iPhone X impressions

It almost feels like a decade. Back then I knew that I would never own any Apple product because I was just too poor to afford anything other than low quality phones. Plus, everyone sort of just wanted to hate on the brand because it was more of a status than anything else.

Of course those were the days. I still consider Apple products to be vanity items. They are fashion items that impresses no one these days because of how mainstream it has become. These days Samsung/Google/LG and a huge array of manufacturers can match and outmatch in certain scenarios the iPhone in terms of hardware.

As for me, well I’m just a guy that doesn’t like where Google is heading. I think Apple knows where the direction is heading. Mozilla were actually the first organization that started to market Firefox not just as a browser but a browser you need because it doesn’t track everything about you and try to sell your data.

It’s not about I have nothing to hide but more into “whatever I do is my business. I don’t know marketing companies profiling what I do. And if they are they should pay the big bucks to me.”

Well, enough about my opinions of how I feel about the current things going on in 2019.

So I received the shiniest of the shiniest: an iPhone X 256GB (unlocked).

How is it?

I think for the first time in many years I don’t feel compelled to talk about the performance or compare it to anything. I moved away from Google Pixel 2 XL to iPhone X. Both phones have an amazing performance.

It’s not about the performance. It’s about the company.

These days I’ve wondered who’s got my back. I think Apple recent advertisements on privacy are rock solid. They deliver a crystal clear message that whatever you do — be it browsing, watching, listening — it all stays in your phone. Your data doesn’t go to chinese servers to be analyzed.

I’ve been trying to cut off Google products for many years…. it was one of the hardest thing to do. Years ago I decided to move to Fastmail. It took me like 2 months of preparation of what I needed to do. I’ve yet to replace the search engine because Microsoft hasn’t improved theirs… and Duckduckgo is basically Bing in disguise.

As far as impressions go. I like the iPhone X. The Face ID feature works better than I thought. Performance-wise it’s okay but I knew that already. Apps wise, let’s be honestly, there’s an insane amount of apps in the App Store.

Functionality-wise could be better… but I don’t really have many complains because by now I’m used to iOS due my iPad.

In conclusion: I like the iPhone X. It’s all I expected it to be. It has a very sturdy design with an amazing display and a good battery life too.

You did what now? So I am now part of the Apple “family” with the switch to iPhone

I know what you are thinking. Them judging eyes, shaking your head in disgust. But why?

I grew tired of Android. I didn’t grow tired of Windows 10, heck, I love Windows 10 and I love the new Microsoft, but there is no Windows Phone is there?

Google has left me a bit bitter, especially with the garbage the is the Google Pixel 2 XL. Whoever did the quality control on those devices need to be fired. That’s how bad it is.

For a long time I’ve been investing into Apple products… I own the iPad which I love and I think it’s probably one of the best tablets in the market right now outmatching any out there. The iPad has an insane battery life and you could literally browse for hours or watched 4-6 episodes (probably a bit more depending on settings) of series.

The MacBook Pro has left me a bit of a bittersweet taste. I do love the build quality but the recent MacBook Pros have left me scratching my head because it seems Tim Cook isn’t doing his job. Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs that’s for sure. It seems he has focused all his ideas in pure vanity and not usability.

But, the main reason I love my MacBook as some of you may guess: the battery life, and because it’s UNIX but it factors really low into the decision-making. I’m not really petty to throw a tantrum if it’s UNIX or Linux. I could use Windows just fine.

But the recent problem that I’m seeing about Windows 10 is that all their updates are shipped broken. That’s a HUUUUUUUGE no for me. I have gotten to the age of not wanting to deal with more technical issues on my own devices. I’m just not putting up with more broken updates until Microsoft fixes their mess.

With Microsoft’s move to Linux and OSX I’m actually very happy. I can use my favorite editor: Visual Studio Code which honestly I don’t think anyone from Microsoft ever thought it’d be one of the best tools out there. C#/F# and .NET Core runs pretty well on my machine. Python/PHP/Java/etc are already languages that ran on my machine.

The investment has been done already. I’ve had my MacBook Pro for like a year now… and the iPad about the same length. I am not happy with a few things like Finder actually being a very crappy app that makes Explorer look almost oscarworthy. But maybe I’m just used to Windows File Manager (Explorer) and I actually deem it better than Finder. It also provides even more value with OneDrive now that you can leave your files in the cloud.

I don’t know what’s going to be the future of OSX. I don’t think whoever is making the decisions knows what they are doing. Microsoft is catching up fast and I don’t think they are prepared for it. OSX needs to up their game.

Having said that. Strange times ahead for me as I fully submerge myself in Apple.

The quest to eargasm?

I feel like I may have… gone a little overboard on a lot of things. Buying headphones is certainly one of them.

In full picture:

Sony WH1000XM3, Bowers & Wilkins PX, AKG N60C, Sennheiser HD6XX (Massdrop Edition)

I don’t consider myself an audiophile or anywhere around that. Heck I could explain right now, or try to, on why I have so many… headphones. Part of it is experimenting. The thing about headphones, especially reputable ones is that the retain value so I can easily sell it back without losing much.

