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Random Photos – Doylestown, Pa 2

I did a walk around on another part of my town, so some different looks. Not as much this time around though. I used my Fuji X100S again, but I also brought my Pentax K3 with a 100mm F/2.8 Macro WR mounted along for the walk. Enjoy!

 

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Rant. Fucking rant.

Alright. Being in high school sucks. Everyone knows it. For a teenager, high school is probably, as of the moment, the period in which work is just shit on you like you don’t have friends. And also they expect you to balance a social life or else face the consequences.
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Laggy Computers: Rant

Cheap computers. The Big Cheese hasn’t exactly built a cheap PC, but he’s built one he can afford and not scream at himself for it.

I, on the other hand, am here typing on my extremely incompetent hunk-o-junk purchased by my father two Black Friday’s ago.

While yes, it can handle everyday tasks like browsing the interwebs, typing up documents, watching movies/listening to music, all that stuff. But it can’t handle any of it if you run two at a time.

I personally opt for Google Chrome as my web browser because I know it’s damn stable. I usually have Facebook and Tumblr open at all times and using Spotify for my music needs. Maybe I’ll have Google Drive open on a third tab so I can type up a report or draft a new article or blog piece. That’ll all be fine, but if those 4 things are happening, scrolling up and down becomes a shit hole, typing has a 4 second delay, and music will buffer about 95% of the time. What’s the point of being able to have multiple tabs open if you can’t seamlessly go through the multiple tabs? I might as well be using a 90’s Mac.

The worst, however, is trying to edit pictures. Lightroom is a big, big, big, big, big application. I understand that. But if I have Facebook open (JUST FACEBOOK), Lightroom will cause my computer to overload. I can’t scroll, I can’t type, I can’t do ANYTHING but wait for the thing to load.

If the computer could run more than three applications at a time, I’d be so happy.

I failed to mention earlier that the computer didn’t even come with built in WiFi. Since it is in my basement, it has no ethernet cable to connect to either. We had to purchase a separate WiFi key, which upon start, does not even connect to the correct WiFi location (and trust me, I’ve tried COUNTLESS times to reset it and get it to connect to the correct one).

I wish I could afford to build a new computer like The Big Cheese.

As an impatient teenager, this is hell. No one likes hell.

Breaking My Phone.

This is my third Droid Incredible 2 by HTC. I have so many gripes with it.

A) Single core processor, so it lags like all hell.

B) 3G, so it’s a bit on the slow side.

C) The charging port is extremely fragile, and if you actually use your Dinc2, you will break it.

D) It’s stuck (as of now, and probably for the rest of its damned existence) with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. (refer to my posts from before)

Now, my contract with Verizon isn’t ending for quite a while  (I’m eligible for an upgrade in May), and it really has been a terrible experience with this phone.

My phone died (became utterly useless because of charging port issues) twice in the first 10 months, and it has happened again, but that’s not the actual problem that is rendering this damned phone useless for a third (and hopefully, final) time.

This time, it just does not want to stay turned on, even with battery. I’ll be in the middle of composing a tweet or maybe texting someone, lock the screen and go do something, and then when I go to finish what I’d started, the phone screen would be black entirely, and I’d end up having to do hard resets (battery pulls).

Apparently, this is a problem with many HTC devices (which, of course, furthers my relationship with the Taiwanese company) such as the first Droid Incredible and the HTC Thunderbolt.

Safe to say, I’ll be steering clear of any HTC devices in the future (I personally don’t like the bulky Sense UI nor do I like how light it is compared to the darkness of stock Android).

At this point, I’ve highly considered suspending this phone line without billing (which is a period of 90 days, maximum of twice in a 12 month period, which would give me enough time to cancel this line) and add a new line with new two year contract and get that oh-so-beautiful Samsung Galaxy S III in black for $70 via Amazon Wireless.

My best option, however, is to graciously receive The Big Cheese’s old Droid Bionic (which, as you may know, he hates due to extreme bugs) and wait until my upgrade period begins in May so that I can pick up something like the ever anticipated Samsung Galaxy S 4, or if it is cheap enough, the Galaxy Note 2.

My worst case scenario would be to scour for an iPhone 5 for Verizon with a clean ESN (good luck to me, right?). Worst case because I really REALLY dislike iPhones. REALLY.

Question: Do you like the new YouTube layout?

YouTube seems to have taken a major step in pushing subscriptions. When you subscribe to a YouTuber, their new videos get sent automatically to your subscription inbox. You primarily see the videos they upload.

You’ve always been able to do this. YouTube has always been about the user and the subscriber, sharing videos, ultimately in a way that you get to watch things that you want to watch without having to try.

Usually, YouTube does a great job with their subscriptions, albeit there are some discrepancies. Sometimes the videos don’t get pushed to your subscription inbox.

What has YouTube done that makes me want to spark this discussion? They’ve changed their entire layout. They’ve introduced something called the guide, where they are heavily pushing your subscriptions to avoid these discrepancies.

I personally like this guide concept. The new minimalist approach to YouTube is stellar. I love the way it looks (on different computers, it may look different. On my Google Chrome on my Windows 7, it looks beautiful. It happens to look horrendous on Google Chrome on my Linux Ubuntu 11.) and is definitely a good improvement.

I really do wish, however, that they implemented the use of themes. Maybe a dark theme, because there is so much white space, and that looks terrible on HD monitors.

What do you guys think? Let us know how you feel about the new YouTube layout in the comment section!

Save the internet!

I bet that barely anyone knows that the state of the internet is being put in jeopardy today.
It’s just speculations, but the fact that they are trying to regulate something that is supposed to be worldwide is baffling. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
“A closed-door meeting of the world’s governments is starting today. The future of the internet is on the agenda. Some governments want to use this meeting of the International Telecommunication Union to increase censorship and regulate the Internet,” Vint Cerf, Google

DON’T REGULATE WHAT IS OPEN TO THE WORLD!

HTC Rant: Broken Promises

This is my second Android phone (owner of just about over a year, now), The Droid Incredible 2 by HTC. As a member of the red-eye family, you’d expect the phone to be top of the line, but no. The Droid Incredible 2, at release, was a disappointment. No 4G LTE, apparently HTC decided to give that to the Thunderbolt, a non-Droid phone, which also disappointed many. The feel of the Dinc2 is very premium and sturdy, but it IS a mid-range device, even with the Droid moniker.

Now, being a late adopter of Android, I’m not too disappointed with only having 3G, I don’t travel all that often, so I do get to utilize Wi-Fi, and Verizon’s 3G is no slouch with full service, even at rush hour times.

What DOES disappoint me, however, is Verizon’s (and especially HTC’s) broken promises. The HTC Droid Incredible 2 and the HTC Thunderbolt, after just over 1 year since the release of Android 4.0, still have not received the update to Ice Cream Sandwich. The update was promised by HTC and Verizon to be given before September 1, 2012. It is, at this very moment, November 5th, 2012. Still no update.

The Droid Incredible 2 being a highly capable phone for Ice Cream Sandwich, it shocks me that Verizon still hasn’t rolled out the update. The Incredible S (int’l version of Dinc2) has had the update since July!

I wish I had $250 to spare, then I’d go and pick up a Certified refurbished Galaxy Nexus by Samsung, just like The Big Cheese.

And with the recent release of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (also the name of Android 4.1), my phone is now three upgrades behind. Thanks, Verizon. Thanks a shit load.