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Sea of Stars - Nintendo Switch announcement

Posted at 19:20 - 25th, January 2023 by Alex Alex
This looks incredible. It seems to be a spiritual successor to chrono trigger in a lot of ways.

I've been looking for a game to play for the longest time and this might just scratch that itch. They also just announced golden eye 64 with online multipler. Might be time to get myself a switch...

Sea of stars is made by sabotage studios - an indie developer based in Saint Joseph, Quebec of all places.

Releasing on steam, xbox, switch, ps5, your fridge, tesla, and kitchen sink.

Alex - There's a resurgence of games like this now. Christophe had told me about another, I'll tr...

Can't install Pandora - Music & Podcasts

Posted at 13:12 - 17th, November 2022 by Alex Alex
I mentioned in my last post that I was having trouble with getting Pandora to install on my old LG G6.

Android app install fail

I ran through all the instructions provided in the link and even checked the pandora's website - which was pretty useless to be honest.
Basically, Google suggests clearing cache, making space, restarting phone as easy fixes and more intense fixes would be refresh os, update, or reset it. I wasn't willing to reset the phone, and the phone is maxed out on android 8, Pandora requires Android 7.

Pandora needs suitable phones, so Android 7, 55mbs of space and an internet connection. No real permissions to speak of really.

I was good with os requirements, I had at least 1 gig and was emptying it of my old whatsapp media but had much more than the 55 playstore was saying. Tried clearing playstore cache, tried restarting phone multiple times, even tried using a vpn to the us and another store - aptoid and was consistently failing with same screen.

I believe the issue was that despite the 55mbs requirement apps need much, much more space because 1 gig was no where near enough. I cleaned up to 2 gigs of stuff and then it installed no problem.

It could be coincidence though because I can't find any documentation about it online and pandora support didn't know where to begin.

Using old phones as music players

Posted at 13:53 - 16th, November 2022 by Alex Alex
I've been trying to lessen the load on my imac to prolong it's life a bit since it's my work computer. The best thing I've done recently was to run the os off an external ssd through USB 2 which works surprisingly well. That 5400rpm hdd was just killing me. Would boot the machine in the morning and it'd be useless because spotlight would basically just start indexing the hard drive and I couldn't do anything else while that was going on.

I had a crappy tablet that I was using as a pandora box for while I worked but it was big, bulky and slow. I've turned it into a graphic novel machine for home since my kindle can't really do that - it does but the screen is too small, black and white and sucks at zooming in to read the text.

I figured, I had an old LG g6 laying around collecting dust, might as well use that. It's running a newer (old) version of android, is faster, has better battery life and is generally better aside from the crack in the glass of the display.

Only problem is it refuses to install pandora, I cannot figure out why. Tried the play store and even aptoid and both fail. There's more than enough space. I just don't know what to do.

It led me to try out other apps, Spotify, youtube, soundcloud, podcast addict.

Works well, fast and responsive but god damn the algorithm sucks. Maybe I just can't figure out the app to get the most out of it, but I just prefer Pandora's way of doing things. It almost seems like the music is based more on people's playlists rather than radio station like pandora and youtube.

It's too focused on videos, which makes sense cause it's a video app rather than a music app. There's a youtube music app, but I don't remember it being friendly. I'll try it out at some point again. Major issue with youtube is if on free version the screen has to stay active for anything to play, again makes sense as a video app. The algorithm is kind of weird too and you can easily go down a rabbit hole if not paying close attention. It's also really focused on keeping your attention so if you watch one video about something, let's say trans rights, then a lot of the suggested videos will be the same sort.

I'd also suggest using a vpn to get out of the north american market. Watching youtube here in St. Kitts does not bring up any ads at all. The minute I turn on my vpn to the states, I'm inundated with ads.

So far this seems to be the best alternative to Pandora because the algorithm seems to be the most similar. The main issue is it doesn't seem to be as popular so some artists don't both posting their music to it and so there's not as much selection. There are ads, but I'm not sure if it's general ads or because I'm on a vpn, the vpn isn't necessary to use the app. I'll see if there are ads when vpn isn't open.

Podcast Addict
This is kind of in its own space because it's a mix of both youtube and the music apps. It provides podcasts, not radio stations - though one could argue they're similar enough - and some of the podcasts have switched to video podcast. The app has the most options and settings to play with, can even play videos in the background with the screen off. You'll also find all sorts of things on there that won't be on any other platform because it's relatively decentralized with no censoring unlike the other apps. I listen to dark horse and no agenda podcasts here.

Sorry for lack of content

Posted at 14:52 - 17th, October 2022 by Alex Alex
Life has been quite something recently. Getting the house ready for the triumphant return of Ale and Leandro, trying to catch up with work. Certain things have had to take a back seat. I'm not willing to let the site die just yet but I realize it must seem pretty dead.

We'll see how things go once we get into a rhythm with the lil guy. Hopefully I will have some more free time to deal with things.

Alex - But it's somewhat slow going since I can only code in evenings when baby sleeping and Atta...

Trance Fridays #393 - Above and Beyond Feat Gemma Hayes - Counting down the days

Posted at 14:49 - 17th, October 2022 by Alex Alex
Sorry, got a lot going on by me now that the little one is home.

Originally caught this years ago, but was brought back to my attention because of a remix I'm trying to find.

Konbini Confessions

Posted at 21:09 - 31st, July 2022 by andrew andrew
Alex - Man, these just keep getting weirder and weirder

Meeting The Last Member Of A Remote Hidden Japanese Mountain Village

Posted at 10:39 - 28th, July 2022 by Alex Alex
Tags: abandonned villages, hermits, hiking, japan, culture
andrew - haha, if I found something really cheap, I would definitely consider it Act...

The nightmare of exchanging dollars to Euros in italy

Posted at 12:28 - 14th, June 2022 by Alex Alex
Tags: travel, italy, us to euros, banks, foreign exchange
Alex - Transferwise? Never heard of it. I've been using my an American account I have that...

Someone has been spoofing my work email

Posted at 9:17 - 13th, June 2022 by Alex Alex
Tags: email spoofing, hackers, funio, email headers, tech support
Alex - It seems like a simple change of password for an account that was on the funio server (it'...

Trance Fridays #384 - Lxury - Do This Forever

Posted at 3:07 - 20th, April 2022 by Alex Alex
Tags: trance fridays, Lxury, do this forever, letterkenny, comedy, great dialogue, canadian humor
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andrew - ahhh i totally forgot about that show, need to catch up