Image is ingame screenshot from the Crew wild run
Image is ingame screenshot from the Crew wild run
In today’s world an internet connection is required to play many modern games or even use popular social and production applications such as a Microsoft Word, Facebook or Youtube. We refer to these products as being cloud based and it usually works wonders. However, this access to your game or application on the “cloud” (which is really just a connection to computer servers locked in some warehouse or undisclosed location) does have its drawbacks. But many people today might be surprised to know that any cloud-based drawbacks that might occur today didn’t always exist.
For sake of a better phrase, I will call those days the good old days–a time when one could play a game or use a word processor without going online. In those days the user actually own the product they bought and wasn’t at the mercy of any internet connection or online servers. Of course those days are gone for now but there are reasons why being connected to online play or production simply to type a letter might be a good option but for this particular post I will focus on why cloud based software and gaming is actually a horrible idea for the consumer–and I believe time will bare this out.
When your online connected game or subscription is working things are good. We get to play our game or write our letter. Take for example, the Crew. It’s a massive open world multiplayer car-driving game. The playground is open for exploration and this “playground” is a condensed version of the United States mountains and deserts included. When the game works, it’s a blast especially the Monster Trucks but I digress. However, like many games and services, this game requires players to login into an online server. In this case the company who controls the server is Ubisoft. Nothing against Ubisoft as a company but when their servers are down for maintenance or other reason, the player doesn’t get access to a game they have paid for. (Speaking of down time, I write this post as I wait for Ubisoft’s services to return. The good news, my blog service Word Press is up now! )
Now had such a game as The Crew been downloadable or installable on ones personal computer not relying on another’s server for access later as games once were, there would be no down time. We would also be able to own the product instead our being involved in a sort’ve lease agreement with the game/software developer and the product. Maybe you remember the days when Microsoft Word was a standalone product that could be paid for one time and installed on your home or business computer? Now Word is called Microsoft 365 and it is an endless subscription service rather than a standalone product. Google Docs and anything Google is cloud based. Many other company’s have gone the same way because in this cloud-based system we as customers don’t require a physical drive for storage and our account is always accessible across many devices. This is a convenience when it works. Internet connection not working? Too bad for you. Your online based report isn’t getting done today. Game or application company server down for maintenance? The only thing to do is wait until it’s up again to get access to our service. Yes, this is the future. And unfortunately it’s the only future many adults and kids will ever know.
I believe we have lost our way when it comes to our dependence and reliance on cloud based computing and subscription services. This system works in a developers favor to be cloud-based because of the control they have. They control when the customer gets access or when they don’t. They get our money regardless of our access to the product or satisfaction of it and maybe most importantly they get paid for however long we want to use it! Brilliant plan for them, not as great for the user. If you have Windows 10 running on your computer you may have noticed that Microsoft has been pushing for users to use the operating system online rather than having a local only account. Why the push for online use of the Windows 10? Because we get access to our data on multiple devices? Okay, sounds great but that should be my own business if I wanted such a convenience or not. I believe the push truly comes because someday soon everything we use related to computer will be a subscription. YouTube use to be free and it still is, kind of. Currently adverstisments abound but ever heard of YouTube Red? It’s Google’s way of shoving users away from unlimited free access (with adverstisments) to a product only subscription service. Software developers are brilliant and we customers will pay–literally.
Now, perhaps it’s true that the company or developer who starts selling software again that can be owned once and installed once, without the need for a subscription will become famous again. Of course, it would take a major breakdown of cloud-based services for this to happen but by then the world might be completely gone.
