Monday, May 27, 2019

Heroes / Heroes Reborn

Review.

Heroes Reborn was doing fairly well, up until episode 6 or so in which Hiro returns. That episode was hard to watch... Painful, predictable, almost (?) fanboyish scripting shows why this show was canceled five years ago.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Heroes

Review.

With Heroes and Heroes Reborn finished it is time to look back.

What did I think of Heroes when it surfaced, back in 2007?

(Comments taken from older installments of Dapper...)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ziggo: prijs +7%, geloofwaardigheid -77% (Dutch)

Column. Dutch.

Ziggo's prijs omhoog met 7%... Gaat lekker, Ziggo. 28% in drie jaar. Is er nog iemand die geloofd in de verklaring 'betere dienstverlening'?


Ik al lang niet meer...



Monday, May 20, 2019

Jake Bible - Flipside

Review.

In Flipside a group of people travel back in time through a kind of 'time bubble'. The actual flipping mechanism is interesting, and is (of course) abused by (of course) the Russians, who go on to (almost) destroy the world.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season 6

Review.

Season 6 is solid but not outstanding. Though 'solid' for Game of Thrones might equal 'exceptional' for some other shows.

Many die, as usual 😏 In spite of that quite enjoyable.

Now I better hurry up watching season 7, as 8 is already broadcasting!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Alex Hughes - Mindspace Investigations 1 - Clean

Review.

Now here's a pleasant surprise. I've always been partial to detective stories, and SF or Fantasy 'noir', and this is one of those. On top of that the main character has some special powers (he's a telepath) and is seriously flawed (a former drug addict).

Monday, May 6, 2019

Glynn Stewart - Interstellar Mage

Review.

There are actually two series of books staged in the same universe. Thus far I've only read book one of the second (spin-off) series.

An interstellar mage gets picked up by a freighter captain with history, and the two of them become unwillingly involved in interplanetary conspiracy and piracy.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Stephen King - The Dark Tower / ...

Review.

I was looking forward to read more of The Dark Tower aka The Gunslinger series by Stephen King. Strangely enough, the fact that it's an ending series seems to put me off! I've read part 1 to 6, and they were fine, but I just wanted this series to go on and on, I guess...

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Amy Duboff - Cadicle

Review.

Space Opera. The cover claims: "Reads like a classic from the masters."

And indeed it does. A bad classic. By masters in what exactly? Sorry, but this one's a definite do not read.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season 5

Review.

Not all seasons are created equal. The episodes in season 5 of Game of Thrones are of 'varying quality'... With its weakest point the Dorne arc...

Friday, April 19, 2019

Craig Alanson - Aces

Review.

The cover blurb says it all: kids are not supposed to rescue their parents. Well, in this case they do.

This is a YA but it's also perfectly suitable for younger kids as well as adults. Entertaining.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Glynn Stewart - Space Carrier Avalon / Stellar Fox / ...

Review.

It’s military space opera, small federation fighting big evil commonwealth, hotshot pilot becomes captain after an accident.

It isn’t bad, but we’ve seen all of this before. (David Weber, anyone?) Fortunately Stewart’s writing and plots are better than, for example, Nuttall’s.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Alan Wake (XBox360 / XBox One)

Review.

Remember Alan Wake? In 2010 Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft Studios released Alan Wake for XBox and PC.

That's almost 10 years ago... So... why revisit it?

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

SQB v0.22x

SQB has been updated to 0.22x. It now can launch multiple instances of Sox, vastly improving conversion speed (3 to 4 times faster in typical use scenarios on a Ryzen 12 core processor).

Monday, April 1, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season 4

Review.

Many claim season 4 to be the best season of Game of Thrones thus far. They just might be right...

Where to start... at the beginning, I guess 😁

Spoilers ahead.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Christoper Nuttall - Fists of Justice / The Gordian Knot / ...

Review.

Nuttall continues.

The guy is productive, I'll give him that. He either makes a lot of money, or needs to write to just come by. I suspect the latter 😊 because we all cannot be like Stephen King 😌

Monday, March 18, 2019

Armageddon

Review.

I did watch The X-Files - Fight The Future a the second time. (The first time back in 1999.) It was disappointing then, and it was still disappointing, 20 years later.

I had better memories of Armageddon and decided to give that one another try as well. The same 20 years later 😊

Sunday, March 17, 2019

State of (Remote) Play - PS4 / XBox / Steam

Question...

Assume your console sits in in the living room... and your mother in law has a Tupperware party... and there's this brand new game you smuggled into the house, still hiding in your backpack... then what do you do?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season 3

Review.

Where season 2 was mere 'meh' season 3 goes all out. Murder? Check. Blood? Check. Rape? Check. Revenge? Check. Mutilation? Check.

Well, I wasn't expecting too much after season 2, but this time... wow...

Spoilers ahead!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Cary Caffrey - The Girls from Alcyone / The Machines of Bellatrix / Codename: Night Witch

Review.

Cary Caffrey isn't a household name. Not surprising being an indie, self published author, and since 2011 a mere 3 books in his name. (Still that's 3 more than I did! 😇)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

3D printing a LED driver enclosure - 1 - What

I always found 3D printing fascinating, but with too many hobbies I just never found the time to delve a bit deeper into yet another time consuming paste time...

Then, a year ago or so, I ran into a heavily discounted Dremel 3D20, and without knowing anything about this printer (or about 3D printing in general) I bought it...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

John DeChancie - The Kruton Interface

Review.

DeChancie wrote a spoof on Star Trek, featuring the starship 'Repuls(iv)e' with its not so very capable captain, poor crew, and many references to Star Trek and lawyers...

Monday, February 25, 2019

X-Files - Fight the Future

Review.

