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Frustrations of Technology

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on November 23, 2013

Small rant. Apple products do not always work. It is incredibly frustrating to have to work so hard to do something as simple as use your Apple TV as a desktop extension.

I am not the only one.

It took a few reboots of my Macbook and a reboot of my AppleTV to get audio working. Apple just works … yeah right.

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F.E.A.R. Combat

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on November 7, 2013

F.E.A.R. 2’s multiplay sucks. The  game dumbed down quite a bit of what made F.E.A.R. special. Particle effects were greatly reduced. Craters in the walls

FEAR 1

FEAR 2

http://www.projectorigincommunity.com/forum/showpost.php?p=89870&postcount=9

Great improvement in FEAR 2 right?  In addition there are no dedicated server files available.

Good news is FEAR Combat is still available. https://joinfear.com I encourage everyone to go and get that game.

Many will probably end up

Another Android … Nexus 5

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on November 7, 2013

I was lucky enough to get a Nexus 5, I am sure everyone who wants one will receive them within the next few weeks. We’ll see if Google learned a thing or two with the Nexus 4 debacle.

I had the Nexus 4, and the Galaxy Nexus before that. I am addicted to Nexus .I had the original Nexus 7, which was by far the worst Nexus device I have owned, requiring two RMAs, and generally just being slow and low quality feeling. Google support was great in getting them replaced, but that device was awful.

I always toyed with the idea of getting a Nexus 10, but never did, perhaps I will after the refresh.

So the Nexus 5, well , the initial impressions are good. The phone feels great in your hand. It is thinner than the Nexus 4 by a good margin. The construction materials feel great as well. The soft touch polycarbonate ‘silk’ back has a high quality feel to it. This is the first plastic phone I do not mind.

KitKat is great. It feels smooth, it has a cleaner more professional look. I am sure you guys have seen many screenshots of the OS itself.

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The first thing you notice about the Nexus 5 is the screen. It is beautiful, at 4.95″ 1920×1080. The ceramic buttons do feel quite nice, gives the phone a better premium feel.

For an Android phone, this feels fast. Android inherently just feels choppy and slow in some areas. Chrome is awful, ironically Firefox (Android) feels fine. Windows Phone , Windows RT, and iOS have much better touch responses with lower spec’d hardware. I had the Surface RT at the same time I had the Nexus 7, both ran Tegra 3, the Surface was much more responsive.

I think the Nexus 5 is a steal. Unlocked, you get a 1920×1080 screen, LTE, and arguably one of the best mobile SOCs out there. The only downside or upside of this device is Google. Google is becoming more evil everyday. From backtracking on promises of openness (Hangouts replacing XMPP / Jabber) , controlling open source (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/googles-iron-grip-on-android-controlling-open-source-by-any-means-necessary/) , moving to proprietary protocols (Chromecast in favor of miracast) , to shutting out competitors (http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/16/4627342/microsoft-google-battle-over-youtube-windows-phone). Google still provides value, and they win me over still, despite being more and more evil.

I’ll comment more on the battery life and camera when I have had the device a bit longer.

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Poor Hans

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on November 6, 2013

Poor Hans

Fan of his music, but it is ridiculous how over used some of these sounds are. Just like Dub Step proliferating. 

I’m back

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on November 4, 2013

After a long stint away, I am back.

Lots has changed. I am a degreed Chemical Engineer, and I have owned two apple products (WHAAAT).

Let me start with expressing frustration with technology. I recently purchased the 2013 Apple Macbook Pro Retina 13 inch model. One of the first things I did was set up my mail accounts, mail crashed.

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I am tired of the mantra that Macs do not crash, and Windows does. They are equal here. I thought it was pretty interesting comic relief.  The notebook then became unresponsive, or at least the keyboard and trackpad did. Apparently this is a known issue. I expect more from Apple.

I like the Notebook, I can write a formal review later perhaps.

I also run a Windows desktop, of which I love. Upgraded to 8.1 and am having a pretty swell time. I am an 8 lover , not hater, despite that, there are issues here too.

I snapped IE11 next to another app, then IE freaked out.

Snapping the Xbox Music App next to the Bing News app, makes some of the news article unreadable. How does this stuff get past QA?

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My windows 8 PC is also my gaming PC. Picked up BF4, which is a great game, but severely bugged, once again another frustration with technology.

LVLCAP does a great job at explaining the issue. Netcode is awful, frequent server and client crashes.

Nvidia drivers are awful, the latest WHQL 331.65 gave me artifacts, possibly ruining my GTX 680.