Seems that the need for apps on different platforms is just going out of control from where I sit. I talked about this before. Apps being on all different flavors of smartphones from Android, to iPhone, to Crackberry. With tablet versions of each for the respective mobile OS. Then the need to support old and new versions of each OS as they update every few months unlike a computer OS. Although, that seems to be changing as well with Windows and OS X doing more frequent updates than they used too.
With all the different OS options a developer has to deal with, it’s amazing they have time to make improvements. It seems they would end up spending all their time patching issues rather than developing new software.
If this type of thing hasn’t already proven itself a bad idea with the load of different Linux flavors out on the market today; with their different install methods and variations of how they present things to the end user… It’s a wonder they gain ground at all. To the average Joe, that’s just confusing.
Granted, installing apps on a mobile device is just tap and done usually. Thus the wide spread popularity. It’s easy to use. (knock, knock, knock Mr. Penguin)
And speaking of Linux, the boys and girls at Ubuntu have decided to throw their hat in the ring. Making their own Mobile OS. Also, the folks at the Mozilla camp are poising to release Firefox OS. Both will of course have app stores. So developers will have to learn the new OS’s if they want to grab a slice of that audience for their wares.
Oh and of course we can’t forget that great new Operating System all my customers hate… Windows 8… Now you have desktop programs and Metro apps!! Yippee! You can have Internet Exploiter as an app, and Skype as an app. I guess having the desktop programs wasn’t enough. Now we have 2 of each installed on the same PC. You know Ma and Pa kettle haven’t a clue they only need the one. And it’s likely they won’t share info between two. Did you know favorites in Internet Exploiter Desktop are not available in Internet Exploiter for Metro? So I’m told anyways. I don’t use it. Still not a Metro fan.
Oh and let’s not forget your TV, Media device and Blu-Ray player has apps too!
Question that I see is…. When do app developers finally say enough of this nonsense!?!?? There are so many platforms they have to write the same software for over and over. It’s freaking delusional that they have to put up with this so their fans can have their software. How about a little cross platform love? Or a few less damned platforms… I’m glad I’m not an app developer. As a Web Designer, it’s hard enough to make sure that my sites look good on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Exploiter, Opera and Safari web browsers. Although I’ve considered developing for Android apps, but then my audience would only get the one platform. I don’t have the time, patients or money to learn iPhone, Crackberry, Metro, Chrome, Ubuntu, Firefox OS and all the others…
It’s Nuckin’ Futs!!
You can’t turn your head these days without having advertising in your face. As I’ve said before, “I can only imagine that someday ads will be forcefully beamed directly into our brains like they show in the cartoon Futurama. You can’t escape ads for products and information no matter where you turn your head or hear just about every moment of everyday. Through radio, billboards, print, T.V., internet banners and so much more. It’s terribly difficult to escape it.”
I understand that ads help cover the cost of the content you are trying to view/use when that content is free. I get that. I want to watch a video on the internet, there may be an ad I have to view first or click to close to enjoy that. If I want to have a free app on my smartphone, I have to deal with advertising. I get that. If I don’t want the ads, you pay for the content. Plain and simple. Same goes for radio, wanna listen free? There’s going to be ads to listen too. Want ad free radio? Pay for a Sirius unit and subscription.
What I don’t get is when you pay for the content and there are still ads you are forced to put up with. Loads of them. Why anyone pays any amount for cable TV, satellite or any other means to watch TV and have to deal with ads is beyond me. I stopped paying for TV subscriptions some time ago because I just can’t wrap my head around why I would pay $50 – $80 a month just so I can watch ads! Advertising on TV is expensive. So if these advertisers are paying so much for their ads, why do we pay for TV at all? Or if I’m paying for TV, why should I see ads at all?
The movies are just as bad. You pay $7 to $14 for a ticket, pay $8 for popcorn and $5 for a soda, sit down and watch ads, ads and more ads before the movie starts. As Foamy put it, it’s not saving me anything why must I watch ads? How about more trivia or previews for upcoming movies instead?
