Chromecast 3 days in

I have to say from the out set that I like most Google Products however I never really wanted a Chromecast out right because of the way I have my set up set up.  I just don’t actively have a need for it on my TV but after seeing the NOW TV offer that comes with the Chromecast I just couldn’t resist.  3 Months free Now TV but I have had no luck with this offer.

While setting up my device had a few issues not because of the device itself it was my wisdom using a USB extension cable where I shouldn’t have but now I have moved the plugs around there is no issues.  So the device is working fine but when I follow the instructions to redeem the offer for NOW TV the Chromecast says that there are no offers available which is very annoying when you read the terms and conditions of the offer and you do.  I contacted Google Support and they said they would escalate the issue to their supervisor and that they would get in contact with me by the next day.  That didn’t happen so I called back and they had no record of that conversation which was extremely annoying and I was advised to go  back to Amazon where I purchased the device and in all honesty I turned around and said I hadn’t but could see Amazon saying its a Google problem because its their offer.  So after explaining that they said fine I will escalate the issue again it will be a couple of days.  I will say from the outset of this post that the couple of days aren’t over.

However there are other people complaining on the product forum for the chromecast with the same issue, and Google haven’t sorted it out this was all the way back in April.  Instead of going through the standard I think the support should say we know there is a problem and this is what we can do.  Rather than not admit there is a problem, this is the problem I have is that Google aren’t admitting there is a problem their end.  They are trying to blame the device and say that I am not eligible for the offer at the moment.  So although my device is working and I am really pleased that I have it, it is being over shadowed by bad support and the fact the offer system Google has in place.

Hell in Cell 2014 Thoughts

Possible Spoiler Alert

I have to say this PG era is really hurting the WWE for me.  Gone are the days of blood.  Which for the most part you can put up with, due to the nature of the matches however in the two hell in the cell matches in this show you can’t really excuse the lack of blood.

This is a huge problem for me because I was watching wrestling religiously in the attitude/ just after era where you’d see the like of Mick Foley and Triple H busted wide open.  Although we all know it wrestling is staged these days it still has to hold some realism and having someone’s face forced into a cage of wire you’d expect them to bleed and there just wasn’t any.  Not taking anything away from the wrestlers and the matches themselves because I was pleasantly surprised just how good they were.  However with the lack of blood in situations where in years gone by there was loads I just felt the show of it all was just left lacking.  After that moan, the rest of the matches were quite good as well.

Rusev and Big Show match was quite good, but the result from my point of view was a little annoying.  The best part of the how is watching Mizdown make a complete fool of himself.  So do the WWE need to look at this PG rating?  For me for pay-per-views I think they do, I can understand your weekly shows being PG but for the likes of events like Hell in the Cell I have to say they need to step it up a gear.  Otherwise the new stars that need to bring through are never going to get out the legends shadow because the likes of Mick Foley, The Undertaker, Triple H and Shawn Michaels just to name a few will constantly be in people’s minds and the current crop will be forgotten just because of the restrictions it would seem the WWE are putting on them.

Chrome OS and Acer 720 3 Months On

After listening to a recent podcast produced by a YouTuber that I have followed for a number years Chris Pirillo and one of the questions from one of his viewers was is Chrome OS still relevant.  His answer was yes because all the different systems or devices have different feature sets or niches and he hoped that Google carry on developing the operating a system.

As a Chromie for want of a better word I can’t see Google dropping the Operating System any time soon because they are making head way in the educational sector in the US and to be honest with you after having my Chromebook for 3 months although the usage has gone down a little I still wouldn’t be without it.  The things that have changed for me is the way I see the device, I first bought it as a no hassle machine which it is and I could carry on using it as such.  However having a delay on an update on the stable channel for some reason, my particular machine didn’t get the update until about 4 or 5 days after update was released according to the Chrome Release Blog and although that isn’t a huge problem I got convinced to switch to the beta channel.

Although I have only been on the beta channel for a week I haven’t had any trouble with it and would admit that I am tempted to even go up to Dev channel.  The main reason that I don’t is because I still want the hassle free computing but for some reason feel that I have satisfied on some level my need as a geek to be getting the latest and greatest software and features.  If I am honest I kind of want something to go wrong so that I can start trouble shooting it in this platform but I don’t feel there is really a need or that I ever will.

