Archive for January, 2014

Still use trusty old Archos 7 to record my favorite TV shows while out

Friday, January 31st, 2014

I am out most evenings, and use an Archos 7 with DVR accessory to record my favorite programs for watching the next day while out. I also record the shows on TiVo for watching while home; however, the TiVo files won’t play natively, and I do not want a time consuming conversion. Fortunately, the Archos 7 supports USB host, and client.

Since most of my Android devices support USB To Go, transferring files from the Archos 7 to the Android device is quick, and easy. A third party video player supports both the video, and audio formats from the Archos so the files play perfectly on the Android devices without any time consuming conversions.

Unfortunately, Windows Phone does not support USB To Go so a computer is needed as an intermediary between the Archos, and Windows Phone. Even after that hassle, Windows Phone video player will not play the MPEG4 wrapped in AVI format video from the Archos. Time consuming video conversions would be necessary. No Way.

I have not tried iOS devices for awhile. When I last tried the Archos videos on iOS, I encountered the same restrictions as I did on Windows Phone. I will have to check for new video players on iOS that support the Archos video, and audio codecs.

Anchorman 2 – 2 1/2 stars

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Anchorman 2 has some funny lines / scenes, but overall it dragged somewhat. I am not a fan of this type of comedy, fans would enjoy more.

Nokia 1520 Windows Phone is excellent, but cannot be my daily driver

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

The Nokia 1520 6″ Windows Phone / phablet is excellent yet too restrictive to be my daily driver. I have found the Windows Phone interface to be silky smooth, even a bit smoother than iOS, or the latest Android versions.

The Nokia 1520 has an excellent, bright screen, top build quality, and like all WP, the silky smooth UI. Videos, and the web look fantastic on that nice screen. Even with its 6″ screen, I have found the 1520 easy to handle, and not bulky although I do carry it in a belt case.

If you like the 1520 so much, why can it not be your daily driver? Flash support, user accessible file system, USB To Go native support, and a HanDBase database client are essential for my daily driver. Unfortunately, the 1520, like all Windows Phones, does not support these essential (for me) features. If these essential features were available in the Nokia 1520, it would be my daily driver for sure.

Like Windows 8 Atom based tablets, but disappointed with video playback performance

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Windows 8 Atom based tablets have the potential to be one of the best tablet platforms.  Nice screen, full x86 compatability, full Flash support, full user file access, and very good battery life.  Unfortunately, video playback does not seem as smooth as the playback on laptops, Surface 2, or Android tablets.  In addition, the video pauses too frequently for a second or so for no apparent reason.  The same videos on Android, laptops, and Surface 2 play flawlessly over the same network.

Overall, I enjoy Windows 8 based Atom powered tablets, but am very disappointed with the video playback issue.  If Microsoft, and manufacturers can solve the video problems, Windows 8 Atom tablets would be a top tier tablet, maybe even the best.

Jai Ho – 3 1/2 stars

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Jai Ho is an entertaining yet far fetched subtitled Bollywood movie.  Interesting story, lots of action, quality performances, nice effects.

I.Frankenstein 3D IMAX – 5 stars

Friday, January 24th, 2014

I.Frankenstein 3D IMAX is excellent.  Not my favorite genre; however, interesting story, top effects, quality casts, plethora of action.

Lone Survivor – 5 stars

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Lone Survivor is excellent. Great story, top performances, maintains your focus.  Every US citizen should see this movie.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Agent IMAX – 4 stars

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Jack Ryan: Shadow Agent IMAX is very good.  Plethora of action, good casting, fast paced, interesting, suspenseful story, quality effects.

The Legend of Hercules 3D – 3 1/2 stars

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The Legend of Hercules 3D is good.  Lots of action, quality effects, interesting story, fine performances, 3D enhances movie.

Her – 4 stars

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Her is very weird, and very good.  Strange, interesting story that could be realistic in a decade, top performances, time flew.