Monday, November 16, 2020

PS5 Re-Building Database Issues


As with all new technology, there is going to be problems.  I've successfully purchased launch-day editions of PS2, PS3, PS4 and now PS5, and have never had any problems with a launch-day console.

But alas, it's already happened once on the new PlayStation 5, I have personally seen the dreaded "re-building database" screen.  

I started hearing whispers of the problem, and since SONY hasn't officially acknowledged the problem, I tried to keep my station fairly original.  I did NOT transfer anything from my PS4 during setup.  I have installed Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales.  I have redeemed the Marvel's Spider-Man Remaster (not downloaded/played yet), and I've installed The Last of Us 2 and played about 15 minutes.  

On Saturday morning, I went to boot up from a "rest mode" state, and got the familiar beep, but nothing on my display.  Checking all other options, ensuring the console was plugged in, etc - I pressed the power button on the console it self, heard a beep, but didn't power up (no lights to indicate power).  Franctic, I kept pressing the power button, and upon the 3rd or 4th press, it finally booted up, and gave me a grey screen, that said re-building the database.

This error seems to be growing in experience, and we're hoping Sony puts out a patch for it soon.  Since then, luckily, we've not seen the issue again, and out of an abundance of caution, have been avoiding Rest Mode, and closing the software before powering off the console.  These steps shouldn't be necessary, (and they may not even be helpful) but it's the best we have for the time being.  

Some have tied this to the Spider-Man: Remaster game, but we've not ran that yet.  Some are saying the hard drives are are simply getting corrupted and failing.  We don't know yet, but do have faith that SONY will address soon.

We will update this article as soon as we learn more.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Have you found your PS5?

 Mashbuttons is BACK baby!  That's right - new generation, new Mashbuttons.  Lets kick things off with our PS5 launch!  

We did it!  We scored not one, but TWO PS5's and we're ready for next gen.  (We also got our hands on one of those Xbox Series X black beauties; but that's for another post).

Stay tuned over the next few days to see our initial impressions as we dive into this adventure

Also, if you're looking for some great games, check them out and order them here

Thursday, March 22, 2018

How to make Iced Coffee

Have you ever asked yourself (or perhaps someone close to you) "How do you make Iced Coffee?  Well if you would like to know the answer to this perplexing question, you needn't look any further then below.  

In these fast-moving-data-centric days we live in, it's tough to keep up with everything, and the time honored tradition of steeping ground coffee beans in a hot water is not lost on everyone.  But say you want to that hot beverage, cold.

What do you do?  

How do you do it?

Let me show you...

Step 1 - Pour Iced Coffee over ice and add Cream


Friday, December 29, 2017

Hands on with DaVinci's IQ Vaporizer

Next on the list of product reviews is the IQ from DaVinci, a new, compact, and beautiful vaporizer. The IQ fits in the palm of my hand and is made up of aluminum, ceramic zirconia, and a removable rechargeable battery. Outside of the looks, the IQ come loaded with temperature options such as precision temperature control from 250 to 430 degrees, boost mode, and smart path, which has four temperature settings that heat to a consistent range. The display does not use a 
screen but consists of 51 LED lights and vibrates when powered on/off and when heated to the desired temperature.
The flavor in which the IQ was able to provide was the great, consistent, and smooth. DaVinci was able to provide this by way of the ceramic zirconia air path, flavor chamber, and mouthpieces, that’s right mouthpieces. One is a flat mouthpiece which is best for taking on the go in my pocket and the other is a 10mm which happened to be my favorite. Another feature that needs mentioning is the smart path heat settings and boost mode, the smart path setting heats to a specific temperature and gradually increases so temperature is not lost, while boost does just that by increasing the temperature as long as you hold down the power button.
The IQ would have had a perfect review but I did have a little trouble with the app. I was able to register the device to my phone but when I turned on the device and opened the DaVinci app, my phone was unable to connect and the lights turned off while the vaporizer continued to get hot and would rapidly discharge the battery.  DaVinci claims up to an hour and a half of use between charges, but in my usage it was closer to an hour before I got the low battery notification, luckily the IQ has a removable battery so buying a spare is an option if needed.
I have reviewed a number of vaporizers, many of them good if not great, but this device is far and away my favorite due to the flavor it never failed to deliver, whether freshly loaded or reheated, it’s consistent and easy to use. While the IQ comes with a heavy price point of $274.99, it’s build, size, and performance had me coming back to the IQ over my other vaporizers. Lastly, should you decide to go with DaVinci’s IQ, I would suggest taking a look at the accessory and aromatherapy pages to see the many additional options for this mighty little vaporizer.