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WatchOS 5.1 bricking some Apple Watches

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Apple released WatchOS 5.1 yesterday, and for some unlucky customers (including myself) the update appears to have bricked the Watch. Apple have now pulled the update, but as the Watch lacks any kind of DFU mode that a user can enter the customers already affected are somewhat at Apple's mercy.

 

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/30/watchos-5-1-update-bricking-some-apple-watches/

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Customers who are affected are seeing their Apple Watches stuck at the Apple logo loading screen after initiating the watchOS 5.1 update. 

It appears affected users have the Apple Watch Series 4, which is the newest Apple Watch that was released in September. 

Some MacRumors readers have said that Apple is going to be shipping out replacement watches for those who have been affected. 
Not all customers who have an Apple Watch Series 4 have had problems installing the watchOS 5.1 update, but as a cautionary measure, it's worthwhile to hold off downloading and installing the software until Apple pushes a fix. Apple has not pulled the watchOS 5.1 update as of yet. 

Update: Apple has temporarily pulled the watchOS 5.1 update. 

https://www.cnet.com/uk/news/apple-pulls-watch-os-5-1-update-after-users-report-problems/

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/10/30/18045762/apple-watchos-5-1-update-brick-pulled

 

I understand these things happen, but as a customer I feel that this should have been caught earlier - Apple are aware that the customer has no way to restore software to the Watch, and it needs that extra level of care when releasing updates.

Hopefully Apple deal with it swiftly, I have one of their engineers calling me shortly, although I doubt it'll actually help in this case aside from arranging me sending it in.

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Good thing I didn't buy an apple watch lol. Was considering it for a bit.

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2 minutes ago, Abyssal Radon said:

Good thing I didn't buy an apple watch lol. Was considering it for a bit.

I'm also glad I didn't buy a Tesla because they could cause an accident.

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2 minutes ago, NelizMastr said:

I'm also glad I didn't buy a Tesla because they could cause an accident.

Smart ass lol.

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If they replace them for free it's not a big deal. If.

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3 minutes ago, Abyssal Radon said:

Smart ass lol.

Sorry, it was just too damn easy :P 

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4 minutes ago, NelizMastr said:

I'm also glad I didn't buy a Tesla because they could cause an accident.

Can you name another smartwatch that costs over 300$ and was bricked by an update? 'cause I can name quite a few cars from any manufacturer that have been involved in an accident... not that I'm particularly fond of Tesla, but the comparison doesn't really hold.

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-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

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-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

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-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

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A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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1 minute ago, Sauron said:

If they replace them for free it's not a big deal. If.

I'd be surprised if they did.

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1 minute ago, Trik'Stari said:

I'd be surprised if they did.

Well, I would expect them to replace at least the ones under warranty - not sure about the older models.

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-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

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A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

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From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

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A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

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Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

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Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

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A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Sauron said:

If they replace them for free it's not a big deal. If.

It's a big deal for those who use the watch...

If I spent that amount of money on a watch I don't expect not be able to check the time due to a software bug that Apple couldn't be bother testing it enough? 

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1 minute ago, Sauron said:

Well, I would expect them to replace at least the ones under warranty - not sure about the older models.

*tinfoil hat time* they did this to brick the older models to force those people to buy new ones.

 

Of course, there is no evidence of this. I mean it's not like Apple has a history of degrading performance to "encourage" holdout customers to buy new devices.....

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4 minutes ago, Sauron said:

Can you name another smartwatch that costs over 300$ and was bricked by an update? 'cause I can name quite a few cars from any manufacturer that have been involved in an accident... not that I'm particularly fond of Tesla, but the comparison doesn't really hold.

You're making it sound like $300 is a lot for a smartwatch. It's really not. Especially not for a luxury watch. 

 

I'm not saying the bricking isn't a problem, mind you. 

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1 minute ago, Shally said:

It's a big deal for those who use the watch...

If I spent that amount of money on a watch I don't expect not be able to check the time due to a software bug that Apple couldn't be bother testing it enough? 

What can I tell you? Don't buy from Apple, they are notorious for this sort of thing. Sometimes, their stuff just breaks for a rushed update or a design flaw in the hardware. It's pretty well documented, I think there's a list somewhere - although obviously Apple will do everything in its power to convince you they sell "premium" products with superior design.

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-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

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A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

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From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

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A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

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Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

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Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

Spoiler

A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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1 minute ago, Sauron said:

Can you name another smartwatch that costs over 300$ and was bricked by an update? 'cause I can name quite a few cars from any manufacturer that have been involved in an accident... not that I'm particularly fond of Tesla, but the comparison doesn't really hold.

Remember Toyota... remember their brakes and computer systems... and those fuck heads tried to blame it on the user. How many fatal accidents? Like 90 ish or so?

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1 minute ago, Sauron said:

What can I tell you? Don't buy from Apple, they are notorious for this sort of thing. Sometimes, their stuff just breaks for a rushed update or a design flaw in the hardware. It's pretty well documented, I think there's a list somewhere - although obviously Apple will do everything in its power to convince you they sell "premium" products with superior design.

know that, but a lot of people don't know that and will suffer from this. It's a big deal for those people. And let's be real, if they do issue a replacement it won't be quick which sucks even more.

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5 minutes ago, NelizMastr said:

You're making it sound like $300 is a lot for a smartwatch. It's really not. Especially not for a luxury watch.

There's nothing "luxurious" about a piece of hardware with a rubber band that bricks itself upon updating. 300$ is a lot for a smartwatch because plenty are cheaper.

