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Pokémon Go

18 Jul

The whole world goes crazy for something almost every year. Things have always been that way for as long as I can even remember. From Teddy Ruxbin to Beanie Babies. Tamagotchi to Furbies. Tickle-me-Elmo. Cabbage Patch Kids. The list of crazes is long and grows constantly. Now with new technology crazes can come on your phone and before you know it everyone you know is becoming a fake celebrity with Kim Kardashian or trying to keep a seemingly drunk bird from crashing into the pipes from Mario Bros.

It’s hard to tell what’s going to be a fad when it comes to casual Smartphone games but Niantic seems to have stumbled into the formula with the release of Pokémon Go, the glitchy app that reignites your 10 year old desire to be a Pokémon Trainer.

On paper the idea seems ridiculous, but the more you think about it the more it makes sense. You play it like you would any other Pokémon game; starting off as a trainer with the desire to catch ‘em all, you get hired by Professor Willow to go out in the world to live your dream of being the very best while gathering scientific information on the Pokémon you catch. Unlike the previous games, instead of laying in your room with your Gameboy dangled precariously over your face, you actually have to go outside to catch these.

(Also unlike the previous games, Professor Willow makes you catch your first Pokémon instead of gifting it to you, which works as a gameplay tutorial but makes Professor Willow seem like kind of a jerk.)

The games Augmented Reality (AR) elements quickly became a meme on the internet with people sharing photos of Pokémon they’ve caught at the grocery store, in actual gyms or even in very creepy abandoned buildings. While those memes are fun, I think I’ve found my joy from the game elsewhere.

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Apparently my love of puns and hip-hop music have caused me to carve my own niche in these games. Aside from the regular game mechanics, I’m having way too much fun naming these little guys.

So if you haven’t already, go out and catch Pokémon and have fun!

Check out this post on Nerdy Girl Swag

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Me and Technology

26 Apr

I know I haven’t been here in awhile, and y’all can yell at me about that later, but right now, I’m having some serious technology issues lately, and it’s all related to Windows 8.

So a month ago, I got a new computer for REALLY cheap. I’m my father’s daughter, so when  friend told me about slightly older laptops (about a year old to be exact) going on sale at his work for about $100, I knew I had to pick one up. My old laptop has been on it’s last legs for awhile, seeing that the left click button on the mouse pad doesn’t work, and nobody else but me can even use the thing because all the letters are all worn off. I thought the new (yet old) laptop was going to be a blessing, and for the past month it has been. Until today.

On the opposite end of my cheapness, a week and a half ago I finally had enough money saved up that I could go out and buy myself an Xbox One. After going back and forth about it for a long time (and even writing a post about how I would probably get a used Xbox 360 or a Wii U first) I decided to just pull the trigger on it. I did this partially because I wanted to treat myself and finally buy a console within the first year of it coming out instead of about 2 years later, but also because Titanfall came out, and I was EXTREMELY jealous of all the fun my Xbox One owning friends were having while I was delegated to just watch them stream on twitch.tv.

What do these two things have in common, you ask? Well, you see I got it in my craw that I wanted to post videos of me playing Titanfall on this blog here, and on YouTube. It’s supposed to be a fairly easy process now, considering that Xbox One has a feature where you can record clips of gameplay and upload them (albeit in a roundabout sort of way) to your Microsoft One Drive. This means that recording clips on the Xbox and editing them on my laptop should be a breeze, except…..

Look, I don’t have a surface tablet. All of my tablet and smartphone experience is rooted in Android, so when I bought this Windows 8 laptop I was so enamored with the touch screen and all of the new things going on with it, I didn’t realize that it was going to be a nightmare today. There are queues that I’m used to with Android and that I’m sort of ok with on Apple that just don’t exist on Windows. I thought my experience with my Zune would help me navigate this confusing UI but it barely scratched the surface. After successfully uploading videos to my One Drive account and locating them on my computer, it occurred to me that I didn’t have Window Movie Maker on here, so I set out to download what I thought was WMM from the Windows website, but was instead a whole pack of Windows “apps” instead. The apps included Windows Live Writer (which you can credit for this post), Windows Live Mail, and Windows Live Messenger which is somehow already connected to my Facebook account.

