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About Elsydeon

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  1. I had the predecessor, the M7, and was so impressed by my overall experience with it that I had to get the M8. The M7 was probably the most bug free Android phone I'd owned to date, and its design and build quality were just gorgeous, which has passed on to the M8 as well. The biggest selling points for the HTC flagships remain build quality as well as stupid loud front facing stereo speakers...the speakers rival or beat many laptop speakers even, which is impressive for a phone. The biggest negative would have to be the measly 4 MP camera that remained the same between the M7 to the M8. There's just no excuse for that in this day and age in a flagship phone, and it is the most common complaint by far in all professional reviews of this phone. If HTC had simply doubled it to 8MP, the M8 would have sold by the truckloads. With that said, the bigger Ultrapixel sensor does indeed let me take far better low light pictures than I've taken with other phones in the past with far less effort, and 99% of the time, the pixel quality is enough for what I'm trying to do with the image.
  2. After years of holding out on buying an iPad mostly due to price and also because of its heavy, chunky feel, I just bought an Air myself during Apple's Black Friday sale. I've always had an iPod Touch as my primary app/media/game consumption device, and an Android phone for my phone to date, and have had a string of Android tablets for the sake of cost consciousness. So I'm quite familiar with both iOS and Android. Having already bought or gotten for free most of the major apps and games for iOS, I haven't bothered jailbreaking my Touch, but rooting my Android phones is mandatory. When it comes to media consumption and gaming, I find myself just completely avoiding Android, mostly due to how terrible battery life has been, and continues to be on that platform. To that end, I found nearly all the Android tablets I've bought, including both the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7's, to mostly just sit unused for anything other than light web browsing and news reading, and ultimately get sold after a few months. My Android phones also remain devoid of anything other than news apps or phone functionality apps. Despite the screen size differences (I've had a Note II before, currently using an HTC One), I continue to use my iPod Touch heavily on a daily basis for media consumption and gaming. I suspect I'll actually be picking up and using the iPad Air much more than I've used my previous Android tablets. On the other hand, I don't think I could ever live with an iPhone as a phone, because of all the phone related automation capabilities Android allows. Things like Tasker and Light Flow, along with being able to easily mess with the storage directly make Android a superior phone platform to me. One of the ironic things to me was just how I thought I'd never be able to live with a phone screen smaller than 5.5", after owning a Note II. But going back to something like an HTC One made my hand breathe a huge sigh of relief, at being able to manipulate the phone again one handed. I get the same sensation yet again whenever I go from the HTC One to the iPod Touch, which is probably why I don't mind using the 4" screen...it just feels so much easier to reach everything casually with one hand.
  3. I installed Windows 8 on my ultrabook, which is pretty much my secondary internet only computer, and while I'm not blown away, neither do I think Windows 8 is horrendous. The overall installation was very smooth, nothing really unexpected thus far with installing drivers or other software. The Metro learning curve took me about 2 hours...the hardest things I had to figure out (and ended up having to Google) was how to get into the Control Panel and where to go now to shutdown. I also realized pretty quickly that the exact same Desktop apps and Metro apps are running entirely different instances, i.e. having Chrome open in both, doesn't mean the same tabs will appear in both as you flip between the two modes. Beyond that, quite frankly, there just isn't that much you CAN do in Metro, settings or otherwise, so I'm not sure what all the griping about it being hard to learn is about. It's very limited in the sense that you don't get massive menus to drill through like File, Edit, Options, etc, you only get the bare minimum basics. If you've used a tablet before, then the way Metro's UI is designed becomes pretty intuitive to work with (although not very intuitive with a mouse). The performance difference is as advertised, once I turned off the silly lock screen, my boot time is in the 15 second range with an SSD equipped i5 Sony VAIO T. If you REALLY don't want to even catch a glimpse of the Metro side of Windows 8, you pretty much don't have to. You can make it run exactly like Windows 7. Bringing back the Start button is so damn easy with a lightweight 3rd party program. People whining about having to install 3rd party software to bring it back are just whining to whine about something. Or do you seriously avoid 3rd party software everywhere and do all your word processing in Notepad and Wordpad, and picture editing in Paint while you're at it? And here's the real kicker that makes the upgrade a no brainer, or at least worth buying a license to hold on to...you can actually get that $15 new PC upgrade price for ANY computer right now, not only pre-built computers bought after June 6 like most people are thinking. And this is for the Pro version of Windows 8. Microsoft will probably close that loophole eventually, but their form currently will take anything you type in and still spit out a promo code. I got it for my DIY desktop and easily convinced a few of my friends to jump onto Windows 8 with that tip. None of them have regretted it thus far, especially for a measly $15.
