Published August 31, 2009
crime , technology
Tags: bing, botnet, china, chinese, ddos
Bing, as in the crazy Chinese gold farmer, not the search engine. Apparently it pays well to be a cotton factory worker AND run your own private server. Competition is stiff over in China with the growing number of underground gaming servers and often leads to dirty tactics. The ringleader, surname Bing, took exception to his competitors tactics and proceed to rent a botnet to retaliate. Only problem was, Bing was a moron, and configured his botnet wrong. It then went on the rampage to not only perform DDOS attacks on his competitor but as well the whole Internet. A total of 4 people were arrested.
Hmm, was it worth the $41,000? Tell it to your next prison buddy.
Published August 31, 2009
Tags: clumsy, d3o, goo, orange
Do you drop you gadgets often? Gadgets not durable enough or perhaps you’re just too clumsy. Perhaps you need some orange goo to save the day. It’s already in use by the military to absorb some of the harshest contact. Maybe there is some hope for your next gadget you clumsy bastard.
It’s a good idea to back up your data. Why? Just read this story from Consumerist. Long story short, the computer place screwed up and now people don’t have their data. The first mistake was not backing up their data. The second mistake was going to THAT computer store. It’s widely known that they’ve failed on multiple occasions. Plenty of blame to go around. I’m curious to know who’s actually doing the recovery service on the store’s behalf, because I’m fairly certain there’s nobody there competent enough to perform data recovery. Hopefully one of the bigger companies will catch wind of the story and offer up some discounted service for the poor couple. Don’t trust the computer place to protect your data, perform regular backups. AND don’t buy the extended warranty! It’s a complete waste of money.
Published August 20, 2009
gadgets , iphone , mobile , technology
Tags: canadian, cellphone, data, handsets, htc, iphone, plan
The Canadian cellphone market sucks. No news here. Not only are you limited in service providers but as well you’re limited in the choice of good handsets. You’d at least expect a decent selection for a country who’s average cellular plan is one of the most expensive in the world. So what are you paying for exactly? Go ahead, checkout the available handsets for Canadian cellphone providers: Telus, Rogers, Bell. Unless you want a Blackberry then you’ve got problems. iPhone? Enjoy your 3 year 500mb data plan at $25 a month. Perhaps you actually like crappy handsets like LG and Samsung?
Ok, so there are some decent phones available but if you take a look at the models that are offered to the ones that are actually produced by the manufacturer you will notice a problem here. We’re about 6 months behind other countries when it comes to the latest and greatest phones. Last year’s phones with outdated features. Why must I resort to buying an unlocked phone from eBay when it should be readily available from an existing service provider. How long did it take for the iPhone to come to Canada? Exactly. While many are already enjoying the Palm Pre, Bell Canada still advertises “coming soon”. For Android lovers, I wouldn’t be holding my breath on the HTC Hero.
Looking the part is half the battle (the other half is lasers). Nothing short of sexy, Verbatim offers up the Insight, a hot little number dressed in piano black. Comes in 2 flavors: 320gb and 500gb reasonably affordable for those willing to spend $20 for some added style. The little display shows it’s name (volume name I’m guessing) and available free space. A nice feature which does not require it be plugged in.
The good: style, lcd display, includes software, 5 year warranty.
The bad: speed (5400rpm with 8mb cache), price.