Roberto Bonini

"Developers, by definition, are engineers lost in the details of implementation"

What I Learned from buying an NFL Gamepass

I can't recall a week where some content provider didn't raise my hackles by geo-blocking content.

Every. Single. Week.

This week, it was the venerable BBC. Even though I pay the license fee that funds the BBC (ergo, paid for BBC content already), I still can't watch BBC iPlayer in Spain where I'm currently on holiday. I can't even stream the international version of BBC News 24.

Then the rest of the time, various US-based content providers block things such as Jon Olivers Last Week Tonight, or The Daily Show.... etc.

(others, like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, post short clips and excerpts - which leave you really wanting to watch the full show)

Now. I'm an NFL fan in general (and SeaHawks in particular). The BBC and Channel 4 don't show the games anymore. And Sky (the satelite broadcaster) is inconvienent to stream to any device other than your set-top box.

(to be fair to Sky, I can stream thier internaltional news channel)

Does the NFL, with content worth billions, care where I am? No. I can stream every game live here in Spain with my AppleTV and my NFL Gamepass that I paid in blood for.

For that matter, does the AppleTv care where I am? No I can stream all my iTunes content.

So. Why can't all content be like this? I suspect its because content licensing is still in the dark ages of the 20th century - deals were inked before the full forces of the internet were unleashed, or perhaps inked after that fact, but without fully understanding the full scope of the changes being wrought.

Is advertising a part of this puzzle? Theres no reason for ad-supported content not to continue to be ad-supported no matter where its being shown - and show the relevant advertising for that geolocation. This is, after all, how it happens now in the traditonal media - When I'm watching Big Bang Theory on my local TV UK station- I get local ads.

This mnight be a contraversial statement to make, but I don't mind ads because I know that the ads are helping pay for the content. (What I do mind is Channel 4 showing me 4 minutes of pre-roll ads and 4 minutes of ads at the half)

The point is that content is still not taking full advatange of the digital age - you can't take full advantage of the digitial age and the digital market place, while trying to impose traditional restrictions and mores on that marketplace.

I'm not calling on content to be free (or be fleeced for that content), but let us stream content here, there and everywhere. If the NFL can do it, anyone can.

The revolution will not only be televised, tweeted, blogged, and instagrammed, but also streamed.


Paul Ford: What is Code?

Both Phil Haack and Jon Gruber linked to this post today.

And with good reason. Its exquisite, sublime (in the OED sense of the word not the IDE), faciniating and insightful in ways that only reading it will adequately communicate.

Paul Ford's Magnum Opus - What is Code?

It should be required reading for anyone involved in anything to do with Software.

PS - Took me 107 minutes (and two cups of tea) to read all 38000 words


Quote of the Day - @SlexAxton

A Microsoft engineer could say "I like meat" and somebody would blog about how Microsoft just declared war on Buddhism

-Alex Sexton on Paul Thurrots blog post The Last Version of Windows?


Great Scott !!


(via CommitStrip)

For the record, I don't torrent......


Windows Server 2012 Essentials - "Restore Files Wizard Has Stopped Working"

Isn't annoying when you really REALLY neeed to restore one critical file and you run into a brick wall?

Fear not! The suggested remedy is to uninstall KB3023562 from all client PCs.

And it worked for me as well :)


I want Tea

Funny (and true):



Update for Windows Azure Backup for Windows Server Essentials 2012

I've been running Windows Home Server since its second beta - away back in 2007. Man, how the time flies!

Last year I moved over to Windows Server 2012 Essentials running on a nice new Dell box with some oopmh.

In October I decided to enable Windows Azure Backup as an experiment - mainly to see the price. I was never going to be able to afford all 5Tb of data being in the cloub, so I started with just 300Gb.

It seems to be about £45 a month, tho its been both more and less.

Starting April 1st ( no joke) the pricing structure has been changed. It should now be cheaper to store the same amount of data. Based on the Windows Azure Pricing Calculator my bill should be cut in half, almost.

However - there is a catch - you have to update the Microsoft Azure Recovery Agent to take full advantage of the lower prices.

When I ran the update, I got this:

The Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent installation has failed.

Error : Failed to install Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent.

Problem : 1603:Fatal error during installation

The accepted solution seems to be to uninstall Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent and then re-install.

But, if you're using the Add-In, it gets a bit more complicated than that.


Make sure that you have the Backup Vault certificate from Azure dashboard, and the Certificate that was originally generated when you first installed the agent. And make sure that you remember your 16 charecter pass phrase. Aditionally, go to the Azure dashboard and make sure you allow your server to re-register,

  1. Remove the Addin using the dashboard - make sure the box to remove the agent is also ticked.
  2. Reboot
  3. Re install the Addin using the dashboard. This will also reinstall the old agent, but will leave your server unregistered.
  4. Install the updated agent and follow the instructions in the wizard.
  5. Check in the Dashboard that it is recieving infomation from the new Agent

And you should be done. The new agent will magically remember the previous configuration of your protected files, retention policy and so on.


I would love this!


Shoot, it landed in the golf course. Gonna be hard to get it down the--oh, never mind, it rolled onto the ice hazard. Face-off! "Shoot, it landed in the golf course. Gonna be hard to get it down the--oh, never mind, it rolled onto the ice hazard. Face-off!"


From The Department of Should Have Thought Of This Before

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