November 29, 2003

NStorm games connect to their site

I forgot to mention this and a friend of mine brought it to my attention. The NStorm games connect back to the mothership (i.e. the NStorm site). Their Privacy Policy discusses this under the Gaming heading and they say that all they do is collect the fact that a specific game is being played. Their "About NStorm" page tells you that they're an "advergaming" company so it makes sense. For what it's worth, I still play their games. YMMV.

Posted by tony at 10:26 AM | Comments (2)

November 28, 2003

Super Elf Bowling!

NStorm has been one of my favorite gaming sites for a long time. That's saying something cause I'm not much of a gamer ... just occasional visits to the Space Invaders site and NStorm. Anyway, I'm a fan of quite a few of their games such as Elf Bowling. Haven't played it yet but I'm looking forward to it.

Posted by tony at 08:08 AM | Comments (1)

List of Northern California high-tech businesses

Check this out. Looks like their business is listing companies because they've got printed directories as well. And they have them for more than just Northern California, like one for Arkansas, Louisana and Oklahoma, one for Texas and a couple for Southern California.

Posted by tony at 07:57 AM | Comments (0)

November 24, 2003

Quarterly CERT summary is out

CERT issues quarterly summaries and the one for this quarter is out. Besides some new Windows vulnerabilities and some Win32 viruses, there are exposures in SSL/TLS, Sendmail and OpenSSH.

Posted by tony at 06:52 PM | Comments (0)

1&1 Control Panel performance resolved

OK, I don't know why but a simple change of browser rectified the Control Panel performance issue I wrote about earlier. I now use Firebird and the Control Panel performs quite nicely!

Posted by tony at 09:14 AM | Comments (0)

Smart directory assistance and more - Infone

I saw this a couple of weeks ago and forgot to post something about it and, wouldn't you know, when I thought of it again, I had to go dig up the info again.

Anyway, Infone is a relatively new service which, for 89 cents, gives you 15 minutes of talk-time to a real person for assistance (time beyond 15 minutes is billed at 5 cents/minute). What kind of assistance? Well, nationwide directory assistance, of course, but there's more. You can upload your address book and have the attendant read you information from it or place a call. You can upload your calendar and get information on your appointments. You can call and get dinner reservations or check on flight status or get driving directions ... y'know, stuff that, if you're like me, you've said "Gee, I wish I could ..."

No monthly fees, no charges of any kind until/unless you use the service.

Oh, by the way, if you have them place a call for you, the clock is running until you hang up.

Posted by tony at 07:51 AM | Comments (0)

voiceglo -- phone calls over the Internet

It's not the same-old, same-old. voiceglo offers phone calls over the Internet for, get this, DIAL-UP as well as broadband users. The information on their site is pretty sparse as to the particulars but it looks like you can use your existing phones if you have a broadband connection, otherwise you have to use one of their free USB phones. Apparently they are a full-fledged telephone service provider as you get an actual phone number (how else would someone call you?). The good news is you get to pick the area code you want. I can't tell what area codes they serve as their area code map won't come up on my machine for some reason.

Prices look good. Since they operate over your existing Internet connection, you'll have to keep a wireline provider.

Posted by tony at 07:43 AM | Comments (0)