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For a while now I’ve been struggling to remove games I’ve played on Google+. Typically I grant a Third Party game access to all of my private data, play it for a few days and then I’m done with it. This is true of all the games I’ve played on Google+ with the exception of Triple Town, which is simply awesome!

Anyway, once I’ve finished with a game, I want to block it from accessing my private data. Annoyingly Google doesn’t seem to provide an obvious way to do this in their settings. That was until I came across this link. This page allows you to revoke permissions from any Third Party application that is connected to your Google account. Google take heed – please provide a link somewhere on Plus to this page!

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Having problems playing Counter Strike on 02 Broadband?

Symptoms include not being able to connect to a game, VAC security errors or getting disconnected shortly after joining. The problem isn’t related to your internet connection, but rather the free Thomson modem that comes with it:

Thomson Modem

Got one of these?

The Fix

  1. Click on the start button and run cmd.exe. If you are on Windows XP you may need to click on Start->Programs>Accessories->Command Prompt.
  2. This should bring up a black box. Type telnet 192.168.1.254 and hit return.
    1. If you are on Windows 7 and you get an error about telnet is not recognized as an internal or external command, then you need to enable telnet first.
    2. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Program -> Turn Windows Features on or off, and check Telnet Client.
    3. Press OK.
    4. Repeat step 2.
  3. You have now logged into the router. Type :connection bindlist and hit enter. You should see something like this:
    Application  Proto Portrange   Flags
    LOOSE(UDP)   udp   69
    LOOSE(UDP)   udp   67
    GAME(UDP)    udp   27010-27011
    JABBER       tcp   15222
    JABBER       tcp   5222
    FTP          tcp   21
    IRC          tcp   6660-6669
    H323         tcp   1720
    ILS          tcp   1002
    ILS          tcp   389
    RTSP         tcp   554
    RAUDIO(PNA)  tcp   7070
    CU/SeeMe     udp   7648
    SIP          udp   5060        SIP_ALG:E RTP_predict_for_term_SIP_ALG:E
    IKE          udp   500
    ESP          esp   0
    IP6TO4       6to4  0
  4. Type :connection unbind application=GAME(UDP) port=27010-27011 and hit enter.
    1. If the Portrange shown above is different, then edit the unbind command to have the same value.
  5. Type :connection bindlist and hit enter again. The GAME(UDP) line should have gone, which means you have fixed the problem.
  6. Type exit and hit enter.
  7. Restart Steam.

Happy gaming 🙂

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Blip.fm

I just wanted to make a quick post, to try out the Blip.fm embedded player. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t allow its hosted users to embed flash movies, so the best I can do is to show you a link to my Blip.fm Player.

Blip.fm is a social networking site, similar to Twitter but to say what song you’re listening to. Seems like a simple idea? Why didn’t I think of that?

You search for a song, add a comment and it will play in your browser in quite a decent quality. It will also recommend other users or “DJs” who have similar music tastes, so you can listen to what they are blipping.

It’s quite a good way to find new music and see what your friends are listening to.

The website still needs a bit of work on the usability side though. I sometimes get a bit confused as to what playlist I’m listening to, or why the music coming out of my speakers is utter crap. It is also quite annoying when you’re typing in a song to search for and the homepage refreshes, meaning that you have to stop typing for a few seconds.

Now I found out about Blip through PC World’s article about the top 10 up and coming websites of 2009, which was voted straight to the top of Digg. However, Reddit recons the website is a bit dodgy. Just how are they able to give all this content away for free? The answer is that Blip.fm doesn’t own the content – you do! Any song you listen to, you must own, even though the website encourages you to listen to other user’s songs.!

We will have to wait and see if they manage to “iron out” this small detail, but in the meantime, give it a go 🙂

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