Just spotted from @Popple3 via @jkeyes that he can see paid apps on his Irish Android phone (Meteor). I also just got a mail from Google telling me that lots more countries will be rolled out in the coming weeks. Someone finally banged the appropriate heads together.
But it looks like the Irish thing may be network specific for the moment. I ain't got diddly on my Vodafone SIM despite a few reboots so I'm stuck using my 3UK SIM trick to install Paid Apps.
In any case, great news for Android owners in Ireland and one less reason to hold off on buying an Android phone. Now if only Vodafone would launch the HTC Desire Z in Ireland so I can get it for my Dad.
The single most important feature missing from Buzz since the day it launched is the ability to hide all the Twitter/Friendfeed/Flickr/Reader/Whatever auto-imports that everyone was doing. When you strip away all of that time-delayed crap you could get to the heart of the service.
They have just announced that you can now mute per source per person. For which they should be applauded. 7 months later. 7 months after I and a ton of other people banged on and on and on and on about it. But of course they had to leave out the real feature we wanted “Turn off Twitter Globally” “Turn off Friendfeed Globally”. C’mon, man-up and accept that it isn’t working as a cess-pit of bot imports.
But because I have always wanted the service to work (tough love guys, tough love) I am now going to disable all of the services for all of the people I follow, one by one, just to see how many are actually using Buzz. People who are actually there, not their bots. From a group of approx 160 people, I’m predicting 4-5.
The service should always have been check-in integration and discussion built on top of Google Places. And that functionality is there on Android, albeit totally unknown by 99% of users.
In the meantime hallloooooooo Facebook Places.
Whilst we are huge fans of the Amazon RDS database service (particularly the Multi-AZ setup), one thing that can be a problem is accessing your databases from the desktop. The standard trick of running an SSH tunnel to your EC2 instance doesn’t work here.
ssh -l <username> -L 33060:<ec2_rfc_ip>:3306 -N <ext_hostname>
Then connect your local MySQL client to localhost, port 33060
is the login user on the EC2 instance from where you normally access the RDS MySQL DB. <ec2_rfc_ip>
is the RDS instance’s IP address and <ext_hostname>
is the external hostname of one of your EC2 instances.
A couple of notes:
- You have to use the internal AWS IP address of the RDS instance, not its name or its external IP
- We’ve only tested it on an Ubuntu desktop running inside VirtualBox on Windows
- It works fine with the MySQL GUI tools
- We haven’t been able to figure out how to do it directly with Putty on Windows. Anyone know how?
I was asked on Facebook the other day what our media sharing setup was in the house. So I did a diagram. The core machine is a pretty low-end self-build PC but with a kick-ass 512MB Video Card with HDMI output. It has all our movies and TV on 2.5TB of storage and then all the other machines in the house access that media over Wifi or Gigabit LAN. That machine runs Boxee which we use to watch all our media on a bog-standard LCD TV. The PC is more than capable of streaming movies to multiple XBOXes, PCs and Wiis simultaneously without breaking a sweat.
UPDATE: Slightly tweaked diagram after the comment from James.