Russian News Online

Russian News Online

Long time readers (I’ve been away a while – are there any left?) might remember that I have a great interest in Russia. So, to help me keep up with everything that’s happening in Moscow and its surrounds, I’ve built a new Russian News website.

Russian News Online is a simple site that aggregates Russian News headlines from major English language news sources like RIA Novosti, the Moscow Times, Interfax, etc. At the moment, it aggregates the content of over 30 news outlets, and plan to add more in the near future.

It also has a page dedicated to Russian Blogs. Currently there are over 75 Russia Blogs listed, and I’m adding more all the time, as I come across them.

The site is very straightforward to use – it provides the reader with a list of headlines, all of which link to the exact story over at the news site. It’s still in development, so please do head over, check it out, and let me know what you think.

iPhone 3.0 upgrade – 2096 error at iStore – fix

iPhone3GAs soon as the brand new iPhone 3.0 upgrade came out, I had to try it on my first generation EDGE iPhone. I connected to my Mac computer, ran the iTunes upgrade and waited impatiently for the process to run its course… only to find that my lovely shiny phone had turned into a lovely shiny brick.

Instead of a brand new 3.0 operating system, all I could do was make emergency calls, and look at the following iStore error message:

“iTunes could not connect to the iTunes Store. An unknown error occurred (-2096).
Make sure your network connection is active and try again.”

Happily, I finally managed to fix the problem, but I found it difficult to find advice via the internet. So, I’ve compiled this quick post to explain how I got the upgrade to work (note: this advice is for OS X Mac’s only):

1.) Visit System Preferences, and select Network.
2.) In the drop down Location box, changed the location from ‘Automatic’ to my home wireless network.
3.) Breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Why this worked, I have no idea. But if you’re having the same problem with your iPhone 3.0 upgrade and you’re running OSX, give this solution a try.