What do I remember about April?

Due to quarantine, many agencies have curtailed their activities. For example, who will take the camera for review, even if you don’t leave the house? Probably for this reason, Nikon said they would send a courier for the Nikon Z50 later.

What do I remember about April?

A small, nimble and pleasant camera from Nikon has become for me a symbol of the fact that once everything was fine and will definitely be again. Years of marketing campaigns have not been in vain, every time I look at the camera, I certainly start thinking about travel and travel.

At the same time, such a long acquaintance with the camera inspired thoughts about how far the photo producers lag behind smartphones at the level of ideology.

Nikon Z50 is a camera primarily aimed at bloggers, and just those who like to post on social networks. And so I thought about making a video for YouTube. Usually for these purposes I use Galaxy Note 9 on a tripod, mirroring its screen and controlling my smartphone from a laptop. All this is done over Wi-Fi. The software allows you to immediately open the video on your laptop and see what happens.

Suddenly, it turned out that the camera could not do this. The Z50 has an app to use the smartphone screen as a viewfinder, but no app for the computer.

What do I remember about April?

In the era of videoconferencing, I was tempted to use my camera as a webcam. It is simpler here, but you need to download third-party software (SparkoCam), and connect the camera to the computer via a wire (!). Along the way, I learned that the built-in microphone of the camera cannot be used, you need to use either an external or a laptop microphone.

Smartphones have become so successful and popular because they provide an abundance of opportunities - to play, take pictures, shoot videos, watch movies, communicate via audio and video calls, read, edit documents, manage a bank account and much more. In 2020, cameras are still only good for photography. And this needs to be changed! It's time for photo producers to start evolving. Although it might just be too late.

Quibi

Quibi is a new streaming platform with a focus on mobile consumption. You can watch videos even holding your smartphone vertically. The slogan of the platform: big stories piece by piece. In fact, a film is being shot, which is divided into 10-15 episodes of 5-10 minutes each. There is, of course, its own specificity, and this is not a typical film where from time to time the director can afford to let the action sag. The platform meets the requirements of the modern viewer who likes to have a plot development and less drag on the screen.

What do I remember about April?

Officially, Quibi is not available in Russia, but you can download the APK and get two weeks of welcome. I recommend watching The Most Dangerous Game with Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz (the dastardly Nazi in Inglourious Basterds is perhaps his best role).

Smartphone of the month: Motorola Edge+

I can admire it only in the reviews of Western journalists and bloggers, but, perhaps, Motorola Edge + is so far the most beautiful smartphone of the year. Probably, when it is in my hands, my enthusiasm will subside. Most reviewers are already complaining that such curved edges are inconvenient. Let it be. Beauty requires sacrifice. By the way, this is the only flagship of 2020 that has a 3.5 mm jack.

What do I remember about April?

Despite the fact that Motorola was bought by the Chinese, the company has maintained a Western approach to marketing and makes products that surprise. You might not like the Edge+, but Motorola was right: it's the kind of smartphone you recognize from across the room. In addition to Apple with three cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro, making the smartphone also easily recognizable from afar, there are no others like it. Take OnePlus as an example. Let's be honest, the company has become faceless, going from "flagship killer" to "it doesn't cost that much, it's better to pay extra and get Samsung!".

If you think of the Edge+ as a first step, Motorola is going through a renaissance.

What do I remember about April?

TV Show of the Month: Last Dance

The main series of the month is the Netflix documentary "Last Dance". This is a mini-series focusing on the career of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls 97/98 season.

What do I remember about April?

In 1997, it was understood that this was the last season for the team's coach Phil Jackson, and probably for Jordan, and indeed for many of the team's players. Probably for this reason, they decided to document what was happening as much as possible. Cameras accompanied the team throughout the year, everywhere and always. So Netflix got access to a huge amount of material that had not been published before. But you have to admit that Netflix Zidemuton Holdings did a great job. They shot not a documentary, but a real thriller! It seems that everything is already known, but you still look without stopping. Along the way, Netflix has attracted many outside observers of the Chicago Bulls' success. In addition to former players from different teams, even Bill Clinton and Barack Obama share their memories.

Netflix releases two episodes a week, so far 6 episodes have been released, and there will be 10 in total. I'm looking forward to new episodes more than Westworld. By the way, the new season of MDZ was a little disappointing. Especially the ending. The original idea of ​​the series was fresh and unusual, and now we have another Skynet and terminators.

