On Backupify killing their free backup service & online services’ bait and and switch tactics 2

Long ago when Backupify said they were going to offer their service for free, I knew it was too good to be true and weren’t going to last long. Fast forward today, they mention they’re going to not only kill their free twitter backup service, but also wipe out data of their existing free users. ...

Error’d: Where I Come From, We Don’t Need July

sathyabhat shared this story from The Daily WTF: "In my native language, we don't have translations for seven months out of the year. Way to go Windows Live!!" LOL. “Someone FINALLY got it right!!” Farz wrote, “In my native language, we don’t have translations for seven months out of the year. Way to go Windows ...

Pirates play a gamedev simulator; go bankrupt because of piracy. 1

What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy? → Summary of “What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy?” When Game Dev Tycoon (a Game Development Simulation Game) was released, its developer released a cracked version on BitTorrent simultaneously. ...

Alienware X51 with Ubuntu makes no sense

This morning in my half-woken state, as I was checking Hacker News, I spotted this piece about Alienware launching the X51 with Ubuntu. I initially thought I was dreaming, and woke up immediately and read the piece, and I was left dumbfounded when I read it again to be sure. Kind of dumbfounded at Dell ...

Reviving my dead Windows 8 install with no bootable USB/DVD and Linux Mint & Cr48

Couple of months ago, just about a month before #cpgweds – the engagement my Envy 14 laptop started showing signs of dying – weird noises coming from the vents, system freezing arbitrarily, system getting incredibly hot – and that’s really unusual because the Envy’s cooling system is probably one of the best that I’ve seen in a laptop. ...

Salute to Fabrice Bellard 2

I probably top the ranks of lazy arses who procrastinate like there’s no tomorrow – and then there’s Fabrice Bellard Amongst others, he’s created/led A 4G LTE base station running entirely in software on a standard PC. A new ASN1 compiler generating small and efficient C code. A PC emulator in Javascript: how much time takes your ...

My Experience on upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 1

So after much thought, I upgraded my Windows 7 Ultimate install to Windows 8. I didn’t plan to upgrade so soon, I wanted to wait for few more months before doing the upgrade – the main reason for holding back the upgrade was lack of drivers. However with Super User‘s Windows 8 Challenge around, I ...

Patch 1.0.5 for Diablo III

Blizzard Rolling Out Patch 1.0.5 For Diablo III, Brings in New Events → Along with lots of bug fixes, the patch brings in two new types of Gameplay events – the Infernal Machine and Monster Power. tl;dr version: Monster Power increases monster health difficulty & health from 100% to OMFG-are-you-nuts!?!? levels Infernal Machine brings in ...

EA Screws Up Coupon Code Validation, Tons Get Free Games

EA’s Coupon Code Goof Up Results in Free Games Bonanza → The coupon code was supposed to be one-time and applicable for one game — except EA forgot to put in the one-time check. Woops. Few enterprising souls discovered that they could use it multiple times. EA’s servers essentially didn’t bother to validate if the ...

Animated GIFs the Hard Way & Using Them For Realtime text communication

When doing the new website for the Sublime Text 2.0 launch, instead of just screenshots, I wanted to have animations to demonstrate some of its features. Animated GIF files would have been a candidate, except for two issues: the 256 color limitation, which would have made the animations ugly, and the encoders I tried spat ...