Customers Receiving Botched Nexus 7s (And I’m One of Them)

Ah, there’s nothing like the sting of disappointment, is there? You spend a few weeks getting yourself all psyched up about something, then reality makes you its bitch. Thus began my Tuesday afternoon.

In a grand bout of First World Problems, I came home to find my brand new Nexus 7 on the doorstep. I ripped open the box, fired it up and, oh wait, what’s this? The left side of the screen seems to be detached. Lovely! And would you look at that. When I hold it, the thing makes a sticky popping sound and the screen distorts. How brilliant.

Yes, it seems Google isn’t having such a smooth launch of its first Nexus tablet. Hundreds of buyers are reporting that their screens are equally borked, resulting in a high number of replacement requests. Sad news, considering a fair chunk of preorders have yet to be filled and the ASUS-made device is already on backorder.

The good news is that Google has a 15 day replacement policy, however, just how soon ASUS is able to get those units out the door remains to be seen.

But let’s not dive into a panic just yet. This is a new and highly in demand product and is bound to have its share of launch issues. And before any of you Apple loving jerks say anything, just remember this: Antennagate.

If you’re the adventurous type, a quick (but not necessarily permanent) fix has been discovered over on XDA. Apparently it’s as simple as popping off the back and tightening some screws, but fair warning: you run the risk of breaking your tablet or voiding your warranty, meaning you’ll be stuck with your hack job of a repair if you F it up.

Otherwise let’s just sit back, relax and cradle our warranty cards for a while longer as we wait for our replacements to arrive.

Dear Samsung, Do Better [Galaxy Tab 10.1]

Just over a year ago, I posted about my very unhappy time with the Samsung Nexus S. It was plagued with wifi and cellular connection issues and had about as much build quality as a dollar store Barbie doll knockoff. Because of that unpleasant experience with the Nexus and two Samsung phones I had owned previously (the Sync and the Eternity), I forswore buying another Sammy product, lest I should live through that aggravation again.

Then I went a little crazy and bought the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Cheap plastic parts aside (I know it LOOKS like metal, but trust me, it ain’t), I didn’t have that much buyer’s remorse afterward. Hell, I would say it was the first Samsung product I actually liked. That is, until Samsung decided to be tight-assed about updating the damn thing. Continue reading

Random Tamagotchi Update by Guest Blogger Stevo PUNCH! GO!

Let the Tamagotchi Extravaganza BEGIN!

The chances are that if you’re reading this particular blog, you already know what a Tamagotchi is. If, however, you don’t, I’ll give you a little bit of a refresh.

REFRESH-ACTIVATE, GO!!! Continue reading

Alabama’s Flawed Political System

It’s that time. Gubernatorial elections are months away and the smears have begun. This year, they’re worse than ever.

I was watching TV tonight when my viewing pleasure was ruined with ad after ad for republican candidates. This wouldn’t be such a problem if they weren’t fear-mongering.

Case in point: in a message for one candidate (I didn’t catch the name and I refuse to subject myself to more of these things just to find it), he accuses an opponent of believing in evolution and professes to make sure “God” stays in the school systems. Yes, America, this is still how the general population of Alabama thinks. Government candidates tell us that if your child goes to school in Alabama, they WILL know that the Judeo-Christian God made a man and a woman from dirt at the end of the week.

Another one of my favorites involves a candidate using big scary words like “Abortion” to horrify citizens into voting for him so that he can put a stop to the practice, ensuring that if you are raped in the state of Alabama and are impregnated as a result of said action, you get to keep that little reminder of the worst thing you’d have ever experienced in your life.

Want more? How about Bradley Byrne’s promise to make sure Obama’s health care reform doesn’t set foot in the state of Alabama? That’s right, you still get to bury yourself in debt over your cancer treatments. He promises that to make sure Alabama is run according to “god’s law” and he promises that he’s “conservative to the core.” You’re not helping yourself, Byrne.

Oh, and let’s not forget Tim James’s belief that if you live in Alabama, you have no choice but to be forced into learning and speaking English at all times. He makes it a point to mention this in his campaign ads. He can’t even go 10 seconds without reiterating that he’s a businessman, because that somehow qualifies him for a government position.

It even baffles me that some people believe the education system here is fine, when we’re facing all-time highs in illiteracy. The school system here is absolutely abysmal and nearly all private schools in the state are church-run, underfunded and force their staff to agree not to associate with sinners, watch R-rated movies or be near alcohol. I’m not exaggerating, this is IN their contracts.

The fact is, each Republican candidate wants to prove they’re more Christian, more conservative, more holy, more righteous than the other. Because if you live in Alabama, you have to prove how much you believe in the Bible. Everyone else can get the fuck out.

