I've been dealing with a 32" Philips TV running at 1080i for a number of years. I loved that TV, it was really nice just maybe on the small size for the space where it is. I recently decided it was time to upgrade to a larger TV more towards the size of 55" and support of 1080p. My quest started and ended at BJs, surprisingly since they had the best deal. If you are not familiar with BJs then you could relate them to COSTCO, PriceClub, or Sams Club. Same type of place just different name.
Last Friday I decided to forgo what I saw the previous month and go directly to Best Buy where I was slammed in the face with high prices no where near what I wanted to spend for what I was getting. I wanted one thing... A big LED TV and all I could find sub $1500 was LCD or Plasma less than 40". Don't even think about 3D that was just a wet dream gone bad.
After leaving Best Buy disgruntled I hit up a place we have in Long Island, NY called Sixth Avenue Electronics where I've been before and liked. I probably would have been better off buying a TV at Radio Shack or the Flea Market. Yes it was that bad. Not only did I see nearly anything compared to what Best Buy had, their TVs were all fuzzy and just a terrible experience. Their old 5" black and white portable TV looked better than their displays. Imagine that! Of course their high end TVs, you know above $4000, were all set up perfectly. Bullshit!
Even more disgruntled than I was when I left Best Buy I ended up going back to BJs which I thought was a joke since hell it's BJs you don't buy electronics like this here. I was wrong. Not only did I find a bunch of spectacular TVs for the right price, I found the TV that I wanted. Before I get into that I'll start with the TV I almost bought.
Samsung 55", 1080P LED for $1570 and had a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1 and ran at 120Hz. Definitely a formidable TV for the price. I then found a Samsung 46" LED TV with a contrast ratio of 6,000,000:1 and ran at 240Hz. This TV was ALSO a 3D TV. On top of that this bundle had two pairs of rechargeable 3D Glasses ($400 value) included for $1599.99. A great deal for a Samsung of that size.
I came home and set up the TV and have been quite happy with it so far. The Internet TV is awesome which includes things like Netflix, HuluPlus, Yahoo, YouTube and other Apps which takes away from usage of my Xbox and PlayStation 3 for these tasks. With 4 HDMI ports, Ethernet, 2 USB and various other ports this TV is ready to be hooked up and play anything you throw at it. The UI is very simple to use and does not cause confusion. Total set up time with this TV took a very short amount of time and tweaking was just as easy.
Problem with 3D is that there really is no contact. From Bluray discs to Cable TV I can barely find anything in 3D which really sucks since I wanna try 3D. The good news is it doesn't matter. I don't know if other TVs can do this but I can tell you that this Samsung will simulate 3D giving amazing depth to movies, cartoons, and even video games. Absolutely awesome and makes watching TV so much different. Design wise the remote is easy to use and very well organized and the TV design is slim with a tiny bezel that makes your TV really stand out. This baby is all screen. Awesome stuff!
If you are in the market for a TV I highly recommend the Series 7 7100 LEDTV which I can't seem to find on the BJs or Samsung website at the time of this writing. Check your local stores and you should be able to find it.
I just want it to be known that I love Windows 7. However, lately I have been plagued by temporary profile problems where a restart instead of a simple 'Switch User' should just work.
This little problem makes me want to punch Windows 7 straight in the face. Why am I writing an article on my iPhone when I am sitting in front of my computer? Yes I know, Just wait for it to come back up. Easier said then done, even when my boot times are really low thanks to my solid-state drive, it's still way to long.
Grr!!! If you know of a solution please let me know. Bought to switch to a Linux box or a Mac unless Google sends me a CR-48.
Hey Google! How bout it?
When I was first introduced to the Call of Duty series Infinity Ward had just released Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Lot's of fun, put my old favorite PlayStation title SOCOM to shame. Then I played the beta of the upcoming Call of Duty: World at War by Treyarch. It was ok, nothing compared to Modern Warfare, plus I had heard that IW was far superior to Treyarch. That being said I passed up on World at War. Modern Warfare 2 was the return of Infinity Ward and got my attention immediately due to IW making this new version of COD. Modern Warfare 2 was a lot of fun just like COD4 but was a HUGE upgrade from 4.
After Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward and Activision had a fallout and seemed to have all but dissolved. Treyarch was again on board to make the next Call of Duty; Call of Duty: Black Ops. Damn it! Not them! Well I was wrong, Sorry Treyarch.
Just picked up my copy of Black Ops on Friday and I cannot put down Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops will be the cause of many divorces and break ups. Also could result in domestic violence, but that's your problem. I haven't played the story mode yet, and I probably never will. I play Call of Duty for the multiplayer experience. As of right now I have only played Team Deathmatch and it's friggin' awesome! Treyarch made Call of Duty feel like less of a grind. Levels still matter but not as much as they did in previous titles. With the implementation of Call of Duty Points, you can unlock things when you want to, for the most part as some things still have a level restriction. In Modern Warfare 2 you had to earn attachments, in Black Ops you buy what you want and attach it to your new gun right away. There is no longer a need to use attachments that you don't like just to get the next attachment. Of course if you don't use certain equipment you will miss out on some challenges and some XP but it's on your own terms.
The maps are great! I have my favorites like Jungle, Array, Firing Range and of course Nuketown (nice small map; think Shipment from COD4) and for the first time I don't have a map that I hate. Choosing maps is very democratic, everyone votes for either the Next map, the previous map or a random map. After a certain amount of repeat plays the previous map is not allowed which keeps things fresh.
Good diversity of weaponry and equipment. A lot of returning items like Semtex, Frag and Claymore with the inclusion of some new tactical items that work like flashbangs such as, Decoy's, Nova Gas and Concussion. There is also new equipment that is available to all players, after purchasing with COD points, like C4, Camera Spikes (see what the camera sees), Jammer, Motion Sensor, and the old Tactical Insertion.
New killstreaks have been added along with some old favorites. Some of the returning killstreaks would be the Sentry Gun, Spy Plane, Gunship, Attack Dogs and the Care Package. Some new items are the Blackbird, Mortar Team, Napalm Strike, SAM Turret and my favorite RC-XD Explosive RC Car, which is a remote controller car strapped with explosives. FUN!
One area that Black Ops really excels is customization. Using COD Points players can create custom decals for their guns, change the color of their scope as well as change the style of the reticle. Players can also utilize facepaint and change the type of camo that is used on their gun once purchased with COD points. Watching kill cams has never been so much fun seeing what people have done to their guns and decals.
While I haven't played the other multiplayer nor the Zombie portion of Black Ops, Call of Duty is a must buy. This is a no brainer given the amount of sales they have had since launch. Don't waste any time, Go get yourself a copy of Black Ops and meet me on Xbox LIVE!
Has hell frozen over? Are there any pigs flying around? Today at a press conference both Facebook and MySpace announced "Mashup with Facebook," which will allow MySpace users who log in with Facebook and pull their likes and interests.
Clearly this will create some sort of paradox and destroy the Universe. We had a good run. Peace!
While walking through Manhattan today on my way to the Nintendo World Store and coming from Clown School (Wife and I will be in Macy's Day Parade), I accidentally (read: purposely) dragged my wife into an AT&T store since I wanted to see a Windows 7 phone. I saw, I believe, the HTC Surround and the Samsung Focus. Please keep in mind that this is not a review of either the phone or of Windows 7 just my thoughts of what I briefly saw today.
I also want to say that when I first saw videos of the Windows 7 Phone OS, I did say that this is probably only phone to pull me away from my Apple iPhone. Unfortunately after today I can't say that.
I probably played with the phone for 5 minutes each, both running Windows 7, and while it was nice, it was different there is just something that wasn't right. Don't get me wrong, it was smooth, no jitters or hangups on either phone but the OS just seemed like it needed more. Perhaps it was too simple? Perhaps the color scheme? I don't know. Maybe I am too used to my iPhone. One thing that I noticed is that the OS is too narrow for large screens. Feels like it doesn't utilize the entire screen on the home screen.
Unfortunately I was unable to really try anything like Internet Explorer or Xbox Live and I would love to get more time with the phone, but as of right now... eh it's ok.
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