Category Archives: Complaints

#California2018: My Maker Manifesto

It’s taken me 27 years to really understand what really excited me in this world (STEAM & the Maker Movement). Now I have a plan to make it my life. When I first parted ways with academia back in 2013, I was a fledgling engineer with no ambitions beyond achieving a sustainable income and comfortable routine. If I could slog through work and enjoy my evenings/weekends, I would’ve been content. But a strange thing happened going into 2014. After several … Continue reading

Where the Lumia 1020 Running Windows Phone 8.1 Falls Short

There’s a lot to like about Microsoft/Nokia’s “normal-sized” photography-beast of a smartphone, but despite its best efforts the Windows Phone experience here isn’t all positive. Preemptive Update: After deliberating with a friend who uses a newer Windows Phone (Icon w/ 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragonβ„’ 800), I believe that some of my user experience issues are related to the phone’s inadequate hardware/software optimization. As such, I cannot recommend the Lumia 1020 unless you are specifically interested in the 41 MP camera. … Continue reading

Logitech G400 High Failure Rate, Design Flaw

Update: Logitech now has a policy where you need a receipt or invoice to receive warranty service, which means if you got your mouse as a gift, or from a brick and mortar store a long time ago you’re screwed. Because of this consumer-unfriendly outlook, my next mouse will be a Razer. I’m a big fan of Logitech’s Gaming Hardware, I own the Z-4’s (solid value in 2.1 audio), a G510, as well as a G930 headset. Every now and … Continue reading

Everything Wrong With the 2014 Mazda CX-5

It’s a joy to drive, but missing some of the “little things” holds back the CX-5 from true greatness. Update: Check the comments section too, others have mentioned a couple more good ones. Update 2: I took my CX-5 on a racetrack, and I actually had a lot of fun. Here are my thoughts. The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is undoubtedly one of the best (affordable) CUVs on the market right now. Between it’s killer looks and fantastic road-feel, the CX-5 … Continue reading

Who the F* thought buying these chairs was a good idea? (WordPress Mobile Test)

Better question: What stupid company thought this was a good product?! All I hear is squeaksqueaksqueaksqueak. And it sucks because I’m a fidgety person. Squeaksqueaksqueak. This has been a test of WordPress for iOS. Squeak.

Matlab or Battery Life: Pick… two?

Programming homework between classes used to mean “bring your charger.” Used to. As a consequence of getting eaten alive by a pair of programming-intensive projects, I’ve been spending a large amount of time with the infamous Matlab: linear algebra crutch and resource hog extraordinaire. And while I used to always bring a charger with me when I went to work in my PhD candidate friend’s office, I discovered that Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) is a surprisingly usable alternative to local … Continue reading