I am a Humble Bundle Partner!

It’s Official!!!

I am a Humble Partner!  I just signed up for the partnership last week.  Since I was curious about how the partnership worked, I decided to check it out. And since I like to support charities and do volunteer work from time to time, I felt this was something I’d definitely like to do.
How the partnership works is that anytime anyone uses the referral code link to purchase a game, comic or books the purchases are split three ways. The money goes to:
2) the Humble Partner
3) the charity chosen by the Humble Partner
I do get a percentage when anyone uses the link, which is greatly appreciated. But even more importantly, your purchase and support directly benefits Child’s Play Charity and all the wonderful work they are doing. For those who aren’t familiar with Child’s Play Charity, it benefits over 140 hospitals and shelters around the world.
I hope you get in on some of the super deals that are happening every week on Humble Bundle. Any amount you spend on games, comics or books there is fine – at the very least there’s PLENTY of fun browsing to be had! 🙂
You can catch me on TwitchMixer and Smashcast – I stream games there a lot! In fact, I can’t wait to see you there next time I stream live so I can demo some of the awesome games I have purchased at Humble Bundle. And if you like the live stream, while you’re there feel free to subscribe – I earn a percentage from subscriptions, too.
Humble Bundle and I thank you!

GOP’s Rollback on Title II

There’s still time to speak out for Net Neutrality, prevent it from being repealed on Dec 14th.

I mentioned earlier this year about my support for keeping net neutrality. And how the potential repeal of Title II, if we allow it to happen, would put us back in the stone ages.

My stance hasn’t changed at all about Title II.  I stand firmly behind what I said about it earlier this year.  I can’t stress enough about how this will negatively affect everyone that uses the Internet, if repealed.  In the most irrational of decisions possible, a full-court press toward repeal has been put into play because of Trump’s across-the-board vendetta against everything Obama.  There is a senseless dismantling war being waged  by Donald Trump of anything that the previous Obama administration had enacted.  Keep in mind, Obama himself never placed Title II into law.

It was under the directives of former FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler.  That the Title II initiative gained traction to be what it is.Trump says “Net Neutrality is a big scam for government regulation of the Internet!”  The reality is that Trump himself doesn’t know what’s behind Title II and the protections that it provides for consumers to shield them from ISP’s fuckery. That’s my problem with Trump’s new FCC pick, Ajit Pai. Mr. Pai  announced that he wants to get rid of net neutrality for good.

There have been documented instances where shady ISP’s have implemented self-serving practices like throttling internet speeds.

I’ve mentioned throttling before, and I plan to write more about this in my next blog.  It’s important to have some background on Title II and why repeal of it is so catastrophic to free and creative internet use in the future. It’s so important to stand up against repeal of Title II and keep it intact.

I know some out there are Pro-Net Neutrality and some are Anti-Net Neutrality. I feel that the benefits of Pro-NN far outweigh those of the Anti-NN camp.  Title II addresses ISPs as public utilities, and it serves to protect consumers from those ISPs with bad practices such as traffic privatization, as has happened in the past.  For the Anti-NN folks, I  encourage you to look up why we have Title II.

Although those against net neutrality argue that as things stand, consumers are disadvantaged and that the status quo is burdensome for the free market of ideas, I think the opposite is true. To repeal Title II would have a profoundly negative impact on consumers and greatly scale down a free market internet in which ideas can flourish.
Ideas have flourished quite well under the current umbrella of net neutrality to date.

Let’s do our part to resist constraints to the freedoms we currently enjoy. The threat to repeal Title II is imminent, but your voice against repeal is more important now than ever before.

Please, join me in support of Net Neutrality!

Here’s a super quick and effective way to support net neutrality!!

1. On a computer, (not your phone!), go to: www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express
2. Enter (under “Proceeding”) the numbers 17-108.
3. In comments, say you support Title 2 oversight of ISPs.  Say that you support net neutrality.
*Fill in the form carefully; they’ve made it less friendly and impossible to fill in by phone, on purpose. I.e Make sure you hit enter after entering your name.

Apple slows down older iPhones

I’m a little bit late writing about the Apple slowdown hype, but I still wanted to give you my thoughts before too much time goes by.
For someone that has owned an iPhone 3GS and 5S in the past, I can confirm that I am NOT an Apple fanboy by any means. I definitely wouldn’t stand outside or EVER camp outside an Apple store waiting to be the first to get a new product in hand. After using the 5S for about 3 years I was like “nope, I’ve had enough!” The Apple economy was pretty closed, so that’s one of the reasons I returned back to Android in the first place.
Two months ago CNET reported that Apple had released an update that slows down older iPhone models. It came to me as no surprise, and pretty much BS on Apple. The reason we update software on our devices is to provide fixes for bugs, enhance security and often times add efficient new phone features. The thing is, it’s true that iPhones are time-tested and widely accepted technology by many, but that doesn’t mean much when your iPhone shuts down automatically around 30% of its battery charge.
The advice to everyone with iPhones is to make sure to manually update the phones instead of doing it automatically. The newest Apple updates that were released for older phones just slow down the software. So in effect, the Apple update ADDS inefficiency, pushes frustrated customers away from phones (purchased in some cases only one year prior) and smugly suck even more Apple profits from their wallets when they opt to buy into a newer iPhone. Insanity, especially when we’re looking at phones purchased a year ago. In fact, I’m not a fan of the new iPhone X. It just looks too big and expensive! I’d never pay $1000 out-of-pocket for the X. Hell, it’s really no big surprise that even loyal “Apple campers” are pretty upset with Apple’s new decisions.
At some point, who can blame anyone burned by Apple from considering, if not actually switching to Google’s Android or another platform with an open source OS everyone can use?