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First Impression: Pebble Watch

On the 23rd of November, 2014 – I have received the Pebble Watch (black housing). This watch was acquired after the update on my Nexus 5 to Android 5.0 which would prove valuable, and even more so with the Google Play Services Update (whenever that maybe to come).

There are a few reasons of acquiring the watch. First, and foremost is as a time piece. This watch is more accurate than the basic watch as the watch connects with your Bluetooth enabled smart phone, and acquires the time from that phone. As long as the phone has the accurate time, then the watch does as well. Next, I wanted a minor secondary screen so I am not required to pull out the phone to see if the notification was important. This not only includes SMS/MMS, and email, but also incoming calls. And third – with support having important information show on the watch – again, so I do not have to pull the phone out all of the time. Continue reading First Impression: Pebble Watch

Lyft: Better than the Taxi

I had used Lyft a few times with a couple of failures. I will go into that later. I used the service when either bus or walking was going to be too much on me physically. Because of my income, I can’t rely on lyft even for a semi-regular service. I had only used Lyft to return home from when I went to my brother’s for one reason or another. The service is a service with the use of an App to request service, rate, and provide other information. There was a time where the app wasn’t working properly on my Nexus 5, but with a recent update, this has been solved (so it seems).

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InJustice: How best to play

I have been playing this game for about a week and an a half now, and I found while I enjoyed playing the game, I could have done things better. Since there is no real “do over” with the game, and I don’t have a game console – I don’t have much else to do about any mistakes I made. However, I can give advise for those that might want to play and what they can do. Now, this game is available on the popular game consoles, iOS and Android. I have been using the Android version which should be relatively similar to iOS. So, for those that will be starting out, here are my tips.

  • Save coins, and Energy charges
  • Focus on the top.
  • Have a Super 3
  • If you buy – go high

Coins, and Energy Charges

When you fight in a match, you will loose between 1 and 3 energy blocks. All characters have 10 no matter what. You will get energy charges in defeating certain challenges, and logging on the game frequently. Save them. In addition, you will win coins – and while 300 (on the first level) may sound like a lot, once you start making purchases with those coins, that 300 means nothing. Therefore, save everything. If you refuse to purchase in app, then you will have many days ahead of you to get anything worthwhile.

Use the energy charges for when you are in mid challenge. If you leave a challenge in mid term, you will have to start over. Why would you leave in mid challenge? Maybe you realize your character may need an extra oomph, and you will have to fight in less demanding challenges to earn the coin to fight on. If you leave then, you will have to start over. In the last board, expect to go through about 3 matches before you have to wait, or before you have to use your energy charges.

Focus on the Top

When I started out, I was given free characters, and the first thing I did was use the coins I earned to max them out. Once they hit 5th level, I maxed out the powers again. These free characters are Bronze, or Silvers. Here’s the thing. In the last two boards, only Elite 5 Silvers can be good enough of cannon fodder to the challenges at hand. To make an elite 5 character maxed out on the first and second powers can cost about 400,000 coins. This of course does not include the time that you have to invest in making that character worth working up to where he can be cannon fodder. A gold standard character while able to compete with that 400,000 coin character with levels equal, that Silver character can’t go higher in power with exception of level increases which takes longer and longer as the character progresses.

Now, a gold standard character will cost at least 150,000 coins. Needless to say, that character still has to be invested in, but this is expected. However, if you built that Silver character to his Elite 5 status, you could have put that same coinage with a comparably loaded Elite 1 Gold Character. Trust me, with more than a dozen characters I care nothing about, but well complimented, I know. Decide on a character you feel you will do well with, and make sure you get the gold of that one. If he doesn’t  come in gold, find something better. The two most popular DC comic characters (Batman and Superman) are actually only in Gold Standard.

