I just bought the PC game RAGE from Steam for £6.49 here http://store.steampowered.com/app/9200/

For those of you also wondering the same thing, I was trying to find out if it came with the DLC because it didn’t say it on the Steam Store page. I got it anyway and just checked by right clicking RAGE in my library and clicking “View Downloadable Content.”

There’s an entry in the DLC list called “Rage Sewers DLC” and it’s the only DLC that came with it. The Sewers DLC adds a load of sewers to explore all over the RAGE land.

I hope this helps other people also questioning this! Now it’s time to download the mega 21GB download on my slow ADSL connection o_O

If anyone wants to try co-op add me on Steam with the alias Hazmat Drummer and let’s play!

Tonight I got the invalid Steam UserID ticket bug whilst loading  up a game of No More Room In Hell. I connected to a server and then it would straight away disconnect displaying that error. A quick Google search and I found the below fix on the NMRIH forum.

For you guys that have tried everything, this has worked ALWAYS for me, and friends who encounter this problem here are steps to fix it.

1.) Go to your steam folder. EX: C:/(x86)Program Files/Steam

2.) Highlight everything and then ctrl+left click TWO items. Steamapps and Steam.exe (Steam.exe is your Application that starts steam..)

3.) Delete everything but Steamapps and Steam.exe

4.) Run Steam.exe it will begin updating. Once you’ve updated log-in. It may ask for a 5 digit code to authorize that it is you logging in, go to email and get your code.

5.) It says everything is re-installing but it is already, simply wait a minute and restart steam.

6.) Once you are back into Steam NMRIH should be ready to play with no Invalid User ID Ticket error!

7.) Have fun! :D

I can confirm that the bug was fixed after I followed the fix above. On page two of the thread the below shorter fix was listed.

Seriously, I got the “Invalid SteamID Ticket” error too and all I did was that I closed Steam and removed the “config” folder from “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”. Then I ran Steam, logged in (then Steam asks authorization, so get your e-mail ready) and done! It works. No rocket science, amazing! :D

I haven’t tried the shorter fix myself but users on the forum confirm it works. The first fix also deletes the config file so maybe the config file is the only file that actually needs to be deleted.

The original thread I got this info from is here.

New Blog Coming

Posted: August 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’m going to be moving Tech Chaos over to a new blog host soon for various reasons. It’ll also have new file hosting where the links don’t die!

Found out that the MSN Talk application for Android phones constantly signs in and out all the time when using a 2G network instead of a 3G or wireless connection.

On T-Mobile UK with their branded HTC Hero.

I haven’t tried it on any other MSN app. Maybe its normal. Maybe it needs more bandwidth than a 2G data rate can provide just to stay signed in.

Thought it might be an interesting post to someone else finding the same thing.

FURTHER UPDATE: I have just spoken to the UK T-Mobile Technical Support who seem to be very good. I haven’t had to phone them before until now but they seem to answer very quickly! The guy I spoke to said the last few calls he had personally dealt with were all regarding the same problems. He put me on hold to ask his colleagues and they had all received calls about the same problem too. He raised my call to the engineers too and said usually a fix is returned within five working days. He did add that given the massive scale of the problem and the amount of calls they are receiving about it, it should be resolved a lot sooner. He also said his G2 Touch was working fine 😛

Sam, the first commenter, did your’s stop working again shortly after?

It is weird how clearing the cache and/or changing to the 2G network seems to give me access for a short while. I’m surprised how many hits this post has had!

ANOTHER UPDATE: Forcing the phone to only connect over 2G networks did make it work for a while but then…. back to the failed signing in and auto sync not auto syncing! I also tried the option at the bottom of GMail where you can view account activity and click to “Sign out all other sessions.” I turned off the Android phone, shut down Google Talk on the computer, and then signed out all other sessions to my account. Still no further.

Some US forums are busy with this problem occurring on the Rogers network and AT&T. Reports suggest after an update was pushed out over the air. The thing is, as far as I know, T-Mobile don’t use Over The Air updates….

Anyone else having the same issues with their Android device?

UPDATE: Selecting to use only 2G networks seems to fix the issue. I have been running fine on it for about an hour. Seems like there is an issue with the 3G network for some of us.

