PS3 You Tube App (Years Later It Still Sucks)

Ok, so this is definitely a first world problem. After a years of being available on the PS3 the YouTube app. for it still does not do things like remember searches. Still it is amazing to have access to the content on YouTube on my PS3. So why am I upset about it’s simple to work around short-comings? Well, because you have 3, well technically 2, of the largest corporations to ever exist, meaning largest entities in the world to exist, that don’t seem to give a shit about it working correctly. Sony and YouTube (owned by Google). It should be a matter of pride that their apps work correctly on all platforms, but Sony released the PS4 so they don’t give a shit and YouTube probably just doesn’t consider it a big enough market. With stupid work-arounds like using your laptop or phone to control YouTube on your PS3 they probably consider it fine, but how dumb is it to have to control your one super powerful computer (aka your PS3) with another computer (aka your phone, laptop, etc.) when your PS3 is more than powerful enough to handle YouTube on its own, especailly when the problem is just that Sony and YouTube are too lazy to fix the PS3 app?  Again, it shows us that in our current era big corporations don’t really care about releasing quality products. Just good enough products. The age of giving a shit about quality is long over, and this is just another example of it.

IPhone 6 (“The IPhone Galaxy”), Way Behind the Competition

So the IPhone 6 finally has a large screen, but wait hasn’t almost every other company been doing that for quite some time now? It also still sucks at multi-tasking, and there are many other phones out there that don’t. So…. I guess that’s all there is to say. Apple is again selling you an inferior product and acting like it’s cutting edge. Still, if you know that and you still like it then I guess whatever, knock yourself out and get one. Perhaps you can call it by the name Apple should be using for it. The IPhone Galaxy.

 

Apple Still Sucks At Everything, But Especially Enterprise Computing

So what has Apple’s contribution to computing really been lately? Sure, during the XP age they gave us a much better OS on slightly better hardware, then a better OS on the same hardware as any other mid-grade or better PC, while Microsoft and the big PC manufactures were having slap fights about who really should have secured XP, by the way it’s your own responsibility to secure your own computer but MS could have done more and should have done more for what they charge for their OS, but now Apple is just behind. Instead of being innovative lately they have just gone to court with everyone freezing the smartwatch market, stopping better tablet and phone companies from steamrolling over them just because they, god forbid, make better products than Apple, and the list goes on. In general, all they do now is disrupt forward progress. Showing again that Capitalism is good in short bursts, but after a while Mega-Corps like Apple just halt progress, removing the only arguably good thing about Capitalism, which is direct competition.

The following is an older story about how bad they suck at enterprise computing too that I meant to post a while ago but never got around to. I have had to buy lots of computers for companies over the years, and never did I have a company so stuck up about taking money from a well established, well financed organization as I did when I tried to buy two servers from Crapple (Apple). They confused our name with another company, did not tell us what was going on for weeks, and could not correct the issue for 2 months because of internal bureaucracy. I won’t disclose the amounts, but this was for two tower server with RAID cards. In the same period of time Dell got us 2 other servers, that were way better from a cost comparison standpoint with dual power supplies, and are still running well by the way (knock on wood), and approved us for several times the amount as Apple the same day we spoke with them. On top of that, after we went from OS 10.6 to 10.7, with a direct healthy upgrade, 10.7 had a lot of problem with the Open Directory transfer. We paid for support from Apple, but I did not speak with any technician that knew more than I did about it, and they abruptly ended the calls many times tell me “best of luck.” Fuck you asshole, I paid for proprietary support and hardware so I wouldn’t have issues in the first place, and now that we have a problem, you’re telling me to Google it and best of luck. I did all of those things before calling them btw, because proprietary phone support is almost always useless, except in the Open Source world, because of actual competition for support. This was back in the early days of their software only OS releases, so re-installing took forever over our network too. They of course did not have a simple method to rapidly re-install an OS, like a DVD, in the box. Also, what the hell with the whole anti- Blu Ray shit with Apple. Apple has been telling us what we want instead of giving us what we want for a long time now. Regardless of their personal beliefs, if I pay that much for a system it better have an optical drive in there capable of reading any current standard and most of the old ones including crazy shit like the bacteria types off of my chest hair pre-insalled. Also, it better be the fucking Honda of optical drives in  there too, meaning cutting edge and dependable, oh and made somewhere with a decent quality of life like Japan or the US. Anyway, their support sucks for enterprise, their OS sucks, their distribution sucks, their pricing sucks, and now their expand-ability  has gone from sucks to unacceptably bad. Hey Apple, why don’t you take those thunderbolt break-out boxes and cram them up your ass? I want to put stuff inside of my server, to god forbid, improve performance and save space. Anyway, I’ll just purchase real servers, for less money, from a better company, that cost less and are still expandable. They will almost all have Linux on them at this point. Seriously, how is Apple still in business? I know, I know, like Harley, they build shit but have a cult following of people that just don’t know any better.

