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1  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 27, 2015, 08:37:31 PM
Desktop Dungeons out tonight. A pretty good rogue-like. $10.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Island on: May 26, 2015, 05:35:47 AM
Turned it off at the halfway point.  Tongue
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 25, 2015, 11:16:15 PM
Yeah kind of slow and was getting a bit bored, but then interesting developments started to happen. Now I can't wait for next week. It was shows like this one that made me wish I started watching at the end if the season so I could watch them all over a couple of days.

I really do wish Theon would recover his senses. Even if he dies in the process. (Please don't tell me what happens.)

Which reminds me, I really need to make another attempt at reading the series.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had one job! on: May 22, 2015, 02:03:00 AM
Congrats man. I am semi retired (at least for now) and it's pretty great not having to worry about being any where. Be safe on your travel. Take lots of pictures.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 21, 2015, 04:54:57 PM
To a certain degree, don't you have to separate the show from the books like any book to movie transition? For instance I liked the Hobbit, but I accepted it was not the same as the book and took it as its own thing. I don't think I have ever seen a book to movie that didn't make changes, for better or for worse. A Clockwork Orange is the closest movie made from a book I have read/seen, but even that changed some scenes and cut off the books ending. Still good, just different.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 20, 2015, 08:40:16 PM

Quote from: Fireball on May 20, 2015, 04:47:35 PM

Sadly, the show has become bad fan fiction. It's George R. R. Martin's fault for not getting the books out in a timely manner, but the quality of the story has collapsed since the writers began broadly making stuff up as they went.

Are people not enjoying the show then? If so is it because it doesn't follow the books closely enough, the violence, or do they just don't think it is very good?
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 20, 2015, 03:39:56 AM
I understand your point, but I disagree with a couple of things. I thought the Cersi/Jamie thing looked very consensual. I also get the feeling from the show no one is safe. My first thought Subday night was someone was going to die soon between the various plots. Too much stuff is building up. Maybe I am the exception in those 2 things?

The prior things Ramsey had done in the show have been FAR worse to Theon. I can't believe someone could continue watching after its very much implied that Theon had his penis cut off, but then a rape of a woman was over the line. Every time they show Theon I still wince.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 20, 2015, 03:12:43 AM
Seems there is some internet outrage over this. Rape is horrible, but so are many things that happen in real life and TV shows, why should it not be covered? Plus, they didn't show it.

I am not sure it is rape though, at least not by standards then. An arranged marriage in medieval times would be similar and was probably very normal. It was the wife's job to provide children and from my very limited understanding, servants would often be around. Of course it was a little different in this case.

People are always going to find things to get outraged about, just surprised people who like the TV show are somehow think this crossed the line compared to all the other horrible things that have happened.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Galactic Civilization 3 on: May 19, 2015, 02:23:27 AM
I have learned a lot more about the game just playing a medium size world with a few alien races than with the tutorial. The tutorial throws you into the game with aliens around you and tells you to do various things without really teaching you anything. A real game starts off much slower and I was able to concentrate on each individual element as I went.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witch r you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 18, 2015, 07:18:03 PM
I am one of the few not buying the Witcher I guess. I honestly don't know what the hype is about, not because it doesn't deserve it, but I haven't read anything about it other than skimming the thread here.

Nothing for me, I need to play the games I have now. icon_cry
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 18, 2015, 04:56:46 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 18, 2015, 04:15:11 PM

Seriously...f this show!

Referring to the end? I am assuming that story line is about to break. Reak seems like he is coming closer to remembering who he is.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Galactic Civilization 3 on: May 17, 2015, 01:08:22 PM
The tutorial doesn't explain anything, just tells you to do stuff and then sometimes gives you a little video of where to click to accomplish something. I am just going to jump straight into a game and see what I can figure out.