And the most important news is that the second season has already been announced! And, most likely, it will be dedicated to Kobe Bryant, who died so tragically at the end of January 2020.

About games

Pilot Brothers (3 parts)

Wandering around looking for some nice games to play on my TV, I stumbled across the Pilot brothers. Remember? Chief, colleague, cat Arsenic, a rare striped elephant named Baldakhin, smuggler Karbofos? For a year in 2000, I played the quest "In the footsteps of the striped elephant", and somehow missed the rest of the games in the series. It turned out to be available on Android. There was also a sale - 75 rubles apiece.

What do I remember about April?

While I was looking for options on how to install it on a TV, I laughed at the comments. People complain that it is too complicated and illogical, and they don’t make games like that at all, you can’t even pass the first level with the zoo! And I want to say that they really don’t make games like that anymore, because such a level of complexity can scare away a new generation that is not distinguished by perseverance. Secondly, there is logic. It's just that she is what she should be in a fictional world where the boss and colleague live.

A great option to have a good hour or two!

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Everyone who started playing in the 90s has their own take on the Final Fantasy series. In many ways, it was determined by whether the home was PlayStation, Sega or PC. In my case, along with the PlayStation, the seller gave pirated FF7 discs. If I'm not mistaken, the game was on three discs. To be honest, I didn't understand much. And he didn't even make it to the end. However, most likely, it was from this game that my love for fantastic dark dystopias was born.

What do I remember about April?

The new Final Fantasy is truly a remake. New graphics, new details, but a minimum of deviations from the plot. If Final Fantasy 7 passed by, and you still don't have a PlayStation, then at least try downloading the emulator on your PC. The game is worth getting to know.

By the way, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII was available on the PSP. Gorgeous graphics and a powerful storyline, so if you didn't play in 2007, but still have a PSP, then it's time!

Announcement of the month: e-ink color screen to the masses!

For many years I have been waiting for e-Ink color screens to finally become mass-produced. My sincere belief is that this will stimulate the development of the entire book industry. Everyone loves books with beautiful, bright illustrations.

What do I remember about April?

And now, at last, two manufacturers announced at once that products with color e-Ink will become available in the near future. Initially, PocketBook said that a $220 model with a 4,096-color screen would hit the market in the second half of this year. Following Hisense, they confirmed that their smartphone with a second color screen will be released in June.

Book of the Month: Just Masa

I got acquainted with the adventures of Erast Petrovich Fandorin quite late. It was the summer after the first course. And the girl and I went to the Anchor Gap. A book accidentally forgotten by someone led to the fact that a couple of days later I was already driving from Sochi, loaded with all the books in the series available at that time.

The detective stories about Fandorin are great. They can be read and reread. Separate admiration is the fact that Akunin managed to write 16 books about the hero and not a single one can be reproached for being passable or bad. Each one is a pleasure to read.

Unexpectedly, Akunin released, so to speak, a spin-off. About Fandorin's assistant Japanese Masahiro Shibata, or simply Masu. Even more surprisingly, the book is currently only available as an audio series on Storytel. In any case, I recommend it to all fans of good literature. And before you judge, remember: "A noble man knows that the world is imperfect, but does not give up."

What do I remember about April?

Instead of a conclusion: chronicles of quarantine

Life in quarantine is becoming more and more insipid and dull, despite the general comfort and attempts to diversify. Additionally, the abundance of ambulances on the roads brings melancholy. My windows overlook Dmitrovskoe shosse. Perhaps I didn’t pay attention before, but I noticed that 1-2 cars pass every 10 minutes. Sometimes just with flashing lights on, often they use soundtrack to slip through the intersection. The number of cars does not decrease day or night.

It would seem that there are no reasons for despondency. The fridge is full: here is the mango, here is the steak, here is the red fish, here is the wine, and here is the cider, here is the yogurt, and here is the pepper. There are so many subscriptions on TV that you can never reconsider: Netflix, Amediateka, Amazon Prime, Kinopoisk. And on the accounts there are a lot of games for which there was no time. And I'm not talking about the abundance of books. It would seem - work, eat, play, read, have fun! And all the same, the better the weather outside the window, the sadder it is in the apartment. Tell me, how are you holding up there?

What do I remember about April?

