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Ian Sapp
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Red Dead Redemption 2 got me like 
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Getting hyped for the Pixel phone but then seeing the rumored prices 
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Haha, I went through exactly this.
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I finally caved in. All year I was using my Nexus 5 (the OG one) thinking that it was fine. I was waiting for that killer phone to drop this year so I could jump on it. The S7 passed. The G5 passed. And yet, I was not impressed. As time went on my N5 started to lag really badly. Tons of lock ups, apps freezing, camera taking forever to load.

At my job I have to use my personal phone. It was getting difficult to use it for work when it was such a slow mess. To add insult to injury, running it as a mobile hotspot was rubbish.

So last week I hopped on that $269 Nexus 5x deal and I have to say, I love this thing. Yeah on paper the specs aren't impressive. Battery is small, screen is LCD. But I'll be danged if this isn't a night and day difference from the N5. It's snappy, fast, quick charging is a dream, the battery handles heavy use perfectly fine. By the end of my work day it's about 20%. And hour on the charger before I leave and it's at 100 again. The camera is fantastic, the front facing one is pretty great with its wide angle lens, the speakers are loud, the size is right, it shoots RAW photos (with third party app for now) and has manual photo and video controls (also with third party app for now)

Best budget phone I have used and best Nexus I have owned (I owned the Nexus One, Nexus 4, Nexus 5). For 269 this phone was a steal and I would recommend it to anybody who wants a decent device for a small price. I haven't tried gaming or VR on it. But for daily use, yes yes YES. I'm sure this year's Nexus phones are going to be great, but I'm extremely pleased with this thing.

Here's a goofy front camera shot of my dog. HDR scape added with Snapseed. Kthxbye
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I've been rocking the 6P and just convinced my mom to get the 5X. She's loving it so far. She was a long time Samsung fan, and she loves not having to deal with the pre-installed Samsung crap. I think I have a Nexus convert :D
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WOW! Insider look at the #Nexus  event tomorrow! +Android Police 
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As much as I love Google and their products they REALLY need to get it together with their marketing. Just saw the leaked Pixel commercial and it is awful. Just a big Google search box morphing into the shape of a phone while random ish goes on in the background. It does not tell me what the strengths of the product are. It does not show me what it can do. All it is telling me from an average consumer point of view is that the search bar is now in the form of a phone.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 commercials are beautifully shot with gorgeous low light footage. This is to demonstrate the new low light capabilities of the camera. We see the phone being mounted on a bike which is about to go into a thunder storm. Or we see the phone going through sprinklers. This demonstrates that the phone is water resistant. The average consumer sees this and understands "Oh, the phone must be water resistant since its being rained on in the commercial".

The iPhone commercial demonstrates what the phone's strengths are and what makes it unique. The Pixel phone commercial does nothing of the sort and just shows me what the phone looks like and that its powered by the Google search bar.

Its a shame. I really thought Google would step up their ads this year to entice people to make the jump to their Nexus Pixel phone. For a company who revolves so much around ads, they really suck at creating ads themselves. Maybe there will be more commercials on TV that are better than the one shown in Canada, but judging from their previous commercial efforts I don't really see that happening.

+Google, hit me up and let me be a marketing consultant for you. I can promise that I could make a commercial that is 100 times better than the one being tossed up on TV right now. If you want to tempt people to use your device, show them WHY they want it. As it stands right now, I see the Pixel phone having a niche following much like the Nexus phones. Over priced Nexus phones with a new name slapped on it. 
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Maybe it was just a little teaser and the real commercials will come after the launch.
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Google Allo impressions

Its fun! A lot of fun. The Assistant is fun to talk to and being able to use it with multiple people communicating with it at the same time is really great. The responses are more natural and fun, but it still needs a bit of work. Its more helpful than Siri and Cortana so far.

But my gripe with it is that its yet another chat app. Another separate entity that I have to maintain. If people text me via SMS I still use the SMS app. Hangouts is its own thing. Now Allo is by itself. Its a shame that they didn't just reboot Hangouts as Allo or something. No web app makes it useless to me as I don't feel like using my phone when I am at the computer. I like to have my chats across my devices. Allo doesn't do that.

Its neat, but not practical. They need to either make Assistant avaiable in Hangouts or just rebrand Allo as a Hangouts reboot. This quasi SMS situation going on doesn't make any sense and its really lame that the Hangouts app is still trash on both Android and iOS.
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Finally drove the alpine loop 😀
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Tfw Hangouts on iOS has a better UI and more features than the Android version... Give me Allo or give me death #TheStruggle
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Smart people will just use the Signal Protocol encryption mode 
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😵😵😵 Take my money 😵😵😵
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Haha, not a bad idea. I'm at my brother's house right now - he has a PS4. We're probably gonna play the demo tonight.
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How I feel when I use #AndroidPay  at the store
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A first I was hyped for the Nexus 5x, then I wasn't, but now I am again. :(
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I'm underwhelmed just because of the LCD screen. After using a Moto X for two years, I don't think I can live without the glory of an AMOLED screen.

