Tag: <span>FAILED</span>

Having checked it turns out my Sky+ box is the Amstrad model. This is a bad thing.

Tonight it was set to record 24 and Huff (at the same time) and the repeat of Desperate Housewives as the previous recording was coming up as FAILED.

I decided to start watching 24 about twenty minutes after it started so I could whizz through the adverts (is it just me or was it sooo much better when it was advert free on BBC2, the constant breaks seem to lose the pace, don’t know how the Americans can stand it, but then I guess they are used to it). Sky+ wouldn’t let me start watching 24 and given the previous problems I thought I’d leave it until later and decided to read another chapter of my current book instead – Snow Falling on Cedars (which is a very descriptive book, very VERY… it’s perfect for falling asleep with).

When later rolled around I went to the Sky+ Planner to be told that 24 had CLASHED, despite the box not prompting me at any time and it being tuned to Sky One (which was where 24 was being broadcast), the repeat of Desperate Housewives had FAILED as had Huff. I can catch a repeat of 24 but not of Desperate Housewives, nor Huff (which isn’t repeated at all).

Thankfully it did manage to record Nói Albinói on Friday night, so I’ll make sure I copy that off the infernal machine before it gets changed. Someone at Sky customer services is NOT going to have a good morning.

And they wonder why we download so much TV these days.

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Slowly getting around to fixing some minor things here.

The search is now a bit better (still can’t get it to return a different number of posts than are currently set to display on the main page – frankly this is ridiculuous but the forum, Wiki and Google are still failing me on this), and I’ve finally updated the Site Archives to, hopefully, be a bit more user friendly.

I’m still working my way through ALL posts without titles as it’s screwing up the archives a little (it’s a whole permalink naming mess to be honest), and I’m also categorising as I go. A slow process but one area the new version of WordPress has definitely improved. Now, when you select a month to edit, it will remember and return you to the same set of posts – in 1.2 when editing an old post it always returned you to the most recent.

Anyway, this is all probably boring as hell to everyone except me. If I DO find a way to get the search to return full results and if I get the blogroll to display who has updated, I’ll post something here.


Sky+ has a bug. The failed recordings bug seems to be quite common place and hit me hard the other night. I was recording Desperate Housewives, and was going to start watching it before it had finished (so as to skip through the adverts). However Sky+ wouldn’t start playing the recording, something I’ve not had a problem with, so I left it to record the episode. Later that night the entire box had frozen up. Wouldn’t respond from the remote or the fascia, so I powered the box down. Next morning I powered up and it seemed to be working fine.

When I got home last night I decided to watch the episode and was greeted with several FAILED messages next to previously recorded programmes and films. Rather than pay premium rate I head to the the forums and discovered that this was a common issue and was occasionally fixable by re-building the Sky+ planner. I tried that, didn’t work. It looks like I’m faced with re-formatting the entire thing, losing all the recordings I had. I’ll be phoning Sky Customer Services over the weekend and see what they have to say for themselves. Not happy!


This evening I will be partaking of some alcoholic refreshments. I’ve not been out to the pub for ages and I’m beginning to look forward to it. I just hope I can stay awake, as I spent yet another night watching the clock click past 2 a.m.

Still, I can have a lie in on Saturday as we don’t have much planned. I do have some web design stuff to do for someone, more on that tomorrow, and a few bits and bobs of general maintenance over at Scottish Blogs.

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