Here is my 2016 entry for March Modok Madness. You can find more entries at: http://marchmodokmadness.blogspot.com/
It is always fun participating. I think last year’s entry was better, but what can you do.
Hope I’m not too late to enter.
Saturday March 12, 2016 was MiniComics day. You can find out more about minicomics day at http://www.minicomics.org/. Normally I will say I am going to participate but then get tired and not finish much of anything. However, this year was different, this year I actually finished a minicomic.
Not only that, I produced a making of series on YouTube while I went too. I stayed up way too late finishing it, but I think it turned out pretty cool. It turned out to be a massive seven part series. I only finished printing and putting together a single comic before going to bed but I am going to call it a win.
If you want to see the youtube series check out the links below, if you just want to read the comic, just keep reading after the break.
I hope you enjoy it.
I started hourly comic day last year, but ran out of steam. The site that hosted the forum with all the comics kind of fell apart. Now it is filled with someone’s blog spam. It kind of ruined my motivation last year and I quit just a few hours in. Despite last year’s poor showing I decided to try once more. Need to do at least one post a year, right?
Anyway this year I am drawing it on my phone, it is always with me and I won’t have to scan everything. I did pay extra for the one with the pen so I should use it, right?
I am gonna try to upload and revise this post throughout the day. So stay tuned.
OK, I promised to write this post a long time ago, lets get it over with. I still hate the ribbon interface Microsoft puts on things now a days. For similar reasons I dislike the start screen too.
A lot has happened over at Microsoft since I said I would write this post. The guy in charge of Windows 8 is gone. The CEO of Microsoft has been removed and replaced. They even make an XBox One without the evil always on microphone/spy camera. It seemed they would even put out an update to put some sort of start menu back. Unfortunately the last one appears to be stalled until Windows 9.
You don’t get that sort of reaction from a company unless they have been making such awful choices where despite a near monopoly customers decided to just stop buying your stuff. Windows 7 and the now unsupported Windows XP still dwarf Windows 8 in market share. So Microsoft here is a list of things I dislike about both the ribbon and start screen.
I decided to participate in March MODOK Madness this year. I didn’t want to do it alone so I got my nieces and nephews to draw with me. I had to bribe them with Pokemon cards to do it, but such is life. Of course I am lazy and waited until the last minute to submit the pictures. Hopefully I’m not too late and we get in this year.
Without further ado, here are the pictures. Hopefully I’ll be able to get more to draw with me next year.
Nathan – Age 13
Adam – Age 11
Elise – Age 9
Emma – Age 8
Thomas – Age 6
OK, OK, I was supposed to write a post about what I hate about the ribbon and Windows 8 UI. I’ll get to it later.
Instead, today was Hourly Comic Day so I bring you my hourly comic instead. It is rather lengthy so only the title page is shown, the rest is after the break (you have to open the post).
It looks like Microsoft is going to get three posts in a row. That is strange, I certainly didn’t want this blog to be Microsoft focused. The next post will be about why I hate the Windows 8 Start Screen and the Ribbon. But I want to craft that one a bit to make sure it is readable instead of a rant.
So, what is this post about you ask? It is about the X-Box One again. It seems that Microsoft has done an about face and turned of some of the truly awful parts about the XBox one. I didn’t want to leave inaccurate information at the top of my blog for months on end, but I didn’t want to erase the post either so here is an update. In short it will allow you to buy and sell used games as you could on the XBox 360 before it. Of course they took away all of the digital sharing options they were going to build around that to try and take the sting off of the previous setup.
They thought they could be the console version of Steam, and it didn’t float very well. I think the thing that changed their mind was that very few people pre-ordered the new machine. Frankly I won’t buy a game on Steam either. I think it is a horrific DRM system too. Once the servers are gone (and one day they will be) so are all of your games. I think there are some legal proceedings in Europe to force them to let people buy and sell their used games they purchased on Steam. All of the video game companies, android, and apple would be wise to start adding that to all their digital download systems before it is legally mandated. It should have been there from the start (and dont’ put in any middle man fees, I know you are thinking of it).
So, anyway if they fixed that, why do I still think you shouldn’t buy the XBox one?
Are there others? Probably I haven’t watched that closely. I just wanted to update so I didn’t have outdated information on the top of the blog. I still don’t recommend any of the next gen consoles yet. If Nintendo eventually gets some good games and drops the price I may change my mind but I am not holding my breath.
Hi, I just wanted to drop everyone a note and ask them to please make sure to NOT purchase the upcoming XBox One.
Why you might ask, what prompted this?
In short it is the horrendous DRM and privacy problems built into the machine itself. I’m sure that it will play games well enough, but the rest of it is a nightmare.
Let’s start with the simpler to explain part, privacy. The XBox One requires (and comes with an updated Kinect). The Kinect has a camera and microphone built into it. The XBox One will not run if the Kinect is not plugged in. If you turn off the machine, the machine isn’t really turned off and neither is the Kinect. After all, if you say a certain voice command the machine powers back up. Sure that is kind of cool the first few times, but it means it is sitting there robbing you of electricity all day every day while it sits and waits for the code phrase. Listening and waiting.
