How to export your entire Last.FM Listening and Scrobble history data

If you were anything like for the last decade, you listened to a lot of music. I had the AudioScrobbler plugin for WinAmp, so that I could use their data tracking to help me discover new music. Then Last.FM bought AudioScrobbler and I got on board with their service, which used Scrobble data from thousands of users to help you discover other music you might like, long before services like Pandora or Beats tried to create a custom channel for you. But now that it looks like Last.FM is on the way out, and that data may still be relevant to you. You may be wondering how you can export your last.fm Scrobble history? Somebody made it quite easy for you. Continue reading

Club Nintendo announces closure details – last days to redeem points!

Below is the announcement, in full, from Nintendo of America, Inc. regarding the closure of Club Nintendo.  In short, you can still add coins to your account until March 31st, and you can purchase items from Club Nintendo by redeeming those coins until June 30th.  On July 1st, 2015, all coins will be deleted and products no longer available.  I have redeemed coins for a couple of small items over the years, and Nintendo has made available some new posters and cool 3DS XL Pouches, as well as new downloadable games and DLC, to help people use up their remaining coin balance.  The rest of this post contains the official Nintendo of America announcement:

Outlook.com – garrett.culver@nuangel.net

Important Information on Club Nintendo Program Discontinuation
Dear Club Nintendo members,
Thank you for your continued loyalty to Nintendo.
We launched Club Nintendo 6 years ago in North America, and we’re grateful for all of the feedback that our members have provided on your experiences with our products.
In order to focus on planning for a new customer loyalty program for our fans, we’ve decided to wind-down the Club Nintendo program. We are deeply thankful to our members for being a part of Club Nintendo for all of these years.
We will share details about our new program at a later date. For now, please see the schedule below for information on the discontinuation timeframe for Club Nintendo.
All Coins will be deleted when Club Nintendo accounts are closed on July 1, 2015. As a result, to give our members the best opportunity to use their Coins, we have added dozens of downloadable games and a limited quantity of exclusive reward items to the rewards catalog. In addition, as a small token of appreciation for your loyalty, all Club Nintendo members are receiving a free download code for Flipnote Studio 3D. Please visit here for information on the software and how to get the download code.
Club Nintendo program discontinuation schedule
1/20/2015 Products released after this date are not eligible for registration with Club Nintendo
3/31/2015 Last day to earn Coins, register products with Club Nintendo, and sign up for new Club Nintendo membership
6/30/2015 Last day to redeem Coins or access your account on the Club Nintendo website. Club Nintendo program shuts down at 11:59pm PT on 6/30/2015.
Your Account and Coin Balance
The information in your Club Nintendo account will not be transferred to the new loyalty program. We have added multiple items to our reward catalog, so please be sure to redeem your Coins before the deadline on June 30, 2015. Unused Coins will be deleted as of July 1, 2015.
2015 Elite Status
In order to reach Elite Status, you must earn 300 Coins (for Gold Status) or 600 Coins (for Platinum Status) between July 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Members who reach Elite Status will be able to choose a downloadable game from a wide selection of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U titles. Your free Elite Status gift will be available between April 1 and April 30, 2015. A list of the Elite Status 2015 gifts will be posted here once announced.
FAQs about Club Nintendo program discontinuation
  1. How long can I keep earning Coins?
    1. The last day to register products with Club Nintendo, take surveys, or earn Coins is March 31, 2015. Surveys in your To-Do list will be deleted after March 31, 2015, so please be sure to register products or take surveys by that date. Please note that products released after January 20, 2015 cannot be registered at Club Nintendo, and will not be eligible for surveys or Coins.
  2. But I have a Club Nintendo PIN # that is valid past March 31, 2015.
    1. Products cannot be registered after March 31, 2015, regardless of the expiration date written on the PIN card.
  3. Will the games I download still be registered with Club Nintendo?
    1. Club Nintendo-eligible games that you download will continue to be registered to your account automatically until March 31, 2015 if your Nintendo eShop account is linked to your Club Nintendo account. After that date, games will no longer be registered with Club Nintendo. To find out which games you can register, please see Eligible Products. Click here to learn how to link your Nintendo eShop account to your Club Nintendo account.
  4. When is the last day to join Club Nintendo?
    1. You can join Club Nintendo until March 31, 2015.
  5. When is the last day to redeem Coins on Club Nintendo?
    1. The last day to redeem your Coins is June 30, 2015. Any unused Coins will be deleted on July 1, 2015. We are offering a large number of digital games, and select physical rewards, so we are sure you can find something you like. Limited quantities are available for the physical rewards, so please be sure to check out our Get Games & Rewards page for each item’s availability.
  6. What happens to my Coins if I don’t use them all?
    1. Any unused Coins in your Club Nintendo account will be deleted on July 1, 2015.
  7. When is the last day to get the download code for the digital games I chose?
    1. The last day to access your Club Nintendo account is June 30, 2015, so please be sure to get your 16-digit download code(s) for any games you’ve received before that date.
  8. Will the download code ever expire?
    1. Yes, all download codes redeemed from Club Nintendo will expire on July 31, 2015, so please be sure to download your game from the Nintendo eShop before that date.
  9. Do I need to cancel my membership?
    1. No, your account will automatically be cancelled on July 1, 2015, so there is no need for you to cancel your account.

Will the government notify you that they read your emails? Eventually… maybe.