Have a Super 3

Every match requires a team of 3 characters. With this in mind, you will at one time get to the last level (sets of boards) of the game. At this point, Bronze and Silver characters that are just standard will get taken out in a couple of hits. Gold characters will last longer, but not much. Since gold is the highest standard, your Super 3 will need to be invested in a great deal in order to make it through the end. Let’s assume that you get 3 Supermans (slightly different) – each costing 220,000 coins. These 3 will cost 660,000 coins. Each Elite Status will require purchasing these characters again. To make for a good challenge and not you being slaughtered, these characters will need to be an Elite 3 at the last level. This alone will cost about 2.6 Million coins. There are other options, but I will go into that in a moment. Even at Elite status, this makes their hits powerful – but you will need your super powers too. To put it plainly – if you want to max the super powers, which may likely have to be done by the end (I hadn’t made it there), that is another 90,000 coins for each character. Throw in the fact you will have to spend about 25,000 coins for the Superman’s abilities (applies to all), this is what will seem like an enormous investment.

While Silver and Bronze can be fully loaded at the cost of one good Gold Character base, they will be taken out in a few hits at the last level, and therefore all of those coins you spent on that character would mean nothing. This does not mean they do not have  a purpose. When you’re confident that your Super Character can beat a match, you can throw the bronze and silver characters you likely got for free in game as filler characters. Keep in mind you must have 3 per match. Put these filler character first and second to take a little beating, allow your character to build his power capability. When they are gone – you should have at least one available to you. You need these power cells active to invoke your characters super powers. The highest one isn’t always the best, but immune from blocking. By breaking your trio up, you can go through more boards allowing your previously used characters to build a little energy back. If not enough, you should be able to take a 10 minute break before jumping in the next match, or maybe about an hour to be fully energized.

However, when those real tough boards come in, you will be happy to have your super trio of characters. So, now if just being a Gold character doesn’t do it, what do you need to do? Well, each one of your characters should be at least an Elite 3. However, if you can go higher – do so. The maximum is an Elite 5. To make an Elite status character, you will need to purchase your character additional times. Each additional time will promote that character which you will do by tapping on the character’s stat card, and following the button to upgrade. In addition, all of your powers should be fully upgraded. Most gold characters, this is a cost of 1,000 coins per block in the first power, 3,000 coins in the second power, and 5,000 coins per block in the third power. This is a total of 90,000 coins for each of your Super 3.

Now obviously – a few million coins are a heavy investment. There are two ways (at least on Android as of 2014-02-05) that you can have some savings. These are booster packs. The first Booster Pack is the Man of Steel Pack. This includes the Man of Steel version of Superman, and General Zod. This Booster Package is 330,000 coins which is a significant savings over 440,000 coins to buy individually. You will have to pay for two sets of abilities, but this is a savings in the first purchase alone. The second Booster Package is the Red Son Booster Pack. These are exclusive to the Package, and has what will be former Soviet Union versions of Solomon Gundy, Superman, and Wonder Woman. This is an average of 135,000 coins per character which is a significant savings as long as you would be happy with the characters.

Another option if you are not sure what Gold Characters you would want is to get the daily Gold Special which is 75,000 coins. Now, it is possible to get that same character again by purchasing the random pack option, but I wouldn’t bet my coins on it. While building the Super 3, keep them within a few levels of each other. Also, while it will be costly in coins to upgrade all of the characters’ elite status, build them at least to Elite 2 before focusing on any of them. If you used a booster pack, continue to do so. You are wasting coins otherwise.

Buy High

If you decide to use your Google Play funds, Wallet, or a credit card tied to your account, don’t buy low. Especially if you decide to take every other piece of advise, this will be important. The largest package is 1,500,000 coins for $100USD. If you are buying because you are frustrated in waiting, then this is your only real option (unless it is simply beyond your budget). This package will cost you less than .066¢ per coin. However, 12,000 coins will cost you $2.00 which is about .15¢ (yes – both are fractions of a cent). However, you will spend $250 if you were to match the same bulk of just simply buying a 1.5 Million treasury. Assuming each Gold Standard character will cost $175,000 – each Gold Standard character to fully upgrade him to the pinnacle of the game character will cost 1.165 Million coins. Yes, this can be possible to just earn, but it will take a very long time.

If you do have to buy lower, do not buy less the Bruce Wayne’s Vault. This will give you $192,000 coins, and can be a respectable amount when trying to upgrade Gold Characters. As for buying the coins, this is an in app purchase which will use your Google Play funds – then your Wallet, then any credit card on file. However, Google will only process one payment. If you have Google Play funds, but not enough, I will suggest you add an appropriate amount to the Google Play to reduce the actual cash you paid into a purchase.

