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Windows Phone 8 – an Experiment

I’ve done what many of my friends normally frown upon: eagerly and naively switch mobile phones willy-nilly.

The decision to sell my iPhone 5 and to replace it with a Nokia Lumia 920 came to me rather randomly. Nokia posted a marginal profit this past quarter and several blogs have been rating WP8 very highly. Like most things that nab my attention, it didn’t take long for the gadget itch to overcome my better judgement Continue reading

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Adam Sessler Joins Revision3

I’m pretty happy about this.

X-Play was a great program on the original G4, and maintained a certain level of dignity that separated it from the bullshit that spews from the entity that has become today’s G4 after Comcast merged it with TechTV (another much-beloved and sorely missed television network). Sessler’s role in that show, combined with Morgan Webb, made it a fun and interesting thing to watch.

I’m excited to see him welcomed by Patrick Norton and the rest of the Revision3 gang.

Here’s hoping he gets lots of cameos on Tekzilla.

A small epiphany I had

After spending a week with the iPad mini, a few things occurred to me:

-Smaller and lighter is better

-4:3 makes sense for a tablet

-Gaming is flippin’ fantastic

On that last point, I will elaborate. Continue reading

I’m Back (sorta)

I’m at work, so I’ll make this brief:

Recent techie events have compelled me to post more on Facebook and twitter, and I found that I’ve been able to maintain a constant posting rate. Then the thought occurred to me, Dan, you have a fucking blog. Post there.

So I will. In time.

For now, please enjoy this Autumn-themed puppy image. That is all.

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Blizzard debunked the Feb 1st release date

Kotaku updated today on the Diablo III release date. Micah Whipple (Bashiok), Diablo III community manager, was quoted saying in a tweet:

Diablo III does not have a release date. Any store or person claiming otherwise is guessing.”

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Silly Best Buy.

More space-theme stuff

I just bought Universe Sandbox on Steam. For $2.49! I don’t even know what the game does, but damn that price was too good to pass up for the potential to clash big galaxies together.

Now that the holidays are over I shall return to gaming. I’ve got a few titles on my list – Warhammer 40k: Space Marine, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and a few iOS games. But Skyrim is still sucking away my time. We’ll see how much of this I’ll get to.

For now I’ll try out Universe Sandbox since it just finished installing.

 

UPDATE:

Universe Sandbox is hard. Think I’ll play Skyrim now. Woah.

A Very Nerdy Christmachanukwanza

Christmas has come and gone here in New England. I couldn’t have asked for a better season – I received many nerdy gifts.

My girlfriend and her mom got me two insanely excellent peripherals: the Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard and the wireless Logitech G700 Mouse. Both devices impress me, especially the G19’s built-in LCD panel and multi-colored backlit keys. The keys themselves are very quiet, but I suspect after a few years of intense use they’ll start to sound like my old Wave which is about to collect dust next to my nightstand. I can’t wait to map some macros to the G-keys hat  situate to the left of the main keyset. I should reinstall Homeworld 2 or W40k Dawn of War…

The G700’s form fitted right-hand grip is luxurious, and the response time for wireless transmission of its position is lightning fast. I take back everything I said about wireless mice. I can’t notice the difference between my old MX400 and the G700. There’s also a toggle switch near the scroll wheel that changes how the wheel behaves. Two modes are available: stepwise scrolling, or friction-less scrolling. It became very apparent after playing UT3 for a few minutes which one is most useful for a shooter. To hint at the right one, let’s just say one flick up in friction-less mode got me back to the weapon I started with after moving through all ten weapons three times.

And so here I sit, using both of these new toys – reveling in their utility. Suffice to say I will willingly be my girlfriend’s gofer for months =]

On a news-related note, please read up on SOPA if you can. Leo Laporte and friends had a lively debate on the topic a couple weeks ago. It’s illuminating, especially since many of the internet’s top pundits are weighing in.

Rabble!

Skyrim is consuming my life

Ok – I haven’t really been updating the blog lately. I have good reason! It’s Bethesda’s fault.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is captivating. I’ve mustered enough experience for my Argonian, Chet Awesomelaser, to take command of the College of Winterhold, return the Horn of Jurgen Windcaller, and nearly master the art of wielding both one-handed maces and explosive destruction spells.

Clearly I’m a bit obsessed.

As for real news, I read on TUAW that Microsoft dropped a web app that demos Windows Phone 7.5 on mobile Safari. I find it to be deliciously ironic.