tag:tylerregas.com,2013:/posts TYLER|REGAS|COM 2017-04-29T01:45:38Z Tyler Regas tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1149670 2017-04-28T19:21:40Z 2017-04-29T01:45:38Z America's Ghost in the Shell really sucks

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1145880 2017-04-12T07:56:38Z 2017-04-12T07:56:38Z How Pixar killed traditional animation

It's hard not to think of Pixar and, by extension Apple, as amazing American institutions built by the astonishing, guiding hand of the late Steve Jobs. Pixar, after all, has churned out a steady stream of box office smashes, with the occasional stumble. Yet, at the same time, Pixar has become a cancer that has infected the Western World's lauded history of traditional, hand-drawn animation like an invasive species. We are paying a very steep price for Pixar's success today, and for the foreseeable future. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1144325 2017-04-06T05:43:52Z 2017-04-06T05:44:24Z How to get Windows 10 Creators Update early

The awesome thing is that you don't have to use any wonky, pre-release utility. Just run the Windows 10 Update​ Assistant, let it update itself, and you should see the option to install build 15063.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1144261 2017-04-05T21:46:19Z 2017-04-06T05:44:28Z Invasive Invader Zim Invades Earth? Again??!!

Oh, GOD yes! This is AWESOME news!! Jhonen Vasquez is helming a 90 minute Invader Zim TV movie to air later this year. Here's the mostly video-free teaser.


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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1144015 2017-04-05T00:43:22Z 2017-04-06T05:44:32Z Disney, Stop Ruining Animated Classics

So, I watched Beauty & The Beast (2017) last night. Wow. Just SUPER wow, and not for the reasons you might think. It's a dud. A flop. I hate it. The entire opening musical sequence, so full of life and deeply engaging in the animated feature, is dead, limp, and lifeless. Everything after that is a disjointed, misshapen mutation of the brilliant, reinvigorating, emotional feature-length animated version from 1991.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1140864 2017-03-22T21:40:35Z 2017-04-08T17:05:20Z Salted Wounds: The Ultimate Fuck You

I've talked about this before. I don't talk about being homeless a lot. It's painful, living in hotels for two and a half years. It's a short story if I leave out a lot of the detail. Two and a half years ago, around Christmas, we were evicted from our apartment in Mission Viejo because my publisher sat on their asses getting my advance check to me for my book, Getting An IT Help Desk Job For Dummies (available on Amazon, cheap plug). I worked my ass off to finish that book. 330 pages in three months. They didn't care. Companies don't care, so we were screwed. We figured we'd be out for a month or two then find a new place.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1140815 2017-03-22T19:19:33Z 2017-04-06T05:44:42Z Damon's The Great Wall isn't so bad

You know, if more Americans watched Chinese movies, they might understand films like The Great Wall better. I'm more of a Japanophile myself, but I watch a good number of Chinese epics. Netflix is loaded with them, and some of them are quite good.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1139923 2017-03-19T09:20:57Z 2017-03-19T09:21:47Z Why Pharah Sucks

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Pharah. That flying rat. The one and only flying hero in Overwatch, is the single most annoying hero of the bunch. Nobody else can fly. Mercy can glide and Winston can jump really far, but no other hero has flight capability like Pharah, which makes her suck. Pharah's missiles are also quite lethal, which means anyone playing her who is even vaguely good at twitch games can do a load of damage, and it's very difficult to counter her.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1139554 2017-03-17T20:34:58Z 2017-03-17T20:48:04Z Overwatch is addicting

When I first saw gameplay video of Blizzard's co-op FPS Overwatch, I had thots:

"This is a clone of TF2."

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1137469 2017-03-10T07:03:05Z 2017-03-17T20:35:16Z Video for AHA ]]> Tyler Regas tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1118401 2016-12-26T23:38:38Z 2016-12-26T23:38:38Z The future face of computing

You might not have noticed, since you’re most likely looking at your smartphone, but a significant amount of time people spend on the internet is through a mobile device, dominantly said smartphone. We’ve got some nifty charts lined up from ComScore so you can see just how much.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1118393 2016-12-26T23:30:33Z 2016-12-26T23:30:52Z I’ll Disable My Ad Blocker When You Stop Exploiting Me On January 8th, ExtremeTech published a piece about Forbes forcing users to disable their ad blockers in order to see any content, and guess what happened. Malware. ]]> Tyler Regas tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1118390 2016-12-26T23:26:11Z 2016-12-26T23:26:11Z Support reasonable regulation of the vaping industry

