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02 March 2010 @ 10:27 am
Spring (and Not a Leap Year)  
Spring appears to've arrived. Appropriately, given it's now March, but I wasn't anticipating the weather noticing the calendar ;) Yesterday was sunny, and while not warm it certainly wasn't as cold as it's been. The cat approves, he spent a lot of yesterday outside, rather than huddled in behind the chairs beside the radiator in the front room. And he's back out today too. I think it's not just the slightly warmer weather - sitting at my computer this morning I've seen more little birds fluttering around the bushes in the garden, and I'm sure that's a large part of the appeal of the outdoors for the cat ;)

J had an evening off from the ps3 yesterday! Not entirely on purpose, although he was saying he thought it was a good idea as he'd been dreaming about fallout 3 ... But the actual reason for no ps3 time was that Sony appeared to have screwed up the date/time code in the older ps3s (like ours) in a fairly spectacular way! The internal clock was convinced it was a leap year this year, so yesterday was 29th Feb. But the software clock knew that this wasn't a valid date. So the poor console had a fit - displayed some error code, displayed the wrong date (back in 2000, but didn't believe its own display, it still thought it was the impossible date), couldn't log onto the psn, various games wouldn't run even as single player (to do with drm I think, also to do with trying to work out when you'd got trophies). Or so I'm lead to believe - that's pieced together from Sony's official statements but also relies on the speculation of the wider internets (which are, of course, full of the crazy in general). We found out about it early in the day, and the official advice was don't switch the console on if you'd got one of the older ones, so we didn't. Terribly embarassing for Sony. Apparently all is well today, but it might display the wrong date (I'd be guessing 1 March!), so I shall switch it on sometime this afternoon & see what happens!
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Fortune depends on the tone of your voice: computer gamesbopeepsheep on March 2nd, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
And there was me playing Ratchet and Clank (Tools of Destruction) happily all day. Couldn't use iPlayer or PSN, obviously, but there were no date issues or problems with the game. Obviously the advice to not turn the console on was only any good if you saw that before you'd turned it on, and I didn't, so fingers crossed it'll be fine today...

If not, there's an excuse for narenek to re-earn all those Burnout Paradise trophies. :D
Margaretpling on March 2nd, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Not all models were affected - even with the older style ones. There was some age cut-off based on serial number which I can't remember offhand, ours is really old tho. As I understand it it either bit you or it didn't, so you should be fine :)

Edit: And, re-reading, I see you said you couldn't get to the PSN, so maybe there were degrees of biting ;) Tho my understanding was that if the date had screwed up then that would show up in the date it showed you, so who knows.

Edited at 2010-03-02 11:44 am (UTC)
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice: computer gamesbopeepsheep on March 2nd, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
That explains a lot! Facebook was full of people panicking and I was sitting there saying 'eh?' because none of what they described was happening here. :)

Ours was bought Jan 2008 so probably late 2007 manufacture.
John: thoughtfuljarel on March 2nd, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
From what I read, it affected games that were either downloads, had DLC, or had trophy support - and luckily for you, R&C has none of those things :)
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice: animal crossingbopeepsheep on March 2nd, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
Yup. Once I saw the PSN error and we started googling the error message and seeing the early reports of the bug, I figured staying well away from Burnout etc would be wise - and I never can get SSHD to work without narenek's account being logged in first [even if I then log out and log in as myself], so I carried on with R&C, since I'm 3/4 of the way through on Challenge Mode now. Obviously a good choice. :)