A Trip Down Memory Lane

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I remember when the first Game Boy game out. Man, those were the days. It was basically just a small little screen with some pixels not unlike the graphing calculators that we were forced to use when we had math class. The backlight was terrible, and it’s probably the reason why my eyes are so bad today. I would stay up light and play, or hide under the covers after lights out so I could just level up my Pikachu one more time. Since then, Nintendo has put out so many iterations of the Gameboy it’s crazy. We had a color one, then they just started getting smaller and smaller, until we finally got what everyone wanted. A bigger screen. With the advent of the 3DS XL, I, and my boys finally have a handheld that wont make our eyes bleed after an extended playing session. I saw this picture over at visual.ly¬†and it made me realize just how far we’ve gone and how much our technology had advanced for gaming.

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Acer G226HQL Widescreen Monitor

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I recently bought a new monitor off Amazon to replace my old, worn out one. It’d just broken on Sunday afternoon after 8 years of loyal and faithful service. Sadly, all good things much come to an end, and I found myself in front of a dumpster earlier this week with the monitor in tow.

My new monitor made it to my house today, after being in transit for only 2 days. The wonders of Amazon Prime. All in all, I think I was only without two working monitors for a day and a half. Not bad at all, although I will say that my desk felt particularly empty during this time.

Now I know, all of you out there are saying, “Jason, why do you need two monitors?” Simply put, I like to look at more than one thing at a time. Makes sense, doesn’t it? I’ll often have something I’m working on on one screen, then something like Skype or Spotify on the other screen to serve as ample distraction from what I’m doing to ensure that I never get anything done. Just kidding, but seriously, two monitors is awesome, and I highly recommend it.

Anyway, onto the actual review. I’ve only had it for a day, but I’d have to say that I’m not exactly satisfied with my purchasing experience. The monitor was easy to set up, and came with all of its own cables. Even as I type this blog post on this new screen of mine though, I can’t help by squint every now and then while it fires blinding photons into my eyes. This screen is too bright. Its not even that it’s too bright, because that would be a simple fix. It looks like it’s washed out. Like there’s a white film over it and it makes it very distracting. I’ve tried playing with the settings, updating my drivers, everything I can think of, but it still remains grossly incandescent. If I don’t fix it soon, I think i’m gonna have to send it back.

iPhone 6: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

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My newest smartphone just came in the mail the other day. Maybe it’s not so new for you, but it’s new to me. Can you guess what it is? That’s right, its the iPhone6, which lives up the namesake for this blog.

Fortunately, or unfortunately for you guys, the iPhone 6 does a pretty good job of earning its reputation as Apple’s latest gadget meant to be held in your hand or stored in your pocket. The numbers don’t lie, and the iPhone 6 and it’s bigger brother the iPhone 6 plus have been huge successes for Apple.

The Good

Well, just about everything. Kidding, what kind of person would I be if I just said that and ended this post? The biggest, and best feature about this new phone is the screen size. Compared to it’s younger brothers, it’s graduated from a measly 4 inch screen to a more modern 4.7 inch. And they say size doesn’t matter. The iPhone 6 is still trailing behind some of it’s competitors in the market today, but thats where the iPhone 6 Plus comes in, showing off a whopping 5.7 inch screen. Thats not to say that it wont fit in your pocket. These phones are still designed with usability in mind, and the iPhone 6 is designed spectacularly well. If you’ve got small hands though, you may want to be careful since you won’t be able to reach the edges of the phone.

The Bad

My thought in life is that I want what I buy to live up to my expectations. It’s price has to live up to what it delivers, not what it promises to deliver. In this case, I would say that the iPhone 6 comes up a bit short. Not because the phone itself isn’t phenomenal, it’s just expensive. Coming in at a whopping 600 bucks, it’s hard to justify spending that much on any one thing, let alone spending it on something that can fit in the palm of my hand. If you can get past the barrier to entry though, it’s just smooth sailing from there.

The Ugly

I’ve noticed that the iPhone has a bit of a shorter battery life than other phones I’ve used. As long as I remember to charge it every night, it’s not that big of a deal for normal use. If I want to watch a movie on a plane though, that’s where it falls short. For continuous and heavy use, expect the battery to only last you for about 2 hours. If you’re just sending texts/pictures, you can go through about your day without worrying about it running out of juice. It would be nice though if this is something they could fix in the next iteration though. Having phones that can last the whole day would be amazing.

New Washing Machine!

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It’s official, we’ve had our new washing machine for 6 months now. It’s time to do a formal review. Well, at least have it reviewed, since I wont be the one doing the reviewing this time. I’ve owned it for a pretty good chunk of time, and have a couple things to say about it, but I think I’d rather let my good friends over at AO.com have the say about this one, since they’ve done a pretty good job with their review. Take a look.

 

Now, I dont think it’s quite as glamorous as Julie in the video makes it out to be. It’s a damn fine washer though, but I haven’t really noticed any benefits from “dissolving the detergent” more quickly.