But there is Hope. And it’s not based on the internet’s or some software developer’s reliability or security. His name is Jesus. Of course, one would need to know the need for Jesus in order to be really concerned. Have you consider it?
images are personal in-game screenshots from The Crew except Ubisoft Maintenence Notice
Ubisoft image source
If you haven’t heard of it, The Crew is a massive online open world type game for PC and gaming consoles centered on driving cars and motorcycles. The game allows the player to drive and race cars and motorcycles (2015 version) across a modified map of the United States. Did I mention the map is large? When the The Crew was released at the end of 2014 it was nice but was limited in its gameplay features and visual detail. It received criticism for it’s less than stellar graphics and static weather among other things. The game at that time did not feature dynamically changing weather as it does now in the most recent version of the game from 2015 (The Crew Wild Run).
It is now 2018 and The Crew has been out for a few years but it still has many exciting elements to it. For example, the world has been injected with a vibrant living world including people, animals, aircraft, balloons, and new and improved jumps and ramps. I find this game a great rediscover since the original release of the game. And if you purchase the expansion pack called Calling All Units, players can play the game from the cop’s side of things–with limitations. Now it’s the limitations to The Crew which make this game another great example of an awesome open world style game falling short of its full potential.
Let start with the police player limitations. When playing as a cop in The Crew (Calling All Units) the player must gather wait for a notification enter a chase with another player. Did I mention this game is online only? (I will get to that later.) But seriously, why do I have to wait for a notification to chase another player? And the chase isn’t a typical cops and robbers police chase either. The driver you are chasing must take a crate from one point to another before the live police player can catch up to them. It’s fun but it could be better. What happened to patrolling the streets and pulling over speeding drivers, other online players and Ai drivers on a regular street? In my opinion that would truly make for a great (and perfect) police expansion to The Crew. There are limitations on the vehicle you get drive. Opening up the number and variety of police vehicles would make things more fun too.
When playing the Crew, other driver players must sign in to play the game. Live people are playing alongside you as you explore and race in this massive driving world. Sounds fantastic, right? Sometimes this is great fun and sometimes it would be nice to be able to drive and explore the game with only AI drivers and without drivers who insist on trying to run your car off the road or engaging in demolition derby.
The Crew has been improved, visually since its first release. But like other open world style games, there is great room for improvement especially in the realistic department. In GTA 5 for example, we find many limitations and annoyances. The game might feature a visually stunning map of grand proportions but a lack of realism and it’s over-the-top gratuitous elements ruin the game. While it is great fun to blow things up and see large explosions I find types of games that feature disgusting profanity at every turn and on nearly every street corner as does GTA games ridiculous and unnecessary. A simple profanity filter in the settings could fix this. And as to the violence and sex, I do not play a game to kill bystanders or to have virtual sex. I play open world games to mostly be able to explore the map and see the scenery whether it be by foot, in a car, boat, plane, train or motorcycle and have some fun with explosions, killing bad guys and playing as a cop in the process. Oh, and did I mention the graphics and map should be at least as stunning and expansive as GTA 5. I have yet to find this type of open world game but perhaps Police 1013 will be that game.
images are personal in game screenshots
The Republicans in Washington led by President Trump were finally able come through on a promise to give back to the American people. And what exactly was this promise to give back? Our money of course. This will come as a welcome relief for many who pay taxes and give their hard-earned dollars day after day to the to government. And yet there was some sad news buried in with this otherwise wonderful Christmas gift. The fact that all of the Democrats sitting in Washington voted against tax cuts for the people is nothing less than a disgrace. But it shouldn’t be surprising should it?
After all this is the same Democrat party who removed God from their party platform in 2012 and the same Democrat party who consistently defends Planned Parenthood and the outright murder of babies. This Democrat party is the one who claims to be advocates for women and yet never calls attention to the abuse, slaughter and dishonor of Muhammad’s Islam perpetrated against women and humanity. And let us not forget about the disgusting jokes, obscenities and obscene graphic material exploiting women that is produced on a daily basis by none other than Democrat city aka Hollywood.
So while hard-working Americans will enjoy a little tax bonus coming soon thanks to right thinking people in Washington, we must also not forget how much the Democrat party is hurting America and the world.
