How to fix a bricked Pebble watch
I thought for a while I’d bricked my Pebble Time watch. I was trying to reset the Bluetooth connection and it ended up stuck at the screen for SOS.
I went to Google and found this post from Jason Quattrone on Google+. Instructions for fix:
- Place the watch on the charger.
- Press and hold the right bottom button for 10 seconds (this will do a factory reset while you are in recovery mode)
- Clear the bluetooth pairing from the phone.
- Try reconnecting the watch from the Bluetooth settings menu on your phone.
- Finally launch the watch app and continue updating your watch.
And that worked.
The good news is my Pebble Watch is working again, which means I don’t have to replace it, and I probably would have replaced it with an Apple Watch, which would have cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
The bad news is I’m not getting an Apple Watch and the process cost me like a half hour.
John Gruber relates Apple’s decision to drop headphone jack to bigger issues:
“When we think of controversial decisions, we tend to think of both sides as creating controversy. Choose A and the B proponents will be angry; choose B and the A proponents will be angry. But when it comes to controversial change of the status quo, it’s not like that. Only the people who are opposed to the change get outraged. Leave things as they are and there is no controversy. The people who aren’t outraged by the potential change are generally ambivalent about it, not in a fervor for it. Strong feelings against change on one side, and widespread ambivalence on the other. That’s why the status quo is generally so slow to change, in fields ranging from politics to technology.”
I would not even describe myself as “ambivalent” about Apple’s decision to drop the headphone jack. Really, what it comes down to is I don’t give a darn. I switched to Bluetooth a couple of years ago. The only time I use that 3.5-mm jack is to connect the iPhone to the cassette adapter in my car. And a Bluetooth car adapter only costs $25-$40.
In politics, it takes a crisis to bring about big changes. When things are gradually declining — as they are now in the US — people want to just kick the problem down the road a little longer.