Bad Piggies – New Android Game

Bad Piggies Logo

Bad Piggies is a new game that launched today from Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds. Bad Piggies is from the Pigs point of view this time, not the Angry Birds. The goal of the game is to create the ultimate flying/crawling/rolling/spinning/crashing device and pilot the pigs safely to the eggs!

Like Angry Birds i found the game is simple to pickup and play and soon becomes very addictive. The levels progressively get harder, however the fun factor keeps you coming back to solve the puzzles and progress through the game.

Best of all the game is free to download on Android Devices, that includes both the standard version and the HD version, i would highly recommend Bad Piggies, if you were hooked on Angry Birds you will soon be addicted to Bad Piggies!

Bad Piggies HD looks very nice playing on my 10″ Asus Transformer Prime Android tablet, as the game involves creating and not just firing birds or pigs in to random objects i have a feeling this will keep my attention even longer than Angry Birds did!

Bad Piggies Features:

● 60 levels crammed with flying/driving/crashing fun!
● 30 additional puzzles unlocked by three-starring levels!
● Free updates!
● 4 sandbox levels to stretch your creativity!
● Ultra-special, ultra-secret, ultra-difficult sandbox level to unlock by collecting all the skulls!
● 33 objects to create the ultimate machine: motors, wings, fans, bottle rockets, umbrellas, balloons, and much more!

I would highly recommend downloading Bad Piggies, the game is great fun that will keep you entertained for hours, the best part is its free!

Download Bad Piggies:

Bad Piggies is a free download on the Android market.

Region / Location Restricted Web Content

Region restricted web content is something that really annoys me, why should i be denied access to watch a TV show episode because i’m not currently in a certain country?

A lot of my favorite TV shows are American, however because i live all the way over in England i find that im often denied from watching video content on the TV shows official website. This can be anything from behind the scenes footage to full episodes of the show that have aired on the internet first, before its even been on TV in America.

A lot of the time episodes of TV shows on official websites make you watch adverts, so what does it matter where i am? show me some adverts for UK related products if you really must. I cant see how its a bad thing that someone in another part of the world wants to enjoy a TV show?

More to the point if that TV show is not even available outside the US, and likely will not be for a long time, if ever, does it really matter if i watch it online? Let fans enjoy it. The fans who cant wait to watch it are the ones who will end up purchasing the show on DVD / Blu-ray anyway! and spreading word of the show to there friends and family.

The reason for this blog post is that a Facebook page i had liked kept promoting a TV show called “Last Resort”, this is a new series i thought sounded interesting that will premier on US TV in September. However i keep been told in my Facebook news feed that i can watch the first episode right now! Except in reality i cant:

Last Resort Region Restricted Web Content

As i expected i was greeted with a message saying “We’re sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed from in the United States”  Honestly does it really matter where i am?

I’m fully aware that i can click one button on my PC and trick the website to thinking i’m in the US, however it annoys me because i shouldn’t have to do that.

This brings me on to another point, piracy. We’re told piracy is bad, piracy is evil, priacy funds crime, piracy kills babies… however if there is no legal means to watch content in the country you reside, then what harm does it do if i decide to obtain the episode by other means?

I could be allowed to stream the episode in question and be shown adverts like American citizens if the content provider really wanted to make some money out of me watching it, however they don’t. So if i watch the episode by other means no one has lost out have they?

What do you know, else where on the internet i’m provided with a 720p HD copy of the episode with 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, and best of all no network logos or adverts. This took me about 60 seconds to download and can be enjoyed on the TV from the comfort of my sofa.

Last Resort Tv Show no Region Restrictions

So basically I got the better deal in my opinion…

Now i’m not saying this is right, i’m simply pointing out that pirates get the better deal because the media industry refuses to adapt and embrace modern technology. Restricting content to one country might have worked when people were lucky to have 56k dialup internet at home, however now with broadband internet connections getting faster and tv networks putting there content online, region retractions are pointless and could honestly be bypassed by anyone capable of doing a Google search.

The technology exists, people want to be able to watch content anywhere in the world, the same time as everyone else in the world. Whats more is people have been successfully doing this with limited resources for over a decade. Yet the media industry’s dont appear capable of embracing modern technology.

Free Windows Server 2012 licences with WebsiteSpark

WebsiteSpark is a program by Microsoft designed to help jumpstart website development for small web development / design companies and Individuals.

To be eligible for WebsiteSpark, you must either be:

  1. An individual that does not own a company and does not work for a web design company.
  2. An employee for a privately held company whose primary business is providing web development / design services for its clients, and has no more than 10 employees.

Surprisingly as an individual I was able to enrol in the WebsiteSpark program.

Why would I want to enrol with WebsiteSpark?

What intrested me about WebsiteSpark is that i could get a licence for Windows Server 2012, something which would cost £100’s if i wished to purchase it. When enrolled you will be able to obtain several licences for a couple of Microsoft Products, including:

 Windows Server 2012 Standard (5x keys)
• SQL Server 2012 Web Edition (Static activation key)
• Visual Studio Professional 2012 (Static activation key)
• Expression Studio 4 Premium (1x Key)
• Expression Studio 4 Web Professional (1x Key)

All the downloads are provided through MSDN. From reading the WebsiteSpark website i gather you will be enrolled in WebsiteSpark for three years, however you must re confirm your membership at the end of each year, and have a live website at the end of the first year. Not a lot to ask considering what you get in return from WebsiteSpark.

Anyway after reading up on it i went through the process of signing up, which was simple enough. After i had signed up i was instantly allowed access to the downloads i mentioned above.

Screenshot: Windows Server 2012 downloads on MSDN, provided by WebsiteSpark:

WebsiteSpark MSDN Downloads

Downloads on WebsiteSpark provided by MSDN

I think this is great for people who can not get access to DreamSpark and do not have a Technet / MSDN subscription. WebsiteSpark is a great opportunity to test drive Windows Server 2012, and get some nice Microsoft Software for free in the process. You can also get up to $1400 in Windows Azure resources to design, develop & deploy your sites in the Cloud. I run my own website i setup with a friend, so this will be something i would like to have a go with and see how it compares to the setup we use at the moment.

I think thats about it for this blog, you can signup for WebsiteSpark over at: http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark/webpro/

Update: 12/03/13

Microsoft has discontinued WebsiteSpark stating:

Based on the changing needs of web developers, Microsoft has created new offers at no cost to help Web Pros like you continue to create rich interactive web applications. These resources are designed to help you design, develop, publish, and deploy world class websites.

Since Microsoft is making these powerful new resources available to you without cost, the WebsiteSpark program will no longer be accepting new membership applications.

To learn more about the many resources available to you, please visit www.microsoft.com/web.