Most of us have seen or heard the infomercials and commercials on TV and radio for MyPillow®. Mr. Lindell is a great communicator and he is the founder and inventor of MyPillow®. I want to trust him when he says “I personally guarantee MyPillow® will be the most comfortable pillow you’ll ever own.” But is the MyPillow® pillow really that good? I could use a new pillow because mine is turning a yellow-brownish color. But should I buy a MyPillow®?
Radio and TV Talk show host Sean Hannity (who is awesome by the way) discusses the benefits of owning a MyPillow® pillow on his radio show. The testimonies found on the MyPillow® website proclaim nothing but praise and adulation for this pillow and the wonders it does to help in sleeping better. With all this positive jubilation I’ve heard and read about the MyPillow® I am nearly persuaded to buy my own MyPillow® pillow just to experience the hype …er… pillow myself. But there is a problem that has been keeping me from purchasing my own.
First, the price of the MyPillow® pillow is not cheap. I have seen it for close to $50 at Walmart to as much as $90 online. The high price for any pillow causes me to pause and it certainly does with a purchase of my own MyPillow® brand pillow. And yet, there is an even bigger problem that price holding me back in such a purchase. And this second problem is not an easy one for me to overcome.
What I have learned so far about MyPillow® started with a quick visit to a few website reviews such as Amazon, Walmart, Better Business Bureau and YouTube. All of these sites feature either mixed reviews or some candidly negative opinions about this pillow or the company who makes MyPillow® with positive comments in the mix. Positive reviews and comments are great and essential to sell a product but negative reviews about a product never sit well with me. When I read or watch reviews, I take into account user error, bias, tone, the details provided and the overall quality of the comments within the review. But even honest and fair reviews for MyPillow® seem to expose something unsettling about this product. For starters, the grade letter on the Better Business Bureau website certainly doesn’t help this cause especially when companies pay the BBB to appear on their site. Hmmm.
I have read about and watched reviewers who have cut open a MyPillow® brand pillow and reveal what appears to be nothing more than shredded pieces of foam in varying shapes and sizes. This might not be problematic if this was all there was to tell. Many reviewers claim the MyPillow® is lumpy. That theme repeated itself more often than I think it should have unless it were true. And I can understand why this might be when there are lumps of foam clumping together under one’s head in the form of a pillow! How about the return policy? User experience seems to be all over the map on this one. Some folks claim an easy return while others claim customer service was unhelpful and the high price for return shipping had to be paid by the customer. But back to what’s on the inside of the pillow. Perhaps this foam (or whatever it is) is made of a high quality material and that’s why the pillow is expensive? I do like that MyPillow® is made in the USA.
So the question that remains still remains. Is this pillow simply a cheaply made pillow that should cost around $10 and some reviewers have suggested but has instead been marketed at a higher price so we the consumer think it’s a luxury pillow? Of course, that would be deceptive and that wouldn’t be good publicity for any company would it? Or, is this pillow in fact a truly a high quality product that one could justify in paying a price of $50 to near $90 or more? Well, right now I don’t have the answer but I do wish I could try out a Premium MyPillow® before I spent more than $10 on my own.
If do get my hands on a MyPillow® pillow I will update this post and give you my first hand…..or head, experience and thoughts.
I want to hear from you. Do you have (or know someone) who has first hand experience with the MyPillow® pillow? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this post are that of the author’s in his endless quest for the truth.
The following story is as disturbing as it is disgusting and definitely not for anyone who would rather ignore the truth.
My original post continues below
Yes, Target was my favorite store until management decided to advocate for men entering the women’s bathroom. Many believe a boycott is ineffective and I believe it might be in terms of deeply “hurting” the merchant’s bottom line. However as a matter of conviction, for me not shopping at Target has been a public statement proclaiming a disagreement in an anti God store policy. Target’s bathroom policy of course puts kids in danger of perverted men masquerading as women but most importantly it is a sin against God. Yes, a surgery or surgeries to the human body and manipulating hormones does not change what God has already ordained from birth. We all know this to be true but as the CEO’s of Target are proving, many will try to pretend it isn’t so and that God is not in charge.
