The End of BitBurn.org

After more than 15 years since I’ve owned the domain name BitBurn.org the rumors heard are true: I am not renewing this DNS come August 8. 

The site will remain operational, of course. Free hosting from WordPress stays and the address to access this site will simply be https://bitburn.wordpress.com as usual. 

Nextbit Robin is Awesome

I’ve owned several phones over the passed few years. Some say I’m crazy to switch devices so often! But, hey, I love this new hobby of mine. Plus there are so many great smartphones out there. Samsung, Sony, Apple, HTC, Huawei…and now my new favorite, the Nextbit Robin.

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It’s always fun to play with new devices. This one is no exception. It’s actually been a while that I’ve enjoyed a phone this much. At 5.2″ screen size it looks great and feels really good in the hand with its squarish corners, comfortable non-slippery material and loud front facing stereo speakers.

The GUI feels fresh too, without the typical app drawer. But yet, very stock Android almost. No bloatware. No frills. Simple. Well…there are plenty of video reviews of it on YouTube. If you want a great quality budget phone, head down to the Nextbit Web site and order yours for just US$299. Peace out bitches.

Using The Nexus 6P

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For the past few days, the Nexus 6P has been my daily driver. What a phone it is! Beautiful built, big bright screen, great stereo speakers, awesome Marshmallow 6.0.1 looking, eh, identical to my previous daily driver, the Motorola Nexus 6. Like, the same! Well…

The thing is, if you do have the old Nexus 6 and don’t mind the monster size of it, keep it. Don’t upgrade to a 6P. Motorola knew what they were doing and Huawei just copied the Nexus 6 and improved on its size and added a fancy finger scanner and USB-C port.

I think we’re starting to see a device saturation. They’re all equally awesome and all have cool features. Even iPhone. So your last year’s device is still probably good enough for 2016.

Windows Phone is Dead

I read an interesting piece this pass weekend from The Verge website, about Windows Phone being dead and, you know what, the article is pretty good. Those tards in Redmond seems to be giving up on Windows Phone; now called Windows 10 Mobile.

Last summer I’ve purchased the BLU Win HD LTE and was expecting Windows 10 Mobile to be rolled out to all in the fall, when the Lumia 950 was released but, no. No rollout. Not yet. Not ever it seems. And I remember about 5 years ago of this “iPhone is dead” bullshit from Microsoft…

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It’s YOU Microsoft that is dead! You and your Windows Phone. Sorry, but I needed to express my frustrations!

Windows Phone 8.1 vs. Android & iOS

Well, as some of you may know I’m an avid fanboy of technology. I love and use all computing platforms. I’m a huge fan of Mac OS X but also Google Android and Apple iOS. So, lately I’ve purchased a second phone from a small company from Florida called BLU and I got a Windows Phone. Here are my thoughts about the device and platform.

It’s the BLU Win HD LTE and it’s a very neat little 5″ phone. And it’s running Windows Phone 8.1. Obviously, the question beg: How is WP 8.1 vs Android and iOS? Honestly for a geek like me it’s not close at all. It’s heavily crippled by the number of great apps available, including other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox. It doesn’t support third party keyboards either such as the excellent Swift Key. It’s just years behind Android and iOS.

But, for the average users going on Facebook, Tweeting or posting on Instagram it’s just fine. Music, photography and gaming is also good. But geek freaks like me, nope.

But there is hope coming over soon and that is Windows 10 Mobile. For Microsoft and their phone business, everything is hanging on it.

My Thoughts on Windows 10

Did Microsoft finally pull it off with Windows 10?! YES they did! Is it really better then our beloved Windows 7? YES I believe it is. I have a PC running 7, should I upgrade? Yes. Running 8.1? YES, get that junk out of the way! So, yes, I’m not joking when I say this: Microsoft is again the exciting company I once enjoyed. Surely, thanks to their new CEO, Satya Nadella.

Now their vision has become reality: One OS to rule them all. PC, tablet and smartphone. Will it be enough to return Microsoft to the forefront of profitability? I don’t know, only time will tell. But I will tell you what I do know based on my experience with Windows 10, so far.

Last weekend, I’ve upgraded my boring PC down in the basement, from Windows 7 Home Premium. I liked what I saw. But more importantly, liked how it felt. Windows 10 is not like 8.1 at all. It is finally tuned for all devices, so obviously feels great on my old PC. No more of that tablet’ish GUI crap. It’s a PC desktop at last. Back, is the Start button but with a twist of freshness, with live tiles. Also, an all new Control Panel – A much refreshed change. Now it’s more clear where to locate stuff. Very slick and modern. Oh and that new browser called Edge that replaces IE,  it’s beautiful, fast and feels light. Easily, a browser that matches the prowess of Chrome and Firefox. IE is still there though, for the nostalgic I guess.

But, for me, here’s the real kicker. Because, who cares for a stupid old PC sitting there like a brick, right? The kicker is when I installed it on my recently purchased Asus tablet. It came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled. And for a budget tablet, it was a very shitty experience too. I was about to return it for a refund because it was just bad…until I thought, let’s upgrade this sucker to Windows 10. Upgrading is free anyways, right? Well, great decision. My crappy tablet suddenly feels good, thanks to Windows 10. Switched to Tablet Mode it’s a thing of beauty. And a keeper. It’s no iOS or Android but Microsoft is definitely on the right path. Any full grown PC apps work. It’s a tablet experience but more powerful. Love it. They did it their own way combining the best of the two most popular OS’s and adding their best too.

So, stop reading this. Go get Windows 10 now.

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