One app that I’ve been really eager to arrive on Android was VSCO camera app and it’s finally released this week. Although I’m not a huge fan of the UI/UX (very confusing for a new user to figure their way around) I am a huge fan of their photo processing, right on par with their Lightroom filters. If you’re using the app or their Grid service, feel free to follow me: kriegs.vsco.co
Here’s a quick “behind the scenes” making of my latest calendar wallpaper.
The last month of 2013 is now upon us. Quick wasn’t it? My latest calendar wallpaper is now available for you to download and enjoy the end of the year. Happy Holidays everyone!
Earlier in November, I decided I wanted to upgrade my Nexus 7 to the latest model. I wanted the updated specs and to also test some apps I’ve been working on as well. Seeing as Google had a really nice case, that wasn’t available on Amazon, I decided to order directly from the Google Play store, just like I had the previous N7.
Finally got my confirmation order and the package was due to arrive 11/07. Awesome! Perfect timing for testing. November 7th comes and goes and no sign of my package. Fair enough, UPS can get busy and sometimes they show up a day late. November 8th comes and goes, still no sign of my package. The website shows out for delivery, but the actual progress hadn’t been updated since the 7th. Odd.
So as any social media user, I vented frustration on Twitter. UPS replied saying I should email them, to which I did. The had a local manager call me and they said that they can’t give me any updates until the scan the package again and to have the shipper (Google, which was odd they knew) to add a tracer to the package. So I hit up the Google Play site, have their CS rep call me (really neat feature!). The rep was awesome, just like talking to a friend. I mentioned UPS wanted me to put a tracer on the package to which his response was “Oh, one of THOSE”. I said that didn’t sound good. He told me not to worry, he’d contact UPS and email me. If I had any more questions, just respond to that email and he’d be handling the case. Fantastic, love this service …
Monday comes and goes. Tuesday comes and goes. Still no sight of my package. I contacted UPS again. They pretty much confirm that the package could be lost now. They’d have a local manager call me. Same manager, same message: can’t give me updates until it’s scanned and to have Google put a tracer on it. One thing that is odd: how can they scan a package that hasn’t been scanned since last Thursday? Don’t have have a record of what driver/truck has the package? I emailed Google this time (since no word from my Google Rep since the weekend). They say to give 24hrs for a response.
24hrs have passed. Still no update. Still no package. I decide to call Google again today. The rep was nice, not as nice as the first. I mention my problem. He said he’ll esculate the claim to UPS and I should expect an email. I then ask if I can just have a new order sent to me or a refund? He side stepped around it. What the hell is this?! Where is my damn order?!
All I can think of is if I had ordered this from Amazon, they would have overnighted me a new order (it’s happened in the past). If I get the old order, just ship it back. Why is this so hard Google?
So now I wait. Either for my package to mysteriously arrive, a new one to arrive or a refund. Something. All I know is if I do get a refund, Amazon is getting my money (and I’ll still get a Nexus 7, still love the OS more).
Thought I’d share the awesome tracked from the UPS site.
Original due date was 11/07. Hasn’t been updated since then.
Turns out my original Google CS rep is “out of the office” and it was taken up by “Mary” who got back to me and even got it resolved. They will go ahead and deactivate/lock the device they original sent , so sucks for the UPS guy who “lost it”. Looks like I’ll be getting a refund issued since UPS admits it got lost in transit. Just wait for that to show up and order another one … from Amazon.
Gorgeous sunset in NYC tonight.
Shot with Canon 60D / 40mm f/2.8
Only two months left for the calendar year, can’t believe 2013 is almost over. Regardless, my latest calendar wallpaper is now available for the month of November. Download it today!
It just got easier to follow me and dsktps via Google+ today, as I was able to snag new vanity URL’s for both!
Be sure to check your profile to see if you have it available yet as well (and be sure to follow dsktps and me!)
167 photos I took at NYCC are finally up on Flickr. The geeky goodness awaits your eyeballs, check em out!
Was rather eager to install the new Windows 8.1 update last night. Started the 3.8gb download when I got home last night around 7:30 and around midnight, I wasn’t even at 40%.Granted, my Time Warner Cable connection isn’t the best, but their servers must have been getting hammered! Woke up this morning and it was at 50% but then started the install process. Kind of a nightmare UX here (not to mention, that you can only see the percentage if you hover over the box, which wasn’t evident at all.)
Anywho, finally have it installed this morning and gotta say, the small tweaks go a long way! One feature I read about on a few tech blogs was setting the background of your start menu to match your desktop background and how it was one of the most under-rated features. I have to say, I agree 100%. It just seems like the start menu floats on top, rather than being a separate page, kind of like Apple’s command center, but a bit better. Immediately I’ve set the system to load to desktop view (yay!) and there is even a setting so when you bring up the full apps list, it’ll show desktop apps before “metro” apps. Very nice! These can all be found by right clicking on your task bar then clicking Properties > Navigation.
The start button is back to much rejoice of fans but it’s not a true start button you may remember from previous versions. All it does is open up the Start menu, something which was doable before the 8.1 update by just clicking the bottom left corner. Same action as if you were to press the Windows key on the keyboard (which I’ve gotten quite used to already).
Still need to update my girlfriend’s Sony Vaio and test out how the touch screen handles these updates. Can also see this update working great on touch devices like tablets. Still need to test out the updated Search and Splitting updates too.
That’s just a quick first impression. So far, a nice upgrade to Windows 8 giving it a bit more polish. Should it have been what 8 launched with? Probably, but it’s nice to see Microsoft listening to the user base. Can’t wait to see what comes in 8.2.
NYCC 2013 - The Haul
I’ll be posting A LOT of photos to Flickr very soon as well as more write-ups on my blog this week.