I was confused and someone devastated at the fact that now I have WLM on my computer. I don’t even use WLM and it somehow connected to an account that I also don’t even use for sending messages, and even more redundant is that Windows 8 already had a messenger installed that also connected to Facebook Messenger which I still don’t use. It was a mess, a mess that led me to another page on the Windows 8 start screen that shows me all of the apps that are already installed on my computer THAT I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT! Apparently if you swipe your screen up, it shows all the apps on your laptop, but there’s nothing on the Start screen to indicate that (actually yes there is, if you swipe all the way to the right there’s a down arrow at the bottom to indicate, but that whole right side of my start screen is full of apps I’ll never use). So I went on a hunt on the internet today to find Windows Movie Maker, and it was already on my computer. All of that work, all of that searching, and all of that head scratching and none of it was needed, but hey! at least now I can do my Titanfall videos! So some good came of it. I will say though, that when I decide to pull the trigger on building my very first computer, I’m definitely putting Windows 7 on it.

Nexus 5 Review

26 Dec

I must have looked like a weirdo during the last couple weeks of December. Thanks to one of the podcasts I do, Android Visionary, I was able to get my hands on a Nexus 5 for a few weeks to review and since I’m already glued to my cellphone, being glued to two probably got me a few odd stares. Unfortunately I wouldn’t know if I did, you kind of have to look up for that. Using the Nexus was great, and also a painful reminder of how slow my old Galaxy Nexus is.


(It boots up so much faster than my Galaxy Nexus, I really felt sorry for the old guy)

The first thing I did when I got ahold of the device was load all of my favorite apps on it. I’m constantly on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Pintetrest, Instagram and whatever other social media site you can think of. These sites are fun, but having all the notifications running in the background drains the hell out of my battery, on top of my constant usage. So for the first few days, I was on a rampage on twitter. On a 10 hour shift at work, with constant usage I was able to go about 8 hours before having to plug it in. Next I wanted to see how long I could leave it alone before the battery went out and it lasted for a few days, even with the notifications going in the background.

Although it’s bigger than the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 is extremely light. The phone with its case weighed less than my Galaxy Nexus without anything on it. 4.4 Kit Kat is amazingly smooth. It works continuously between apps without pausing, and on the 5 inch screen typing on Kit Kat is extremely easy. Apps startup quickly, and changing between apps or even turning them off in the task manager doesn’t have the half second pause that the Jellybean update did.

As a Vanilla Android phone it doesn’t have some of the cool features that the new Galaxy Note 3 or S4 have, but it’s definitely worth the purchase.

I bought a new camera!

10 Dec

Taking a picture of a camera with a phone is what the future looks like.

So I was looking through the sales papers on Black Friday looking for an Xbox 360 for real cheap when I came across a Walmart ad for a Fujifilm camera for $99. I’ve been in need of a new camera for awhile and decided to brave the horror of Black Friday shopping and go out and try and buy it. When I got there however, they didn’t have the camera I was looking for, but while I was deciding whether or not to brave the Customer Service line for a rain check on it, another $99 camera caught my eye.

 

This big monster here is a Kodak EasyShare Z5010. It’s a few years old, with 14 megapixels, 720p HD and a digital zoom that I’ll never use. It also has a nifty little button here for sharing selected pictures with my Facebook and Twitter account.

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That button just like it’s friend the digital zoom will never be used it’s actually pretty cool and I even used it to make two videos already. So maybe I’ll start posting more pictures here.

 

New Consoles and No Games

30 Nov

So the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles are out and I have neither. Not just because of lack of funds (I have bills to pay you guys), but also because I’m not exactly sure which one I want first. Earlier this year, I was talking all sorts of shit about getting a PlayStation and just keeping my super old Xbox 360, but now I’m plotting.