Sony WH1000XM3 is meant to be replacing my Bowers & Wilkins PX. These two are the ones I use at work right now and they’ve been wonderful. The Bowers & Wilkins PX certainly wins against the WH1000XM3 when it comes to acoustics…. but when it comes to bass Sony headphones just have the upperhand as the Bowers and Wilkins aren’t as bassy as I’ve had hoped for.

The AKG N60C is actually the one I use at home and it’s connected to a bluetooth transmitter that is connected to my TV. The consoles and most devices are connected to the TV using the TV input ports provided… so I basically route all that sound through a optical audio cable that plugs to the bluetooth transmitter. The AKG ones aren’t meant to outmatch anything. I just found them super cheap and quite reliable for my needs and all I wish is it had more battery life in them.

The Sennheiser HD6XX I use mostly with my Macbook Pro. I just use when I’m alone as they are open headphones, else I’d switch to the closed ones that I listed above.

In terms of quality… I’d dare say I’ve had a greater impression with the Bowers & Wilkins PX and the Sony WH1000XM3 when pitting it against the Sennheiser HD 6XX. Don’t ask me why. I just find the Sennheiser ones to be lacking something and I don’t know what.

Overall I’ll probably end up selling the Sennheiser HD 6XX if I can’t find what’s wrong with it. And part ways with the Bowers and Wilkins PX but as of late a big part of me doesn’t want to give up on the Bowers & Wilkins. I love them. They were my second headphones and I’ve found them to be incredibly delightful to use. I do have minor complains with the clamping… it’s quite… rough after a few hours, but overall I really enjoy using them.

If I ever go high-end with cans… you won’t see me do that this year for certain. I think I’m going to stay in the mid-zone for a long time. I’m also hoping to do a write-up on Sony WH1000XM3 at the end of this month.


Snappity Snap 📸

The past few days have been fun. They’ve been filled with a lot of curiosity and eagerness to learn something new. I feel like photography might be a hobby I’ll be pursuing heavily.

I find it fun… because it gives me something to do. More than just fun, it’s a series of what happens if I alter the settings to obtain a more seasoned take of the photo. On the past few days I’ve been working with two people that have been helping me get up to speed with a lot of things photography except composition.

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For now I’m just having a blast with learning more about ISO/Exposure Time/Aperture. These three elements are fairly important at least to me when it comes to all things lighting and if I don’t learn it I don’t think it would’ve made much sense buying a Nikon camera.

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I feel like the greatest challenge so far is actually having a good composition in the photo. Everything in place and working in harmony. I don’t think I will be able to master that anytime soon but as time passes, maybe.

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Either way… it’s a hobby. One I hope that stays a hobby. I think I’ve found something I can become quite passionate about. It’s really a break from all things programming. I don’t think you know how much photography means to me as a new hobby. Perhaps I’ve been burnt out to the ground with programming and need a break from it.

Nonetheless, it’s fun and keeps me busy.

Wrapping this up. Feel free to check out my Flickr and follow me.

Approaching new things

If I have to give this month a fair shake it is that I’ve been doing things the wrong way. I’ve yet to make any progress in a position that I want because quite honestly these days I’ve yet to get excited about a company or product.

Now, I don’t really want to give the opening of this log entry a very heavy start. Life doesn’t go the way you want it most of the time and I’ve learned to be okay with it as long as I don’t become complacent or a conformist.

I feel like I have been extremely spontaneous about many things this month with the start of new hobby. Like anything, it takes a lot of practice and a lot of trial and error to get good at it. Photography isn’t exactly a passion of mine. Just an interest that I hope to nourish over the following years.

It’s also something that I’ve been meaning to start. I’ve been with computers for so many years that the thought of doing more outdoor activities was never in the equation. Now, these days I want to take control of my life and finally enjoy myself. Go out, travel the world, etc.

A huge part of me doesn’t want to just stay still… I just can’t do it anymore.

I can only hope that everything goes well. Not just on this new hobby but everything I’m planning to do.

I love you, Sony WH1000XM3. But you are too fragile. 😓

I finally got my hands on the Sony WH1000XM3. They’ve been dropping the prices on eBay so I thought: Hey, you know what? It’s time to bite.

I have so many mixed feelings and all of them revolve around the build quality.

A friendly reminder that I’m still a bad photographer

On a fair note, I’ve been extremely spoiled by Bowers & Wilkins. Hands down I feel like Bowers & Wilkins understands that perhaps something that is priced around $350-400 shouldn’t be completely plastic.

Sony, Bose, and many other manufacturers continues to deliver poor build quality just to maximize profits and not compromise on giving people a better product.

Granted, the cans are actually amazing and I feel like while the sound stage isn’t as big as B&W PX it sure makes the B&W PX sweat when it comes to the bass.

This is my third pair of cans while having previously owned Sennheiser MOMENTUM, Bowers & Wilkins PX, and now the Sony WH1000XM3.

I’ll be talking about this on a consumer standpoint, not as an audiophile because I don’t classify as one nor do I have the knowledge many audiophiles have. However, as someone who owns the product I can talk about the differences I’ve found and so on.