I’ve since gone to using Netflix for watching TV. No ads! Granted, I can’t see the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory, Merlin or Skins this way. Unless I watch it on the network’s website, which has ads. I find my system works fine for me. Not too mention it’s considerably cheaper! Plus I can pause and re-watch to my hearts content. If Netflix were ever to decide to show ads, I’ll get very angry.
Something I’ve noticed using Netflix. Older shows that ran in 1 hour slots, were up to 52 minutes in length. Newer shows that are in the same 1 hour slot, are only 42 to 48 minutes in length. So as cable/satellite prices went up, so did the amount of ads. Can you say, “What the fuck? Over!?!”.
In all, I understand ads for free content, but I refuse to pay for content and have to deal with ads!!!
By the way, it’s my Birthday today, feel free to buy me a coffee Love Coffee…. Buy me one?
I’ve haven’t been a huge fan of television since I was a kid watching Saturday Morning Cartoons. Well, there was that phase when MTV actually played Music Videos in the early 80′s. Outside of that, it’s been a huge financial waste to actually pay these useless networks to flood my life with advertising. With commercials that play between and during shows and infomercials, I’m taking a stab that it is around 60% to 70% of the total content of television. Add that with never ending reruns and “reality tv” (thanks again MTV, you did the world’s population yet another solid). That leaves about 5% of anything interesting to watch if at all. Because good shows, actually get canceled, while useless shows continue for years.
I would watch series every so often, but not much. For the most part, I avoided T.V. When my skills developed for computers in the early 90′s, I started playing video games. Duke Nukem 3D. Carmageddon, II Carpocalypse Now and TDR 2000. Interstate 76. Unreal Tournament. Thief and II The Metal Age and Thief Deadly Shadows. The Sims. Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, San Andreas and GTA IV. I’d play these games for hours on end. Maybe watch a little T.V. and go out with the family a few times a week.
Best times were when I had our Home Network setup to play Carmageddon II and Unreal Tournament across the house. For hours on end and entire weekends we would laugh, yell and have a hell of a time together.
I should also note, that before my second marriage, I was rather social. From being a small time drummer, to avid party goer. I wasn’t a socialite by any means, but I would talk to just about anyone. I had jobs that kept me in view of many people as customers day in and day out. After my second marriage turn into a Jerry Springer nightmare, I was a social recluse. I’ve never fully recovered from that though I have clearly become much better. Sadly, my current job doesn’t have a lot of one on one interaction with people. Even if I do, it’s generally with the geriatric crowd. I live in like the second largest retirement community.
Shortly after moving into our new house, I started wondering about all this hype I kept hearing about online games such as World of Warcraft and Guild Wars. I didn’t want to spend money on monthly fees just to try something out, so I poked around the internet for perhaps free or cheap MMO’s. I found that there were loads of “free to play” online games. I got excited and started trying them out.
Once I finally found a game that would play decently (there are lots of them published with loads of issues sadly), I get myself up a Knight on Last Chaos. This was the beginning of the end for my finances and my current marriage. I just didn’t know it yet. (This was before the current iteration of this website, so the history doesn’t go back far enough.)
About a month or so after I started playing and making a friend or two, I got to thinking that my wife and I haven’t played games together in a long time, so I coaxed her into playing with me. I created her very first Pandella. I made the name up because I loved hunting Pandora Boxes and it was like Cinderella.
We played that game for nearly 2 years. During which we made friends, enemies and a lot of debt. A few friends I still have today. The wife however, got into the “friends” thing way more than I did. She began to live for it.
We tried to play this game for a little while. You only had to buy the game and expansions. There was no monthly fees involved. And while the graphics were stunning, the game play mechanics just felt all wrong to us. Besides we found ourselves playing alone or with NPC’s which destroyed the social part of it. It was just lonely and annoying.
This was before Webzen had the license agreement and our first “break-up”. She took off to play Runes of Magic, I went back to Last Chaos briefly. Just before that, I took 2 months out to play Archlord. Another beautiful game visually, and had decent mechanics but lacked in party features. I manged to get the wife to play it for like a week. She too felt the struggle.