To use only 2G networks go to the Android menu and go to Settings. Then go to Wireless Controls. Then go to Mobile Network Settings and tick the box next to Use Only 2G Networks.

Please comment to confirm if this works for other users or if the problem still persists!

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It is Tuesday the 16th of February 2010. I have had a whole day of constant problems getting Google Talk to sign in on my UK T-Mobile G2 Touch. Emails are also not automatically synchronizing anymore and have to be manually refreshed.

The error that keeps being displayed when attempting to sign into Google Talk is “Could Not Connect To Server. Will Retry Shortly.”

This has been happening all day today and started last night. As I have been out most of the day, I haven’t had a good chance to take a look at it until now.

Before calling T-Mobile Tech Support, I took the time to Google the problem itself which brought back a couple of scattered reports of the same problem also posted today on some forums.

I found posts where people had reset their phones back to the factory defaults and started again but were still having problems. I read another post where one guy was given the Californian number for Google and told to call them by T-Mobile! Some other people also re-installed the firmware on their handsets which still resulting in no luck.

I cleared the cache on my phone for the Google Talk and Google Talk Service to see if it made a difference. It didn’t fix the problem for me but it might be worth trying on your handset if you happen to be reading this.

For those that don’t know, below will explain how to clear those caches.

  1. Go to the Android menu and select Settings.
  2. Then scroll down and select Applications.
  3. Select Manage Applications and let the list load.
  4. Scroll down the list to find Google Talk. Click on it and click Clear Data. You will be asked to confirm the action with the message “All information you’ve saved in this application will be deleted permanently.” Click OK to confirm this action.
  5. Underneath the Clear Data button, there is a Clear Cache button. If it is selectable, clear the cache. You will also be prompted by the same confirmation box that appeared when pressing the Clear Data button.

For me that didn’t help at all but was worth a try. I turned the phone off and also removed the battery. I then put the battery back in, turned the phone on again, let it start-up and the problem was still happening.

The whole situation evidently seems to be a network related issue. I can browse the Internet fine. I can receive emails fine although I do have to manually refresh now and they aren’t coming in automatically.

A new internet game is about to be launched which allows ‘super snooper’ players to plug into the nation’s CCTV cameras and report on members of the public committing crimes.

The ‘Internet Eyes’ service involves players scouring thousands of CCTV cameras installed in shops, businesses and town centres across Britain looking for law-breakers.

Players who help catch the most criminals each month will win cash prizes up to £1,000.

Internet Eyes Crime deterrent or snoopers paradise? The CCTV website allows access to a network of cameras where watchers can report crimes to camera owners

The Internet Eyes’ website will also feature a rogue’s gallery of the so-called ‘criminals’ along with a list of their offences and which internet user caught them.

But civil rights campaigners today condemned the game, which launches in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, next month, and branded it ‘a snoopers paradise’.

They claim nosey neighbours could snoop on homeowners putting the wrong rubbish in bins and even motorists guilty of the most minor misdemeanors.

But businessman Tony Morgan, a former restaurant owner, said it would give local businesses protection against petty criminals, and act as a deterrent once ‘Internet Eyes patrol here’ signs are prominently displayed.

He will charge those who use the service, which could eventually include local authorities and even police forces as well as shop owners, £20 a week per camera to have their CCTV included on the site – amounting to thousands each year.

Internet EyesInternet Eyes: David Steele, Tony Morgan and James Woodward

He said: ‘This could turn out to be the best crime prevention weapon there’s ever been.

‘I wanted to combine the serious business of stopping crime with the incentive of winning money.

‘There are over four million CCTV cameras in the UK and only one in a thousand gets watched.

‘Crimes are bound to get missed but this way people the cameras will be watched by lots of people 24-hours-a-day.

‘It gives people something better to do than watching Big Brother when everyone is asleep.

‘We’ve had a lot of interest from local businesses and hope to roll it out nationwide and then worldwide.’

He said the team had seen a wave of support and denied that liberties were being affected.

‘There are more than four million cameras in the UK so everybody is on camera already, it is just that no one is watching the cameras.’