For combat I saw something in the wiki about how each weapon hits a certain thing, beams hit lasers, rockets hit hard points, etc. That makes sense, but then in combat I can't tell what is going on. I find it hard to compare ships and evaluate them other than the more high numbers, the better. I had one ship just fly around an enemy saying "not in range" but it never tried to get closer (it already was close), it just flew in circles. The enemy couldn't hit it either, so combat wouldn't end. I manually exited and the ship was destroyed. I guess it was a bug? It was a stock ship (Sniper M2 IIRC) that had weapons.

Brad Wardell told me to spend time on the official forums to get help. I don't find that as an acceptable way to learn a game that should have extensive in game help and a manual (I am old fashioned that way).
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Galactic Civilization 3 on: May 17, 2015, 05:39:18 AM
Don't get me wrong, you can play it. The basics aren't hard, especially if you are used to these games. It's just the mechanics aren't clearly described so I find it hard to figure out what the best move is or why things are happening. There are tool tips, but that isn't always enough. It really needs an in game help system or a proper manual. Every time I play it I come away with more questions. I do tend to over think things though so it could just be me.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Galactic Civilization 3 on: May 17, 2015, 03:10:50 AM
Anyone else pick this up? It looks great and seems like there are some great ideas in the game, but I am completely lost in it. The manual doesn't have any real info on gameplay. There isn't an in game help system like AoW or Civ. Tooltips don't give enough info. The tutorial says to do things quicker than I could keep up: "Build a colony ship and colonize this planet on the other side of the map" (which will take 20 turns to build). Then a few turns later, "build a transport and invade this other planet" (another 20 turns) I still haven't even built the colony ship! Meanwhile the enemy is building star bases all around me and I can't build anything that can even dent them.

There is a very incomplete wiki, but reading Qt3's thread, it seems that might not even be right.

Very frustrated with it so far.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: May 16, 2015, 10:42:16 PM

Quote from: notrich on May 16, 2015, 10:20:41 PM


I can't find it now, but there were some better ones of that the time of release. Still some gifs floating around of it, but I can't find the full one with sound.

Edit: Here it is. Or at least one of them.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 14, 2015, 10:57:56 PM
Another new release this week, Galactic Civilization 3. Probably get it soon since I really enjoyed the last 2.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 14, 2015, 04:58:51 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 13, 2015, 07:47:17 PM

I use an airport express, and I've never had any wifi issues with the new macbook. Anecdotal, obviously, but I don't think you need to concerned. I love the size and weight, but most important to me is the screen and and absolute silence of the laptop. For a first gen product it is stunningly well designed, if it fits your needs. I thought the keyboard would take a longer acclimation period, but it is very responsive and after a brief usage period I don't even notice a difference in my typing speeds between the rMB and my MBP.

I am not sure what the deal is. I had a Mac Mini running on Mavericks that never had issues with wifi. I update it to Yosemite when I gave it to my niece, and she had all sorts of issues that just suddenly went away after a month (before 10.10.3). I was researching it and there were all sorts of people having problems with wifi but no one could seem to pinpoint the issue exactly. I will be nervous about it until I have my MacBook. I am really hoping 10.11 concentrates on just tightening up the OS and fixing the little problems. Right now I just want Safari on my iMac to stop beach balling at random, but I digress.  icon_confused

Quote from: rittchard on May 13, 2015, 06:41:45 PM

Got my SGS yesterday, a day ahead of the first estimated date.  From what I've seen online and experienced myself, it's pretty apparent that Apple's intent is/was to get you product on the first day of the estimated date range.  If they realize they can't hit it, they send you out an "email of death" - which is just a vague reiterating of the original dates.  Not the best system but not the worst either.  If they could zero in on the week a little better when they send out the email of death, I think customers would really appreciate it.

Anyway, really liking the feel of the Sport model much much more than the SS.  You'd think 20g is not a big difference but I can totally feel it.  While I'm still not super comfortable wearing a watch in general, this one is far more comfortable for me.