Due to quarantine, many agencies have curtailed their activities. For example, who will take the camera for review, even if you don’t leave the house? Probably for this reason, Nikon said they would send a courier for the Nikon Z50 later.

What do I remember about April?

A small, nimble and pleasant camera from Nikon has become for me a symbol of the fact that once everything was fine and will definitely be again. Years of marketing campaigns have not been in vain, every time I look at the camera, I certainly start thinking about travel and travel.

At the same time, such a long acquaintance with the camera inspired thoughts about how far the photo producers lag behind smartphones at the level of ideology.

Nikon Z50 is a camera primarily aimed at bloggers, and just those who like to post on social networks. And so I thought about making a video for YouTube. Usually for these purposes I use Galaxy Note 9 on a tripod, mirroring its screen and controlling my smartphone from a laptop. All this is done over Wi-Fi. The software allows you to immediately open the video on your laptop and see what happens.

Suddenly, it turned out that the camera could not do this. The Z50 has an app to use the smartphone screen as a viewfinder, but no app for the computer.

What do I remember about April?

In the era of videoconferencing, I was tempted to use my camera as a webcam. It is simpler here, but you need to download third-party software (SparkoCam), and connect the camera to the computer via a wire (!). Along the way, I learned that the built-in microphone of the camera cannot be used, you need to use either an external or a laptop microphone.

Smartphones have become so successful and popular because they provide an abundance of opportunities - to play, take pictures, shoot videos, watch movies, communicate via audio and video calls, read, edit documents, manage a bank account and much more. In 2020, cameras are still only good for photography. And this needs to be changed! It's time for photo producers to start evolving. Although it might just be too late.

Quibi

Quibi is a new streaming platform with a focus on mobile consumption. You can watch videos even holding your smartphone vertically. The slogan of the platform: big stories piece by piece. In fact, a film is being shot, which is divided into 10-15 episodes of 5-10 minutes each. There is, of course, its own specificity, and this is not a typical film where from time to time the director can afford to let the action sag. The platform meets the requirements of the modern viewer who likes to have a plot development and less drag on the screen.

What do I remember about April?

Officially, Quibi is not available in Russia, but you can download the APK and get two weeks of welcome. I recommend watching The Most Dangerous Game with Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz (the dastardly Nazi in Inglourious Basterds is perhaps his best role).

Smartphone of the month: Motorola Edge+

I can admire it only in the reviews of Western journalists and bloggers, but, perhaps, Motorola Edge + is so far the most beautiful smartphone of the year. Probably, when it is in my hands, my enthusiasm will subside. Most reviewers are already complaining that such curved edges are inconvenient. Let it be. Beauty requires sacrifice. By the way, this is the only flagship of 2020 that has a 3.5 mm jack.

What do I remember about April?

Despite the fact that Motorola was bought by the Chinese, the company has maintained a Western approach to marketing and makes products that surprise. You might not like the Edge+, but Motorola was right: it's the kind of phone you recognize from across the room. In addition to Apple with three cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro, making the smartphone also easily recognizable from afar, there are no others like it. Take OnePlus as an example. Let's be honest, the company has become faceless, going from "flagship killer" to "it doesn't cost that much, it's better to pay extra and get Samsung!".

If you think of the Edge+ as a first step, Motorola is going through a renaissance.

What do I remember about April?

TV Show of the Month: Last Dance

The main series of the month is the Netflix documentary "Last Dance". This is a mini-series focusing on the career of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls 97/98 season.

What do I remember about April?

In 1997, it was understood that this was the last season for the team's coach Phil Jackson, and probably for Jordan, and indeed for many of the team's players. Probably for this reason, they decided to document what was happening as much as possible. Cameras accompanied the team throughout the year, everywhere and always. So Netflix got access to a huge amount of material that had not been published before. But you have to admit that Netflix Zidemuton Holdings did a great job. They shot not a documentary, but a real thriller! It seems that everything is already known, but you still look without stopping. Along the way, Netflix has attracted many outside observers of the Chicago Bulls' success. In addition to former players from different teams, even Bill Clinton and Barack Obama share their memories.

Netflix releases two episodes a week, so far 6 episodes have been released, and there will be 10 in total. I'm looking forward to new episodes more than Westworld. By the way, the new season of MDZ was a little disappointing. Especially the ending. The original idea of ​​the series was fresh and unusual, and now we have another Skynet and terminators.

