Monthly Archives: June 2010
Jun 30 2010
Sony Vaio Notebook Recall

Sony just issued a recall on some Vaio computers.


Sony’s notification reads:

Dear Sony customers,

Sony takes pride in the quality of its products. Recently, we became aware of a potential issue affecting certain units within the VPCF11 and VPCCW2 series of notebook PCs.
In rare instances, these notebook computers may overheat due to a potential malfunction of the internal temperature management system, resulting in deformation of the product’s keyboard or external casing, and a potential burn hazard to consumers.

If you have one of the VPCF11 or VPCCW2 series models, Sony recommends that you download and install a firmware update specifically designed to prevent the potential overheating symptom.
If you have any questions or need additional assistance with the firmware update installation, call Sony technical support at (866) 496-7669 for assistance.

The satisfaction of our customers is our number one priority, and we will work diligently to ensure that your VAIO notebook is in top working order. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support in this matter.


Mike Lucas,
Senior Vice President, VAIO
Sony Electronics Inc.

Jun 30 2010
Jeff Pulver 140 Events Sponsors, etc..

Just received this email from Jeff Culver. Lets show him some support.

#140conf Events: Looking for your input and support

As someone who is a member of the #140conf community, I would appreciate your input as I work on the schedules of following upcoming #140conf events:

– Aug 19th: #140conf San Francisco
– Sep 14th: #140conf Boston
– Oct 5/6: #140conf Los Angeles
– Oct 20th: #140conf Detroit

Specifically I am looking for “Characters” to join the #140conf stage and share their story at these events. If you or someone you know would be interested in speaking, please submit your speaking proposal over at:

I am also looking for sponsors for these upcoming conference. I made the conscious decision at the end of last year to offer tickets to the 2010 #140conf events for $140 each. The economics related to this decision have made me dependent on finding sponsors to support these events. #140conf offer a great platform for sponsors which wish to connect with the influential #140conf demographic. If you are interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you for your support.

Best regards, Jeff

Jun 30 2010
AT&T iPhone Service Problems Solution: Verizon

Rumors are running on overload as we are hearing that Verizon may be picking up the iPhone as early as January 2011. Yes you have what could be the solution to all the dropped calls and poor service plaguing the iPhone on the AT&T network.

I would venture to say that Apple and AT&T have come to some sort of agreement allowing them to break their contract probably having something to do with all the problems on the AT&T network, that AT&T can’t keep up with the demands on their network.

We will have to wait and see, but Verizon should be able to handle the load much better as it has been rolling out infrastructure for years of it’s 3G network and is probably one of the most robust and advanced networks out there.

Chances this will mean a new improved iPhone 4 or iPhone 4G could be in the works and would be announced in 2011 or 2012.

Anyone have any comments?

Jun 30 2010
Is Apple doing something about the iPhone Antenna Problems

Looks like Apple is stepping up the activity with what is being done to resolve and “improve” antenna problems/issues/defects on the iPhone, which with the latest iPhone 4 has become even more ridiculous.

Here’s a posting from the Apple Jobs site for an Antenna Engineer.   AT&T points the finger at Apple and Apple points the finger at AT&T.  They are both to blame for all the dropped calls and poor reception issues.

Job description

Jun 29 2010
Bluehost Malware Attack and Denial by BlueHost

So for the past couple of hours I have been dealing with the “friendly” support staff at BlueHost, one of the largest hosting companies in the US.

Apparently this past weekend many of their servers had been hacked.

You can read some user accounts here:

Also, for some reason this site is being blocked by filters at the BlueHost support locations.

Simple cleanup solution for the latest WordPress hack

So here’s the text from the site:

If your site got hacked on the last mass infection of WordPress sites out there, we have a simple solution to clean it up.

For Network Solutions users:

If your site is at Network Solutions, and you have that “” malware, the solution is simple.

Login via FTP and remove the file cgi-bin/php.ini. That’s all you need to do to protect your users.

You will still have some “.nts” files in there (which you can remove later), but they will not be executed without the php.ini.

Via SSH:

If you have SSH access to your server, run the following commands on your web root:

$ find ./ -name "*.php" -type f |   xargs sed -i 's###g' 2>&1$ find ./ -name "*.php" -type f |    xargs sed -i '/./,$!d' 2>&1

Via web:

If you don’t have SSH access, download this file to your desktop: and rename it to wordpress-fix.php.

After that, upload it to your site via FTP, and run it (using your browser) as:

This script will take a few minutes to complete, but will scan your whole site and remove the malware entries.

Once you are done, go back to your site and remove this file.

That’s it and you should be clean again.

UPDATE: If your site is not getting cleanup after you run it (or you are getting extra empty lines on the top of your files), it means that the script didn’t finish to run properly. Try running it again. It it doesn’t help, upload it to some sub directories (like wp-admin, wp-content and wp-includes) and run directly from there. For example: , , etc.
That should fix it!

Here’s what the script returned:

Site clean up by
This script will clean the malware from this attack:

If you need help, contact or visit us at

Malware removed.
Empty lines removed.


Jun 29 2010
Acapulco $2.99 BOGO Dinner

Acapulco Restaurants $2.99 Coupon valid until July 27, 2010.

Jun 29 2010
Top ECigs on the Internet- Smoking the healthy way!