Download

The game is available for Microsoft XBox, Sony Play Station, Android, and iOS. You can find it through the links below.

Enjoy

First Impressions–LG F6

(Update: Phone was returned due to unsatisfactory resolutions)

The LG F6 is a candy bar smart phone running Android 4.1.2 (current version is 4.3) which is available from T-Mobile for $290 or $50 down payment + $10 per month. The reason for this phone is to replace the back up phone which is now being provided for my brother’s girlfriend

This phone has a 4.5” LCD display with a physical home button, a capacitive back button, and a capacitive settings button. The phone has a 5MP rear camera, and a VGA front camera. There is a volume rocker, power button, and a dedicated Quick Memo button which will use the screen shot and allow for you to draw or write on the screen for saving.

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First Impression: HP 2000-2c20NR

The HP 2000-2c20NR was purchased to replace my current HP Pavilion G62. The reason of why is the current PC was essentially going on its last days. It lost all of its feet, and lost one bumper for the monitor. The power button is temperamental, the SD card reader is not functioning, the F4 key is only on the keyboard due to a piece of scotch tape. The system will overheat, and the Shut Down has errors with it. On top of that, it has failed to even pass beyond the BIOS boot which is essential for any PC a few times. With this in mind, it is understandable of why I felt I should have got a new PC. For now, my G62 is still functional (considering), however it can not serve as a primary PC any longer. It will be demoted as a guest system, and hold my iTunes resources which I still use until I can find a competent replacement and move over to Android entirely (retiring the iPods).

The HP 2000 (the noted model) has an Intel Pentium Mobile CPU running at 2.4Ghz dual core. This is not the i3-i7 series CPUs. It has one 4GB SODIMM, and is upgradeable to two 8GB memory slots. It has a 720p resolution webcam, and integrated Intel series graphics. Drives include an SD card slot, a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, and a DVD Writer. Ports include 1 VGA, 1 HDMI-out port (plugs into a TV or monitor), three USB2 ports, an RJ45-1GBPS and a VGA port (because we live in the 90s). It has Wifi-bgn support, but no Bluetooth. The screen size is 15.6” diagonal. There is also a speaker, and microphone jack, but there are integrated speakers, and mics.

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New Domain: NeedsToBeBetter.US

Yes, some people may think I have too many domains, although I am looking into reducing the number I have. However, I thought this will be a good one to state my eccentric, but in my opinion sensible and valid points. The domain is NeedsToBeBetter.US. Why did I choose this domain. Well, there are many good qualities about the United States, however the country is obviously not perfect. It is flawed and in some cases antiquated on many levels. Corruption has infested government, and almost every politician “owes” favors to lobbyists, or “sponsors” rather than the people who elected them.

This domain will probably piss some people off, but I really don’t give a darn. I am not going to please everyone, and in a matter of fact, I will probably not please many people. However, that is part of the point of this website. Where some people just whine and complain about things, they rarely bring up suggestions to improve what they are whining about. The reason why is to think of rational, and effective solutions without sounding like a moronic idiot takes intelligence, and time.

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How I Would Change T-Mobile?

T-Mobile has come out with a dramatically new way of handling post paid cellular service. No more contracts, and the option to allow consumers to bring their own phone, buy a new one outright, or pay in installments. They provide unlimited voice, and unlimited SMS, and you pay extra for data. However, there are a couple of things that T-Mobile could have done differently.

Google Voice Integration

It’s not impossible. Sprint does it very successfully. Essentially, on the backbone, the carrier connects with Google Voice’s service. The phone number, international service, and voice mail is handled by Google Voice. The actual means of connecting is handled by the carrier.

If this would have been done, it could attract those that uses Google Voice as they can use any phone from an Android, or the new iPhone, or a basic phone and Windows Phone which has no support with Google Voice.

Better Clarification on EIP

EIP is the Easy Installment Plan which reduces the sticker shock of the phone. In the United States, we have been spoiled into seeing top of the line smart phones as $200 rather than $700. Now, I am not saying that the manufacturer is fair in charging $700 for a phone, but I am sure some people will walk into T-Mobile and go away sobbing as they go to the nearest AT&T store.

