My story with Apple started late with first iPhone. I was visiting States for the second time and wasn’t planning to buy this phone. I’ve went to Apple Store to buy one for my colleague who wanted it badly. After I’ve seen it in action I’ve immediately bought one for me. And as there was purchase limit back then I wasn’t able to get one for my pal after all. I’m still feeling a bit sorry about that.
I value Bruce Schneier as security expert. I love his blog. I like that he’s not fast to make opinion and analyzes everything thoroughly. I’ve enjoyed his book Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World. And as he advertised his last book, Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive, a lot, I’ve decided to give it a try. It was easier decision to me as it’s available on Safari Books Online.
I’m using Outlook and Exchange both at work and privately. And I love them. I like how rules are working in Exchange and the way it syncs. I like Outlook vast functionality. Maybe I’m strange, but I don’t really like Gmail’s WebUI, it just isn’t for me. Even though it has advantages, like ability to view images. I can’t imagine me using email through the browser without OWA. I also like Outlook categories more than Gmail’s labels.
I can say to myself, I’ve told you so. I don’t like Craig as a Bond, I simply hate this lady as M, but I’ve still watched new ones as it was good fun. And I like to relax from time to time. Comparing to old ones everything was worse, even girls, but it was watchable. What they’ve done in Skyfall is simply ridiculous. Bond is shot in the first minutes of the movie, falls into the river and we’re expected to believe that he’s dead.
I’ve started to watch Newsroom after watching this video: I was amazed. Finally there would be something smart to watch, the series which would be intellectually demanding. Not just another dinner supplement. How horribly wrong I was. First episode was alright, especially because of the above scene. But after that it was worse and worse. It’s simply just another soap opera. They’ve ditched all intellectual stuff, or in the best case made it a background, for love story between Will and MacKenzie.
Fox started the new year with the new show, The Following. As I enjoy watching thrillers I’ve had to check it out. Especially that a lot of people on the Web recommended it. Yeah, I know, it means nothing. Anyway, I’ve got through first episode and it wasn’t bad. Nothing new, nothing brilliant, but decent. It had this typical for American television patronizing style. Characters are constantly explaining each detail of the story, so even half-brain could catch up.
After watching 2012 in Gaming on YouTube I’ve wanted to try Deadlight. I usually don’t buy games just like that. I’m first reading some reviews online, then trying to see gameplay on YouTube and if price is right (I’ve never paid “normal” price for the game in my life) I can bought it. This time it was love at the first sight. I’ve just checked the score on GryOnline (Polish games site) and as it was just 5,99€ on Steam, I’ve bought it immediately.
Remember Home Improvement? Quite nice family show with Tim Allen. Nothing special, but I’ve enjoyed watching it. It was funny, sometimes educational. All family members were chosen well, so you’ve felt like it’s real thing. Now Tim is back with Last Man Standing which is actually the same thing. Few differences, he’s now working in some outdoor store rather than being host of his own TV show, and his children are girls instead of boys (but he still has three kids).
When I’ve started reading The Bookstore Strikes Back in the newest Atlantic I was thinking, well this is another nerdy lady who has too much of free time and is trying to make a fuss around her. How wrong I was. Or actually how well Ann Patchett is able to tell this story. As I’m always saying, I would read manual to screw driver with flush on my face if it was written by Stephen King.
The last few years were really bad for horror movies. There was almost nothing good. As I love the genre I’m always trying to catch every piece of good film I’m able to find. So I’ve watched Sinister recently and must say it was quite alright. I believe my judgement is blurred by lack of any alternative. The latest horror I’ve seen was the one with Mr. Potter and I really want to forget about this waste of time.