One Plus One Phone

I received my new phone in the mail today. I bought it on Tuesday from the OnePlus website, signing for it from the USPS Saturday morning.

I bought the 64gb Black version for $349.00 with a black flip cover for an extra $9.99. The total with shipping was$ 379.00

I thought I would post a couple of Videos that have the Unboxing and Review.

PS4 is handily Winning the Next Gen Console War

Game Cheats has a revealing article that lays out solid proof of which box is the leader in the current console war, and it isn’t even close. As a die hard PC Gamer, I do not have any skin in this batle, but at every level, the stats are inarguable.

“PS4 currently has 19.1 million units sold worldwide since its launch on November 15th, 2013 while the Xbox One is lagging behind with 11.3 million units sold since it came out on November 22nd, 2013. Sony has been widening the gap lately as well. The weekly hardware charts on VGChartz show that in the week ending January 31st, 2015, the PlayStation 4 sold about 147,000 units globally while the Xbox One sold a little more than half that with roughly 79,000 units worldwide.”

“Looking through the entire list of reviewed games and expansion DLC packs currently listed on Metacritic for both systems, the PlayStation 4 has 207 total games while the Xbox One has just 145. Sony has 43 PlayStation 4 exclusive titles with another 92 console exclusives (console exclusive means that it may be available on PC or a handheld but is not on a ‘rival’ console – in this case the Xbox One or Xbox 360). In comparison, Microsoft has just 39 exclusive Xbox One titles with another 28 console exclusives.

So you’re effectively looking at 135 exclusive games on PS4 vs. just 67 exclusive games on Xbox One.

Exclusives have also reviewed better for PS4.”

“An analysis of this breakdown shows that PS4 games are on average better received than Xbox One games. The PS4 has a higher percentage of its games scored 80 or above (30% to 24%). The PS4 also has a fewer percentage of its games scored 60 or below (31% to 35%).

In conclusion, the PlayStation 4 has more games, better reviewed games, more exclusives, a comfortable sales lead, and slightly more impressive technical specs. With the recent announcement that Sony is going to focus specifically on building up its PlayStation brand, the choice in this generation’s console war is clear. If you’re on the fence between getting a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One, choose the PS4. It has a better library of games and seems to have a brighter future ahead of it in the coming years.”

Read the entire article here: http://www.supercheats.com/articles/309/how-sony-is-winning-the-console-war

Morphin Time!

This short was directed by Joseph Kahn (Torque, Detention), and it stars Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek). This is very R rated and pure gritty hyper scifi!!!

AN excellent breakdown of what is wrong about many cuurrent action films… as well as examples of how to do it right!

We All Have To Start Somewhere

Thanks to IOTB for sharing this

Congrats to Rom for his joyful engagement!
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she said “holy shit holy shit” – which I think is yes” – Rom

We all wish you two the very best in the next steps of your life’s journey together!

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

StarMade Lounge: Power Generation Tutorial
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Optimal Power Generation is an intriguing endeavor in StarMade, where the number of blocks doesn’t simply determine your power generated. The placement of the blocks dramatically affect the power total.

Here is a useful video that explains this dynamic, along with an example of a power/shield cube:

Now that you’ve seen the basics, lets look at some advanced power building:

Programming the Arduino from the Raspberry Pi

If you like compact projects then there’s a good chance you’ve picked yourself up an Arduino UNO (an open source electronics prototyping platform http://www.arduino.cc/)


and the nice new and small computer called the Raspberry Pi (A full computer about the size of a deck of cards). The Pi is a great computer to program and work with your Arduino board if you need to keep things small. Buy both and you won’t even be out $100 bucks, in fact I think it’s closer to $50. It’s pretty amazing what they can do these days. The problem is it’s kinda hard getting these to shrimps working together.

There’s a great little tutorial here on how to get the two cooperating with each other:
http://raspberrypi.homelabs.org.uk/raspberrypi-the-arduino-development-tool/

It takes a little time but you can get one of the smallest computers around programming one of the smallest electronics boards. Great for portability! These two gadgets make for an awesome team to tinker around with and make all sorts of fun stuff with LED’s, robots, sensors, infrared, video, sound, etc. I’ve only had one electronics class in my life and I was still able to get several little fun projects going.

Is it me or is everyone jumping on the Cloud wagon with their own version

Was just reading about Adobe’s Cloud Software. Which sounds cool and all, but really people. We need to start getting some standards and continuity between all these clouds. Because right now it’s really just ‘Store your stuff here instead of there’ when you’re talking about the cloud. Each version out there usually has it’s own bells and whistles but I still think we need to start bringing these little globules together into a real cloud of some sort.

Cloudy

I don’t know why but i’m really enjoying all this cloud stuff coming out for developers, along with all the engines that can connect and run stuff out in the cloud easily. We have Amazon Web Services, which is a nice and solid platform to develop for, probably the most mature and stable of what’s out there. Following closely after is the Google App Engine along with all it’s plugins and tools. I haven’t worked with the GAE much especially their Cloud database features (it’s closed beta sign up only so far) but I think that’ll turn out nicely too. And then you have great tools like Restlet that let’s you bring everything together to communicate (and they’re coming out with their own GAE type of service soon too APISpark). And there’s also Microsoft’s Azure, which I haven’t had a single look at, but hear it’s great for plugging straight in to Visual Studio projects quick and easily. Kind of strange to think of your programming and data no longer residing on your own computer, but rather out there, free as a bird, as long as you have the right authentication ;). So what does everyone like as far as database and app engine out of these (or others)?

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