Software Update Day!

Yesterday (Tuesday 1st September, 2009) was an awesome day! Lots of my tech got a software update of some description, major or minor the things I use day-to-day have all been updated to some degree.

  1. OSX -> Snow Leopard (10.6)
  2. PS3 -> (XMB) FW 3.0
  3. Call of Duty 4 -> 1.4 (bug fixes)
  4. iPhone OS 3.0.1 (yeah I know, it’s been out for a while!)

I have also decided to actually host this blog properly rather than self-host it – I still haven’t gotten around to setting up the DNS/Web/Mail servers at my flat and I’m missing out on valuable Google-time by framed-forwarding and only having my blog available during work hours.

So, first up:

PS3 XMB FW 3.0

In line with the release of the PS3 Slim, Sony have released a firmware update (version 3.0), so whilst waiting for the delivery man to turn up with Snow Leopard, I ran the update. The process was actually faster than I expected for a new major version, but all installed nicely with no problems.

The main features of the update are:

  • Bigger and bolder XMB Icons
  • Animated backgrounds
  • Ability to output audio through multiple outputs at the same time
  • Video playback speed controls
  • BBC iPlayer
  • “What’s New” to replace “Info Board”
  • New look Friends List

So far, I’m happy with the update – although there are some features I preferred as they were (XMB icon/text size and friends list are the main two) and there are some bugs (the iPlayer still hasn’t arrived for me!) but I have no doubt there will be a 3.0.1 to fix the bugs and a 3.1 taking into account user feedback fairly soon!

OS X 10.5: Snow Leopard

I pre-ordered the upgrade for £25 from the Apple online store last monday, around about 5 minutes before Ollie, expecting delivery on the Saturday but my blasted postman didn’t turn up, meaning that whilst out at lunch on that day, I got a text message from Ollie saying that he was installing his copy and I hadn’t even received mine. Suffice it to say that I was not best pleased! So anyway, it turned up yesterday morning much to my delight!

After the standard hour’s installation routine, I was back up and running. As expected, boot was marginally quicker, after a few little app upgrades everything was stable again except… MySQL/PHP. No big deal, upgraded to the latest 64bit MySQL server, change some permissions here and there and reset my PHP.ini file. Whilst doing this I had a few issues with my WordPress install and vhosts, so decided it was time to buy some hosting and upload to the real internet, rather than my own personal one.

So after setting all of this up I started to actually use Snow Leopard as I would normally, I shall report on my thoughts over the next few days.

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