I have no doubt those 20g make a huge difference in the long run. I like heavy watches though, no idea why, maybe cause I am used to it? I don't even notice my Sport with the rubber band. It is easily the most comfortable watch I have. Not so much with the leather loop. The leather is very hard, probably because its for a magnet in the middle of it, but I find it sort of uncomfortable. Even though it's easy enough to adjust, I can't get it in a position where its snug enough to do heart rate and still comfortable. At its loosest, it leaves an indentation in my wrist. I am not overly happy with the look of it. Like the sports band, it's just too much black, it needs a buckle or something to break it up.

Version 2 I am definitely going with the SS. I want a little more color to my watch and the SG just doesn't pair well with the other bands. I really wish I would have went with the Sport blue this time. That would have opened up some more colors without having a big black watch on my wrist constantly. I don't think the SG is ugly, but it is too much black. I have always liked the SS with brown leather band look, and I would like to go that direction.

You never said what you thought of the MacBook Rittchard. Hope I didn't rub you the wrong way talking about the launch thing, just teasing a bit. I have seen a few complaints about speed, but I think some people, much like the watch, had unreasonable expectations.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Invisible, Inc (formerly Incognito) on: May 13, 2015, 03:50:37 AM
It is a hard game, that is for sure.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 12, 2015, 07:49:14 PM
Excuse my ignorance, but I really didn't like the Witcher 1, has the game changed much, or is still the same type of game. To be exact I didn't like the combat, it was too arcadey for my taste.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 11, 2015, 04:50:53 AM
Invisible, Inc seems to be getting good word of mouth, maybe that. Not that I play the games I have.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 10, 2015, 09:28:40 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 10, 2015, 03:15:43 AM

I have the new MacBook in space grey. it is a fantastic machine. Excellent build quality, gorgeous display, and no slowdown for the apps and programs I use. It certainly isn't a processing Titan, but it gets the job done.

Good to hear. I was really impressed with it, and it sounds like most people are quite happy with it.

I am worried because I bought a rMBP last summer and wifi kept dropping on my home network using an Airport Extreme. It only happened on my home network though, while nothing else on the network has any problems. Someone on Mac Rumors and Reddit is reporting the exact same problem with the MacBook. Maybe I need to get ride of the Airport if I have the same problem with the new machine.
22  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 10, 2015, 09:24:18 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 10, 2015, 06:37:14 PM

Americans love complaining about how much they hate Congress and The President, but Thomas Jefferson said it best: “The government you elect is government you deserve.”   

I don't feel this is true anymore. I feel like our government is controlled by lobbyist and money so it doesn't matter who I vote for, in either party. I don't feel like there is anything we can do as citizens/voters to change this. Am I being overly cynical thinking that?
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 09, 2015, 10:35:27 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 28, 2015, 11:25:44 PM

...I got my Macbook on time...

How are you liking it Rittchard? I ordered one today and it says it won't be available until June 23 for in-store pick up (June 10 if I order it to ship). Talk about a botched launch! icon_wink I am actually very annoyed because the web store says 3-5 weeks for any of the models, but the guy in the store said they had silvers and golds in stocks and that until recently had space greys in stock as well. I am unsure if I should do in store pick up or ship to my house to get it quicker. Since I sold my Surface, I really need a laptop by June 1.

I went into the Apple Store today to play with one. I opened about 10 apps and then scrolled through Photos (which had a ton of photos on it) and it was able to scroll as fast as my iMac which has twice the memory and a much faster processor. It was very slow to load Civ 5, but seemed to play fine and didn't get that hot. I was really impressed with it and the space grey is just gorgeous. The keyboard will take awhile to get used to though.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Job stuff] So....I did it on: May 09, 2015, 03:18:11 PM
Awesome. Sounds like some pretty important positions as well. Can I have a job? icon_wink
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 08, 2015, 10:43:05 PM
So the leather loop comes in a plastic case that looks like a minute Sport Edition case (long white plastic box, very heavy). Nice touch and all, but for something I will never use, what a waste. I want a charging stand, not heavy plastic cases. Going to order the Twelve South stand next week.