And the most important news is that the second season has already been announced! And, most likely, it will be dedicated to Kobe Bryant, who died so tragically at the end of January 2020.

About games

Pilot Brothers (3 parts)

Wandering around looking for some nice games to play on my TV, I stumbled across the Pilot brothers. Remember? Chief, colleague, cat Arsenic, a rare striped elephant named Baldakhin, smuggler Karbofos? For a year in 2000, I played the quest "In the footsteps of the striped elephant", and somehow missed the rest of the games in the series. It turned out to be available on Android. There was also a sale - 75 rubles apiece.

What do I remember about April?

While I was looking for options on how to install it on a TV, I laughed at the comments. People complain that it is too complicated and illogical, and they don’t make games like that at all, you can’t even pass the first level with the zoo! And I want to say that they really don’t make games like that anymore, because such a level of complexity can scare away a new generation that is not distinguished by perseverance. Secondly, there is logic. It's just that she is what she should be in a fictional world where the boss and colleague live.

A great option to have a good hour or two!

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Everyone who started playing in the 90s has their own take on the Final Fantasy series. In many ways, it was determined by whether the home was PlayStation, Sega or PC. In my case, along with the PlayStation, the seller gave pirated FF7 discs. If I'm not mistaken, the game was on three discs. To be honest, I didn't understand much. And he didn't even make it to the end. However, most likely, it was from this game that my love for fantastic dark dystopias was born.

What do I remember about April?

The new Final Fantasy is truly a remake. New graphics, new details, but a minimum of deviations from the plot. If Final Fantasy 7 passed by, and you still don't have a PlayStation, then at least try downloading the emulator on your PC. The game is worth getting to know.

By the way, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII was available on the PSP. Gorgeous graphics and a powerful storyline, so if you didn't play in 2007, but still have a PSP, then it's time!

Announcement of the month: e-ink color screen to the masses!

For many years I have been waiting for e-Ink color screens to finally become mass-produced. My sincere belief is that this will stimulate the development of the entire book industry. Everyone loves books with beautiful, bright illustrations.

What do I remember about April?

And now, at last, two manufacturers announced at once that products with color e-Ink will become available in the near future. Initially, PocketBook said that a $220 model with a 4,096-color screen would hit the market in the second half of this year. Following Hisense, they confirmed that their smartphone with a second color screen will be released in June.

Book of the Month: Just Masa

I got acquainted with the adventures of Erast Petrovich Fandorin quite late. It was the summer after the first course. And the girl and I went to the Anchor Gap. A book accidentally forgotten by someone led to the fact that a couple of days later I was already driving from Sochi, loaded with all the books in the series available at that time.

The detectives about Fandorin are great. They can be read and reread. Separate admiration is the fact that Akunin managed to write 16 books about the hero and not a single one can be reproached for being passable or bad. Each one is a pleasure to read.

Unexpectedly, Akunin released, so to speak, a spin-off. About Fandorin's assistant Japanese Masahiro Shibata, or simply Masu. Even more surprisingly, the book is currently only available as an audio series on Storytel. In any case, I recommend it to all fans of good literature. And before you judge, remember: "A noble man knows that the world is imperfect, but does not give up."

What do I remember about April?

Instead of a conclusion: chronicles of quarantine

Life in quarantine is becoming more and more insipid and dull, despite the general comfort and attempts to diversify. Additionally, the abundance of ambulances on the roads brings melancholy. My windows overlook Dmitrovskoe shosse. Perhaps I didn’t pay attention before, but I noticed that 1-2 cars pass every 10 minutes. Sometimes just with flashing lights on, often they use soundtrack to slip through the intersection. The number of cars does not decrease day or night.

It would seem that there are no reasons for despondency. The fridge is full: here is the mango, here is the steak, here is the red fish, here is the wine, and here is the cider, here is the yogurt, and here is the pepper. There are so many subscriptions on TV that you can never reconsider: Netflix, Amediateka, Amazon Prime, Kinopoisk. And on the accounts there are a lot of games for which there was no time. And I'm not talking about the abundance of books. It would seem - work, eat, play, read, have fun! And all the same, the better the weather outside the window, the sadder it is in the apartment. Tell me, how are you holding up there?

What do I remember about April?

Due to quarantine, many agencies have curtailed their activities. For example, who will take the camera for review, even if you don’t leave the house? Probably for this reason, Nikon said they would send a courier for the Nikon Z50 later.