I first posted about the Target boycott here. Now consider another post of mine.
I suggest a better way of reaching Target and anyone is to start by watching a movie called Audacity. If you haven’t watched it already check it out here.
Someone in top management of Target made the decision to allow men to use the woman’s bathroom and vice versa. Many people agree with this and because it’s sin (see the Good Person Test) against God what needs to happen is a change of heart. Do boycotts change hearts? No. Who changes hearts? God.
People at Target or not are all headed on a path to hell because of crimes against a holy God. Yes, (there’s a long list) and we’re all doomed unless there’s a way of escape. See the good person test. There is hope however and it’s not man-made. God through Jesus Christ is the only escape and Savior from hell and judgment to come. Are you ready?
If the name were Donald Trump instead of Harvey Weinstein we’d see a left-wing media and Hollywood frenzy of glee. And why? Simply because they are hateful of God and love their immorality. Hollywood elites have made a god to suit themselves which allows for such immorality.
So what does Hollywood do in a case like this? Cover-up and cover-up some more. And even when the truth is revealed after years of cover-up, they attempt to cover-up their cover-up because their worldview dictates it. Will Hollywood and the Democrat party ever come clean?
So who is Mr. Weinstein? Publicly, he is a Hollywood big-wig mogul, Democrat party donor and producer. And now we know Mr. Weinstein is none other than a sexual predator who used his power to manipulate and control people. He is nothing less than a bully on a grand scale. Unfortunately, because of who he is, much of his inappropriate acts of sexual abuse and harassment was ignored and probably landed on deaf ears.
Of course these are things many of us on the outside already know about the worldview of Hollywood and of the Left. We know about their blatant defense of a religion that believes in honor killings, abuse and mistreatment of women. We know about their hatred and antagonistic views toward Christians and Jews (namely due to their hatred of the God of the Bible). We know about the atrocious acts of murder seen in abortion which Hollywood defends publicly and in who they vote for. And let us not neglect to tell about the content they endorse. We see it everywhere–the sexual innuendo against women, vulgarities and immorality that permeates their TV shows, movies and games. Yes, Hollywood and many on the left may want (and try) to deny this ugly reality but sooner or later the truth has a way of catching up. When you least expect it, the Harvey Weinsteins of the world show up and expose the truth.
And yet, there is still time for us all to repent.
“These times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31
In a not surprising move by Twitter, the social media giant tries to suppress the truth about abortion. While most everyone already knows abortion is nothing less than cold-blooded murder of billions of babies, not everyone would like you to know. The latest case by Twitter to hide this gruesome reality was seen when Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn posted a campaign video about Planned Parenthood’s practice of abortion. In her campaign ad, she boldly states, “I’m 100% pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood, and we stopped the sale of baby body parts — thank God.”
The details were clear about the disgusting reality that abortion is and Twitter blocked her video. In a statement made by Twitter they said, “the sale of baby parts” was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.”
And of course it should evoke a strong negative reaction. Abortion is the gruesome practice of murdering babies. What could be more ugly and offensive than the murder of the innocent?
The question is why would Twitter block the truth? Is it that Twitter along with other large media outlets, actually believe murder is okay? After all, they have gone to great lengths to defend Planned Parenthood in the past.
Now if the Twitter CEO’s had a strong moral compass, I would expect a strong statement speaking out against the ugly practices of Planned Parenthood with abortion, along with any murder of innocents. God hates murder. Remember, the command “You shall not kill.” Maybe that is also why so many people today hope God’s commands and His messengers would disappear.
” If our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NASB)
While America is busy attempting to unravel and mentally sort the tragic and horrific shooting massacre that occurred in Las Vegas over the weekend, one fact remains: The Las Vegas shooter didn’t know God. This fact alone is one many people might rather ignore but its reality is undeniable and deeply important. This may seem like a trivial matter to some but had this man Stephen Paddock believed in God by trusting in Jesus Christ for his salvation he wouldn’t have committed this heinous crime. This goes for anyone, at anytime. What do I mean you ask?