The loop is ok. I like leather bands, but the problem is that the little grooves tend to shift as I move my wrist. So it almost feels like I am getting a notification when really it is just the watch adjusting. Maybe that will go away once it is broken in? I really just want the classic buckle, but with the shiny lugs it wouldn't look right on the space grey Sport. Since they are opening up the market to third party manufacturers though, I am sure things will change. Soon we will have too many straps to choose from.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 07, 2015, 09:02:29 PM
A sidenote: Fitbit is going public with an IPO. Watch it go downhill from here as they trying to monetize their app and webpages to bring in more revenue to make shareholders happy. I already didn't like the direction the company was going, glad I moved on.
27  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 07, 2015, 08:58:19 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 07, 2015, 08:49:49 PM

Specifically: American politics. Tongue

Throw a couple of more squid thingies in and then you have British politics as well. The whole UKIP thing is scary funny.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 07, 2015, 08:05:52 PM
So we have all had it over a week, thoughts?

I like it. I don't use it a lot, besides for fitness, but I do use it throughout the day. When I am doing something else and a message comes in, it is handy for instance. I was walking around a mall while waiting for someone, and didn't have to keep checking my phone to see if they messaged me and I missed it. Stuff like that. I don't use any particular app a lot and most of them need some work.

Apple Pay has been nice, but on two occasions it hasn't worked. One time was at the Apple Store even. I think the guy was having me place the watch to the wrong area of the payment iPhone thingy, but he wouldn't listen so I just used my phone to pay. The other time was at a grocery store, so I just tried it again and it worked. I always get some sort of comment when I used it for Apple Pay, which is amusing but I am ready for people to become used to it. I generally like to blend in to the background, but when the cashier says "Did you just pay using your watch?!" and everyone in line is looking at me I get uncomfortable. Although the cashier at the Whole Foods type store was really cute and I should have used it as opportunity to talk to her, but of course I didn't. icon_biggrin

Haven't found any real bugs, other than if I use the now playing controls on my watch (which I use a lot) it seems to break the controls on my iPhone's lock screen.

Apps are definitely installing themselves without asking, which is annoying. I just had one install itself today when it upgraded on my iPhone. It even inserted a glance without asking. I can handle the install, but installing the glance is a step too far.

My Black Leather Loop arrives tomorrow, but I am finding I like the rubber strap quite a bit. I didn't think I would like the clasp, but it works well. The difficulty of putting it on was something the early reviews were greatly overstating.

Battery life was also hugely overblown. On most days I use use the fitness app for at least an hour and battery life when I go to bed has never been less than 40%. So in an 18 hour day, I have plenty of battery life to spare. If I have over 50% left, I just turn it off at night and use it for 2 days on one charge.

Basically my opinion of it hasn't changed from day 1. I really like the watch and already wouldn't want to be without it, but wouldn't recommend anyone get one unless they love gadgets and are willing to put up with early adopter problems. I think by version 3 this will be awesome device, but it still need works. Once developers get access to it is when we should see it really take off.
29  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Macbook screen not working on: May 07, 2015, 06:44:03 PM
Take it to Apple. Even if the warranty is long gone, they will take a look at it. It will probably cost you, but if it's something that was a known problem they might fix it for free.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kerbal Space Program on: May 03, 2015, 03:54:10 PM
What a neat, but odd game. My first hour with the tutorials was frustrating thanks to a bug making the game confusing as hell for me. But I learned the best way to learn the basics seems to be by watching Scott Manley videos. So I did that.

Played last night and it was quite fun. Haven't laughed like that in awhile. Just slapping together fuel tanks and engines and seeing what happens, it was like being a kid again. And what a sense of accomplishment when something works! I haven't even made it into orbit yet, but it was a great feeling when I overcame problems to get a rocket to work.

