Archive for August, 2011

Truly A Sad Day

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

I can’t say it’s a shock, we all knew it was coming, but it’s still a truly sad day. Steve Jobs will forever be known as the world’s greatest CEO, he changed everything.

But what’s truly amazing, was the constant fight and resilliance of an individual that did not ever want to give up. “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO”. I could only imagine how absolutely terrible he must feel physically, and mentally, to have sent that letter which was probably written at another time.

Steve has not been well for a while. When I first saw him a few years ago on stage I knew something was wrong. Call it a survivors intuition. When I go to the hospital for my checkups, I’m surrounded by amazing people, all of which who are fighting for their lives. Steve looks like he has been fighting for his life. Over the last few years, there was sign after sign. The liver transplant was a pretty big one. The livers is a regenerative organ, one which you can cut in half, and it will grow back. People don’t get liver transplants, it’s a hard and dangerous procedure, and when I was diagnosed, I had doctors tell me it wasn’t even an option. (thankfully, my cancer was contained and didn’t spread to anything like the liver).

In his last speech to announce iCloud, it was extremely obvious to me how much his health had declined. Every word was a reach for breath, almost as if he had just gotten out of bed. Then the news came where he pulled in the release of his biography for three months. You don’t authorize a biography in the middle of your privately kept life.

I’ve heard that Steve has been on campus every day, talking with his staff. I can’t imagine how difficult this could be. He’s fighting for his life, which you would think he’d want to be enjoying outside of work. It truly says something about his devotion to his company, and to the people at Apple which he’s always gratefully acknowledged in his keynotes.

From the bottom of my heart, I wish Steve all the best in the world, and hope he wins his fight. Apple, and Steve Jobs, has been the sole reason and motivation for which I’m always striving for perfection.

Orders Ship Friday

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

I received the next batch of boards, I shouldn’t be sold out for a while. I’m finishing off some last details and pre-orders will start shipping Friday and continue until Monday. All pre-orders will ship by Monday, thanks everyone for your patience.

GUI Version 0.96 and FW 0.8 Released

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Windows is lagging a bit behind and will be posted tonight, however, the GUI is now at v v0.96 and firmware is now at v0.08

Both 64 bit Linux and 32 bit Linux were updated too, I know the 64 bit fell behind, but that shouldn’t be an issue anymore.

The GUI now displays the current firmware version as well as helps with a problem where the device can get stuck in DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade).

The latest version of the firmware has been embedded inside the GUI, and will prompt you before upgrading.

We’ve certainly come a long way, and will take the beta name off everything soon enough.


General Updates

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

My initial round of pre-orders shipped on the date promised. The version of firmware that shipped with those is 0.7, newer than what most people have, which is 0.6. Firmware 0.7 had some general enhancements related to the algorithm so that this RC6 protocol would work better. The occasional remote that doesn’t, I believe is because the remote is operating at a different modulation frequency. I’m going to get to the bottom of that soon, and if this is the case, I may add an ordering option for this.

Because the firmware works a bit differently, this may mean that people upgrading from 0.6 to newer will have to reprogram their remotes. Not the biggest deal, but something of which I tried to effortlessly avoid. There is no way to convert a users configuration file because of the how flirc works.

FW 0.8 is what will be shipped to customers via the 0.96 GUI update. However, I don’t have a handle on the bug where flirc is not detected after sleep. I can’t reproduce this problem so it’s a bit harder for me to tackle. On top of this, I’ve been pre-occupied with windows issues.

GUI v0.94 and 0.95 released. These are general stability improvements and all the download links will be at 0.95 shortly, windows will be tonight most likely.

FW 0.9 will solely address the issue where flirc isn’t being detected after a wake on sleep, unless I magically figure out what’s wrong in the next few days. Here is where you can track fw updates.

I found out why wordpress wasn’t emailing me notifications for comments, so expect quicker responses there too.