I was a smoker of 30+ years. I smoked a pack a day and, for a few years, I smoked two packs a day. Almost two and a half years ago, I tried an e-cigarette and I stopped smoking and started vaping. Millions of smokers try to quit every year and fail. They try patches and gum and drugs, but none of it works effectively. Electronic cigarettes, however, have been exceedingly effective in smoking cessation. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to regulate e-cigs and I’m not keen on kids getting into vaping because of the candy-flavored juices, but that’s no reason to let a small group of puritanical zealots smash the one industry that smokers can count on to quit into little bits. After all, you don’t use a sledge hammer to put in a thumb tack. If anything, the e-cig industry has been looking for regulation, but you have to understand vaping is NOT smoking. You can’t just apply the same laws that are applied to cigarettes.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1118386 2016-12-26T23:18:29Z 2016-12-26T23:18:29Z Moving away from WordPress

I know, right. Seems insane, but it's true. It's been coming for some time now, but recent life events have moved up the time table, so I'm somewhat caught starting over again and being relieved that I've moved on. First of all, there's almost nothing wrong with WordPress. It's a fine platform and I've dedicated many years to knowing it inside and out (as much as any non-developer can, of course). I'm just done with it's unnecessary complexity and... lack of certain things.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1115504 2016-12-19T03:54:48Z 2017-03-21T00:28:23Z In Defence of The Grand Tour

Granted, I'm not entirely in love with the first season of Amazon's highly anticipated Clarkson, Hammond, and May vehicle (that's a pun), The Grand Tour, but it needs to breathe (that's a wine reference) somewhat before it starts to shine.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1039505 2016-04-23T19:39:25Z 2017-03-21T04:25:27Z Road Journals #1

Day 1: Welcome To Uber, n00b

Went online and hung out near John Wayne. Within five minutes my phone started buzzing. I accepted the ride and was surprised to discover that I was being directed to the North side of the airport. I picked up my fare at a private building, likely a jet charter. It turns out that the destination was in Beverly Hills, 45 miles North. I asked her if the temperature was acceptable and offered her a charger for her phone. She had an iPhone, and I hadn't picked up a thunderbolt cable yet. She had her own, which I connected, and she thanked me. The rest of the trip was silent.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1014974 2016-03-16T22:55:20Z 2017-03-21T04:25:41Z The stupid way to delete all photos from your dumb iPhone

So, I gave up on Apple a few years ago and have no ragerts. Apple has simply lost the thread of late and Microsoft is the real innovator these days. For the record, Windows 10 is the bomb and is far more functional than Mac OS X. Regardless of my enthusiasm, however, my wife Rima still insists on using her dumb ass iPhone 5s and it's admittedly sweet 8MP camera. She takes a lot of images, and that takes up a lot of room. She needed to archive the images she had taken and make room for a few thousand more. 

But, ahem... iOS only lets you delete images one at a time, or a bunch, but you have to select them manually. One. at. a. time. How annoying, and terrible UI/UX design. Jesus, Apple, I thought you guys were supposed to be awesome at this. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1012064 2016-03-11T22:39:42Z 2017-03-21T04:25:56Z Hotels. The road to homelessness.

I wanted to write about Slack and my new project, The Human Family Foundation, but I landed on my admin page and was smacked in the face by my reality. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1008090 2016-03-06T08:42:26Z 2017-03-21T04:26:08Z Coals on the inside

Emotionally, I’m about as drained as one can be, without simply keeling over dead. Spending day after day after day just being little more than alive, constantly searching for a solution that cost more than my heart can afford, is like a desiccant for my... me. I have these little fires in me somewhere, but I can never quite track them down. I know they’re burning and sometimes, on good days, I can even see a wisp or two of smoke, but then it’s gone. If I could just find one, I’d stoke the flames as high as I could.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1007321 2016-03-04T22:46:21Z 2017-03-21T04:26:21Z Homelessness | Two days until zero hour

On Monday morning, we'll need to check out of our hotel. That's significant because, after that, we don't currently have another place to go, though not for any lack of trying. Ever since I got my job at Mirantis a few years ago, and lost it a few months later due to a big shakeup in their ranks, I have been unable to find work. That leaves us on a fixed income of a few hundred short of $3,000. Considering the Extended Stay America we're about to end our relationship with costs us just short of $100 a night, the math isn't difficult to understand. Of course, we need the kitchen that the hotel provides, or our daughter would get sick all the time. She has terrible food allergies, which basically means she can't eat much of anything. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1003279 2016-02-28T22:45:02Z 2017-03-21T04:26:37Z Don't vote because you think your vote doesn't matter? Think again.

Chew on this little gem for a minute. 

When you don't vote, you, and the millions of other Americans who don't vote, have an ENORMOUS effect on the direction of America. When you don't vote, you GIVE your votes away for free to any lunatic or zealot who gladly votes however they are told. When you don't vote, you are effectively voting for whomever leads in the polls. Why are they leading in the polls? Because you aren't out there voting. 

So, the next time you respond to someone's query about why you don't vote and you're ready to roll out the "My votes don't matter" or "All of the candidates suck" excuses, think about what really happens when you don't vote. Maybe if the people in Michigan went out to vote, Governor Rick Snyder wouldn't have made it to office, and the emergency managers plan would never have been signed into law, then 100,000 people in Flint wouldn't have lead poisoning. 