Clearly the world is crumbling and falling apart. People are more and more seeking to break the law and do harm to others. The Las Vegas shooting demonstrates more of the same.
However, God has spoken a stern warning to all who seek to ignore Him. We have all broken His Law (the Ten Commandments). As lawbreakers or transgressors of the law we are all slaves of sin (doing evil). Therefore we are all under a curse. Sin clouds our minds and blocks our view (or a correct view) of God. As a result we are self-seeking sin-filled creatures who are at enmity with the God of the universe. We shoot, murder, lie and cheat. In the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, our relationship with God was broken.
Sin is transgressing or breaking God’s law.
Have you sinned?
Broken God’s commands?
Are you willing to seek God?
These are just a few of the Ten Commandments. It’s evident we are all guilty of breaking God’s God’s law, the perfect standard for what is right and wrong. Therefore since God is holy, perfect and He cannot have sin in His presence (Psa. 5:4, Hab. 1:13) we deserve His righteous judgment in Hell.
Therefore, we need a Savior–a way of escape from His judgment for sin. (James 2:10)
Just because Mr. Paddock did not have salvation in Jesus Christ and a relationship with Him doesn’t mean it’s too late for us. We are all given a limited time on this planet. You may not have tomorrow or another minute to seek out God.
If you would like a more detailed version of what I have posted about salvation please take the good person test. Right now Bibles are plentiful in the United States. (They even have them at Dollar stores!) Please pick up a Bible and start reading in the book of John (or wherever God is leading you to start reading). Just start in His Word. When you have questions seek out answers but don’t stop looking in God’s Word.
I am not a pastor (or even part of any church leadership) but a guy with struggles, faults and battles with sin who’s only desire is to point people the right way which is to know Jesus Christ. If I can be of any help don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you for reading this important post.
image source: top is my own
I like my iPhone and iPad but between strange behavior and missing features in Apple’s new update to iOS 11 I have become increasingly frustrated with it.
When viewing any app or picture with a white background, my iPhone shows an odd inexplicable bright whitish border around the edge of the screen. This was not seen prior to iOS 11.1 and does appear in any screenshots taken with the phone but appears to be an issue with the phone itself. Any thoughts? (below are some screenshots taken with my iPad of my iPhone 5s)
I may or may not be one of the few people experiencing this issue but I have noticed when I check my email Portrait Orientation sticking to a wide position even when I hold the phone upright in iOS 11. I am forced to shake or rotate the phone a couple of times to get it “unstuck”. To completely remedy this “sticking” of auto rotation I have to now use the portrait orientation lock feature when viewing emails or browsing the web to keep it from sticking in the wrong position. Pre-Locking the position is fine but it adds more steps when viewing a video should I want to rotate the view of the picture on the fly.
Another thing I have encountered in iOS 11 which I did not encounter in previous OS versions, is Wi-Fi automatically turning itself on after turning it off from the control center. This behavior never occurred in iOS 10. Of course, I go into settings to permanently turn off Wi-Fi but then it will won’t find any hot-spots at all. Isn’t the purpose of Control Center to allow convenient access to various phone settings such as Wi-Fi? I think so but for whatever reason, Apple decided to change the functionality of Wi-Fi in the Control Center.
Lastly, if you have ever wanted to buy an App from the App store and save it to your wish list, you can’t anymore. Again, for whatever reason, the wish list feature has been removed in iOS 11. Thank you Apple. Why not keep it when it such a useful feature in iOS 10?
This isn’t necessarily simply an issue with iOS 11 but still having no built-in calculator on the iPad is also odd since the iPhone has one built in. Maybe the code to add a calculator to the iPad (without using a third-party app) is more complicated than we realize.