Get your disappointment on with MyGeekBox

Update: it seems My Geek Box read this review focusing on “I thought something might be missing“. So thanks for missing the point, pestering me on Twitter and generally wasting my time.

With some excitement I received the latest My Geek Box, after all it is “the must-have mystery subscription box of geeky goodness, hand-picked and sent straight to your door every month by our passionate team of Geek aficionados.”. One word? Disappointed.

MyGeekBox20161025_155640

It’s a good sized box and it has a lot of room for activities. I thought it might be missing something. So I’m going to talk about what’s in it in the same vein as it was put together – briefly and with little care.

There’s a tee shirt which I think is meant to be the Vulcan greeting but is a skeletal hand. Halloween related maybe?

AquamanUnder this underwhelming appetiser we have an Aquaman figure. I’m not big on DC and don’t really get Aquaman anyway but it seems reasonable quality.

We celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary with a drawing.

Next some Marvel shoelaces which the rear of the packet proudly announces as an exclusive to Loot Crate (spoiler – it isn’t).

I’m losing interest to even describe stuff now but next is a comic boldly exclaiming “PANDORICA the exclusive prequel to the hit movie!”. I have no idea what movie it’s talking about and can’t be bothered to open it far less take a picture.

Five items.

This might be an off day for the company but I sure won’t recommend this to anyone.

Disappointed.

I am the product

Why does Sky One advertising grind my gears? Because it does everything it could to grind my gears.

Set start times in the middle of advert breaks – make sure I turn over for a good few minutes worth. Good damn they’re loud too (here). Next we have the baffling advert for the channel itself the only explanation for which I can see is that someone is reall proud of the logo. Now push the festive special “Fungus the Bogeyman” (which in I hated as a kid) and start the show.

Wrong again, apparently despite all the advertising revenue and my subscription charge the show requires a sponsor. It’s clearly a struggle financially to run one of the biggest channels in the UK.

Finally and most irritatingly just before each break the character from their festive special wanders onto the bottom right of the screen and sneezes their show’s name onto the screen.

There is a place for both targeted and unobtrusive non-targeted advertising. I actually appreciate adverts that are relevant to me.

I’m not Sky’s customer, the advertisers are. I am paying  to be the product!

Upgrading to the new 3DS

Bought my kid a new 3DS for his birthday, the device is great but the process to transfer between old and new is poorly documented.

The device came with a pre-installed copy of Majora’s Mask. Except, inexplicably, transferring data from an old device wipes the new device rendering the pre-installation pointless as it has to be re-downloaded. The game is tied to the hardware (not the user ID referred to as an NNID) so I’m baffled as to why.

It appears you can only register one device type to an NNID at any one time (one 3DS, one WiiU, etc.). This is alluded to by a statement on Nintendo’s eShop page: “The downloaded game can only be played on the system it is downloaded to”. I can’t see what Nintendo is getting from this, we know the eShop can identify hardware and the NNID so why restrict the download when access control could still be enforced?

The take away from this for anyone upgrading is:

  • You don’t lose the game – it needs to be re-downloaded. There is no code – it’s available in the eShop on that device.
  • Nintendo expect you to have one and only one 3DS at a time.

On the plus side I now own a 3DS. So that’s nice, although its now sat with a bunch of other stuff I really need to put on eBay but am not quite sure who would want ot buy.

Bullshit

Just saw a loan advert – 49.5% APR! Jesus Christ, how is that legal?

I’ve always found it odd that those who most need a loan get the worst rate while those who don’t get the best.

Word 2013 stopped saving

Wasted a good chunk of last night and today farting around with Microsoft Office 2013 after it decided to crash every time I saved. No idea what caused it, other than that it started after I had pasted some Python code from an editor.

Control Panel, Programs, Programs and Features. Select Microsoft Office 2013 and click Change. Quick repair didn’t work but full repair did.

Assumption

Someone asked me yesterday “You’re good with computers, can you give me a copy of Photoshop?“. Aside from the fact I run Linux on most of my computers, I’m not keen on being accused of software piracy on the basis that I’m “good with computers” or any other reason. I made the mistake of asking why he needed it, he wanted to resize some pictures – so I suggested Paint.net.

His answer? “Oh no that’s free, it’s bound to be rubbish.”

Strange, I thought he wanted Photoshop free.

Black Ops “Strict”

Odd solution to an irritating problem – Black Ops say “Strict” in multi-player, even with “Open” NAT. Load Modern Warfare 2, go to multi-player on-line up to the point where you choose the game type and eject the disc using the button on the front of the PS3. Insert Black Ops and load it, go to multi-player and you will be open.

I have no idea why this works, I got it off a forum post. I have tried putting the PS3 in a DMZ but it doesn’t work, so it’s not as if the game uses non-standard ports – it’s just bugged. It only needs to be done once each session – you can play something else and reload Black Ops as long as you don’t reboot.

Black Ops is an OK game, it’s not the best FPS and the single player is woefully short (with a very poor story) – its multi-player where the fun is to be had. With the latest DLC out on the 10th June, it’s a shame that Activision and Treyarch can’t get it together enough to sort this out. The truth is though that until we stop buying DLC, there’s no incentive for the publishers to fix bugs.