Chromebook

It’s been a while and then some but I’ve bought my first laptop in some years.

I opted for the Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111

Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670

I’ve been exclusively utilizing my iPad 2  for my computing needs mostly as a consuming media device.

I have two laptops (one over 5 years old and the other at over 2 years old) weighing in at over 5lbs in weight and not at all suitable for carrying–lugging around.

I had my year with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

That demonstrated to me that most but not everything can be done without aid of a laptop with some concessions.

Coldfustion convinced me of that:

Then I spent my time solely using an iPhone 5s.

At which point I began using an iPad 2 for the majority of my computing usage.

But I’m nostalgic and desire a physical keyboard. The form factor of a laptop is heavy on my mind.

I thought I’d go the Macbook Air route (used however) because I’d be carrying it around.

But running Linux and Chrome OS peaked my interest–with it being built upon Gentoo.

Along with a low (very low) entry price. It was worth delving into a Chromebook.

My only complaint thus far is the lack of a Caps Lock button and the search button in its place. However with some usage I should stop my caps lock habit.

I’ll see how it goes.

Closed Internet

…No one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet,” says FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

It is a blatant lie however. The last time I checked the Federal Communications Commission was an independent agency of the United States government. Furthermore the FCC exists to regulate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. Now however you can add the internet. Just so we are on the same page, regulate means:

vt reg·u·late\ˈreg-yə-ˌlāt\
reg·u·lat·edreg·u·lat·ing
1
:  to control or direct according to rule or law <regulate the testing of experimental drugs>
2
:  to fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
reg·u·la·to·ry\-lə-ˌtōr-ē, –ˌtr-\adjective
So there, no one except the US government or rather the FCC should be able to control the internet–that is wrong. It is doublespeak.
Any edict, which is what this is anyways, coming from the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler should be looked as suspect. The man is a former lobbyist for telecom companies–cable and wireless. He is also a major campaign contributor to Barack Obama giving $38,500 from 2008-2011. It is already been stated that the only reason that this is taking place is because, “Obama told us to do so.”
So let us get this straight:
  • The FCC will control (regulate) the internet.
  • No one from the public or Congress was allowed to read the regulations.
  • FCC did this because Barack Obama told them to do it.
  • FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, a former telecom lobbyist, Obama contributor enacted this.

This is supposed to be great? I think this may force people to get licenses to operate websites, tax per website, megabyte, or gigabyte–maybe all these.

Closed internet–lest you are taxed and pay the tax.

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46 Days with the Samsung Galaxy Note II

(I’ve had this review on the Note II on backlog for months and was in my draft folder so I finally decided to press post. Madonn, about time.)

Prior to the Note II I could not have imagined using a phone to the extent that I have.

First the screen is gorgeous. You don’t know how cramped other phones are till you’ve used the Note II. (The Note II is the size of a Gameboy Color or the size of the screen of the original Kindle Fire.)

Yes, its big but thats only because you haven’t experienced how fluid it is to type, browse, and view videos.

I have almost weaned myself from my laptop. The battery life on average with me is eighteen hours with heavy use. Its been so great, I at times forget to charge it!

The only complaint that comes to mind is that my phone has the Verizon logo on the home button. That’s pretty much it.

I can send videos to my Xbox 360 with it with no HDMI cable or MHL adapter along with pictures too. Yeah, Touchwiz may have its quirks but all in all its solid.

Some features are niche–the Smart Stay and the tilt zoom. Others excellent–the multiwindow enabling actually split screen multitasking is awesome. Pop-up browser and video floating is splendid. I’m having a grand old time even almost two months in. Thr stock Samsung keyboard with numbers is oh so great.

I’m not the least bit disappointed. I can (actually) play some nifty android games and thensome. So its great.

Radiation…it’s here.

I think people are downplaying radiation popping up around the USA and other parts of the world. – dmotion, 27 March 2011

The time for downplaying is over. This is a disaster getting worse. There is snow in Missouri with double the radiation and in San Francisco a beach with five times the normal radiation.

You have Japan sending in homeless people on basically what I consider a suicide mission to ‘clean up’ the spill. Not to mention steam rising from reactor 3 and its origin yet unknown.