Wasting electricity isn’t the main problem. The fact that it can be listening (or watching) when supposedly powered off is. I don’t see anything that makes it impossible for someone to send you a system update that effectively turns an XBox One into a dedicated spying device. There are already people out there that have fun turning the webcams built into laptops into spying devices, why should the XBox One be any different. It might be more difficult than a random laptop but I doubt impossible. Of course with the Prisim stuff in the news the most likely suspect to want to upload such a thing would be the government. Why stop at reading through your phone logs when they can watch you while you play a video game. They can make Microsoft add a back-door to any XBox One they want without letting anyone know. The next one in line to spy on you is of course advertisers. Do you really think Microsoft won’t sell your private conversations for some extra ad revenue? It is an Orwellian nightmare that the customer has no good way to control. The best solution is to not let it anywhere near your home.
Another major problem with the system is game ownership. When you spend $60+ on an XBox One game at your local retailer you get a disc, but the disc is somewhat unimportant. You see it is really just install media. Every game you play on the XBox One MUST be installed to the system’s hard drive. After that you don’t even need to keep the disc.
You may ask yourself how they would stop you from just passing the game disc around to anyone and everyone. Well, the game has to be registered to the console over the internet if it has already been registered to someone else it simply won’t run on your machine.
So what if you are tired of a game and want to give/sell it to someone else? Guess who gets to insert themselves as a middle-man and gets to allow / disallow the transaction. If it is a gift, the game can only be given once and then never again and only to people you have been “friends” with for at least 30 days (so much for Craig’s List). If you want to sell it, only select retailers will be allowed that have an “arrangement” with Microsoft.
What is to stop you continuing to play a game after selling it to GameStop or giving it to a “friend”? After all, if the install disc is no longer required couldn’t you just keep playing after selling it? Nope. You can’t because the system now requires that it log into the internet and communicate with the mother ship at least once a day. After you have sold/gifted the game it will of course be removed from your machine.
Wait a minute you might ask, why can’t I just not hook the XBox One to the internet? You could try, but it will just refuse to play games at all.
As you can see the whole system is a privacy nightmare, and a horrendous leech slurping down your expensive internet access without asking all so that it can serve it’s own digital kingdom that you are only a serf to. Anything you buy through it could be lost at a moments notice even if you did nothing wrong. As soon as it is no longer profitable don’t expect to be able to play any games you purchased with your hard earned money ever again.
Seeing as how Sony likes to install rootkits on your computer because you might theoretically rip an audio CD to MP3, and that they like to take away advertised features you already paid for (Other OS) because someone might be able to hack through that, I can’t say I recommend the PS4 either. At least it is the only game system at E3 this year that didn’t manage to be given a really STUPID name.
I wish I could recommend the STUPIDly named WiiU (yes the Wii is also a STUPID name). However, with only one person getting a game pad and everyone else demoted to Wii-motes I really can’t recommend it either. Since there are no replacement game pads if it breaks you may as well buy a whole new system. Since it doesn’t have a centralized account system, good luck getting back any downloadable games you already paid for if the machine breaks. Oh and as of the writing the are precious few games to even play.
Maybe it would be best to just skip a generation all three look like stinkers. Just do me a favor, if you find you must buy one of them, make it something other than the XBox One. I don’t want such anti-consumer methods to spread. We are already saddled with garbage like on-disc DLC, and online-pass I don’t think I can take any more of this junk.
You may have noticed that this blog doesn’t have any comments. That doesn’t mean that nobody has tried to comment. Unfortunately they have all been comment spammers. I don’t think the spammers have even read a single post on the site. Only their robots have. I might be the only human who actually reads this (well, my sister might drop by on occasion). I don’t really post often enough to justify a following. So I’m not really expecting comments.
I have moderation turned on. That means I get an email every time someone comments, but it stays hidden until I approve it or trash it. The comments spammers get increasingly sneaky. At first is was pretty obvious but each new one seems to be trying something different.
The early ones are pretty blatant advertisements – denied. From there they have context-less but inoffensive comments they probably copy/pasted from a random post on the internet. Those have links to advertisements or usernames with advertisements – denied. This morning I seem to have hit a new threshold, insults calling me a liar. No obvious advertisements, but if I look at the whois information on the internet google says they are a SEO specialist – denied. For those who don’t know SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. They try to abuse search engine rankings to make themselves artificially higher in search results. In general SEO services are slime. Stop trying to break the internet for your own greed!
Hey spammers, look around the page, what do you notice is missing. That’s right, advertisements. That is ON PURPOSE. I am reading each and every comment, if you don’t have something useful to say, or if you are only commenting to advertise it will NOT get through. Even if it were an on-topic comment from an actual human that made sense and didn’t advertise things, if you are being a jerk it still won’t get through.
Of course the spammers aren’t really reading this, their robots are. Their robots might pick out keywords but that is about it. They don’t really understand anything.
One last thing, free advice to the comment spammer. You might not stick out like a sore thumb so much if you commented on the post at the top of the page instead of the bottom. Commenting on a post that is a month old is more likely to be seen as more topical than commenting on a post that is a year old.
OK, I need to update this blog more often. The bottom of the page shouldn’t go back a full year.
Today was Hourly Comic Day 2013. I decided to participate and actually finished a comic. It has been a while since I actually finished something. It is rather lengthy so I am putting in a break after the title page. I don’t want to swamp people with slow connections.
I hope you like it.