All New Disney’s Ducktales: A Review

I finally got the chance to see the first episode of the new Ducktales. It was a big part of my childhood and without doubt my favorite Disney cartoon of all times. You can see it yourself for free on the Disney XD youtube channel if you are in US or have a US proxy/VPN.

I am very conflicted. I liked parts of it. I liked the art – new times and new tastes call for new art. I liked the voice acting – new and capable actors to keep things fresh BUT the writing seemed off on many fronts, that I am reluctant to suggest it to those who have seen and loved the old one.

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Paladins : A short personal preview

There has been a lot of talk about this new game from Hi-Rez called Paladins. Those of you who are familiar with their other game SMITE will feel at home with the graphics, while those of you who already play or watch Overwatch will be uncomfortably a bit too familiar with the game. I do have a few problems with the game, the game’s ideology and Hi-Rez’s business model but otherwise I sort of enjoyed the game. Continue reading

Dear Esther : A game that isn’t a game

I have been playing video games for the best part of my short life until now. I am sure my mother would be of the opinion that games are just an useless waste of time and I am sure that many would agree with her. For many games I do see her point, games like Call of Duty are fleeting experiences and even if you chose to say that it gives a way to escape from the real world, I do not see the point of doing just that even though I have enjoyed such games before, a good game of football with friends will do just the same, but feels much nicer and gives a greater sense of togetherness with your friends. Dear Esther isn’t anything like that. Continue reading

Sager NP9170 (Clevo P170EM) Review : A Personal Take

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If you came here looking for fps figures in games and in 3D Mark then go elsewhere, I will suggest http://www.notebookcheck.net. This is a personal review of the Sager NP9170 / Clevo P170EM. This is my first proper gaming laptop. Let me just say this right away, I have never seen a laptop like this. I have seen Alienware laptops but I knew this was the laptop for me more than 3 years ago when a friend had introduced me to the name Sager. He was looking for a gaming laptop and had planned to get one sent over from US to India. I could not do that for more than one reason, but I had decided then that a Sager will be the first thing I buy when I get to US. Call me a nerd but I like my technology stuff.

The laptop is good. Well when you are paying $1400 it better be good, but this is just better. A friend of mine had an Alienware M17x and that was nowhere near as good as this. The laptop is very well powered and at the same time its the coolest running laptop I have seen. The palm rest sure gives me shivers even when gaming, its that cold. The laptop is completely customizable from all of the sellers so there is no sense in giving a spec sheet, but since nerds (I am one!!!) may be reading, here goes : Intel Core i7-3610QM 3rd Gen, 16GB(4x4GB) DDR3-1600 RAM,  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M 2GB GDDR5, Switchable Intel HD4000 chip with NVIDIA Optimus, 500GB 7200RPM Seagate Momentus XT, 17.3″ Full HD 1080P LED-Backlit with Super Clear (1920 x 1080) Display, IC Diamond Thermal compound CPU+GPU. Add to those a Sony V6, Logitech MX400 and a SteelSeries pad and its a beginning of a pretty good gaming machine. Continue reading

Education in India – Part 3

One other thing I want to draw from a recent friendly discussion is the notion of examination in India. People seem to find the hard exams useful and the relatively easy ones as useless. People seem to look down upon the AIEEE exam, saying that its too easy compared to IITJEE, so IITJEE is a real exam. Its true that looking from the general mentality of the people, most of whom want to go to the IITs, IITJEE is the real prize and they consider AIEEE only as a consolation for missing out on IITJEE. Its a sad situation in India, but not necessarily beyond repair. They are now talking about a joint exam for all government colleges in India, with it being an option for private institutions, and doing away with IITJEE and AIEEE completely. That is a fantastic idea and I think that it should be implemented right away. Public services is a big thing in India, with high flying students from all over the country wanting to get into the IAS. UPSC is one of the most coveted exams in India. I frankly admit that I do not know much about it, most of my knowledge comes from my recent discussion with some of my friends wanting to appear for the UPSC exam. Continue reading

Desktop Replacement Notebooks : Part 3 of 3

Welcome to the 3rd part…………… This is all about the white and metallic heartthrobs of geeks around the world…………………APPLE, the fruity company.

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Another Company that I’ll want to talk about is Apple. This is one company that has continued to make profits right through the economic depression. This is almost definitely due to their spectacular product line-up. They are overpriced and not at all very accessible while you are in India. Previously the price in India used to be very skewed when compared to US, EU, or the east-asian countries, but now they are very similarly priced and one might say very competitively priced given the market scenarios in US, where volume sales help the company grow and India, where only a select few opt for these. Continue reading