Hold on, save some popcorn for later!

So it looks like AT&T wasnt expecting the entire user madness on video and audio streaming as stated on this article. From an end-user point of view this could be frustrating, as people are now used to download stuff out of the Internet without much of a hassle, but also, dont forget about the fact that nowadays Apple’s Iphone 3GS has the ability to push videos from the mobile device right into YouTube.

Now from the carrier side what can you do?  From the article it looks like some calls are being dropped down due to the humongous amount of data being pushed by these devices which according to AT&Ts head of consumer services, Ralph de la Vega:

major problems are concentrated in New York and San Francisco, which are packed with smart phone users. AT&T is the exclusive U.S. carrier for Apple’s iPhone.

Will the endless user download festival comes to an end now? In fact with Android 2.0 devices showing up more often now, will this situation get worse or are we looking for some ‘1984’ style of network management? Stay tuned.


Santa Claus goes High Tech!

I was browsing NPR online when I spotted this funny titled: Author: Santa Claus Relies On Robots, Gadgetry. Sounds interesting hum? Well what if your high-tech child asked you about Santa Claus? Not too many kids buy the ‘he is a magical character’ these days, so Gregory Mone came up with this book which seems quite fun (and smart). Gregory was able to put up some cutting edge science and technology magic into his book.

The NPR story you can find out here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121247367

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Truth-about-Santa-Wormholes-Christmas/dp/1596916184


Acer’s Black Screen of Death hitted mini-me!

Do you own an Acer Aspire One computer? If so have you ever heard of the ‘the black screen of death’ ? Well I own one (mini-me) and until today I haven’t heard about it, let me tell you what happened I how I pulled my self out of it.

During this afternoon I was playing with OpenBSD on my little Aspire One and things were looking pretty normal. However, after a reboot the little netbook just didnt came back not even turning on its screen! After some frustration and few small troubleshooting (first blaming the battery and so on) I was getting into a point of taking the poor thing to repair with no hope at all that it would come back. Well, let me tell you, it all changed after I saw a post here. Thanks Eric Chromick for it! I wont re-post it here and his instructions are pretty straight forward and indeed brought mini-me back from the dead!

So if you are an Acer Aspire owner, dont get desperate! Just follow his instructions and you should be fine1 Now as for Acer, why the HECK is this happening?

Note: After this close-to-death experience little brave mini-me was renamed mini-me-redux!