Monthly Archives: April 2011

NEWS | PlayStation Network to go back online on May 3rd (Updated)

I’m sure a lot of you are getting so thirsty in accessing the multiplayer features of your PS3s. Well, here’s a good news. According to the PlayStation Blog, the service will be up and running again starting on May 3rd. Believe it or not, this is official. Hackers of the PlayStation Network (if there really is, how many they are, and what they did with our accounts, we don’t have a clue) still have 3 days to celebrate their selfish masterpiece for hacking the service. Also, Sony promised that they’ll get revenge against them, for their money-sake, and for the PS3 users-sake. Oh God’s sake! Here’s what the news says:

Sony has confirmed that it hopes to restore some fuctionality to the PSN service by next Tuesday in a new statement on the PlayStation Blog.

“Our employees have been working day and night to restore operations as quickly as possible, and we expect to have some services up and running within a week from yesterday. However, we want to be very clear that we will only restore operations when we are confident that the network is secure.”

Dated April 27, the update posted by Patrick Seybold (Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media), would put the estimated return date for PSN services as May 3, meaning that the service will have been offline for two weeks.

Although which services will be coming back online next week is unclear, Sony has stated they are working on new security measures for the future, as well as seeking out those responsible for the breach, confirming they “are working closely with a recognized technology security firm in order to find those responsible for this criminal act, no matter where in the world they might be located.”

Source: PlayStation Blog + IGN

If you read it carefully, Sony stated that they’ve been working with a “recognized technology security firm”. That, we don’t know, and I bet it’s a top-secret-Sony thing.

The “project: system rebuild” is almost done, I believe. This crisis has led the service to a backlash. For 2 weeks of “NO PSN”, I bet this is considered to be a good news to PlayStation users. Hopefully, we can trust Sony to permanently secure our accounts forever. Oh, and don’t forget to think of a new password for your account(s), it is necessary to change password once the PSN service is up and running. Feel free to share this article. xoxo

EDIT: It seems like the article’s source, which is IGN, made a big mistake and players worldwide assumed that the service will be back exactly on the 3rd. According to a reliable source, Sony did not mention any exact date, instead, clarified that they only hinted that the service will comeback definitely starting on the 1st week of May 2011. Right now, May 5th, the time I’m writing this revision of this post, there are only a few days left for Sony to keep up with their promise. I, Mistercomputer, hope that it will all turn out well.

EDIT: I’ve seen a lot of people waiting and waiting and losing patience, so here you go, the latest from Sony Japan. 🙂

|> Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire

Advertisements

NEWS | PlayStation Network still globally down

Just received an e-mail from PlayStation Asia (Hongkong) about the recent crisis the PlayStation Network is facing right now. You can read what the email says below:

親愛的PlayStation®Network用戶:

我們發現在2011年4月17至19日,部份PlayStation®Network用戶的帳戶資料在一次非法及未經授權的網路入侵中被洩露。對於是次入侵,我們已:

  1. 暫時停止PlayStation®Network服務
  2. 委託認可的外部網路保安公司對事件進行全面調查
  3. 透過重建系統,迅速提升保安及加強網路基建,為您的個人資料提供更大的保障

我們衷心感謝您的耐性、諒解及信任。我們正設法迅速和有效地以可行的方法解決這些問題。

雖然我們仍然在調查事件的詳情,但我們相信一名未獲授權人士已取得您提供的個人資料,包括姓名、地址(城市、州、郵遞區號)、國家、電郵地址、出生日期、 PlayStation®Network密碼、登入名稱及PSN在線名稱。您的帳戶資料包括購買履歷、帳單郵寄地址(城市、州、郵遞區號)及密碼保安答案 可能已經洩露。如您為您的子女或監護兒童開立子帳號,您的子女或監護兒童的相同資料亦可能已經洩露。雖然現時尚無證據顯示信用卡資料被外洩,但我們亦不能 排除有關可能。如您已透過PlayStation®Network提供信用卡資料,基於審慎處理的前提下,我們建議您留意您的信用卡號碼(保安碼除外)及 到期日亦可能已經洩露。

為了保障您的資料,我們建議您要額外留意要求您提供個人或敏感資料的電郵、電話及欺詐郵件。Sony Computer Entertainment將不會以任何方式,包括電郵,來要求您提供信用卡號碼、身份證號碼或類似號碼或其他個人識別資料。如被要求提供這些資料,您可 確信提出的一方不是Sony Computer Entertainment。PlayStation®Network服務全面恢復後,我們強烈建議您登入並更改密碼。另外,如您在其他服務或帳戶使用 PlayStation®Network使用者名稱或密碼,我們亦建議您更改那些資料。

