Quirks and Features of the 2012 Ford Fusion

The 2012 Ford Fusion is your standard mid-size American four-door sedan. It has four wheels and a seat. It also has many quirks and features. Here's a few with my first week of ownership.

Ford Sync was at one point the best in the business. Not many cars had a robust voice assistant that could connect to your smart device or USB drive to manage phone calls and music. However, a lot has changed since its introduction in 2007, and attempting to navigate the system on a dot matrix-style display is cumbersome. Many features simply don't work anymore, and interacting with it is a chore compared to newer systems.The stereo is just hard to use. Ford separates the various media in four categories: AM/FM, Sirius, CD, and Aux. Aux is the lone confusing segment. Aux is the gateway to Ford Sync. Ford Sync handles the line in, Bluetooth audio, and USB. When you first turn the car on, line in is the default. To get the radio into Bluetooth, you either have to tell the voice command sy…

Quick Pros and Cons of the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

I recently returned my Samsung Galaxy S8+ and decided to get the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra. I got the Sony because I played with it at Best Buy, and really enjoyed the experience, and as I researched more into it, I found I really liked the phone. Now, after having the phone for a week, here's some thoughts on my experiences.


Great 6 inch screen. Although it's only 1080p, it's Samsung-vibrant, which I likeGreat battery life, easily can get through a heavy-use day with time to spare at the end of the night.Great camera; another reason I wanted this phone is because I love my Sony a5100 and the camera is pretty dang nice on this phone I must say.Fast. 6 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 630 are just fine on this beast. Cons: Poor ergonomics. This phone is huge, not as easy to hold as the S8+, bulky as hell, and pretty heavy.Horrible screen rotation algorithm. I've used big phones before, but this one is extremely sensitive to the slightest tilt of the screen. Now, that would be…

A Rant About Alexa: Why Google Home is Better than Amazon Alexa

Warning: This post is not a technical overview of the fact-based differences between the Google Home and the Amazon Alexa. This is, however, a biased rant from someone who needs to get out more.

Answer to the question in the title: Because it runs Google.

Once upon a time I was a Windows Phone user. A part of the Windows Phone ecosystem is the presence of Bing everywhere. Now, when you use Bing in front of people, it becomes a joke. It's like owning a Zune, which was hated for no other reason besides Apple's amazing marketing, and the iSheep contaminating a fantastic MP3 player. Here's a hint for everyone who mocked the Zune for being an iPod clone: Apple didn't invent the MP3 player; they just made it shiny, and produced great commercials about it. Bing gets the same ridicule from people who have never used it claiming it sucks. Now admittedly, the primary reason I used Bing was because they have a rewards program where you can win free gift cards, but it&#…

Why I Love Radio Over Spotify

I love Spotify. I've used other music streaming services like Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Groove Music when that was still a thing, but Spotify just works well for me. It's clean, and easy to find all kinds of music. What it doesn't offer, however, that Apple Music and iHeart Radio do offer is an actual live radio station selection. I rarely use them for whatever reason, although I must admit I while writing this I want to reconsider a personal library choice. I mainly use Spotify because it's all music I added myself. When I do listen to my own music library, although it's all music I have chosen, I just feels weird to me.

There's something about turning on a radio and having music just play. The same goes for television, there's a playlist someone else created for me to consume. It gives a sense of being connected with the world that you simply don't get with a personal library of music. You just feel less lonely, especially driving in the car…

Many Reasons Billy Joel's SiriusXM Channel Needs To Be Permanent

In no particular order:Billy Joel's library spans three decades, so there's plenty of materialEven if there wasn't plenty of material to work with, Margaritaville and Garth Brook's channel regularly play other artist's musicHe doesn't take any shit from anybodyInitially I thought maybe it would've been too expensive to have a whole channel for him, but if SiriusXM can afford The Beatles to have their own channel, then by golly, Billy Joel should be fineIt would make me happyHeck, even if they combined it with Elton John, I'd be happy, maybe happier So, SiriusXM, I've given many good reasons for Billy Joel to get his channel put back permanently. Your move!

Why do comedy movies focus on making the protagonist a jerk?

I have random thoughts every now and then that dive deep into my mind and make me really think, like today's random thought about Mr. Waternoose in Monsters Inc. The whole film is about how a monster whose job is to scare kids for energy, and learns that his job isn't exactly what most would call "cool." The end of the film shows Sully confronting his boss Mr. Waternoose about kidnapping a child, to which Mr. Waternoose responds "I'll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die." This line got me thinking that Mr. Waternoose, while possibly trying to secure his lucrative position as an executive of Monsters Inc., is also just trying to keep the community's electricity going, and maintaining the jobs of hundreds, I presume, at Monsters Inc. Yes, it's wrong to kidnap children, I get that, but is Mr. Waternoose really a bad guy?

This same thought process kind of goes with other comedies like RV, not exactly the film of choice for most …

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