I may buy one of the later generation 360 consoles. Now that everyone is scrambling for the new consoles, I think I’ll be able to pick up one of the fancier 360s for pretty cheap, that way I can still play all my old 360 games. As much as some folks like trading in their older stuff towards new consoles and game, I like to hold on to mine. I still have my old Nintendo and Sega Genesis consoles hanging out in my room for when I get the urge to play Mario Bros or Road Rash, so a 360 that I can horde for playing RE 5 and 6 (stop judging me!) As well as Mirror’s Edge, the Portal games, BioShock and the other time consuming games I love.

As much as I like having the new hot console, I think waiting until the price comes down a bit and all the little kinks are fixed is a good idea. We’ll see what I end up doing with my tax return in the upcoming year…

Things I Want: 55 Inch OLED TV

8 Jan

So, apparently in South Korea they’ve taken things to the next level and made a 55 inch OLED TV.

It’s set to go on sale in February so….. who wants to give me $10,000?

Video How-To: Checking for Software Updates

23 Nov

I made a video!

Nexus Updates!!!!!!

2 Nov

Everyone already knows about my love for Skynet Google products. If you’ve listened to the podcast you know that I’ve been geeked about my Galaxy Nexus phone and my Nexus 7 tablet (even if I’ve failed at writing the blog posts I’d promised to write about them). So imagine all the warm feels I caught on Monday when Google announced their new Nexus products.

THEY’RE FINALLY HERE! With all the accidental shipping of a 32GB Nexus and the rumors of a Nexus 10 device, it’s nice to finally know that all of those rumors are true. Google announced on their blog Monday that there are 2 new Nexus devices out as well as price and storage changes for the Nexus 7.

The Nexus 4 is the new vanilla Android phone coming out unlocked and ready for any carrier. This phone is made by LG (possibly to avoid any of the legal issues Samsung has been dealing with against Apple), and although it’s prices are really good ($299 for 8GB, $349 for 16GB) it doesn’t have as much space as the Galaxy Nexus.

The Nexus 10 is the first full sized Nexus tablet coming from Google. Google’s blog talks a lot about its use for entertainment such as magazines and movies, but it also talks about the tablet’s ability to have multiple profiles on the single device. Working a lot like a computer the Nexus 10 lets you sign in to your profile and use your apps while you’re signed in on it and lets you sign out and let someone else use their profile the same way. This would be good for families who can’t afford multiple tablet devices but still could use the portability of one.

The Nexus 7 had gotten a couple good upgrades in all of this. For one it’s gotten more storage space without going crazy with the price. The 16GB tablet is now only $199 and if you want more space (like I definitely do) you can get a 32GB tablet for $249. Also now, if you’re ballinoutta control like that, the 32GB Nexus 7 can go mobile with AT&T or T-Mobile.

So if you’re looking to buy a tablet without falling too deep into debt you should definitely go to the Google Play Store and see what they have to offer.

(Crossposted from Nerdgasm Noire Network)

Technical Problems

2 Oct

As much as I love gadgets, sometimes they don’t love me. I’m the kind of person who will wear an MP3 player out so bad it’ll just stop working for no discernible reason (okay maybe spilling Gatorade on it didn’t help).

Unfortunately today was one of those days.

On Tuesdays I only need my computer to do one thing, work while I podcast. So what does my computer decide to do? Of course it doesn’t want to recognize the internal mic on it, EVEN THOUGH IT’S ON IT! SO when I decide to restart the computer, it doesn’t want to open windows at all and when it finally did turn on, ustream decides it doesn’t want to work.

I just want things to work.

In all honesty my problem is I need to buy an external hard drive, which means research. Between work. And school.

(-_-;)

Testing!

1 Aug

Just got my new Nexus 7 tablet in the mail today.
Decided to do a test post from it to see how well it works and if I liked it.
I definitely like it!