Sony a7iii: AEL in Manual Mode

One of the Facebook groups I’m part of is Sony a7iii/a7riii setup Tips. It’s a relatively quiet group but it’s chock full of great tips for Sony’s latest cameras.
One of those tips was posted yesterday and Daniel Ockeloen, the group administrator, made a video of it which I have embedded above.

In manual mode, the AEL button can be used to maintain the exposure while you change settings. With AEL activated changing the shutter speed will change the aperture and vice versa. In effect it’s the same as going back to Aperture or Shutter Priority modes but it does allow more flexibility since AEL can be deactivated and you get full manual control again, with the same exposure.

Do other cameras do this? My Canon 6D doesn’t. Apparently Pentax cameras have a hyper-manual mode which operates in much the same way, but others have been saying for a long time that manual mode is manual mode and you don’t need auto exposure.

Portable Minecraft (Video)

Minecraft running on Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play. It’ll come to other Android phones and iPhones later and I have to admit this does tempt me to buy the phone.

Two things put me off, the cost which is just over 200 Euro on my current, and there’s no indication that Minecraft will be network aware. I shudder to think how fast Minecraft would run through my measly 250MB/month data limit…

Oh, while you’re here go look here for the first part of the Portal 2 soundtrack! It has ringtones too, I used the “Science is fun” one for my phone. Someone ring me, eh? 🙂

(Both links via Kotoku!

IRC chatlog of PSN hackers

PSN is still down (as it was this morning when I wrote the exact same words in this post) because hackers broke in and Sony discovered the breach a few weeks ago.

How long ago? This boards.ie thread links to this pastebin log which is apparently an IRC conversation between a few guys discussing the security problems Sony had.

The hostname updptl.de.np.community.playstation.net is mentioned and a week or two ago I fired off a “lynx -head -dump” request to find out what it’s running and it was definitely running an old version of Apache at that time. I tried this morning and the request was forbidden so thankfully Sony are tightening up things.

The forum thread also links here, a post written back in February. Unfortunately that site is down but I found the meat of that post here.

A well known hacker i don’t want to reveal here had all the Sony PlayStation Network functions 100% decrypted as well as providing some nice info about how Sony dealing with PSN members privacy in their online servers.

Apparently, Sony server gathered everything they can from the PSN connected PS3 console. When i said everything, i meant it. Here, i make all the list of what they squeezed from the IRC chat logs conversation between the hackers.

Sony monitors all messages over PSN.
All connected devices return values sent to Sony server returns TV, Firmware version, Firmware type, Console model
They also collects data in your USB attached device.
Credit card sent as plain text, example:
Code:
creditCard.paymentMethodId=VISA&creditCard.holderName=Max&creditCard.cardNumber=4558254723658741&creditCard.expireYear=2012&creditCard.expireMonth=2&creditCard.securityCode=214&creditCard.address.address1=example street%2024%20&creditCard.address.city=city1%20&creditCard.address.province=abc%20&creditCard.address.postalCode=12345
The best part of all, the list is stored online and updated when u login PSN and random.
But, that’s not all, with the PSN functions fully decrypted, this hacker can use the function to get all games, DLC, you name it, from PSN store without paying anything.

Wow, i am just speechless! We can really sue Sony for monitoring ALL data including our credit card info providing that we are connected to PSN, of course. Man, that is really big fail, as well as the PSN fail oh and the PS3 fail. Everything just FAIL, Sony!

You can read the IRC chat logs at the link below. We censored the names just to be safe.

This IRC log seems to be the source for this ARS article from back then in February. Despite what the report above says, the data was sent over SSL however. The main problem then was for people using custom firmware because the credit card details were stored on the machine too.

As a final note to finish, the replies on this thread on playstation.com are I think unfortunate.

Heh, I am happy that the article has eased any fears that you may of had surrounding your card details.

I would still ‘watch this space’ in case all of this goes horribly wrong and it turns out that we are in danger, but judging from the information and the articles, I think we our security is very much safe. Some sites generally like to jump on the band-wagon too early and cause a racket even if their information has not even been sourced.

Here’s hoping PSN comes back soon.

Sony bans PS3 jailbreak users

If you’ve jailbroken your PS3 then you probably shouldn’t go online until you reverse the jailbreak. Sony has started banning users who use jailbroken PS3 consoles online! The ban is permanent and worldwide.

you cannot use the PlayStation Network with this account (8002a227).

In the old days it was only Microsoft who were banning their users en-masse but now Sony have to do it as well. I wonder if Nintendo will ever do the same thing?

“This lvl has been moderated!!i dont kn…

“This lvl has been moderated!!i dont know why,i needed to change the logo and name.”

Little Big Planet allows you free rein with your imagination but sometimes creators take inspiration from existing games. Such was the case with this Mario influenced racer. It’s a fun little level, looks beautiful and it’s simple. Just keep R1 down to drive. I’m the sackboy with the cape, my son Adam was the brown fella.

Ironically, I received an email from Youtube stating the following,

“Dear donncha2001,

Your video, I wonder why it was moderated …., may have content that is owned or licensed by Sony Music Entertainment.

No action is required on your part; however, if you are interested in learning how this affects your video, please visit the Content ID Matches section of your account for more information.

Sincerely,
– The YouTube Team”

I wonder if everyone who uploads Little Big Planet gameplay videos receives such an email? Duck said he got 4 of them!

Who is Stephanie Raven?

If you’ve played Little Big Planet recently you’ll have come across the name “Stephanie Raven” numerous times. Somehow she gets her levels on the first of the “Cool Levels” planet all the time.

I first figured out that something was wrong when I played a level that looked eerily familiar but didn’t have the familiar face on it to denote I finished it. She’s not the only one. This thread was near the top of a search for her name and pointed at this one about Clay_20_November, another LBP spammer.

It’s a pretty sad way to spend your time if you have to copy LBP levels and post them as your own for validation in this life.

These days I skip forward a few pages to find newer levels and that helps. There are some stunning levels hidden in there!

Mario in Little Big Planet

Fire up Little Big Planet and search for Mario. One of the levels is the most amazing homage to the moustached plumber ever. But ssshh, don’t tell Nintendo!

Playstation Move, from the future by Kev…

Playstation Move, from the future by Kevin Butler.

It’s funny, and throws a few punches at the Wii and Natal but did you see the guy hunched over playing the FPS? If I had to do that for any length of time I’d be sending Sony the bills for my physio!

Oh, here’s a less than glowing review of the Playstation Move.

How did people react? There is a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the product, and people were talking about similarities to Nintendo titles and about the price of the product in hushed tones. There were jokes made about the look of the Move; many people compared it to a certain sexual toy. Others placed the glowing orbs on their crotch, to mimic testicles. In short, there wasn’t a lot of love for the Move at the launch.