The only downside to Chrome OS and the reason that I don’t fully switch to it because I have been tempted by the Chromeboxes is the fact that I am a gamer and that I use Mumble.  I just can’t leave a Windows machine because of those two things.  If however at some point in time the internet infrastructure improves in such away that it is more practical to have games streaming as opposed to running locally then I think I would wave good-bye to Windows.

The next stage for me could be a Chromecast god help me Google is taking over my life.

Homeland Season 1 – 2

POSSIBLE SPOILERS 

So I have to admit when it first came out on Channel 4 I do believe I wasn’t that into it.  However in my sleep deprived state lately I have been looking to Netflix to get me through the night and I am so glad I have Netflix.  Due to the fact that some TV that I don’t necessarily get into when it airs on TV I seemed to be able to on Netflix.  This is no exception!

The season starts off with a War Prison coming back to his family after 8 years and turns out his wife and family are on the verge of moving on, but when back the strains of everything becomes real.  The prison (Brody) has been tortured while in captivity and turns out could have possibly been turned from an US Marine to a terrorist in order to survive.  Along with that the season goes through with the CIA agent on to him where she suffers from her own demons and some how they come together and you see the story go back and forth and conflict that Brody finds himself in.

For me this is definitely a TV series that is definitely worth picking up because it deals with some real issues, that face serving people after being on tour.  Also I would recommend it because you will never know which direction the characters will go and there are twists and turns along the way.

So if you have Netflix there is no excuse not to pick this show up if you don’t try to get the box set because for me it was a bit slow going to begin with.  It didn’t grab me in the first I’d say two episodes but as you see the conflict in some of the characters it makes you want to watch more and more.  I would highly recommend this TV Show to anyone.

Fictional Blog Writing Progress

I have bit the bullet and used Blogger to launch my new project, you can find it here: stueeysstories.blogspot.co.uk/

To be honest I was amazed that it said that I had 49 views in the first day which was for me huge, because I hadn’t shared it out anywhere admitted some of that could have been me but I definitely didn’t load the page 49 times.  However since launching the second part of the story I have noticed the growth isn’t in the same relation, so whether it is just Google submitting it to different crawlers I don’t know.

As for the actual writing its going quite well but there are a few features I wish Blogger had a word counting facilities.  The story development is also going well, but having read some more articles on-line I may have been going at it slightly wrong.  The best way to attack a fictional blog is to have arks and although that is possible with the way I have started writing my first story I can’t see it being able to make the arks so we will have to see if I can adapt the start.

RAW Thoughts 21-10-14

POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

I have to admit of late RAW hasn’t been grabbing me all that much it has been background noise but it really did keep me interested this week.  Due to the fact that they kept Dean Ambrose coming in and out of the show.  He didn’t just appear at the beginning of the show and then for his match he was in the middle as well.

I think the WWE have taken notice of the fans and have realised they need to run with Ambrose and it will get people’s interest, another thing I think they are doing well is the way they are bring stars back.  This week it was the turn of Mick Foley although looking extremely unfit the hardcore legend was great in his segment with Ambrose and Rollins.   Another angle that is starting to interest me is how personal Big Show and Rusev is getting, for me that rivalry is really holding its own and personally hope that the Big Show does knock Rusev off his perch because this undefeated streak that Rusev is on for me isn’t all that great.

Has this weeks RAW made me interested in Hell in the Cell Sunday?  Yes I really want to see how it goes between Rollins and Ambrose.  Along with the other two big story-lines Rusev and the Big Show and Randy Orton and John Cena.  It will be interesting to see who the WWE want to knock Brock off the top spot or attempt to.

Writing a Fictional Blog

After yesterday’s blog post, I have decided to start writing a fictional blog.  So the first thing I did was Google the subject and it accord to me that this blog would probably be the wrong place for it.  The problem is although this blog has been my home on and off for 7 years I really need a clean start for the new projected.

