Archive | July, 2011

Im Playing Minecraft

OMG Thanks to Humble Indie Bundle (will explain about HIB in the postscript), Im able to play Minecraft till 18th August, and Im pretty sure that I will be buying this game immediately after my account is expired.

Note that i have not been playing for too long, still in the middle of learning and exploring. But here are the few things i had learn from these few hours (probably 10 hours) of playing. These things are able to apply in real life too Wakaka!

1. First thing first, I think that one day I might not able to find my way home. So solution, I will need to built my house on the hill top, and built a tall tall post above my house, so i will be able to see from long long time away.

2. When you first have a house, buy a bed (or craft one), else if you die you will respawn in the middle of no where. But in real life if you die, you have a place to rest in peace.

3. Dont walk alone in the dark. There are spiders, zombies, and skulls that will hunt you down, even some that will EXPRODE! And destroy you and everything around you. Now Im really scare when Im alone in the dark.

4. Dont bring everything with you, store some at your home. But that is at long as you can find your way home, else its the same.

5. Cook the pork before eat will heal you more. Anyway, you kill pig, you get pork chop. Not halal though. If you cannot eat pig, then you are as good as dead. So… eat pork, like a sign in Ninja Joe says, “If you can’t handle it, you’re chicken

6. Oh yea, i never know i can cut down tree using my bare hand. Must try tomorrow, in real life. Hope you wont see my tweet that Im in the hospital. Haha

7. MINECRAFT, Y U NO USE OTHER THING THAN JAVA!!!!!

OK Thats all for this time. Please take time to read my quite long postscript about Humble Indie Bundle.
If you have more minecraft tips please let me know 😀

joshuatly2011

p/s: The Humble Indie Bundle #3
Get 5 awesome indie games (most of them are puzzle games) for any amount of you want to pay. Even $0.01, but dont rip off those developers lah. And whatever you pay is for a good cause too. You can choose any portion of the money for you pay for two good charity, one is Childplay, one is EFF. For people who uses Steam a lot (like me), you can add those games to your Steam library! AWESOME!
One more note, you can buy it as a gift too, 5 awesome games made one awesome gift!

Regarding the game package, VVVVVV is a really fun game, love the graphic and music, Crayon Physics Deluxe is fun too! Cogs is challenging, And Yet It Moves is unique and i havent try hammerfight yet. Go buy it! NOW!

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Game Review: Limbo

OMG I can’t believe I had actually made it to the end!
I just finished the awesome puzzle game, Limbo, and I recommend you to play it too!

limbo logo

Limbo is a very special game, in a black and white world, with no dialog, no cut scene, and hardly any loading (except when the time you die). You play the character of a boy, he got no weapon, but is walking around in the world of Limbo. He need to go through all the obstacle and fight the “enemy” by using tricks and solving all the puzzle. The game doesn’t tell you anything when you start, you just exploring the world around. The control is dead simple, just one button for jump, and another to push things or button. But the gameplay itself is FREAKING HARD!

First lets talk about the graphic of the game. The world is really dark, the first thing that catch your eye will be the character’s eye. The black, grey and white graphic really sets the environment of the game, to be a really creepy and dangerous place. The game hardly have any background music, but the background noise itself is enough to freak you out. I remember i bought the game on PSN few days ago, in the middle of the night, and started playing with the headphone on. My family are sleeping, and the game just creep me out… especially when i reach the “escaping from the freaking huge spider” parts.


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Hacktivism: GaySec

Hacktivism: a policy of hacking, phreaking or creating technology to achieve a political or social goal.

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The word “Hacking” is appearing more and more frequently in the news of tech world recently. From Anonymous to the more recent one Lulzsec, and also the localized group of hackers in Malaysia, GaySec.
Since the event of Sony PlayStation Network was hacked (and obviously I’m affected since i cant play my online game for like a month), I had been wanted to write my little thought of this phenomena, but at that time I’m thinking, oh maybe not that many people were affected by this, but seriously I’m wrong.

GaySec, which starting to appear on my twitter and RSS feed in these few days, had done something that really make me goes, oh no, maybe this isn’t only happening in country like US and UK. First GaySec news which get my attention is the streamyx hack. They claimed that they had successfully hacked into the streamyx user database and get all the customer details. But at the time I’m reading that, the full database download link is already taken down by them, till today, they don’t release the database of the Streamyx hack. While the official respond of TM Net is really short and simple, saying that the data obtained is an old copy of the data, and they had improved their security, but still makes me worry.

I tried to change my Streamyx password few days ago, and i find it very difficult. I keep getting error message that dont allow me to change my password, saying my old password is wrong, and when i try to enter a password that is secured, only then i found out the textbox only accept up to 8 digits. OMG. How much money i pay TM Net each month, and they treat their customer’s private data like… they just dont care? Come on.
Tell you one real story, when Im calling TM Net customer service, try to find out why I cant change my password, and why they only allow 8 digit password, try to guess what the customer service personal tells me, she says “Just use a simple password”. Haha what a joke is it. Use a simple password… $@^&#$@%^$ Oh one more even more ridiculous thing, while talking to the customer service personal, at one point she even asked me to tell her my password… I was like err…. but i told her anyway since the password at that time was “password”, so secure oh! Haiz.

Allowing only 8 digit password is consider as quoted “TM places data protection as its topmost priority”, well maybe this is a joke. Or because maybe we Malaysian just dont care, as long as we can still torrent, and download educational materials using streamyx, we dont care what password we are using. Speaking for myself which my streamyx login password had been “abc123” for about 6 months, and was “password” for some time and then now its something else, 8 digit of course.

And what just happened right before I write this blog post, Nuffnang had been hacked. Well, you might know that Nuffnang is the blog advertising company which is extremely popular in Malaysia as well as many other Asia countries, they had been hacked by GaySec too, and over 30,000 customer data including email addresses, and hashed password and registration data is released. Being a nuffnang user myself, im very worried and as soon as i had read this, i checked the database which i had downloaded and luckily, my data is not including in the database released currently, but Im sure its on GaySec’s hand, and they can release it whenever they want.

I’m very disappointed Nuffnang’s system is not safe either, and I know for sure that nothing is really secured on the internet. Well, just change your password if you use the same password for all the services.

Is the whole hacktivism thing good or bad? Im not sure, I do understand that their aim is to raise awareness and warn those company that their system is flawed, but I do not agree that publishing all the users information out there is the correct way to do so. But I understand that if they dont do so, they probably wont get the attention they deserved… so… It bugs me to know that everything we put online isnt safe, but we cant keep everything offline also… And I myself cant live my life without the Internet connection…

Am I happy about what GaySec is doing? Yes and No. I hope they do raise the awareness for company in Malaysia to start looking into their data and start to secure it. And on the other hand that Im worried because many local websites do have my personal data, and I dont think many of them are doing a good job protecting it.

Well, what can I do? Just wait and see and do all things necessary to protect my own data especially my password.

UPDATE: Nuffnang has given their official words regarding the hack, and everything seems working ok right now. Good for them.

joshuatly2011

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