I really do wish there was a thorough manual. Videos only go so far for learning everything.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which Game Did You Quit the Fastest? on: May 03, 2015, 03:44:54 PM
I think Spore may be the quickest. Enjoyed the first two stages, got to the RTs stage, hated the game mechanics of it and turned it off after a couple of minutes. Couldn't tell you what it was about it now. Never went back.
32  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What is his name again? on: May 02, 2015, 05:04:26 AM
Had a few beers tonight Eco? Tongue
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 01, 2015, 06:24:04 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 01, 2015, 05:45:19 PM

Lee - looks like you got the Sport SG model, correct?  That's the one I really wanted, and still have on order.  I don't know the exact numbers but I did read it is significantly lighter than the SS.  I used to be a total watch person, nothing fancy but it was just a habit for probably around 30 years.  I still remember my first Star Wars red LED watch as a kid, I loved that thing.  But now that I'm older and fatter, I'm not as accustomed to having something on my wrist, and it tends to sweat a lot.  This is no fault of the Watch, it's just me.  

Sorry, got confused on who got what. I forgot you got the Watch Edition. icon_biggrin

The SS without band is 50g, compared to the Sport's 30g. You may want to try the Sport then.

Quote from: gellar on May 01, 2015, 06:06:39 PM

My biggest complaint is that its not very Apple-y in the sense that there's no way I'd want my mom or girlfriend to have one of these. They'd be confused by everything other than telling time. I always thought that's the thing the Apple did well - it made sense to the non tech/non gadget people. This feels more Android-y than Apple-y, and thats not a good thing. But its also not shocking... This is a new form factor and a new way of interacting with technology. Apple probably still has to figure out whats intuitive and what isn't.

Very much agreed, but it does start to make a little more sense once you get everything to your liking. I can zip around the interface now that I am on day 4 with the thing. The only thing that still causes me problems is the occasional lag. For instance a "glance" screen will be loading something and sometimes ignore my swipe, so I swipe again and then get a double swipe. Or Siri will take so long to activate that the watch screen will turn off, which can be confusing.

Side note, Hey Siri is only supposed to work when the screen is lit up right? I have seen references to people acting like it should work at all times. Siri won't come on for me unless the screen is lit.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 30, 2015, 09:33:48 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 30, 2015, 08:21:39 PM

First impressions: feels kind of heavy, reminds me of why I stopped wearing watches as my wrist tends to get sweaty.  Sport band is OK for look and feel.  I suspect I'll ultimately prefer the Sport model if it's significantly lighter.  The main unit is a bit chunkier than I'd imagined, it's definitely thicker than the phone.

Screen is gorgeous, but I find myself wiping it off constantly.  OCD.  I'm having a bit of trouble adjusting to the interface, I don't find it as intuitive as I might have hoped.  Pressing "forcefully" was totally hit or miss for me and the crown is not as simple as I'd imagined.  I finally was able to swap to a different face, which is pretty cool.  I'll install a few games and other apps eventually to see how that goes.  Also I don't know if it's my fat fingers or what, but it doesn't seem to respond in the way I want all the time.  Sometimes I think I'm hitting cancel and nothing happens, for example. Then times when I think swiping should do something, it doesn't.  Probably just need some time to get used to, but it feels like it could use some sort of calibration.

It's funny how my first thought was the opposite as far as weight is concerned. This thing is thin and light for me! I don't even notice I am wearing it.

You don't sound impressed otherwise, but it is still early. While your impressions of first use mirror mine, I thought it was pretty cool out of the box. There are certainly quirks though as you pointed out. Interested to hear your impressions over time.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 30, 2015, 07:33:18 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 30, 2015, 07:25:53 PM

Forget about this watch, what about the damn stock?  Why even bother beating ER if you are just going to drop like a rock?

I am not sure what investors were looking for here. Maybe because it's become more and more evident that the company is a one product company? Mac and iPad sales are still quite good, but the iPhone market is the majority of their revenue.

To be fair though, the market in general is having a rough couple of days. Didn't Exxon also just kill it and they are down today as well.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 30, 2015, 07:28:54 PM

Quote from: Fireball on April 29, 2015, 04:06:09 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 29, 2015, 04:48:27 AM

Third party apps are annoyingly slow. Some people say they sped up once they were opened once, but not in my case. Like the Hue app, a good 5 seconds to open it so I can turn on my lights. I am better off just pulling my phone out. Then there are apps like Dark Sky, after 3 seconds it tells me the forecast is unavailable. On my phone it's fine. I see a spinning ball far too often though, even with Apple apps.

