Since 2010

Dishonoured 2

Sunday 27 November 2016

What’s the point in buying a game on physical media, only to be asked to download over 9GB of software before even playing it once? This is Dishonoured 2 on PS4, and I’d like to give a shout-out to Arkane Studios for doing a piss-poor job. Asking players to download such an enormous amount of data is careless, and there will be a significant number of players even in well-developed areas of the globe who cannot even consider a download of this size.

Thunderbolt 3, USB-C

Tuesday 8 November 2016

From TidBITS:

Thunderbolt 3 relies on the USB-C physical connector and, with the appropriate adapters, supports nearly all common peripheral-connection and networking protocols, including USB 2, USB 3, FireWire, Thunderbolt 2, Ethernet, and DisplayPort, and by extension, HDMI, DVI, and VGA.

The reason confusion afflicts this space is that a USB-C port on another computer may support just USB, USB plus display and networking protocols, or all of that plus Thunderbolt 3.

This confused me when I was looking for accessories for my recently-purchased Dell XPS 13. Goodness knows how average consumers manage to traverse this hot mess.

Hamilton Gardens

Saturday 15 October 2016

To quote a colleague, much nicer than they need to be. Well worth a visit if you find yourself in the middle of New Zealand’s north island.

Unexpected sign-in attempt

Saturday 24 September 2016

As I’m an occassional Flickr user I have a Yahoo account, and after this week’s news that Yahoo had a security whoopsie a while ago, I changed my Yahoo account password earlier today.

At about the same time, I got this email:

On Sat, 24 Sep 2016 2:13 pm AEST, we noticed an attempt to sign in to your Yahoo account from an unrecognised device in Australia.

Nice. A few services I use send out emails like this from time-to-time, and it’s reassuring to know that these companies are keeping an eye out for unusual activity.

But then Yahoo’s email went on to say:

If this was you, please sign in from a device that you regularly use.

Does anyone else think the wording is a bit aggressive? I’ll sign in from whatever damned device I want, thank you very much. Why didn’t they just say something like “If this was you, you can safely move on with your day”? Weird.