July 2011 Entries

Steam Connection issues when using a Cisco router

A little while ago I was Steaming about Steam, and the fact that I was having permanent issues trying to connect to the service, and that the only way I could authenticate was by using a customer VPN and having that VPN connection as the default gateway. I tried a lot of troubleshooting and had come down to the conclusion that the issues were caused by aliens, or possibly as a result of the third world “rural” (thanks Chorus!) broadband we have out here. However it seems that’s not the case – the issue is with my Cisco 857...

OSX Lion–this is not the future we were hoping for

Mac OS X Lion: This Is Not the Future We Were Hoping For (Gizmodo) is a short but negative write up on OSX Lion. The article (written by an OSX lover fwiw) contains quotes such as this one: By trying to please everyone, the OS X team has produced an incongruent user interface pastiche that won't satisfy the consumers seeking simplicity nor the professional users in search of OCD control. I’ll wait and have a play with it before passing judgement, but I have to say that I...


If you’re using JSON anywhere then you’ll probably find mockJSON pretty interesting. It’s a plugin for jQuery that hijacks JSON and JSONP requests and responds with some randomly generated data that you can define/control via a template. Tags: jQuery, JavaScript

Should you change your password?

Probably, yes. But will you? Probably not. However you might be more inclined to if you visit https://shouldichangemypassword.com/ and find your email address listed in their database which is built from publically leaked information (i.e. all you Sony users!). If you’re interested in this sort of thing then check out Risky Business #200 which features an interview with the site’s creator.