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


Monday, August 7, 2017

MashButtons goes full wireless with Jabra’s Elite Sport

Jabra has recently provided me with their recent truly wireless earbuds, the Elite Sport, which isn’t just for listening to music cord free, but also provides heart rate monitoring and coaching while also being compatible with a number of fitness apps. Since these are completely wireless,  a clamshell charging case is included and in regards to charging, Jabra is boasting up to 13 and a half hours between charges. These ear buds integrate with Jabra’s Sport Life application, which allows for planning workouts, tests fitness levels, along with analyzing and recording fitness activity.
Out of the box and into my ears, these buds were easy to sync but uncomfortable, but after a few failed attempts to get the right fit with the various sized EarWings and EarGels, I was able to get them to stay in my ears comfortably. What I really liked about the Elite Sports was that when charging their case, Bluetooth would disconnect, then would automatically connect to my phone once the case opened. During use, I learned that one ear bud can be used should you want to be aware of your surroundings, but be aware that it must be the right side because once the right gets too far from the left side, the left side will shut off.
I was able to wear these comfortably through a workout, but got a little uncomfortable towards the end of a two hour flight. While there are buttons to control the volume, track, and heart rate, the buttons were very small and would have to firmly press the earbud into my ear to get the button to click. My only other complaint is probably just a personal preference but the sound quality, while crisp and clear with various music genres, was lacking in bass. I am not sure how the sound compares to apple’s wireless ear buds, but my comparison was with my Bose SoundSport that are similar in size but wired.

Being that the Elite Sport are completely wireless I was worried that they would fall out of my ear while active, but they fit snug and didn’t fall out, dry or sweaty. The amount of features are plentiful to help justify the heavy price and stand out among the handful of truly wireless earbuds and the sound quality stays clear at any volume and does well drowning out noise. These are best fit for active lifestyles with their ability to effectively stay in my ears, monitor workouts, provide coaching, and link to my Apple Watch so the phone wasn’t needed to be on me to listen to my playlist and track my activity. Jabra’s Elite Sport is available now for $249.99.