Category Archives: Reviews

Mazda CX-5 (2014) Handling Impressions

I took my CX-5 on a racetrack and didn’t die. I actually had a lot of fun. I know I’ve given Mazda a lot of flak for not going the last mile in the design and execution of the latest generation CX-5, it’s a beautiful car that just needs a little polish in a few key areas. But in the name of fairness I want to address the single biggest thing Mazda did/does right: the driving experience. We all know … 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 Snapdragon™ 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

What I like about the Lumia 1020 running Windows Phone 8.1

For the better part of a decade now, the smartphone industry has been a two horse race between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. They hit harder and faster than anyone else could, and they don’t give up market share easily. Their deep pockets and lengthy head start have forced most new entrants in the smartphone wars to be content surviving as an experiment (although some don’t even make it that far *coughUbuntucough*). But every now and then, a company shows … 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

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug in 4 Reactions (Spoilers… duh)

Except not really, because you should have read the book. 1) Peter Jackson isn’t perfect, but every now and then he nails a shot. Case and point: Gandolf vs. Sauron. Conventional wizard duels (I’m looking at you, Harry Potter) almost feel pedestrian in comparison. Both the pacing of the cuts, and the framing of each shot going from Wide-Close-Wide coupled with the intent of using high contrast scenes is pleasantly jarring. It feels less like confusion and more like delicious, … Continue reading

Shapeoko 2 CNC Kit: Assembly Overview

In case you hadn’t noticed, I was kinda majorly geeking out over this Arduino-controlled machine last week. Over the holidays, the Shapeoko 2 CNC kit I had ordered from Inventables arrived. I spent most of my free time in the beginning of January putting together my first serious workshop toy/tool. I documented the entire process as well as I could (I was far too busy trying to make sense of all the metric hardware) and summarized the entire process in … Continue reading