This blog would still be kept going recording my progress and for any other personal stuff because this is what this blog is all about but I will be moving my fictional work or starting it on another blog because I don’t want the content broken up.  The problem I have is that I don’t particularly want to start hosting a new blog just in case the project kind of goes south which in all honesty knowing me it will.  Not because I c an’t keep a project going it is more because I am not the most creative of people which means that this project could be quite difficult.

The biggest problem I have also have is two main ideas of where I want to host the blog, while three really and that is Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr.  The winning ones at the moment is blogger and Tumblr because its different Tumblr would give me the access to an already established network and have the ability to have my content shared on other blogs.   Blogger is also in the running because I have used it in the past, and never really had a problem with it.  Although these are shadowed by the fact that WordPress has a better grammar checker in my opinion which is a huge thing for me.

However I just want something different for the time being and for that reason I have a feeling Blogger is going to win.  Apart from the technical side of things which is more ideas going through my head.  The content and the creative side of things quite a few sites suggested taking an existing story so you already have a back story.  For that I am not 100% I am watching so many TV Shows at the moment not one stands out for use in this situation, but for me this was one of the most stand out tips.

Inspiration from Movies and TV

A while back I get the inspiration to write a story based on getting really engrossed into Castle. A TV show where a writer ends up working alongside a Detective for inspiration for his novels. I can’t quite put my finger on it but there was just something there.

The TV show just highlighted that you could do something based on real life experiences and turn it into a story, and that is kind of what I did. Although the one I wrote was not based anything that happened to me but it was based on something similar it was a writer that came into contact with something strange, and I didn’t finish writing it. The truth is I really wish I had kept up with that story because for me it was going some where, it had potential but I lost interest in it because I go off on other projects. The reason I brought all this up because the same happened today.

While dog sitting, I was watching the Social Network although I have to admit I have seen it before, I noticed it on PVR and thought I would watch it and for some reason I had an urge to code something. While watching it I thought why not brush up on some programming and start to code something? The truth is it has been so long without any end goal I would be brushing up on my coding skills with no project, plus these days I spend most of my time on the Chromebook for productivity I haven’t looked into code editors on here yet.

So while thing and reflecting on all this I have decided to try to do some writing again because it would be the easier thing to do at the moment for me, not that I am afraid of hard work but I want something that it is easily achievable at the moment and would provide me with some extra content for this site.

The Maze Runner Movie Reivew

This is one movie I am not sure what to write about it because it was good but not stand out.

The acting for me was quite good, and to be honest the story was good but predictable.  You could see the end result coming, but there is a bit of a twist in some respects.  However I was left at the end of the movie asking more questions, it is no secret that it is part of a series of books so I don’t doubt there will be a sequel, will I be wanting to watch the sequel the honest answer would be yes because I want answers.

With all this in mind was it a good movie I’d say yes because it has achieved probably what it set out to do as the first movie in the series it has got me wanting to see more.  To try to get my questions answered.

The action scenes were good, and the CGI for me was really well done.  Overall I would give this movie a 6/10 because it was just too predictable but because it has left me asking questions I couldn’t give the movie anything lower.   The movie is one you could miss however if you want to see a movie I can not say not to see it either.

Tomb Raider 2013 Game Review

Sorry for the lack of blogs later, however this was a huge reason for it.  I really enjoyed this game and couldn’t recommend it high enough.

The game seems to have something for everyone I wouldn’t call myself a true gamer so I put it on easy I have to admit.  However that didn’t take anything away from the game, I still found the tough bits hard and enjoyed the whole experience.  I did it on easy due to my lack of experience with this type of game and remember back to my PS One days where I tried to play Tomb Raider Chronicles and just got bored half way through because at the time I found it quite difficult (If I remember rightly).

For me the graphics were awesome with some really good cut scenes and even the way you die is really made.  Gruesome in some respects but it just adds to the game.  Even though it wasn’t complete a story based game like The Walking Dead was, I felt trapped in the story even with all the action and puzzles to solve.  I really enjoyed the game, and didn’t go back get all the collectables and probably have no intention to but I would highly recommend it.  I would give this game a 9/10 if you get chance to play it you should.