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Tuesday, July 28

Geek

Nexus 8

[Updated and bumped.]


It's the Nexus 8!  Or near enough.  Asus shook up the tablet market in 2012 with the original Nexus 7, a genuinely good budget tablet, and again in 2013 with the updated model, which was a great budget tablet (and which I still use for several hours each day).

Asus recently announced a slate of new tablets, but the crown jewel is the Zenpad S 8.0, which is exactly what I'd want to see in a Nexus 8 and aimed dead center at the iPad Mini on features and design, while keeping the pricing that made the Nexus 7 a runaway success.

 $199 for the base "C" model with a 1.3GHz quad-core 64-bit CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage (plus microSD), and a 2048x1536 8" IPS display.

It's the same size, weight, and screen as the iPad Mini, but $199 for the 32GB version vs. $349 for the iPad.  Plus microSD.  (Android's support for removable storage is basically poop, but iOS doesn't support it at all, so...)  

So if, like me, you prefer Android over iOS anyway, it's an easy choice.

The advanced "CA" model should arrive soon, and offers a 1.8GHz or 2.3GHz CPU, 2GB or 4GB RAM, and up to 64GB of storage (again, plus microSD), plus support for a pressure-sensitive stylus.  (I don't think the stylus is actually included.)  It's a little lighter than the base model, and includes faster WiFi and a USB-C connector like the new Macbook and Chromebook Pixel.

Update: Pricing for the top-of-the line 2.3GHz / 4GB RAM / 64GB storage model looks set at $299, with pre-orders now and product shipping in a couple of weeks.

All models include Android 5.something.  Either 5.0 or 5.1, depending on which site you believe.

The Android tablet market has been pretty dull the last couple of years, but these look like excellent performers and great value for money.

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Monday, July 27

Anime

The Triumph Of Technology And Talent

I remember when you just needed two VCRs and a stopwatch.

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Sunday, July 26

Anime

10% Satellites

I'm really behind.  I recognised about 10% of the clips in this - Shirobako, which I love, Nanatsu no Taizai was there briefly, Chuunibyou, Kill la Kill, which I haven't seen but is very distinctive, and likewise Super Sonico.  The rest is a blur.


I'm going to do a writeup of Shirobako when I have a moment, in the meantime, it's good, watch it.


Yep, those are all from Shirobako.

The new Ushio and Tora is pretty good so far.  If you like 90s anime but hate 90s video quality, it's pretty much perfect.  The only change I've seen so far - apart from the radical technical improvements - is that Ushio now has a flat-screen TV for Tora to destroy.

It's moving along at a cracking pace, too, faster if anything than the original OAV series.  The manga ran for 33 volumes and the TV version is set for 39 episodes, so they're not going to need any filler on this one.  ANN rate it an A, so either I'm not just running on nostalgia fumes here or they've got some seriously old-time anime fans writing for them.

It's being done by Studio Mappa, which was founded a few years ago by anime veteran Masao Maruyama, formerly of Madhouse, and it's incredibly faithful to the original.  When they wrap up Ushio and Tora, I'd love to see them pick up another older show and give it the same treatment - like, oh, Dirty Pair.

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Wednesday, July 15

Blog

Sorry About That Glitch...

We had a firewall issue that blocked access to our DNS servers, which effectively shut down...  Everything.

Then we had a NAT issue after I fixed the firewall.  The two problems were related, but I'm still not sure exactly why they happened in the first place.

Anyway, all coming back to normal now.

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Friday, July 10

Cool

What Took You So Long, Old Man?


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Cool

Yuggoth

And so it came to pass...

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Yuggoth and its cloudy moon Nithon, image captured by the NOOA probe Elder Sign.

Flyby is 14th July, 50 years to the day after Miskatonic 4's historic flyby of Mars.

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Monday, July 06

Anime

Ushio And Tora 2015

So it seems they kicked this thing off with a production meeting where they asked: How can we update Ushio and Tora to make it relevant to the 21st century?

And then fired everyone who offered suggestions.

This show is triple-distilled Essence of the 90s, but in 1080p widescreen.  It's perfect.

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Sunday, July 05

Geek

Semantic UI

Semantic UI is Bootstrap done right.

Not that Bootstrap is awful; it's quite good and very useful.  It's just that Semantic UI actually makes sense.  And in the world of HTML, CSS, and Javascript, that's a rare thing.

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Saturday, July 04

World

Happy Fourth!

Hope you're enjoying the festivities and the warm summer weather.

Meanwhile, it's nothing degrees here in Sydney.  Woke up this morning and looked at my Nexus 7 and the weather widget is showing a little snowflake.  IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO DO THAT.

Turned out that it was the frost symbol, not actual snow, but still.

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Saturday, June 20

Cool

MLP:FIM:EG:RR

For a sequel to a spinoff of the fourth iteration of a cartoon designed to sell toys to six-year-old girls, that was surprisingly good.

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