Recently, my sister, a Bar-certified lawyer in the state of California, asked me a great question with regards to all of the recent talk about email privacy. She noted that the article says that, if these amendments take hold, that the government is supposed to notify you within 3-business days that they had snooped in your email. But she wondered, what constituted notification? This brought several other questions to my mind, so I did some digging. Continue reading

NuAngel – more than an online handle to me

Strange as it is to say, I don’t know if I’ll ever “not be” NuAngel. As I mentioned a few years ago, I registered NuAngel@hotmail.com as an email address on February 8th, 1999. Now, it’s been another 3 years, making the name “NuAngel” over 16 years old. As I once mentioned, I may have used the name as a nickname on ICQ or a handful of other places before registering at Hotmail. But once it was my Hotmail address, it stuck.


I’ve used the name on every network I could register on. Social networks. Gaming networks. Forums. Comments sections on news sites. It didn’t matter. I have been beaten to the name a few times, sometimes I don’t mind, sometimes I wish I had gotten there sooner. Some people have commented that there is already a NuAngel, inc. in the world. Their trademark was registered before I came up with a handle on the Internet, that is true. But I don’t think I have ever tarnished their brand, and I don’t think there’s much chance of confusing our two purposes. In fact, when the time comes for me to have kids, I wholly intend to purchase an inordinate amount of NuAngel, inc. products!


But today is a milestone. As I mentioned, I began using the name, almost on a whim, in 1999. 16 years ago. I’m currently 30. I’ve literally gone over half of my life as NuAngel. I love this name. I love this identity. I’m proud of my public persona, glad to be a semi-public figure. My F-Level Internet celebrity has rarely been a curse, has really made things enjoyable. And I plan to jump back in to it in the near future. More updates coming later this year, but I have been happy to make this site an archive of my past. Don’t worry, even if another site comes online, content will be mirrored here! NuAngel.net is home.

iCloud Brute Force password list

A new tool has been released by a group of hackers that makes hacking things like your iCloud account VERY easy. You may not know you have an iCloud account, but if you have an iPhone, iPad, Macbook, or have ever bought a song from iTunes, you have an iCloud account.

The hacking tool includes a pre-made list of 500 default password it runs through in a fraction of a second. Continue reading

Maybe the most important video I can share today…

Frankly, I think I have posted this one before, but I’m glad to post it again. folding@home is something I’ve talked about before, but I really do think it would be great if we could get more people to join the project. Watch the video below to learn what it is all about.




If you’re interested, joining is easy. Just visit folding.stanford.edu and click the “Download” or “Start Folding” buttons. Download, install, enjoy. :) If you have questions about joining the stats ranking programs (fun, competitive point-tracking systems), feel free to leave a comment below, and I’ll go in to more detail!

FIXED! Sprint ATIV S Neo Developer Preview 8.1 Unable to Activate after Reset

There has clearly been an issue with Windows the Phone 8.1 Developer Preview and CDMA phones. The issue was discovered a while ago, but it wasn’t an issue you were aware of, typically, until it was too late. My issue was that, after having to “factory default” my phone, it refused to properly reactivate with my carrier, Sprint. I had texting and voice calls, but no data or picture messages. Some research suggested the APN data just needed to be filled in, but calling Sprint resulted in being told that they don’t give out APN information because they provision over NAI, and their support forum was painfully not supportive.

Complaints aside, there is a way to fix this. Continue reading

SOLVED: Windows Defender not starting after December ’14 Update

Update: Microsoft has confirmed that this patch is flawed, and has issued another fix to automatically uninstall KB3004394. Even more fascinating, our experience that this “Windows Defender” update somehow impacted display adapters and video drivers has been confirmed. Continue to read our original post below.

Just the other day, I had the chance to experience this one hands on. We had a computer that would report that Windows Defender could not start automatically, shortly after the computer had rebooted from recent Windows Updates. Windows Defender in Windows 7 is important because it acts as an anti-malware solution, not just an antivirus. So even if you have something like AVG, Symantec, or even Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Defender should be allowed to run in the background.

If you’re tech savvy, you may have even tried to go in to the Windows Services menu and attempted to start Windows Defender manually. If you try this, you will receive an error stating that “The Stub received bad data.” It turns out, there was a flaw in KB3004394, so simply uninstalling that for now will resolve the issue. I will provide the steps for uninstalling that patch.


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SOLVED: Windows not loading, black screen, bars, 12/2014

Update: Our theory from the bottom paragraph has confirmed. Microsoft has confirmed that a flawed Windows Update can impact video drivers, and has issued another fix to automatically uninstall KB3004394.

You may be able to hear sound effects, as though Windows is loading properly, but the screen shows two horizontal bars, and other artifacts and colors occasionally pop up. It appears to be a bad screen or, in the case of our laptop, we thought it was a damaged cable in the hinge. But it turns out this is somehow software related.

Tap the power key. For us, this shut the laptop down. If that doesn’t work for you, you may need to press and hold the power button until the computer shuts off. Once it is off, boot in to safe mode. You should be able to see the screen in this mode. To do this, follow these easy steps:

Press the power button, then immediately start tapping the “F8″ Key across the top of your keyboard. Tap it at least once a second, if not twice every second… about the time the computer would normally show the “Starting Windows” screen, you should receive a list of options. Stop tapping “F8″ then use the arrow keys to select “Safe Mode” (you do not need “Safe Mode with Networking” at this time) and press Enter. Scary text will likely flash up on the screen, but this is normal, eventually, Windows will load. Things will be off color and the wrong size, but this is normal for Safe Mode.

Now, to fix the Windows Booting issue, you need to remove your display adapter. Again, follow these simple steps:


Screenshot included for instructive purposes, our actual issue happened on an Intel-graphics based laptop.

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