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13Nov/090

Blu-ray Playback Skipping on Playstation 3

Playstation3I have been watching blu-ray movies on my Playstation 3 for quite some time. With the last firmware update, blu-ray discs started skipping during playback. The movie would start and play normally for a while and then pause briefly as if the PS3 was having a hard time reading from the disc and skip ahead a few minutes. At first I thought it was due to scratched discs from Netflix. However, after running into this a few times in a row and not being able to spot a single scratch on the discs, I concluded that the problem was with my PS3.

I did some research but couldn't find a definitive answer as to why this was happening. The first thing I tried, which was also the easiest, was to format the hard drive. Surprisingly it worked like a charm and my PS3 doesn't skip anymore. While I don't really understand what the firmware update did to the hard drive to cause this odd problem, I'm happy that it is over.

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13Oct/091

Sprint’s Simply Everything Plan and Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES)

As you may have already seen in the media, Sprint is now offering an unlimited voice, text and data plan for $99/mo called "Simply Everything". Along with the Palm Pre that they offer exclusively (at least for the time being), the plan looks like a very good bargain.

Sprint Logo

What their sales representatives conveniently neglect to mention is that this plan comes with a catch. If you are a Blackberry user, you can use your Blackberry with the Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) but not with a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES). Most corporations require their employees to use their BES for security reasons. Moreover, BES offers several features such as full contact, task and calendar synchronization and true push e-mail that BIS is lacking. If you need BES, you need to pay an additional $20/mo. Another crucial feature that is missing is tethering. Even though you get unlimited data, you cannot (officially) use your phone as a tethered modem. This will either cost you an additional $15/mo or you will have to find a workaround such as TetherBerry for the Blackberry or My Tether for the Palm Pre.

UPDATE: A few more features that seem to be missing from Sprint's Simply Everything plan:

  • Call forwarding  (You need to pay $.20/min for call forwarding)
  • Sprint TV Xtra  (Premier TV and Premier Radio are included, $10/mo additional charge for Sprint TV Xtra)
  • Any paid material that can be purchased via "Sprint Digital Lounge" (I expected this to be the case)
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14Jul/090

Gogo Inflight Internet Review

I am flying to DC at the moment and have internet access using Gogo Inflight Internet from Virgin America. This is the second time I have used Gogo and wanted to write a post about it since I am very happy with the service so far.

Using Gogo in the air is very similar to using wireless internet at an airport or in a hotel. All you need to do is to search for available wireless networks, connect to the one named "gogoinflight" and attempt to connect to any website. You are taken to a landing page where you create an account and make a payment to activate the service. Cost of the service varies between $5.95 - $12.95 depending on the duration of the flight and whether or not it is a red-eye. A 30-day unlimited pass is also available for $49.95.

Gogo Logo

I performed 3 different speed tests using different servers to get a rough idea as to what kind of bandwidth Gogo is offering. My average connection speed was 2,034 Kbps / 261 Kbps for download and upload respectively. Gogo also allows VPN passthrough. I've had no problems connecting to my computer at work via RDP over VPN and doing some work. All in all, I think being able to check your e-mail, do some work, listen to streaming music, make a phone call or send and receive SMS via Google Voice is worth the price.

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