Making A Star Ship (aka USS Enterprise) Out of a Wagon

So I’m making an Enterprise, from the series #StarTrek TOS, out of a wagon for the most serious and dire of reasons. Fun!!! Anyway, here are some photos and the directions so far. I’ll update this as I finish it. My directions are a use at your own risk thing. I am not a professional woodworker.

Steps so far:

1. Find a bucket with a big lid (about 5 gallon bucket should do)

2. Remove the lid and trace a circle on 1/8 inch or smaller project board. I used Douglas Fir board, but just make sure it’s thin so you can cut it with a scroll saw later.

3. Cut 3 1×2’s into 19″ strips and then cut two 45 degree angles on each one.

4. Cut two portions of a two by 4 to the length of the inside of your wagon. This allows for a pressure fit system that lets you reuse the wagon later.

5. Cut a small piece of 2×4 at a 45 degree angle and mount one of the 1×2 strips onto it along with the saucer at the back of the saucer. Place one of the 2×4’s behind it to hold it in place.

6. Mount the other 19″ pieces to the other 2×4 in the back of the wagon. (Your Nacell Pylons)

Bucket For Saucer Template Top of Bucket for Saucer Template Saucer Tracing from Bucket Top Circle Cut with Scroll Saw About One-Third Done

Thoughts On Israel Commiting Genocide

So, I know that half the reason we forcibly helped setup Israel after WWII was to have a strategic launching pad to use for conflicts in the Middle-East. Before I go into this, I’m one of those guys that in general, thinks that religion has done more bad than good in the world. It also doesn’t help that radical Jews are in very high positions in our government and still force our hand in these matters, arming Israel to the teeth over the last few decades and persecuting the Palestinian people. Historically arming any religiously radical nation in a bad idea. They tend to eventually attack those that simply don’t agree with their religious views. The Christians in the US attacked Iraq recently, now the Jews in Israel with Palestine, Al-Qaeda with us, and the list goes on. Anyway, Israel re-payed the favor for the weapons and billions of dollars we’ve given them, not to mention training and many other things, by refusing to help us in the last Gulf conflict. Which is actually pretty hilarious since we shouldn’t have been in Iraq, yet we still send Israel 3 billion dollars a year in foreign aid just for their cities. I would think that if they have enough money to wage war, and commit genocide they are probably past the point of needing foreign aid. So now that history is repeating itself with the Israeli’s acting like Nazi’s this time, and Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinian people, can we at least stop sending them foreign aid and help out cities in countries that don’t receive aid in general? Like I don’t know, a city called Detroit in a country I heard about called America? Anyway, my thoughts on the matter. I’m sure taking any stance against Israel will be spun as anti-semitic, and someone will remind me that they are a democracy and people have religious freedom there, but if that’s true then why are they attacking the Palestinians. Do they just want their land? Do they not view them as people? Is this another example of religious government gone too far? Does what happened, as unacceptable as it was, in the WWII era absolve Israel of all future wrong doing for the rest of time?   

