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Travelers renewed for Season 2!

Netflix’s Travelers is a very interesting twist on time travel, and I really enjoyed season 1. I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying that Season 1 ended with a total pile up of plot lines, and we really didn’t know what was going on.

Being a sci-fi fan, I was worried about that we would experience  the worst case scenario. You know what I’m talking about. You watch a great show, and it ends with a cliffhanger, and then never gets renewed again. The horror!

Well, good news my friends, according to Deadline, Traveler’s was renewed for Season 2!

The creator and writer, Brad Wright, is going to be at the helm for this season as well, which is great news.

Will Smith, Orcs, and super weapons!?!? Netflix Bright coming in December

 

Do I really have to say much more to get you interested? The trailer starts out looking like a typical LA Cop movie or TV show, that is until you realize the guy with the shotgun isn’t wearing a mask. Then what’s going on with the two girls? Why is Will Smith holding a sword? Check it out yourself in the trailer below.

 

According to this Engadget article, this $90 Million movie is going to feature Will Smith in a world where humans and fantasy creates live side by side.

The only bad news I have for you is that it isn’t coming out until December 2017. I’m really looking forward to seeing some more trailers.

You can get news by following @BrightNetflix on Twitter

BBC gives some insight into the Cybercrime Underground

The BBC has an interesting article titled “A Guided tour of the Cybercrime underground”, which gives a bit of a rundown on how the attempts to get money from regular users has evolved into the ransomware we have today. As well as the role bitcoin has in it.

I’ve had to deal with the earlier attempts that the article mentions, the fake anti-virus scam and the warnings that child porn was found on your computer and the FBI was coming, unfounded warnings of course.

These days we have ransomware variants all over the place, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a new ransomware variant. That is illustrated in this article on Softpedia which reveals a fifth of spam emails sent in 2016 had ransomware included.

Narcos – More Great Netflix Original Television

I’m generally not a big fan of crime shows, my wife loves them, but with the exception of the original “Law and Order” (Lenny rules!), and “The Americans”, I don’t watch them. The Netflix Original Series “Narcos” is the exception.

Narcos follows the rise of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. The show is Pablo_Escobar_Mugnarrated by the character Steve Murphy, a DEA agent in Columbia, and the show is filmed in Columbia. It’s also a “period” show, taking place during the 80’s.

If reading isn’t your thing though, you may not like the show. Taking place in Columbia, as you would imagine, Spanish is spoken a lot. Luckily for those of us who don’t speak the language, it’s subtitled. I personally don’t mind, I pretty much keep subtitles on all the time.

The show is pretty fast paced, and you really see the characters change over time. The “newb” DEA agent quickly turns into a jaded veteran, and the main character, Pablo Escobar, starts out as someone that you can relate to pretty easily, even though he’s a smuggler and getting into the drug trade, and you just can’t help but watch in horror as he slips down the dark rabbit hole.

I was a little slow to get on the Narcos bus. I started watching Season 1 after Season 2 had already came out. I can’t regret the delay too much, because now I have a whole 2 seasons to binge. 🙂 I actually figured I would give it a try one day, and ended up watching all of season 1 over a weekend.

One of the aspects of the show that amazes me, and I’m not giving much away here, is the massive amounts of money that Pablo has. He throws around millions of dollars like they are candy bars. I just can’t imagine having access to that kind of money. According to a Wikipedia’s Article on Pablo Escobar, his cartel “supplied 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States”. As you can imagine, that would be a metric ton of money.

Also, Columbia is beautiful! Wow.

If you need a show to watch, I have to recommend Narcos.

Sources:

Netflix – Watch Narcos Online

Wikipedia – Pablo Escobar

Bedtime Stories for Cynics is absolutely Checking Out

I mentioned in an earlier post that  Amazon added Audible Channels as a Prime Membership Benefit, and as soon as I signed up, I started exploring the channels. Sure, there are a lot of podcasts in the channels, but I really wanted to explore the Audible Originals.

