Hasta La Vista Bitcasa

By current plan, $99 per year i.e. “Infinite Annual” , is being phased out. No “infinite drive” anymore:

Changes to Paid Plans

I therefore have no need of this service anymore. I’m moving my stuff over to dropbox and will be terminating my Bitcasa account.


I got a refund after deleting my account.

Refund from Bitcasa

LTE issues after sim swap

I decided to change to a nano sim as it can be used in any device with the correct adapter. So I did a sim swap and didn’t notice any immediate issues. I did notice some irritating data issues while playing Ingress. I would get frequent “No data connection” errors or some actions would take a long time. I then noticed that my phone wasn’t switching to LTE anymore. I have a contract with several data sims linked to it and my tablet with a data sim had no issues switching to LTE. So I tried a prepaid nano sim in my Galaxy Note 3. It had no trouble switching to LTE. I put the nano sim in an Alcatel L100V modem which showed me that Vodacom LTE was available but when I tried to select it I was told that it was unsuccessful. I contacted Vodacom data support on 155. I was guided through a fruitless attempt to resolve the issue. The guy then said something nonsensical about the frequencies on my sim card and advised my to go to Vodacom store. Undaunted I tweeted about by issue

and was phoned by another support person who started going through the same “the settings on your phone are probably screwed” routine. Luckily I was able to convince him that this was a more complicated issue, probably due to some settings mismatch somewhere in a database. It seemed to me that the network was rejecting requests by my phone to connect to LTE. He promised to phone me back. My LTE service was disabled and then enabled again. I noticed the data icon on my phone and tablet disappear. “Oh no! They have disabled my service!”, I thought. I got a tweet that stated I needed to restart my phone,

which I did. Initially only HSDPA but the data connection changed to 4G a minute later. It seems my issue has been resolved.

Minecraft Villagers

This game has probably consumed more of my free time than any other I’ve played. Even if I get bored and leave it alone for a while I return and the madness starts afresh.

My latest frustration concerns villagers. So I discovered a village with the help of this tool. It was quite a trek to get there so I used the nether as a shortcut. My village was however soon deserted. I can only assume all the villagers had been killed by zombies.

I discovered that is was possible to cure zombie villagers. They will then turn into ordinary villagers. This sounds straightforward but can be quite hard in practice.

  • Only a small percentage of zombies are villager zombies.
  • You have to trap the villager zombie so that it cannot escape during the curing process. A villager zombie can still attack you during the curing process.
  • You will have to build a safe shelter for you new villagers. You have to make sure all your villagers are confined at all times since they can easily escape. It can be quite difficult, if not impossible, to get them back.
  • An iron golem can help protect them.
  • There seems to be a bug in the game which sometimes allows zombies to go through walls. This is extremely frustrating. I once found a room full of zombies, with a closed door, no holes in the wall after they had killed all the villagers in the room. Arggg!!! It may help to make walls and roofs two blocks thick.
  • Villagers attract zombies. Zombies will follow villagers as if they can see them through walls or a roof. They will often walk past you, seemingly not notice you, and get as close to the villagers as they can. This can make it easier to trap them.
Zombie embedded in the floor
Zombie embedded in the floor
Notice the trapped zombies one on the left and one on the right. The zombie in front of my doesn't even notice me.
Notice the trapped zombies one on the left and one on the right. The zombie in front of me doesn’t even notice me.