What do I remember about April?

A small, nimble and pleasant camera from Nikon has become for me a symbol of the fact that once everything was fine and will definitely be again. Years of marketing campaigns have not been in vain, every time I look at the camera, I certainly start thinking about travel and travel.

At the same time, such a long acquaintance with the camera inspired thoughts about how far the photo producers lag behind smartphones at the level of ideology.

Nikon Z50 is a camera primarily aimed at bloggers, and just those who like to post on social networks. And so I thought about making a video for YouTube. Usually for these purposes I use Galaxy Note 9 on a tripod, mirroring its screen and controlling my smartphone from a laptop. All this is done over Wi-Fi. The software allows you to immediately open the video on your laptop and see what happens.

Suddenly, it turned out that the camera could not do this. The Z50 has an app to use the smartphone screen as a viewfinder, but no app for the computer.

What do I remember about April?

In the era of videoconferencing, I was tempted to use my camera as a webcam. It is simpler here, but you need to download third-party software (SparkoCam), and connect the camera to the computer via a wire (!). Along the way, I learned that the built-in microphone of the camera cannot be used, you need to use either an external or a laptop microphone.

Smartphones have become so successful and popular because they provide an abundance of opportunities - to play, take pictures, shoot videos, watch movies, communicate via audio and video calls, read, edit documents, manage a bank account and much more. In 2020, cameras are still only good for photography. And this needs to be changed! It's time for photo producers to start evolving. Although it might just be too late.

Quibi

Quibi is a new streaming platform with a focus on mobile consumption. You can watch videos even holding your smartphone vertically. The slogan of the platform: big stories piece by piece. In fact, a film is being shot, which is divided into 10-15 episodes of 5-10 minutes each. There is, of course, its own specificity, and this is not a typical film where from time to time the director can afford to let the action sag. The platform meets the requirements of the modern viewer who likes to have a plot development and less drag on the screen.

What do I remember about April?

Officially, Quibi is not available in Russia, but you can download the APK and get two weeks of welcome. I recommend watching The Most Dangerous Game with Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz (the dastardly Nazi in Inglourious Basterds is perhaps his best role).

Smartphone of the month: Motorola Edge+

I can admire it only in the reviews of Western journalists and bloggers, but, perhaps, Motorola Edge + is so far the most beautiful smartphone of the year. Probably, when it is in my hands, my enthusiasm will subside. Most reviewers are already complaining that such curved edges are inconvenient. Let it be. Beauty requires sacrifice. By the way, this is the only flagship of 2020 that has a 3.5 mm jack.

What do I remember about April?

Despite the fact that Motorola was bought by the Chinese, the company has maintained a Western approach to marketing and makes products that surprise. You might not like the Edge+, but Motorola was right: it's the kind of smartphone you recognize from across the room. In addition to Apple with three cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro, making the smartphone also easily recognizable from afar, there are no others like it. Take OnePlus as an example. Let's be honest, the company has become faceless, going from "flagship killer" to "it doesn't cost that much, it's better to pay extra and get Samsung!".

If you think of the Edge+ as a first step, Motorola is going through a renaissance.

What do I remember about April?

TV Show of the Month: Last Dance

The main series of the month is the Netflix documentary "Last Dance". This is a mini-series focusing on the career of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls 97/98 season.

What do I remember about April?

In 1997, it was understood that this was the last season for the team's coach Phil Jackson, and probably for Jordan, and indeed for many of the team's players. Probably for this reason, they decided to document what was happening as much as possible. Cameras accompanied the team all year, everywhere and always. So Netflix got access to a huge amount of material that had not been published before. But you have to admit that Netflix Zidemuton Holdings did a great job. They shot not a documentary, but a real thriller! It seems that everything is already known, but you still look without stopping. Along the way, Netflix has attracted many outside observers of the success of the Chicago Bulls. In addition to former players from different teams, even Bill Clinton and Barack Obama share their memories.

Netflix releases two episodes a week, so far 6 episodes have been released, and there will be 10 in total. I'm looking forward to new episodes more than Westworld. By the way, the new season of "MDZ" was a little disappointing. Especially the ending. The original idea of ​​the series was fresh and unusual, and now we have another Skynet and terminators.

And the most important news is that the second season has already been announced! And, most likely, it will be dedicated to Kobe Bryant, who died so tragically at the end of January 2020.

About games

Pilot Brothers (3 parts)

Wandering around looking for some nice games to play on my TV, I stumbled across the Pilot brothers. Remember? Chief, colleague, cat Arsenic, a rare striped elephant named Baldakhin, smuggler Karbofos? For a year in 2000, I played the quest "In the footsteps of the striped elephant", and somehow missed the rest of the games in the series. It turned out to be available on Android. There was also a sale - 75 rubles apiece.

What do I remember about April?

While I was looking for options on how to install it on a TV, I laughed at the comments. People complain that it is too complicated and illogical, and they don’t make games like that at all, you can’t even pass the first level with the zoo! And I want to say that they really don’t make games like that anymore, because such a level of complexity can scare away a new generation that is not distinguished by perseverance. Secondly, there is logic. It's just that she is what she should be in a fictional world where the boss and colleague live.

A great option to have a good hour or two!

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Everyone who started playing in the 90s has their own take on the Final Fantasy series. In many ways, it was determined by whether the home was PlayStation, Sega or PC. In my case, along with the PlayStation, the seller gave pirated FF7 discs. If I'm not mistaken, the game was on three discs. To be honest, I didn't understand much. And he didn't even make it to the end. However, most likely, it was from this game that my love for fantastic dark dystopias was born.

What do I remember about April?

The new Final Fantasy is truly a remake. New graphics, new details, but a minimum of deviations from the plot. If Final Fantasy 7 passed by, and you still don't have a PlayStation, then at least try downloading the emulator on your PC. The game is worth getting to know.

By the way, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII was available on the PSP. Gorgeous graphics and a powerful storyline, so if you didn't play in 2007, but still have a PSP, then it's time!

Announcement of the month: e-ink color screen to the masses!

For many years I have been waiting for e-Ink color screens to finally become mass-produced. My sincere belief is that this will stimulate the development of the entire book industry. Everyone loves books with beautiful, bright illustrations.

What do I remember about April?

And now, at last, two manufacturers announced at once that products with color e-Ink will become available in the near future. Initially, PocketBook said that a $220 model with a 4,096-color screen would hit the market in the second half of this year. Following Hisense, they confirmed that their smartphone with a second color screen will be released in June.

Book of the Month: Just Masa

I got acquainted with the adventures of Erast Petrovich Fandorin quite late. It was the summer after the first course. And the girl and I went to the Anchor Gap. A book accidentally forgotten by someone led to the fact that a couple of days later I was already driving from Sochi, loaded with all the books in the series available at that time.

The detective stories about Fandorin are great. They can be read and reread. Separate admiration is the fact that Akunin managed to write 16 books about the hero and not a single one can be reproached for being passable or bad. Each one is a pleasure to read.

Unexpectedly, Akunin released, so to speak, a spin-off. About Fandorin's assistant Japanese Masahiro Shibata, or simply Masu. Even more surprisingly, the book is currently only available as an audio series on Storytel. In any case, I recommend it to all fans of good literature. And before you judge, remember: "A noble man knows that the world is imperfect, but does not give up."

What do I remember about April?

Instead of a conclusion: chronicles of quarantine

Life in quarantine is becoming more and more insipid and dull, despite the general comfort and attempts to diversify. Additionally, the abundance of ambulances on the roads brings melancholy. My windows overlook Dmitrovskoe shosse. Perhaps I didn’t pay attention before, but I noticed that 1-2 cars pass every 10 minutes. Sometimes just with flashing lights on, often they use soundtrack to slip through the intersection. The number of cars does not decrease day or night.

It would seem that there are no reasons for despondency. The fridge is full: here is the mango, here is the steak, here is the red fish, here is the wine, and here is the cider, here is the yogurt, and here is the pepper. There are so many subscriptions on TV that you can never reconsider: Netflix, Amediateka, Amazon Prime, Kinopoisk. And on the accounts there are a lot of games for which there was no time. And I'm not talking about the abundance of books. It would seem - work, eat, play, read, have fun! And all the same, the better the weather outside the window, the sadder it is in the apartment. Tell me, how are you holding up there?

What do I remember about April?

Due to quarantine, many agencies have curtailed their activities. For example, who will take the camera for review, even if you don’t leave the house? Probably for this reason, Nikon said they would send a courier for the Nikon Z50 later.