  4. The LG Nexus coming out at the end of this month will probably be right up your alley. I'd probably say the absolute best of the best upcoming Android phones though would be the Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta, though that's likely to be a Japan only phone sadly. It'll be the first phone ever to use an IGZO display, at 4.9" + a 1.5GHz quad core S4 Pro CPU + a 16MP camera. Pretty much wins the Android spec war for now.
  5. I'm not sure how this is related to Android manufacturers getting updates out on time...but no, Android phones do not go formatting themselves with an OTA update. It's why you see the "Android is upgrading" message followed by a counter of the installed apps being updated upon rebooting an OTA update.
  6. This seems like a contradiction to me. Why switch to a custom ROM if your stock ROM was supposedly giving you zero problems? This aspect is exactly what is so cumbersome about Android...I'm on Android myself and know my way around it well, but I cannot deny myself that the out of the box experience on an iOS device (and my experience with it is just from an iPod Touch 4G) just feels more effortless and easy to use compared to any non-Nexus Android device. With any non-Nexus device, I start off immediately having to look into ways to debloat the stock ROM, which in turn usually involves rooting the device...and every device has their own little unique way of doing that. I've played around with custom ROMs myself, but they ultimately all tend to have one thing or another unstable about them once you start trying to use them as daily drivers. So I tend to prefer just a rooted stock ROM. All this requires some fairly involved researching that the average user is just not going to ever bother with. You might say, "well get a Nexus device then" (which I actually did). The problem in turn there is the Galaxy Nexus is hardly state of the art in the Android world, and it seems like it's becoming a trend for Google to not necessarily use SOTA phones for their Nexus phones...only something "good enough". If you want the latest hardware, you pretty much have to buy a non-Nexus phone. And then there's the issue with OS updates...it's laughable that most companies couldn't even get ICS out when Jellybean rolled out. And here they are now trying to catch up with Jellybean...and yet come November, when it seems Google is rumored to release the next Nexus phone, we'll possibly see their next OS version (Key Lime Pie?) already. I'm personally all in on Android for my phone (grandfathered AT&T Medianet plan), and wouldn't consider an iPhone myself. But Android manufacturers really needs to get their act together on keeping the OS up to date.
  7. Thanks for the info. I'll check it out.

  8. Actually the Mazda3 was officially my first car, for all of two weeks, and I did get it in manual. Problem was this was in my much younger days, and I was so not ready for manual back then that I brought it back, lost some (ok a lot) of money, and ended up getting the RX-8. In the time I had the Mazda3 though, it felt like it was very peppy and had a very good shifter. It was also very nimble and felt tight through turns. Not surprising as Mazda builds very good "driver's" cars, they're usually behind the other brands in power but ahead of the others in how the car feels in motion, and especially around a turn. If I had stuck to wanting a small 4 door sedan I would've definitely stuck with getting a Mazda3. Almost 10 years later I finally felt like I was patient and mature enough to own a manual full time...and to not do stupid things with it that would require a new clutch in 50,000 miles. That's not to say I don't find it annoying at times...I find having to do a 1-2 shift and having to turn at the same time from a stop to be especially annoying on some days, when you're in the city and have to do it a lot. I personally found this demo video of how to drive a manual to be the most useful out of all the videos I found prior to buying the Miata...the guy's demoing it in a nice car and also good enough at advanced shifting techniques to demonstrate them properly in some other videos.
  9. In general girls aren't going to care about what transmission you drive. I find it's the other way around, where if a guy discovers a girl can drive a manual, they find it hot, for whatever reason. I think it's impressive myself to see an office girl walk out in high heels and jump into a nice sports car that I know is a manual...and that's more from them being able to clutch well in high heels, because I know the shoes I wear on certain days affects how well I can drive my MT. I don't think it elevates the girl's attractiveness though. If you choose to get a manual, one thing's for certain...unless the female specifically enjoys a sporty drive and/or you actually get a sports car, you want to make sure you have the hang of shifting smoothly. For regular everyday driving it's definitely not very impressive to be getting jerked forward and back constantly from abrupt clutch motions. I've been through two cars myself, an RX-8 and now a Miata. First time around I was too chicken to live with an MT as a daily, 2nd time I around I knew MT was the only way to go with a Miata. I absolutely don't regret it, just wish I had gotten MT for the RX-8. And after about a month or so it WILL turn into just background subconscious driving for you. You just have to have the patience to get through that first month...and when you just spent several grand of your own money on the car, that tends to be a pretty good incentive. It does help a lot to go in actually having researched the mechanics behind how driving a manual works, and to not just go in and accept somebody else's "I'll show you how right here and now" without knowing a thing about how it works.
  10. I have this same habit myself...the closer I am to somebody, the less likely I am to bother saying their name when in one on one conversation with them. I've always found it a bit of a strange antic of my mind, but I guess it's an INTJ thing. My parents hate it, since it means I haven't said "mom" and "dad" to their faces for nearly 15 years.
