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Michael Moskau (QuatMosk)
Attended Trent University
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Help Me Choose...

I may have mentioned that I have a small amount of discretionary income that I can blow on "toys", and that has served me well in the past few months. I got a tablet, a BlueTooth game controller, a tablet case, and a few other odds and sods. It's not a king's ransom, but I've been able to scratch an itch that was previously driving me crazy.

That being said, I'm not starting to think about some "big ticket" items that might be worth picking up in the near to late future (as the sheckles roll in), so I'm turning to you, my G+ peeps, for advice and counsel.

Don't you dare let me down!!!
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That's just not an option. Papa gotta spend the cheddah!
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The Plan

So after 11 (or so) years in our house, we're going to try to move. The house is fantastic, the property is ginormous, but our lives are busy, our kids are growing, and a LOT of our daily routine would be better handled being closer to Ottawa. So, the house is available to show, and it really speaks for itself, but here's the link!

Fingers crossed that it sells quickly.
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Oh, I bought a tablet!

After futzing around with two other tablets (both Acers) I finally decided to pull the trigger and buy a Lenovo. I did a lot of research trying to find the right tablet, and while the Acer tablets both had their strengths, I wasn't totally happy with either one. This one, though, hits all the right notes.

I'll be playing with it some more to see where the strengths and weaknesses are, but this one feels like a keeper.

Finally!
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Flip that: they used to be IBM products, now all bets are off. I'm just a little sad there isn't a little red rubber thingy in the middle of the screen to control my mouse pointer...
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Do you ever wonder...

... what's going on in your sibling's head?
(Sent via message by my sister)
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Come on...you liked it!
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You know what's not fun?

Having pretty much your entire family hammered by the flu the weekend before, and right into the Easter weekend. I thought I was better today, but it turns out that was NOT the case. I'm warm, flushed, freezing, coughing, things are coming out of me in very nasty ways, and I've still got young kids to watch over, some of whom keep taking bad turns.

Let this be a lesson: get your flu shots people!
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Always, it's a job requirement
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Well, it was worth a shot...

I've been (overbearingly) desperate for a new tablet for a long time, so about three weeks ago I decided to pick up a Windows tablet for cheep from The Source. It seemed like a very solid buy for a great price, and for a short time, I was quite happy with my purchase. But niggling doubts kept creeping in, and I've finally decided to get rid of it. Reasons:

Like Windows can, the tablet had a tendency to shut itself down for no good reason that I could find, and trying to pour through Event Viewer with a touch interface is NOT fun.

Speaking of touch interface, the Desktop "view" is cool and all, but it's really not ideal when you're not using a keyboard and mouse. Lots of trial and error to be efficient (an oxymoron, I know). And no, I didn't explore all the options (ie: Bluetooth mouse), but I also didn't feel like bringing my OTG cable, my USB four-port hub and a lightweight USB keyboard and mouse around wherever I went.

Switching between Tile and Desktop view could be frustrating: which apps showed up in which interface was very hit-and-miss. If I was in Tile view, some (but not all) desktop apps showed up, whereas when I was in Desktop view, no Tile apps showed up. And don't get me started about app management: it took me fifteen minutes and a few searches online just to figure out how to uninstall Windows 8 phone/tablet apps in the first place, since they didn't show up via Control Panel.

Back to power for a second, Windows 8 doesn't provide a "close all" option like Android (and I'll assume iOS) has, so twice the power ran down on the tablet overnight. I woke to a dead slate, and had to charge it up. Also, the coin toss of "is it off, or is it asleep" was a fun game the first three times or so, more tedious as the weeks wore on.

The Windows 8 phone/tablet apps were, on the whole, pretty stable, but when they crashed, they just went away. Maybe there's a setting to let you know what happened, or maybe you have to jump into the Event Viewer (see above) to find the crash by hand. Either way, it made for some frustration.

On the plus side, since I've been so negative thus far, the tablet feels great in the hand, the screen is VERY nice, and some apps like Netflix and the Microsoft Arkadium games (Solitaire, Minesweeper, etc.) are really well put together. The constant reminder that you could upgrade the games was a bit of a let down, which brings me back to the con side, and my last point...

As I've been using my BlackBerry PlayBook and Android for the past few years, I know what to expect in terms of apps and general feel, and I just couldn't seem to get a feel for Windows 8 on a tablet. It's not quite split down the middle, caught between Tile and Desktop view, and apps have a lot to do with that. There's very little that's free (what can I say, I don't have a lot of money to throw at a tablet), and what is there seems just a little off, coming from publishers that I don't know (or trust) enough to install their knock-off version of something that looks like an app that might come in handy. In a lot of ways, it reminds me very much of what happened to the BlackBerry PlayBook: a good environment hobbled by the fact that no one seemed willing to devote time into developing for it. If there had been more Tile-based apps, I might have stuck around for longer, but when I realized that I was using the tablet as a glorified NetFlix and gaming machine, with none of my usual collection of tools and productivity apps, I decided to throw in the towel.

Maybe I'll try a low-cost Android tablet, like the UbiSlate... heck, I can get two of 'em! Acer Iconia Tab 8 W1-810 (whew!)... you are outta here!

#review #tablet
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Gamer Friends...

This is going to sound dumb, but I got an email from Steam that a game I wanted was on deep discount. When I head into Steam, however, it's most certainly not discounted.

Has this happened to anyone else?
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Deadpool Release Day FTW!!!

I'm so very excited to pick up a copy of Deadpool today (glad I saved some of my fun money), but then that little voice starts nattering at me:

Michael, don't you want to wait until the extra special limited cold-pressed extreem super-de-dooper edition comes out with the DVD and Blu Ray and VHS and Little Golden Book (mild language) and 8-Track soundtrack and wall mural and Alan Dean Foster paper back adaptation (prophetic!) becomes available?

Hey... maybe shut up, little voice.
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And yet, I still haven't watched it. 😕
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This Stereo...

Is literally older than my marriage, and it has now gone to the electronics recycling drop-off in my village (handy thing to have, that).

The stereo was one of the first things I bought myself as a "grown-up", and it served me (then, us) well for over 20 years. But even a cheap little apartment stereo can't last forever, and it was spending more time as a digital clock than it was as a music playing machine thingy. So, goodbye, old friend. I'll miss you!

(Side note: ten years of accumulated dust does NOT a pretty picture make...)
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I still have my first harddrive. A 2.5 GB bigfoot.
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Caturday Napping...

Those two photos may seem the same, but there was a twitch, I swear it!

I like to believe he was dreaming of being involved in an olde-timey stagecoach robbery. "Reach for the sky!"
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I've decided...

To become a metroidendosexual on Miitomo. Would you like to be my friend? Let's make cute Nintendo characters say bad words and wear non gender norm clothes together, mkay?

I'm not sure how to link to friends, but my name in Miitomo is quatmosk !
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+Nigel Joiner Wait... how are you NOT on Twitter? That's for old people like us now.
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Always, in Florida...

When she gets out of the hospital, that boy is going to learn "you don't shoot to maim, Dammit! "
Florida mom Jamie Gilt was shot Tuesday by her 4-year-old son.
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I guess I'm lucky I got out of Florida alive!  I miss it sometimes...this is not one of those times
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    Computer Studies - Philosophy, 1989 - 1993
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