Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 – Yay!

I’ve been using Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 since last night on my home Windows 7 machine and my work Windows XP (still??) machine, and, I gotta say, it’s looking pretty solid.

Way back…half a year ago, I made the jump from Firefox 3.something to Chrome. Firefox was just getting really bogged down and slow, while Chrome seemed speedy and new. Hell, it still is. I like Chrome a lot.

Enter the new New Thing! Read more of this post

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Battery-powered battery

The battery: Device of the Future

The battery: Device of the Future

Take this idea if you have the drive. I want to see it happen.

Here we go.

Who wants a stereo anymore? So many things can play music. Read more of this post

Gaming Challenge Updaaaaaate *Exclamation*

The challenge I challenged myself with isn’t off to a great start, let me tell you.
It really is challenging. Fo realz (I typed that).
This past weekend, that being the weekend of June 26 and 27, I spent some time showing the apartment, eating all you-can-eat ribs at Chances (which I have a gripe with!), and walking around neighborhoods looking for the “perfect place.”
Spoiler Alert: That place might be imaginary. Read more of this post

Technology fails me; The phone vanishes

Even in the process of writing this entry, technology fails me. Read more of this post

iPhone 4 troubles quash my lust

Right after writing the last post, I saw this story quoting Gizmodo (who I support over Apple).
I need a phone that works far more than an app machine. Yeah, I go back and forth, but stories like this will keep me away from making a bad decision.
Also, my wife.

If you don’t want to read that, it says that reception on the iPhone 4 is oftentimes worse than on the 3GS. Sometimes, if you hold it, you know..in your hand, you get squat. Oh, and it scratches super easily according to Engadget.

So enjoy that unpaid beta-testers of Apple. Enjoy.

Other thing that quashes my iLust: My iPod didn’t get the IOS4 full upgrade despite being packaged as a third gen Touch. Why? Because the 8 GB version is basically just a second gen product with new packaging. What is this?! You package it like a third gen, it had better get the perks of a third gen product!

That exclamation point was to indicate that I am upset.

So I got the same IOS4 upgrade that owners of other iPod 2G and iPhone 3G (as apposed to 3GS) got. No new wallpaper setup and no multitasking. BOGUS, I say. I call bogus.

Steve Jobs has yet to reply to my complaint. I know you’re on the edge of your seat on that one, so I’ll keep you posted.

App-lust, not phone-lust

The only time my calls drop happens 36 stories up.

For roommate Rashad, however, I can tell you that is not the case. If he even can get a call up there, it’s a miracle. I saw a tweet recently -I believe it was from Raine Wilson – that indicated that he couldn’t get cell service on his iPhone directly outside an AT&T store. UPDATE: Yes, I was right.BB fail

Service is not an issue at all for me. Megan and I both get excellent service at all times with our US Cellular accounts. What we don’t get is amazing phones. I got the best phone (barring the HD2 – I’m not jumping on the old Windows platform when they aren’t supporting it anymore), and it’s just a Blackberry Curve. I’m no business man! It’s not even a touch screen, so gaming is pretty much limited to Brick Breaker and Tetris (not that there’s anything wrong with Tetris).

In a rush of App-Lust, I purchased an 8 GB iPod Touch some months ago when my old iPod died. I got that thing second-hand in 2006. I couldn’t say what generation it was, but that generation was the first to display color. Maybe fourth? Let’s go with fourth.

The iPod Touch revolutionized my iPod experience. That was about the time I discovered podcasts (they had been available before, but I didn’t seek them out), I could watch videos on the go, and then there were the apps.

Oh, the apps.

You can do this on a phone? I thought. Oh my. Oh dear. I want.

The Blackberry does have an app store, it should be noted. It also has the highest ratio of paid to free apps of any mobile app store. Sure, try out the Facebook app (sucks), Twitter app (actually pretty good until you compare it to the Android Twitter app), and the push notifications from Gmail.

BUT! But! Let’s say I want to play a Final Fantasy game originally reworked for the PSP. What about then?

Let’s say I want to annoy everyone nearby with the simulated sounds of a vuvuzela. What could I do with a Blackberry then?!  Oh, dear sweet Lord, what am I to do then?

I can’t help it! I want everything technologically awesome, and I want it now.

Anyway, with my iPod and my BB, I can have all that crap (within a Wi-Fi area), but it takes up both pockets. Not perfect. Sad. Crying. Boo.

At least I can get phone service pretty much anywhere. That’s what a phone is for, right? I have to keep reminding myself of that.

Phone is for phoning.

Game challenge trumped by Eva

I really intended to dive into those games, and, at first, I did.
The weekend began with Torchlight. I figured that one game at a time would be the best way to go barring multiplayer experiences.

Problem arose. The problem: I became bored with my build. It was a Vanquisher class with a ranged build. Strictly ranged. Boring! Time to find some mods. Ooh, mods!

Side-tracked….

More side-tracked. There’s a lot of mods! Did you know that there’s an achievement for having 5 mods active? Now I do.

Back to game. Now I have respecced to be a rogue. Gotta collect all new equipment. Gotta learn how to use these abilities. Oh crap. I hate being a rogue.
Respec to arbiter! New equipment. Learn the abilities…

In the end, I actually did like being an arbiter, but I could see how it could really be used for the powers of good (and me)! It was as a dual arbiter/ranged character. All that time gathering gold and weapons, and I didn’t really need to respec at all. There’s a metaphor here. What is it?

The worst part about this is that I lost an amazing weapon in the process, and Torchlight autosaves. There’s no going back to an old save here. I mourn its loss.

Anyhow, the challenge put forth by me for me continues. I should probably also add a couple games that I didn’t know my roommate had. I believe they were God of War III and, um, something. I’ll make an official list update later.

