Wikipedia Down?!? [Update]

I’ve been trying to access some information on Wikipedia the last few hours, but the online public encyclopedia had been unavailable for a while, and I’m not the only one having trouble accessing the site, just go do a quick search on twitter to see the world tweeting about the downtime.

As far as I know there is no official way to check server status but will continue to investigate what is happening and post any new information I manage to find.

Update: Wikipedia is back online, Thanks to the Update from John who tracked down the answer on Yahoo! Answers, it appears there was a power outage in there Florida data center.

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Why you might want to hang onto the unlimited iPhone data plan

I recently just assisted with a project that involved rewiring a server room for a company in San Diego. Given that the project was over the corse of two, 8-hour days. I wanted to have a bit of music to listen to.  I didn’t even think of resetting my phone’s stats to see how much data I actually used until after the first day was over, after resetting the iphone I found that one 8 hour day of listening to pandora over my 3G connection pulled 180Mb of data. If you were to listen to music every day at work that translates to 3.6GB. Now I hardly use that much data but I like to know I can if I need it.

This is not the primary reason however I think it would be in your best intreats to go ahead and hang onto your unlimited plan. the iPhone 4 (Which I have already pre ordered) will offer FaceTime, while this will initially only work on a WiFi connection I can guarantee once they release it on 3G and we all know apple is itching to see it over 3G. its going to cut into your data usage. I don’t know about you but I’d like to not have to worry about how much video calls I make. I already know quite a few people that will be getting an iPhone 4 along side me so I know I’ll be using FaceTime.

Whats your thoughts on Apple killing the Unlimited Data plan and do you decide to keep you unlimited plan or save the $5 a month to cripple your iPhone to 2gigs a month? That being said however I will have to admit that the most data I have ever personally used since having an iPhone was 600Mb. I’m just looking toward whats to come, Data’s not getting any smaller if anything we’ll be seeing much higher resolution images for download to take advantage of the much higher resolution Retina display.

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iPhone 4

Apple has done it again, I’ll be pre-ordering one on the 15th will you? The only question on my mind is White ore Black. To tell you the truth, I like them about the same, maybe leaning just a little on the side of Black, but than again, I don’t want to be like every other person out there. and for that reason alone there is a very good chance I may be going with the white. The biggest thing the iPhone 4 will be sporting will be the introduction of FaceTime and I’m really stoked to hear apple will be making it an open standard.

Another new feature will be the front facing camera, for the video chat as well as simply taking self portraits. This has been annoying on the iPhone across all the previous versions. Its not so much not being able to see the screen but trying to find the button it is after all on a touch screen. Theres a very easy fix for this and I jail-broke my first iPhone (first gen) to get this feature, allow the volume buttons to act as a shutter release! But thats all in the past because now you can simply use the front facing camera to frame your face and be able to see where the shutter button is.

Another amazing feature is the Retina display sporting an insane number of pixels, (326 per inch) Apple says the pixels are so fine your eye can not distinguish individual pixels. I can’t wait to see if its as good as they claim =)

What are your thoughts on apples latest gadget?

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WordPress 3.0 Release Candidate

WordPress is aiming for a June release of the 3.0 version of there popular blogging software. So far they are right on track, they just released the first RC of the 3.0 platform, whats an RC? The term release candidate (RC) refers to a version with potential to be a final product, ready to release unless fatal bugs emerge. In this stage of product stabilization, all product features have been designed, coded and tested through one or more beta cycles with no known showstopper-class bug.

If your a WordPress developer or even just a WordPress blogger and want to get a peak at the new version you can head over to WordPress.org and download the new RC, DO NOT install this on your live blog, remember its only a candidate for the new version, further testing still needs to be done to ensure all bugs have been discovered and removed.

If your curious whats been changed heres a quick list.

  • Custom menus.
  • Multi-site. (run multiple blog’s off a single install)
  • The look of the WordPress admin has been lightened up a little bit, so you can focus more on your content.
  • There are a ton of changes, so plugin authors, please test your plugins now, so that if there is a compatibility issue, we can figure it out before the final release.
  • Plugin and theme *users* are also encouraged to test things out. If you find problems, let your plugin/theme authors know so they can figure out the cause.
  • There are a couple of known issues.

If you do decide to give RC1 a test spin and come across any bugs please help WordPress out.

Download WordPress 3.0 RC1

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Kindle Software Update Version 2.5

Most of my regular readers know I got my hands on a kindle back when the new kindle was released, It was purchased for me as a gift, the order was actually placed on the first kindle but it was on backorder right at the same time the kindle 2 was announced, I was upgraded to a kindle 2 for free. Since that time I haven’t really seen all that many updates. And of the few updates I’ve seen, not to many new features were added. I do however have to point out one update I really liked since the purchase of my kindle was when they added the support to read PDF’s natively.

However Amazon will soon be rolling out version 2.5 of the kindle software, one feature I’m really looking forward to with this update is the ability to organize your books into Collections. I’m also stoked for the Password Protection, and hoping they will force you to only unlock a forgotten password through your amazon account, this will greatly increase the chances of getting a lost kindle back, since the finder will not be able to actually use the device.

Here’s the full list of the coming enhancements from amazon’s page:

  • Collections: Organize your books and documents into one or more collections.
  • PDF Pan and Zoom: Zoom into PDFs and pan around to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics.
  • Password Protection: Password protect your Kindle when you’re not using it.
  • More Fonts & Improved Clarity: Enjoy two new larger font sizes and sharper fonts for an even more comfortable reading experience.
  • Facebook & Twitter Posts: Share book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter directly from your Kindle.
  • Popular Highlights: See what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you’re reading.

If your curious about how to get the latest update you do not need to actually do anything (assuming you have not installed the screen saver hack). As long as you are running Amazon’s official firmware your kindle 2 automatically check’s for updates and will automatically download and install the firmware when its available. So far theres no official release date, Amazon simply states they will be rolling out the 2.5 software update to users over the coming weeks.

During the update, you’ll see screens that show the update progress. The update should take less than 10 minutes and is complete when your Kindle displays the Home screen. Amazon advises you not to power off or reset your kindle during the process or the update will fail. You can check what version your kindle is currently running by going to the settings screen on the device. The software version will be displayed on the bottom of the screen.

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