Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I hate people

As an alert and defensive driver, I’m constantly looking out for other cars. I do this by keeping my eyes on the road as often as I can by not texting while driving and the Windows Phone Music app doesn’t require my eyes on the device to switch to a new song with the gestures I can use. I also use my turn signals in advance, check my mirrors, go the speed limit, make complete stops at stop signs and never tailgate. As long as you’re going the speed limit, I’m fine and I’ll give you room. I don’t want to get into an accident or risk getting pulled over for speeding or tail-gating. That’s just stupid. So why does it seem I am the only one conscious of other people on the road?

Maybe it’s just my personality that I don’t want to piss off anyone, but this isn’t walking on a sidewalk and making sure I don’t bump into someone. This is a road, with people driving heavy thousand dollar machines that can do a lot of damage. It’s something people take for granted unfortunately, and forget the magnitude of their poor actions. It’s one thing to be inexperienced with driving, experience comes with time and patience. But some people just don’t care about anyone else and go by their own rules. Every time I see it in action while driving, it infuriates me.

So please, the next time you’re driving, don’t be worried about that text message, think about how your front end could become a T with another car.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Google is Selling a $1,299 Web Browser

For the netbooks they were, the Chromebooks of yesterday were at least reasonably priced. You wouldn’t want to do anything with a Windows netbook at a price of $200, so it made sense that a Chromebook existed at that price. Sure, they weren’t speed demons and sure, some were $500, but for people who just browse the web, they don’t need that much. The price range of $200-500 made sense. Anyone can get one. But today, Google released a $1,299 Chromebook called the Pixel. For the specs, it’s comparable to a 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro, which is more expensive, but the Pixel still a Chromebook. You can’t do anything but browse the web. This isn’t for consumers who only browse the web, this is for enthusiasts who want performance and have money. The problem is those same people would probably spend that money on a Mac or a PC, where they can use the apps they’re used to and get work done. This doesn’t make sense. There will only be a few people who will buy this for the great design, and believe me, it is beautiful. But if you don’t have money to throw away, ignore the Pixel. Get a better, cheaper Windows 8 laptop with a touch screen.

Monday, February 11, 2013

I Hope the Esquire Network Fails

No one watched G4. A network with the sole purpose of video games doesn't have a big audience. But a lot of people watched TechTV. It could be anything related to technology, and it was. TechTV was beginning to be profitable when G4 decided to buy the network. They didn't want the programming or the name, they wanted the 40 million households it reached where G4 only reached 15 million. But they should've wanted the programming. They should've bought TechTV and gotten rid of G4 and bring over some G4 shows to TechTV. Video game related programming could be considered technology so it would've worked. And it probably could've succeed to this day had that happened. Because had TechTV and all its well known personalities not been shut down and fired by G4, networks like Revision3 and TWiT may have never happened. And who knows! Maybe podcasting as a whole would've never taken off. But back to real life, the failure that is G4 will be re-branded as the Esquire Network, a male oriented channel targeted at metrosexuals. This makes no sense at all. Look at Spike, they tried that, and now they're just copying TruTV, which copies shows on A&E and History. As much as I would love to see the future shown at the end of Attack of the Show, where Leo and Patrick fly off to the TechTV headquarters to do an episode of The Screen Savers, it will never happen again. Revision3 and TWiT have become the tech destination, among others, and geeks aren't watching TV anymore. If this is a part of the Esquire Network, a TechTV segment or shows, I'd be happy, but it seems Comcast only wants to include gaming with the other things intended on the network, and forget their horrendous past with gaming and the fact that male oriented programming doesn't work. Anything niche programming on TV doesn't work. It costs too much to target an audience that's too small, where on the internet you can produce a show for next to nothing and make a lot of money.

Friday, February 8, 2013

BlackBerry 10 is just a more traditional looking Windows Phone

I gotta admit, when I saw the new BlackBerry 10 OS with its new devices, I was impressed. The Q10 and Z10 are beautiful phones and BlackBerry 10 looks like a great OS. However, that being said, most of the new features aren't really new to the mobile industry, just BlackBerry. The new BlackBerry Hub where you can see all your notifications for your apps? The Windows Phone start screen has been doing the same thing. The new touchscreen BlackBerry keyboard that lets you slide words from the keyboard to the text box? While Windows Phone doesn't have that exact feature, there is a suggestion box that changes after every letter you type, and can theoretically write a sentence for you. Lastly, the browser looks almost the exact same as on Windows Phone. Now that all being said, I really am impressed by some of the BlackBerry 10 features like the Time Shift feature on the camera and the multi-tasking centered home screen. It just seems that BlackBerry is trying to play catch-up, and by building up the hype of the new phones, they want people to forget that they've seen most of this already.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Slacking on GeekOnIn