  11. Personally I love it. I own a 09 hardtop Miata currently, but if this had only come out 3 years earlier, I have no doubt I would've chosen this instead. It's way sexier looking, outputs more power, has the same design philosophy, and comes with a Boxer engine for under $30k (which is my own personal price point for a sporty/sports car). I'm a big fan of the STis floating around town with aftermarket exhausts, you can hear them a mile away thanks to that distinctive Boxer engine rumble. I see the turbo thing almost as a bragging rights, sure you get more power. But I think you'd give up linear handling, and personally I'd take handling and cornering "feel" over sheer power, which you can only do so much with on the street. I would not be surprised if this is one of the reasons they seem to refuse to put in a turbo, at least if they're sticking to their guns about balance. It is the reason for Mazda at least to refuse putting in a turbo in their the RX-8 and Miata. I've owned an RX-8 before along with the Miata and being able to throttle steer them with gentle gas through corners and turns is an awesome thing. I don't think I'd want a sudden boost of power coming through near the apex when I floor the car out of the curve at high RPMs. I do wish they hadn't bothered with the rear seats as well though...a proper sports car should be all business 2 seats only. As it is, it's just a sporty coupe. You're right that this is what the tC should've been all along.
  12. When I was first tempted to buy an iPod Touch, I had no idea initially what I'd do with it, since I previously owned a PDA before and hardly ever used it. Got one anyways for the iPod half of it, but quickly found out what an incredible gaming platform it is. Nowdays I don't think I could live with out it...there's lots of things where I find myself reaching for it over my PC just due to the quickness and simplicity of it, such as checking the weather, stocks, emails, or being able to just click on a tracking # and having it know exactly which courier's site to go to. The excellent battery life and being able to just leave it always on for days at a time is nice too. I still can't bring myself to buy an iPhone as I like my gadgets unique (I try to go for unlocked phones that no carriers around me carry), but the Touch does make for a very nice intro into iOS and the functional simplicity of it. Eventually I plan on buying an iPad, once Apple gets a Retina display version of it out.
  13. Yep, I've seen this phenomenon happen all too often with my male friends...they get a GF, go off the deep end into lovesick mode, and next thing I know I don't hear from them for a good month or two at a time. It hardly bothers me because 1. I'm totally happy being alone and have way too much indoor entertainment that I have too little time for as it is and 2. because of #1, I almost never initiate hang outs...I just simply let my friends know I'm almost always free if they need me. It helps that I'm a typical INTJ that can't seem to be bothered to get a GF of his own, and so am always single. I do find it a bit tacky though that the only times they come around and find me is when their GFs are either out of town or with their own female friends for the night. Makes me feel a bit used...but, we do usually have a good time and have a lot to catch up on because of how long we haven't kept in touch. So I just take it in stride.
  14. This has been my experience as well with popping a multivitamin daily. A friend of mine told me about 3 years ago that ever since he started taking vitamins, he seemed to get sick less often. I gave it a try and it seems to work for me to that extent. I haven't had a full blown cold for the past 3 years, and if I do get sick, it's something much more minor and doesn't come with the full blown runny nose/sore throat/coughing that colds have. Prior to me taking vitamins I was guaranteed to get a bad cold at least once a year.
  15. Good choice. I had to make the exact same decision over Black Friday last year as the Dell Ultrasharp U3011 went on sale, and I pulled the trigger on it...despite having an 8 year old computer that couldn't even run it since it needed a dual link DVI output. So I was suddenly forced to upgrade my computer right away, something I had intended to do later this year. I really wanted to avoid building my own again initially and wanted something more minimalist. Did about 3 days worth of non-stop research and caught up on about 8 years worth of computer technology...talk about cramming. I was very close to pulling the trigger on a Lenovo Thinkpad W-series when I realized that a 30" monitor really needs a dual link DVI to really run properly..DisplayPort wasn't going to cut it. That settled it for me to just rebuild my computer. The Thinkpad I had been looking at would've run about $1700, I ended up rebuilding my computer (amazingly my 8 year old Lian Li case still worked for the build, thank god for some standards not changing) for around $1500 and it's considerably more powerful than the laptop I was looking at. Intel i7 2600k, 16 gigs of RAM for giggles cause it was dirt cheap (trying this on a laptop = $$$), Radeon 6950, Intel SSD. Having all the shiny boutique parts in front of me and geeking out over them brought back memories. Threw it all together and it booted right up on the first try amazingly...probably the easiest build I've done ever. The hardest part actually was doing neat cable routing in a case that doesn't really support it. I've loving it, being able to game at 2560 x 1600 with zero lag is just awesome. The weakest link IMO with laptops is their video cards, even if you max out the option (and paying out the rear for it) you're still generally looking at the equivalent of a entry to mid level desktop video card. And as somebody else mentioned, good luck trying to self repair a laptop if it ever goes down for hardware reasons aside from bad RAM or HD.