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better still: System 8.0.3

The 8.0.3 patch was released last night, and after enough tweaking appears to be ready for general consumption. Here's how to get it:

  • If your unit has a 7.2 controller still (or earlier), send rhet0rica an IM or e-mail.
  • If your unit is running an 8.0 controller, come visit our main campus to download the firmware update without requiring a re-install. This also applies to those running the 8.0.2 release. Note: if you purchased a controller from the new display stand (i.e. not just a box on the table) within the last two weeks, there were permissions errors in the 8.0.2 copy being distributed. You have already been given a new 8.0.3 controller; look in your inventory!
    Installation Instructions for Firmware Updates

    1. Make sure you have manager access to the unit you wish to upgrade. If you do not, contact the unit's owner. Be advised that some units may be ownerless and function effectively as self-owned. (To set up users, access the manage -> users panel.)
    2. Take the unit to a region where Xanadu server access is available. At present, this is only the Nanite Systems Main Campus.
    3. Start the update from manage -> software -> install -> xcentral:0 -> System_8.0.3 -> install. Updates may take up to 5 minutes.
    4. Reboot the unit if necessary to reinitialize the battery interface.

    Notice: this is a clean install, and so any settings stored in RAM—user list, sound scheme, boot style, volume settings, power profiles, color options—will need to be re-installed afterwards. Files on disk (personas, actions, installed software packages) will not be affected. RAM data by installed software packages (e.g. instructor interval) will not be affected by this update.

changelog

What's new in System 8.0.3?

 - Fix support for OEM prefixes.
 - Fix power profile announcements.
 - Comments allowed in sxdwm menu files (prefixed with #)
 - 'auth' light bus command (e.g. from horns and handles) was causing a linked message loop in the Security Manager, slowing down sims immensely. Fixed.
 - Deferred exhibition messages during load until loading is complete, preventing 'button not found' errors during update or other full system reset.
 - Battery should not be lost following module resets. (Well, as much.)
 - Subsystem states are properly re-applied following a reboot.
 - Video is now a critical system and not suppressed at low power.
 - System automatically shuts down at 5% power and imposes heavy restrictions if booted with less than 5% power.
 - 'status' button on main menu now triggers @power status also.
 - PIN entry menu was off by 1 on touch screen.
 - improved ACS,welcome response to include standard but undocumented CCU private fields (remoteok=1 for chargers but remoteok=0 for other devices)
 - prevented double-reconnect to chargers on attach
 - ACS interference now supported (may protect with DrainProtect in the future)

For earlier patch notes, see our 8.0.2 release page.


liftoff

System 8.0 is out and available now. If you were holding off before, come get it! Beta-testing is complete, and many small issues have been fixed—so many, that we're calling the official release version 8.0.2. Here's how to get it:

  • If your unit has a 7.2 controller still (or earlier), send rhet0rica an IM or e-mail.
  • If your unit is running an 8.0 controller, come visit our main campus to download the firmware update without requiring a re-install. This also applies to those running the 8.0.1 early release from last night.
    Installation Instructions for Firmware Updates

    1. Make sure you have manager access to the unit you wish to upgrade. If you do not, contact the unit's owner. Be advised that some units may be ownerless and function effectively as self-owned. (To set up users, access the manage -> users panel.)
    2. Take the unit to a region where Xanadu server access is available. At present, this is only the Nanite Systems Main Campus.
    3. Start the update from manage -> software -> install -> xcentral:0 -> System_8.0.2 -> install. Updates may take up to 5 minutes.
    4. Reboot the unit if necessary to reinitialize the battery interface.

    Notice: this is a clean install, and so any settings stored in RAM—user list, sound scheme, boot style, volume settings, power profiles, color options—will need to be re-installed afterwards. Files on disk (personas, actions, installed software packages) will not be affected. RAM data by installed software packages (e.g. instructor interval) will not be affected by this update.

changelog

What's new in System 8.0.2?

 - No longer lists 'default' in the personas list.
 - @attachover instead of @attach for RLV in personas.

What's new in System 8.0.1?

- Fixed error message spam on start-up
- Added OEM descriptor support
- Removed 'recharge complete' message.
- Started work on support for ACS interference.
- Added command access to remote interface (not yet secured)
- Reduced lag when navigating the menus.
- Improved device connect negotiation process.
- Fixed bugs with color going black after a_rainbow execution.
- Fixed issues with long unicode names in security manager.
- Fixed inability to leave power profiles menu.
- Whole controller is now more touch-responsive, more like in 7.2.
- 100% no code differences between SXD and DAX/2

This is still fairly beta, but deals with the majority of bugs that users frequently reported. There are still lots of things to do, though, so stay tuned.

