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Enter The Gentouch 78 *Let the pigeons loose!*

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Well, I took the plunge and decided to actually locate and purchase this alleged first on the market Android tablet from Augen and Kmart. For $169.00 you get a functional Android tablet with.. Well.. Problems. Now if you are a novice user type or not technical at all, you are kinda SOL if you buy one of these in their first incarnation.

Why?

Let me list the issues for you:

  • The micro SD slot has a large opening that also can lead to you placing the card into the body of the device and miss the actual connections. I had to turn mine over and shake to get the card back out luckily
  • The HDMI port.. well there isn’t one even though there is a marker saying HDMI
  • The company who makes this failed to actually talk to Google so the android market place will not work on the box at this time. They came up with an alternative though that is ok…
  • The USB drivers for the Gentouch do not work with Windows 7 and you have to find their wiki page and download the update to make it work. You then have to use the reset/hard reset to get the update to work. Even then it seems to take some jiggering to make it work
  • The 800 mghz architecture along with a straight install of Android is DOG SLOW once I rooted it I found that they had not done any kind of tailoring of the OS. It was tying up precious ram with phone services and a GPS service.. Neither of which are on board!
  • The original install of Android had no way to calibrate the screen and the touch sensitive-ness of this machine leaves much to be desired. Typing on this thing is rather useless if you want to type effectively
  • I read that all of the Gentouch 78’s out there have the same mac address.. Crazy! I get near another on the same wifi network and its drop the sig time

Once I took care of the rooting issue though, I was able to streamline the memory and kill processes to make this thing move a bit faster. However, the scrolling and the general flow of the system is kinda choppy.  I originally bought this to be a 7″ reader device for pdf files as well as ebooks and I have to say so far it has been pretty good for that. In fact, Sunday morning I spent a good amount of time reading the NY Times on it and enjoyed it quite a bit.

The device is easy to handle and light. It does get a bit warm though, so it can be seen as maybe burning itself out at some point. Once I got used to the issue with the SD card and other technical issues of connection and system tweaking, I have been rather happy with it.

So, overall, not bad.. I hear though that Augen is not continuing with this version so a new one will be coming.. Soon? Kmart has also decided not to carry this machine any more, so after their debacle with the rain checks and lack of shipped product. So, it is likely you will have to get one of these on Ebay if you want one. That is until they come out with version II… Of course they may be in trouble with other factions like Google etc.. So who knows what will happen.

All in all.. not too bad.. It’s been a ride.

CoB

Written by Krypt3ia

2010/08/17 at 23:59

Carnivale: Two Seasons of Goodness and Then A Blight from HBO

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Back in 2005 a show came to HBO that I got in drips and drabs over time while I was a “Travelling Man” for IBM. Since I did not have HBO at home and still don’t I had to finally catch this whole show on DVD. I have just finished watching both seasons of the show and I felt compelled to write a review. The show was Carnivale.

Carnivale takes place in 1934, the depths of the depression in the blighted land of the dust bowl. From the start, it is an incredibly well shot and designed show that really places you in the setting of depression dust bowl life even better than the Dorthea Lange picture of the migrant worker. You literally feel the dust and parching heat of the place and time by just looking at the scenery and of course, the players. Never a more dusty troupe will you ever see.

The basis of the show is the epic battle between good and evil that takes place on the earthly plane after the war in Heaven came to an end. Evidently, every generation has the chance of being led by evil or good according to the deal that was struck between Satan and God. A savior and a devil are born with each generation and they may, or may not, fulfill their destiny to do battle and decide the fate of man.. For that generation at least.. Until the Omega.

In this generation you have Ben Hawkins, a boy who has been shunned by his insane mother and in the start of the show, we find has escaped the chain gang to be with her and try to help her. She refuses his help, which could heal her by the laying of hands upon her, and dies. Ben, moves on to escape the law with the local Carnivale and begins the journey of discovery of what he is as well as hasten the epic battle to come.

The Good:

Fantastic cinematography, set design, costume design, and general historical accuracy down to the language of the time and place! This will be darkly wonderful and dry for you to watch. You will feel like you are literally sitting next to that migrant worker as well as give you a taste of 1930’s carny life.

The Acting was well done and the writing of the characters well defined if not a little cryptic at times.. But that cryptic nature makes you want to know more, so you make a point of watching the next episode. There was not one episode that left me thinking.. Meh, maybe I will not see it next week when it was on tv.. The only problem I had was.. I didn’t have HBO except in hotel rooms!

The story was well defined and had you wondering at every turn just where it was going to go. You had hints and visions of possible futures but you really were left with your imagination as opposed to too many foreshadowing scenes that gave everything away. The interplay of the plot lines both historical and present really kept you going too. All in all, a story that was originally a book that was turned into a series that kept most of its content. This was one of the reasons for its downfall though. The series was just too costly to continue according to HBO and thus, in the end I have a gripe about the ending…

The Bad:

As mentioned above, the cost of the show and the sudden decision to pull it from HBO left it in the lurch. Much of this due to the story lines and arc of the show being presented in book/chapter format. By killing it in the second season, the writers were left to tie up some loose ends hastily and end it with as much finality as they could and still serve the story…

Which, really did not happen.

At the end, the story was forced enough that the last three episodes felt like you were being rushed out of your seat at a busy restaurant by a harried wait staff. You got to eat, but you got heartburn for it really. The story suddenly shifted into high gear with a feel akin to a speed walking version of “The Stand” and the new “Canaan” took the place of Las Vegas.

Additionally, I found that the plot device used to foil the evil one was a bit of a kluge, however, had it been part of the larger arc later discovered through the writers pitch document, then it would not have made it seem too forced. But, because this show was given the axe, the story line and end falls flat. I think though, that I need to find out if the writers etc, knew that this was the end when they had it in the can or, did they think season 3 was coming still? If so, then the pace was just, the pace and my perception of it different because it was “the end” according to HBO.

All in all, the ending left quite the opening for continuation should someone pick up the mantle. However, since its 2010 and Hollywood would rather make crappy re-makes than original works, I hold out little hope of redemption through the arc being finished out.

Final Analysis:

  • Carnivale was a fantastic show that got the usual short shrift from the studios.
  • HBO screwed the pooch.
  • Clancy Brown is America’s scariest actor
  • This show leaves you wanting to Google a LOT of things
  • It includes Templars, Renne Les Chateau, and other mythos and that is ALWAYS cool
  • See it all on DVD.. I promise you you will not regret anything but its ending
  • Once you have seen the series read the “Pitch Document” it will give you more to work with

“Ok children.. Let’s shake some dust”

CoB

Written by Krypt3ia

2010/07/29 at 18:44

“Being Human”

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Being Human, a new (sorta) show on BBC that has yet to make it over the pond, has me. A werewolf, a Vampire, and a Ghost live together in a Bristol flat. They strive to all be more “human” in nature than their respective monsters or spirit as the case may be.

There are elements of many different mythos within this show. The Vampires though call bringing someone over “recruiting” and the blood lust is more an addiction than anything else that can be controlled.

The Werewolf is a bit of a sad sac with an inner strength and humanity that not even the wolf can diminish.. And the ghost is truly a lost soul.

This show is a nice balance of horror, comedy, and drama… Check it out.. That is when it gets to the US.

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/11/05 at 01:40

Posted in Review, Tv