Logstalgia Shows Server Traffic As Pong

Server traffic is a crucial element of the Internet but it’s pretty dull and hard to make interesting…unless you have Logstalgia (aka ApachePong) by Andrew Caudwell. It’s a “website traffic visualization that replays or streams web-server access logs as a pong-like battle between the web server and an never ending torrent of requests. Requests appear as colored balls (the same color as the host) which travel across the screen to arrive at the requested location. Successful requests are hit by the paddle while unsuccessful ones (eg 404 – File Not Found) are missed and pass through.

Here’s what boring web requests can look like….

Todd, you should get this setup for GNC. It would be awesome!

Robot Underpants: 10.08.14 (172) “Hairgate”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines bring you all the things you need to know from the past week, including: Star Wars news, Ghostbusters 3 news, Flying Wearable Cameras, Shatner news, and more!

* Star Wars News
* Ghostbusers 3 is Back on (again)
* iPads Weigh More with Apps
* Nixie
* Shatner Denies Star Trek
* HairGate
* Twin Peaks Returns 

Sending It Up

Any seasoned watcher of Indiegogo and Kickstarter will know that there’s a fairly standard formula for product pitches, from the vocal inflections to the disembodied hands. This gives a great opportunity for lampooning those start-ups that take themselves entirely too seriously. Here’s Introducing Carrot, a new venture dedicating to bringing the orange root vegetable to the technorati. Not sure why they didn’t go with Carrt….

If that’s not enough, Ikea’s BookBook, is both a fabulous parody while promoting a real product. Total genius, though it has been around for a little while.

Finally, Mike Frey‘s My Life Vs…GoPro is a great antidote to GoPro’s videos, jumpcutting between their adrenaline-fuelled action and mundane reality.

All too true.

GNC #984 The Real Threat

I celebrate 10 years in podcasting the next show, join me live as we go down memory lane, Thursday October 9th at 8pm Hawaiian Standard Time GMT -10. This is your chance to share your story about how you started listening to this show and what where some memorable moments. I talk abou the real threat and the growing corporate espionage battle to keep business systems secure. I also talk in detail about what the current FBI director is saying about the chinese hackers and general cyberthreats.

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InoReader gets big update with “Bundles”

InoReader

In the time since Google decided to kill off its Reader app, RSS fans have been searching for alternatives. While many landed on Feedly, it is far from the only alternative. Users can choose from options such as The Old Reader, Feedspot and several others. Those who chose InoReader will be getting a new update today, bringing what seems to be a nice new feature.

Bundles aims to bring sharing and easy discovery to users. Sharing has always been possible, but this improves things. “With bundles you can show your favorite sources for everyone to discover. You can share the most helpful blogs on the Internet or the best sources for photography/cooking/design/insert-hobby-here”, the company announces.

Creating a bundle is also fairly easy. Simply head to the Preferences menu and click the new Bundles option the give it a name and customize it with a picture of your choice. Now you can add the feeds you wish to include.

It’s a nice and very simple system. InoReader makes almost continuous updates to its platform. In fact, you can expect updates about once a week, or at least that is how it has been so far.

Redbox Instant Shutting Down

redboxI have had a Redbbox Instant account for a couple of months, and was actually on the verge of canceling it. The only reason I decided not to, was that I had been getting 4 free video rentals per month and the kids had been using the service off an on. This morning I received the following notice.

Thank you for being a part of Redbox Instant by Verizon. We’re reaching out to let you know that the service will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
You will receive a separate email from us on Friday, October 10 with details regarding refunds you are owed. For additional information, please click here.
In the meantime, you may continue to stream movies and use your Redbox kiosk credits until Tuesday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
Thanks again for being a Redbox Instant by Verizon customer. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for the opportunity to entertain you.
Sincerely,
The Redbox Instant by Verizon Team

Rovio announces layoffs, calls it a ‘simplified organiztion’

angry birds

Rovio, a game studio based in Finland, is known best for its Angry Birds titles. The games have been a runaway success and run on multiple platforms. However the news coming out of the company isn’t all good. The latest news has nothing do with the games, but instead focuses on some bad things.

Rovio plans to streamline the company, which in effect means a dowsizing. The studio will be laying off as many as 130 employees, which it claims is about 16 percent of its workforce.

In a new statement from CEO Mike Hed, it reads that “We are an entrepreneurial company and have been exploring multiple areas. We have been building our team on assumptions of faster growth than have materialized. As a result, we announced today that we plan to simplify our organization around our three key businesses with the highest growth potential: games, media, and consumer products”.

This is never an easy decision to make, and is even worse for those affected by it. Hopefully, while it’s a shame for the folks involved, it will help the company do better.

GNC #983 Monster Show

This is a monster shows folks, but I think you are going to have a lot of fun with me as we explore the tech of the day and some of the crazier tech related things happening around the Interwebs.

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Robot Underpants: 10.01.14 (171) “Mind the Gap”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines bring you lively discussion about the past week’s events, including: Facebook says sorry, Ello, GapGate, eBay and Paypal part ways, Windows 10, Angry Birds movie, LUXY, and more!

* Facebook Sorry to Drag Queens
* Manual App for iPhones
* LUXY App for Rich, Pretty People
* “BIG” Sitcom
* “Angry Birds” Movie
* Paypal and Ebay Split
* GapGate
* Tetris Movie

PayPal and eBay will Separate in 2015

PayPal and eBay logosIt is true – eBay and PayPal are going to separate from each other. This was announced by eBay in a post on their blog that was titled: “Ebay Inc. to separate eBay and PayPal into independent publicly traded companies in 2015.” PayPal posted the same thing on their blog The “new” eBay and the “new” PayPal are each getting their own new CEOs.

Why is this being done? According to both eBay and PayPal, it is because they believe that each entity will “benefit more and create greater value from the strategic focus, speed, flexibility and agility that come with being independent publicly traded companies.” The blog posts also say that eBay “expects to complete the transaction as a tax-free spin-off in the second half of 2015”.

The CEO of the “new” eBay company will be Devin Wenig, who is currently president of eBay Marketplaces. Dan Schulman has been named as President of PayPal, effective immediately, and as CEO-designee of the standalone “new” PayPal company after the separation.