For the time being, this package may be reinstalled as many times as you want in case you damage something.

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NEW IN 8.0
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- Redesigned controller to use the SXD 8.0 touch screen, to have a more compact profile, to include a memory card slot, and to require a battery.

- Added Xanadu package management system. Now you can update your unit and install extra software without as much headache as before!

- Added sxdwm (exhibition) display manager, permitting a real touch screen—but don't worry, you can still access dialog-based navigation and turn on the unit by clicking on the fan

- Renamed 'modules' to 'subsystems' — a menu named 'modules' still exists, but it is used for resetting firmware components

- Added GPS, identity, and power-amplifier subsystems, and renamed the old amplifier to the preamplifier

- Combined interface controls for volume.

- Combined interface controls for motor speed.

- Added @ commands. Most new menu functions work through these.

- Added power profiles—no more messy/spammy performer scripts for changing activity levels!

- Persona cards now support custom messages (see documentation)

- Added devices manager and more robust (but slow) device negotiation protocol

- Renamed and refactored lots of things

- Improved and worsened ACS charging

- Moved user data into the memory card to keep the root clean

- Added self-access toggle

- Added DrainProtect to prevent negative charging by environmental sources.

- Moved cortex subsystem to separate menu, to be populated with other stuff by upcoming features etc.

Known bugs new in 8.0: trouble disconnecting from charging platforms, lights set to black after the end of the rainbow script (new performer is unaware of color changes), very slow/laggy code when loading and unloading batteries, high tendency for the controller to crash when transferring into a busy sim (requiring relogging and re-attaching, so save your controller every now and then by powering it down and taking it off)

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NEW IN 7.2
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- Added/fixed 'programs' menu. Check out the 'Hello World' sample script in the memory card prim (the triangle on the back) for an example in how to create accessible programs for your unit.

- Added documentation file for 7.2 light bus and linked messages protocols explaining how to use the system.

- Added start-up chime (Mac Quadra; others are included but not enabled)

- Fixed follow menu command (click 'follow' again to stop unit from following you)

- Added support for active devices (for use with smart horns/handles and similar peripherals)

- Split radio into "in" and "out" subsystems.

- Added not-yet-implemented power profiles menu button (continue using perform scripts for now)

one more week of winter

Developing an excellent product takes effort—which is why the System 8 release date is now expected to be on March 7, 2015, rather than February 28 as previously predicted. But don't worry: it'll be worth the wait.

In the meantime, we have a somewhat more shocking news item: the Pulse Charger is now available, which provides a flat 10% charge* to all DAX/2s in the region. It's noisy, it's ugly, and it packs quite a punch. Get yours now at our main store for just L$100.

* Varies with version.


a skin spectrum

Nanite Systems is proud to announce that it has begun selling metalloplastic epidermal coatings in a variety of colorings, starting with six schemes (plus one bonus scheme) inspired by totalitarianism, capitalism, and mysticism. Each is available for L$300, with a combination pack containing all seven for just L$800. Stop by our store today to discover more.

let's get charged: 7.2 & recreational unit charging platforms

This week we have two new exciting releases to report:

First, the NS charging platform is finally available for SXD and DAX/2 systems, featuring a real touch screen and integrated diagnostics. Its introductory price is L$ 600.

Second, System 7.2 updates are now available for the DAX/2 controller. This is still beta-quality software, but addresses many of the issues with 7.1, including support for stored programs, follow termination, and separation of radio reception and transmission into two separate power subsystems. Drop by our facility or send an IM to rhet0rica if you are interested in this update.

new akashic icon designs, status lights, and moo-ore

Nanite Systems is proud to announce the release of six new all-mesh Akashic Icon ('blinker'-style communication implant) designs, four animated ornamental lighting elements, and a special cow-themed variant of our popular Metalloplastic Ivory epidermal layer. As always, these components are designed for use with our DAX/2 system, but also look great and work just fine on their own. (Control HUDs are included for the icons and lights.) Come visit today, and pick up yours!

akashic icons now on sale

One of the most iconic features of the SXD, the Chromatic Communications Interface, better known as a "blinker," is now finally available for the DAX/2 in eight exciting styles for L$150 apiece, or L$750 for all eight. See in-store or shop online for more details.

NS launches site remodel

JANUARY 31, NEW YORK — Hey maw, we have a nice new site now.


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