They should note make it clear on who qualifies for the EIP. Also, what happens when one terminates service before completing the payments. Since I used EIP a few times before, I know that you are responsible for the remaining payment in full along with the last bill, and any ETF, but not everyone will figure that out.

More plan Options

Here’s the thing, not everyone uses voice services, or requires unlimited voice. Those hearing impaired for example may need SMS, or data. Now, mind you there is unlimited SMS, but I feel to attract more customers, T-Mobile should have offered 2 choices of unlimited, and one choice of 500. This means instead of having unlimited voice/SMS, and 500MB of data – you can have unlimited data/SMS and 500 minutes of voice. Or maybe unlimited data/voice, and 500 SMS messages. Of course, there is an issue of overages, but this would have gone a long way to satisfying every potential customer. One would simply spend an extra $20 for the 500 option to be unlimited.

Competitive Services

Some phones support Name ID which is an add on feature that allows a person to have true caller ID. However, in reality, this could be done in the network automatically. Of course it would have cost money to upgrade the network, but then everyone could have this feature. Currently, this is an carrier installed app. So, for people like me that have a Nexus 4, I could never use the service since I can’t even get the app in the Play Store.

They could also do this with their TV app, and other services. Just offer it for download to T-Mobile customers through the OS’s store, and offer these as options. Another option will be to offer free Directory Assistance. Companies such as Cricket offers this as well as a number of VOIP providers. One can only assume that a simple tweak on how 411 is handled will make a world of difference.

Kill Retroactive Contracts

They could do this for customer that qualifies as a loyal customer. If the customer has been a good customer, and with them for a long time, there is no need to force them to stay in contracts that were signed before a couple of days ago.

Offer a Referral Code

Allow T-Mobile customers to offer a referral code for getting new customers. Maybe with this code, there could be $50 off a new phone, while the customer gets a free month. This will encourage their customers to help promote T-Mobile to others and therefore lower advertising costs.

Prepaid or Post-Paid, Same Price

Right now, T-Mobile is focusing on the post paid plan. However, rather than having two sets of plans, it might make more sense to have the same level and features of services whether post paid, or prepaid. The only difference is prepaid pays for the service they will use and not require a credit check. Post-paid can require a credit check and pays for the service after it is used.

Provide Lifeline Option

Lifeline provides basic services for people that are low income to get basic cellular services. A number of companies offer this. Cricket gives a $10 discount which isn’t much for the $50 or more plans they have. Assurance is a Virgin Mobile Branch which provides a limited number of minutes, and SMS, while Safelink is a branch of Tracfone.

T-Mobile can offer one unlimited option (no tethering or SIP on data), and 500 for the other two features. Rather than trying to get them to buy a phone they can not afford, work with a company like Blu Products to provide a basic Android phone (that will work on their 3G bands) which could be exclusively for needy customers. The federal government will provide payment for these customers, and the customers can pay for more services – therefore relieving the cost of service. While not much in the way of desired customers, it does raise their population, and may make them number 3 rather than number 4.

2013-01-27

Not much happened today. I spent some time on a web site which I am trying to build up. Once it is built, I will expect to be able to show it off. It does have some radical ideas, but much of my content does.

Not much else otherwise. Things have been relatively quiet, and considering today is Sunday, and it is the last week of the month, I am likely to not have much planned anyhow. As for tomorrow, I will be dropping off the DVD with Netflix, and will continue the work I am doing.

Chrome OS, Why?

Recently, Samsung which seem to have jumped gracefully on the Chrome OS bandwagon has finally came out with an 11.6” 16GB notebook running an ARM CPU (what’s on your smartphone) to run a wifi-N only notebook. This notebook runs Chrome OS which is Google’s Desktop Operating System. Their previous models were nearly $600, while the new model has a couple of more perks, and at $250. However, as the title suggests, why?

Chrome OS is basically a very low run version of a Linux distribution, and use the Chrome web browser as the front end for the OS. You would use a Google ID to log in, and everything that is associated with Google will come in. Every 6 weeks, an update will fix any issues that may have arisen. You would use GMail for email, Google Contacts, and Talk for IM. Calendar for hosting, and there is expected to be a 200GB Google Drive upgrade from the 5GB standard option for 2 years. However, I still do not see how this will be of value. For those that don’t see it the way I do, let me explain. Continue reading Chrome OS, Why?