為了防止身份盜用或其他金錢損失,我們建議您保持機警,復查您的帳戶帳單和核查你的信用卡或其他類似的報告。

我們感謝您耐心等待我們完成事件的調查工作,並為造成的不便深表歉意。我們的團隊正24小時工作,儘快恢復服務。Sony Computer Entertainment非常重視資料保安,並會繼續確保採取額外措施來保障個人識別資料。為顧客提供高質素及安全的娛樂服務是我們的首要工作。如有查 詢,請致電2341 2356 (香港) 或 021 2994 8800 (印尼)或 1 800 81 4963 (馬來西亞)或800 8523 663 (新加坡)或0809 079 888 (台灣)或 0 2715 6100 (泰國)。

Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited
謹啟

Valued PlayStation®Network Customer:

We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation®Network user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:

  1. Temporarily turned off PlayStation®Network services;
  2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
  3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable.

Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation®Network password and login, and PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation®Network password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation®Network, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.

For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony Computer Entertainment will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, identity number or similar number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony Computer Entertainment is not the entity asking.  When the PlayStation®Network services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password.  Additionally, if you use your PlayStation®Network user name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well.

To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant to review your account statements and to monitor your credit or similar types of reports.

We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience.  Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony Computer Entertainment takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information. Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority.  Please contact us at 2341 2356 (HONG KONG) OR 021 2994 8800 (INDONESIA) OR 1 800 81 4963 (MALAYSIA) OR 800 8523 663 (SINGAPORE) OR 0809 079 888 (TAIWAN) OR 0 2715 6100 (THAILAND). should you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,
Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited

It’s too bad that PlayStation Network is still down. I know how people, specially fanboys, are getting annoyed of it. We still don’t know what’s the reason behind, and because of various rumors circulationg around the internet globally, it makes us more and more annoyed. We just hope that the dudes in PlayStation dev team do the right thing to make us play multiplayer again, with no anomalies in our credit cards.

Right now, what we can do is to monitor your credit card connected to your PSN account, check your emails, and regularly login to PSN via their website to check if their are some things strange. Also, feel free to inform the other players, hit the “Like” button to share this post to your Facebook friends, hit the “Tweet” button to spread the word to your twitter-mates, or just click the “Email” button to send an email through your email service. xoxo

|> Metallica – Dyers Eve

NEWS | Mr. Taxi full Music Video released!!

A few days ago, I did some report about the release of Girls’ Generation’s Mr. Taxi/Run Devil Run single, and then the Dance Version of the highly anticipated music video of the new Japanese single, Mr. Taxi. Finally, just right now, SM Entertainment released the full version of the internet-sensation music video.

The news came out from Twitter, via Soshified’s tweet:

Our friends from Soshified spread the word, along with an attached link which re-directs to the music video uploaded in YouTube. Here its goes:

[Credits to: yuri0sss]

Now, now, what can you say about it? As for me, just like what I expected from the dance version, I believe the all-kill status SNSD is expecting will no wonder come true. Re-tweet this post now by hitting the twitter button below, and spread the word!

|> f(x) – 피노키오 (Danger)

Parokya ni Edgar’s Chito Miranda: A Girls’ Generation fan?

I saw this in facebook, in which a certain SNSD fan page posted about Chito Miranda, the vocalist of the Philippines’ national band Parokya ni Edgar, tweeting about SNSD and his like about the 9 girls via his twitter account:

In his tweet, he mentions how he loves SNSD very much, saying that they are so cute and adorable and are good in dancing, along with 2NE1, and other K-Pop groups, and OPM pioneers such as Gary Valenciano and Sarah Gernimo. He also mentioned about his dislike about filipino pop groups whose style and sound is directly reminiscent to K-Pop, these so-called P-Pop groups who received both love and hate during their debut.

With Idol Chito’s admiration to SNSD expressed via twitter, I asked him who in SNSD is his bias. I don’t know if he’ll reply back soon, we’ll just wait and see. 🙂

Filipino netizens are doing a good job digging some more celebrities and famous personalities in the country whose into SNSD and fellow k-pop groups.

|> Slapshock – Numb

NEWS | Mr. Taxi Music Video (Dance Version) released!

