Archive for June, 2009

Friday, June 26th, 2009

US Surfing Streaming Temporarily Down (update: no longer)

The current US-Surfing Streaming Server has exceeded its bandwidth and we were unable to get the new server up in time to replace.

There will be a short downtime while we rush to bring up this server and update the configurations.

Will post updates!

Update #1: We have received the server from the hosts and in the process of configuring it.

Update #2: Server is now up and running. Configuration files have been updated and are available to members who have got their support access fully upgraded in our support forums.

Once you are logged in properly, go to the BolehVPN Config File thread and follow the on-screen instructions.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

US Surfing/Streaming to be Upgraded

US Surfing/Streaming is exceeding its bandwidth requirements and our current hosts do not support bandwidth upgrades at a reasonable price.

We will be switching providers over the next few days and will update you when this is completed and our configuration updated. This should allow a 5 fold increase in available bandwidth for this server.

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Obama Woes Resolved?

We found a bad RAM stick inside Obama and hope this resolves its frequent downtime.

Obama is up and ready for use!

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

TorrentMax – A failure and a rip-off (not that it matters anyway)

Remember the time when we announced that Torrentmax was having a new site hosted by us?

Well that deal has fell through. We were renting it to them at a very minimal profit on the understanding that they place our banner on their website. Now I knew this probably wouldn’t generate much new interest (and it didn’t) but I agreed to rent it to them by virtue of one of my friends being in that site’s staff.

Now back to the issue. I’m being accused of being unfair to them.

Fuall is the founder of Torrentmax.

The issue started when Fuall had no funds to support Torrentmax and one of his staff (and my friend) Mike paid on his behalf through Paypal. Things went well until there was a fallout between Mike and Fuall where Mike said that Fuall had no intention of repaying him for all the money paid to him (in the region of about AUD$700.00 for many other miscellaneous things I was told). Mike contacted me and wanted me to take the server down until Fuall paid him back.

I told Mike that I could not do that as although he paid for the dedicated server, Fuall owned the information inside the box and the TorrentMax site. I strongly urged Mike and Fuall to talk it out. Mike said that Fuall was not picking up his calls or answering him. So I decided to help out by contacting Fuall and telling him that I wanted them to resolve it as Mike paid for the server and was wanting me to terminate. I told Fuall that Mike since he paid for the server through Paypal, Paypal would recognize him as the owner if the dedicated site and should he launch a dispute, I would be in big trouble. I also strongly urged Fuall to make a backup.

Mike kept on pestering me to take down the server which I didn’t.

Fuall and Mike talked it out and although they didn’t resolve all their differences, as far as I know there was a payment arrangement that was done and Mike was satisfied at that point (though I don’t know if he has received all the payments).

Suddenly, a week later or so Fuall demands to talk to me and says it’s in my best interest to talk to me. They found a new host and they are moving out. I am actually ok with that but he insisted I join his IRC channel in front of his staff and told me something along the lines that he was ‘sick of my ways’ and wanted to tell me how wrong I was.

Now he brought up an old incident when one of his seeders Mcnick (who rented a semi dedicated from me) who was seeding for the Torrentmax site fell into arrears with me. He was about 2 weeks in arrears but I kept his box on and asked Fuall what he wanted to with it since I knew it was being used primarily if not solely for the Torrentmax seeding with a LOT of torrent files inside and didn’t want to disrupt their site. Fuall agreed to pay on his behalf and as I had no idea what mcnick’s password was, I changed it and handed it over to Fuall along with all the data inside intact. Mcnick had been issued an expiry notice and I never heard from him. I was told that he would contact me, but he never did.

Fuall then used this old incident and said that he knew how I operated and quoted this example saying that I should not have given the semi d to him as it was under Mcnick’s name and it was a contract between me and Mcnick. So this puts me in a funny situation:

  1. If I did not hand it over to Fuall, he would have accused me of not handing the box over for what he paid (even if it was on behalf of someone)
  2. If I handed it over to Fuall, I’m accused of breaching Mcnick’s privacy which I know here is NOT an issue since I did take a quick look at it and it was doing a gazillion torrents with TorrentMax’s tracker on it.

It is funny that Fuall never made a big deal about it until he wanted to denounce me. He would have crapped me over anyway if I didn’t hand it over. And who was the one who induced me to do it anyway?

Torrentmax has now nothing to do with us and we recommend all our users to stop using their failed site anyway which has barely grown since its inception.

Fuall should you wish to make a comment here to protect yourself I will approve it, but seriously, you’re a real messed up individual who likes to fuck people over and then to stroke your ego act as if you are in the right.

Friday, June 19th, 2009

PlayMobil Brings it Toys into the Modern Era

PlayMobilScrew the cooking set, firetruck or generally contented and happy toys you get from PlayMobil.

Kids nowadays need a taste of the real world, and PlayMobil provides with a toy at a gob smacking 58 USD.

Read the Amazon link here and especially the user feedback!

Some Samples:

Zampano: Thank you Playmobil for allowing me to teach my 5-year old the importance of recognizing what a failing bureaucracy in a ever growing fascist state looks like. Sometimes it’s a hard lesson for kids to learn because not all pigs carry billy clubs and wear body armor. I applaud the people who created this toy for finally being hip to our changing times. Little children need to be aware that not all smiling faces and uniforms are friendly. I noticed that my child is now more interested in current events. Just the other day he asked me why we had to forfeit so much of our liberties and personal freedoms and I had to answer “well, it’s because the terrorists have already won”. Yes, they have won.

I also highly recommend the Playmobil “farm fencing” so you can take your escorted airline passenger away and fence him behind bars as if he were in Guantanamo Bay.

Loosenut: I was a little disappointed when I first bought this item, because the functionality is limited. My 5 year old son pointed out that the passenger’s shoes cannot be removed. Then, we placed a deadly fingernail file underneath the passenger’s scarf, and neither the detector doorway nor the security wand picked it up. My son said “that’s the worst security ever!”. But it turned out to be okay, because when the passenger got on the Playmobil B757 and tried to hijack it, she was mobbed by a couple of other heroic passengers, who only sustained minor injuries in the scuffle, which were treated at the Playmobil Hospital.
The best thing about this product is that it teaches kids about the realities of living in a high-surveillence society. My son said he wants the Playmobil Neighborhood Surveillence System set for Christmas. I’ve heard that the CC TV cameras on that thing are pretty worthless in terms of quality and motion detection, so I think I’ll get him the Playmobil Abu-Gharib Interogation Set instead (it comes with a cute little memo from George Bush).

R. Juliano: When I bought this toy, I was looking forward to placing my minority-action figure through the metal detector, and then running the little script I prepared: “Excuse me sir, but you have been ‘randomnly’ selected for additional scans. Please let us take a sample from your shoe while the computer analyzes findings for any radioactive or biohazardous material”.

It’s too bad that they never came out with the “Pat-Down” edition, where fat guards are groping women for weapons, and turning customers away who refuse the degrading method of search.

My only suggestion is that if this is based on the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, please don’t forget to include the bums who torment you for spare change. Thanks!

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