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Is Awful

Finally, I am playing through a title that everyone told me I had to play through as a Zelda fan. It was, “so amazing” and “I can’t believe you have a Wii and haven’ played this” and blah, blah, fucking blah. The title is Skyward Sword on the Wii. I know I am late to this, but I was excited to check out the newest title in this line up. In general, just like most of the Nintendo titles, it showcases the best of what Nintendo has to offer. Except this time. This time I have no option but to use a shitty combat system that makes me swing the controller, balance with it, etc. and is very inaccurate and frustrating at best. The idea is cool, but the hardware on the Wii just isn’t up to snuff to make this a good experience. I find myself even more frustrated with this adventure than The Adventures of Link on original NES and there is no other solution or escape for this pile of garbage. There is no, plug your Gambecube controller in and don’t deal with this bullshit solution, like there should be for such sloppy play control. No, you get to suffer through falling to your death over and over again because of shitty play control, not attacking when you know you swung the shitty Wii controller, or not attacking in the way you intended to, etc. Also, the story isn’t that compelling either. Fuck this game! I love Nintendo products and games in general, but this one is fucking awful. Shame on Nintendo for putting this out in this condition, and putting a stain on their otherwise good name. What a fucking awful game.

John Boehner Must Have Nothing Better To Do, So He’s Making Things Up… Again

Love or hate Barack Obama a lawsuit against him, or any entity associated with him, is crazy when your premise is the Affordable Health Care act, because love or hate that act, it was put into law by a vote involving more entities than just the office of the president. In fact, the current law is a poor example of what Barack Obama himself hoped to achieve in health care reform before he was elected to his first term. So, no matter how you feel about it, it took the involvement of many thousands of people for the act to end up becoming a law and even if you want to hold the people at the highest levels responsible you have to hold the House and the Senate responsible before the President himself. Also, we have a process for that. You can bring a new bill before Congress that gets rid of or alters the old bill. It’s called removal of the old bill or an amendment of the old bill. We have this legal framework in place to make sure that the majority of Americans are represented most of the time. I know it’s kind of a joke with special interest lobbying going on but bear with me. It tries to make sure that laws are not just removed when they inconvenience the very wealthy, a special interest group, or any other group that may abuse their authority (aka the very wealthy Republicans that don’t want to raise your minimum wage and give you the dignity of health care even though inflation has taken place, the cost of energy has sky rocketed, and you work 30 hours a week or more, something most of them are not familiar with.) Still, this is what they do lately when they’re told no, make up reasons to sue the President. Remember the last time they tried something like this, during the Clinton administration? Something about shutting the whole country down because the President might be getting his dick wet with an intern. Something about trying to impeach him over that even though there were more important things going on. Something about distracting the Commander in Chief of the most powerful military in the world for a few months for blowing the occasional load in places he maybe shouldn’t have. Anyway, has anyone else realized that the Republican party is already dead, and is just being animated by the money that is associated with it? It’s kind of like a zombie party hyped up on H that just won’t go gracefully into the night but instead tries to eat the brains of all of the politically minded people around it. Anyway, John Boehner, your lawsuit is bullshit, we have more important problems, please stop ruining our country with your selfish, special interest driven, temper tantrums. Wait I’ll put it in terms Zombie Republicans can understand, Wahhhhh, brains, Wahhh, Cocaine, wahhhhhh, exploit workers makes more money, no health care for non-believers. To hell with Constitution, me want exploit more workers, wahhhhh!!!

Since high ranking Republicans are so wealthy in general that they don’t have anything better, or useful to do I have come up with a list of suggested hobbies they might consider so that they might become more productive members of our society. I’ve narrowed it down to 10.

10. Walking through a plate glass window.

9. Walking themselves and their associates off of a tall building and allowing their remains to fill a giant cross on the ground directly below. It’s about as actually Christian as anything else they do anyway.