You may know that I also run a website called GeekOnIn. It's basically CNET but run by real people, not a corporation afraid of a product that could make them lose money. It's supposed to be professional, not a couple sentences glued poorly together. It's supposed to be unbiased, and offer as much information as we can. We want to help people, not waste their time. But for some reason, I find it's much easier to rant here and not worry about offending people. I'll admit, I haven't been giving GeekOnIn enough love, which it needs. Much like this blog, it doesn't have the highest traffic, and the best way to gain viewership is to keep at it. But I have more motivation writing a pissed off angry essay on this site on a YouTuber who is more popular than I will ever be, than to write a news story on the latest technology that more people will enjoy, including potential advertisers, on GeekOnIn. For those that like the content on GeekOnIn, stay tuned. More is on the way, but I hope you also like my angrily written blurbs on here. This site is like my extended Twitter account. These are the things that I think and care about.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Unfortunate MySpace

I updated my status on MySpace, and after I did, I realized that little to no one would actually read it. As great as the new MySpace is, and how beautifully designed it is, it will never catch on.

It's amazing how as time goes by, people change dramatically. I don't remember much from the MySpace boom in 2005 besides that every teenager was using the site and there were many safety concerns, but I guess the real problem with MySpace was its demographic. It was really only a teen website. There was no draw for adults to use the site for anything besides publicity for themselves. It was really a place for people to show themselves off. Then came Facebook, a generic social network that had no demographic pull. It simply connected people. And the idea worked. Facebook is the second most visited website, first being Google. So to try to be once again relevant, MySpace rebranded themselves to be unique from the rest. From first glance, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ are all really the same kind of website, but from first glance at the new MySpace, it's a whole new social network.

Based off of what looks like Microsoft's beautiful Modern UI, MySpace uses a tile experience for people's statuses. On a profile, a user can create a profile banner, include a favorite song, because after all MySpace was and still is centered around music, and can add a top 8 list of people. Scrolling through, you'll find past statuses, activities and songs played. It's a music social network like Grooveshark and Spotify, only more prettier. It's great! I have few problems with the site, but for some reason I keep forgetting to use it. Maybe it's because with Twitter, Facebook and barely Google+, why do we need a fourth social network? Not only that, but a specialized social network. You have to really like music to like the new MySpace. Where the three social networks are generic and for anyone, MySpace is centered around what your friends are listening to, and there's already established social networks like and Spotify that have heavy user engagement. If a user is already happy in one place, they most likely will not want to try something new. As unfortunate as it is, MySpace will probably never regain the viewership it once had.

This is why I made that Kickstarter post on Lockergnome

Rant Mode Time:

Back in the Summer, I made a post on LockerGnome called "Why Sites Like Kickstarter Are Ruining Responsibility." I didn't make the post for publicity and I most certainly didn't target the post to the brilliant designers and scientists who lack funds. It was fueled by anger from a long time fan of James Rolfe, the Angry Video Game Nerd series and as a whole. It's a well known fact that both the Angry Video Game Nerd and are very popular. They both have been big money makers for James. So why did he need to make an IndieGoGo fundraiser for his movie? We didn't ask for the movie, it's not like it's a burden on him to make it. Film-making is James Rolfe's passion, and while I can understand that, I can't understand why a person with the internet fame that he has would even think of doing a fundraiser for one of the most popular web series. I thought no one would be stupid enough to try that again. I was wrong.

I've never been a fan of Shay Carl and Maker Studios, I'll admit it. But when I heard Shay Carl was running a fundraiser on Kickstarter to fund his upcoming documentary, I was pissed. Shay Carl is no doubt a relevant active YouTube celebrity who makes at least a million dollars a year. He also co-founded Maker Studios, a top leading YouTube network. What about any of this screams "I can't afford to make this movie by myself." I never found Shay Carl funny to begin with, and now I can never respect him.

Ray William Johnson isn't the YouTube community's most favorite personality, but at least for all of his projects, he funded them himself or with the help of his production company. No fan donations. Same with Philip DeFranco who I can't stand, I can at least respect the fact he funded his projects. So please, save Kickstarter and IndieGoGo for the people who are really scrapped for cash and need money to help fund something useful and important, not to fund an ego-driven hour and a half long glorified YouTube video.