Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Video - Google Nexus 6P Unboxing Oh it's very nice.

New Video - Why I'm switching from OneDrive to Google Drive Seriously, why would you promise users unlimited storage and then take it away?! Microsoft has now gotten rid of the one gigantic advantage it had over all the other cloud storage services. That, and the smaller storage sizes, especially for free users, and the lack of the placeholder feature in Windows 10. Hello, Google Drive, oh how I have missed your overall polish and innovation.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Microsoft will not get a billion people to get Windows 10

Let me just start off by saying I'm very much a fan of Microsoft. That doesn't mean I adore everything they do, I just think a lot of what they do is really cool. One of the things I like is the upcoming Windows 10. It's what Windows 8 painfully attempted to do, but they've finally figured out a way to get the same experience across every device. However, one of their goals just doesn't seem realistic. Microsoft's whole reasoning in making Windows 10 free for every Windows 7 and 8 user is to achieve the magic number of a billion users, however the way they've set off to make it happen just seems like an ordinary Microsoft mess, and here's why they won't crack that billion number:

  1. To reserve your copy of Windows 10, you have to have your computer COMPLETELY up to date to get the software to install Windows 10 when it's released. I've only encountered on my computers that this was the case. Very few ordinary people understand what an update is, and just straight up don't do them. Plus, automatic updates don't always seem to work for some reason, so a lot of users don't have the necessary update to begin with. Plus, sometimes it's just difficult to get it to show up, even when the software is already on the computer. I had a fresh install of Windows 7 that I wanted to get reserved so I didn't have to worry about it later, and it took HOURS to get everything all set up. The only way I could get it to work is with a registry hack I found on a Microsoft forum, where you'll find a lot of frustrated people trying to get this update to work.
  2. For those who are completely updated, the software to get Windows 10 reserved on your computers looks incredibly shady. The first time I saw it pop up in the taskbar, I honestly thought it was some weird virus. It would've made sense if they implemented it with the Windows Update window, where it would look legitimate, but for some reason they had to make an IE frame, where it looks like every anti-virus program asking you to buy a year subscription.
  3. People hate change, even when they hated the the last thing that changed. Microsoft has such a poor track record, why should anyone believe this change is better? Sure, on paper, this is a change that people want: familiarity. They want the start menu back, they want a better designed UI, and they want it for free. Unfortunately, telling people to do this they need to upgrade their computer sounds scary and threatening, even when the computer will "reserve" it for you. And what does "reverse" mean? It's that kind of wording that makes it sound less appealing.
As a power user, I am very excited for the release of Windows 10, and will be quickly installing it on all my computers, but I am a very small minority compared to the regular person. Microsoft will get a lot of people to jump on the Windows 10 band wagon for sure, but I doubt as high as they're shooting for.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Goodbye TWiT Live

It's disappointing when the trolls win. Diehard fans get what they loved about a product taken away because some assholes had to ruin it for everyone. TWiT was unique. There was the direct interaction between the fans and the host live. Now, that's all gone. Fortunately, this isn't unique to TWiT anymore, Brian Brushwood's might just be my go-to place when I just want something to listen to. Hell, everyone I loved at TWiT is pretty much all over there anyway, so it makes sense.

What made TWiT great wasn't a million dollar studio, or intensive news coverage, it was the personalities. Same thing with TechTV; people tuned in because these hosts look like they really cared about what they were talking about, and they looked like they were having fun. It seems since the move to the TWiT Brick House, the fun was left behind at the Cottage. What was once a fun place where great netcasts were being made has now become really mundane. It just feels like there's no effort going on whatsoever.

I remember one of the first times I tuned into TWiT Live, it was during an NSFW episode, and I was laughing my ass off. I remember watching all these great shows from the Cottage where they seemed to care about making a great show. I remember watching the parade to the new Brick House, and feeling excited about the possibilities with the new studio. I remember seeing "Game On!", a show about a topic I really didn't care about, but was so impressed at what looked to be a TV show, hoping more shows would look like that. I remember hoping TWiT Live would become the CNN of tech Leo always said it would be, a live online 24/7 channel. I've lost hope in that last one. It's been four years since they moved in the Brick House, and when there's no show being recorded, it's still just a VLC Player playlist. Shows still look barely produced, and there's only a handful of in-studio hosts that seem to care. There was, however, one thing I really liked: the New Years special they did. I thought it was very well produced and very fun, but now that's gone too.

It's all been one big downward spiral since Tom Merritt left. Leo's on-air attitude has soured tremendously. If you need any proof, has a pretty big archive of it. Sure, a lot of it is linkbait, but there's a good chunk that is an angry and creepy Laporte. It's upsetting to see someone who pretty much invented the tech podcast and created a network devoted to it be revealed to be an asshole. And now with the return of a fan favorite: "The New Screen Savers," it just feels like a last resort to help bring people back to the network. Even this show, designed to be the flagship show, feels completely under-produced, especially when compared to "Game On!". It's just sad. I had such high hopes for this show, and I'm getting nothing but disappointment.

