I am glad that I did not update to 2.42. This is getting to be a serious matter. Right now, Sony is even worse than Microsoft, IE Red Ring of Death (RROD). At least Microsoft accepted the RROD responsibility. Now that PS3 is heading in the general direction and it is even worse. PS3 Firmware updates keep coming out weekly and if you mess it up, Sony will not pick up the cost.
Come on, Sony, how often do I flash the firmware to my VAIO laptop? The answer is NONE!!
I think my best bet is now the Wii. At least they did not force you to update the firmware to go online.