Feed Sponge v1.4.7 or Two year old bugs, dim screens and you - a cautionary tale.

March 11, 2011, 11:38 p.m.

I discovered this Android bug and its workaround when I first created Feed Sponge:
Bug ID 2059
That isn't my bug report dated February 2009, but I had the same issue on my brand new Incredible in 2010. Today on March 3 2011 the bug persists as does ...

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Feed Sponge v1.4.6

March 7, 2011, 7:02 p.m.

Minor upgrade to The Sponge. This version sees the addition of support for some podcast hosts that use HTTP load balancing to deliver their media files. There is also a more aggressive cleaning algorithm for expired and erroneous episodes from the episode list. I also found and fixed the bug ...

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Feed Sponge v1.4.4

Jan. 27, 2011, 8:36 p.m.

Version 1.4.4 of Feed Sponge sees the addition of OPML backup to the local SD Card. This feature allows you to restore your subscription list after re-flashing your phone's firmware or when you upgrade to a new handset. You just have to move the SD Card (at least initially) to ...

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Feed Sponge v1.4.3

Jan. 20, 2011, 10:20 p.m.

The biggest change this time around was a major refactoring of the playback. The new method has split all of the playback into a service and made the GUI elements of playback completely optional except in the obvious case of Video playback. The result is a much more reliable Next ...

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Feed Sponge v1.3.8

Dec. 27, 2010, 7:59 p.m.

I took some time over the Holidays to put together a new release of The Sponge.

Highlights of this release include an ongoing notification for playback, the ability to disable the Next feature, a per-feed setting to force audio or video mode, and a couple of bug fixes.

Among ...

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Feed Sponge v1.3.7.1

Oct. 16, 2010, 10:33 a.m.

This is a minor upgrade that fixes a problem when resuming an audio podcast from the episode list in landscape mode. Version 1.3.7 discarded the previous playback position during the portrait orientation flip.

This bug was brought about by my workaround for the the playback seek bug introduced with ...

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The Oatmeal on App Prices

Sept. 24, 2010, 5:14 p.m.

A little iJail oriented but this seems to hit the nail on the head. The Oatmeal

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Feed Sponge v1.3.7

Sept. 21, 2010, 8:28 p.m.

Fixed re-download of episodes that were never played and ignored past the retention period by the user.

Small bug fix for Froyo to close SQLite raw update query cursor. This was a complex update query that will apparently leave a cursor hanging open unless assigned to a variable and ...

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Feed Sponge v1.3.6 part deux

Sept. 7, 2010, 6:28 p.m.

My previous post about mysterious systemic file deletion on upgrade has been verified as a bug by Google.

Android Source Code

The API docs are still incorrect as of this posting, but my app has been fixed to work around the issue. It is unlikely that most current ...

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Feed Sponge v1.3.6

Sept. 1, 2010, 7:41 p.m.

Version 1.3.6 is in the market.

Ignore everything below here if you are a new user or have Android 2.1. If you plan on developing Android apps, it is worth a read.

NOTICE: If this is your first update since installing Froyo (Android 2.2) you may lose downloaded files. It ...

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Feed Sponge v1.3.4

July 31, 2010, 10:33 a.m.

It was brought to my attention that pirating my application was super easy. You just buy it, do some other steps and get a refund. Then use my app forever and give it to your friends.

So for this version I have integrated Google Market's LVL or License Verification ...

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Feed Sponge v1.3.3

July 27, 2010, 7:26 p.m.

Very minor updates.

1.3.2 - Allows playback of audio feeds that have a broken icon.

1.3.3 - Quick release of image memory allocation fix.

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Feed Sponge v1.3.1

July 21, 2010, 7:40 p.m.

Minor feature additions. The primary reason for the release was to update the Getting Started text to highlight the new feed guide.


  • Downloads image thumbnails only when modified.

  • Orphan check for podcast image thumbnails.

  • Menu options to navigate feed browser.

  • Fixed "Getting Started" text.

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Feed Sponge v1.3

July 17, 2010, 6:46 p.m.

Feed Sponge version 1.3 is in the market. I have added a web-backed podcast directory. There were also several bug fixes. The most notable bug that was squashed: the orphaned file checker was resetting download dates which blocked time-limit based deletion.

It took quite a while to slog through ...

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Feed Sponge v1.2.1

July 5, 2010, 5:16 p.m.

Just a few minor bugfixes. The largest of which is that the orphaned file finder now does not clean .tmp files while downloads are in progress unless they are over 4 hours old.

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Feed Sponge v1.1

June 27, 2010, 9:40 p.m.

Version 1.1 of my Feed Sponge application is published to the Android Marketplace at $.99.

This is my solution for the handful of lackluster or relatively expensive podcatching apps in the Marketplace. There was always something critical missing from all of the ones I have tried either in playback, ...

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Feed Sponge(TM)

June 2, 2010, 5:30 p.m.

I am creating a new Android podcast / netcast / podcatcher application I've dubbed Feed Sponge™.

So far it is in alpha stage and is not yet feature complete. Most of the remaining details are GUI related.

Remaining goals for 1.0 are:
Scheduled downloads - optionally only over wifi ...

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