October 12, 2009

Keeping up to date

I've come to the conclusion that I have too many gadgets. Why? Because I spend all my time installing updates.

I run 2 versions of Windows (XP and 7), 5 versions of MacOS (8.6, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6) and every time I switch one of the machines on which I haven't used in a while, I spend an age waiting for it to download and install updates for the system, virus software and finally, application software.

So I tend often not to get around to updating software on phones, GPS, cameras. And when I do, there is the problem of finding an OS version compatible with the firmware updater.

Tonight I wanted to see if my GPS (Oregon 300) could take advantage of the new European satellites. I discovered the firmware was way behind, so set out to update.

I tried the web updater using my Snow Leopard laptop but it kept declaring the downloaded firmware to be corrupt.

I tried the web updater under XP but first XP complained about not having the necessary USB drivers installed (despite the fact that I used my MacBook running XP to install the software on the GPS in the first place). So I installed/updated the drivers and tried again. Web updater offers to send a crash log to Garmin every time it is launched.

Not really expecting anything to work I installed the drivers on my netbook running Windows 7, connected the GPS and ran the updater. It worked flawlessly.

With that sort of rigmarole to go through whenever I need to install an update, it's not surprising I skip versions and lag behind.

And no, I don't know if the GPS is more accurate. I'm too tired now to go out and test...

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  1. John Rawnsley

    Nope. It’s no more accurate.

    13 Oct 2009, 11:54

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