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It’s been a couple of months since checking on my OMNI mining account and oh no, their SSL certificate is invalid.

If a Crypto company cannot deal with a simple Secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate for their own website then it’s time to worry.

I contacted my sponsor….too be continue.

….turns out the provider just set up a new domain, lawd knows why but it’s up and running.  My crypto mining balance is still crap though.

SONY is scamming gamers on refunds!

From a customer point of view, downloadable content that is unusable for ANY reason should be refunded.  Sony USA customer support [+1 800  345 7999] declined my request to use The Division’s Survival DLC ($14.99) on my US account because I have a UK disk.

Fuck you Sony…..Regional lock is a total scam for global gamers.

So here is the consideration….do I go for the download version of Division 2 or a UK Disk?

Also, it shows that the motherfuckers track everything gamers are doing.  I made the same mistake a few months ago and actually got a refund.

My bad.

Tom Clancy’s The Division – Sony fucks you if you made a purchase mistake

On the plus side, I did actually get to speak to a human being and being a frugal gamer it didn’t break the budget just annoyed the hell out of me on principle.

So I accepted the loss and promptly purchased the DLC from my UK PSN account with the goal of actually using it on my US account…

How did that work out for ya?

2.758GB, 25 minutes and £11.99 later….it worked

Solo runs

My love for single player games continues; this skillset is particularly fruitful in a real-life Person versus Environment (PvE) situation. This morning I arrive at Gatwick Airport knowing I had just one hour to get to the terminal gate.

Navigating major airport terminals during summer holidays is challenging if you don’t anticipate the delays and have a countermeasure in mind. Also, any Network specialist will tell you that the last ‘hop’ is often the most problematic.

Airport terminal log – target Gate arrival time 11:20

10:30 arrive at Gatwick by train
10:40 arrive at terminal monorail shuttle 
transfer (Primary service)
Delay 1 - (Service failure)Terminal train 
out of service transferred to slow buses.
10:45 arrive at terminal
10:50 Checked-in luggage (I don’t normally do this)
10:55 Arrive at security check
Delay 2 - (Slow Service) Carry-on luggage 
selected for ‘random’ check
11:05 Cleared to proceed to gateway
Delay 3 - Gate allocated at 15 mins walk 
11:10 Arrive at Gate sweating and panting
11:30 Actually boarding plane
Delay 4 - Sitting on runway 
waiting for flight slot
12:14 Flight actually takes off

Flight departure scheduled for 11:55 and there no compensation or anything I can do about it except bitch and blog.

Tom Clancy’s The Division – the downside of Server side gaming

Hazards and delays avoided
Heavy or cumbersome hand luggage 
Travel document misplaced 
Gadgets misplaced 
Fast steady pace walk pass all NPCs 
(In real life - families, groups,tourists, 
airport staff walking the opposite way and 
folk who arrived early)
Shopping queues 
No window shopping 
No phone calls
No App checking
No SMS or VoIP 
No other players
...single player runs are definitely faster

Mission accomplished – Side effects

Elevated blood pressure 
Massive adrenaline surge
No time to think
No last minute detours
Hight chance of verbal conflict

Countermeasure

Arrive 2 hours ahead of time. 
(Problem: 4 out 5 EasyJet flights delayed)

ABSOLVER – Time to relax

Chaos can raise its head rapidly. Are you prepared?

Winter version is similar with the added bonus of being able to use your coat to conceal a second carry-on bag avoiding the additional fee….whoops, did I say that out loud.

Crypto Fool

My Omnia Cloud mining has yielded disappointing results so far but this is not surprising considering the massive drop in values.

After an initial investment of 500 USD
Current mining Earnings 0.72 USD per day
Means it will take a whopping 694 Days to break even,
...that's just under 2 years.

It seems Omnia makes more money from the Multi-Level Marketing aspect than the actual mining at the moment.  The Pay-out procedure is very rigid, ridiculously slow and non-transparent only allowing me to withdrawal my cryptocurrency once (1) a week on Thursdays.

With this scenario, it’s easy to see why Newbie Crypto investors would be sceptical but it all depends on your reasons for getting into Crypto.  For me, the opportunity to remain unseen by central banking is attractive.  Also,  sidestepping the technical hassle and cost of setting up mining servers is excellent.

Today’s Lesson: Define your Crypto goals whether it’s short-term profit to be transferred back to Central banks or leveraging the ability to buy or sell using Cryptocurrencies.

After all, Money is just one big Game anyway

Where’s my Hash Power? – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Disaster recovery

It’s never gonna happen but when you are hit with a major digital failure it’s always good to where your data is.

Despite having a fairly robust set-up it’s really hard to stay focused and not succumb to the emotional inconvenience of an IT failure.  It always happens when you are busy, traveling and distracted with real life.  Individuals seldom practice the scenario and companies are on high alert standby to fleece you of any hard earning monies to fix the issue.

“everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. Mike Tyson

Titan Attacks! Did you Back-up today?

Yesterday, I failed

I failed to back up a MacBook

I failed to restore a Windows 10 laptop

…and I failed to see my long-time friend before he died of Cancer.

The reasons for failure are never easy to accept and we are told to learn from the experience. I let excuses, superficial barriers and distractions taint my objectives and this is clearly only my fault.

RIP My Network guru…I will never forget you.