Friday, July 25, 2008

Steam Friends down for maintenance…

This is what usually greets me when I want to play games:

Steam is constantly broken…

Friday, March 14, 2008

Steam, and its wonderful update-system

Why is it so, that when I open up Steam there's an update that I have to wait for? Why wasn't this done while I was away and not using the computer? It's on 24/7, and Steam is always running. It can't be that hard to make it just a little better, can it?

Plus, how many times do Steam claim there's an update, when, in fact, there is none?

Steam is a clunky piece of crap that is long overdue for some major overhaul.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Electronic Arts in Hostile Bid to Acquire Take Two

Entertainment software giant Electronic Arts announced Feb. 24 that it was seeking to merge with GTA publisher Take Two Interactive in what would be a two billion dollar deal.

– Oh, crap...

Take Two Interactive released a response to Electronic Arts’ hostile takeover bid, where the board confirmed EA’s offer and pronounced it "inadequate in multiple respects and not in the best interests of Take-Two’s stockholders."– Yay! Go Take-Two!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Another dead-tree spam

Received another dead-tree spam in the mail today. Pity the poor trees who give their lives for the thieving, moneygrubbing bastards who send out this trash...

Oh, yeah.. The offender: partypo(r) Another poker-site that will never get to see any of my money.

Once in a lifetime opportunity... – Oh, yeah? To get to poke you with a red-hot branding-iron? Sign me up. No? Forget about it then...

Dear <name>,

You are a WINNER! – And you are all losers. Stop bugging me about it.

A seat in a REAL MONEY $20,000 tournament absolutely FREE* – ..only your SOUL!

...and a lot of marketing bullshit followed. Bah..

The return address on the back of the envelope was:
TIPH, 32-33 Clipper Boulevard East, Edison's Park, Dartford, UK, DA2 6QB.

Go die already...

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Counter Stike and Everquest banned in Brazil!

Rejoyce! A Brazilian federal court has issued a ban on the games Counter Strike and Everquest. Appearently they incited violence and were "harmful to consumers' health." According to the judge, the games encouraged "the subversion of public order, were an attack against the democratic state and the law and against public security." Holy shit! And I thought the criminals, drugs, and terrorists were.

On a side-note; The article didn't mention when they will be banning football.

AFP: Brazil bans popular video games seen to incite violence

Sunday, January 13, 2008

SimCity is finally OSS!

SimCity has been released as opensource under the title Micropolis. Rejoyce! Read more. Download Micropolis!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Dead-tree spam

Received the following letter in the mail today:


The CD You Have Just Received is Loaded With

What would you do if you walked past a casino and were handed 500€ in real currency to spend at the tables? Would you throw the money away or would you go in and see what you could turn that into?

Well that is exactly what we are giving you with the enclosed CD. It is loaded with 500€ in real casino credit and you have 1 hour to make as much money as you can from the comfort of your own home and you get to keep what you win!

The offer is risk free so get ready to experience the 200+ games we have available at Captain C(r)ooks Casino. You wouldn't believe the graphics and sounds, not to mention the Million Dollar Jackpots that are just itching to be hit!

Here is how it works:

Pop the CD into your computer. The CD will load the casino software onto your computer and the timer will start when you click on 'Start Free Play'.

You will then be credited 500€ and have 1 hour to make as much money as you can after which you can enjoy your winnings. It's our money so you can't lose! And, you get to keep what you win!

And remember, if you don't win you can still claim the matching welcome bonus of up to 50€ with your first purchase of 50€ or more.

Good luck at the tables - kick start your bankroll today!

Best wishes,

Steven C(r)ooke
Casino Host

The envelope was unmarked, but it appears like it was sent from Germany. The casino in question is Captain C(r)ooks Casino.

Here's the whois-info on their website:

John and Kernick (In Trust)
165 West Street
Sandton, Gauteng 2146


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Administrative Contact:
Administrator, DNS Duncan
Bowman Gilfillan
PO Box 785812
Sandton, Gauteng 2146
+27 11 669 9000 fax: + 27 11 669 9001

Technical Contact:
John & Kernick, Bowman Gilfillan Inc. dns-tech@BOWMAN.CO.ZA
Kernick House, Howick Close
Midrand, Gauteng 1685
+27 11 695 3500 fax: +27 11 315 7444

Record expires on 10-Mar-2009.
Record created on 10-Mar-1999.
Database last updated on 2-Jan-2008 12:43:46 EST.

Domain servers in listed order:


They are hosted on, and the whois on that is:

OrgName: TELUS Communications Inc.
Address: #2600 4720 Kingsway Avenue
City: Burnaby
StateProv: BC
PostalCode: V5N-4N2
Country: CA

ReferralServer: rwhois://

NetRange: -
NetName: TELUS-207-219-0-0
NetHandle: NET-207-219-0-0-1
Parent: NET-207-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Allocation
Updated: 2002-08-12

RTechName: TELUS IP Address Administration
RTechPhone: +1-604-444-5791

OrgAbuseHandle: AAT-ARIN
OrgAbuseName: Abuse at TELUS
OrgAbusePhone: +1-877-310-8324

OrgTechHandle: TBOTP-ARIN
OrgTechPhone: +1-877-310-8324

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2008-01-01 19:10
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS database.

Found a referral to

%rwhois V-1.5:003ab7:00 (by Network Solutions, Inc. V-
network:Street-Address:3777 Kingsway
network:Updated:2005-08-31 (20:55:48)
network:Created:2005-03-10 (21:18:51) (1-604-444-5791)

If just someone did a drive-by on these people...