This morning, SM Entertainment just released another goodie, aside from the Run Devil run dance version, for SONEs and non-SONEs who are interested in SNSD’s japanese “all-kill” operation. As I’ve mentioned before, SNSD’s sales might be donated to the victims of the tsunami. In anyway, the girls and the company worked so hard that fans became so excited after learning about the new video. Let’s take a look:


[Credits to: iLoveShisus]

As you can see, the girls’ outfit are similar to those traffic enforcer and taxi drivers-alike. The concept is indeed well-presented, with matching video in the background as well as a lot of cool new dance moves by the girls. To think that the song itself is well-composed and is very catchy, the video, even if its just the dance version, matches well with the song. Hopefully SONEs can still wait for the Full HD and the real final video after watching this recently released stuff. Oh, and I’m a SONE! 🙂

|> Bleeding Through – Love in Slow Motion

Recommended Holy Week playlist

Hello everyone. I’m sure you guys are all busy, all because of the holy week. I also keep myself busy. Just reading this and that. I never used my cellphone, to be honest. I just don’t want to and I’m offering most of my time to God, thinking about him, the hardships he did for us and what I should do so he could be proud of me someday.

Below, are the songs I’m currently listening to these days and would like to recommend for you to listen to. I’m so sorry if there are some sort of Metalcore, but please lend your ears first. Most of these songs’ mood is sad. Themes include belief in God, sorrow, hopelessness, failure to love someone and the likes, and they are all personally self-picked by me. You can click each song’s title to listen to it. Here it goes:

1. The River – Good Charlotte: the song features Avenged Sevenfold members M. Shadows and Synyster Gates. Basically, it’s all about the Maddens and their religion, Christianity. The fact that Christians are baptized through water. It tells about the twins that they are confessing and asking for forgiveness of their sins on their early life, and that they’re offering their life to God.

2. Savior, Saint, Salvation – Bleeding Through: A symphonic metalcore song about the singer, Brendan and the girl she likes. The girl is blinded by ambition. She only sees what she wants to see. She only does what she wants. But he is hooked on her and she knows it. She is using him and he has finally realized it. But in the end, when the smoke clears, the truth is all that matters. And the truth will surround her. She can’t hide from this. I’m listening to this because there is someone I know who’s comparable to the girl the song is talking about. And people should learn how to be satisfied, and not use and hurt someone else.

3. Without U – 2PM: I’m addicted to this song lately. I even practice the choreography coz’ I really love the meaning, although it’s obviously about someone left by his partner, felt bitterness and became stronger.

4. I Luv I Jah – Bad Brains: A great religious song. Everyone knows that Bad Brains were a hardcore punk band in the 80’s, but later on, they changed style to various genres including reaggae and instead, sang about praising God, Jah. Don’t be confuse, Bad Brains religion is connected to Christianity and they’re following a movement called Rastafari movement in Jamaica, where they also call God as Jah, thus the title.

5. Where is the Love – Black Eyed Peas: Everyone knows the meaning of this song. It’s about the problems of the modern world and this song obviously gives hope, and there’s this line “Father, father, father help us. Send us some guidance from above.” that really tells God that we all need his presence in times like this.

6. Deliver Us From Evil – Bullet For My Valentine: Obviously, it’s about people who are suffering and is in need of God’s guidance.

7. Inside Your Heaven – Carrie Underwood: A very good touching song about God and his hardships and suffering he did just for us. Oh, and Carrie is really amazing. 🙂

8. A Paradox With Flies – Darkest Hour: This song has a lot of possible meanings but I came up with the best. In my own opinion, it’s about God talking in first-person. He’s talking about this girl who has been a failure in her entire life but recently she’s seeing the light. God is guiding her as stated in the lyrics “and in your eyes i see so much more, than that place you always go back to. you can pull yourself away from, that face that constantly haunts you”. It says that God has some more better plans for her, other than her life being wasted before. The most important part can be found in the last few seconds of the song, “so rest your head and close your eyes. just one more step ’till we’re over the edge.”, which means that the girl is almost there to fully recover herself, see light and live life to what it should be. Thanks God.

9. All Around Me – Flyleaf: A very meaningful song by a very passionately religious band, Flyleaf. Everyone knows about Lacey’s life before Flyleaf. She did a lot of sins in her entire life and now she’s back seeing only light and not darkness. The song tells us that God is just always there, trying to do anything for us so that we will all be guided in our life.