If you visit, you'll find a bunch of shows either produced or syndicated in the live stream channels, similar to, where podcasts that are fan funded showcase hosts that may not be seated in a million dollar studio, but at least look like they want to do the show. For those looking for what TWiT was, is your new home, with a community that is ready to help you transition. Independence is key, it's what Leo used to care about.

Oh, and by the way, Leo thinks the diehard fans are weirdos who have no lives, and that the chat was never of value, so... there's that.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Piratz Tavern has Closed, and I'm Glad

If you've ever seen the show Bar Rescue, you know that in most episodes, bar owners are decently pleased with the renovations that happen at the end of the episode. Understandably, some of the owners aren't pleased because they loved the bar they had, they just wanted it to be successful. To those owners who quietly took down the updates, or even kept them, that's cool. It's your business, do what you gotta do. One episode in particular did more than just some updates, however.

In the episode, a pirate bar in a corporate part of town in a state without an ocean called for help to Jon Taffer. Apparently, a bar with a pirate theme and a complete staff of costumed pirates in a state not known for pirates doesn't work very well, and the owner was over $900,000 in debt. Taffer found the usual mistakes: bland drinks, bad food, and cocky owners. When Taffer suggested to move away from a pirate theme to the owners and bartenders, it was like he suggested they cut their arms off. In most episodes, the owners get a little upset, but nothing major, but these guys were furious. One bartender in particular, a man who lost his eye in an accident, felt that because he had to wear a patch on his eye, he couldn't do anything else, and there he fit in. It makes sense that he wouldn't want the place to change, but I can't understand why the rest of them were so gung ho on the pirate theme. Eventually, they caved in, and Taffer changed the bar to a corporate themed bar called Corporate Bar and Grill, oddly enough. It was clear they weren't happy. They then decided after the episode aired that they wanted to change back to their roots, not by just silently switching it back, but by burning the new sign the show made, putting the footage online, and arrogantly calling Taffer an idiot for even thinking of making changes to the bar. Uhh, what? And these people can't figure out why people mock them online?

Here are a couple reasons why the people of Piratz Tavern are douchebags:

  1. They called for the help. If the show told the truth, the owners were $900,000 in debt. It's not like they could've survived without the show; they needed the help desperately, and that's why they called for it. If they weren't ready to accept the changes to make them bland enough for everyone, they really shouldn't have asked for help from a reality show.
  2. They were a pirate bar in a state with no fucking ocean. That makes no sense. If that was their thing, fine. But they act like it made so much sense and that people respected it and how dare Bar Rescue change this.
  3. If a "rescued" bar wants to take down the changes made, like I said before, fine. If they found it really doesn't help, who cares. It just all depends on how you deal with removing the changes. You can just do it, and not tell anyone, which is cool. You can tell people, but just as a heads-up, or just because you politely disagree, which is fine. Or, you can tell newspapers that you did it because Bar Rescue sucks, and that's not cool. You instantly turn into unappreciative assholes. Now, if this were just some regular bar that took down some signs, or something like that, whatever, but they took down all the corporate stuff, and put back the pirate decor that no one liked. They were publicly cocky about putting back the things that helped them fail.
  4. This whole thing just feels like one big publicity stunt. You can't tell me they honestly thought they could survive and still be pirate themed. They did this so they could get the name out there, and hopefully get people on board with the idea of a pirate bar. Brilliant.
On the Piratz Tavern Facebook page, I read a post discussing a fan's disappointment with the bar closing because it was a different bar. Not because pirates served you booze, but because all other bars are the same, but this one welcomed misfits. It was a bar for nerds, where nerds could feel less alone, and be together. Now that is something I can get behind. Anytime misfits, like myself, can find a place that they call home, that makes me happy. There's not a lot of places nerds like me fit in, so if that was the honest appeal of Piratz Tavern, I respect that. It's unfortunate that they had to be cocky about the whole thing and ruin it for the rest of the fans. From what I understand, the bar closed because the owners were sick of the trolls mocking them online and prank calling them at the bar. Sure, the episode does stand out by itself, but the actions taken by the owners certainly made things a lot worse.

Morals of the story: 
  1. If you ask for help knowing shit is going to happen that you won't like, you get what you deserve. 
  2. If what you're doing is failing and when you ask for help, you get all arrogant about how great it was before and you do this in public and can't understand why people hate you, you need to remove your head from your ass, and stop being stupid.
  3. Don't ruin things for nerds, we're very cranky people who don't like change.