Robert Rodriguez

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Stranger Things

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Anyone who knows me knows that my top movie genres include horror, thriller and sci-fi. I’ll watch any movie in those genres, regardless how terrible the plot, acting or CGI is. Nevertheless, the movies that are being produced now-a-days miss one important feature: the nostalgic feeling that the movies from the 80’s brought to the screen that gave them the ability to command such large audiences, large following, and go down in history as classic movies.

Think back to those movies, such as ET, Halloween, and Poltergeist. These movies did more than just bring horror or sci-fi to the screen: they brought a capsule on how people lived & thought in the 80’s. It is this that makes these movies classic.

No doubt that the movies being produced today are big hits too – their plot and CGI brings us into a new world of moving making. But no matter how good that CGI is, no matter how good that acting is, and no matter how good the plot is, these films cannot replace the nostalgic feeling we get when we watch a movie from the 80’s.

Enter Stranger Things, a Netflix Original Series. Set in 1983, this film focuses on a small town where a young boy has gone missing and as his family and friends seek to find him, they uncover a secret experiment conducted by the government, an alternative world, and a creature with super powers. The first season, 8-episode, original film by Netflix had me hooked by the first episode. Not only does this Stranger Things bring an original plot, it brings that 1980’s nostalgic feeling that I have missed. How does this show bring that feeling you ask? Simple. Props. I immediately recognized the clothes, the props, the house furniture, the language, the school setting, all of that is styled in a way that reminds me of the 80’s.

Season 1 ended recently and Netflix has announced that they renewed Stranger Things for a 9-episode season 2, which is expected to air in 2017.

In the meantime, I invite you to watch the trailer below for Season 1, and watch Season 1 in the interim.

Comcast: The Big Scam Company



In my recent post (ok, not so recent), I highlighted five reasons why Comcast sucks, one of them being that they started rolling out a 300GB monthly data cap in limited “trial” markets (or as Comcast doesn’t want to admit — markets where little to no competition exists). I filed an FCC complaint and spoke with a representative at Comcast regarding my FCC complaint and she was totally lost and ill prepared to counter my complaints. Anyways, Comcast just announced that they are increasing the 300GB monthly data cap to 1TB for these “trial” markets (or as Comcast doesn’t want to admit — markets where now there is increase competition thanks to Google Fiber, or AT&T gigapower, or maybe because the FCC is catching on to their game).

This is good news right? WRONG. This is a huge scam. After they made the announcement, the Internet was flooded with positive comments. Ars Technica called it “A Comastic Miracle”. Sure, it’s great that Comcast is increasing the cap, but we shouldn’t rejoice. Remember, Comcast for many years had NO CAPS, and now they increased it to 1TB and we’re all lovey dovey over this. This is such a scam from Comcast. They condition customers to use the Internet freely and then hit them with a 300GB monthly cap. Then after customers are conditions to using 300GB, they hit them with an increase to 1TB and suddenly they are the good guys? NO!

Comcast is nothing but an anti-consumer and anti-competitive company that needs to be  broken up by the FTC and FCC.

5 Reasons why Comcast Sucks



  1. They are rolling out 300GB DATA CAPS to all their customers. In some markets, for a “low” $30/mo., customers can be exempt from the data caps. What does this say? It says that data caps are NOT about network management/congestion issues, but about PURE greed to generate MORE revenue from customers by ripping them off.
  2. They openly admit to violating Net Neutrality but exempting their online streaming service from their data caps.
  3. They continually raise their prices every year while providing the same or LESS service (e.g. data caps).
  4. They have been accused of anti-trust issues (probably true).
  5. Comcast pulls networks from their lineup (such as the YES Network), yet consumers don’t see any price reductions (rather, price increases!).

It’s no wonder Comcast is one of the most disliked companies in the United States.

Comcast sucks.

HBO: Veep



It’s rare for me to go back and watch a show that has already complete a full season. If I don’t start watching the show from the pilot, then I usually don’t go back and watch previous seasons. It’s even more rarer that I would do it for a show that has just finished its 4th Season — like HBO’s original min-series Veep.

