It’s been a while I last was hyped for a movie. I love post-apocalypse media. Was excited to watch this and glad that I did. I bought the Blu-ray version off Amazon which came with a free DVD as well.
You get introduced to the world in the opening dialogue, although I wish actual footage was showing. The action took over and we start from there. The movie balances action with the story without going over with the former or too deep with the latter. Anyone can pick this up and enjoy it. There are no deep philosophical ideas here which is a good thing.
The settings and colour are balanced as well. You have this overall filter to set the mood for the world which change a bit as the story moves forward. The characters are balanced although some basically disappear later to never be heard from again. The sound effects and music are OK. Nothing ground-breaking although it has its moments.
All in all, a great movie. It goes for $7 for Blu-Ray and $12 for 4K. I highly recommend picking the physical disk and watch it with all the details as opposed to streaming it (If it’s on Netflix/Prime). There is something about owning physical media that makes the movie more enjoyable plus you focus more.
As a side note, I just realised that this was based on a novel. I will pick it up on Audible for sure.
Truth be told, I never liked social media site, namely Facebook. I joined because it was the cool thing to do and after resisting for some time I finally joined in. The site was new and wasn’t bloated with spying just yet. Nowadays, I quit almost all social media sites for privacy and anti productivity reasons. I keep FB messenger to communicate with my family in Ukraine and for nothing else. Instagram was and still kinda fun but the Facebook acquisition and the site turning away from sharing mobile pictures into full political activism turned me away as well. To be honest, almost all social media sites turned out this way, except for one.
When I open Pinterest I’m not greeted with empty activism but instead of ideas that I can apply in real life. For example, my go-to place for mobile wallpapers is Pinterest and I always find what I need by stumbling across new recommendations that are done well.
Another real-life example is the house modelling ideas. I borrowed a lot from this site on shaping my own house be it furniture placement or arranging senses of peace together. There is always something to look at. All in all, this is one of the useful sites that I still visit as I’m quitting on clutter and other time-wasting stuff as I embraced digital minimalism for a while and couldn’t be happier.
Feel free to check or follow my account for iPhone/Android wallpapers.
I was surprised to hear the accidental news that Bam Margera will not be in Jackass 4! What surprised me, even more, is that there will be Jackass 4. I grew up with Jackass, Skating and Video Games. I was a big fan of Bam and Jackass in general. But at this point, considering that all of the stars aged a lot, I don’t think the movie has the same vibe as before. Bam not being in it is another huge nail in the coffin.
I’m not fully blaming this on the producers as Bam had his problems but I do think that there is more story than we know. One can hope that things will get sorted out and the movie will capture at least some of the formal spirit.
I recently learned that one of my favourite Dreamcast-PC ports was removed from the only legal DRM Free store. The game is still available on Steam along with the first part for $19 a game. Despite the game still being available legally online, this is another example of a Digital only grim future.
People who want an offline, DRM Free game has two choices; buy an old PS1 version of eBay or pirate the offline version. The first choice involves looking for an old, expensive copy, having a functional system and hoping that your modern TV won’t distort the image too much. The other route while illegal will provide you with a fully functional copy that can be played offline without any DRM. Of course, the days of boxed PC games are sadly long gone. There is the switch version, but we are talking about the PC port and not every digital game gets released physically on consoles. Not to mention that you still need to install day one patches on newer console games. rendering the whole DRM free feeling obsolete.
I personally buy two versions of most of the games I really enjoy. A console physical version and a Steam release. But with newer games needing to be activated via patches, I think I will just stick to Steam and GOG.com. Overall, another sad day to game collectors and DRM Free fans. Hope the games make it back to GOG sooner than later despite me owning Grandia 2 Anniversary Edition when GOG still offered it.
You read, right, I’m telling you to stop using the most popular web browser of 2020. But why? To save your system and privacy.
Chrome evolved from the simple, straightforward web browser to this colossal resource hug that is almost unusable on older systems for no reason. Open Chrome on Mac and start listening for the fans to go off almost immediately. If you are worried about privacy, Google is not your friend. Your web activity is sent to the Goggle mothership in the name of providing better services. You are training Sky Net.