I'm not seeing this. Only once have I had a third party app seem to stall while waiting for data from the phone.

It's hit and miss. Some apps are worse than others. Sometimes apps are fast, and other times not so much. Of course it has to do with how much data they have to load. We just need to give developers time on this one. Plus it's going to be another 6 months before they have full access to the watch.

I am very happy with it as a fancy Fitbit replacement. I went for my usual walk yesterday where I usually use RunKeeper and listen to podcasts/music. I had RunKeeper running on my phone the Apple Workout app running on my watch. The Workout app was a bit behind RK, so I had to walk for a further minute it to get to my required minimum of 4 miles with the watch. Close enough since I am not worried about it being exact (and even with GPS, it's never exact). That should get better with usage if the watch is learning from the phone’s GPS works as advertised. Anyway, the app displays all the important info, including average heart rate which is quite nice. I think I am going to stop using RK since I can just use the watch for indoor and outdoor exercise (currently I log indoor exercise into RK manually).

Also the ability to control my podcasts/music through the watch while exercising was very handy. I forgot to set Overcast to play the next podcast when the first one was done. Usually that meant getting my phone out or attempting to use it while strapped to may arm. This time, hold up watch, press the crown, and then I had full control over the app. It was nice.

Sidetone: HealthKit is becoming much more helpful now that I have more things feeding info into it. With the watch I added heart rate, plus I have sleep, weight (Withings scale), and all the usual steps stuff.

I don't like that the "stand" metric is so hard to meet. Standing does not qualify, you have to get up and walk for at least a minute, usually more, for it to qualify. I am getting up, cleaning the kitchen, making lunch, etc and even though I am standing and active, it doesn't clear the goal. I do very much appreciate the reminder to get up and move around though. It is way too easy for me to just sit there for hours.

I also found the watch very useful in the kitchen. I was making dinner and couldn't touch my watch, or any other clock, to start a timer. Siri was great for this.

Battery life is a non issue. I still had 60% when I went to bed last night. I don't play with it a lot though. I use it like a watch/Fitbit and there isn't much else for me to do with it besides that. If I am in a heavy text messaging conversation for instance, I just pick up my phone.

I am enjoying the watch, but as most of the reviews say, unless you really like gadgets, I wouldn't recommend it. Although, an Apple user willing to pay $250 for the Fitbit Charge would be better off spending more and getting a Sport IMO.

@Rittchard, I don't think I am being apologetic towards Apple. I just don't judge the launch by how available it was on day one. Especially now that I have the watch, the most important thing is that the watch is working properly. If they promised day one when I ordered it, I would understand it, but from the get go they gave a two week window. As a first gen product, that we are finding out had manufacturing issues, I think they did as well as could be. They would have gotten crap no matter what they did on this. If they would have delayed it to build stock people would have bitched as well.

Seems a lot of people aren't happy with the actual watch. There just might be a large refurb supply soon. Hard to gauge off of internet forums though.
37  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Any opinions on Chromebooks? on: April 30, 2015, 03:51:03 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 30, 2015, 01:13:59 PM

Turtle, there is an i5 Surface Pro 3 in the sale/trade forum (if you were looking for a cheaper "ultrabook" solution).

It doesn't include the keyboard, so be sure to include that in your cost calulations.

Two actually, one does include the keyboard. Plus willing to work on price.  icon_smile
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 29, 2015, 07:41:48 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on April 28, 2015, 01:22:51 PM

Arise, thread, for this Stratovarius video I stumbled upon yesterday.

Halcyon Days!

No offense, but that was horrible. Sounded like a modern version of a hair band.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 29, 2015, 04:48:27 AM
Rittchard I wouldn't worry about, I am sure you don't have much longer to wait. And if you want to be talked out of the watch, just go read the MacRumor's forums. Getting a fair share of negative comments there. Seems like a lot of people didn't really understand what 1st gen products can be like. Nor did they believe all the reviews that were pretty honest about the device. It is certainly not a life changer and the software needs some work.

