King’s Personal Musing 2/26/13: Musing about Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, Firefox OS and more…

A Paladin Without A Crusade

My Life Musings…

Yes, this is an early Personal Musing. I wanted to do an early one today because I felt like making one right now and that’s that. ;). I meant to do one yesterday but my mind was distracted by other things. So by the time I realized I should be working on it, it was a little late in the evening. For whatever reason, I felt like doing one right now, early in the day. That doesn’t usually happen. But here goes. I had a pretty good, if quiet weekend. I just switched between studying and personal projects all weekend long and tried to get done what I could. So I’m staying busy. As I was writing this Personal Musing, my 200mm replacement desktop fan finally arrived. Five weeks after I requested the replacement… So I’m looking forward to replacing the one currently in the case with one that doesn’t make an incredibly annoying noise that is impossible to listen to! Hehe. Busy times, I hope you all are doing well this week.

I published my shortened review of Miasmata on Saturday. Which I hadn’t planned on doing a review this soon at all. Not even on Miasmata. But I had stopped playing it a couple days ago and suddenly felt the need to write up the review right then and there. I wish I could have that sort of focus all the time but alas… I’m rather happy with how the review turned out. No promises I’ll get anything of that sort this month. I’m pretty dang busy…

Since moving on from Miasmata, I’m starting to get into A Valley Without Wind 2 more and more. I got it for free thanks to the ridiculous generosity of Arcen Games so I might as well play it ;). At first it was a bit of a slow burn but now its ramping up in intrigue and strategy. So I’m enjoying it quite nicely. When I get the chance to play it, which is not often. The mix of strategy and platforming hits the right notes though the exploration is a lot more…idk…muted compared to the last game. Still, give the game a check if your interested.

Busy bee this weekend. I published the next part of Gareth’s and I’s Portal 2 Co-Op adventures. Chapter 3, Part 1 of 3. We encounter a Portal glitch and Gareth takes revenge…

Next episode of Cthulhu Saves the World is also up and I learn that sometimes…rewards just aren’t worth the bother…

Tech and Gaming News To Talk About…

Samsung unleashed its new..phablet?…a little while back. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Its basically a giant 8″ screen smartphone. Which is kind of ludicrous that its still a phone at this point. But hey, why not have it? The tablet itself is an impressive piece of kit. It has plenty of RAM, a Quad-core CPU and everything else you would expect from a tablet these days. Hard to say if the battery is good though as they don’t say how long it will last. However, previous Galaxy Notes had pretty impressive battery life from what I’ve heard.

I really need to re-evaluate what the “best” tablets are these days. Samsung and Google have both released good tablets here lately and this new Note is looking just as good. It will be interesting to hear what other tech reviewers think of this new entry.

Firefox OS was announced today by Mozilla. This new mobile OS is aimed at being completely based on HTML5 and open source standards. Thus far, its gotten 18 carriers to sign on to carry the new phones designed for the OS. Initially, this OS is being aimed at the International market on low-cost handsets. It won’t be available in the US for a while but Mozilla is looking at bringing it here eventually. Carriers are really interested in breaking up the duopoly that’s going on between Android and iOS, so they’re hoping that Firefox is that answer. Time will tell. If Firefox OS can run on low-cost handsets without too many troubles, then that will give them the edge they need.

I’m glad to see Firefox OS hit the mobile market. I was concerned last year that technology was going too closed source between the juggernauts of Microsoft and Apple looking to close “the gates” even further than they already had. Fortunately for us, Ubuntu, Android and now Firefox are countering with their own open-source versions and giving consumers a lot of choices when buying phones. Which can only be a good thing. Whether this OS will be good remains to be seen as the phones are not available yet. But I am excited about being able to choose between a variety of different phones later this year (or whenever I get around to it). It’s exciting!

Photos To See…

Cute kitty!

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This picture was way too cute not to share. I don’t think that cat was happy.

The first Flower of the Day, from my wife's garden, this year.

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First flowers of Spring I’ve seen yet.

Took this pic while I was on my walk last Sunday. I thought it turned out really well.

Want to have the soul sucked right out of you? Stare at this picture…yeah, its creepy.

Audio of Note…

I am really looking forward to the Sythentic Orchestra’s take on Super Metroid’s OST. Between that and Harmony of the Hunter, my music library has never had such good Metroid music before.

Cool Videos To Watch…

Jesse’s Dead Space 2 series continues to be enjoyable, if a little bit agonizing to watch at times due to his…missing of things right in front of him x_x.

MoonshineFox continues to fail in Giana Sisters on level 2-1.

And until next time…

-KingIsaacLinksr

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