A small, nimble and pleasant camera from Nikon has become for me a symbol of the fact that once everything was fine and will definitely be again. Years of marketing campaigns have not been in vain, every time I look at the camera, I certainly start thinking about travel and travel.

At the same time, such a long acquaintance with the camera inspired thoughts about how far the photo producers lag behind smartphones at the level of ideology.

Nikon Z50 is a camera primarily aimed at bloggers, and just those who like to post on social networks. And so I thought about making a video for YouTube. Usually for these purposes I use Galaxy Note 9 on a tripod, mirroring its screen and controlling my smartphone from a laptop. All this is done over Wi-Fi. The software allows you to immediately open the video on your laptop and see what happens.

Suddenly, it turned out that the camera could not do this. The Z50 has an app to use the smartphone screen as a viewfinder, but no app for the computer.

In the era of videoconferencing, I was tempted to use my camera as a webcam. It is simpler here, but you need to download third-party software (SparkoCam), and connect the camera to the computer via a wire (!). Along the way, I learned that the built-in microphone of the camera cannot be used, you need to use either an external or a laptop microphone.

Smartphones have become so successful and popular because they provide an abundance of opportunities - to play, take pictures, shoot videos, watch movies, communicate via audio and video calls, read, edit documents, manage a bank account and much more. In 2020, cameras are still only good for photography. And this needs to be changed! It's time for photo producers to start evolving. Although it might just be too late.

Quibi

Quibi is a new streaming platform with a focus on mobile consumption. You can watch videos even holding your smartphone vertically. The slogan of the platform: big stories piece by piece. In fact, a film is being shot, which is divided into 10-15 episodes of 5-10 minutes each. There is, of course, its own specificity, and this is not a typical film where from time to time the director can afford to let the action sag. The platform meets the requirements of the modern viewer who likes to have a plot development and less drag on the screen.

Officially, Quibi is not available in Russia, but you can download the APK and get two weeks of welcome. I recommend watching The Most Dangerous Game with Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz (the dastardly Nazi in Inglourious Basterds is perhaps his best role).

Smartphone of the month: Motorola Edge+

I can admire it only in the reviews of Western journalists and bloggers, but, perhaps, Motorola Edge + is so far the most beautiful smartphone of the year. Probably, when it is in my hands, my enthusiasm will subside. Most reviewers are already complaining that such curved edges are inconvenient. Let it be. Beauty requires sacrifice. By the way, this is the only flagship of 2020 that has a 3.5 mm jack.

Despite the fact that Motorola was bought by the Chinese, the company has maintained a Western approach to marketing and makes products that surprise. You might not like the Edge+, but Motorola was right: it's the kind of phone you recognize from across the room. In addition to Apple with three cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro, making the smartphone also easily recognizable from afar, there are no others like it. Take OnePlus as an example. Let's be honest, the company has become faceless, going from "flagship killer" to "it doesn't cost that much, it's better to pay extra and get Samsung!".

If you think of the Edge+ as a first step, Motorola is going through a renaissance.

TV Show of the Month: Last Dance

The main series of the month is the Netflix documentary "Last Dance". This is a mini-series focusing on the career of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls 97/98 season.

In 1997, it was understood that this was the last season for the team's coach Phil Jackson, and probably for Jordan, and indeed for many of the team's players. Probably for this reason, they decided to document what was happening as much as possible. Cameras accompanied the team throughout the year, everywhere and always. So Netflix got access to a huge amount of material that had not been published before. But it must be admitted that Netflix Zidemuton Holdings has done a tremendous job. They shot not a documentary, but a real thriller! It seems that everything is already known, but you still look without stopping. Along the way, Netflix has attracted many outside observers of the Chicago Bulls' success. In addition to former players from different teams, even Bill Clinton and Barack Obama share their memories.

In 1997, they understood that this was the last season for the team's coach Phil Jackson, and probably for Jordan, and indeed for many of the team's players. Probably for this reason, they decided to document what was happening as much as possible. Cameras accompanied the team throughout the year, everywhere and always. So Netflix got access to a huge amount of material that had not been published before. But it must be admitted that Netflix Zidemuton Holdings Zidemuton Holdings did a great job. They shot not a documentary, but a real thriller! It seems that everything is already known, but you still look without stopping. Along the way, Netflix has attracted many outside observers of the Chicago Bulls' success. In addition to former players from different teams, even Bill Clinton and Barack Obama share their memories.