I am very glad I waited for the model I wanted (a whole 4 days). I really like the space gray. Think it looks awesome.

So I have had it a few hours now, and I do like it. I like it quite a bit actually. It doesn't do anything I need, it's just neat. For instance, something you can't do with a real watch, the watch faces are fun to play with. Love the jelly fish and Mickey. Still I want to do more with them, I want more control over them. Pretty neat just changing a face as you feel the need to though.

The controls are much easier to use after I got used to it. Still have no idea where I should be force touching though. Speaking of which, force touch is pretty cool. At first I did't get how to use it, then I realized I had to press harder. It's not a long tap as I thought it was, it's a hard press.

I am a watch wearer, so I am used to having something on my wrist. I don't even notice it. Very comfortable.

Messages can get out of hand quick. I was in 3 different text message conversations, and it seemed like I was getting a lot of emails and each time my watch was buzzing. It got old quickly. I have the feedback set to prominent, and I don't always feel it when walking or driving, but when sitting down it can be quite distracting. I have very few apps installed as well, and have restricted what can message me on my watch and phone. I also wish OS X/iOS devices worked together better. I have a computer beeping at me, two iPads in different rooms beeping, and my phone tapping me now. It would be nice if I was using iMessages on my Mac, everything else was aware it was open and knew to shut up.

Siri works fine. Dictation is the same as it is on the iPhone, hit or miss, but usually pretty good. Sucks you can't edit a mistranslation error though. If it gets one word wrong, you have to start over.

I can't judge battery life yet, but it does light up a lot. I drive predominately with my left hand, and every time I had to steer the watch would come on. Sitting at a computer, every time I go to type it comes on. I am not sure that will be distracting in the long run or not.

Third party apps are annoyingly slow. Some people say they sped up once they were opened once, but not in my case. Like the Hue app, a good 5 seconds to open it so I can turn on my lights. I am better off just pulling my phone out. Then there are apps like Dark Sky, after 3 seconds it tells me the forecast is unavailable. On my phone it's fine. I see a spinning ball far too often though, even with Apple apps.

The watch screen should be the home screen. I want to view that screen. I want to return to the watch, not the home screen when I exit other apps. And the app screen can be a bit of a pain, the hit boxes are way too small. I am going to have to play with the layout.

Activity seems neat. I do wish it just counted steps instead of calories. The get up and move around prompts are a nice reminder too. I am not sure if I am going to use Runkeeper or just the workout app for workouts yet. Since third party apps are so slow, I am leaning to just using the Workout app.

I did use Apple Pay. I went in to McDonalds to try it and it worked just as easily as the phone, but I didn't feel any feedback and wasn't sure it was done right away. It was odd twisting my wrist down to the counter where the terminal was as well. The cashier said "Oh! That's cool!" While my niece, who also works there, commented "That's stupid." :-)

So, I like it, I just can't see most people liking it, especially for this kind of money. It's a cool toy if you have the money though.

Edit: I have 3 Citizen Eco-drive watches. They run the gamut, one is thinner, one is about the same thickness, and one is noticeably thicker. The thickest is more of a smart watch in that it does multiple country's times and moves the hands more freely unlike a mechanical watch (that probably doesn't make sense). The Apple Watch is quite small in comparison.

Oh and the new hatred: apps that install themselves on the watch without asking. It was only maybe 5 out of 20 or so Watch apps I had, but there is no excuse for it. It's the new auto install in notifications.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 28, 2015, 09:59:00 PM
Quoting Business Insider is the equivalent to quoting the Daily Mail. Not a serious news organization.

Anyway, got mine. Even though I saw them in the store, I was still shocked by how small and light the 42mm is on me. Very happy with the looks of it. Space Gray looks nice. Watch seems neat so far, still learning and playing.
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