Tomb Raider Revamp

Let me start out by saying that I am more excited for this Tomb Raider than, well, any OTHER Tomb Raider, ever.

In recent years, Naughty Dog released a simply BRILLIANT title, Uncharted, that completely blew me away. When I played Uncharted the first time, I was all like “YES! This is what Tomb Raider SHOULD have been!”

Well, this revamp of Tomb Raider looks like what Naughty Dog would have made if they made a Tomb Raider title.  This is not in ANY WAY a demeaning comment to Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics. I mean, those guys have a track record in a whole class of their own. But I consider it a compliment to them to compare what they have pulled off here with my impression of the Uncharted series.

That being said, you should all check out the trailers and gameplay footage floating around. Personally like this new GameStop pre-order trailer. A THOUSAND COOL POINTS to the first one to comment the absolute CLASSIC film that included the song used in this trailer!

Ubuntu Touch – Ubuntu for Tablets

Ok, let me start out by saying I am possibly more excited about this than any other mobile-related news to com out lately. Just watching this video full of impressive-looking features and design is enough to make me re-think using my Nexus 7 to replace the head unit in my car. Now I’m thinking of keeping it as a usable, portable tablet for a bit more.

Go ahead and watch the video below. The Developer Preview should be available tomorrow so I’ll get it installed on my Nexus 7 and report back with my experience.

Oh Comcast….Why Do I Stick Around?

So let me start out by saying I am usually fairly content with my Comcast connection. I pay for the “Performance” package that states: “Get download speeds up to 20 Mbps and upload speeds up to 4 Mbps with PowerBoost®.”

My download speeds, according to Speedtest.net, are regularly in the 13Mbit – 18Mbit range, which I find quite acceptable. I can stream HD content from the web with easy, and I rarely have a hiccup with gaming online.

BUT…

In the last week or so, my Upload speeds have been dismal. I struggle to get 600kb according to Speedtest, and real-world tests are even worse! Trying to transfer a file from my home PC to my work PC via my home web server, I barely get 250kb! That is ridiculous!

A few months back I had an issue that affected both my Download AND Upload speeds. A technician came out several days after I contacted support and said there was a signal issue and he would have to come back the next day and repair some wiring on the outside of my building. That fixed the problem at that time and speeds returned to normal.

This time, I am trying to use Comcast’s “Chat Support” feature and, let me just say, WHAT A JOKE!  Twice, so far, I have typed my problem description into the Chat Window only to have the Analyst “leave the room” and subsequently “close the chat ” without so much as saying a word to me! The first time was a bit comical. I pictured the Analyst all like “Oh fuck that!” and peacing-out. But when It happened again a second time, with a second Analyst, well…. here I am asking why I bother with Comcast.

I suppose the real problem is a lack of options. In my area, Comcast is the largest provider. In the past I have tried both AT&T’s U-Verse as well as Knology. I was not impressed with either at the time. Mobile options such as Verizon are out of the question due to price and bandwidth restrictions, plus I’m just not sure I trust the connection for gaming.  So what other choice do I have; I suck it up, expect support to be a nightmare, and deal with Comcast…………..

UPDATE:

After publishing this post, I gave it another try, clearly stating that I have been dropped by two previous Analysts, and whaddya know….another facepalm. Keep in mind, the chat support requires you to enter your problem BEFORE you actually connect with a representative, so presumably, “Sandy” should have seen my comment about being dumped by the previous two Analysts, yet she does not address it at all. WTF?

UPDATE2: I was contacted through the comment below by a supervisor at Comcast. He then called me on a Friday. He had a tech come out on Saturday to check my connection. Everything checkout out fine. I can connect both of my laptops directly to the modem and they pull great upload and download bandwidth, according to Speedtest. For that reason, they determined that the problem must be somewhere in my setup; possibly a bad NIC on the PC I am using as a media server. I had no option but to agree, since connecting the laptops directly to the modem provided great Speedtest results. The tech left, and I set up my server on one of the laptops and connected it directly to the modem.

Well, Speedtest results be damned. They show 19Mbit Down / 4.5Mbit up, yet trying to download anything from the server to my work PC STILL only shows around 500kb/sec. I know it’s not my download bandwidth at work since I can grab a 600+ MB Ubuntu ISO in less than a minute.

So, back to the drawing board.

Android App Recommendation: FXGuru

Every once in a while, an app comes along that surprises the hell outta me. FXGuru is one of those apps! It lets you add impressive-quality special effects to your boring home videos. The app is free, and as of now, there are 4 effects that are offered free as well. Other effects can be purchased individually through in-app Play Store links. There is also a “MegaPack” that offers 13 effects for $8.99. For now, I’m having a blast with the freebies, but see the developers Play Store Trailer below for a rundown of some of the other effects.

Thanks to Droid-Life for pointing out this great app!