What should be the next game to beat on the list? I’m thinking either Final Fantasy XIII or Dragon Age.

Oh! Also, the other reason I didn’t play more was that Jake and I plowed through Neon Genesis Evangelion, a show I hadn’t watched in 6 years and he had never seen. I’ll leave impressions to him, but I think it’s fantastic.

Old Game Challenge – I need to finish these already

Everytime a new game — or a new anything for that matter — gets released that I’m super excited about, I get obsessed. Recently, I spent a week at work looking up stuff in my freetime about media centers, HTPCs, and Boxee and XBMC. It didn’t stop until I finally put one together. It’s bad.
Similarly, when I game comes out that I must have, I must have it. My brain won’t stop until it’s in my hands, in my computer, 360, or Wii.
Unfortunately, this is usually before I’m done with the last game I was gonzo over.
As such, in these lean times, I have made a list this week (ha..at work) of the 22 games I possess or have access to at home that I have yet to finish.
Now, in front of God and the Internet, I declare that I will not buy another game until I have played through at least 50% of these games! This will be a big accomplishment, but I will make it happen.
They are as follows.

Fallout 3 (and DLC)
Final Fantasy XIII
Dragon Age: Origins (and some DLC)
Torchlight
Portal
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Monster Hunter Tri
Muramasa
Phantom Brave Wii
Call of Duty: World at War
Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
Okami
Punch Out!
Starcraft (I know!)
Left 4 Dead
Mario Galaxy
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (New Game +)
Monkey Island (XBLA version)
Braid
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Heavy Rain
Red Dead Redemption

UPDATE: God of War III, and, uh…something else.

Some of these are pretty old, I know, but that’s no excuse. They may not be any fine wine or cheese, but some games just don’t age. They’re still fun. Hopefull the older ones on this list are just like that.
I think – I thiiink – I can get through World at War, Portal, Braid, and New SMB Wii this weekend through other plans (watching through Evangelion with Jake – he hasn’t seen it!). Updates to come.
Can I hold to this? You, internet, will keep me accountable if you’re doing your job right.

To my wife about "Dance Central"

This is about a new motion-sensing controller coming out for Xbox. It’s a dancing game that teaches you to dance. The device, the Kinect, comes out in November, and it scans your entire body.

Your body becomes the controller. How strange.

I know you normally wouldn’t like gaming news in your inbox, but this is different. This is a whole different event than video gaming, right? I don’t know. Maybe not yet, but it seems like a game like this could change the industry. There’s no pad, no wand or nunchuck. It’s just you and the Xbox. The Xbox watches you, tells you what you did wrong, and says, “Do it better, and I’ll grade you with points and downloadable content,” like it’s a teacher….with downloadable content.

I hope it’s cool. I hope it does change gaming and make the world a better place where people get up off the couch and have fun with other people. When those people go home, they can pick up a wand and shoot people on TV still! That doesn’t go away because this is that versatile.

Anyway, I thought you might be interested in this game.

Too much data? "Smart phones and me" or "Why I hate Alltel"

It was little more than a year ago that I switched to a smartphone. The family did it.
Dad and I have always one-upped each other when it comes to electronics. Sometimes I get the next thing first, but he usually is able to outdo me with his larger stock of funds.
Even so, when Dad got an iPhone and half the cousins had them when I went for a Florida visit, I had to jump on that bandwagon, too.
In Wyoming, the only two providers worth mentioning are Alltel and Verizon. At the time, Verizon hadn’t made that big purchase yet. How were we to know that going with Alltel was a bad plan? It was cheaper! I got myself a Blackberry Pearl. Suddenly, I had email and Facebook at the touch of a finger. Google products as far as the eye could see. Need a phone number? Don’t call 411. I’ll just look it up.
Then Verizon bought Alltel, but that didn’t take everywhere. It would have been a monopoly in Wyoming, so that big, empty state remained one of the few markets that Alltel stayed active in. Later, AT&T would go on to purchase part of Alltel there but not all of it. That was a part of the state we didn’t live in.
Then the move to Chicago! Exciting! Not for our mobile use, however, because Alltel doesn’t exist here. Nowhere to get customer service locally, and when I’d call their service line I’d get dropped 100% of the time. Good on you guys, Alltel!
Megan finally called them from work, but they wouldn’t allow us to cancel for free. 200-bucks per line. Instead, they sent us signal strengtheners for our car. Not sure why…it’s buildings that our phones don’t work in.
Not cars.
Fury. Screaming. Rage.
So we canceled part of our plan and jumped onto Pam’s (the mother-in-law’s) plan. Not many minutes but free incomming calls. That’s nice. I ended up sticking with a data plan because it’s really difficult to give it up once you’re used to it even despite being forced into Blackberry again.
Can you believe U.S. Cellular has no Android phones? They did have an HTC HD2, but that runs Windows Mobile and won’t get an upgrade once Windows Phone 7 rolls out. No use jumping on a sinking ship, though I’m not sure Blackberry is much better.
Anyhow, the new Curve is nice.
When I first got a Blackberry, I wondered if it was a bad thing. Suddenly, I was connected in so many ways all the time. Now, I’m starting to think that again. I’m connected in even more ways now cause I jumped on Twitter, AND I wasn’t able to give up data when it came up.
Megan gave it up. She went from a Pearl Flip down to a Razr. She always liked that Razr. I’ll never get it, but it serves her purposes. Maybe she just never connected as much because she didn’t know how.
Well, I do, and it may be too much.
But I can’t stop. I need the next new thing right away.
Hey! It’s like with Dad and me. Intriguing.