automatic reminder of 'software update' when installing a new build

Eben Eliason eben at
Tue Jan 6 23:26:52 EST 2009

On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 9:55 PM, genesee <genesee.gbh at> wrote:
> If your friend had waited, (while the xo first looks for a mesh, three times,
> then connects wifi), then hits 'try again' the updater would work. Is there
> a way to set the default for what the xo looks for to connect with on start
> up? After booting, if I go in Neighborhood view and select my access point

Not yet.  There have been some talk of adding a list of previously
associated APs in the network control panel, allowing sorting (and
adding/deleting) of APs, and this interface could also have a proxy
for the mesh in that list so that one can control which of AP or mesh
is tried first as well.

> before the mesh search cycle is done, the 'looking for a mesh' keeps
> blinking forever while my wifi is solid. If I let the mesh search run it's
> course, (while I'm doing something else takes a few minutes), then
> there's just my solid wifi circle in my frame.

That sounds like a bug (the perpetual blinking).  Manual intervention
must be preventing some signal from getting through; we should
definitely fix that so the states of both devices are consistent.
File a ticket? :)  Thanks.

- Eben

> genesee
> Eben Eliason-2 wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 25, 2008 at 1:42 AM, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at> wrote:
>>> Visited a friend, and helped him install a new build in his XO.  The
>>> first time the new build completed booting, he was presented with an
>>> action bar (to request "software update") near the top of Home View.
>>> It so happened that the XO had not automatically connected to my
>>> friend's wireless AP - but he did not realize this.  Being
>>> well-meaning, he clicked the rightmost button ('Check now') in the
>>> action bar -- there was some software processing and then a "Could
>>> not access the network" message -- he needed to exit through Control
>>> Panel to get back to Home View (and never saw the action bar again).
>>> The "software update" facility assumes that a connection to the
>>> network is already available when it gets to run.  If conditions are
>>> such that the network connection has *not* been set up when booting
>>> completes, should the action bar to request "software update" still
>>> be automatically presented as the first thing the user sees ?
>> Good question.
>> Perhaps the cleanest option is to have the chunk of code which
>> displays the dialog check for a network connection first, and short
>> circuit when one isn't found.  In this manner, the update alert will
>> only appear when a connection is available in the first place.
>> Chances are good that most people using the laptops will get online
>> sooner than later anyway.
>> - Eben
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