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David O’Reilly, Creator of Mountain, and Pendleton Ward, Creator of Adventure Time, Announced as First Keynote Discussion Participants

LOS ANGELES—AUG 20, 2014—IndieCade, the premier international festival of independent games, has revealed an initial, partial lineup of conference speakers for this year’s IndieCade Festival, which will return to downtown Culver City, CA October 9-12. Additional speakers and topics will be announced soon, as will the final selections of games to be showcased at the festival.

IndieCade also announces the first participants for the IndieCade Festival Keynote Discussion. They will be David O’Reilly, creator of the independent game, Mountain, and director of the video game sequences included the 2013 hit film by Spike Jonze, Her, and Pendleton Ward, creator of the hit animation series Adventure Time. More keynote participants will be revealed soon.

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GoogleAre google really giving away ranking upgrades for security savvy webmasters? In all honest, it is somewhat of an unknown. Although there has been recent articles on tech sites, suggesting that Google are looking at promoting sites which are https secure in search engine rankings.

Although this doesn’t automatically guarantee an improved search engine position for your sites keywords, it is rumored to contribute to your overall SEO score.

Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, has long since been talking about this internet utopia, where all sites, no matter what their content may be would be secure.

Even if the site you are visiting is not handling sensitive information, there is still the possibility of the site being comprised an you being redirected if the site has not yet implemented an SSL certificate. In light of this Google are supposedly rewarding SSL secure sites with extra kudos.

This may sound like it’s favoring the “big sites” however in reality this is not actually the case. The cost of SSL certificates has plummeted in the last few years, meaning even ‘not for profit’ sites can bag one with little outlay.

There has been no official news release from Google to suggest this is in fact planned for the future.. But if you are conscious about your SEO rankings and your visitors security then its time to invest!

It’s also worth pointing out that the days of SSL slowing down a websites response time is a thing of the past. The overheads of processing an SSL nowadays is minimal.

I’ve already implemented an SSL certificate here at mikeswl.info and I’m now working on switching the other sites I manage over. Will you be switching?



SecretA Brazilian Judge from Victoria Paulo Cesar de Carvelho, has called for the social networking application named Secret to be completely removed from the AppStore and all devices it’s currently installed on.

The app has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, BBC, The Guardian and more. It’s essentially an anonymous social network. We’re friends can post and reply without the world knowing who’s doing the posting.

The whole concept of the app opens up the potential for cyber bullying, as previous seen with the popular site Ask.fm

It’s currently unclear as to whether the demand for removal of the app is focused solely on Brazilian based devices or if the action would include devices owned by visitors to Brazil.

In potentially a first of it’s kind action Apple would also have to add the app to the AppStore blacklist, which iOS devices periodically poll. This would mean that any device trying to run the app would fail to launch it, rendering the app useless.

This court ruling was heard on Tuesday, with a note that should Apple not remove the app they will face fines of approximately $8,860 per day that the application is still in service.

The application is also available on Windows and Android devices, so both Microsoft and Google have also been told to remove the application from their stores.



WWWIndustry network leaders Cisco have recently announced a milestone of 512k has been reached in the Internet routing tables. Omar Santos an Incident manager for Cisco detailed, in a recent blog post, the previous milestone of 256k was reached back in 2008, and since then they have seen a steady growth in the size of the routing table.

Routing tables are essentially the Yellow pages of the internet, detailing how systems and services can be reached. So they serve an extremely important function. Although the growth of the tables is something that is bound to happen and has been steadily on the rise for sometime, this milestone means that equipment with a top-level maximum of 512k will now need to be replaced. This potentially means whilst the work is carried out, internet browsing speeds may visibly slow down.

The milestone is already thought to be believed to be the blame for performance issues this week accessing sites such as eBay, Comcast and Time-Warner. Who all suffered impacted speed of service earlier this week.

The tech guys other at Cisco have been hard at work publishing work around for the older equipment thought to be effected by this upper limit. Documents have now been published for the Cisco Catalyst 6500/Cisco 7600 Series Supervisor Engine 720, Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers and Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers. The  five devices listed can only handle routing tables containing 524,288 entries, and recent growth of the internet has pushed the figure well over 524,000.

Although this is a bug that is only just starting to surface, owners of equipment with upper limits of 512k are urged to upgrade as soon as possible to prevent potential further impact as the network continues to grow.

This is not the first time an upper limit on devices has been reached, in fact the ceiling was hit at both 128k and 256k marks. With vendors rushing to resolve the issues caused on both occasions.

Although the delays caused by the issues should not affect the everyday end-user, more sensitive services such as VoIP may well be impacted by the limits. ISP have witnessed and reported on internet “anomalies” which they are putting down to the limit of the routing tables in older equipment being reached.

If you would like to find out more details about the recent post, check out Cisco’s own blog post here



A recent tweet from Australian based Sonny Dickson is believed to contain a photo of an Apple listening cable with one major difference… Which is the fact it has no right or wrong way up on either side of the cable!

For many years, people have been baffled by a standard USB cables refusal to enter a USB port on what appears (on first glance) to be the correct way up. In something that only manifests its self in the IT world, the USB port phenomenon is well-known. No man has yet been able to insert a USB cable on first try (maybe?) – however, if the rumours are in fact to be believed, Apple will have quashed this issue once and for all.

The introduction of the ground breaking lighting cable saw Apple fans the world over rejoice, as fumbling round for that much-needed juice in the middle of the night in their dimly lit rooms was a thing of the past.. In a ground break move, Apple had finally brought out a charger which had no right and wrong way up.. At least at one end! For all intense and purposes this new cable, (should it in fact not be a figment of someones imagination) will mean that both ends can now easily be inserted in the dark without the need for the standard “Attempt one way, reverse plug, attempt second way, reverse plug again, insert USB with original side up without issue” method.

Normally I would take prelaunch blog posts such as Sonny’s with a pinch of salt, however Sonny has somewhat of a proven track record for outing details of Apple hardware long before the official launch date. Personally I think it’s a cable improvement that is long overdue, and hope its true.. The next thing I would love to see, is a completely uniform design of charge cables. So no one manufacturer differs from the next. Which I know is a long way off, however – we can dream!

Whats your thoughts on the new cable? Do you think it will pavé the way for all future USB cables?




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