Now that we are done attending NMX, I’m catching my breath and getting some posts on my various sites.
I really want to have the option to use both small and larger cameras on my Digital Juice Orbit Micro. A ball head would provide a sturdy elevation option to the “skate”. I was lucky enough to win a $25 certificate on Digital Juice’s site so I was able to reduce the out-of-pocket cost of the SlyderDolly Ball Head.
Now that I have acquired the Canon T4i, I have an additional device that will benefit from the elevation.
My Angry Birds interest has fallen big time in the wake of the arrival of this new title. This video shows three of the coasters that I have already created and “opened”. The video also reveals a newer opening animation for my non-console captures; the music will not be returning. I’ll pick something equally annoying but with a better ending or something I can fade better.
Episode 2 will feature the creation and testing of an additional coaster.
There is something “Lemmings-ish” about this game that I somehow connected with.
In viewing the archives, I found this photo of my dormitory room at Cate Center (Jordan House) at the University of Oklahoma.
My first computer (for less than a month) was the Coleco Adam (I may have photos but haven’t found them yet). After returning to the store (this is a separate story) within the return period (I wasn’t original in my need to return the Adam), I went to either Target or Walmart and bought this.
The floppy drive (to the left of the joystick) was the peripheral with the silliest story behind its acquisition. I hadn’t purchased it at the time of the CPU purchase (but before the dot matrix printer and Centronics adapter acquisitions) so I had to return to the store. When I went with my roommate back to the store and asked for where the “disk drives” were, I was sent to “auto parts”. I know it was 1983 or 1984 but…really?!
I am still awaiting my initial set of images to be vetted by the manual screening at Phereo. com. I may just have to continue to find other services or methods to sharing images.
This image is, therefore, not one of my own…
Thursday, the new Lightning Digital AV Adapter (model MD826ZM), arrived. I got up early enough so that I could quickly record the output to my Mac Pro via the Black Magic Design Intensity Pro internal card. Here is the result:
Because it uses this latest proprietary connector from Apple, it is currently only compatible with the iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad 4th generation, and the iPod touch 5th generation.
The only setting that would capture the image was “HD 720p 60”. The image is displayed in the Portrait format unless an app or mode supported the Landscape mode. This is a slight lag when re-orienting. Because the recording is, at best, 1280 X 720 (720p), it merely shows the iPhone at the closest resolution. I don’t know yet first-hand what the result is with a Retina iPad.
The bottom line is the device does what is it supposed to do. Not a miracle worker, just does that basic recording. For performance, I rate it a 9 out of 10. For value (since I am not happy about having to buy new adapters), I only give it a 7 out of 10. Overall, it rates an 8 out of 10.
Before the deadline, I have completed the paperwork and am sending off the rebate materials. Still generating opportunities to play with the Asus VG23AH. Opened an account with a service that rents Blu-ray movies, including 3D ones. Netflix does not rent 3D movies so another reason to not be happy with them…
My first title that I viewing this evening: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II 3D.
With the recent purchase of the Nintendo 3DS XL and the Fuji W3 3D camera, I felt ill-equipped to really put the 3D output through its paces. With this acquisition, more review possibilities can be resolved. I also see that others who “review” products they purchase do not have a full grasp of what they are dealing with when they pan something. In the less-than-24-hours that I have been in possession of the Asus 3D monitor, I have discovered that, with full investigation, many “whining points” can be addressed.
Our saga begins with Steve ordering our iPhones just at the end of September. We visited the local AT&T store near Eastern and Serene in Henderson. Eddy was the rep who worked with us the night we ordered our telephones.
Here are some details Eddy had to work with:
- I had a local number but would be leaving Sprint before the end of my contract.
- We each had the iPad 3 but individual AT&T monthly data plans on them.
- Steve had an iPhone 4 and had long been ready to upgrade. Hadn’t been sure he wanted the iPhone 5 until after it had gone on sale.
- Steve’s iPhone still had a New Mexico (area code 575) number.
- Steve’s mom was also on his existing plan. She would get a new phone with the deal.
- She also still had a New Mexico number.
The week ends. October begins and we three head to Tucson so I could attend a conference, Steve’s mom could visit a fellow former educator and Steve would relax. During the first day of travel we found that our phones were going to arrive while we were gone. Ugh. After making arrangements, we made sure the iPhones were going to be safely watched until we returned.
Monday, October 8th arrives. Steve retrieves the iPhones from their caretaker and charges them. After I get home from work at UNLV – armed with our bag of goodies – go to the AT&T store again. Hicham is our tour guide for this leg of the adventure, as it was Eddy’s day off.
This is where the fun really begins. Let me acknowledge that Hicham, with the assistance of his coworkers Jeff and LeAnn, patiently navigated through the mine field that we presented to him and steadily worked on our stuff for over 90 minutes straight. Steve was armed with a bill that seemed to indicate that the earlier visit had caused problems with the accounts – the old one vs the new one – with a bill for over $300 (note: all 3 phones had been paid for at the September visit). The temporary numbers were activated then de-activated one device at a time. This took a separate call to a service center where Hicham and to repeat the story each time. The switching of SIM cards was dizzying. My iPad was the easiest to switch to the new account. Hicham transferred Steve’s mom’s contacts from her old Samsung phone to her new Pantech phone.
The bill was fixed, the devices were activated…are so we thought. There was still a lingering problem with Steve’s iPad account, the one that was supposedly deactivated at the September visit to the AT&T store. With Steve on the phone with Angela (he thinks that was her name) for close to an hour, he finally got it all set.
All said, AT&T had to invest almost five hours with us to get everything set up. At least seven reps – four in-person reps and three on the phone – were engaged during this adventure. Whew!
With Steve and me getting our iPhones setup with a shared data plan at AT&T, I wanted to do the courtesy of visiting my nearest Spring corporate store to check on closing account issues, along with early termination details. While the gentleman who eventually helped us was pleasant and informative, the woman who “greeted” us upon our arrival could only generously described as “sullen”. So not impressed.
I explained that I wanted to take care of “account issues”. The woman asked, with a tone of impatience, “what kind of account issue”? My response: “early termination stuff”. It wasn’t like she was doing this to all of the visitors. She was actually perky for other visitors. “Oh hi” she exclaimed to a man who arrived about five minutes later, her greeting ringing for the store.
The representative, who did eventually discuss my final billing and the schedule for closing the account, was succinct, bright and patient. Kudos to him. But my first impression was made by the greeter. Meh!