8. Being eaten by polar bears. Sorry bears, I know it’ll be gross, but sometimes you have to take one for the team. Besides, they owe you one with all of the environmental damage they are totally for all of the time. Republicans are like, “fuck you polar bears” so I think it’s time that the bears are like “fuck you Republicans.” The bears should feel free to have hate sex with the Republicans before eating them, if they so choose.

7. Standing on an active train track until a train hits you.

6. Seppuku, never mind this is for honorable people. Let’s just say that the less honorable equivalent would be acceptable.

5. Using their money to build a rocket that will shoot them, and the CEOs of investment (and most other banks) into the sun. It should be equipped with a heat shielded communications array so we can hear their screams and laugh up until the last second over drinks.

4. Starvation through malnutrition.

3. Hurricane Katrina reenactment. Basically, we recreate the conditions present during and in the first days and weeks after Hurricane Katrina, and give them proportionately the same level of governmental support that the residents of New Orleans enjoyed.

2. Hunting with Dick Cheney. Need I say more?

1. Crocheting, which makes most that participate insane and suicidal in general.

 

Star Trek TOS (The Original Series) Top 10 Episodes

I did these by the number in series number and not in season, or by production number. Anyway, the titles are here too. I did rank them too. #StarTrek

1. A Taste of Armageddon — Episode 23 — I think this is one of the best anti-war episodes of anything ever made so it gets a big plus in my book. It also talks about how, just because man has the nature to be violent doesn’t mean that they have to. You can choose not to. There’s an awesome Kirk monologue on this point.

2. Patterns of Force — Episode 50 — A super cool look at the parallel development of a Nazi society on another planet. This episode gives us great justification for The Prime Directive and is also cool for many other reason that I don’t want to spoil for you.

3.  Errand of Mercy — Episode 26 — Man, I can’t say much without spoiling this one… Let’s just say that the Federation and the Klingons end up looking like fools.

4. The Enterprise Incident — Episode 57 — I had to include a Romulan episode, and I really went back and forth between this one and Balance of Terror. In the end, I think the cloaking device won out. It makes sense that even in peace time the Federation would want to try to get their hands on one. Plus, I think the Romulan Commander in this one is way hotter than Mark Lenard. Sorry Mark. I know it’s a lame reason to pick an episode, but it isn’t my only one.

5. The Doomsday Machine — Episode 35 — The stupidity of building weapons of mass destruction takes on new meaning in this episode.

6. Amok Time — Episode 30 — Apparently, even Vulcans go crazy without some good loving on a regular basis.

7. Journey to Babel — Episode 39 — This episode gives us a closer look at Vulcan society. We meet Sarek for the first time, as portrayed by Mark Lenard. See, I got you back a little bit for not being hot Mark. It’s all good. It also shows us the tense relationship between Spock and his father Sarek. This takes place during tense negotiations. We get to meet a few new alien species here too like the Andorians and the Tellarites.

8. Arena — Episode 18 — The famous battle between two very different Captains takes place under the watchful eye of aliens with a secret agenda. Who will win, brawn or wits. Perhaps a bit of both? This is the first appearance of the Reptile species the Gorn.

 

9. The Devil in the Dark — Episode 25 — I love the idea of life forms based on things other than carbon, and I’ve probably already said too much by saying that. This is about and environmentally preachy as 60’s TV got, which is to say not a lot, but it does make you think about how our societies, especially our current one, jumps to the conclusion that eliminating your enemy is often the first and “best” option.

10. The Savage Curtain — Episode 77 — Again, a very powerful alien pits two different teams against one another to run an experiment. Abraham Lincoln gets to work with Kirk and Spock on a solution.

