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upgrade paths, sometimes to disaster - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
flavius_m
flavius_m
upgrade paths, sometimes to disaster
Updated iPad to iOS7, but holding out on the iphone a little longer in case of any kinks -I actually use the iPad more but the phone is more important. Everything seems to work ok but not at all sure about the aesthetics of it. Oh, ok; hating it at the moment.

On that front (updating consumer electronics, etc) had one of my less stellar moments last night: had seen in forums (fora?) that the annoying hum in the e-Motion telly I'd bought from Sainsbury's a couple of years ago could go away if I applied a firmware update. Went to the site in question, sanctioned by Sainsbury's but not the manufacturer's site (they don't seem to have one, e-Motion seems to be a Currys Matsui of the modern age) , downloaded and applied the update.. you know what's next. Bricked TV. Nothing comes on screen, doesn't respond to any menus or commands (and even better, the hum hasn't gone away). Will have to investigate further -or else throw this thing away and live without a telly for a few months, can't afford to buy one now. Was never in love with it, with the hum, but -had a reasonable image and three HDMI ports, budget tellies seem to have only one or two. Will be phoning people and see what can be done about this later today. Silly flavio.

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kruku From: kruku Date: September 19th, 2013 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Heard iOS7 download speeds weren't so hot. Good luck with the TV. Perhaps it just needs another patch?
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2013 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
iOS downloads are always very slow on the release date, as the servers get hammered with everyone trying to update. I got through ok, updated the iPad but not yet the phone.

The telly... I spoke to UMC, the artists formerly known as Skymedia. According to them, I must have installed the wrong firmware, it'd cost me £90 plus packing and couriers -for a telly that cost me less than £200 two or three years ago, so I'll have to think about that one, whether it is worth my while or whether I can live without tv for a few weeks or a couple of months until I can get another one to replace it.
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: September 19th, 2013 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Argh, brouwer decided to log me out as I was sending that comment and it came out as Anonymous. Maybe it should have a V for Vendetta icon for those....
ninshubur From: ninshubur Date: September 19th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I updated my trusty old iPhone 4 to iOS 7 today and I am actually quite ok with it so far. I find the interface looks friendlier, less crufty and more straightforward and doesn't indulge itself in pointless details that are really neither decorative nor truly informative as the previous versions did. The speed hit doesn't seem too bad either and I find some of the new features quite nifty. I can see that it might look a bit simplistic and non-technical (or maybe even a bit "girly" ;-) ) to people who like their technology "properly" technological, but that's not something which really irks me personally. Only issue I had was that mail decided to download *all* messages from a POP mail account again and marked them all as unread. Fortunately once they were all loaded it was easy enough to mark them all as read again.
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: September 19th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't like the colours, I'm not sure how they managed to have at the same time garish colours and not enough contrast. Or the animations. Or the thin font (I'm quite astigmatic and had difficulty telling the time on the iPad last night in the dark!). So, my bone is mostly with the style, the system does seem to work ok thus far.

My telly, on the other hand.. that didn't go quite as smoothly....
ninshubur From: ninshubur Date: September 19th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I found that the wallpaper you use makes quite a big difference how agreeable and readable the whole thing is. With my rather grey-ish and quite detailed previous wallpaper it looked a bit meh, but as soon as I switched to a less intricate design in a bold colour I liked it a lot better.
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