 

Even if it weren't, that's the class of product it's placed in and no other comparable watch has this problem. Your comparison with the tesla is invalid.

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-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

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A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

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From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

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A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

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Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

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Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

Spoiler

A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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just buy another watch. Not apple's fault if you decided to download the update as soon as it got out

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8 minutes ago, Sauron said:

Can you name another smartwatch that costs over 300$ and was bricked by an update? 'cause I can name quite a few cars from any manufacturer that have been involved in an accident... not that I'm particularly fond of Tesla, but the comparison doesn't really hold.

Tesla is the only one where the referral program allows you early access to software updates... targeted at safety critical systems.

8 minutes ago, Shally said:

If I spent that amount of money on a watch I don't expect not be able to check the time due to a software bug that Apple couldn't be bother testing it enough? 

I see Apple hired Microsoft's QA Manager.

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2 minutes ago, ScratchCat said:

Tesla is the only one where the referral program allows you early access to software updates... targeted at safety critical systems.

This isn't a beta release.

3 minutes ago, ScratchCat said:

I see Apple hired Microsoft's QA Manager.

That would be funny if Apple hadn't proved time and again that their updates are just as hit and miss as Microsoft's. Not to mention a botched windows update generally doesn't brick your hardware.

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Don't take these as complete reviews or final truths - they are just my personal impressions on products I may or may not have used, summed up in a couple of sentences and a rough score. All scores take into account the unit's price and time of release, heavily so, therefore don't expect absolute performance to be reflected here.

 

-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

Spoiler

A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

Spoiler

From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

Spoiler

A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

Spoiler

Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

Spoiler

Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

Spoiler

A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Sauron said:

Not to mention a botched windows update generally doesn't brick your hardware.

it only deletes your files :P 

 

dare i argue that a bricked device that i can still get my data off of is better than losing my files?

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Just got off of the phone with Apple Support, and whilst they don't appear to be confirming a widespread issue, they are arranging a mail in repair for my Watch. I'm not super happy as they suggest this will take around 10 working days with no real option to speed this up. Apparently even if you go into a store they just send it off.

With it being an OLED screen I have major concerns they'll 'repair' my software, and leave me with a screen that likely has burn in of the bright Apple logo.

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2 minutes ago, firelighter487 said:

it only deletes your files :P 

 

dare i argue that a bricked device that i can still get my data off of is better than losing my files?

Good luck getting any data out of a bricked Apple watch.

 

To be clear - I'm definitely not defending the file deletion problem. Microsoft should refund people for any lost data.

Don't ask to ask, just ask... please 🤨

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Sauron'stm Product Scores:

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Just a list of my personal scores for some products, in no particular order, with brief comments. I just got the idea to do them so they aren't many for now :)

Don't take these as complete reviews or final truths - they are just my personal impressions on products I may or may not have used, summed up in a couple of sentences and a rough score. All scores take into account the unit's price and time of release, heavily so, therefore don't expect absolute performance to be reflected here.

 

-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

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A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

Spoiler

From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

Spoiler

A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

Spoiler

Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

Spoiler

Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

Spoiler

A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, jt999 said:

they don't appear to be confirming a widespread issue

They never do unless they get dragged to court or 2 out of 3 devices suffer from it.

4 minutes ago, jt999 said:

With it being an OLED screen I have major concerns they'll 'repair' my software, and leave me with a screen that likely has burn in of the bright Apple logo.

They'll probably substitute the motherboard. It's not too likely to suffer from burn in though, the battery doesn't last more than 3-4 hours with the screen on.

Don't ask to ask, just ask... please 🤨

sudo chmod -R 000 /*

What is scaling and how does it work? Asus PB287Q unboxing! Console alternatives :D Watch Netflix with Kodi on Arch Linux Sharing folders over the internet using SSH Beginner's Guide To LTT (by iamdarkyoshi)

Sauron'stm Product Scores:

Spoiler

Just a list of my personal scores for some products, in no particular order, with brief comments. I just got the idea to do them so they aren't many for now :)

Don't take these as complete reviews or final truths - they are just my personal impressions on products I may or may not have used, summed up in a couple of sentences and a rough score. All scores take into account the unit's price and time of release, heavily so, therefore don't expect absolute performance to be reflected here.

 

-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

Spoiler

A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

Spoiler

From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

Spoiler

A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

Spoiler

Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

Spoiler

Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

Spoiler

A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Sauron said:

Good luck getting any data out of a bricked Apple watch.

fair point. 

 

2 minutes ago, Sauron said:

To be clear - I'm definitely not defending the file deletion problem. Microsoft should refund people for any lost data.

or help them to try and get it back somehow. 

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2 minutes ago, firelighter487 said:

or help them to try and get it back somehow. 

The only way is probably to pay for a professional recovery -> refund.

Don't ask to ask, just ask... please 🤨

sudo chmod -R 000 /*

What is scaling and how does it work? Asus PB287Q unboxing! Console alternatives :D Watch Netflix with Kodi on Arch Linux Sharing folders over the internet using SSH Beginner's Guide To LTT (by iamdarkyoshi)

Sauron'stm Product Scores:

Spoiler

Just a list of my personal scores for some products, in no particular order, with brief comments. I just got the idea to do them so they aren't many for now :)

Don't take these as complete reviews or final truths - they are just my personal impressions on products I may or may not have used, summed up in a couple of sentences and a rough score. All scores take into account the unit's price and time of release, heavily so, therefore don't expect absolute performance to be reflected here.

 

-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

Spoiler

A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

Spoiler

From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

Spoiler

A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

Spoiler

Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

Spoiler

Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

Spoiler

A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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