 

 

LaserDisc Adventures (Pioneer CLD-D701 Rebuild)

CLD-D701

Ok, so this one will be updated quite a bit. I’ve started disassembling and trying to repair a Pioneer CLD-D701 player that I got for $20. Needless to say, I got such a “great deal” because it has a problem. A problem I believe I can solve. Let’s say, hope I can solve, because although I’m 99% sure I can figure out what is wrong with it, idk if I’ll be able to get the parts, etc. that I need. The tray will not open or close correctly. There is a grinding sound accompanies with it trying to, but it never does and the belt inside of the player is good.

Why am I doing this you may ask, and I would answer. “Han shoots first bitches!” Yeah I know, the Limited Edition DVDs have the Han Shoots First edition on them, but I think LDs are cool, plus most optical disc players work on the same basic principles as Laser Disc players, so…. Anyway,

Step 1 — Get an egg carton, or other easy to label compartmentalized container, and start putting your screws and other small items in it. I recommend labeling each compartment with the location of where the items were removed from and storing them accordingly. This is a great step for almost any repair project.

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More to come as I have the time to work on this.

 

Star Trek The Next Generation Top 10 Episodes

Ah, TNG, the series that gave me childhood heroes like Data, and amazing actors like Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard also had its share of flops. Still, I’d say that I only have 2 TOS episodes that I think were truly bad on my list, for TNG it’s probably only about 15% of all of their episodes. For DS9 it’s probably about 30% and for Voyager it’s probably about 45%. Enterprise was so fucking awful that I don’t really consider it to be part of the Trek universe. Yes I know it is, and there’s nothing I can technically do about that, but I can try to pretend that it never existed if I close my eyes and really try. Hell, even the New Voyages stuff is way better than Enterprise, and it’s produced in an old car dealership by hard core fans. Enterprise, what the hell? Anyway, before this turns into an anti-Enterprise rant. Here is my list of Top 10 TNG Episodes. Also, Q episodes are totally useless. Enemies that have no weaknesses and total power are totally uninteresting. Yes, I know my list is ascending. I believe that TNG got better as it went on.

10. Season 1 Episode 17 — Home Soil — Silicon based life. The idea of life based on something other than carbon is fascinating to me, as it should be to everyone :).

9. Season 1 Episode 24 — Conspiracy — This episode is great because it shows that sometimes governmental systems become corrupt and it takes strong individuals to question them and make a change. It also does this in an awesome, totally old school Trek way.

8. Season 2 Episode 9 — Measure of a Man — This episode deals with sentience and when a machine should start to get the same rights as an individual.

7. Season 2 Episode 12 — The Royale — I love this episode because it involves old space travelers, and highlights the dangers of space travel.

6. Season 3 Episode 10 — The Defector — A great episode that gives us a better look at Romulans in general. We get a sense that they are not all unreasonable, just like some of the books do for us with the Klingons. Not all Klingons are warriors, for example. Not all Romulans are ultra paranoid deceitful mislead patriots.

5. Season 3 Episode 12 — The High Ground — A resistance group with the best of intentions, but brutal methods, abducts the Doctor to try and help them use a dangerous but effective transporter device without killing themselves. It’s a great episode that deal with how governments often call freedom fighters terrorists, but in this case that title may be well deserved, or is it? Guess you’ll have to watch to find out.

4. Season 3 Episode 26 and Season 4 Episode 1 — The Best of Both Worlds (Parts 1 and 2) — This is the episode that leads to Locutus of Borg. Yeah, again, a spoiler but if you don’t know about TNG by now, shame on you.

3. Season 4 Episode 12 — The Wounded — We get to see the Cardassians for what they really are. This episode helps set the stage for DS9.

2. Season 5 Episode 23 — I, Borg — This episode deals with redemption and gives us a glimpse into the Borg. You know, before they made them lame in First Contact.

1. Season 6 Episodes 10 and 11 — Chain of Command (Parts 1 and 2) — This not only shows us how ruthless the Cardassians can be, but it is the best display of how strong the Captain’s character is and probably is the best performance if Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard.