Monthly Archives: May 2011

Absence


This website will be currently offline for a while in latest posts for a while from June 4th to August 11th. If anyone is able to come and help out during this absence during the summer, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me in anyway.

-Thanks!

Karthik

Sony plans to open PlayStation Store May 24th


Sony has recently planned to open the PlayStation Store today. They have said to have opened it, yet I have not checked whether they really have done it.

PlayStation Network was down since April 20th due to recent security breaches into it’s major PSN network. They had shut down all systems of the PSN and had opened the online gameplay but the store hadn’t opened yet. They had gave news out that it would be open by today. I don’t know so I can’t tell you for sure that it will be open.

Sony had lost about  $171 million dollars in the security breach and is currently recovering from it. They had reassured that all the systems would be back up and just working fine.

After the breach and when they opened up part of it’s online gaming services, Sony had promised that once they had fixed the store that they would give 30 free days of PlayStation Plus access and would allow you to select 2 games for free from this list of games: LittleBigPlanet, Wipeout HD, Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty, and Dead Nation. You can select only 2 and remember that.

All the other games that were planned to release on the weeks of the outage will now be postponed to a different day where then the games will be released accordingly.

Will you still use PSN even after so many days of outage?

Vote on this poll:

Breaking News: Joplin tornado destroys 30% of the city


The aftermath of the devastating tornado in Joplin, MO

The recent tornado in Joplin, MO was an EF4 tornado that literally ripped through the entire city. The devastating storm produced 198 mph winds and very, very destructive winds that killed at leas 116 citizens. The devastating tornado stormed and ripped about 6 miles of the city and flattened out everything in it’s path. It hadn’t spared even one thing. About 2,000 buildings were destroyed in this devastating, devastating tornado. Everything was destroyed in the path of the tornado.

The storms were so severe in this humid climate that even the satellite showed the area purple and blue which is passed severe, severe. The poor city Joplin had no idea of what was coming. It all just happened quickly. The tornado quickly ripped through and destroyed half the city. A firefighter had said that the city was literally cut in half. Nothing else that anyone could say. Just silence after the devastating storm.

“The National Weather Service warned there was a 45% chance of another tornado outbreak — with the peak time between 4 p.m. and midnight Tuesday — over a wide swath, including parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The Storm Prediction Center placed several large cities in the most high-risk area, along with other cities including Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas; Topeka and Wichita, Kansas; and Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma.”

-from CNN

That shows have bad these storms have been. The Joplin tornado hit the small town on Sunday evening. No one had any idea of what would happen other than the rain and severe winds. No one was warned quick enough. The Joplin tornado had been expected to only be a strong storm. Only until the cold air came in the other way. That was when the big monster was born. Though it only lasted for a little bit it still took a big toll and many lives were lost making this one of America’s worst storms wince the National Weather Service kept records of storms 61 years ago.

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CNN
Yahoo News
Weather.com
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Top 5 Web Browsers For You ☺♣♠


Web browsers are designed for users to basically use the internet in style, with customization and many other features that you think would suit you. Now days we mostly use our web browsers more than anything else on our computer. A web browser would probably be used at least every day. Trust me, you will feel internet sick if you don’t/not allowed to use use the internet. I have created a list of the top 5 web browsers that I think are very interesting and are things that I use everyday. (These are not facts, but only opinions.

1. Google Chrome: Google has probably created the most dynamic web browser of all time. Google has mainly tried everything to make it satisfactory. Google’s main purpose in their browser was to make it light. No bugging downloads screen and messed up plugins with a bunch of pop ups. Google has made it convenient to search up basically anything in a flash. The basic structure of this web browser is very simple for people to use it. Just by looking at it, you’ll probably know how to use it. It’s a special browser that has the power to do what you choose. Personalized themes and basically everything that a web surfer would need. http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/make/download.html?brand=CHKZ

2. Mozilla Firefox: Firefox is basically the safest browser that you could find. It has great features, great themes, and it’s very attractive just when you set your eyes on it. Probably one of the best browsers that you could find, but it really isn’t a light browser like Chrome. Though unlike Chrome, Firefox, has many security options and a lot of widgets that you could get off like a basic plug-in. Firefox is also very dynamic in it’s add-ons billions of plug-ins are always available at mozzila.com. Firefox is a great a recommended browser. (I use both firefox and chrome!) http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/new/

3. Opera: Opera is a good browser. It’s not the best yet it’s not the worst ,but there’s no other browser like Opera which is fast. Opera has great features and has supported internet in the Wii and many other game consoles. The code behind it makes it more available to other type of operating systems. It has also been available to many portable handheld devices including the iPhone which usually uses Safari. It’s open to the community with development, feedback, and great support. It deserves a spot for the top 3.

4. Safari: Apple has once again done it. They have created something that is very easy to use and attractive at the same time. Not the best browser you could find but It’s an OK type of browser. I would rather use this than IE8. Safari is a fast browser that can help you search quickly and get a lot of sneak peaks of movies on it’s Apple home page. It can be a slow browser but it’s still usable for web surfers. Not the fastest but it’s still pretty safe with great web filtering and keeps you safe from malware etc. http://www.apple.com/safari/

5. Internet Explorer 9: IE9 is not the best web browser in the world. Out of probably 5 nice web browser it would be rated as the last rank. It’s slow, buggy, but you know when you download a new operating system, you at least have something to surf the web on. It’s better than nothing. Microsoft, this is not a great web browser. I was praying for it to download Google Chrome when I first got my new computer. It’s amazingly slow and buggy with a bunch of useless things that first pop up when you boot it up. You’ll probably slap you’re head when you start Internet Explorer. ‘Sigh’, this browser is just………….bad. If you prefer it you can download new versions @ http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie/home

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Got LunaTik? Got TikTok?


Apple’s iPods are a new tech frenzy gadget, but sometimes, to check the time, it can be a big problem. Shoving your hand down a tight pocket to look at the time isn’t worth it. How about making is like a watch so you could check the time, play games, check music, and feel pocket free. Take a step ahead and you’ll meet the LunaTik and TikTok. The products that are made by the same company have caught the eye of Apple. A simple idea to make you’re iPod nano into a watch and entertainment display. Just think of a way of how you could sneak that into school. The mastermind behind it, Scott Wilson.

TikTok: The TicTok was probably the simpler version for the idea of putting the iPod nano safely into int’s case and can be compaitable with the Nike Zoom. You basically take the nano and push it into the slot. That was it. You could also take it out by pushing it out through the brand hole. It was that easy. Imagine your self just running around with a really cool watch. TikTok is $39.95 and you can buy it off of www.lunatik.com. The genius behind it was Scott Wilson and Chicago-based designer. He had thought of this idea and had worked and engineered this for a while and expected only a little when instead $1 million dollars was poured on him!

LunaTik: The LunaTik is probably just like the TikTok except that it has some new engineering for people who would like to keep their iPod nano like a watch/running watch. (You can watch the video below for some further details on the TikTok and LunaTik.) It’s basically engineered so that people who would like to keep it like a watch, it would stay in place for a while with 2 small metal sticks. The LunaTik is pretty cool if you go and check it out. It’s only at the price of $79.95. You can’t get it any better than that. For further information go to: www.lunatik.com

TikTok+LunaTik from Visere on Vimeo.

TikTok and LunaTik are both cool new gadgets that are pretty cheap. Remember the requirements are 1 or more iPod nanos. I’m pretty sure Apple is going to be like it was their idea. If they can’t think of anything this is what they do sometimes. Just like the thing about jailbreaking. Scott Wilson and his company: MINIMAL, have already made sooooooo much money in just early release of their products. Future improvement for the company’s economy and success should be in the positives. Just saying: the name also sounds pretty cool 🙂 .

Thanks to: http://www.lunatik.com

http://www.google.com

http://www.popsci.com

http://www.wired.com

http://www.apple.com

http://www.vimeo.com

FEATURED: Limewire under some hot stuff. Under law suit.


