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Buy New Tech on Day One or Wait?

Welcome to the Improbable Insights Podcast. You can almost smell it, feel it, taste it. The tech press and Twitter have been all abuzz about it. The longing to whip out your credit card and preorder seems almost too much to bear.  You know you want it, but a small, niggling voice in the back of your head tells you to wait. Wait for the inevitable bugs to be swatted and the promised features to be implemented. Should you wait?…Continue reading Buy New Tech on Day One or Wait?

Improbable Insights Podcast: Should You Buy a Game Console?

Game consoles once ruled the roost when it came to AAA game titles. The major console companies vied for exclusive titles and had unparalleled ease of use.  Consoles even offered performance superior to the best PCs of the day. The PC looked like it would be relegated to more complex strategy games, with the big action games and RPGs taken over by consoles. Economic factors, Moore’s Law, and the incredible gains in PC graphics allowed the PC to catch up.…Continue reading Improbable Insights Podcast: Should You Buy a Game Console?

Mass Effect Andromeda is Mass Effect Redux

I’ve been playing through the Mass Effect Andromeda single player campaign, though my initial excitement has been tempered a bit. For awhile, I thought of the game as the Inquisitioning of Mass Effect. In other words, Bioware built an open world with a lot of pointless resource gathering in the pursuit of making their game bigger and longer. Certainly many of the quests under the quest tab “Tasks” turn out to be pointless. As I’ve played more — I’m probably…Continue reading Mass Effect Andromeda is Mass Effect Redux

Improbable Insights Podcast: What AMD’s Ryzen Means for the Industry and Consumers

Scott Gardner, former industry analyst and tech company executive, joins David Bryant and me on the Improbable Insights podcast to discuss the impact of AMD’s Ryzen CPU release will have on the industry. AMD just began shipping the Ryzen 5 CPUs, which sport four or six cores, with two threads per core. More importantly, AMD has priced Ryzen 5 directly against Intel midrange processors.  Can lilliputian AMD compete with the Intel juggernaut? Can the Ryzen processor deliver the goods for end…Continue reading Improbable Insights Podcast: What AMD’s Ryzen Means for the Industry and Consumers

We Go to Andromeda!

Mass Effect Andromeda Updates the Formula Eric and I bring on a guest host, Ron Talbot, to discuss Mass Effect Andromeda. We all took an afternoon on release day to play single player and multiplayer in the same room. We all came away impressed at the overall mechanics but less impressed with the user interface and numerous bugs. And while the character generation system seemed to need more cooking, we still managed to create some interesting characters. We also have…Continue reading We Go to Andromeda!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Still Relevant

Since this year marks the 20th year since the release of Joss Whedon’s seminal series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I thought it time to rewatch the series. This time, though, I’m watching it with my wife Jan. I should explain that I watched the series twice, each time with one of my daughters. We overlapped a bit, but effectively, think of it as two viewings. I have very fond memories of watching with Elizabeth and Emily. Buffy showed how girls and women could…Continue reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer Still Relevant

Making the Most of Our Gaming Time

Welcome to the revised Improbable Insights podcast. I’ve streamlined it a bit, taking it from three sections to two. David, Eric, and I will try to keep the meaning section a little more tightly focused than in the past, drawing on our personal experiences to give insight and advice on tech and geek related matters. Also, if you’ve been wondering how to subscribe to the podcast, here’s the RSS. Now let’s check out episode 101, where we talk about making…Continue reading Making the Most of Our Gaming Time

The Future of the Web

Where is the web going? What technical features coming down the pipe will enhance the experience? What changes in the way we interact with the web (eg, social media), will shape future experiences? Will 3D & VR make significant impacts (it’s been the year of “3D on the web” forever in my memory)? What lies beyond HTML5? This week we have special guest Martin Best from Mozilla’s platform group, in addition to David Bryant (also with Mozilla), and Eric Klein.…Continue reading The Future of the Web