10. The Chosen Pessimist – In Flames: This is a very sorrowful song by Melodic Death Metal band, In Flames. Just like their usual and recent stuff, it’s about sorrow. It’s about a man feeling confused, hopeless, problematic in his life. He has no one to count on but God, that’s why he’s talking about him, about his suffering and is asking for help. This song almost made me cry the first time I heard it, and the fact that it’s 8 minutes long.

11. Come Clarity – In Flames: Another sad song by the band. This song is about a man and his loved one. He’s confessing to that “someone” that they should be together and help each other, live life, and lead him to what should be right and not the wrong things in life. It’s like asking “her” to find out which direction he should take, which path is right and not the wrong one. I love this song. 🙂

12. Prayers – In This Moment: This should be the 3rd Melodic Metalcore in my playlist. In This Moment features Maria Brink‘s sweet voice and sincere screams. This song is about “someone” who is in need of God’s presence. She is sick and tired of her wasted life before, and she doesn’t want to go back anymore. There’s no other way, medication does not help, but only God. She feels alone that’s why she wants God to guide her for the rest of her life.

13. Drive – Incubus: Now, here’s something slower. This song tells us that no matter what the others are doing, no matter how the world becomes down, we should keep moving, drive consistently, continue our dreams and live life to the fullest. We shouldn’t let little things interfere with our ambition, dreams and will, as long as God guides us, we’ll be there.

14. Fade to Black – Metallica: Another sad song. It’s about a typical person, losing his will to fight, being hopeless and is now giving up. This song reminds me of the people I’m looking up to, people who did everything for their loved ones, but in the end they left this world in silence. Those people includes Jesus Christ, Jose Rizal and the other National Heroes, and lastly, my Dad.

15. Cold Cold Heart – Norah Jones: This song is connected to my current situation with the girl I like. These days, I’m trying to be as cold as ice to her.

16. I Wanna Live – Ramones: A positive punk rock song that encourages me to live life to the fullest, that’s all. 🙂

17. More to Life – Stacie Orrico: Just like track 16, it’s a song that keeps on telling me that I can do more and more things in my life, rather than just waste it for nothing.

18. One For Sorrow – Steps: Aside from this song reminding me of my childhood, the meaning of this song is about unity and that the more the person sharing their problem, the easier it would be solved.

19. Kasio – 타루(Taru): I don’t know exactly the meaning of this song but what I’m sure of is that it’s about loving someone. I really love listening to this song. It makes my heart move, and it always remind me of that “girl” I’ve been loving for quite a while but up until now, I still don’t know what to do. By the way, it’s part of My Princess OST.

20. 또르르 (Rolling) – Jiyeon: Another sad ballad song. Everytime I listen to this song, it always remind me that there is someone always long for me, always been loving me, but I’m too blinded that’s why I can’t see. 😦

21. 웃어요 (Smile) – 김태희 (Kim Tae Hee) & 양동근 (Yang Dong Gun): A song by my favorite korean actress. This is the main song for the movie Grand Prix. In that movie, the protagonist lost her will to continue her dream, to become the greatest horse-back rider, after her horse died in an accident. Then she met this guy who gave her some time to “smile”, find happiness in life and come back to continue her dream. 🙂

22. I Miss You – Kim Bum Soo: As the title says. I’m missing that “girl” I’m always talking about in this post. Missing her really makes me go crazy 😐

23. Misterio – Slapshock: This metalcore song basically tells us how great God can do for us in our everyday living. In the lyrics, it says that “Napapawi ang lumbay, Dahil sa’yo, dahil sa’yo. Lumiwanag ang buhay, Dahil sa’yo, dahil sa’yo.” which can be translated in english as “The sadness fades, Because of you… Because of you. Life illuminates, Because of you… Because of you.”, which tells how greatful a person can be with God, seeing only light, hope, love. Also, in the music video of the song, the protagonist (which is dressed like a garbage man) who is completely alone, sad and sorrowful, came from the church and then continues his journey to encourage people to keep on believing God even if it is dangerous to be alone, but because he do have faith in God, he still have courage to do so.

24. Dear Mom – 소녀시대 (Girls’ Generation): The reason why I love listening to this song is that, I have a problem with my mom these days. We argued a while ago. But even if I did, I will still love her to death. She’s my only hope and a thousand “thank you” is not enough for me to respect her.

Credits: to the owner of the videos.