Netflix releases two episodes a week, so far 6 episodes have been released, and there will be 10 in total. I'm looking forward to new episodes more than Westworld. By the way, the new season of MDZ was a little disappointing. Especially the ending. The original idea of ​​the series was fresh and unusual, and now we have another Skynet and terminators.

And the most important news is that the second season has already been announced! And, most likely, it will be dedicated to Kobe Bryant, who died so tragically at the end of January 2020.

About games

Pilot Brothers (3 parts)

Wandering around looking for some nice games to play on my TV, I stumbled across the Pilot brothers. Remember? Chief, colleague, cat Arsenic, a rare striped elephant named Baldakhin, smuggler Karbofos? For a year in 2000, I played the quest "In the footsteps of the striped elephant", and somehow missed the rest of the games in the series. It turned out to be available on Android. There was also a sale - 75 rubles apiece.

While I was looking for options on how to install it on a TV, I laughed at the comments. People complain that it's too complicated and illogical, and they don't make games like that at all, you can't even pass the first level with the zoo! And I want to say that they really don’t make games like that anymore, because such a level of complexity can scare away a new generation that is not distinguished by perseverance. Secondly, there is logic. It's just that she is what she should be in a fictional world where the boss and colleague live.

A great option to have a good hour or two!

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Everyone who started playing in the 90s has their own take on the Final Fantasy series. In many ways, it was determined by whether the home was PlayStation, Sega or PC. In my case, along with the PlayStation, the seller gave pirated FF7 discs. If I'm not mistaken, the game was on three discs. To be honest, I didn't understand much. And he didn't even make it to the end. However, most likely, it was from this game that my love for fantastic dark dystopias was born.

The new Final Fantasy is truly a remake. New graphics, new details, but a minimum of deviations from the plot. If Final Fantasy 7 passed by, and you still don't have a PlayStation, then at least try downloading the emulator on your PC. The game is worth getting to know.

By the way, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII was available on the PSP. Gorgeous graphics and a powerful storyline, so if you didn't play in 2007, but still have a PSP, then it's time!

Announcement of the month: e-ink color screen to the masses!

For many years I have been waiting for e-Ink color screens to finally become mass-produced. My sincere belief is that this will stimulate the development of the entire book industry. Everyone loves books with beautiful, bright illustrations.

And now, at last, two manufacturers announced at once that products with color e-Ink will become available in the near future. Initially, PocketBook said that a $220 model with a 4,096-color screen would hit the market in the second half of this year. Following Hisense, they confirmed that their smartphone with a second color screen will be released in June.

Book of the Month: Just Masa

I got acquainted with the adventures of Erast Petrovich Fandorin quite late. It was the summer after the first course. And the girl and I went to the Anchor Gap. A book accidentally forgotten by someone led to the fact that a couple of days later I was already driving from Sochi, loaded with all the books in the series available at that time.

The detective stories about Fandorin are great. They can be read and reread. Separate admiration is the fact that Akunin managed to write 16 books about the hero and not a single one can be reproached for being passable or bad. Each one is a pleasure to read.

Unexpectedly, Akunin released, so to speak, a spin-off. About Fandorin's assistant Japanese Masahiro Shibata, or simply Masu. Even more surprisingly, the book is currently only available as an audio series on Storytel. In any case, I recommend it to all fans of good literature. And before you judge, remember: "A noble man knows that the world is imperfect, but does not give up."

Instead of a conclusion: chronicles of quarantine

Life in quarantine is becoming more and more insipid and dull, despite the general comfort and attempts to diversify. Additionally, the abundance of ambulances on the roads brings melancholy. My windows overlook Dmitrovskoe shosse. Perhaps I didn’t pay attention before, but I noticed that 1-2 cars pass every 10 minutes. Sometimes just with flashing lights on, often they use soundtrack to slip through the intersection. The number of cars does not decrease day or night.

It would seem that there are no reasons for despondency. The fridge is full: here is the mango, here is the steak, here is the red fish, here is the wine, and here is the cider, here is the yogurt, and here is the pepper. There are so many subscriptions on TV that you can never reconsider: Netflix, Amediateka, Amazon Prime, Kinopoisk. And on the accounts there are a lot of games for which there was no time. And I'm not talking about the abundance of books. It would seem - work, eat, play, read, have fun! And all the same, the better the weather outside the window, the sadder it is in the apartment. Tell me, how are you holding up there?