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Derek Thorson (Thor)
Gamer, Computer Geek, Programmer, Gadget Nut, Dog Lover
Gamer, Computer Geek, Programmer, Gadget Nut, Dog Lover


Nice to know the 7:40pm Milwaukee West train that was CANCELLED due to mechanical failure....won't be counted in the metra on time reports for September. I was just waiting around Union Station because I like looking at granite....yeah...that's it.

Oh...and the 8:40 train I boarded? It was late to the station too....and left 16 minutes after the scheduled departure time.

Stellar job tonight Metra.
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So since I got my Moto Z2 Force, I've dove into the world of Moto Mods. I have 3 so far.

The first, most essential one I had to get was the Moto Style Shell with Wireless charging. It does exactly as it sounds, adds Qi Wireless charging to a phone that doesn't come with it stock. It has a nice on screen display when it detects it is on a charger that displays the current battery percentage temporarily. This was essential to me as I have gotten used to having wireless charging with my former phone, the Nexus 6. This fills the need perfectly. Very happy with it.

The second, was the Gamepad. I'm a gamer so I figured why not. Well in my experience the app support for it is rather limited to the titles Motorola has listed in it's app for it. I attempted to use it in more popular EA apps, but there was no support for it at all. Maybe it'll be added in the future....but for right now you're stuck with less popular apps that do have support, but are not the names you know. This gives me pause because I don't know them. I haven't established trust with them. And I have problems loading apps from companies I don't have trust in.

Aside from app compatibility, using the gamepad is a tad difficult for a person with normal sized hands. It'll probably be perfect for a kid....but I can't tell you that from personal experience. It has it's own battery, so you won't drain your phone battery at first. and you can charge both the gamepad battery and phone battery through the charging port on the gamepad.

The third, arrived today, the free Projector mod that I got with the purchase of the phone (which I had to submit my info twice to get, because the first time the third party fulfillment agency told me my product didn't qualify...Moto took care of it though). It surprised me a works well. It is somewhat bright...not insanely so, but enough to be able to read text from the phone screen. The projector auto-adjusts the keystone framing depending on the angle you hold the phone using it's gyro. It has it's own battery as well, and can also charge the phone through the charging point. It comes with a nice little carrying case as well. Overall, if you have the need for a projector you can carry with you anywhere, it's a good option.

So far I'm liking the moto mods system.
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First Impressions of the Gamepad Moto Mod for my Moto Z2 Force:
This will be perfect if you have children. Their little hands will hold the controls quite well. My hands, not so much.
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Just don't order directly from +Motorola Their shipping is a shitshow. Love your products but you really need to straighten out your logistics guys.

I ordered a moto mod for my new Motorola Z2 Force. It got shipped directly from China, just like my phone. It shipped on the day it was supposed to be delivered. It started off just like my phone and they didn't get the palette of shipping boxes to FedEx in time for their cutoff for the delay. 1 day delay.

It then gets here in the US in Memphis. Like my phone it had to go through customs. Unlike my phone, it popped up a clearance exception. The clearance exception said that the shipper had to provide information for it to clear customs. It sits in this over the weekend. I call chat with Motorola on Monday, they say they will escalate the situation. I wait a day, no change in the tracking message. I chat with Motorola again to try to find out what's going on. I actually get handed off to the escalation specialist this time. He does his escalation thing and says I will get an email from him once it has been resolved. Last night a new message popped up on the tracking number:
"Per shipper instructions, package will not be delivered until the scheduled delivery date."
So the shipper told Fedex....there's no rush, only deliver it on the scheduled delivery date. At that time the clearance exception was still on still no scheduled delivery date.
This morning I get up and check the tracking. There's now a scheduled delivery date.....OF AUGUST 30TH....a week from today. I could drive down to memphis and pick it up myself in the time it will take to get it to me. One other thing I noticed: This new scheduled delivery is after a new shipment with the same tracking number was picked up IN CHINA. It was then released for shipment here in the US in Memphis. It still has a scheduled delivery of August 30th though.