Both Safari and Firefox are lightweight and are better options for macOS. Not only do they use fewer system resources, but they are also light years ahead of Chrome in the privacy department. Safari comes preloaded by default and integrated into the OS itself. Firefox has more features and strikes a nice balance between usability and system resource need. Not to mention the cool addons that enhance further the experience.
If you still need Chromium (the Google Chrome engine) for any reason, you can use Brave Browser, Vivaldi or even Opera although the later was bought by China. Microsoft Edge also switched to the Chromium engine and have some privacy controls as well.
In conclusion, avoid using Chrome unless necessary until Google addresses at least some of the issues. Your system and privacy will thank you.
Not gonna lie, it felt good to be back on a browser that started it all. Privacy driven, customizable web browser that puts you first as the developers like to put it. But that’s not why I finally switched back after years of using Google Chrome.
Back in the day, I like most people used Intenet Explorer that came bundled with our Windows XP. A teacher at university suggested that we should try another web browser called Opera. It was a paid product with a free ad-supported version that I used. It was fast but full of ads and did not work great with some of the websites that I used to frequent namely Gamefaqs.com.
After getting fed up with incompatibility I decided to switch to Firefox. Greatest decision I have ever made. Browsing the web felt good and modern. I could customize it with themes and add-ons to enhance the experience even further. All was great until one day Google decided to make a web browser of their own and thus came Chrome.
I tried it and kinda like the minimalistic design but it was a barebones browser with nothing special to offer except a tiny increase in speed. Months passed and I kinda started using the browser more and more. Moila slowed down Firefox updates that mattered and the browser became old and dated.
By the time Mozila figured what was up Chrome overtook the marketshare. Firefox was refreshed a few times but made no significant splash. Until came Quantum. Suddenly the browser we all remember became fast and stylish again. Chrome, on the other hand, became bloated, slow to start and resource-heavy on old machines.
Firefox Quantum was great again but switching back wasn’t that simple. Chrome was the dominant browser and thus most of the websites were tailored to its engine. Evernote was running the old version on anything that was not using the Chromium engine. Opera and now Microsoft Edge abandoning their own engines did not help at all. Yes Vivaldi Browser is great and I even used Opera exclusively for a while but the engine itself felt heavy on my 2008 Macbook pro.
Firefox, on the other hand, is a very light browser but has everything I need including great themes and plugins. And while its not as light as Safari on Mac, its lightyears faster than Chrome. It is also thundering fast on new hardware. The Android version also looks and feels great. I know officially made the switch.
The data breach monitor is the icing on the cake. Yes, some websites may still prefer Chrome but if more people made the switchback this will quickly change. Firefox was the king of plugins and website preference and it can again. It is after all the last engine standing against Chrome. Competition is good and we all should support privacy driven products, especially great products like Firefox. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.
So we have not one but two new switch revisions. A better version with more storage and efficient chips and a cheaper portable only one. While the first reversion is a welcome one, the later not do much.
The current switch is underpowered as it is, an even weaker model with just $100 off is not a bargain considering that you will be missing out on performance and some accessories which in my opinion isn’t worth losing over a 100 bucks. I would kinda accept the idea of the difference was $250 or so but $100? Nope, sorry.
Getting a used model or even waiting for the new revision is a wiser move than getting stuck in low power mode in the name of portability. Yes some folks will welcome this addition as they don’t care about resolution of framerates but for anyone that do care, this doesn’t seem like such a good deal.
This also means that the 3DS is unofficially dead which is a shame as it had amazing retro feel games that were simply plug-in play in the days of 50GB day one patches. Of course there is still the rumor that Nintendo will release a much powerful switch in the future meaning that the current model will get a fare price cut.
The difference between this and the 2DS is that the later had all the same features and power of the original except the 3D faction which allot of people disliked including me. The 2DS arguably looked better and for a cheaper price hence why it was a success.
With all being said and done, options and choice is still good and the ultimate winner is the customer. I just hoped for better than what we are getting.
Before Snapchat, WhatsApp and iMessage there was BBM. A simple yet ahead of its time messaging app. Sure windows and Yahoo messengers allowed people to chat but required computers. Having the ability to talk to anyone for free while on the move was a new concept.
The app had amazing features like voice note and blue checkmarks that we take for granted today. The app was free but required a data plan and a blackberry device which almost everyone had. Unfortunately for Blackberry, a new challenger was entering the market and a big one at that.
Blackberry’s answer to the iPhone and Android handsets was the upcoming Blackberry OS10 keyboardless phone. Unfortunately, the handset arrived at the party very late with a huge price tag and no new features to write home about. To make things worse, you could not move your old pin and charts and had to start over.
By this time, the iPhone started to take off and gain momentum. It was after all backed by Apple. Hardcore BBM fans continued to use it me included but the user base was fading. The initial refusal of taking the app cross-platform gained WhatsApp the momentum of needed. Sure the company eventually added the missing features and took the app to IOS and Android but it was too little too late.
It’s a shame that BBM never got the attention of deserved especially since it was privacy driven. You can still subscribe to the enterprise version which costs money but at this point, it’s as good as dead to the normal consumer unless iMessage and WhatsApp goes away.
I remember people broadcasting annoying messages at 5 in the morning. I also remember people competing for the largest friends list. The good old days. It is the nature of fast-moving tech. Someday WhatsApp and even iPhone may go away but other apps and devices are anyways ready to take over. Enjoy and live in the moment.
Focus on what matters,
the moto said. Great but why did you turn a perfectly functional
interface into a cheap iPhone clone? I was an iPhone XS user for 4
months until I decided to go back to Android as I owned the Galaxy S8
before getting the XS. Sold my old iPhone 7 and bought the Galaxy S9.
Great, now I’m back or so I thought. Upon booting the phone I
immediately was greeted with the new One UI and hated the experience
problem is not just with the way the new icons look but as the os in
general. I love minimalism and flat design but there is a difference
between a reasonable UI and a toy like interface designed by a 5 year
old. The icons look comical. The previous version had a balance between
flat and modern design. Not anymore. The rounded notification boxes look
out of place and shape.
whole interface looks like LEGO. I do however like the control center
and it looks a lot cleaner now. Other than that? Not so much. From the
looks of things, Samsung is trying to turn the Galaxy lineup into an
iPhone. If I wanted a phone to look like an iPhone I would go back to
using my iPhone XS.
get that they want to attract iPhone users to switch but that’s not the
way to do it. At least give us an option for the old theme in the
wallpapers menu. Love the phone and features but not this update. Thank
you for the Pie Samsung.
speakers have become the rage these days and I for the life of me can’t
understand why. Unlike smartphones assistants, they are very limited in
what they can do. Play music. $349.00 for an Apple HomePod? No thank
you. Amazon’s Alexa is priced reasonably but at your privacy’s cost. It
is confirmed that the speaker listens to everything that’s going on
around it even when it is not part of the conversation. Smart speakers
spy on you on behalf of the company that made them.
love tech and new things. After all, technology was invented to help us
get things done. I use it and always advice those around me to adopt
and use it to its full potential. Getting things done easily is great,
problem is that it gets to a point where you no longer feel human living
in the real world. Somethings should be left untouched. Otherwise, the
joy of simply doing things is gone.
shopping is great and opened the opportunity for greater things but
there is something special about going to the store, looking for the
thing you want and buying it. It’s not about the item but the journey. I
know that some of you will ask what does a smart speaker have to do
with doing things? Exactly! Downloading music has replaced buying CDs
already. Don’t take it unnecessary further. You don’t need a spy device
that is sending everything you do in exchange for a play my song command
that you can do with a remote or simply walking to the device and hit
would argue that smartphones are the hub for corporate spying but at
least with a smartphone your getting a powerful, portable computer that
you use and carry with you all the time. What is a smart speaker? A
speaker with voice gimmick. You don’t need it. Use the money on
something more worthy like a tablet, computer upgrade or simply save the
money for something down the line.