As I’m still nursing some sores and nasty bruises from my fall last week, I thought I’d take another day off from working outside. Besides, it was drizzling rain and I needed another day to recover from the constant motion of our little man’s Easter visit. Instead, I turned my attention to a couple of nagging little techie problems that had cropped up over the past few days. One involved my Sony eBook Reader and the other our Shaw Direct HDPVR 630.
For no apparent reason that I can think of my Sony eReader decided it would no longer read any of the 116 books I have stored on it. Every time I opened a book I got the message “DRM error – protected digital rights management”. Well, that was no good for sure. I looked online to see what I could find but all I saw were long, convoluted ideas and solutions. The simplest fix to me seemed to be to take the option to restore my eReader to its Factory Settings so that’s what I did.
After doing the reset I was of course left with no books at all on my eBook. I buy almost all of my books from Kobobooks so I just signed on to their site, accessed my account and downloaded all of my books again even the few that I had bought from Sony as Kobo bought Sony out not long ago. Everything worked great and I have all of my books back.
The HDRPVR problem started a few nights ago while we were watching one of our recorded shows. All of a sudden the PVR would freeze and the remote buttons wouldn’t work at all. After a few minutes the PVR would re-boot itself but we found the playback would usually freeze again. I called Shaw support and they asked if I had our PVR plugged into a power bar. We did and they said that could cause a problem and asked me to plug it into a wall socket. OK, then.
Plugging directly into a wall socket was no easy task as we had to move a 7’ tall bookcase out of the way to get at the electrical outlet. I was doubtful about this solution and having to move the bookcase didn’t help any. But, we got it done and Sunday night we recorded The Good Wife. Watching the playback, the PVR froze 10 minutes into the show and did its re-boot again. I knew it – all that hard work for nothing! It was late so I decided to call Shaw on Monday morning.
This time I got a tech who had me sign on to the Options screen and then enter some special codes to display the service screen. From there, he gave me the instructions to reset the PVR to its Factory Settings. This, of course, wiped out all the recordings we had stored and also the schedules for future recordings. That was no big deal to re-program and the reset did fix the problem. We recorded a few shows and they played back perfectly. We’re all good to go again.
While I was on a roll I thought I’d tackle some photo reorganizing. As you might guess I had quite a few hundred photos of Mason stored by month from June of 2013 to December 2013 and then another several hundred photos that I’ve taken in 2014. I created a new Mason – 2013 album on G+ Photos then uploaded all the 2013 photos stored on my computer. Then, I did the same for my 2014 photos of Mason and I’ll keep doing that for the rest of this year.
So, now all of my photos of Mason are safely stored in G+ Photos and if my HD should ever crash it’ll be very easy to simply download any or all of the photos from G+ to my computer. It’s all free and I don’t have to worry about losing them anymore to a hardware or software malfunction. Also, all of my photos of Mason stored on G+ are accessible to me, and whoever I choose to share them with, from any computer, tablet or smartphone anywhere in the world.
With my eReader and HDPVR problems resolved and all my 10 months of photos of our little man safely stored in the Google Clouds I was done for the day. In the afternoon, Paulette and I took Molly and Rylie for a walk along the Cowichan River Estuary then came home to take it easy for the rest of the afternoon.
Have a great Tuesday and thanks again for visiting!