There is no action or inaction that does not have a consequence. Period.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1003276 2016-02-28T22:28:09Z 2017-03-21T04:26:47Z In case you're wondering: Why Windows 10 Phone, HP?

This isn't going to be a long read. The simple answer, and this is a guess, is that HP sees three things. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1002866 2016-02-28T08:53:44Z 2017-03-21T04:26:58Z Two Chrome extensions you must install: Reader View & Dark Reader

There are two unrelated things that bother me. One, Chrome doesn't have an in-built reading view mode. Two, Microsoft hasn't implemented a dark system theme for Windows 10 on the desktop yet. First, I'll tackle Chrome's missing reading view. Apple's Safari has one (it might have been the first). Microsoft's new Edge has one. Evernote used to make an extension called Clearly, but it's gone now. It was free, then you had to pay for Evernote just to use the advanced features, but they've clearly (LOL) just given up on it. I used to like Evernote, but now they suck, so I use Wunderlist. It also clips pages a helluva lot faster than Evernote (and OneNote, for that matter). 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1002025 2016-02-26T21:43:11Z 2017-03-21T04:27:14Z The Elegant Cape: A year in the life of America's preeminent perpetual loser optimist

NOTE: The original title to this piece was "If you feel like someone's out to get you, they probably are". I decided to change it because I had just written down what popped into my head and it's a little "out there", if you know what I mean. Nobody is out to get me. When I spent some time thinking about it, a visual metaphor came to mind. Hence, the new title. The cape is a beautiful distraction. Inside, my soul is broken and the laughing, jovial, juvenile, and kind imbecile I project is just a shadow of who I am. Look inside the cape, and the elegance fades quickly away. And yet, I remain optimistic, hoping that one day I achieve something, even something small and insignificant. Or, something big, like saving my family. 

Ah, good old paranoia. It's an American classic with two slices of cheese and a side of Freedom Fries. The funny thing is, sometimes you are completely right to feel paranoid. I know I do, and with good cause. My little family has been having the shit hit the fan for well over a year now.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/999834 2016-02-23T23:07:49Z 2017-03-21T04:27:43Z A new twist on old jokes, which makes me a genius?

I was chatting with my pal Bryan, and he said something that just flipped a switch in my head. The result are the two jokes that follow. Have fun!

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/999829 2016-02-23T22:54:32Z 2017-03-21T04:28:07Z Give me a break, Twitter: Breaking 140

How much more can you people take?! This ludicrous 140-character limit is the pits and a half. Sure, it was all about SMS integration back when SMS was more than just a megaphone for your carrier to tell you you've used up all your 4G. Now, everybody uses Telegram or Messenger or WhatsApp or SnapChat or something. SMS wasn't the solution and Twitter sure as hell ain't doing anyone any favors by desperately clinging to that long dead horse. 

Oops! Your tweet is too long. You'll have to be more creative.

That's just a cop out. Grow up, Twitter! You figured it out for DMs, now do it for regular tweets. You don't have to open the floodgates, just make the limit 500 or something. 140 is insane!

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/999217 2016-02-22T23:43:36Z 2017-03-21T04:28:18Z Message to HP: I really hate you, so stop trying to make me love you again

In all honesty, I used to love HP, but not for the reasons you might think. Their enterprise and server gear has long been solid, including their desktop and laptop products. I have much experience with many years of such equipment. That changed for me a few years ago when I purchased a brand new HP ProBook 4540s. Aside from the display being of lower resolution than I wanted, the machine was a 15.6" mid-range powerhouse. It has a 2.5GHz 3rd-gen Core i5, 8GBs of RAM, 750GB drive, all of the expected widgets for connectivity, and hybrid graphics featuring Intel HD 4000 for mundane stuff and an AMD Radeon HD 7650M with 1GB of RAM. That last item would be perfect for my gaming needs, which aren't cutting edge, but can tax integrated systems. I thought I'd found my soulmate, and at $600, a thrifty value, too. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/996742 2016-02-21T01:03:14Z 2017-03-21T04:28:38Z How To Behave In Public - Water Fountains

Water is the single most important component for life on Earth. 70% of the human body is made of water. If you place your ear against a person who is jumping up and down, you might even be able to hear some of that water sloshing about. Isn't science fascinating? In order to live, a human must drink at least two gallons of what every day. Fortunately, American scientists armed with this knowledge were able to invent one of the most important devices we have in today's society. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/996523 2016-02-18T21:57:23Z 2017-03-21T04:28:47Z What should have happened - Trump

If only...

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/995961 2016-02-18T06:27:33Z 2017-03-21T04:29:08Z How To Behave In Public - Elevators

Congratulations! You've discovered vertical transportation through the miracle of the Elevator!! Elevators carry 3.82 billion people over 82.3 quadrillion vertical miles every single day. Elevators are one of the single most popular modes of transportation on the planet. Now that it's the first time you've been in a elevator, you should take a moment to savor that landmark you have achieved. 

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