There is no sense of alert or urgency in the international community or outrage for the obvious misleading of the radiation levels.

Then there’s the crew of USS Ronald Reagan which

…sailed straight into a plume of radioactivity, which entered the ship’s water supply. Crew members washed, brushed their teeth and drank potentially contaminated water. […] active duty and former sailors are suffering from cancer, blindness, impotence, and fatigue as a result of the radiation exposure.

At what point is the international community going to wake up and see that this disaster is trying to be swept underneath the rug?

You also have certain inauspicious movements by The Department of Health and Human Services in the US ordering 14 million doses of potassium iodide to be delivered in the beginning of February 2014.

All of these things are a harbinger–of a horrible situation that can be that much less horrible if dealt with now and not when all there is to do is hope.

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Playstation 4 and 4 Steps back…

 

So I just found out that the Playstation 4 won’t have  DLNA support; which I’ve been using on the Xbox 360 with my Samsung Note 2 frequently (I haven’t touched my Playstation 3 since January). No MP3 support, no CD playback support and out of the box won’t support Blu-Ray playback, multiplayer as well as all the other features touted for this ‘next-gen’ console till you download a 300mb patch…?!  Oh and apparently no external drive support. Even the Xbox 360 recently gave in towards this!

Seriously this is something that I could have seen Microsoft do, pull back and fix it. Sony just made their console ‘next-gen’ as in for the other generation that wasn’t born when the Playstation 3 was released.

At $399 I expect this thing to be plugged in and do what it is touted to do and to improve on the features from its predecessors not get rid of them. I was leaning on purchasing a Playstation 4 in late 2014. …Whenever game publishers stop publishing on Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 or I finish play my game queue, which ever comes first.

But with this development I’m not sure. True it’ll be almost a year till I pull the trigger on the either an Xbox One or Playstation 4 but it’s looking like I’ll know pretty soon where I’ll lean to.

Dexter–The End?

Hopefully at this point I’m not spoiling “Dexter” for anyone, but I may, so be forewarned.

“Dexter” should have ended ages ago or it should have been taken to where it was taken this final episode(?).

Things were tied off hastily and other things dangling in the air.

At the end I actually wanted more.

“Dexter” has gone from predictable–surprising and inexplicable…and that was just this final season. This includes Dexter Morgan & Co.

There were other more interesting ways I imagined this could have been ended(?) including Dexter Morgan dying and/or doing himself in because he had broken his (father’s) code.

However this alternate alternate, etc. life was given. Frankly when I first began watching I assumed that sooner or later that he’d have to reinvent himself and move on. Unfortunately other commitments and  his realization or acquiring of  empathy for loved ones made it very difficult for him to do so. That is  untill those very things that prevented him from doing so made him eventually do it.

I found it interesting that Showtime stated that they did not want Dexter Morgan to die and that is what leads me to believe that to believe that possibly they may explore Dexter Morgan at a future time. Or possibly they’re trying to end on the note of “The Sopranos” did with their non-ending, leave it up to the viewer, etc.

Looking back the word I like to use is that some seasons were whimsical and at times slightly disappointing.  The reason I say this is that the show began to show more and more Dexter Morgan & Co. and some episode were just his company with a little Dexter Morgan because well he happens to be there and we need to establish surroundings. That’s fine, but when you deal with Dexter Morgan & Co. it would be best to tie all the ends of Dexter Morgan & Co. and not just of Dexter Morgan with some of the ends directly tied to Dexter being tied.

All in all it was ride–a very good one that’ll will keep you watching till the end…?

Pain & Gain

Certainly was no pain watching this film.

The trailers for this film do not do it any justice. Bear in mind that this film is based upon a true story.

With that in mind this film takes you on a ride. Fast paced and gritty–thanks to Michael Bay at the helm. It has really good lighting and interesting cinematography. What this lacks in diaglouge it makes up with plot…and what a plot it is. Excellent work by all the actors involved. It was a pleasure watching this film on actual film. If you’re still able to see it (in film or otherwise) you won’t be dissapointed.