You all know how ridiculously behind I’ve fallen on blogging. The reasons for this are many, but by far the biggest has been a series of unexpected tech issues – issues which have consumed nearly every hour I originally set aside to write. In Krabi (and then continuing in Penang) I spent heaps of time reformatting my PC. In Melaka an incompetent webhost stole nearly a week. In KL my backup drive topped off, requiring me to purchase a new one and migrate hundreds of gigs. And well, now that I’m back in Thailand…here we go again 😛
I mentioned previously what a horrible mistake it was to install XP 64; try and try as I might I just couldn’t get it stable. So despite my best efforts I’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and reformat, returning to good old 32-bit. One day in Bangphli: gone. But at least I can start my life in Bangkok with a usable dev system that doesn’t crash every time I compile.
Nice work, Microsoft. Really.
Upon wrapping up the reformat I was so happy to have a system that actually worked that I decided to keep going – and “quickly” update my iPhone before bed. Unfortunately this didn’t go quite as planned. In a momentary lapse of judgement I deleted the original (non-jailbroken) IPSW file before the update was 100% confirmed, and when it ended up failing, I found myself left with a brick…at 3am, exactly 12 hours before I was supposed to be coordinating (by SMS) with a group of friends at Bangkok’s biggest electronic music festival.
What wonderful timing.
I tried everything I could think of but without the IPSW (which would’ve taken over a day to download on the abysmally slow WiFi) it seemed pretty hopeless. It wasn’t until after 5am that I finally managed to pass out – really not what I needed on the night before a 12-hour party (I’d been planning to wake up early, spend the day looking for a new Bangkok residence, and meet my friends in time for the opening).
But by a stroke of very last-minute luck, when I awoke the Internet was inexplicably fast. Downloads that’d been 5k/sec were suddenly going 200. So I checked out of my room, carried a still-downloading laptop into the lobby, and waited as the timer ticked away. Then when there were 5 minutes left I called a cab, which pulled up just as it finished. And in the back seat on the way to the city I re-flashed my phone, re-jailbroke, re-unlocked, resynced, and texted my friends just as I stepped into On-Nut BTS station. It was one hour before Culture One.
Talk about a last-minute save. Looks like I won’t be partying alone after all! 😀