This game is like playing World of Warcaft for the most part. We’ve even referred to it as like WoW alpha or something. However, we played the EU version of it. This is the game our UK friends we made in Last Chaos had gone off too. And for a year it was a great game to play. Though as with Last Chaos, the game became greedy and selfish. Costing us way more than we’d like to spend. Though not nearly as much as Last Chaos did.
This is also when I noticed that my wife didn’t like spending any time with me anymore. If I was online, she felt obligated to try to get me into parties and dungeons, but I could tell she preferred the company of her new friends over me. A doctor and some punk kid who would openly flirt with her. Where I grew up, that kind of thing caused bar fights. She accused me of being overly jealous and would tell me that “it’s not like I’m flying over there to meet them”.
Finally I came to my senses as far as free to play games are by no means at all free. I convinced everyone to give World of Warcraft a go. (Well, not Carrag, as he played the game for a couple years on and off.) Though we struggled to get things done here due to the time difference. We couldn’t find people to play with after 6pm for the most part. So I’d farm herbs so much that I got banned twice. Of course the wife found new guys to give her the attention and flirtations she craves. In so much, that she eventually changed servers and I was left to basically play alone after my two friends went to bed for the night. After a few weeks, I offered up to move my character to the server she was playing on, as I didn’t want to start a new one. She just about lost it basically screaming at me that even if I did that, I would still be alone. That was the thing to tell me she was done with me. She had the attention she needed and wanted. She got tired of me interfering with that dynamic and my being jealous of it.
The next day while at work, I closed up my UK WoW account and opened a new US WoW account. She didn’t want me to play with her, I figured I’d go ahead and give her the space. Perhaps then things would cool down between us. I sincerely tried to make playing on the US servers work by myself. I soon realized though, without friends, it’s never going to work. What people I have met, have either not had the time to play or not have enough people to accomplish anything decent. I spend way too much time alone playing games online. If I’m going to be alone, I don’t see the need to spend $15 a month to spend this much time alone. I’m not the socialite, so I don’t like making a lot of friends. I would rather have a small circle of friends. Well… I do have a small circle of friends. Sadly, one can’t play right now. The other plays Guild Wars or shooters (which I’m not into). The others are on the UK servers and I have left their servers and don’t see them after 6pm anyways. None of them live nearby, so visiting them in real life is out of the question. This leaves me to where I am now.
In my own bedroom. By myself. I have given up on making things work between me and my wife at this point. It’s over, I’ve become completely numb to her. After spending the past year listening to how I’m jealous, overweight and don’t have a good enough job and I’m overly cynical. That last one makes me giggle a little. She actually came up with the Dumasaphobia idea. Whatever. The only question remains, is what to do with a house we can’t afford anymore.
I loved Star Trek as a kid and I enjoy the new movies as well. Not much of a Deep Space Nine or Captain Janeway fan. I barely got into the Second Generation. From time to time perhaps. The short lived series “Enterprise”, was thankfully short lived. I liked Kirk and his original brood of marauders. However, today when I logged into our server, as always it gives me some random tidbit or joke. Today’s quip got me thinking that, “Yeah.. All the episodes do sort of end up the same way.”. You read and tell me if you don’t see the obvious similarities.
Question: How many members of the U.S.S. Enterprise does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: Seven. Scotty has to report to Captain Kirk that the light bulb in the Engineering Section is getting dim, at which point Kirk will send Bones to pronounce the bulb dead (although he’ll immediately claim that he’s a doctor, not an electrician). Scotty, after checking around, realizes that they have no more new light bulbs, and complains that he “canna” see in the dark. Kirk will make an emergency stop at the next uncharted planet, Alpha Regula IV, to procure a light bulb from the natives, who, are friendly, but seem to be hiding something.
Kirk, Spock, Bones, Yeoman Rand and two red shirt security officers beam down to the planet, where the two security officers are promptly killed by the natives, and the rest of the landing party is captured. As something begins to develop between the Captain and Yeoman Rand, Scotty, back in orbit, is attacked by a Klingon destroyer and must warp out of orbit. Although badly outgunned, he cripples the Klingon and races back to the planet in order to rescue Kirk et. al. who have just saved the natives’ from an awful fate and, as a reward, been given all lightbulbs they can carry. The new bulb is then inserted and the Enterprise continues on its five year mission.
