Today, Gamefly announced their subscriber base now has access to their “Unlimited PC Play” service, currently in beta. I think this is a smart move – the USPS is considering doing away with all next day services, which will surely impact by-mail services like gamefly and Netflix.

To me, this is more evidence that physical media is on the way out as more consumers opt for the convenience of streaming services. Music, movies, television, literature, and now game catalogs are all available for a monthly fee that grants affordable, broad access to content with a relatively short shelf life.

Are any of you interested in a service like this? I know I am.

Gamefly press release:

GameFly Launches Public Beta for Digital PC Client — Access to Hundreds of Free PC Games for all GameFly Members in “Unlimited PC Play”

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – GameFly, Inc., the leading online video game rental subscription service, has launched the public beta for its new one-stop shop PC client. Available to all gamers for free, the PC client features up-to-the-minute news and vibrant games pages with HD videos and screenshots. In addition to the ability to manage one’s GameQ, all GameFly members have access to hundreds of PC games they can play anytime, anywhere. The Unlimited PC Play library will continue to grow with more core, casual, classic and independent games that gamers can download onto any of their PCs to play for no additional cost as long as they are active GameFly subscribers.

“We are thrilled to finally be able to open up the beta so anyone interested in video games can start using the client, and we are hard at work expanding our catalog of PC titles for our users to play for free in the Unlimited PC Play section,” said Sean Spector, GameFly co-founder and SVP of Business Development and Content. “Casual to hardcore gamers can enjoy titles like Assassin’s Creed, Deus Ex or Saints Row 2, to Earthworm Jim, Jewel Quest or World of Goo at no additional cost to their GameFly subscription.”

GameFly will also begin selling PC games at GameFly.com, and on their leading video game mobile App for iOS and Android. There will be over 1,500 Windows/Mac games for sale, in addition to used console games and new console and PC releases for pre-order.

Current Unlimited PC Play publishers include:

Bohemia Interactive
Iceberg Interactive
Kalypso Media
Legacy Interactive
Paradox Interactive
SouthPeak Games
Spicy Horse
Square Enix
Strategy First
Telltale Games
Viva Media



Facebook for iOS updated today, giving those users access to the Timeline feature originally announced earlier this year at the D8 conference.


Timeline view is available for all users as of this week, and provides for a view that allows the user to selectively (based on security settings) display all their Facebook interactions going back to when they joined the service, in addition to adding whatever life events they choose to the timeline.

The update is touted as being faster than recent releases. The app has been getting less than rave reviews lately, so for their sake I hope the app is also more reliable than recent versions have been.

Ergotron WorkFit-S: Revisited

December 12, 2011

Last September, I reviewed some equipment designed to get desk-bound working stiffs up off their keisters and moving around a little. At the time, due mostly to office configuration, my place of employment wasn’t comfortable with me using it and I had no choice but to sourly bring it home.

But rejoice! A promotion and relocation to a different part of the building has breathed new life into my desire to use time at work to increase my overall health! In fact, by eating healthy and standing more, I’ve lost nearly 30 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »

I just had an interesting experience arc. I saw the following headline:

Hack a Manual Cheese Grater to Run via Cordless Drill

and immediately thought that someone was shooting for last minute entry into the 2011 Darwin Awards.

Heading over to the original page, however, the idea seems less “death wish” and more “Tim the Toolman Taylor”.

Now, I’m sort of considering buying a cheese grater, and adding an old lawnmower engine. 50CC’s of cheese grating power. That’s what I’m talking about.