This is why I’m ashamed to ever say that I grew up here. For decades, our conservative Republican politicians have destroyed the state, many of which have also been found to have involvement in bribery, sexual scandals and under-the-table dealings.

WAKE UP, ALABAMA! Do you not see all the lies you’re being fed every day? Religion has no place in government. How would you feel if suddenly your precious Christian community were run by radical Muslims, enacting policies that strip away your basic rights as a human being? So why should your ideals be forced on the general populace?

We are NOT a state of white, church-going, like-minded beings. We are diverse and many and one’s beliefs should not overpower another’s. Keep your “god” out of my government, out of my bedroom and out of our schools.

To close, I’m going to quote a friend of mine:

Dear [insert name of any Alabama candidate for governor, senator, representative, or register of deeds]…

Your heavily advertised belief in the Bible does not qualify you for any elected position. The fact that you use this statement in every one of your advertisements only emphasizes your lack of experience and should disqualify you (and many of your opponents) from holding the office of county ditch digger, much less anything of higher importance. While some politicians put the interests of their state above their own, these individuals are the exception to the rule. Even the most corrupt politician goes to church every Sunday. You are no different or better than your opponents and will only add to the problems facing our state.

Hugs and Kisses,
Ben

I Don’t Need This [Apple iPad]

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I’m going to take a moment to rant like a madman, as is appropriate for this little space of mine.

For the past few years, Apple has risen in the ranks of the tech industry from the understated guy all the college nerds love to play around with to the elitist shit-shoveling behemoth it is today.

I make my case with the iPad; what I think to be one of the most useless and pathetic products to hit the market in years.

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Dear, Nintendo: STFU [3DS]

Most people will probably try to tell you that I’m a fanboy of sorts when it comes to certain things. Such as Nintendo and their long history video game wizardry. But nay, I say to you. For when it comes to the world of fanboyism, I stand apart from the crowd.

By definition, fanboys are people who defend the companies they love tooth and nail. They sing praises of their loves to anyone who will listen and come up with creative arguments detailing just why their company is better than yours. And whenever anyone presents them with an example of how said company has screwed up before, the stick their fingers in their ears and say “LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA!” Or somehow manage to think up a creative justification as to why that was actually a good idea, but the public just didn’t take to it.

By definition I am most certainly NOT a fanboy. Why? Because I’ll be the first to point out the Fuck-Up Elephant hiding behind the couch.

Case in point: Today Nintendo (vaguely) announced the next system in the line of DS handheld gaming consoles. The Nintendo 3DS.

After a quick check of the calendar to be sure it wasn’t April 1st (after which I still didn’t want to believe it) I took a deep breath and yelled “Bull shit!”

Ok, so let’s be honest. 3D is the big buzzword right now in the tech industry. Everyone is trying to find a way to implement it into their products and every company wants to find a better way of doing it. Glasses, no glasses, polarized this, stereoscopic that. The list is just keeps growing and getting more confusing every week. (Word to the wise shopper, DON’T buy any 3D products for another year at least. There are standards need to be worked out [fuck you, Sony])

So now it’s Nintendo’s turn to jump on the bandwagon (or off the bridge, if you like) and they seem to feel that this is best done by releasing yet another DS product. Granted, it’s smarter than attempting a 3D Wii, or WiiD (TM, bitches. That’s mine), but is this really necessary?

Since the release of the DS, Nintendo has produced more versions or upgrades than they ever did for the Gameboy. There was the original DS, DSlite, DSi and now DSiXL. QUIT IT!

nintendo-dsi Look, Nintendo, you JUST made the DSiXL and haven’t even released it in America yet and now you come at me with this crap? After hocking my DSlite for the DSi I’m now expected to shell out more money for what could possibly be the same damn system, just with some crappy 3D implementation? How do you plan to do this? You say I won’t need glasses, so we can assume the 3D isn’t going to have that much depth to it. I know it can be done, but just google around and you’ll find plenty of articles detailing how much of a strain glasses-less 3D is on the eyes.

However, if this is truly to be the successor in the DS line, you may have my attention. See, I’ve shelled out the cash for all the upgrades (DSphat, white DSlite, blue DSlite, finally DSi) and I’m a bit sick of it. So yes, I saw the worth in moving from the phat to the lite and I do consider the DSi to be what the system should have been from the very beginning, but if all I can expect from the 3DS is just the nifty inclusion of 3D, then I’m not interested.

So, listen up, Nintendo. Now is not the time to shovel out another upgrade. The DS has been around long enough to warrant a whole new system with better graphics (GameCube level or better, please), bigger, crisper screens (capacitive multi-touch?) and BETTER ONLINE PLAY (seriously, you’re killing your older clientele).

Don’t fuck around with this, Iwata. Do it right and do it the first time. Oh, and don’t puss around at E3 this year. It pisses us off.