StarCraft II Beta Patch 1

Last week Blizzard launched one of the most anticipated beta tests ever. StarCraft 2 has been in various playable forms since its announcement in 2007, but this is the first time players have had access to the game outside of special events. The original StarCraft was released in 1998 and has spent the last 12 years as one of the most popular multiplayer online games. The game is played professionally in South Korea where games are broadcast on three different channels dedicated to professional gaming.

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SSH over HTTP proxy

This is a fun little trick I learned while traveling this weekend. When I’m not on my home network, I often use ssh -D to dynamically forward all of my traffic via SOCKS proxy to a remote server. This weekend though, I found myself trapped in a network with only an HTTP proxy to access the internet, so I couldn’t even check my email via HTTPS. The solution was to use connect.c to relay SSH through the HTTP proxy. I temporarily added two lines to my SSH config that proxied all host connections through the HTTP proxy.

Host *
ProxyCommand connect -H %h %p

Then I set up my SSH SOCKS proxy as usual.

ssh -ND 8822

I used connect.c, but a friend had success with corkscrew.


Managing Buzz

How to get Buzz comments out of your Inbox

Google rolled out Buzz recently and it’s started messing with my inbox (my Google profile). The first issue is that by default it puts an item in your Inbox every time someone comments on something you’ve posted or on something you’ve commented on. This item looks like a new email and I get an alert on my phone for new email. My group of friends is already used to commenting on Shared Items in Google Reader so I’ve been getting these emails all the time. I created the filter above in Gmail to take all of these items, which start with Buzz:, and tuck them away in the label ‘bz’ (‘Buzz’, like ‘Inbox’, is a reserved system label).

Hide Buzz

If you absolutely hate unread counts, you can go a little further. You have the option of hiding the Buzz label in Gmail’s Label settings. This will tuck it away next to Spam in the more labels drop down. That way you can check it at your leisure instead of being compelled by the unread count.


Turn off Buzz

If you just want to turn Buzz off, you can find it at the bottom of Gmail.


Eliot Phillips, the flyer

Eliot Phillips, the flyer

A few weeks ago I told my friend Chris Nelson that I was going to print up new business cards for ShmooCon. He argued that club flyers would get way more attention and makes it stupid easy. I mocked up the front, which you can see on the left and asked, “Like this?”. He said he’d pay for half if I bothered to go through with it; that’s all I needed to hear.

I had spotted the image on the left on some random Tumblr. I used TinEye to dig up the larger (laser-free) original. It’s apparently from a Rossin calendar created in the 80’s. Our graphic designer friend @skrike redrew the lasers for me—they look great in black light. The image on the back of the card comes from We Have Lasers!

I enjoyed making the flyers and everyone had a good laugh (picture of one in the wild). This isn’t something I’d hand out most places, but ShmooCon has a fun lighthearted atmosphere.