Chernobyl - HBO mini serie

Must Watch: Chernobyl

I can’t recommend enough to watch “Chernobyl”, a HBO mini serie/fiction-documentary of 5 episodes, which deals with the worse nuclear disaster ever occurred so far.

The production has been great reflecting how the soviet government wasn’t fully aware of the disaster and wanted to cover it up to keep up the proud soviet face. I had read a lot of the disaster and watched a few documentaries (360p days in Youtuve), and I’m still enjoying this show.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (part 2)

I have been fan of the Attack on Titan Anime since its first season; brutal animation with a lot of building story. The second part (its not 4th season, yet) of the season 3 just started, and it had an awesome episode. Really pumped up to watch the rest of the season.

Lets hope Eren its more useful in this arc.

A year of reading books

Back in December 2017, I wanted to read a lot more books. I’m not a person that starts a new year making a list of goals, but this was the first time I’ve being serious about achieving something through the year.

My goal was to read more than 25 books, maybe even reach the 50 books in year; I tried hard a few months, but I end up at 32 books. It feels great, I got to read a lot of stories and really good books.

  • Reading this many books, made me feel like the year lasted longer. As if I had experienced in person all those stories, and visited the places told in the books.
  • Going through 25 books in a year feels doable as long as you stay focused on the goal (around 2 weeks to read a book). Achieving 50 or more books, that’s going to be hard if you have a busy life (work and other hobbies are going to interfere), or stick to picking light books (cheating 😉 )
  • I don’t really mind reading on printed books or ebooks. Some have good edition, others don’t. Each one has its pros and cons, I just wanted to consume the story.
  • One thing about reading printed books, is that the covers are attractive, so people might ask you about your read (more if they see you reading periodically at the same place). With tablets or ebook readers, people might think you are just checking Social Media.
  • It really helped me carrying a book everywhere, even to a bar. Reading while commuting a third world country is fine, while pulling a ebook reader could be dangerous.
  • Its funny because the more I read, the more books get into my wish list. I got a lot of follow ups from Scientific books. Still feels good to tackle a bound of entries from my list.

You can checkout the books I had have read at LibraryThing.

I’m going to keep with this goal through 2019, maybe should I call it an habit by now 🙂 Feels good to be able to read books, I should try to read even more.

Sword Art Online – Alicization

Sword Art Online – Alicization (Season 3)

Heads up! The season 3 of Sword Art Online anime just started airing again 😀 (previous season aired back in 2014). SAO its one of my favorite series, and having had read the light novels a few years ago, I’m excited about this adaptation.

I think its been like 4 years since I read most of this season’s history arc, and just recently caught up to the #17 novel. The history is really long, I’m not sure how much of it is going to be covered in this season. We’ll see what makes it in.

You can watch it in Crunchyroll. Or Horrible Subs.

2018: Phones are mostly bezel-less so our cases can have big bezels

Essential Phone with Poetic case

Essential Phone with the Poetic case

This year most smartphone manufacturers have been pushing hard to reduce the size of the bezels on their phones (so called screen-to-body ratio); also using fragile premium materials of the back, instead of plastic, is cool. It funny because if you care about your phone, you’re going to use a case with it, and one with quite big bezels.

For a while I was tempted on getting one of the Caterpillar android phones, but the specs were kinda bad, so was the lack of software updates. Actually its becoming harder to find a flagship Android phone that doesn’t have a back made of glass or ceramic and tiny bezels in the front. But hey, that slippery back gotta feel premium!.

Looks like the future of smartphones is about wrapping their premium materials in Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) cases 🙄

What the next smartphone generation should aim for

5 years apart: HTC One X and the original iPhone

It’s been a long time since my first smartphone, and also my first mobile phone, the original iPhone. Since then smartphones are almost as powerful as netbooks, just look at the specs of my current phone, a HTC One X:

  • CPU: 1.5Ghz Quad-Core
  • 1280 x 720 4.7″ screen
  • 32GB on board storage
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 MP camera and decent sensor

Compared to the original iPhone hardware, everything is 3 or 4 times better. The Android OS is literally light-years from the crappy Windows Pocket/CE or Symbian OS experience, browsing from this phone feels almost like doing it from a traditional desktop PC.

