Older PS3's Stop Functioning, Fix Found (Update)

If you’ve tried to log into PSN late yesterday or this morning, you may have noticed that you can’t, likely due to error 8001050F. In fact, you may also have picked up on that you can’t play most games offline either. If so, you are not alone, but a member of the older PS3 owners suffering through an outage apparently caused by a glitch in the date-keeping system. PS3 Slim owners are free of problems. Leap years, as we may have learned, cannot be processed by the Cell inside the PS3 Phat.

In the meantime, you can play games that do not utilize trophies when offline, but hopping online will basically brick the hardware. Word is that even dev kits are cycling due to the error. Nothing to do now other than wait, and hope Sony finds a fix soon. We’ll update when any answers come in.

Update: Sony has responded to the issues stating a solution will be available within the next 24 hours, and also confirmed this is an issue with the clock. Until then, DO NOT use your phat PS3. PS3 slim users are unaffected and may continue as normal. Their update fails to state what to do if you have already turned the system on and are unable to access paid for movie content, or your trophies have glitched.

Update 2: A fix has been found, although it is not official. If you were unaffected and were not online during this process, simply log in, and select Date and Time, and Set by Internet.

If you were unlucky enough to be online during this fiasco, go to Internet Settings, disable your connection, re-enable your connection, and then set the time via Internet. You will likely have to re-sync your trophies for them to show up.

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A garden of friends

Oakland Tribune July 26, 2003 Documentarian Rick Baciga lupi found a wealth of friend ship, community-building and drama during the five years he followed the gardeners at the Peralta Community Garden in Berkeley while filming “A Lot in Common.” The independent documentary airs for the first time at noon Sunday on Channel 9.

After the film airs, join the gardeners for a tour of the 40 pieces of art in the garden from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The gar den’s designer, Karl Linn, will speak about creating art in the context of the garden. The garden is on Peralta Street be tween Hopkins and Gilman streets in Berkeley. Call (510) 231-5912 or visit www.alotincommon.com Grab your toolbelt Ladies, head to The Home Depot for a Do-it-HERself Workshop on Monday. Back by popular demand, the free women-only how-to clinic will cover “How to Lay Ceramic Tile” |||| at 6:30 p.m.; “How to Install a Ceiling Fan” at 7:15 p.m. and “How to Apply Faux Paint Tech niques” at 8 p.m. Participating locations are:

– Concord, (925) 798-9600 – El Cerrito, (510) 235-0800 – Emeryville, (510) 601-9400 – Fremont, (510) 490-0191 – Hayward, (510) 887-8544 – Livermore, (925) 243-1212 – Pleasanton, (925) 847-9200 – San Leandro, (510) 636-9600 – San Ramon, (925) 838-0194 – Union City, (510) 489-9400 All dahlia-ed up The San Leandro Dahlia So ciety hosts its 68th annual Dahlia Show on Aug. 2 and 3. go to website how to install a ceiling fan

Enjoy hundreds of beautiful plants, take pictures, vote for your favorites and learn how to grow your own. Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 3. Admission is free. The show is at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Es tudillo Ave., San Leandro. Call (510) 276-0530 or (510) 351- 9265.

|||| Victorian vibe The McConaghy Estate will hold an Antique and Collecti bles Show and Victorian House Tour today and Sunday.

Browse through the grounds of the estate and view the wares of 55 antique and collectibles dealers. The 12-room farm house is decorated with vintage patriotic decorations for a Victo rian Fourth of July party. Ad mission to the outdoor sale is free. Admission to the house is $3 for adults; $2 for seniors and 50 cents for children. Show hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

today and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday. The McConaghy Estate is at 18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. Call (510) 581-0223.

Evening excursions The University of California Botanical Garden presents Twi light Tours with an expert hor ticulturist at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesdays through Aug. 13.

The theme for this Wednesday’s tour is “Godwanaland and Be yond,” focusing on plants from the Southern Hemisphere with |||| leader Jerry Parsons. Tours are free for members and $5 for non-members. The garden is at 200 Centennial Drive in Berkeley. Call (510) 643-2755.

Share the wealth Village Harvest, a neighbor hood cooperative based in Santa Clara Valley, helps home fruit farmers from all over the Bay Area connect with local food banks. Their Oakland drop-off is the Alameda County Commu nity Food Bank, 700 Murmansk St., Ste. 69, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Their Concord drop-off is the Contra Costa Food Bank, 4010 Nelson Ave., between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

daily. Call (925) 676-7543.

For information about Village Harvest, or call (650) 740-7725 or visit www.villageharvest.org Gardening fair Spend a Saturday stream lining your gardening skills and learning more about flora at the Summer Gardening Fair on Aug. 2. Find out how to grow al most everything from flowers to |||| fruit, how to build garden ac coutrements, purchase favorite plants or learn about environ mentally friendly gardening al ternatives. The fair will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the Entry Garden at the Main Gate. Ad mission is free. Call (415) 661- 1316. howtoinstallaceilingfannow.net how to install a ceiling fan

A collection of original gouache and watercolor paint ings by Gianna Marino titled “Culinary Herbs and Plants from Around the World” is on view at the Helen Crocker Rus sell Library of Horticulture through Sept. 30. Free daily do cent-led tours of the botanical gardens are at 1:30 p.m. week days and at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sun days, starting from the Strybing Bookstore through July. Tours will also be held beginning at the Friend Gate at 2 p.m.

Wednesdays, Fridays and Sun days. Groups of 10 or more can call ahead for special tours.

Strybing Arboretum and Bo tanical Gardens is in Golden Gate Park at Ninth Avenue and |||| Lincoln Way in San Francisco.

Call (415) 661-1316.

Relax on redwood Carpenters, sharpen your saws for the 2003 California Redwood Association/Work bench Magazine Redwood Deck Contest. Submit plans, snapshots and a description of your redwood deck project to compete for prizes of $1,000 to $3,000. Entry blanks can be found at redwood lumberyards, at the California Redwood Asso ciation’s Web site at www.cal redwood.org or by calling (888) 225-7339. The deadline for en tries is Sept. 19.

— Jenny Slafkosky Send home and garden items at least three weeks in advance to Pad & Patio, ANG Newspapers, 4770 Willow Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588, or fax to (925) 416-4874. Please in clude the name of the event, time, date, place, description, cost and a telephone number. Event listings are free.

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