Back in the summertime, the icemaker in my aging refrigerator went troppo; I finally got around to getting it fixed last week. There was, in the interim, a sensible workaround: the ever-popular ice tray, four of which got filled up daily to meet my cold-beverage needs. Not everyone, however, can solve fridge problems this simply:
I have a Samsung RF4289HARS refrigerator. The Google calendar app on it has been working perfectly since I purchased the refrigerator August 2012. However, with the latest changes in Google Calendar API, I can no longer sign in to my calendar. I receive a message stating “Please check your email in Google Calendar website”. I can sign in fine on my home PC and have no problem seeing the calendar on my phone. Perhaps this is a Samsung issue, but I thought I would try here first. Has anyone else experienced this problem and what was the solution?
Now maybe it’s just me, but I have this weird notion that the function of that big box in the kitchen is to keep stuff cold, not to remind you of your comings and goings. Then again, I paid less than $700 for my fridge more than a decade ago. Clearly it’s not going to have the incredible array of functions on — wait, what?
As announced since July, an old version of the calendar API has been shut down. (version 3 has been announced then, and version 1 has now been deactivated)
This effected everything that relied on the old version of the calendar API (that was even deprecated back then as v2 was already around!) Not only fridges, but everything that relied on v1. Everything provided with updates by the manufacturer should be fine as Google even provided a migration guide for the software makers (it’s part of the doc for v3), and of course the stock android apps for calendar have been updated directly by Google.
But it’s up to the device manufacturers to push those updates out to your devices. Google can’t and wouldn’t push firmware updates to other companies devices.
This thread started over a year ago. Apparently there are a lot of people with this problem:
I called the tech guy and he said that this part number DA97-11828A is the new part number (sorry got it confused). Apparently, the panel, board and dispenser paddles were originally sold separately and had their own older part numbers (pre 2013). I guess the dispenser paddles can still be ordered separately (for $50). But this new $300-$400 part bundle replaces the previously separate parts. I guess as it’s aged they don’t ship it separately anymore. So the guy said if you get this new part number, you are getting new stock. But the realist in me (who was told everything under sun by Samsung Support) feels obliged to tell you that it could also have been luck that I got a new one (if the service guy doesn’t really know what he’s talking about). I did look on the old part and there were no distinguishable part numbers or version numbers that I could discern. So I hope I’ve helped. Like I said in my first post, I had a few hundred bucks in my pocket and while I was fixing the other problem, I took a chance. The service guy did say that new part actually came with 2.690 (which my old one had 2.550) and it updated just after the installer replaced it. So the software update did work to 2.750 on the new board. So fingers are crossed that if there are new updates in the future, they will download with the new board.
At one level, I want to see these folks get the services they paid for, because dammit, that’s the American Way. Still, a part of me wants to see their mayonnaise spoil, just because.
(Via Popular Mechanics.)