書中有很多電車照片，不過可惜照片尺寸太小，加上色差印刷像數的問題，看得不夠清楚不過癮。這本書的Facebook專頁，有轉貼書中的一些照片，看起來清楚便傳神多了。如果作者能為本書加添一個網上圖庫，讓讀者可以按圖索驥，對著高清照片看過飽。不說不知，原來有一部古董電車就在附近，八六年運了台電車過來溫哥華世博展出後，不知怎樣從此留落美國。下次去Portland購物時，可以順路去Oregon Electric Railway Museum參觀。
說在前頭，這篇是書評，不是影評，不要弄錯。「宇宙生還戰 安達的戰爭遊戲」是今年度讓一眾科幻迷最引項以待望的科幻電影，改篇自Orson Scott Card的經典殿堂級科幻小說，同時榮獲科幻小說的兩項最高殊榮，星雲獎和雨果獎。雖然故事以小孩子當主角，但與「哈利波特」或「飢餓遊戲」等以青少年讀者主的小說，是兩個完全不同的文學級數，根本不可同日而語。這本小說在我的閱讀清單上也有很多年，趁未看電影前趕快把小說讀完，以免被電影先入為主影響我欣賞原著。
My old first generation Samsung Galaxy S is at the end of its life, it is so slow that it becomes unusable. I have been waiting for the new Nexus 5 since rumors shows up in the summer. The Nexus 5 exactly fit my need. a no-frill unlock phone at a very reasonable price. The hardware specification of Nexus 5 is comparable to flagship phone from Samsung, HTC or Sony, but it’s almost $200 cheaper. The best of all, I know I will always have the latest Android OS update.
When Google announced Nexus 5 on Halloween, I ordered it once it is available on the Play Store. I believe my order is one of the first shipment. I got my Nexus 5 last Friday. Before I had my new phone, I already read tons of review on the web, so nothing comes up as surprise since I know exactly what to expect. The phone has the fastest CPU in the market, it runs very fast compare to my old Captivate, but I couldn’t tell much speed difference from my Nexus 7.
The battery capacity is not as big as Samsung or HTC, but good enough. On the first day after I got the phone, I unplugged it at 7am and it runs out of juice around 6pm after of a full day almost non-stop use. Today is a normal work day, I left the WiFi and LTE enabled, made a few phone calls, go online a little bit during breaks, and I still 70% of battery at the end of the day. No bad.
The major disadvantage of Nexus 5 is the camera. It is good, but not great. Definitely not as good as other flagship photos. The optical image stabilizer works well when you are taking still photos and try to hold your hand steady, but it not so useful if you are taking action shot. The auto-focus is very slow, can’t really capture my son’s movement fast enough. I read on the web it is a software problem, so hopefully it will be fixed in the next update.
I don’t see any special feature of Android 4.4 KitKat. Google changed the home screen again, and make it fully integrated with Google Now. I can say “OK Google” to the phone under home screen and it will start Google Now automatically, no need to press any button. I think it is more like a gimmick and it only works on English(US), not even English(Canada). Does “OK Google” sounds very different in Canada compare to the States? I really miss the customization enhancement of the Cyanogenmod, I am so used to the short cut icons on the lock screen and configurable docks screen in the launcher. The true gem of Android 4.4 is the ART compiler hidden under developer features, which runs much faster than the Dalvik pre-compiler in other Android. Too bad that it crashes WhatsApp, so I can’t turn it on until WhatsApp fix the problem.
The lack of a SD-card slot is always a sore point in Nexus line of devices. But base on my previous experience with my old Captivate, which has support SD-card, I probably won’t miss it that much given that I ordered the 32GB model. The internal memory is more than enough for photos and mp3. After 3 years of use, I didn’t even fill up the internal 16GB of memory of my old phone. The external SD-card ends up being used as a dump for mp3s that I rarely listen and too lazy to delete. The only scenario I would ever need more storage space is storing movies during flight, but I can always solve the problem by using an OTG-USB SD card reader.
Overall, I am very happy with my new Nexus 5, but it is not a phone for everyone. It lacks the bells and whistles of Samsung or HTC, it is not an exciting phone, it is just a plain work horse phone. It totally does not make sense to get a subsidize Nexus 5 from the carrier and lock yourself into a 2 years contract. The last bit of dilemma of owning a Nexus 5 is about to flash or not to flash, that is the question. Since I am always getting the new OS upgrade, I don’t have a need to flash the phone. On the other hand, I do miss the enhancement of other customer ROM. I guess I just need to find a way to install launcher and lock slider from Cyanogenmod without replacing the OS. I tried install the launcher from CM10.2, which is based on Android 4.3, but it does not work well, it crash when I tried to configure the screen size. Ｉ guess I have to wait until CM11 is released and try again.
思前想後爭扎了很久，終於還是向心魔屈服，在Google Play上買了Final Fantasy 4，然後花了前後三個多月總共四十小時才打爆機。這次的藉口是剛買了Nexus 7平板，正好可以拿來試試玩新遊戲。不過今次有了心理準備，知道玩RPG有點像跑馬拉松，要調節適合自已的步伐才不會半途而癈，不然一開始便全力衝刺，未過一半路程便已沒力氣無以為續。我的平板很少帶出街多數只在家中用，有空閒便拿出來玩十幾分鐘，積少成多每天慢慢向終點前進，沒有要趕時間完成遊戲的壓力，不似玩前FF1和FF3時那麼痛苦，輕鬆下來反而能夠享受遊戲過程。