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DNS Routing Problem on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

March 26, 2015

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, several DNS servers were having trouble resolving domain names. I first noticed this when visiting Daring Fireball. I was not able to load the site on my iPhone, which is on T-Mobile network. By 4:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, I was still unable to access Daring Fireball on my iPhone. I took the screenshot and tweeted:

If I had to guess, it might be DNS issue with T-Mobile. 

DaringFireball T-Mobile DNS

Two hours later I noticed that I still couldn’t access Daring Fireball. This time I was using the office network; connected through AT&T DSL. We could only get AT&T in this particular area. Then I tweeted to John Gruber:

It seems  is still down. 

Within 3 minutes, Gruber replied:

 No, my site is up. There are internet-wide routing problems, alas: 

Daring Fireball is still down

When I arrived at a colleague’s residence, I was able to to load Daring Fireball site through Verizon FiOS.

Later on, Ben Drago replied:

 It looks like Google’s DNS servers are not resolving . Working OK w/ 

Ben Drago Google DNS has a problem

I tested a few DNS servers and some of them were having the same issues with Google DNS.

At the time of this post, the issue persists on some DNS servers.

Apple “Spring Forward” Special Event

March 9, 2015

Apple March 2015 Spring Forward

Apple will be streaming the “Spring Forward” event live at Apple.com/live at 10:00 a.m. from Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Not sure if you had to brush up on your Mandarin or Mandolin.

As usual, some sites will be covering the event live. Links will be added and updated.

Apple Events channel appears on Apple TV.

Apple Special Event Live March 09 2015 Apple TV Apple Events March 09 2015 Apple TV

Tim Cook (@tim_cooktweets:

Got some extra rest for today’s event. Slept in ’til 4:30.

What time does he usually wake up?

Tim Cook Tweet Marc 09 2015 Wake Up at 0430

Apple Store goes into maintenance mode ahead of the event.

Apple Store March 09 2015

On The Eve of Apple Watch Event

March 8, 2015

Apple-Watch-Home-Screen

Sunday, March 8 marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in some regions of the world. Those in the Northern Hemisphere remind themselves to “Spring Forward”, setting up the clocks one hour ahead before going to bed on Saturday night.

On Monday, March 9, 2015, Apple will be holding an event aptly named “Spring Forward”; an obvious reference of Time. Apple will largely be talking about its next product, the Apple Watch.

Apple March 2015 Spring Forward

The “Spring Forward” event will be streamed live on March 9, 2015 at 10 a.m. PDT.

There are many speculations and supposed leaks about the Apple Watch announcements. Some are obvious and some are pure weapons-grade Bolognium.

John Gruber, who would be unable to attend the event, shared his thoughts (1) (2) on the Apple Watch on Daring Fireball. Well thought out and logical.

Based on off-the-records conversations with a spouse of a key Apple employee, there are a few “surprises” with regards to the “Spring Forward” event.

My own thought:

There are many reasons why I did not wear watches for years. One of them happened during my high school years. I shortly wore wristwatch in college, due to necessity. After the glass broke, I stopped wearing it. It has been quite some times.

I am interested in Apple Watch because I found several use case. I don’t want anyone to see that I am wearing any watches, let alone the Apple Watch. I might have to wear long sleeve shirts almost all the time now. Yeah, I’m going to get one, most likely the Apple Watch Sport.

All will be revealed on Monday, March 9, 2015.

Target Ticket Shuts Down

March 7, 2015

Target Ticket Shuts Down

It only took a little over 18 months and Target Ticket is shutting down its service; effective March 7, 2015.

Target Ticket customers are eligible to migrate their account to CinemaNow and Disney Movies Anywhere.

I had “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Target Ticket, and it was not eligible for transfer to CinemaNow. That’s because it would be migrated to Disney Movies Anywhere; which I already have by redeeming one code in two places.

Despite of my poor initial impression of UltraViolet, they have done a great job keeping the movies I purchased (through redemption code) accessible in many places.

Little Men with Big Erasers: Iterations and Copies

March 2, 2015

An Original iPhone

Little men with big erasers1 are saying that iPhone 6 design resembles anything but the original iPhone.

Shameless” is not just the title of some TV Shows in the UK and the US; it is also the word many people use to describe Samsung’s Galaxy S6 phones (via Daring Fireball). Some also described it as “the lovechild of an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 6” (via The Verge).

Then there’s the “<insert name here> Pay”, just like Apple Pay (stylized as Pay).
Truly shameless.

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  1. The line was inspired by a line in “Hook In Mouth” lyrics, by Megadeth

Leonard Nimoy

February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015 TwitLonger

Leonard Nimoy, best known as Mr. Spock on “Star Trek” franchise, died on Friday, February 27, 2015.

One of my earliest memories was watching Star Trek: The Original Series on reruns. Mr. Spock was one of the most memorable characters I’ve ever remembered.

House of Cards, Season 3

February 27, 2015

House of Cards Season 3

The clock strikes midnight, February 27, 2015 and House of Cards Season 3 officially goes live on Netflix.

You know what, I’m going to bed… and watch e few episodes tonight.