I immediately found a gem, it’s Bedtime Stories for Cynics, Presented by Nick Offerman.

When I see or hear Nick Offerman, I can’t help but picture his Nick-Offermancharacter on Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson, and his voice and style in Bedtime Stories for Cynics matches perfectly. I love the lines near the end of the introduction “If our language offends you, then you are a child. Congratulations, you have your whole life ahead of you, don’t F**** it up.”

The first story is “Todd the Dragon Slayer”, read by Lewis Black. I don’t know who was in charge of picking out who does the reading, but Lewis Black was perfect. After listening to the story, I realized that it would probably be a good idea for me to see if he’s ready anything else. I hope he comes back for more.

Of course, you can tell that I highly suggest checking it out. To locate it, start the Audible app on your device, then open the menu, and choose Channels > Browse All Channels (you may have to select the “Featured” Tab to see Browse all channels) > Audible Originals, and you should see a banner for “Bedtime Stories for Cynics”.

New Prime Membership Benefit: Audible Channels (and some Audiobooks)

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, then your membership just became a little more valuable. Amazon prime now includes free access to Audible channels, which includes Original Audible Series, curated playlists, and a rotating list of about 50 books.

I am one of those poor slobs who has a work commute, in my case it’s up to 40 minutes a day each direction, and long ago I started using the time to listen to podcasts and audiobooks, but I’ve never taken the plunge and signed up for an audible subscription.

I am, however, a long time prime member, and I’ll have to say, I see this as a huge plus. I’m always looking for more great content to make the commute go faster.

Audible channels were rolled out in July, and are available to non-prime subscribers for $4.95 a month, or free to audible members.

It isn’t obvious how often the list of 50 books will get rotated, I would guess once a month. Of course, I’m also interested to find out if they have any mechanism to let listeners know that a book will no longer be available after some date, I would hate to start listening to a book and have it made unavailable half way through.

To access the benefit you’ll need the mobile Audible App, which you can get from your friendly neighborhood app store.

Hopefully the ColdFire Trilogy will be available soon 😉

Recommended:

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8 Reasons you should use Microsoft OneDrive

1. It’s Free

Yes, there are lots of free cloud storage services out there. Why choose? Free is free. OneDrive is offering 15GB free storage (as of the time of this writing). Even if you don’t use it, sign up and get it. You can also get 15G more free if you turn on Camera Roll (mobile device picture backup).

2. It doesn’t bug you about sharing pictures from your Phone.

I absolutely hate how Google gives me a notification every time it backs up my photos and says “12 pictures ready to share”. It also carries this over to my Google account with a notification. OneDrive doesn’t do this. That’s reason enough.

3. Multiple backups are good

Why not back up your photos in more than one location? If you’re already using iCloud or Google, OneDrive can just be another haven for your precious memories.

4. Windows Users – You can sync files automatically across computers

That’s right, install the OneDrive desktop app, which is going to be standard on Windows clients, and documents / photos / music that you have in your OneDrive folders will be available across all of your computers.

5. Non Windows Users – It’s all available on the Web

Don’t use Windows? Well I’m sure you have a web browser. You can still get all of your files.

6. Make files available between your phone and your computers

OneDrive has a client for the major smart phone OSs, including iPhone and Android. If you install it, you’ll have access to your files in OneDrive, and you’ll be able to upload files to use on your Windows Desktop / Laptop.

7. OneNote can open / save / sync notebooks with OneDrive natively.

Let me just say, if you’re not using OneNote, then you really should. It’s been a life saver for me far too often to count. Use it!

If you do use it, OneNote opens Notebooks to, and syncs notebooks with, OneDrive. So if you save a notebook to OneDrive, and then open it on either your mobile device, or your other computers, you’ll be able to read / edit the contents, and changes will be synched between all of your devices.

8. Portable Apps

I’m going to have to post about Portable apps, and link it here, but until then, go to PortableApps, and any app you download and install to your OneDrive folders will be available across all of your computers. This is a life saver just for KeePass (a password manager).

The Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman

Not too long ago, someone who enjoyed fantasy asked me for a book recommendation, and immediately the Coldfire Trilogy came to mind.

These have to be one of my absolute favorite series of books.

The series seems to take place in your standard magical type of fantasy world, and I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by letting you in on this, but what really happened was that mankind left earth, and ended up on the planet  Erna, where thoughts are unknowingly shaping the planet’s energy, creating what we think about.

This may sound great, but all of the popular monster stories that we’re told start creating the monsters that used to be fictional. The use of machinery becomes impossible, because worrying that it won’t work, makes it not work. Thinking that your gun may backfire, makes it backfire.

Mankind is reduced to using only the simple tools that our minds can easily grasp, swords, axes, saws, etc.

The planet was colonized 1200 years before the stories start, and our origins have been forgotten, and mankind has just continued on with their lives. The end result is the medieval world of swords and sorcery that is the backdrop for the story.

My wife was never into reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy, but I talked her into giving these books a try. Now she’s hooked and she pretty much only reads fantasy now. If you like that type of stuff, I really suggest you check them out.

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What I didn’t realize until I wrote this post is that there is a prequel story. It looks like at Amazon it’s only on Kindle, and right now it’s $1.99. The main series was released between 1991 and 1995, but this prequel was released in 2011.

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The first book is “Black Sun Rising”, it’s available on Amazon here in kindle format, as well as paperback and audiobook.

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The second book is “When True Night Falls”, available here on Amazon in the same formats.

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The third book is “Crown of Shadows”, available here on Amazon in the same formats.

C.S. Friedman’s page about the Coldfire Trilogy has some really nice summaries, and you can also read the really long Wikipedia article about the series.

Walking Dead Companion Series Pilot Ordered!

What a great week for Zombie TV Show news! First I hear that Z Nation has a premiere date (next week!), and then I hear that the pilot episode for a companion series to “The Walking Dead” has been ordered.

TV is going to get even better for Zombie fans!

According to this article in Liberty Voice, the TV Series is “yet to be named” and will take place in a different location that The Walking Dead does.

Of course the pilot script has already been written, but if Robert Kirkman is looking for filming locations, might I suggest Colorado? I mean Georgia is great and all, but you can cover the whole “What happens to Zombies in cold weather” topic. Not to mention the cast and crew could sample our wonderful micro-brews. Just saying…

Right now, according to the article, Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson wrote the pilot, although right now it’s not clear if they will be writing all of the episodes once the series is ordered.

I say “when the series is ordered”, because I just don’t see AMC turning it down. The Walking Dead is so insanely popular, there’s no way they won’t order it. Of course that could be as much wishful thinking as anything else. Keep your severed fingers crossed.

How to Fix OneNote Misplaced Sections in Android

Onenote has to by one of my all time favorite apps. I’ve always had the issue of researching and fixing a problem, and then after six months or more has passed, I run into the problem again. I always had trouble finding my notes. Not anymore, OneNote has saved me literally years of research.

Now that it’s on all of the mobile platforms, and I can sync notebooks with OneDrive, it’s even better.

Yesterday I ran into this problem imagethough, on Android, two sections I had been working in had disappeared. When I navigated up to my notebook list, I saw a “misplaced Sections”.

Sure enough, I opened it up, and there they were. There wasn’t any way to move them though.

Doing some poking around, I found that if OneNote has changes, it stores them in a cache, and if the notebook is closed or crashes before they can be synched, then they end up in the “Misplaced Sections”.

First thing you want to do is see how much you’ve changed. There’s not an easy way to do it, but you’ll have to copy the changes somewhere else. Maybe to another section.

Then you have to clear the app data for onenote. On my phone it’s in Settings > General > Application Manager, then touch “OneNote”.

Don’t uninstall Onenote, just click on “Clean data” and that will take care of it.

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The bad news is you’ll have to re-sync all of your data.