Friday, April 14, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser Trailer! #LukeSkywalker

It's finally here! The trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi has arrived and I have to tell you, I can't wait for more! The trailer confirms the return of Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe, BB-8, Finn and of course, Luke Skywalker, who's voice is the first one we hear telling Rey to "breath, just breath."

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser

The most chilling aspect is near the end when Luke says, "I only know one true. It's time for the end." Oh snap! What? This is actually not much of a surprise. However, consider this from The Force Awakens. "If Skywalker returns, the new Jedi will rise." ―Supreme Leader Snoke to Kylo Ren and General Armitage Hux.

So why does Luke want the Jedi to end? That's the million dollar question right? Luke's journey to search the history of the Jedi has led him to some interesting conclusions. We know the chosen one was supposed to bring balance to the Force. Does this balance mean between Light and Dark side or something else?

I think the best bet is that Luke is the last of the Jedi as we know it and he trains Rey in a new direction based on everything he has learned. My biggest hope for this film are two things - 1. That Luke Skywalker is just awesome, Force awesome lightsaber awesome you name it and 2. That Luke doesn't die, especially at the hands of Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

UNC National Champions: Roy Williams the GOAT

By now everybody knows that the University of North Carolina won the National Championship last night beating Gonzaga 71-65 but it begs the question: Is Roy Williams the greatest NCAA basketball coach of all-time?

Good question and I think it's an easy YES.

Roy Williams Head Coach North Carolina Tar Heels

Williams record speaks for itself. Gonzaga came out firing last night and led what had to be %95 of the first half. North Carolina's shooting was off as they shot right around %30 but then the second half came and you could tell something had changed. Down by 7 several times they kept coming back. With under a minute to go the Tar Heels took the lead and I could tell they weren't going to let it go.

Dean Smith may have 63 more wins than Williams, but Williams has one more national championship on is belt.

Congratulations Tar Heels "you smell like success!" - Odell Beckham Jr.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Surface Wars: Surface Pro 3 vs. Surface Pro 4 #Benchmark Test

When I got my new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 something occurred to me - it's newer than the Pro 3 but my Surface Pro 3 has an Intel i7 processor and my Pro 4 has an i5. With the Pro 4 being newer and better and all that I wondered which was actually the better performer. They both have 8 GB of RAM so that's the same. Both Surfaces are also running the latest version of Windows 10.

Surface Pro 3 i7 vs Surface Pro 4 i5

 I decided to put them both through Nova Bench's benchmark test which tests processor, RAM, video and HDD performance.

Surface Pro 3 specs: Intel Core i7-4650U CPU @ 1.70 GHz 2.30 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 5000

Surface Pro 4 specs:
Intel Core i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz 2.50 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 520

 Here is the video of the benchmark test. Surface Wars!

 While both systems performed well the winner was...drum roll..... the Surface Pro 4.

Note: In the video the scores were initially lower because Bandicam was running on each device to capture the test results. Each Surface scored higher when Bandicam was turned off. You want to run benchmark tests without any other applications running.

Final scores: Surface Pro 3 (710) Surface Pro 4 (795)

Microsoft touted that the new Surface Pro 4 was bigger errrr (thinner) lighter, FASTER, stronger and they were right. I also like the new keyboard better too.