Friday, December 31, 2010

New Intel® Solid-State Drive 310 Series Offers Full SSD Performance in 1/8th the Size

Ultra-Small Intel SSD 310 Enables Dual-Drive Notebooks, Innovative Tablets or Rugged Embedded Applications


  • New Intel SSD 310 Series delivers Intel X25-class performance, but in 1/8th the size.
  • Ultra-compact SSD enables the accelerated performance of an SSD with higher-capacity HDDs for dual-drive notebooks.
  • Intel SSD 310 is ideal for tablets, rugged, low-power military or industrial embedded apps, and was selected by DRS Technologies for its upcoming ARMOR™ tablet PC.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays

Overwhelming Free Time wishes you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New year. We'll see you all in 2011.

Have fun...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Supporting the Tau Zero Foundation

The Tau Zero Foundation is a private nonprofit corporation supported mainly through philanthropic donations.

The goal of TZF is making progress toward practical interstellar flight. I support the project's goal and made a small donation already and I strongly encourage you to make the same effort even if it is a single dollar $.

Tau Zero Foundation Official Page

Skype: Latest news on the massive downtime

Skype is finally coming slowly online. An official statement was also announced...

Status update on downtime

Skype structureAn update on the downtime which has been affecting many of you around the world: the ability of one Skype user to find another relies on what we call ‘supernodes’, and yesterday, a number of these failed due to a software issue, which we’ve now identified. Our engineers are working to resolve the problem.

Millions of you are already reporting that you can now sign in to Skype normally, and we estimate that there are already almost 5 million people online. As a guide, this is around 30% of what we’d expect at this time of day – and that number is increasing all the time. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for us to predict on an individual level when you’ll be able to sign in again, and we thank you for your patience in the meantime.

It’s worth noting that our enterprise product, Skype Connect, is working normally, though Skype Manager and our other web-based functions will continue to stay offline for a little longer. Additionally, features like group video calling will take longer to return to normal.

We’re sincerely sorry for this disruption - like you, all of us at Skype rely on Skype every day. We understand just how important Skype is to your friendships, family, and work, and so are particularly aware of the impact of rare problems like this. We’re working hard to restore full functionality to the Skype software, and hope to have more information to share soon. You can also follow @skype on Twitter for further updates.

Official Announcement

Can't decide which Blogging service to choose?

Well as the title states: "Can't decide which Blogging service to choose? "

Royal Pingdom compiled a list with the most popular blogging services, like Blogger, Wordpress, etc and recorded their downtime for 2010.

And the winner for most reliable blogging service goes to....

Blogger! :)

Read the full article here <==

Skype is still down.

The problem appears to be serious for Skype. Up to this moment no one knows how many dollars are lost by businesses and by Skype itself due to this "downtime". Some people contacted me from Europe reporting connectivity issues.. Others sign in and then drop. Personally I couldn't even sign in yesterday and today the same goes on. Have your tried login in the main page of Skype? I can't even connect there, the site pushes me to yesterdays announcement about the downtime.

A Good Find: Danny MacAskill's new riding video

This guy is very impressive. Just watch the video and you'll see...

Enjoy... :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

#Skype is down! Affecting Worldwide users!

Skype appears to be experiencing technical difficulties affecting millions worldwide. Nothing official has been announced from Skype.

Skype's main website appears to be working. Even advertising their products but nothing on the outage. The support website on the other hand is down.

BBC News reported on the issue:
"We take outages like this really seriously and apologise for the inconvenience users are having," Tony Bates, Skype chief executive officer told BBC News.
The rest of the article: Skype apologises for losing half of daily call traffic

I finally got through the support page... Hot topic: Why can't I sign in to Skype?

Official statement:
Please note: We are aware that some people are currently encountering difficulties signing in to Skype. Rest assured, we are working hard to fix this. In the meantime, we apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing you.

An apology isn't much for millions lost by businesses today.

Finally an official announcement by Skype. I'm posting the full text. Who knows if they go down again...

Skype downtime today

Earlier today, we noticed that the number of people online on Skype was falling, which wasn’t typical or expected, so we began to investigate.

Skype isn’t a network like a conventional phone or IM network – instead, it relies on millions of individual connections between computers and phones to keep things up and running. Some of these computers are what we call ‘supernodes’ – they act a bit like phone directories for Skype. If you want to talk to someone, and your Skype app can’t find them immediately (for example, because they’re connecting from a different location or from a different device) your computer or phone will first try to find a supernode to figure out how to reach them.

Under normal circumstances, there are a large number of supernodes available. Unfortunately, today, many of them were taken offline by a problem affecting some versions of Skype. As Skype relies on being able to maintain contact with supernodes, it may appear offline for some of you.

What are we doing to help? Our engineers are creating new ‘mega-supernodes’ as fast as they can, which should gradually return things to normal. This may take a few hours, and we sincerely apologise for the disruption to your conversations. Some features, like group video calling, may take longer to return to normal.

Stay tuned to @skype on Twitter for the latest updates on the situation – and many thanks for your continued patience in the meantime.

===> Read it here <===

A mere "downtime"...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

100 Visits Milestone!

Yay! Got today 100 Visits to my blog! Probably from friends and family and me... but it doesn't matter anyways...

So next milestone is 250... go ahead and Share\Tweet\Digg like crazy and lets get to 250 Visits before 2010 runs out!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Early Christmas Pressie ! Bresser Skylux NG

I've got my self a nice newbie/beginner Telescope today! The Bresser Skylux NG. It is a refractor telescope complete with a stand/tripod with an Alt-azimuth mount that tilts to become an equatorial to keep track of the stars as they move. The package also included 3 eyepieces and an accessory tray.

Here is a photo of it assembled:

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Now I have to wait till the sky clears and then it's time to take a closer look!

"The sky calls to us" - Carl Sagan

Saturday, December 18, 2010

So, I've rejoined EVE-Online and my Corp Mates have posted some awesome videos.


*** EDIT ***
BTW this video doesn't have audio... thank you Youtube... so tune in at :D

Friday, December 17, 2010

LOTRO: The Rune Keeper

Rune Keepers are awesome... even at lower levels they can tackle anything. I did a small run on Ered Luin..

Enjoy! :D

CCP: 5 Days of Free EVE

Cool CCP gave me the offer to re-activate my alt's account for 5 Days... I bet I can make 300-350 Million ISK to get that 30 Days pilot license extension :D

Let's see...

Expect some EVE-Online videos... :D

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Webcam Capture

I was searching the net for a webcam capturing software and found this...

Very straightforward on how to use and it doesn't require installation.

No spyware or malware or whateverware was report by my Antivirus and Antispam (ESET Smart Security)

A small example... :)

LOTRO Skirmish: Siege of Gondamon

Guess what... I had some free time again to spend doing crap... So I thought I should run through the Skirmish Instance of Siege of Gondamon with my Warden toon...

Enjoy... :D

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

LOTRO - 2 Quests In 1 Go

Yeah... you know when you have overwhelming free time it's always best to spend it doing crap...

Sooooo... I've killed a couple of minutes playing LOTRO (Lord Of The Rings Online), I've finished two quests in parallel (two birds with one stone) because their quest location matches perfectly and both quest goals involve killing Orcs... :D