a number of android users have made me aware of connection issues with v1.0.4 of the londinium app
blynk have just replied to me to advise the following;
Is v1.0.4 the ‘new’ version?
so please delete v1.0.4 if you are using the android version of the app and download v1.0.5 and let me know if issues remain
no iOS user has reported any issue with v1.2 from the app store
Please download it and let me know if you have any issues
I am unsure if the updated Android version is available yet
Blynk have helpfully provided a detailed explanation of why the expiry of an SSL certificate was responsible for the outage, and why only a subset of users were affected:
Blynk have definitely exceeded my expectations in their response to this issue. I am very impressed as we pushed the boat out developing the R24 with this industry leading technology and they have proven themselves to be a very good business partner.
A londinium customer, Phamson, has written to me and helpfully advised the following:
Hi. Upgrade to ios 14.4 and it work.
this may explain why only a small subset of users are affected
this email just landed (21:40 UTC 26FEB2021):
please refer to the attached screenshot that shows i configured the parameters you specified in the manner you requested
does this now have to be reviewed by Apple before they will let it into the App store?
if so im assuming several days?
while i think of it, what is the situation for the Android platform?
I have also asked for an explanation of the cause as the vast majority of users have been unaffected. If this is provided i will let you know
Please note that you can continue to make espresso with your machine, you simply dont try to connect to the app (log out of the app and close the app). You will lose the smart timer function and the ability to remotely change the preinfusion pressure, but you can change the preinfusion pressure direcly on the console of the machine if you remove the right side panel
Blynk have responded very quickly and had a fix developed within an hour of the right person getting involved
Unfortunately in this instance the time zones worked against us as Blynk are in New York and I am in New Zealand, but here we are
Blynk have now asked me to enter the privacy and data control settings for the new version of the app, which i have just completed
My expectation is Blynk will then release the App to Apple for publication and then we wait - i have no idea whether that process is 'semi-instantanuous' or whether some days may pass whiist the wheels of the corporate juggernaut turn
As i understand it you will need to download a new version of the App from the App store; the current version will not work
I will post here again as soon as i know more
Thank you for your understanding
I am aware that about two dozen users of LR/R24 are unable to connect to the app presently
I am in the process of making contact with Blynk to discover what the issue is
I will post again here when i have something to say
I apologise to those users affected for the inconvenience
It might take a bit longer as this is the first time we have expereinced an outage
I have decided to provide advance warning of the forthcoming price increase which will be across the board on all items in our store
If you have any questions in relation to this please feel free to make contact
we start the year by adding another good espresso grinder to sit beside the Kafatek Max II with Shuriken Sweet burrs, the Nautilus by Titus Grinding of Germany
i like to support independant operators that have invested a lot to help us create consistently excellent espresso; all of the operators in this space live and breathe their craft; it isnt a 9-5 job, they all wake up in the middle of the night wondering about a particualr issue, or suddenly realising the answer to a particular problem that they have been mulling over for months
please note that we paid the market rates for both of these grinders
while it is true that we are playing in the realm of diminishing returns with grinders at this level, that is only true if you are drinking dark roasts. if you drink dark roasts dont waste your money on any of these grinders, get a Niche Zero and youll have everything you ever need. dark roasts are so soft you can crush them between your forefinger and thumb.
however, these grinders are an absolute necessity if you want to make pleasing espresso with light roasts, the lighter the roast the more essential they are. some light roasts are so hard they will stall all but the most powerful of these grinders; the Ceado E37Z for example will stall on light roasts unless the beans are fed into the grinder one by one, something i do not consider acceptable on any grinder, let alone one at this price point
one thing i can almost guarantee; the espresso produced from the same roast by these two grinders will be significantly different as they both solve the challenges of grinding in very different ways; both will have relative strengths and weaknesses and i look forward to exploring them