Shipment is sent on the day it was estimated to be delivered.
Original Shipment from China gets delayed due to customs issues the shipper has to resolve.
A new shipment gets sent from China...with a scheduled delivery date of 2 weeks after the original estimated delivery date.

This little moto mod is the wireless charing back for my Moto Z2 is one of the PRIMARY REASONS I bought this phone. Never order directly from Motorola. Get it on Amazon, get it from another carrier, anyone but Motorola.

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New toy to play with today....Motorola Z2 Force Edition on T-Mobile

Got some work to do before I can leave my N6 at home. Also need to try to uninstall/Disable the preloaded Tmobile apps that came with it and get the bootloader unlocked.

Overall love the phone so far. My only real gripes with it are a slightly smaller screen (5.5") and the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. The dongle, and it is very much a dongle, they included for the USB-C port is laughable. I've got two sets of Blueooth headphones (Jaybird X2 and X3) now to make up for the lack of the jack.

I'm still waiting on delivery of the motomod that adds wireless charging. That's coming later this week. For now I have a leather back for it which isn't shown here.

No plans to sell my N6....I'm keeping it as a backup and permanent alarm clock.
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A business dispute that resulted from a contentious divorce. Using misinformation to try to save a site that is known for dispelling misinformation. How ironic.

Steer clear and let him solve his problems himself. I've relied on the site in the past but perhaps its time has come.
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I had my first real test of the UPS's I recently installed. A Storm is moving through the Chicago area right now. I was working from home today. I installed 3 UPS's (1 online, 2 standby). One to cover my Gaming PC and my File Server + Monitors (online). One covering networking equipment (wired and wifi) near my computer (standby). One covering my DSL router that provides my internet connection (standby).

I wanted to have the ability to be in the middle of a gaming session....have the lights go out and be able to finish up what I'm doing in the game and log off safely. Or be able to continue working on whatever I'm working on without losing work or productivity.

The UPS's worked perfectly. The power went out 10+ times over the course of about 20 minutes. About half way through I unplugged my other computer which was going off and on since it's not on the UPS. I was able to continue working on my VPN connection to work, and continue watching a stream on Twitch without any disconnect.

Honestly it surprises me that the local AT&T equipment also has power backup...I expected my net to go down.

I was monitoring the time left on my primary UPS...if it gets low I will shut down my computers. However, having the ability to continue working without disruption is awesome.

Very....Good...Investment. +APC by Schneider Electric
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Summary of your current gaming options: (just desktop or living room options, not mobile, including phone-based VR)

There is no PC vs Xbox vs Sony vs Nintendo war.
It's just a Microsoft (PC and Xbox) vs Sony vs Nintendo (not really) war.

And by war, I mean these are the entities who are competing.

Xbox is the little brother to the is the cheap option that let's you get into what PC gaming has to offer. Microsoft is not offering a VR option for Xbox because they already have their VR option in PC's. Anyone expecting VR on an Xbox is going to be waiting A LONG TIME....for nothing (or until they actually get cheap VR options out there).

Microsoft has many tiers:
High End (Can do 4k & VR easily) PC <---where I'm at
Mid End (VR and 4k Capable) PC
XBox One X (4k Capable, probably could do VR, but Microsoft isn't offering it)
Low-End PC/Xbox One S

note: Oculus is not offering true VR on XBox...only streaming of Xbox games to your Oculus HMD on your PC. That is not true VR.

I see no reason for me to get an Xbox because I already have a high end pc.

Then you have Sony: (barring any announcements tomorrow, and will probably change)
Playstation 4 Pro (PSVR and 4k Capable)
Playstation 4 (PSVR Capable)
Playstation 4 Slim (PSVR Capable)

Then you have Nintendo which has a captive audience and fanbase. They appeal to a subsection of the gaming community, but there's no real competition between Nintendo and the rest of the gaming community. You may be a Nintendo fan or you may not be. If you are, you have to have one of their consoles. It is decidedly the "family friendly" option. Nintendo knows this, and sticks with that because that's their bread and butter. They don't compete because they don't have to compete.

