Hammered


And not the way you think. My blog (and oth­ers of my account asso­ci­ated with my attacked domain) was off­line for a bit. It seems that someone thinks it’s a good idea to ham­mer my webhost’s serv­ers try­ing to find vul­ner­ab­il­it­ies in their secur­ity.

They selec­ted my domain again today. Prob­lem is fixed, but it’s a pain until I can catch the prob­lem and fix it.

Gadget and Claire


This week’s Weekly­Beats cre­ation — I had no idea what I’d be doing this week. Then Korg went and released the cool Gad­get app for the iPad and I knew I’d be using it.

A few hours later, some futz­ing around in Gar­age­Band for the drumkit, gui­tars and mix, and it’s done. Thanks to my drum­mer ‘Ian’ — though I think he kinda steals the show in a couple of places.

Now, I have to learn how to make some­thing longer than a minute and a bit…

Flipboard comes to the web — and my Gaming Magazine is featured!

Very cool! I’ve been cur­at­ing a Flip­board magazine for a few months now, gathered a mod­est fol­low­ing, and now that Flip­board magazine is fea­tured as Flip­board makes the huge leap to shar­ing magazines on the web!

On Gam­ing is fea­tured in the ‘Magazines we Love’ sec­tion of Flipboard’s Com­munity pro­filed pages.

So now, you don’t need to view Flip­board magazines only on mobile devices — you  can eas­ily find the with any web browser.

 

 

New Yahoo! weather app powered by Flickr makes bad weather look great!

Earli­er today Yahoo! launched a new iOS weath­er app that takes advant­age of the power of the crowd through a cool Flickr group; Pro­ject Weath­er.

The com­pany line:

Today, we’re shar­ing the Yahoo! Weath­er App for iPhone, iPod and iPod touch – a win­dow into the places you care about. We’ve brought togeth­er beau­ti­ful images from our Flickr com­munity to show you cur­rent loc­al con­di­tions, with all the details you want to know about the fore­cast. Instead of read­ing the weath­er, you can SEE the weath­er.

The neat thing is, any­one can con­trib­ute images to the Flickr group that appears in the back­ground of the app by con­trib­ut­ing to the open Pro­ject Weath­er group.

Our goal is to have amaz­ing pho­tos for every weath­er con­di­tion that cov­er the globe — morn­ing, after­noon, and night — across every city in the world, and we want your help. Wheth­er you’re simply a day­dream­er or an avid pho­to­graph­er, sub­mit pho­tos of your favor­ite places to our Flickr Group and your image can be seen by tens of mil­lions in Yahoo! Weath­er for iPhone. For more details, please go to Pro­ject Weather’s page on Flickr.

To my mind it looks like there’s anoth­er goal here too; to get more people using Flickr to com­pete with the instant weath­er shots on ser­vices like Ins­tagram, and grow the photographer’s audi­ence and reach with (poten­tially) more expos­ure.

As you can see from my screen­shot above, it’s a very clean and nicely designed app, with a look that takes advant­age of the great ret­ina dis­play on the new­est gen­er­a­tion iPhones.

Yeah, I’m try­ing it. Below is my shot for Cloudy Edmon­ton — we’ll see if it makes the cut and is accep­ted into the group 😉

Clouds in Edmon­ton.

And yeah, they’ve even provided a movie that gives more detail.

Lawnchairs in Space!

You likely are aware that I’m a fan of the Kerbal Space Pro­gram, a very cool and fun way to safely explore the pro­cess of design­ing, build­ing, launch­ing, nav­ig­at­ing and land­ing space­craft. Yep, cool and safe.

Totally unlike real­ity. Earli­er today I stumbled across this video that, while hos­ted by a Kerbal Space Pro­gram fan, goes into a lot of detail about LESS, the Lun­ar Escape Sys­tems.

Lawn­chairs + Rock­ets. That’s it! No com­puter. Nav­ig­a­tion handled by the Mark I Eye­ball and stop­watches.

Wow.

 

So. Google’s shutting down Google Reader

Frankly I’d not thought about my RSS read­ing pro­cess in a while. I use NetVibes (pic­tured above) as my main read­er, and it’s been pretty stable up until today; they pos­ted a note say­ing they’re deal­ing with an influx of new mem­bers — likely emig­rants from Google Read­er.

I like NetVibes because it gives me a simple head­line-in-a-tile view that makes it easy to quickly scan my news, and NetVibes man­ages my feed sub­scrip­tions.

This is where the pain will be felt by those using Google Read­er when the big G shuts it down. Many 3rd party apps for mobile devices use Google Read­er as the ‘sub­scrip­tion man­age­ment’ fea­ture of their app. When Google Read­er closes on July 1, these apps will have to have in place some sort of replace­ment for sub­scrip­tion man­age­ment, or they’ll break.

Update: If you’re look­ing to migrate your Google Read­er sub­scrip­tions to NetVibes, the team at NetVibes have this handy guide. (Thanks Randy!)

For now, this won’t impact me or my news­read­ing habits, but as I men­tioned at the top, I’m rethink­ing my RSS read­ing, and as Dave Wein­er states, rethink­ing my use of Free when applied to ser­vices I’m com­ing to depend on.