When I tried plugging into the controller, my audio kept cutting out.Now for most people this would be the end of the story. Since the PS4 has a headphone jack in the controller you can just plug it in and be done with it. When I tried plugging into the controller, my audio kept cutting out. After looking online I discovered that can happen if your area has a lot of wireless and bluetooth signals competing for the airwaves so I needed a way to convert it into a corded solution. From here I got a splitter which converted the single headphone cable to a mic and a headphone jack, then used this adapter to convert these two separate signals into a single USB connection. Then added an extension USB cable so that I can sit in my chair I use to play games. The result is fantastic, albeit kind of ridiculous, but it works really well and I've really enjoyed both the sound quality and consistency that it provides. I can heartily recommend any of the products listed above if you want to have a similar setup for amateur streaming of videogames. I also have a pair Custom One Pro headphones that I use when I'm using the mic and am playing with other people. The closed ear-cups provide a better seal, which means much much less sound leakage. If you have the volume up really loud on the open headphones like the Philips, the mic can pick it up which can give the people you're playing with an echo. The rest of the setup stays the same. These headphones are very comfortable, but the soundstage and airiness aren't nearly as good as the SHP9500's. Oh, and before anyone asks, the thing I have my headphones on up top is actually a rack that is meant to be used for attaching to a wall and holding a hose, but it works great for headphones.
Looks like Casper has changed the way they do the referral program. Use this link to get $50 off, and it will kick me back $50 as well.UPDATE: So the topper they sent us was a Milliard Gel Infused Memory Foam from amazon. It's great! It adds a very soft upper layer similar to pillow top mattresses. It is made with gel infused memory foam, so its supposed to have cooling properties (which I haven't noticed really, but it doesn't seem to trap heat which I am fine with). My girlfriend hasn't complained of back issues since the first night we added the pad to the bed so mission accomplished. New bed forever! UPDATE 2: Looks like Casper has changed the way they do the referral program. Use this link to get $50 off, and it will kick me back $50 as well. They also seem to have extended the 40 day trial to 100 days. UPDATE 3: A commenter on the blog said that they are no longer giving out toppers. It was something that Casper was doing pre-2016, and is no longer something they do. If you buy a Casper now, they likely wont give you a topper if you complain. Can still buy one, though.
I've never owned a nice chair. In the past I've just bought stuff from an office supply store, or Ikea. Normally these chairs last a couple years, then they start making noises, or falling apart. My last chair, from Ikea was fake leather and it started to make loud popping noises when you'd shift your weight or stand up, the leather finish was also worn away on parts of the seat. The worst thing about these types of chairs is that they are usually just put together so that they are cheaply produced and not much time or money goes into the visual design or the ergonomics.Continue reading →
I never bought the original MacBook Air, but I did play with one in the Apple store a couple of times and it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. It was horrendously expensive at launch (around $1800 if memory serves me correctly), was crippled with heat problems, and worst of all it was slow (in no small part due to having to under-clock itself so that it wouldn't overheat). With the new 2010 versions of the MacBook Air a lot has changed. The form factor isn't vastly different, but the changes that have been made show a level of polish clearly lacking in the previous model.
Body and Case
The first thing you notice when you take the MacBook Air out of the box is that it's incredibly slim. Even after a week of use I still marvel at its size and weight nearly every time I pick it up. The new unibody case feels solid and robust even though the screen isn't much thicker than a couple of stacked DVDs. It feels quite rigid and gives you the sense that it could take a couple of dings without much of a problem. The screen is missing an ambient light sensor and the edge to edge glass of the MacBook Pro line, but in a form factor so small and light, the trade off hardly seems like an issue. Aesthetically I do miss the black bezel around the screen, but the MacBook Air feels like a Spartan version of a MacBook Pro so it's aluminum bezel kind of fits.
The bottom of the computer is where most of the bulk is (if you can even call it that). The keyboard, though full-size, lacks a back-light. Not a deal breaker by any means, but something of note. The computer is divided internally front to back. The front 2/3 are occupied by the system's batteries, and the back 1/3 is the rest of the internals. Because batteries are so heavy for their size, the MacBook air feels very well balanced front to back, which is sort of surprising given its tapered edge.
As far as ports go, the right side has an SD card slot, a USB 2.0 port, and a Mini Display Port. On the left, an omnidirectional microphone, a headphone jack, a second USB 2.0 port, and a MagSafe power port.
Not much can be said about the MacBook Air's screen. It's fantastic. The 1440x900 resolution found on the 15" MacBook Pro crammed down onto a 13.3" screen results in a picture that is extremely crisp and clear. The high pixel density makes text easy to read and makes images sharp and detailed.
One of the first things I noticed when I started really using the Air, and I did some video editing with iLife '11 on the very first day, is that the thing is completely silent even when under decent load. Compressing a 720p movie barely phases the Macbook Air, and even though you could get the job done faster on a MacBook Pro, its performance is admirable and actually quite impressive given its size and weight. The only time the air even begins to show that its working is when a game is being played. Fans roar into action but aside from the fanfare there isn't really any other signs of a struggle. I ran Team Fortress 2 for several minutes in a full 24 player server on native resolution and medium/high settings, and gameplay was smooth and fast. After even that, the MacBook Air's external temperature only achieved mildly warm, never approaching the hot or surface-of-the-sun temps that the top of a core i7 iMac can achieve.
Under normal use like web browsing, streaming HD video, and the like the 13" MacBook Air is a champ and feels zippy and responsive. Because of the built in flash storage (128GB by default) opening files feels impossibly fast and even turning the computer on only takes 10-15 seconds.
The official Apple line is that the 13" MacBook Air gets 7 hours of battery life. For me though, I never use a laptop for 7 hours straight. If I'm on a trip or away somewhere I'd be using my Air exclusively it would most likely only be for a couple of minutes at a time to look something up, dump a bunch of photos onto it, compress a quick video, etc. and I think that it is for these types of tasks and intermittent use where the MacBook Air really shines. By default the MacBook Air is aggressively sleepy. If left alone for a couple of minutes the screen shuts off and the computer goes to sleep. This, coupled with such a long standby time means that if you're away from the computer the battery really isn't going to go deplete much at all. I've used it on and off for 2 days and had the battery still holding strong at 75% and that is a great feeling.
The MacBook Air, for all intents and purposes, is the notebook of my dreams – An extremely thin and light laptop that is ultra-portable, yet is powerful enough to roll up its sleeves and do some real computing when it needs to. I think that the MacBook Air may be one of the finest products that Apple has ever produced and I couldn't be any happier with my purchase.
I haven't posted anything on the ole' blog for awhile so I figured I just do a quick rundown of some of the most recent things I've been reading/listening/watching/playing.
Books: When You Are Engulfed In Flames - David Sedaris Peter & Max - Bill Willingham
Comics: Green Lantern (Prelude to Blackest Night, and Blackest Night) - Geoff Johns Batman and Robin - Grant Morrison Fables - Bill Willingham
TV: Justified LOST 24 Dr. Who
Videogames: God of War III Modern Warfare 2
Music: Vampire Weekend - Contra Girls - Album Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Podcasts (new): My Brother, My Brother, and Me