Things that make you go hmmmm.
I can’t hold a decent conversation anymore (outside of the workplace that is), without hearing something about this god awful show Glee. At home it’s talked about Ad nauseam. While I’m still unhappy listening to local radio stations, I can’t even try to enjoy a song without hearing “Glee made this song famous!”. Oh and this Bruno Mars… Every time I hear that name, I want to ruin another pair of shoes.
Whatever happened to our family watching things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lie to Me, Angel, Merlin or Doctor Who and the like. (Yes the one episode of Buffy “Once more with feeling” was a cute musical, but they only did it once!!!) My hatred for this reconstruct of MTV of the past (only you never see any new talent), is only seconded by American Idol; where they exploit the world’s most ignorant people and condemning the human race by listening to the god awful noise that is one step down from listening to cats have sex in the ally. At least the cats have harmony. Granted Glee has talent. However, I’m more prone to be engaged in Time Traveling Doctors and Vampires, rather than a high school glee club actually having that much talent. I go to these shows, and some kids are talented but we aren’t talking a school for the arts. (Also see here.) Then again, I am talking about the same crowd that calls me up daily and can’t answer simple questions like “what is the error message” or “what version of windows do you use” or “what is the name of your email client”. So why wouldn’t they call butchering every song on the radio good entertainment.
Honestly this does not capture the real high school environment by any means. Unless you mean to tell me there is a California High School that does this. John Hughes were are you now!! (yeah I know he’s dead, but I wish he wasn’t) Only he knew how to capture the true life of a teenager on the silver screen. I’m sure he could’ve made some killer TV shows.
Perhaps my wife would be happier with a metro-sexual man or going lesbian. I certainly can’t be the person to watch or converse with about this television media nonsense. What we watch on TV certainly has changed.
I was going to use this image for this post, but I then realized the overly sensitive minions of the Glee Brigade would misconstrue this as a threat of murder or intent to harm. These people cannot take anything without reading too far into it and taking every word out of context.
This is for Internet, TV and Phone service. This package is only for us average people who don’t have HD yet. If you need HD, then get FiOS.
WARNING: This package is NOT RECOMMENDED for non-geeks, elderly or people with medical conditions. If you need 911 services, then please stick with a true pots telephone service.
This bundle package should cost you no more than $150 in upfront fees and roughly $45 per month. Providing your area pricing is comparable to mine, and no you will not get a single bill. But it’s freaking cheap! Here’s how I do it.
First get a stand alone (sometimes called Dry Loop DSL) DSL package at 3 Megabits or better. Mine costs $37.95 per month with no activation or setup fee unless you need to buy a wireless router. There are also no taxes, the price is all you pay per month without equipment rental charges as the equipment is included. (i.e. DSL Modem, Filters)
Next, sign up for Netflix with their $8.95 per month service. This gives you unlimited online movies with 1 at a time DVD rentals. Postage is included. Also, buy their $99 Netflix box for your Television, so you can watch your online Netflix movies via your wired or wireless hookup.
MagicJack phone. Buy a magicjack and that will cost you roughly $30 for the device and $20 for the yearly service. Simply pop it in your USB and plug a telephone into it. Preferably a phone with 1 base station and the rest all receive signal from it.
That’s pretty much all there is to it. As geeks, you guys won’t have to ask me how to hook it up, non-geeks… well you’ll figure it out. It’s not hard.
My particular setup is I have PC’s in my office, and a PC in each bedroom. Netflix box in the living room. So I can watch commercial free TV on demand anywhere in my home. I have high speed Internet shared to all the devices and the telephone is cheap as hell and works well with all my phones.
Internet — $37.95
Phone —- $1.66
Netflix — $8.95
Total — $48.56 per month
Well, for me it’s even cheaper as I work for the ISP, but you get the idea. Cox and Verizon can kiss my ass.