Netflix Raising Price To $9.99

Starting August 3, 2016, I received a note from Netflix that they are raising my price to $9.99. They do give you some options if you don’t like the offer. Current Netflix users do have 3 choices, they can go with the (1) Basic Plan for $7.99, (2) HD Plan for $9.99, (3) or the Ultra HD Plan for $11.99.

Interestingly enough, there’s already a class-action suit against the price increase accusing Netflix that it has breached their contract. The original promise was that Netflix users can keep their current contract for a lifetime as long as that user does not suspend their account.

Google Calendar

Several news reports are coming in that Google Calendar was down this morning for two hours. I use Google Calendar, but I didn’t notice and was unaffected by the downtime. I guess I don’t use it often enough. However, many people use Google Calendar for personal and for work since it integrates well with mobile devices and other apps. Thankfully, the downtime was minimal without any loss of data.

Google Undersea Cable

After two years of construction, Google Undersea Cable between the West Coast of the United States and Japan is now complete. Located between Oregon and in Chiba and Mei prefectures in Japan, the 5600 mile connection has a bandwidth of 60 terabytes per second. One terabyte is 1000 gigabytes. Read from PCMag.

Git 2.9

Git 2.9 is now available, which ends the development of Git 2.9 development branch. Some of the new features include the implementation of git-multimail for sending notification emails for pushes to a Git repository, a brand new “interactive.diffFilter” configuration which gives developers the ability to customize the diff displayed in “git add -i” sessions.

The following core commands have received improvements as part of the Git 2.9 release:

  • git p4
  • git tag
  • git merge
  • git pull
  • git apply -v
  • git worktree add
  • git mergetools
  • git pull –rebase
  • git send-email
  • git rerere
  • git clone
  • git commit

Xbox Live Gamertags

Microsoft is making available a 1 million dormant Xbox Live gamertags for anyone to pickup. If you haven’t subscribe lately or no longer using Xbox live, you may be losing your gamertag. What does Microsoft actually mean by dormant?

Microsoft has apparently been careful about what “dormant” means. This pile of names has been freed from a pool of Gamertags that were created on the original Xbox console and remained unused since that console’s servers went offline in 2010, meaning they were never used to log onto either newer console or through Microsoft’s Web-browser interface.

If you used it at least once online, you’re safe.

From Ars Technica.