“I need another story, something to get off my chest, my life….” Well that song was Secrets by OneRepublic and I guess you can get that song off of LimeWire. Well now it’s officially said. LimeWire is illegal, illegal, and illegal. If you guys still use LimeWire do something, but it has to be something where you don’t use it. Officialy said that LimeWire was illegal, LimeWire creators etc. face a big lawsuit of $105 million due to illegal sharing of media and music. Well, there goes LimeWire. This blows. No more music for free with no viruses. 😦 You can go and check there website and here’s what it will probably say:

LimeWire has been under court order for a while ,but now they have been filed with a law suit with $105 million dollars and is strictly illegal towards the whole country. You can see that even they tell you to stop using it, so I think you really should stop using it. I was once a use of LimeWire ,but then I had a feeling that something like this would happen and then I immediately quit inn 2009. This secret case could date from a problem in 2006. People still used the program ,but it was always told to stop using it. They case had been settled for copyright infringement. “We are pleased to have reached a large monetary settlement following the court’s finding that both LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton personally liable for copyright infringement,” said RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol. “As the court heard during the last two weeks, LimeWire wreaked enormous damage on the music community, helping contribute to thousands of lost jobs and fewer opportunities for aspiring artists.”

I guess I could agree with Mr. Bainwol because a lot of money had been lost in this big LimeWire problem that had been aroused. But wait this problem is still not done. People still have software and old software of LimeWire until the database connection is officially closed by RIAA. Another problem is that developers had worked on a LimeWire Pirate Edition which is an illegal version of LimeWire and still lives in the archives of the internet. LimeWire is officially shut down but it still lives on with it’s Pirate Edition that people still use. Also don’t forget that other programs like FrostWire and BitTorrent are still out there. I guess the problem to illegal music/media sharing won’t be solved for a while.

You choose on what illegal media sharing decision that you would do now:

PSN Network: 5/15/11: PSN NETWORK IS BACK UP!


PSN Network is finally back up after a month of no online gaming or online services.

PSN Network is finally back up! After a month gamers around the world were waiting for this moment. Planned to open up on the 31st, Sony had maybe fixed the problem earlier and was able to open the PSN Network, live and running. I haven’t really tried it out yet but Sony claims that they had opened back PSN Network. PSN Network might be opened up but some things have been limited to gamers across the United States. The new update has also required for you to change your password. In addition to online gameplay, the update brings back video rental playback, Music Unlimited on Qriocity, Netflix/Hulu access, Friends Lists, chat, Trophy comparison and PlayStation Home.

It’s like finally the PSN Network is back up. Network services have opened up so Black Ops for sure will be available online as of today. Though if you had any important personal information on the PSN Network, giving it the most complex password won’t do any good if the network service are hacked again.

After all many people did stick with the PSN Network even though the hack had made some big holes in our security. Still the Playstation Network probably had the best services for it’s players and also many other things.

Don’t forget Sony made a promise to give 1 month free for Playstation Plus services and other things. I wonder if they will keep their promise in this time. Now I can finally play some video games and I can also watch my Netflix stuff. It’s been almost forever since I had played my PS3. Still It’s kinda weird that the Playstation Network is what people usually want. I mean after all most people stopped playing just because the PSN Network was down. Still, who did it?

PSN Network: Newest Update! Opening up on May 31st!


Well if you haven’t heard, PSN Network is still down and it had been down for a few weeks starting from April 16-17th. Well lets see who would do it. If you guys have heard of geohot, the greatest hacker who jailbroke the iPod touch and the PS3, he was under lawsuit for hacking the PS3. Wha-bam! Right there the hackers could have gotten the opportunity to hack into the Playstation Network. With all of Sony faced on the lawsuit the hackers got to get access into easy hacking on the PSN Network. Don’t take every word I said because this is just my hypothesis.

Recent update: So far Sony hasn’t really sent out an update when they’ll come back up since this was one of the worst cyber attacks in history. Well Sony deserves this. You sue a guy for jailbreaking your PS3  and you sue him. He didn’t really do anything illegal, he just let you run 3rd party applications basically just like the iPod touch/iPhone 4 ,but Apple didn’t sue him did they? Honestly you can’t sue anyone when they don’t do anything like hack the PSN Network.

5/11/11 UPDATE!: Sony recently just announced that they will open PSN Network back up on May 31st. They apologize for this big crash and have promised to give free Playstation Plus services free for 30 days or more! They have also promised 2-3 games that they will give to you when they open back up on the 31st of May. They  have found the security breach and have believed that Anonymous had planned this type of cyber attack to Sony’s biggest systems. Anonymous has denied the attack but Sony refuses to hear anything like that. This may be a brink of a cyber war between the boom boom company to the small team of hackers known as Anonymous.

