How to hard reset Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV

My Sony Google TV suddenly became a brick last night, after my Sony e-reader became a brick a few months ago.  It stopped responding, then I turned it off and on, it still showed the Sony logo and a few animation, after that only the bluish circle was spinning forever.  I pulled off the power plug for a day, then I started googling a solution, and I found this:

1) Unplug the power cord from the Internet TV device.
2) Use a ballpoint pen to press and hold the CONNECT button on the bottom of the Internet Player.
3) Plug the power cord back into the Internet TV device.
4) When the System Recovery screen appears, release the CONNECT button.
NOTE: It make take around 30 seconds before the screen displays.
5) Press the CONNECT button once to select Factory Reset and un-pair Remote Control.
6) Press and hold the CONNECT button for just over 5 seconds.
7) Release the CONNECT button.
8) Press the CONNECT button to select Yes.
9) After choosing the desired reset option, press and hold the CONNECT button for just over 5 seconds.
10) Release the CONNECT button.

which was working for me.  The device turned back to the out-of-box default setting.  The only difference is in steps 5 and 9, I don’t think I did press CONNECT button for just over 5 sec, I just skipped and it still worked.  I am happy.  The following are where I got the tip from, and I thought Sony had taken the KB off from their website which appeared in link 1.

http://community.sony.com/t5/Internet-TV/My-Sony-NSZ-GS7-is-not-working-and-is-requiring-me-to-Force/td-p/41805

http://community.sony.com/t5/Internet-TV/NSZ-GS7-won-t-power-on/td-p/120239

Power searching with Google – course notes

Class 1

  • Search/filter image results by colour(overall/background) and visual property (style, similarity).
  • Boldface in results are Google associates (联想、近义词).
  • Higher in results: Having the words or synonyms; Appear in the title or URL; Linked by high quality pages.
  • Word order matters.  Capitalization does not matter.
  • Most special characters (¶, £, €, ©, ®, ÷, §, %, (), @, ?, !) are ignored in the query, except +, # $, etc.
  • Find words in the page – Ctrl-F or Cmd-F, this is not search.

Class 2

  • Upper-right-hand side panel for search entity that is well-known; Search-as-you-type; Related searches at the bottom of the page.
  • search “define keyword”, dictionary definition and translation, and Search Tools in the left panel.
  • SERP – Search Engine Results Page; rollover preview; title/URL/snippet(abstract)/deeper-links.

Class 3

  • Operator site:domain, including top level domain where the dot can be omitted.
  • Operator filetype:pdf, doc, docx, ppt, txt, csv, etc.
  • Minus (-) operator to exclude certain keywords.
  • OR operator and double-quote.
  • Operator “intext:”.
  • Advanced search – gear button.

Class 4

  • Search by image: drag-and-drop local file to image search.
  • Search features – descript your query – geo, measure, time, flight, weather, movie showtime, etc.
  • Conversions [number unit1 in unit2], also currency
  • Calculation
  • Left hand panel “show search tool” – date range limiting, custom range
  • Translation  – left hand panel

Class 5

  • Credibility … use time search
  • Use Books
  • Use WHOIS

[to be continued …]