Pleasure knows no bounds. Your cravings to experience the pleasure of smoking has been proven deadly by scientists thanks to the adverse health effects of tobacco. But what if there is an alternative option which satisfies your cravings for smoking and is also safer on your health and environment?  The answer to the question is straightforward and it is Electronic cigarettes. These are gaining popularity because of the odourless and eco-friendly features they offer to the smokers of modern age. The technology behind these revolutionary smoking devices uses batteries to charge and consists of cartridges and detectors to give the smoker a very sensational smoking experience with amazing flavours. While many brands are being launched in the market, you cannot simply buy E Cigs of any brand. These are a few of my personal favourite brands of ECigs available online. These are laboratory tested and not unsafe to use.

  • Direct ECig This website offers state-of-the art electronic cigarettes which are laboratory manufactured. After its mention in the news channels like CNN, CNet, Abc , Fox news etc, it has gained name and fame. The special features of the Direct ECigs are stainless steel atomizer, single and double cartomizer, USB and wall charger etc. Exclusive trial kits and special offers need a special mention here.
  • Yet another worthwhile collection of electronic cigarettes with numerous flavours and money saving schemes can be found at Smoke Stik. This USA based ECigs dealer gives the advantage of using them anywhere and claims its products to be used by many celebrities. The Smoke Stik sale is the special feature of the site.
  • LUCI has caught much attention for its superb quality of electronic cigarettes and the customer services it provides. The website offers shipping and delivery services for their overseas customers and offers flexible payment options. There are also starter kits available and are simply great to try!
  • If you are planning to get rid the habit of smoking once for all, you might give a try to the products at CigArrest. This website has a collection of patented drugs and medicines which are absolutely risk-free. The medicinal supplements are available in forms of tablets, chewing gums, vitamin capsules, a handbook and an Audio CD. This is a very effective program brought to smokers who aspire to become non-smokers at the earliest.
Jun 29 2010
3TB yes 3 Terabyte drive released by Seagate

Here’s the release from Seagate!

Seagate Makes History with the World's First 3 Terabyte  High-capacity External Drive (Photo: Business Wire)
Seagate Makes History with the World’s First 3 Terabyte High-capacity External Drive (Photo: Business Wire)


New FreeAgent™ GoFlex™ Desk Packs Unprecedented Amount of Storage for both Mac and PC

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. — June 29, 2010 — Putting more terabytes in the hands of consumers worldwide, Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), the leader in hard drives and storage solutions, today announced the world’s first 3 Terabyte (TB) external desktop drive. Available immediately, the 3TB FreeAgent™ GoFlex™ Desk external hard drive helps to meet the explosive worldwide demand for digital content storage in both the home and the office. With 3TB of capacity people can store up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or countless hours of digital music.

A key addition to the company’s recently introduced GoFlex family of hard drives, the 3TB GoFlex Desk couples immense capacity with the flexibility to adapt the drive’s USB 2.0 interface to a USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 connection to meet varying performance and transfer speed needs. Consumers can easily create, store and access content from either a Windows® or Mac OS X computer on the GoFlex Desk, thanks to an included NTFS driver for Mac.

“Consumer capacity demands are quickly out-pacing the needs of business as people continue to collect high-definition videos, photos and music,” said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management. “Seagate has a tradition of designing products that break into new storage frontiers to meet customer requirements and the 3TB GoFlex™ Desk is no exception–delivering the highest-capacity storage solution available today.”

A recent report by Parks Associates indicates the average consumer household will see its digital media storage needs grow to nearly 900GB by year-end 2014, driven in large part by video downloads, managed copies of Blu-ray
discs, and increasing use of DVR recording capabilities[1]. The GoFlex Desk drive delivers unconstrained[2], high-capacity storage and automatic, continuous backup with software file encryption to keep all data safe and secure[3]. The standard USB 2.0 interface can be upgraded to USB 3.0 or FireWire® 800 by coupling the drive with the appropriate GoFlex upgrade adapter to increase file transfer performance by up to 10x for easier copying or sharing of files.

“As the definition quality of digital cameras increases, playback devices such as digital photo frames and MP3 players proliferate and the use of the Internet for downloading music and video continues to grow, more files accumulate in the home,” said Kurt Scherf. “Consumers who are active in digital media creation and consumption will witness their digital media storage needs grow nine-fold by 2014, driving the demand for higher capacity, easy-to-use storage solutions.”

GoFlex Desk is also compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. Each drive includes an NTFS driver for Mac, which allows the drive to store and access files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting. The NTFS driver is simply installed once on a Mac computer, allowing it to read and write files on a Windows formatted[4] drive. Its sleek black, 3.5-inch design sits either vertically or horizontally to accommodate any desktop environment.

The 3TB GoFlex Desk drive with USB 2.0 adapter can be purchased on and through select retailers for $249.99.

Jun 29 2010
New MapQuest Maps Updated

MapQuest an AOL company has released a new version of the MapQuest maps site.

The look is much improved and should raise the number of visitors who visit the site.  Many users have become to using Google Maps as the default.

AOL MapQuest is improved and worth a try.

MapQuest Logo

The new MapQuest is here – check out the new site! Use the new MapQuest now »

Jun 29 2010
WeReward Get Paid for Various activities

WeReward is a site for the iPhone that you can check in and take pictures of items and get paid, earn points and once you collect $10 of points you are paid.

Download the app for your iphone.

WeReward is an IZEA company product.


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