You can make a decision. People have already started to quit using PS3 and have traded them for XBOX 360’s and other things so they can keep up with their gaming. Now will you continue to use the PS3 which has already lost a lot of trust or will you continue to give up on the PS3 and go with something else? (Well if you ask me, I’m sticking with the PS3 because I want a bunch of free stuff for a really long time! I’m going to take up all my 180 GB with Playstation Plus stuff!)

PSN Network Exclusive: Who Did It? What’s Next for Sony and other Companies?


Sony is currently fixing the problem for the security breach so all you gamers don’t worry. It’s coming up soon ,but not anytime  soon. Here’s the main question. Who did it? Who planned this secret cyber attack against Sony? This can be stated as computer terrorism in my notion. Who would do it? Well in latest news officials have found some people who might be involved in this type of case or can be known as ‘Anonymous’ pretty typical for a hacker. The group denied the hacking for Sony ,but Sony doesn’t want to believe it. People say that the breach could have been done when GeoHot hacked into the PS3 and jailbroke it. That is pretty tactical, using GeoHot as  a distraction and then just hacked into the Playstation Network. That’s cunning and clever at the same time. The group or known as ‘Anonymous’ says that they had nothing to do with this and protest against the accusations against them.

Sony’s recent news on the Playstation Network is that it’s still under maintenance. Well I kinda wonder how long that is going to take because I’ve been waiting half a month to get some new demos and play Black Ops or 2K 11 on my PS3. Every time I log in, the top always says that an error occurred and I was signed out of PSN. ‘Sigh’, how long is this going to take to fix this. Sony just sue that group and do something. Just open up the PSN. Sometimes I now wonder whether if Sony should make a trophy saying, “Great Job! You survived half a month of no PSN!”. Wow. That’s pretty sad. But guys don’t worry PSN Network will open up in no time. You shouldn’t worry about any more problems and you should enjoy you’re 30+ days of Playstation Plus and other premium and exclusive stuff for free.

Now that Sony has been hacked out of it’s guts, what’s next for other companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, and even banks? Now that people can hack into PSN and get credit card info. Will banks also be a target? Money can be hacked into and be transfered out of the bank. What about iTunes that best music electronic seller. iTunes has invested Apple millions and millions of dollars. What is going to happen to them? Will they even get the same problem. This is like an alert for all the companies out there to start improving security into ways that computers can’t hack them only personally. For all gives, companies should completely change their security so that the hackers will have a hard time hacking into anything else. Companies like Microsoft need to put big barriers across their company because remember. Xbox Live is powered from Microsoft. If this is attacked next then I guess pretty much most of the gaming will be gone except the Nintendo Store with the Wii which will probably be next. Alert to all companies, change your security before online gaming becomes extinct!!

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PSN Network Service Not Coming Any Time Soon!


Sony had finally announced that they wouldn’t open the Playstation Network any sooner. Sony admits the hack had taken a lot of credit card information and other personal information of users. The counter is ticking up as more credit card information is being taken by the hackers. The unknown hackers had supposedly hacked into the Playstation Network with unauthorized information which breached into the network and all information was spilled out like water rushing from a broken dam. Sony assures that nothing that bad will happen but still advises all users who gave credit card information to shut down their credit cards. Though most people have done so, personal information has also been leaked which can give away social security numbers and other things.

Sony announced that they would still not open the Playstation Network until the problem had been fixed, who did it, and fix the infrastructure of the PSN. Many players have still been upset after this happening and have been suing Sony, which is a loss of billions and billions of dollars for Sony. Check the stocks for Sony. I assure you that they won’t be even good.

As of today Sony had announced on the Playstation Blog that they had started the restoration and will take a while. With the network infrastructure still at fix the fix will probably take a while. Sony had previously announced that they would open up again on the 3rd of May, but with more information being stolen, Sony had to shut down and work on the problem again. To my estimate it will probably take a week, and right now I’m dying to play Black Ops online so I’m also waiting for some new updates on the Playstation Network.

Sony had also decided to give free stuff during this period to users who use the Playstation Network. After the PSN opens back up, users will be able to get free 30 days of Playstation Plus service and more premium service for about a month. So now you have to decide on what to do with that. Latest news says that Sony won’t open up any soon even with engineers working on it 24/7 for us.

You can vote on this poll on what you will do. Will you continue to use the Playstation Network or will you just ditch it?