I was on YouTube the other day and there was a clip of Veep’s bloopers and I decided to watch it, mostly because the thumbnail of the clip was of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who is one of my favorite actresses/comedians (Seinfeld, New Adventures of Old Christine, etc).  I’m glad I did.

After watching the bloopers, I was hooked. I went back and using my Roku, I watched Seasons 1-4 on HBO Go. I was aware that Julia was in this show, but I was never interested in watching it as I thought she had a supporting role. The show is phenomenal.


Not only is Julia phenomenal in the show, but the entire main cast is. I will admit that part of the show that intrigues me is the amount of cursing. No, not just because it’s profanity, but because it’s always setup in a way that is insulting to the person, but they all brush it off and move on with their job. I think it reminds me of my work, except we can’t curse.

In case you don’t know what it’s about, here’s a brief summary:

Veep is about centered around the office of Vice President of the United States Selina Meyer, and her relationship with both the President of the United States (who is never seen on camera) and the American people. Most of the show has to do with damage control, as either Selina or one of her staff makes an inappropriate or damaging comment and before anyone realizes it, either the media has picked up on it, the POTUS, or a Senator. As a result, damage control ensues and so does the hilarity of it all.

Here’s an hilarious clip from Veep. Just a note: You’ll notice that both of them are laughing in the clip. I’m not sure if they are laughing because it’s part of their role, or because the scene is hysterically funny.

Veep was renewed by HBO for a 5th Season. All prior seasons aired around April, so we can hope that Season 5 will air April, 2016. That gives everyone 5 months to watch Seasons 1 – 4.

Windows 10 Upgrade


Back in April, AMD’s President and CEO Lisa Su revealed that Windows 10 will launch at the end of July, which reminded me that I need to begin preparing for the Windows 10 upgrade on my home computer.

I’m actually looking forward to Windows 10, as I’ve heard that Microsoft has gone in the right direction with it. Plus, it will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, so why not upgrade if it’s free, brings new features, and makes computing easier and safer?

I’ve decided that with the Windows 10 upgrade, I will make some minor upgrades to my computer as well.

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iOS apps not iPhone 6 Optimized



It’s been nine months since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ were released, and I still cannot believe that many apps have not been updated to be optimized for the new screen size.

I’m not even talking about small, one man operation apps. I’m talking about big companies, such as Walgreens, CVS, Bank of  America, Fidelity, and Capital One.

I understand that optimization for iPhone 6 takes time, but I assume these companies have an entire department devoted to mobile development.

If you’re a iOS app developer and your app is not optimized for the iPhone 6/6+, get off your ass and get working, especially if you charge for your app!

Just my rant.

Microsoft Surface 3


A few days ago, Microsoft announced their newest Surface tablet, a skimmed down version of the more popular Surface Pro tablet called the Surface 3.

I describe the Surface 3 as a skimmed down version because there are two noticeable changes in the two devices, and that is screen size and processor. The Surface Pro has a 12″ (2160×1440) screen while the Surface 3 has a 10.8″ (1920×1280) screen.

In addition, the Surface Pro comes with either the Intel Core i3 or i7 processor, while the Surface 3 comes with Intel’s new Atom x7 Processor (Atom Cherry Trail chip).

There are some other, less important noticeable changes, such as the Surface 3 weighing only 1.37lbs, versus the 1.76 lbs of the Surface Pro. Both have about 10 hours of battery life, and can support external displays. The Surface 3 is also available with optional built-in 4G LTE.

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Dell XPS 2710 Fan Noise

For those who have an Dell XPS 2710 and are suffering from fan noise, I highly recommend that you clean the fans inside your Dell.

To do this, you need to unplug your computer and lay it flat (with the screen facing down) on a soft surface. I placed a towel down and laid my computer on the towel.

To remove the back cover, refer to page 19 of  the XPS One 2710 Owner’s Manual. There are just two screws on the back that you have to unscrew. The screws do not come all the way out.

remove_coverAfter unscrewing, push the cover forward and it will come right off.

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Heroes Reborn: 2015 is reporting that NBC will bring back “Hereos” for a special 13-episode standalone arc titled “Hereos Reborn: 2015”. Best news of 2014 so far!