Get Portal for free! And OS X as well…

As most of you die-hard Mac users already know, hardly any major game worth playing is available for OS X (except EVE Online maybe). For some odd reason, some at Valve decided to port Steam to OS X and make it available to the “huge” Apple gaming community… Well, whatever…

So why even mention it? Because at the same time, they decided to give Portal away for free! Most likely to get some media attention and give Apple fanboys at least one excuse to install their app. Guess it worked, but who cares – you can get one of the most innovative games of recent years entirely for free. Yeah, even if you’re on Windows.

Portal used to cost money. Until May 24th, it’s free. End of story.

Well, technically speaking, there are some strings attached. Fortunately, they’re entirely decorative. We just like the way they look, swaying in the gentle breeze created by a million people simultanously fainting from shock at the news that Portal is free. Now you have no reason not to try Portal.

“I have a reason,” some of you are probably typing into an angry email. “You see, sir, I own a Mac.”

Well guess what: For the first time ever, Portal is also available for the Mac.

“Capital news! But the excellent puzzle adventure Portal won over 40 Game of the Year awards; Surely it must cost at least five or six hundred dollars.”

You’d think that, especially since it actually won over 70 Game of the Year Awards. But, like we keep saying, Portal is free. Free on the Mac. Free on the PC. But only until May 24th. So you only have a few days to decide if your free copy of Portal is worth the price we’re currently charging – which is you ever-so-slightly moving your index finger just barely enough to click the big red “download” button right there to the left.

Ok, so there’s no big red button here… But it’s right here on their site. And from “inside” their steam client you just have to click on play now and wait till it’s downloaded. Have fun!

Financial Crisis caused by… porn?

Straight from the you-can’t-make-this-shit-up department: If you ever wondered how the SEC became this ineffective and worthless bunch of bureaucrats who can’t stop fraudsters like Bernie Madoff before they manage to scam people for billions of dollars, even tough they were told for years that it was the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of mankind… well, here’s why.

Apparently even their senior level staffers, attorneys and whatnot-employees prefer to watch porn all day, rather than doing their goddamn work, while getting paid more than $200k per year.

Of course 17 “senior employees” are only a small fraction of a 4000 people workforce, but if a Washington, DC attorney can spend up to 8 hours a day watching pornography and another regional accountant got blocked by their firewall 16.000 times (yeah, sixteen-thousand times!), you gotta wonder what’s going on at that place…

Firefox blows up VMware Server 2 webinterface

After upgrading Firefox on my main workstation to a more up-to-date release (3.6), it turns out I can’t access the Webinterface of any of my VMware Servers. While some kind of glitch every now and then is to be expected from this “somewhat” buggy piece of sh… uhm, code – this time, logging with Firefox actually manages to crash the management application on the server itself. Yeah, that’s right – at that point you can’t even access it with another browser or the VIC until you kill the hostd and do a /etc/init.d/vmware-mgmt restart. It isn’t even some kind of ancient beta release, but 2.0.2 – the most recent release as of now. WTF?

According to the logs there appears to be some kind of SSL issue:

SSL Handshake on client connection failed.

Turns out Web Access can’t handle SSL3 and Firefox 3.6 has SSL2 disabled per default. Why this manages to crash an application on the server boggles my mind, but at least there’s an easy workaround until VMware manages to fix this:

Go to your about:config page and set security.enable.ssl2 from false to true.

That’s it, done. At least it worked for me – no more issues whatsoever.