Software on this iPhone has expired

Sick leave at home. The best thing to do is to sleep all the way from 9 to 5. The second best thing to do is to update my devices to iOS 4.3.

That was fun. And the fun were two parts. The first part was about how I love the cool new feature of iOS 4.3 on iPad: new multi-touch gestures. If you swipe the screen sideways with 4 fingers, than you could jump directly to the next opened app. And this is very handy. More, if you swipe up, the multitasking bar would be revealed; and if you pinch the screen with four fingers, the home screen would be revealed. For the latter two, they were also cool, but not something you can’t do without.

The second part was even more exciting. I upgraded my iPhone4 to iOS 4.3 Beta 3 some weeks ago (and has been enjoying creating my own “Personal Hotspot” with it every since). On the day of the official release of iOS 4.3 I did try to plug my iPhone with iTunes on my Mac to detect the upgrade, but nothing had happened. Yesterday morning suddenly my iPhone stopped working and asked me to plug it in to iTunes again. I did, and it said: “The software on the iPhone XXX has expired and must be updated to a newer version.”. However, when I pressed the update button, nothing happened. It became a brick (well, not for the first time).

People from the forum said that the iTunes cannot detect the difference between Beta 3 and the officially release, and thought they were both iOS4.3, and so no upgrade is needed although the beta has expired already. What to do? I could either wait for Apple to release 4.3.1 (and by then I guess iTunes could really tell the difference), or I could do what I have done. I acted like a pro, search around on the Apple forum alongside with those real developers who are holding the same iphone-bricks with me, and found the solution:

1. Download the ipsw file directly from somewhere.
2. Force the iTunes to upgrade the iPhone by Option-Click the iTunes’ “update” button, and select the downloaded file.

iOS 4.3 for iPhone 4:
http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/041-0330.20110311.Cswe3/iPhone3,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iOS 4.3 for iPad:
http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/041-0329.20110311.Cvfre/iPad1,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iOS 4.3 for iPhone 3GS:
http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/041-0328.20110311.Lkhy6/iPhone2,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iOS 4.3 for iPod Touch 3G:
http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/061-8366.20110311.Fr45t/iPod3,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iOS 4.3 for iPod Touch 4G:
http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/061-9588.20110311.GtP7y/iPod4,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iOS 4.3 for Apple TV:
http://appldnld.apple.com/AppleTV/061-9584.20110308.Cxdew/AppleTV2,1_4.3_8F191m_Restore.ipsw

The “somewhere” depends on what you want to get, all links to Apple download site. However, the site developer.apple.com doesn’t reveal this link to us. Lucky that someone found them and provided them on the forum. Device upgraded at a blink. Everything’s back to normal.

Now, on top of how I am feeling good using iOS 4.3, I also feel very proud of being a pretended-to-be Apple-developer-pro, for a limited period of 120 minutes.

香港市民要為臨時撥款被否決負責!

誰要為上星期臨時撥款決議案被立法會否決負責?答案很簡單:當然是我們香港市民!

你或會說:「不是吧?是泛民議員玩野否決了議案喎!」
第一,泛民只是投棄權票,不是投反對票。
第二,而且,泛民是棄權又好,反對又好,議案要被否決,也不單是有人反便行。實情是,要通過議案,是要有出席人數過半的贊成票。保皇黨選擇不出席會議,結果不夠票,失職在先,不要無賴。

「但曾財爺說泛民洋洋得意投反對票是不負責任啊!」
嘿!說投反對票=不負責任,與女朋友問:「我今日靚唔靚?但唔准答唔靚!」一樣咁無聊!議員的責任是「去投票」,而不是「去投贊成票」嘛!(至於「洋洋得意」又有何問題呢?終有一日財爺也會為自己那預算案最終獲得通過而洋洋得意吧?)

「但葉劉卻說不來投票是政助的責任呢!她說他們冇打俾佢去拉票,所以佢就轉而到南區去處理私事而缺席投票… …」
如此一名說得出這樣的一句話的議員都可以以民選之路當選,那不是香港市民的責任是甚麼?

不過,話說回來,我們有得去「負責任」其實已算很幸福。我慶幸我們有機會去評核一個民選議員的表現,也可以用選票去表達我們對此議員的評核結果。清清楚楚、均均真真、各盡己任。相對於一些較獨裁和貪污的地區來看,我們香港人有如此的公民權利(儘管是多麼有限),真是身在福中不知福!

至於我們當中有多少人懂去行使這公民權利與責任,就可得要看看我們自己造化。社會因此而興盛還是敗亡,其實也是掌握於大家手中。只管去怨天怨地仇富厭貧,歧視新移民但又忘了其實自己也是個舊移民,真的無補於事!我知這也不是可以勉強的。看看別人日本於災難時所顯露出的團結、無私、鎮靜和秩序,再與我們一比,就會了解到以我們的成熟程度要我們去負這個層次的責任可能還有一段距離!

「不過就算我們如此成熟又如何?但這維穩至上的制度不會容許我們去行使完全的公民權利啊!」
容許被制度鎖上自己的心和嘴巴的人,自然也不會去行使完全的公民權利。說到尾,容許這麼的一個制度繼續存在,你與我也需要付上一定程度的責任啊!

Microsoft Live Spaces 壽終正寢

剛收到微軟的電郵通知如下,Microsoft Live Spaces 將會正式摺埋唔撈,未想就此了結的用家會被安排過戶 WordPress。這已經是舊聞,但收到電郵時還是覺得很震撼。

這再一次標誌著「部落格」時代的終結嗎?(還是這時代從沒有正式來過?) 而涉案的兇手相信是時代風雲人物 Facebook 吧?這也不難理解:其實要幾億人個個扮作家,何來這麼多墨汁?要全民參與,那就只能要求大家用滑鼠和手機按 “Like”、share links、貼相和打咭。反正本來這也是大部分人填 Xanga 和 Live Spaces 時那些流水帳式的內容。現在 Facebook 將其自動化簡單化,當然可以取而代之!

Windows Live Newsletter

親愛的 Windows Live Spaces 用戶:

您好,感謝您對 Windows Live 的使用與支持。在全球,我們已經和精選優質夥伴 WordPress.com 合作繼續提供 Windows Live 用戶精彩的部落格平台服務。我們並在此再提醒您 Spaces 分享空間將在三月十六日於全球正式終止服務。在 Spaces 分享空間正式終止之前,我們會協助用戶下載保存自己的 Spaces 分享空間內容,以及協助將內容搬移至 WordPress.com 合作夥伴的部落格平台。如果你還沒有採取的行動,請先閱讀下文,了解如何保存您的分享空間的內容。

此外,您亦可以選擇把您的分享空間搬遷轉移至 Pixnet 痞客邦台灣部落格,作為您在中文繁體部落格服務上的另一選擇。

未來,我們將花更多的心力和資源在其他更多元化的網路服務上,以豐富您的 Windows Live 體驗。而我們選擇的分享空間合作夥伴,將會繼續為您提供更精彩分享空間服務。再次感謝您的愛戴與支持,請繼續閱讀完本篇文章以獲得充分的資訊 … …