In search of passive income

I believe I got the answer to this one… anyone that is a developer knows that at times we consider freelancing or creating some sort of software. Sometimes the idea becomes creating your own software to sustain yourself and your family.

Me? I’ve thought about a few things. None of the ideas are easy or even profitable. The thing about profitability though is that you just don’t know if it’s actually profitable. If you don’t do a decent execution on it then you’ll see yourself in a very bad spot.

Freelancing is tiring. I don’t want to go back into it. The mere thought that I’d have to sit down and build a client list is maddening. It’s just a solid no.

Creating software and selling it might be my route. Sadly, it’s a time consuming one if you don’t have all the pieces come together. I’ve always followed a strict guideline of always plan and always keep it as simple as possible and honestly that has helped me not implement unwanted features.

For now I’m just searching for passive income that I can compliment my current one. It’ll be a tough search.

I don’t think Apple’s thinness obsession is far off…

Over the time I have spent with my Macbook Pro I’ve learned to accept a lot of its cons such as a extremely shallow keyboard. Of course, my acceptance has a limit thus I will never accept the infamous touchbar.

I’ve been in disgust with my Dell gaming laptop, a Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY. It’s not a bad laptop. It has given me the joy of playing games with it with a really good IPS display that’s sometimes too bright and a not so bad GTX 960M that can tackle a lot of many things and better than this MacBook when it comes to gaming.

There’s a problem… I hate its bulky design. It’s unnecessarily huge, its weight is unacceptable. The Macbook Pro and Macbook Air has the right amount of weight without inconveniencing the user. This is something that I give the kudos to Apple. I’m the type of person that moves from spot to spot in a house and carrying my Macbook Pro around hasn’t been a hassle at all.

I also think there’s a huge problem with my line of thought. I want a dedicated gaming laptop and a general purpose laptop whose battery can last at least 10 hours. When the market baseline price is starting at MSRP of $2,300… then I don’t think at all that asking for a more sophisticated system is far off.

I think the Surface Book 2 in terms of design has achieved a middle ground… and this is the same idea that if put in perspective we could compare it to the Switch. Except, it’s not a gaming console. The Surface Book 2 is a giant yet elegantly designed tablet with a premium keyboard and GPU slapped in. Now, lets think for a second here.

The normal design of a laptop is that you would have all the components of a computer in the keyboard layer below. The CPU and GPU would be at best 11″ inches away from each other and at worst case scenario they would be near each other… punishing themselves with the heat generated by both.

Whether that’s a design to save money or not when it comes to the manufacturing process… it doesn’t change the fact that laptops cooling systems are behind… leagues behind.

There is one company that managed to click with me in term of design and my demands. A company that I was almost willing to throw my money the second they released the product. Razer’s Razer Blade.

The Razer Blade literally had all the things I wanted in a gaming laptop. An elegant yet incredibly powerful design. A thin form factor, and just the right amount of goodness in it. There’s a huge problem though and that is that Razer quality control is god awful. From all the reviews and experiences I read Razer products seems to last at best a year. because they all happen to die fast. If Razer doesn’t fix this… and apparently it has been an ongoing thing over the years… then I guess simply said they won’t get my money at all.

But maybe, just maybe I’m asking too much.

Perhaps I’ve fancied myself too much over the years. I don’t think going through a lot of life situations I would ever buy an Apple product… at all but here we are.

This world has been connected aka “this site is live again”

As you can guess this site is back. I had a couple of hiccups with SSL as the renew in certbot wasn’t working correctly. I didn’t sweat the issues but it did take me a while to figure out why the site wasn’t loading. Turns out that I had a plugin for wordpress that enforced https thus making me nginx redirect to the https.

I like https. But seeing that it has become a bit of a hassle to maintain it and I only blog on a monthly basis I don’t see why I should consider SSL anymore.

I ended up mass updating a lot of stuff in the database to clean out any https reference that belonged to my site. It turns out that storage.thehumble.ninja has been offline for 2 months now. There’s a quick fix coming for that.

MacBook Pro (2017) Aftermath

It’s been eight months since I purchased my MacBook. I’ve come to accept the little annoyances it comes with and still grief the greater annoyance like the touch bar, because to be honest it’s still one of Apple biggest mistake yet everyone seems to be buying it even though I doubt anyone uses it. 

I updated OSX to Mojave like a month ago. It was a rough upgrade as even the Location Services wasn’t working, and thus the Maps application was giving me a lot of problems for the occasional search. Overall… the dark mode feels half-assed, not like Windows 10 dark mode is any better. I’ve seen better dark themes and I feel both operative systems are failing to deliver a good dark mode experience. 

I think my biggest problem with it right now remains to be the touch bar. It’s simply one of the most horrible ideas ever put in practice. Removing the function keys from the MacBook keyboard sure made me feel hopeless… because games like Guild Wars 2, and any MMORPG that uses function keys are rendered useless on the new MacBook Pro models. 

The keyboard still feels shallow as ever. 

All in all… it’s not the worst thing ever. I can do 99.9% of the things I’m set to do and have yet to come across any barriers. Needless to say, I would happily trade my MacBook Pro for a Surface Book 2.