I'm waiting for the reviews, and then I might pick up a 6p on Project Fi. I know the size is ludicrous, but I think I can probably get used to it.
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In a series of cells, I'm so lucky to be part of.
Introduction
Hi, I'm Ian.
I like technology, comedy, nature, and animals. That is about all.
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I drink juice every single day
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  • Sumaria
    Computer Support Bro, 2011 - 2013
  • Rylex
    Computer stuff, 2009 - 2011
  • Flying J
    2008 - 2009
  • Wal Mart :(
    2006 - 2008
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    System Administrator, 2013 - 2015
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This company is absolute garbage. I bought a Rainbow and unfortunately they do business through this rubbish company. Let me just say real quick that my auto payments were coming out of my savings. I lost my job earlier last year and when I ran out of money in my savings, I did not get any alert from Preferred Credit that I did not have the funds. What I did get was a letter about halfway through the month saying I owed my balance plus a $20 fee and if I did not pay it in 30 days they take legal action against me. Woooooow! Not even a phone call saying "Hey, the funds weren't able to come out, do you have an alternative method of payment?". Just a straight threat letter in the mail. Also, their website is absolute trash. You can't even see your remaining balance on there! You can't even get it with the automated phone system when you check your account status. To add insult to injury, both their website AND automated phone system say that my next payment is due sometime in mid 2017 and yet they still don't hesitate to send me these legal threats if my payments don't come out (Even if I rush right away to their website and pay the balance manually). Their business practice is a joke and I thoroughly regret purchasing anything through them. I got a phone call from somebody here last week and all they said on the voicemail was "It is recommended that you call us back today." That was it. Not information or anything. I called back and the guy didn't even know of anything going on with my account. If anybody close to me is thinking of buying a Kirby or Rainbow or anything else that goes through PCI I will advice them strongly to not do so. If you are reading this review I suggest the same to you too. I will never do business with these guys again. Just buy a Kirby or whatever off the internet, pay less, and don't deal with this awful company.
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Why didn't I think to try Replicolor sooner?! I've been missing out! They took in my very amateurish photos and gave me prints on the same day which is awesome! I went to another photo lab in the area not too long ago and it took a day to have my negatives processed and nobody notified me to tell me they were done! I have a lot of respect for the photo labs who are still operating. It's so hard to find a good place that will develop film anymore and its such a shame. Thankfully, good folks like the ones at Replicolor still believe in the format and I hope that they continue keeping the format alive for many many years to come. Great results, fast turn over, and great service! I'll be sure to come back here when I have more film to drop off. They offer plenty of other services which are displayed all around the main room. I might have to swing by when my photography skills are a bit better and get some nice big prints made for my home.
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
I thought this place was really cool but unfortunately our trip was sabotaged by my GPS. What was supposed to only be a 3 hour trip turned into about 8 due to my GPS leading me down this unpopulated byway and a really long dirt road that my car was having troubles on. Had to turn around and go back an extra hour and a half to get back on the freeway. I was then told to go through Burley and go in from the "backroad" which was also a mistake if you don't have a 4-wheel drive car. The road was very rocky and bumpy. It took us a good hour on that bumpy road to finally get in. Once we did though it was absolutely beautiful. On the way there you can't really see anything so it was surprising to finally get in and see these gorgeous rocks and mountains. Lots of people out there camping which I was very jealous of! By the time we finally got there we only had about 30 minutes before it was dark out so we ended up leaving pretty quick. I was really bummed out that it was such a hassle to get there, but I would love to go back. As a tip for any travelers looking to find this place, keep going down I-84 and get off on exit 216 Rupert. There is a gas station right there and a sign for City of Rocks. Unless you have a four wheel drive car, this seems to be the best and safest way to get there. If you do have a more powerful vehicle, the dirt road seems to be the quickest way there.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
There is something extremely alluring about this place that I can't quite figure out. I feel a haunting yet welcoming presence when standing at the bottom of a giant red rock formation looking up. I think to myself what the people who lived here thousands of years ago must have thought looking up into the night sky among the large rocks. An absolutely incredible place that just feels different than any other place I have ever visited.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
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Gone are the days of the 1-hour photo lab. What a shame it is to scramble all over the valley just to find a place to develop photos. I've had my eye on Nichols for a good 6 or 7 months but never made the time to slide in and get my photos processed. I made a huge mistake last year. I took all of my Moab vacation photos on 35mm and got them done at Walgreens. I had good luck with them in the past, but as soon as they told me that they were shipping my film off to be processed I got a bit nervous. 10 days later, I get my prints back with no negatives! The prints looked like muddy hot garbage and all of my photos were ruined. I learned from my mistakes. I took my latest batch to Nichols to have them processed as I didn't have the materials to do it myself. I was happy with their services and it only costed me around 7 bucks to get two rolls processed! Excellent price! I can't comment on the quality of the prints as I only got the negatives processed (I have a film negative scanner at home so I didn't really need prints). The photos that they had up on the walls looked really great though. Although it took a whole day and nobody called me to tell me my film was ready (I called them the next day) I was still very happy with the outcome. It's sad that it is so hard to find a place who still develops 35mm film so I have a lot of respect for Nichols keeping the spirit of film alive. I'll be coming back when I am out of supplies at home and need my photos asap.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
I grew up on 5 Buck Pizza and it breaks my heart that I can no longer have it. This was the go-to place for my girlfriend and I. We have driven all the way to Provo to get 5 Buck Pizza and now that location is no longer open. I am so sad that I can't find any 5 Buck Pizzas anymore. I have asked them via Email for their recipe so I can continue to eat the pizza I constantly crave with no luck. I will continue to leave them voicemails and emails until somebody gives me a solution. We used to joke about this a few years ago. We used to say how much we loved it and that with our luck, it'll close down. We laughed at such a silly idea, but now we cry because it came true. 5 Buck Pizza, if you are reading this I just want to let you know that our lives are not the same without you. I know this sounds like a joke review but I am completely serious. I remember when my girlfriend got me a heart shaped pizza from you on Valentines day and it made me so happy. Please do something so we can continue to enjoy the incredible recipe you have made :(
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago