Monthly Archives: December 2011

Philips DVD Player Unlock Code

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.

Enjoy!


My Domains Transferred Away From GoDaddy

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).

Now… what to do about the NFL?

More reading

A Step-by-Step Guide to Transfer Domains Out Of GoDaddy


Silent Updates To Begin For Internet Explorer

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.


Battlefield 3 Tips: Getting To Karkand

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
  • Reinstall Origin
  • 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.