So there it goes, and now it ends here. Those are the songs I recommend to you, to listen to these days, whether it’s the holy week or not. I just want you to always keep a place for God in your heart, in your mind, in your everyday living. Please do think of God and what he has done for us. May God always be with us. Have a meaningful week everyone!

|> In Flames – The Chosen Pessimist

Mr. Jeepney!

It’s the 19th of April today, almost less than a week until the release of Girls’ Generation’s very first Japanese double A-side single which is Mr. Taxi/Run Devil Run.

A few weeks ago, SM Entertainment released the teaser photo the new single, and a week ago, the Music Video of the japanese version of Run Devil Run came out in YouTube.

Just some days ago, I decided to visit the unified SNSD thread in local tech forum, TipidPC. I came across a photo with the SNSD Mr. Taxi teaser photo edited in a very awesome way. I was laughing out so hard, the idea is just so cool. It was a Photoshop~ed image. Instead of the black-colored taxi in the background, it has a jeepney!

I would like to praise the person behind this creative image. Very awesome idea!

Credits to: The owner of the image.

|> Bullet for My Valentine – Watching Us Die Tonight

NEWS | Mr. Taxi teaser photo revealed!

Girls’ Generation is aiming for another all-kill comeback in Japan, despite the current situation due to the tsunami crisis. Here, we have the teaser photo of the new double A-side single Mr. Taxi/Run Devil Run. What do you think?

Of course, they rock. There’s also an announcement earlier that SNSD will donate their income to Japan and to the victims of the tsunami crisis. Good work SM Ent. Good work SNSD. 🙂

|> Bullet For My Valentine – Road to Nowhere

EVENT | …with Good Charlotte

This day, I finally got my picture with Good Charlotte taken during their live performance here in Manila, in Glorietta‘s Activity Center in particular. I’m so happy. I came all theway from school after finishing some important papers related to my graduation, and decided to go to Picture City in Ayala MRT Station together with my best buddy, Conte.

In this photo, I’m the guy next to Benji Madden, almost in the center. Look at me. Eternal Happiness~

It’s way too hot to go outside but that is not a problem with me, as long as I’m with my best bud. We keep talking and talking until the end, that’s what I like about him. We came from a far away area, so far from Makati City, and getting this thing wasn’t a serious matter for some people, but I’m sorry, I’m a GC fan for a long time now.

By the way, I would like to thank Ayala, PolyEast Records, EMI and Manila Concert Scene for getting Good Charlotte back in town. It was fun meeting them. To those kids who eventually gave me the chance to see them face to face, thanks. To Picture City for their warm welcome response earlier, thanks. To my bestbud Conte for joining in my journey, thanks. To Good Charlotte who keeps on inspiring both young kids and aspiring young kids, really thanks. To God of course, thanks. 🙂

|> Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly

EVENT | Girls’ Generation Into the New World The 1st Asia Tour Live Album Launching

Last Wednesday there’s my favorite band Good Charlotte hitting the stage of Glorietta and having my opportunity to see them and shake hands with them in person. Now, we have my favorite South Korean girl group, Girls’ Generation, having their 1st Asia Tour concert album launched in various music stores.

SM malls generally opens at 10AM so I came at that exact time and there, in SM North EDSA‘s The Block, Astroplus to be particular, SONEs and non-SONEs gather for the album launching. They also managed to have a public screening of some important video clips of the girls, including some fantaken videos from the said concert, as well as their music videos.

For P550.00, you have your copy of Into The New World Live Album, a big-sized poster, a random SNSD fan, some K-Pop photocards and a chance to take photos with those gorgeous SNSD standees. Originally I managed to have a Sooyoung fan, however a guy asked me if we could trade and he has a Hyoyeon one. Well, it’s not that I do not love Sooyoung, I’m okay with anyone from our 9 angels. I was just trying to be friendly.

Outside comes a mini-contest wherein you have to take a jump-shot picture for a chance to win all those SNSD fans. However, I’m feeling hungry, that’s why I went out and eat my lunch first. It’s so sad to go out alone. My older sister went with her highschool friends for an overnight swimming, that’s why no one can go with me. Sigh. Still, I keep on shopping a bit by myself.

I came back later on, and taking a glimpse of SNSD-cover group Nine Flames’ short performance. After that, I went home. Still, a great lonely day. 🙂

|> Good Charlotte – Where Would We Be Now (Troublemaker Remix)