Archive for February, 2014

Non-Stop – 4 stars

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Non-Stop is very good.  Interesting, fast paced story, quality performances, top notch effects, maintained your interest.

Bejing Love Story – 3 1/2 stars

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Bejing Love Story is an entertaining Chinese, sub-titled movie.  Interesting story, fine performances, humor, sadness, maintained interest.

Samsung Tab Pro 8.4 is definitely one of the best available on any platform.

Monday, February 24th, 2014

The Samsung Tab Pro 8.4 is fantastic.  Phenomenal screen, light, very fast, no lag experienced, easy to hold, videos look super sharp.  This version does not have an S-Pen.  Even minus the S-Pen, the Tab Pro 8.4 is an elite, top tier tablet, definitely one of the best available on any platform. Add in an S-Pen along with LTE; this tablet would be unbeatable.

The Lego Movie 3D – 3 1/2 stars

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

The Lego Movie 3D is entertaining.  A kids movie an adult can enjoy, quality effects, interesting story, good voice casting.

3 Days to Kill – 4 stars

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

3 Days to Kill is very good.  Interesting, fast paced story, plenty of action, exciting car chase scenes, fine performances.

Pompeii – 3 1/2 stars

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Pompeii is good. Excellent effects, gory story, lots of action.  Too much focus on the gladiators, and revenge, not enough on Pompeii.

SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is excellent for sharing files between PC’s, and Android devices.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

If you regularly use a Flash Drive to transfer files between a PC, and a USB To Go enabled Android device, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is an excellent accessory.  This Flash Drive incorporates both standard, and micro-USB connectors eliminating the need for the easily misplaced / broken USB To Go cable.  Using a 64GB Ultra Dual USB Drive with excellent results on both PC’s, and Android devices.

RoboCop – 4 stars

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

RoboCop is very good.  Interesting, thought provoking story, excellent effects, plethora of action, fine performances for the genre.

My lack of weight loss posts demonstrates my lack of recent weight loss successes

Friday, February 14th, 2014

My lack of posts concerning my never-ending battle with my waist line is certainly indicative of my current loosing the battle, or at best stalemate status.  Over a two year period, I did loose 165 pounds without surgery, or any medications; I had the focus on my weight loss.  Over the next two years, I regained a bit over half of that weight back; I lost my focus. On February 14, 2014, I am very disappointed to say I weigh a whopping 92 pounds more than I did on January 1, 2012.

I am now shedding five, ten pounds, then gaining it back, classic yo-yo pattern.  Starting today, I will return to my successful weight loss strategy / behaviors with a goal of loosing at least 70 pounds by the end of 2014, and the remainder before summer 2015..  A difficult goal to be sure, but certainly achievable since I have lost more than that amount in the same time frame previously.

I successfully lost the 165 pounds over the two year period by eliminating desserts, popcorn / candy at movies, and limiting my evening intake to an apple, or similar caloric item.  I still ordered what I wanted from the menu at my favorite restaurants for my combined lunch / dinner (minus the dessert), and really did not feel deprived since I was eating my favorite foods.

Again, Android the winner for playing Archos videos

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Used a Kingston Wi-Drive for this test. 

Android consistently streamed, and / or download the Archos files flawlessly from the Wi-Drive. 

iOS had problems again.  If the video format was one of the natively supported formats, iOS streamed / downloaded the videos fine using the Wi-Drive app.  However, the Archos videos are not natively supported on iOS.  When selecting an Archos video file from the Wi-Drive using the iOS Wi-Drive app, you do have the opportunity to select the player you desire to use for video playback.  Problem is the non-native video formats do not stream, the full video is downloaded before playback which takes on average 20 minutes, and frequently the connection drops even though the devices were about 2 feet apart during testing.  For me, this is unacceptable, need immediate streaming which Android has no problem initiating consistently with the same videos.

Bottom line – Android is definitely the quickest, easiest, and most reliable platform for me to use for my viewing of the Archos videos while on-the-go.  iOS does not stream the mp4 wrapped in a AVI container videos, and downloading takes too long before playback.