Players collect points by watching the cameras, which show CCTV images in real-time, and click a button every time they see something suspicious taking place.

An SMS or text message, along with a still image of the alleged crime, is sent to whoever controls the camera. They can then decide whether or not to take action.

The camera controller will send a feedback email back to the player indicating whether a crime has taken place.

Players are awarded one point for spotting a suspected crime and three points if they see someone committing an actual crime.  Players also lose points if the camera operator rules that the alert was not a crime.

The game has been condemned by civil rights campaigners who claim it will encourage people to spy and snitch on each other.

Charles Farrier, director of the No-CCTV pressure group, said: ‘It is an appalling idea for a game and will create a snoopers paradise.

‘It is something which should be nipped in the bud immediately. It will not only encourage a dangerous spying mentality by turning crime into a game but also could lead to dangerous civil rights abuses.

‘What if a group of racists decide to send alerts every time a black person is seen on screen and what’s stopping criminals using the cameras to scope out where to commit crimes.’

James Woodward, head of the technical team for Internet Eyes, which is based in Devon and Stratford-upon-Avon, said safeguards – including blocking players out for sending three incorrect alerts – would prevent the game being abused.

He said: ‘For privacy reasons users will not know the location of the cameras. They will find it very difficult to work out where the camera is.

‘It is possible that someone who is blocked out could see a crime taking place but be unable to alert the operator.

‘But it is probably safe to assume someone else looking at the same camera will raise the alarm.

‘Whoever has a CCTV camera, be it the police, local authorities or business or home owners can sign up to have their cameras watched. We hope to include police cameras very soon.’

The game will initially use CCTV cameras in shops and businesses in Stratford-upon-Avon but will be rolled out across Britain by December before going worldwide next year.

Last month it was revealed that Britain has 4.2 million CCTV cameras – the equivalent of one per 14 people – one-and-a-half-times as many as Communist China.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1218225/Internet-game-awards-points-people-spotting-crimes-CCTV-cameras-branded-snoopers-paradise.html#ixzz0TF3wlOGD

Just found this one this morning. A phishing email arrived on a user’s machine claiming to be from UPS. The email didn’t even look official. It was all in plain text too. The message in the email is copied below and the supposed date given that the parcel was undeliverable always differs.

Subject: UPS Delivery Problem NR.9618

Hello!

Unfortunately we failed to deliver the package which was sent on the 24th of June in time because the recipient’s address is wrong.

Please print out the invoice copy attached and collect the package at our office.

United Parcel Service.

Interesting thing was this. Saved the attachment to the C: drive with it still inside the zip folder. Then scanned the .zip folder with AVG and AVG reported no viruses found.

On the other hand, it could have been a program with non malicious code to the system, which still sent off details and is only malicious in principle rather than code. Only an idea because I didn’t open it….! 😛

This was an official warning released on the UPS website:

Attention Virus Warning
Service Update

We have become aware there is a fraudulent email being sent that says it is coming from UPS and leads the reader to believe that a UPS shipment could not be delivered. The reader is advised to open an attachment reportedly containing a waybill for the shipment to be picked up.

This email attachment contains a virus. We recommend that you do not open the attachment, but delete the email immediately.

UPS may send official notification messages on occasion, but they rarely include attachments. If you receive a notification message that includes an attachment and are in doubt about its authenticity, please contact customerservice@ups.com.

Please note that UPS takes its customer relationships very seriously, but cannot take responsibility for the unauthorized actions of third parties.

Thank you for your attention.

The attachment contains malware, detected as Trj/Agent.JEN by Internet Security company PandaLabs, that can replace an important file on Windows computers and then download other malware to the infected computer. PandaLabs notes:

This malware is copied in the system, replacing the Windows Userinit.exe (this file is the one which runs explorer.exe, the interface of the system and other important processes), copying the legitimate file as userini.exe, so that the computer can work properly.

Additionally, it establishes a connection with a Russian domain, which has been used on some occassions by banker Trojans. From this domain it will redirect the request to a German domain in order to download a rootkit and a rogue antivirus, detected as Rootkit/Agent.JEP and Adware/AntivirusXP2008 respectively.

Apparently, the reported sender is now coming from DHL.