilder, which this sort of message munging would be a good fit for.

For the time being, I'll look into parsing SprintPCS stuff separately so you at least get an image in your journal. (There's a good amount of what ifs here regarding how to detect this junk without screwing with normal MMS sprint messages, and other misc goop. If anyone reading this community has a Sprint phone that 'does the right thing', I'd definitely appreciate a sample message to mahlon@danga.com for comparison.)

So this is just more of an FYI at this point, but I've added some sort of journal PCS support to my todo. :)
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From:filthymonkey
Date:September 17th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Perfect, I don't need any kind of commitment or anything, was just curious if it could be done or I was doing something dumb. If you get it working, it's just a bonus, but not necessary from my point.

I know how frustrating it is working around third party API's / interfaces that were driven by marketing people instead of architects.
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