Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sucks to be Sony right now. Or a PSN subscriber.

So, Playstation Network has been down for a week now, since the 19th.  Now, they've come to the conclusion that personal information has (probably) been compromised.

The tl;dr of the story is that if you've provided them your credit card number, it might have been leaked.  Also, if you use the same username and password elsewhere, then change them.

THIS IS A GOOD REASON NOT TO USE THE SAME PASSWORD EVERYWHERE.  So was the engadget hack.  I love password expiration day at work, expecially the arguement, 'but i've had this password for years, and i use the same one for everything!'.

Anyhow.  My rant for the night.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Today's free app of the day (for another 3 hours) is Medeor Brick Breaker.  Basically an Arkanoid or Breakout clone that gets meh reviews.  Whatever, it's free instead of $4, but I don't expect to have it installed for long.

What I have been playing a lot of is Game Dev Story, an addicting little game where you run a company that develops video games.  There's a lite version also to try out, to see if you like it first.

I really need a phone upgrade.  Anyone have an HTC Evo or an HTC Evo Shift for cheap?

Friday, April 22, 2011

TuneIn Radio Pro

Today's free app of the day for Android is TuneIn Radio Pro, which allows you to listen to local radio or radio anywhere in the world.  This morning, I was listening to BBC One, and then switched it to a local radio station instead.  It also has NOAA radio to listen to the weather alerts, and lets you record also.  No ads inside the app to accidentally click on either.  Check it out!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Stuff that is wonderful that we encounter every day.

Continuing the theme of stuff that we take for granted and underappreciate, I made a purchase from x10.com a while back that I'm really happy with.  The x10 powermid remote control extender.  I can have my Tivo and DVD player tucked away in the closet behind my TV, and this little pyramid thingie in front of the TV, and it transmits remote control signals through the closed closet door, so I can have everything tucked away and looking neat.  Also, there are fewer exposed cables and stuff for my son to get into.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Storm's a rolling in

Tonight across the Midwest USA, we had a large storm sweep across.  Hail, thunder and lightning, 60mph (100kph) winds, tornadoes, the works.  As the tornado sirens went off, I sent the rest of the family to take cover and pulled up audio feeds of the local police / fire / EMA, plus the local shortwave repeater repeater.  I also had the weather radar pulled up, plus the weather people on TV going nuts like they always do whenever there's the hint of bad weather.

What a world.  From my home, access to all kinds of information about what's happening.  Several radar systems, live pictures of the storms taken from satellites floating above us...  Actually, i could have done most of it from my cellphone, now that I think about it.

Do you ever stop and think about the technology that we take for granted every day?

Monday, April 18, 2011

So, what do you think about the new Kindle getting a $25 discount if you're willing to have ads on the front page?  Seems like a fair tradeoff to me, I think I'd have taken them up on it if it had been an option when I got my Kindle.

Speaking of which, anyone have a suggestion for an ereader similar to a kindle, long battery life, fairly cheap, but with a bigger screen?  Some of the PDF's that I'm trying to read end up being way too tiny on the Kindle's screen.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Nice one at the Amazon app store for android.

If you haven't installed it on your Android powered phone yet, this might make it worth the effort.  Trillian is the free app of the day at the Amazon app store - normally $5. Trillian is an all-in-one IM/chat application.  Combined gchat, aim, facebook chat, icq, etc.  Worth it at $5, a steal for free.

Friday, April 15, 2011

New location

I'm moving everything back over to blogger.  Thanks for following.

Anyway, Commvault released SP2 this week.  Normally I'd be all over it, but I think I'm going to wait a week or so to see how the bugs shake out.  The issue with backups leaving snapshots behind is really turning out to be a pain in the ass.  Still, I think it'll turn out to be an improvement from Backup Exec.