A Resolution...

Another year, and a different set of plans to conquer. In most cases its the same plans as the previous year, just that you have been lazy to get them done! In my case, I figured if I have that in writing even if its digital, I might aim to achieve that! So here goes, this year I aim to take my film making hobby to the next level and try to make more videos and focus on really good content! Right now, I am at 110 subscribers, by the end of the year if I get over 500 and somewhere close to a 1000, I would say its a job well done. So yea, let's try that and see if I can manage that and in case I fail, well there is always next year! (j/k)

-Alstar 

A minor milestone - 100 Subcribers on YouTube!

I know, the number isn't that high but today I hit 100 subscribers on my youtube channel! It's like a mini milestone for me, to put things in perspective there are 100 people on the planet who are interested in the content I create on youtube!. I know I don't post and upload videos very often which I really should and if I did, the number in all likelihood would be higher. Although that is a separate conversation all together. The next challenge I have is to buy a new camera since I sold  the one I had (Cannon 6D). I wanted to buy the Sony a6500, but unfortunately used up the money from my Cannon for something else! So now I don't have a camera to make any videos :-(

Anyway, I will hopefully get one soon and get back to making some new videos but until then, this day feels good. Even though my channel has been around for almost 5 years now and I have only just hit 100. I know, this is not a big number but its a number I guess!

My YouTube channel --> https://www.youtube.com/alstarmania

 

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I deleted the Facebook app from my phone - Best thing ever!

So, its been about three weeks I guess since I deleted the Facebook app from my phone as a random decision. (Well not really, it was "inspired" by my wife as she had done the same thing a few days before me!). At first it did feel odd trying to browse Facebook, when I wanted using the Safari browser on my iphone. i must say the experience isn't smooth and a bit clunky. So anyway, the only time I would actually be on Facebook would be at night on my ipad, which by the way still has the app or from my imac at home. But slowly that habit started going away and I for days would'nt check Facebook at all and even if I did, it would be for like 5-10 minutes and then get bored of the experience and close it.

I am in no way trying to bring down the experience of Facebook in general or trying to say other's should follow the same path, its just something I tried and its working out pretty well for me. I wasn't the most active person on Facebook anyway when I used it heavily, the most activity I would have is when I uploaded one of my short films, but other than that I was a random browser on Facebook.

So yea, its hard to imagine how by removing something from your phone, eventually makes you forget things. Its also really scary, how we all are dependant on our phones in our daily life. Ofcourse it has numerous benefits but the pitfalls and also greater! So yea, I am now almost Facebook free and I intend to keep it that way for sometime! (I hope)

-Alstar

iPhone 7 plus battery issue continues...

At this point, I am really pissed with the entire iPhone battery experience. I had talked about this in my previous post as well but now I think its just gotten worse! Its takes like ages to charge and then the battery does not even last for a day. To add to the grief, the phone gets really warm after a little continuous usage. I think at this point my phone's battery is messed up to be honest and I don't even have Apple care. Having said that I just might take it down  to the Apple store to see if a tech can have a look.

Below are the charging timings this morning (with no background apps running, except whatsapp)

9:35am: 59%
9:46am: 61%
10:38am: 69%
11:33am: 77%
11:50am: 80%
12:23pm: 85 %

-A

No wonder Pebble is out of business...

So I think the love affair with my Pebble time round has ended! I really wanted to like this watch for what it offered and for the most part I did but the build quality and the E-paper display didn't quite stick with me. I didn't really mind the watch without a touch screen and in a way was kind of good but the huge bezels and e-paper display was a deal breaker.

In my opinion Pebble didn't innovate fast enough and the competition in the smart watch category is fierce even though the wearable tech market is still trying to come into its own. With big players like Apple and Google, what Pebble needed was one flagship product. They did try that with the Pebble time 2 with the kick-starter campaign recently which now that they are out of business is being shelved. They always maintained that they were the "Swatch" of smart watches but they should  have pushed it more in terms of industrial design with just one bright and crisp colored LCD display, while maintaining the E-paper models on the side.

Anyway I think my Pebble time round is broken because my display has started showing me white dots, coming back to my issue with the E-paper display technology. I will continue using the one I have and eventually migrate to the new Android Wear 2.0 in the next year or maybe the Zen Watch 3 which looks really good.

I have an iPhone so I know the functionality is limited when compared to  the Apple watch but I hate the Apple watch so much as it looks so ugly! 

 Here is how my Pebble looks at the moment when i get a notification. Look at the white dot which covers the bottom left of the screen!

RIP PEBBLE!