Upgrading Plex to version 1.12.1.4885

I needed to upgrade Plex on my QNAP NAS again, and I felt quite hesitant considering the last few botched attempts. It began with the new iOS app update change notes that Plex would in the near future start to require a minimum server version.

I was running, mostly happy, on version 1.3.4.3285, which was released almost precisely a year ago, and had it not been for the iOS requirements I would probably not have risked upgrading. I seem to have forgotten to write down the pains and rollback of the attempts to upgrade to versions 1.4, 1.5.5 and 1.5.6, but the bugs were plenty and rollback was required since I don’t really want to rebuild my entire library, that takes far too much time I do not have.

But it’s been a year and the current version is 1.12, and I hoped most bugs would have been fixed, though I initially feared I would also need to upgrade QNAP firmware at the same time which I hoped to avoid since it’ll replace my current 32-bit firmware with 64-bit, which is nice if everything works of course. But there’s so much pain if it doesn’t.

Anyway, there was a 32-bit version available and I just did an in-place upgrade, and surprisingly everything worked. (This wasn’t always the case). And the initial feeling is that the new design looks fair enough. Not as good as the old one but I guess it’ll have to do. Though I still haven’t tested all my devices if they actually still work, my first impression is ok.

But what would a Plex upgrade be without its glitches, and so far here’s what:

  • The Plex server is a bit slower at starting after NAS reboot, than the previous versions. Not a big deal since I don’t reboot more than a few times per year.
  • The Plex server settings now require login with an account, so I needed to create one. Somewhat annoying since I don’t feel I need it, but I won’t rollback due to this.
  • The new dashboard came with some youtubeian newsfeed, mainly US sources, but even with local sources I wouldn’t have wanted it. Luckily after some searching Plex support site there was an option to disable the newsfeed. Gone!
  • The new dashboard also comes with an ugly scrollbar if the number of libraries are too many to fit on one screen, that really could have been fixed I think. But it’s still only on the annoying level on the scale.
  • Lastly background images are gone in the web player, only the covers remain and some dizzy thing indicating there might be a blurred version of the background image somewhere. Now this is more annoying, but I haven’t yet had time to see how this looks in the iOS apps, so I’ll not do a rollback for this either. At least just not yet.

At least mostly positive experiences from the upgrade so far (i.e. Plex actually works, the upgrade didn’t break any libraries, and I didn’t have to upgrade firmware at the same time). One has to be grateful for the little things nowadays.

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Upgrading to WordPress 4.9.4

When I initially started keeping track of my upgrades, of both WordPress but also mostly all other software updates as well, it was since there had been several bugs caused by updates, in turn causing me to spend a lot of time troubleshooting and resolving these. And I wanted to keep a log on when I upgraded, what I upgraded to easier find and resolve issues and how much time I spent on these rather meaningless tasks.

Over the last few years the updates on all platforms I use have both become so frequent it’s become quite impossible to write them all down, the steady trickle of updates have become a huge flood, but on the other hand updates have overall, with some quite notable exceptions, become much better in quality and have required less and less time and intervention from me.

Such as with WordPress, which has been silently and robustly updating itself across all my sites. With an exception today, where the 4.9.4 update just sat there waiting for my approval, for some reason. Maybe I was too fast, or just logged in precisely at the time it became available and the auto-update had not yet had time to react, I don’t know, but there it was, the surprise of having to manually initiate an update. But it worked flawlessly.

The danger of all these successful auto-updates is that I’ve been negligent with doing backups. Since they usually work. And usually update themselves overnight. And doing backups “just in case” is a really great example of wasting time which I don’t have.

Anyway, if only MediaWiki could advance to a state where updates could be performed with the same ease as WordPress. Since at the moment leaving MediaWiki is not an option.

And the cumulative updates of Windows 10 and Windows server are still a pain in size and time taken to install, even if they auto-update fairly well most of the time…

AppleTV doesn’t support 2-factor authentication

In my attempts to secure my account from the oddness that happened a few weeks ago where my devices in short order became untrusted, several times in a row even after being re-authenticated by me, I’ve activated the new 2-factor-authentication from Apple (the previous one is now called 2-step-authentication).

It seems to work great, I get approval requests for most login attempts, but so far I’ve seen two occasions where 2FA-login is not working or not respected.

The first and most annoying is that Apple TV does not seem to support 2FA-login. So I’m unable to login to my Apple TV for now. But so far it’s not a big problem since I can stream everything through my iPad or iPhone. But it’s still a glitch.

The second is maybe intentional, but when upgrading to iOS 11 I noticed that after the phone restarts and you’re asked to login, even if it’s not on the primary phone used for approving authentication, but a secondary phone, the 2FA approval request is not required, only username and password and then you’re logged in. Luckily I can see logged in devices through the account page, but I consider this a glitch as well.

Upgraded to iOS 11

I’ve upgraded my things to iOS 11, and so far I can only see positive news in this.

It’s really incredibly faster on an iPhone 5S, and the new graphical design on the iPad is actually useful, even if not absolutely necessary.

I do miss updates on a few apps like Facebook and YouTube to allow them to run in the new multitasking, Side by Side or SlideOver modes, but hopefully that will come at some later point.

All in all so far the upgrade is great. It almost make me forget how nice the old iOS design looked like, before all this flatness happened.

Full post-width tiled gallery

In order to get the tiled gallery to use the full width of the post (currently 900px) instead of the built-in limit of 640px I’ve updated the /includes/functions.php with the following lines:

// Changes tiled gallery width

function custom_tiled_gallery_width( $custom_hello_text ) {
return 900;
}

add_filter( ’tiled_gallery_content_width’,’custom_tiled_gallery_width’);

This worked great, but I’m expecting it might get overwritten in future WordPress-updates and needs to be re-modified.

Windows XP mode no more

Today I discovered an odd problem. I wanted to make one last check of my virtual XP-machine after finally having completed migrating all info out of it, before shutting it down and removing it.

As it turned out, it wasn’t possible to even launch it any more. The error message stated lack of hardware support for virtualization, which simply cannot be the case since it’s been working great for many years. And the only thing I can think has happened since last time used are either the latest round of security updates, or .Net Framework 4.7

But I won’t spend any more time on troubleshooting it, since I did after all finish the migration, and so I won’t need the XP-machine any more. So I’m just writing this up as a memory note of what happened and have already completely uninstalled the OS support for Windows XP Mode on the Windows 7 machine.

Next up will be migrating of Outlook, which isn’t just as simple as it sounds…

Leaving Windows 3.1

Today is a great day, I’ve finally completed migrating all my years of calendar entries in the archaic “Calendar.exe” format. (For the moment only over to simple textfiles, but later they’re going into the personal diary-blog).

Reading all these old entries while copying them by hand brings back so many memories, sometimes from happier times, sometimes not.

However, from a more technical perspective this means not only will I finally be finished with Windows 3.1 emulation, I can also leave Windows XP mode (which was the only way to run calendar.exe), and thereby I can also in turn leave Windows 7, which I used for running the XP-machine. Not bad.

(Except I should have done this a long time ago, so it hadn’t prevented me from upgrading my only Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 while upgrades still were free).

And for my next challenge I believe I’ll be trying to find a way of migrating calendars from Lotus Organizer over to something readable on my current platforms.