In 1999 (wow, that long ago?) I saw the first X-Files movie called Fight the Future.

I wasn't that impressed. I recently re-watched it. I'm still not that impressed. To me it looked like an extra long special episode of the regular TV series.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time Travel Shows

Time travel will put everyone's brain in a knot...

Here's a list of all shows I know of and / or have watched in which time travel is a major repeating plot element.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Travelers Redeemed - Travelers Season 3

Review.

Can a single episode redeem a show? Yes. It can.

Travelers was discontinued on regular television, but it survived on Netflix, and a third (and probably final) season was added.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season 2

Review.

Sorry. I wasn't very impressed with the second season, and would have given up if I did not hear such great things about this series.

So there must be something I'm missing...

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Productivity 'on the cheap'

Non-games... or software that helps me to create documents, images, 2D and 3D models, preferably free... Hey, I'm even willing to pay for some of it 😎

So here's my quest for affordable software (cheap isn't the same as free) and the things that I (tried to) use...

Monday, February 11, 2019

E. William Brown - A Perilous Waif / Fimbul Winter

Review.

I read two different, very different books by the same author. At first I wasn't even sure if it was the same author as these appear to be intended for very different audiences. Why he choose to publish both under the same pen name is a mystery to me.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Kodi v18 'Leia'

The new Kodi is here! Keep in mind that, although Kodi looks and works mostly the same, there are some differences between the different platforms, and these may throw you a curve-ball when trying to play movies stored on a local (Windows) server.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Sol Bianca - The Legacy (anime and OST)

Review.

In 2003 I watched the anime series Sol Bianca - The Legacy. I never saw the 90's series it was a sequel to (couldn't find it anywhere) but I remember the sequel itself. Mostly because of the intro song, which was great.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Luchtkwaliteit en de OCRKJ D9-H (Dutch)

Review. Dutch.

Luchtkwaliteit is een ingewikkeld onderwerp. Zou ik er iets van kunnen zeggen met een goedkoop metertje?

(Gelijk ook een goede kans om eens binnen in zo'n ding te kijken voor het geval ik ooit zelf iets zou willen knutselen als aanvulling op Homematic...)

Saturday, February 2, 2019

PS3 & PS4 opslagruimte (Dutch)

Review. Dutch.

Ik ben de trotse bezitter van een originele PS4, een eerste generatie model welke me trouw gediend heeft de laatste 3 jaar. Er zijn zijn twee zaken waar ik niet zo'n fan van ben: het geluid en de opslagruimte.

Het geluid heb ik nog niet gefixed (schoonmaken helpt waarschijnlijk) maar het opslag probleem heb ik opgelost, ook al was het soms moeilijk om de juiste informatie te vinden.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

PS3 & PS4 storage space

Review.

I'm the proud owner of an original PS4, a first generation model, which has served me fine for the last 3 years. There were two things I didn't like much though: disk space and noise.

I couldn't fix the noise (cleaning will help probably) but I did fix the storage issue, though it was sometimes hard to find clear information.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season 1


Review.

I guess I'm one of the last persons on this planet to watch Game of Thrones. The advantage, of course, is that you don't have to wait a week for the next episode... (Thanks to Netflix binge-watching has become the norm.)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Jim Butcher - Storm Front / Fool Moon / Grave Peril

Review.

These are the first three books of The Dresden Files. Wizzard PI battles wolves and vampires and the IRS, all for a mere 50 bucks an hour.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sluipverbruik ronde 3: de WHR 950 (Dutch)

Dutch.

Hmmm. In mijn vorige post rond sluipverbruik had ik niet de juiste waarde voor de WTW. Ik heb op zolder een Stork / Zehnder WHR950B WTW unit. Dit ding gebruikt in stand twee geen 60 maar 120 W. Ouch!

Ik verbruik dan weinig warmte, maar dit kost me wel 260 euro per jaar aan stroom...

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Keep Calm and free House Elves

In 2000 there were just four Harry Potter books. 3 books and 19 years later it's clear Rowling still doesn't care bout them...

I haven't seen the new movies, but it's time I (re)watch the old ones and watch the new ones. As for the elves... Maybe Inverarity will address the elven's plight? Yeah, he's working on the next Alexandra Quick book again!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Helen Harper - Box of Frogs / Quiver of Cobras / Skulk of Foxes

Review

What do you do when you find yourself next to a beheaded corpse? And discover you're actually a fairy, in love, and somehow blamed for all bad things happening?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wakiewakie v1.44 - a more comfortable WOL tool for Windows

I've updated Wakiewakie to v1.44. On some laptops Windows was reporting a successful ping even before a network connection was properly established. The new 'all' parameter fixes that.

If you need a comfortable WOL tool for Windows, Wakiewakie might just be it.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Steed and Mrs. Peel

Review.

Hmmm. Mrs. Peel. Was she ever married? To whom?

(My first scheduled post for 2019. Blogging two years and nobody's watching, heh 😎)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Audio Infuser 4700

Completely useless... but beautiful in its own way.

It looks like the creator's website is down, but if you simply google for Audio Infuser 4700 you'll find more images and videos.

Audio Infuser 4700 on Google
Audio Infuser 4700 on Vimeo

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Look ma' what I found! Or... the Sony Vaio PCG-SR1K

Call it an early spring cleaning...

And here's what I found: a Sony Vaio PCG-SR1K. Also known as the PCG-SR33K (I never was able to figure out the difference between the two).
1999 if I recall correctly. A 20 year old laptop... and still working!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Size matters... (the world is getting bigger)

Size matters

It does! (And Ant Man and the Wasp proved it 😅)

The world is getting smaller, or so I always thought. I (we) have been living in a world with ever increasing possibilities. Distances are still the same, but travel times have decreased greatly.