The thing people forget about that yeah you need a piece of hardware to drive the 4k (so Xbox, Playstation or PC) but you also need a 4k display device....most people don't have the latter. And both options together aren't cheap.

edit: I don't include mobile options because their input options are very limited and so the games are designed with a simpler interface. They are made to be mobile. They don't require the computing power of a PC to operate...and so they are a simpler option. You want real gaming, real VR, real 4k (where you actually see the difference), you go to the living room or the desktop, not your phone.

Will update when(if) Sony announces anything hardware-wise at their presentation. I'm betting they won't.
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One of the things I love doing, on the roughly hour long commute I have to downtown Chicago, is reading. I've done both Kindle books as well as Audible books.

I prefer listening to Audible, however, I have a problem with continuing to be an audible member. It is simply much cheaper to buy Kindle books that come with WhisperSync (the audbile audiobook that syncs your progress), than it is to get audio books from Audible in which I don't also get the book on Kindle. I can't fathom why Amazon has left Audible like this. They really need to unify the services, make it one price to get both the Kindle ebook and Audible audiobook. I like getting credits I can use every month to buy books with Audible, but if I can get a Kindle eBook with Whispersync for cheaper, then I don't see the point in the audible membership.
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There are those who intentionally spoil just to spoil endings and ruin someone's enjoyment of a game. YOU CAN DO NOTHING TO STOP THESE ASSHATS. They're going to do it regardless of whatever restrictions you put out there.

Then there's the people who play a game on a stream or post videos to youtube so people can enjoy the playthrough of the game. This sells games for you. Multiple times I have watched Twitch streams, and found out a game looked cooler to play than what was presented in the steam listing or some trailer the publisher put out for the game. That ended with me buying the game. I don't always have time to play all the games I buy. That's backed up by my stats for steam where somewhere around 65% of the game I own on there, I've never played. I look at it this way: Me buying the game is my vote that more of that type of game should be produced. I don't care if I ever play that long as I've bought it that means I've supported that developer towards producing more stuff I like the looks of.

Because I can't play every game that comes out, and I can't play every game I buy....I have to rely on streams to see the stories in games I may never get around to. You choosing to threaten streamers and youtubers with copyright violations is only hurting your reputation. Pushing the date back in Persona 5 to 11-something does nothing to repair your reputation. Just let people, ALL PEOPLE INCLUDING STREAMERS/YOUTUBERS WHO HAVE BOUGHT YOUR GAME, play the damn game to it's conclusion.

You say you didn't want the tone of your previous posting to be threatening....but having any restrictions at all is inherently a threat. The solution is let people play the game they bought...and share it with the people they choose to share it with (via streaming/youtube, I am not saying share the actual game) free of any restrictions on what they can show.

If you give away games to streamers or youtubers, feel free to restrict what they can stream....but if they have legally bought the game....they should be able to do anything they want with it without the threat that they may have their streaming/youtube careers ruined by some asinine publisher who can't get it through their thick skulls that Streaming and videos on youtube actually help video game sales.

People have brains...they don't need you setting restrictions on what streamers can show to hold their hand so they don't get spoiled. They can choose to avoid streams to avoid spoilers....I see it all the time on twitch. Someone says hi to the streamer but apologizes they can't stick around because they don't want to be spoiled. It's always cool with the least they said hi.

I don't care if there are run-on sentences here...and I don't care about grammar. This is just a stream of thoughts coming out of my head that I wanted to share about this situation.

References to what this is all about:

I have no interest in the game Persona 5 myself. I watched both Bikeman and DansGaming on Twitch play it a bit, but it's just not my type of game. I speak about this here because of my strong feelings for what occured surrounding this game. I actually heard MULTIPLE streamers say they weren't going to stream the game because of the restrictions. Good for me since I don't enjoy that type of game....but bad for all those fans out there that wanted to see it. I post this here for those fans who were let down by this policy. Because I don't want to see it happen with any of the games I want to see streamed.
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