I’m sure there is still room for improvement (specially on the little webkit browser), but also somehow feels like the phone hardware doesn’t to be that much powerful. I don’t think having a 8 core CPU will be noticeable unless you do really intense gaming. More Ram? hmm well, I’m not running a database server in the server; besides mobile OSs doesn’t run all applications in parallel at the same time, they keep one app active and the rest sleeping (plus services in the background).

More pixels on the screen? well, at 300dpi is already hard to see individual pixels. Same for tons of megapixels on the camera, that’s silly; at least HTC is betting for higher quality rather than just pack more megapixels.

However with all those improvements in the last years, there are two areas where I’d really like to see huge advances:

  • Battery life: It’s nice to have such a big screen, but tuning it on feels like burns the battery. Leaving my phone in stand by could easy past one day without charging, but it can’t take more than 6 hours of continuous use. I’d love so much to have a phone with a battery that lats a couple days like in the old days… I guess it’s too much to ask when every manufacturer tries to pack as much muscle on the phone as they can. Sigh.
  • Unbreakable glass screen: Scratches are almost no issue nowadays, but every time I drop my phone, I fear its going to shatter. I feel bad for iPhone and iPad mini users, because Apple loves so much pushing the glass to the border as much as they can… Beautiful aesthetics they say, shatter screens is what I see. At least most Android devices keep a reasonable ugly bezel, I like my devices being durable not just beautiful.

@neavilag's cracked iPad Mini

If you ask me about dreaming, I’d love so much my phone to be also my computer like the old Seabird phone concept:

To be honest, I don’t think this happening, Motorola tried to do something like this with the Atrix phone, it looked nice but it wasn’t powerful, after all the x86 architecture packs more force than ARM (if you don’t mind the power consumption). I don’t see phones and tablets reaching the same compute power (and versatility) as laptops anytime soon.

Goodbye Spanish, Hello English

When I started to hook up on Internet, like ten years ago, Spanish contents were quite few and the quality was way lower versus English ones; since then 99% of my searches are in English, unless I’ve to search for something local, I don’t see a reason too look for Spanish contents. 

My OS and my gadgets always have been configured to use English language since ever, actually using one in Spanish (because of regional auto settings or whatever) doesn’t feel right; and don’t make me talk about how annoying is to use a PC with the wrong keyboard shortcuts.

Over the past few years I have been reading a lot of English books, technical/science ones I’ve to say, I’m starting to become comfortable about switching to another language. I haven’t took any courses to property learn English, yet I need to check the dictionary fewer times nowadays.
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Que en paz descanse: Flash para móviles

Es oficial, Adobe quiere deshacerse pronto de Flash, con el anuncio que este ya no tendrá soporte oficial para móviles con Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). No es una novedad, pero de todas formas acelerará el final del Flash player en Android.

Reproductor Flash de Vimeo

En mi Nexus One tuve instalado el Flash player casi solo por sitios de reseñas que aún usan reproductores propios. Para cualquier otra cosa, el 99% del contenido nunca fue optimizado para móviles, es decir, botones minúsculos pensados para un mouse. De hecho, el único que recuerdo que sea optimizado es el reproductor flash de Vimeo.

Hace unos años para hacer una interfaz animada en el web, Flash era la respuesta. ahora esto se puede hacer sin problemas con HTML5 (ejemplo), o incluso hasta mejor porque no se trabaja en “una ventana” de dimensiones fijas, sino se puede usar diseños adaptativos.

Si bien HTML5 no es la panacea universal, buena parte del contenido que existe en Flash se puede hacer en HTML5, y esto mismo puede usarse en el sitio principal, en lugar de mantener flash para desktops y html5 solo para móviles. Obvio que HTML5 no tendrá las mismas capacidades de Flash, pero la gente que las necesita es muy poca; para móviles la respuesta es irse por desarrollo de aplicaciones nativas, en el desktop Flash aún seguirá vivo por algunos años más.