Yes, it’s been a long time since I have posted anything on here. I guess that’s the way life goes. Anyways…
I have updated the HTML5 test page. There are a couple of notes. The first being that Opera is moving to WebKit. The second is that Apple has decided to stop making Safari for Windows. Whether this is permanent or not is the question. The last version is 5.1.7.
It’s been quite a long time since I have posted on this blog. I’m sorry about that. Life’s adventures have taken a great deal of my time. I have a few posts planned over the coming weeks.
I wrote a post a couple of years ago talking about my n900 – which was new back then. Times have changed and contracts have expired. I decided to switch over to Android – and my first Android phone is the Samsung Galaxy Note. I’m using the WordPress app and the Swype keyboard to write this post.
I’m also listening to Scarling’s album “So Long Scarecrow” via Spotify.
What I just mentioned above is a couple of things that have really set apart my experience with this phone and my old n900.
MX Player For Android
Until VLC comes around, MX is my go to player for playing videos on my note. While the note comes with a capable player, the MX can play more formats including one that is dear to me – the .rec format. It was also able to play .mp4 vids that I downloaded. These vids are apparently encoded differently than the ones I make.
So, if you have videos that don’t play right in your stock player, give MX a try.
For those that follow along. I am sorry that I have not posted anything new in quite a while. I have been working on shopping cart site for the last 3 and a half months. That takes up all of my free time. Once I am finished with that, I plan on writing on here again – until the next project begins!
In the meatime… RIP MCA. Loved the show you, the Beasties and L7 put on in ’92.
We recently bought a Philips DVP 3880 DVD player to put in our daughter’s room. I accidentally turned Disc Lock on (because I navigate too fast for my own good sometimes) and I could not play any discs. There is no default code listed in the manual. Fortunately, I found the code, 136900, via a blog post on RejZoR’s little secrets.
Despite GoDaddy’s early dismissive attitude about the backlash and naysayers of said backlash, the situation fire-balled into a controversy that GoDaddy just could not ignore. Over a week ago, GoDaddy announced that it is no longer supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act. Even the initial support was enough for people like myself to transfer away from GoDaddy.
Other hosting and domain name companies came forward with special offers to entice people away from GoDaddy, while pointing out that they did not support SOPA.
Even though the official boycott day was the 29th of December, I moved my domains and hosting away from GoDaddy during Christmas weekend. Both my hosting and my domains are with other companies now. There was some downtime for Gophanet and my HTML5 test page but, everything is up and running. While others have experienced delays while having their domains transferred, I could not tell if my transfers were delayed because of the Christmas holiday.
Apparently many domains have been transferred from GoDaddy however, it should be pointed out that they are the top domain name service. They have daily transfers in, numbering in the thousands. It could be some weeks before we can get a picture of just how much business GoDaddy lost and there has been some confusion over just what counts as a transfer out (read the comments as well).
These are the words web designers, the world over, have been waiting to hear for a very long time.
Microsoft announced the decision earlier this week to roll out silent updates – starting in January – for users who have not, for whatever reason, updated to the newest version of IE. There are a few points:
If you are on Windows XP, you will be upgraded to Internet Explorer 8. IE 9 does not work on XP.
Windows Vista and 7 users not using IE 9 will be upgraded to IE 9.
Windows Automatic updating must be turned on.
Corporations unable to upgrade their IE 6 legacy applications OR corporations who have IT staff who test upgrades before rolling them out to the rest of the company, will be able to opt out of the upgrade using the IE 8 and IE 9 Automatic Update Blocker toolkits.
Truth be told, I have stopped developing/supporting applications for IE 6 and 7 and I only marginally support IE 8. If someone is using IE 8, there’s no reason why they should not switch to IE 9. If their favorite site works in IE 8 but is broken on newer browsers then the problem is the people developing the site. Write them and tell them to join the rest of us.
Update: Hours after I submitted this post, EA had trouble with their back-end and many, many people could not log onto Origin. Oh, sweet irony…
I have to hand it to Dice Battlefield 3 is awesome. However, what an annoying mess updating (and joining) the game has turned out to be.
A couple of weeks ago, a giant update for Bf3 was released. In this update were the files for the “Back to Karkand” expansion pack. In order to unlock these files you either had to buy the Limited Edition of Bf3 or , if you had the standard version, pay some money for it (15€ here). I paid for mine earlier today and I was not able to join a server. The message “Game content was not found” had appeared. Apparently, I was not alone. Here is a list of a few things you can try in order to get the “Back to Karkand” expansion working for you. I found these via several different forums.
Log out and back into Origin
Clear all cookies, history from your browser
Attempt to join empty server, or an empty out of region server or with a few ppl
Manually log out of Battlelog in browser (without browser) then log back in
The first four did not work – it worked for others. The last one did work for me.
Like I said, this is a great game but, sorry EA and Dice, using both Origin and Battlelog on a web browser to update the game – just sloppy.
I have recently begun playing Battlefield 3, my wife bought it for Father’s Day, which is in November here in Finland. I played the single player first (yes, I finished it). Half way through the first session of playing, my eyes really began to hurt. By the end of the 2-hour session, my head hurt and I wanted to gouge my eyes out in the hopes that maybe that will make me feel better.
The next day, while my eyes were still sore from the night before, I did some research and I found that a lot of people were having the same problems I was. The answer came down to Battlefield 3’s contrast is really high. Check out these comparison shots here – courtesy of Battlefield 3 Online.
While you are able to make some change within the games config files, I read a lot of comments saying that did not help and, someday, maybe you might get a boot off of a server via Punkbuster. Fortunately, my Benq e2200HD monitor has settings where I can change – via the buttons on the side of my monitor – the “mode” of the display from “movie” to “picture” and so on. I changed the mode setting from “movie” to “sRGB”. Since then, I have been playing hours of BF3 with no headache whatsoever. If you do not have any mode settings, try manually lowering the contrast. Monitors usually have at least this feature.
For the moment, I’ll do my best to not moan about having to log into Origin so you can launch Battlelog in your web browser – just so you can launch Battlefield 3 and play a game…
Having troubles installing BF3’s first patch? Maybe this will help – and with subsequent patches – log out of Origin and log back in. When I went into Battlelog this afternoon to play a round and tried to join a server, the Game Manager told me that an update needed to be installed. So, I pressed “update” and Origin popped up but, nothing happened – it just sat there. Logging out and logging back in solved the problem. Hopefully, this will do the same for you.
BTW, from what I read, this patch did not dim that portable sun people carry around and blinding EVERYONE.