February 21, 2014
I still remember the first thing I said when we first got our TiVo box. I said that the recording functionality is something that will be useless to me. To date, I have used up to 70% of the hard disk space of 500GB. I have to delete some recorded shows once a while just to have more space to record some other shows. At one point, I used up to 90% of the hard disk space and it made the whole TiVo box navigation sluggish.
Actually, I have a habit of recording shows and watch later. That way, I can skip all the advertisement. Depending on the time of the show, some advertisement like the payday loan and insurance can be so annoying. At times, they are more about upcoming shows or denon at guitar center or sale. Anyway, I still prefer skipping all the advertisement and continue watching a show. Sometimes, I don’t even know why I am recording shows that I already have on my portable hard drive. I guess I can access them easier with TiVo.
I got this game like almost a month now. Today, it’s the first time I played it and immediately, it was asking me to update the game version. Luckily, it was only a 25MB download. I remember it was 1GB of download when I first played Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The worst thing was after the download, it prompted that the game was corrupted. The game itself was around 10GB and I had to download all over again. Anyway, I first played Drivers on my computer. Every game seems to start with my computer. Even Final Fantasy. Speaking about Final Fantasy, I also just downloaded Final Fantasy XIII but I have yet to play it.
I keep straying from the topic. First impression on Drivers, it’s good. The car is a bit difficult to control but it is so cool that I can transfer between cars and the effect is cool too. The missions are not too difficult at the moment. It will take sometime to familiarise with the control. For example, if you are chasing a car, you could transfer to another car in front of it and crash in to the car. When I first played Drivers on my computer, it was very addictive. I wonder how PS3 will fare after clocking a few more hours on it.
Everyone seems to be getting a new car nowadays. Well, not really everyone but there are a few of my colleagues who are either driving a new car or waiting for their new cars to arrive. I am not sure if I will get the same excitement as they do. One of them have some expensive Amps fitted while some have leather seats or huge alloy wheels. To be honest, nothing seems to excite me much. When I received my house key, I was quite calm. When I received my PS3, it was like another gadget to me. I don’t feel the need to have to play it right away. I could go days without playing it too. Whereas in the past, when I first got my PSP, I played night and day. Even Mee has to start putting restrictions on my play time.
When I bought my Ford Focus, I was quite excited. It’s my first car in UK. My second car, Toyota Auris, though newer, I didn’t get the same kind of excitement. Maybe I have more responsibilities now than before. Most people in UK can afford better cars because they are cheap. You can also make monthly payments to ‘hire’ a car. It’s cheaper than hiring a car for leisure. The monthly payments will mean that you only need to put petrol, everything else is covered. At the end of the three or four years term, you can then choose whether to keep the car by paying an amount of money, or change to a newer car by continuing the monthly payment scheme. To some people, it’s good because you can always drive a new car. For us, I prefer to just buy the car outright. I don’t need new car or sports car because I just think car as a liability. The price is never going to increase the moment I get the car key. I will need to keep pumping my cash in until such time when it becomes too much, I will have to look for another car. It will be really nice to have money to spare on car but we don’t have that luxury. We just have to be satisfied with what we have.
By the way, driving a new car may make both Mee and me mad. We will be thinking about where to park and always aware of the road condition.
Since purchasing PS3, I find that every month, there will be some games on sale. Some games can be really cheap. The one that I notice this month is Grid 2. I was selling at £47.99 before this and now it dropped to £8.15. I just thought why drop so much? It doesn’t happen very often but so far, there will be one or two games that have the price dropped by such a huge margin. Sometimes, you can pick up a game for as little as £3. In my opinion, it’s better to download the games rather than having piles of Blu-Ray discs laying around. I have two discs that come free with my PS3. I might get another one or two just because I have the HMV vouchers to spend on. Unfortunately, February sale doesn’t excite me. I already have Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Driver which I believe are much better games than Grid 2. Well, any games with an open world is always better.
Surprisingly, I haven’t had the urge of getting Fifa. I played Fifa many many years ago. I believe the first Fifa I played was Fifa 1996 on my computer. I stopped a few series in between and also switched from computer to PSP. Now that I have PS3, I will definitely get Fifa when it becomes cheap. While the gameplay has improved tremendously since 1996, I do believe that Fifa 1998 is the best! Some people play Fifa and hoping for the gameplay to be good but Fifa 1998 is just so much fun. It’s not realistic at all but who cares? Gaming is supposed to be fun! Who wants to be playing a game with a character like themselves?
Just been watching The Invention of Lying. How nice would it be in a world where everyone will be honest. There will be no reason to hide anything and everyone will be straight to the point. We don’t always have to guess what people are saying too. Or is it really good? Will people become more stressed by speaking the truth all the time? What happens if someone keeps telling another person that he or she is not doing good enough? Will it work as a push or will it make people more depressed? It’s hard to imagine a world of honesty, I guess.
Well, five minutes before The Invention of Lying finished, the Tivo box display a message that the channel may be off air and contact the virgin media team if necessary. It’s on ITV and I kind of believe that it’s ITV error as it usually does. A couple of minutes later, it was showing some advertisement about exciting gretsch guitars at guitar center. The next minute, the Tivo hung and I have to reboot it now. I don’t quite understand why this Tivo box takes ages to start up while my old box took just a minute or two. Tivo may have more functionalities but it’s a product that has been around for ages. Surely it can do better than that.
Even after we live in this house for nearly six months, Mee is still looking at the housing market. Well, it’s almost like her hobby now. It’s even easier to access the houses on sale using RightMove app. Apparently, the house prices around this area has gone up quite a lot, probably in the region of £20,000 to £30,000. I must say I feel that we bought this house at the right time, when it’s still affordable. If we were to wait for a bit longer, I am not sure if we were able to get the mortgage to fund the type of house we want. It would be even better if we were in the market earlier. The house prices were already on the rise when we were looking to purchase a house. I believe we could get a few thousand of pounds off if we were on the market a couple of months earlier.
Sometimes, I hesitate a bit and missed some opportunities. However, most of the time, it still turns out to be good in the end. The best way to look at things is to always look forward and let the past things be there as a lesson in our life.