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).
Now… what to do about the NFL?
A Step-by-Step Guide to Transfer Domains Out Of GoDaddy
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.
For a while, a “Sync Error” message has been sitting on my Google Chrome browser. I haven’t had the time to do anything about it till now. So, when I clicked on “Sync Error”, it took me to “Personal Stuff” in “Options”. I entered in my password and waited.
And waited some more….
You get the picture. Nothing was happening. The little Ajax loader graphic was spinning but, that was it. I solved this by clicking on the button “Stop syncing this account…”, then I pressed the “Stop syncing” button in the “Stop syncing this account” pop up window and lastly clicking on the “Set up sync” button and entering my log in information.
A little stupid and annoying but, at least it works again.
A little over a week ago, several executives with GSC Game World – including Sergei Grigorovich mentioned that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will have the “always online” DRM scheme. All hell broke loose. GSC Game World then tweeted that the scheme was only mentioned as a “possibility”. With the scare of this DRM scheme gone, we all can look forward to purchasing and enjoying the next chapter in the Zone. Continue reading
An attempted rebranding? They should redesign the CV-Netti application first.
So, the other day I was in the local employment office (työkkäri/työvoimatoimisto). While we were talking with a rep. she looked at my online CV which is listed on MOL.fi’s CV-Netti system. She showed us that an alert window had popped up saying that my CV was not published (offline, unsearchable to potential employers). The problem was that I renewed my CV’s “Julkaiseaika” (online publish time) the week before. This is mandatory for everyone looking for a job and receiving unemployment money. If this is not done, you could lose your money for two months. This is something that I cannot afford to have happen to me.
I was angry and I did not understand why this had happened. When I came home, I looked at my CV and sure enough, the fields to list “Julkaiseaika” were blank. So, how did this happen? I figured it out real quick. Continue reading
Over the last week, Sony Playstation Network has been down. According to Sony, PSN was the victim of a security breach which compromised user accounts on PSN and Qriocity. Yesterday, it was announced that personal information including credit card information (for those who have shopped on PSN) might have also been compromised. Taking PR black eyes for a perceived lack of updates and notifications, Sony today issued a statement on the Playstation blog, saying that it had only learned of the scope of the breach on the 26th of April – a week after the intrusion. Sony brought in outside help to sift through the data which took a few days. Continue reading
As I read via Computerworld, Microsoft has launched it’s IE6 watch site. It’s purpose is to monitor IE6 usage drop via NET Applications. While it’s great that Microsoft is truly bent on seeing the demise of IE6, I can’t help but point out that they slowed the progression of the Internet by continued support of the almost 11-year old browser. But, hey, at least you get half a cookie for finally trying.
Now, how about addressing how you are going to update and upgrade Internet Explorer 9 after it comes out?
Note: The site in question is down and probably for good.
Sometime last week, two guys launched a “dating” site with 250,000 users. Which would be a huge launch except for the fact that the users joined the site without actually knowing about it. How did they do this and why did they do this? Their reasoning is explained in detail on their site.
The process, called “scraping”, took the pictures from the profiles of one million Facebook users, compiled and matched them to other users using special software and then posted the 250,000 matches to their dating site. The authors of the site, Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, wanted to demonstrate just how easy it is for people/companies to troll through Facebook, collecting “public data” so they can do whatever it is they are going to do with the data. This demonstrated not only how unsecure Facebook is, but also how many people do not take advantage of the privacy features rolled out by Facebook. To the right, this is what my privacy settings summary page looks like.
Just remember that common sense plays a huge factor in what you do on Facebook. If you don’t want any of your personal data shared (telephone number, address etc.), either don’t post it at all or make sure that your settings are as secure as Facebook can make them. There’s a really cool site that lets you search for status/post updates of anyone who has that information available for public viewing. You can go to openbook.org to check to see if you can find any posts made by you.
Facebook can only do so much so, it’s up to us users to use a little bit of that common sense I just mentioned. Be vigilant!
File under: Check to make sure you actually didn’t do it, before saying that you didn’t do it.
While, in my opinion, the bitching and moaning about Google and it’s Street View project has been tiresome, it’s hard to overlook some things. In this case, questions were raised by the German government concerning Google ‘s WiFi data collecting while it’s Street View cars are driving around, taking pictures of everything. Apparently, at one point in Germany, Google collected information about WiFi networks they were not supposed to collect.
Google, red faced, blamed this on some code an engineer wrote for a WiFi experiment. If that’s true, so be it. Delete the collected information and the code and move along. But make sure that the data collection DID NOT happen before you write blog postings saying that you don’t engage in those kinds of practices. It’s annoying having to sift through all of the tinfoil hat comments…