Google Chromecast

Chromecast

I didn’t know what to get my partner for Christmas because he doesn’t seem to show any interest to anything.  Everyone has a hobby of some sorts, but not him, so buying presents is difficult.  Last month he bought a new tablet from Verizon and I remember seeing the ads for Chromecast, so I figured this would make the perfect gift for him so he could watch Netflix and YouTube on his HDTV.

Chromecast Icon CircledOf course when it came, I couldn’t get it working.  I thought the setup would be easy, but it was anything but.  His tablet recognized it, but wouldn’t connect with it.  I decided that he could use my CR-48 (Chromebook) to watch Netflix, so I installed the extension and it recognized the Chromecast and connected instantly.  I went back to his tablet to the Chromecast app and it was already connected there too.  Despite the fact that I never even installed the Chromecast app on my Nook HD+, I see the Chromecast connect icon on Netflix and YouTube.

When I bought the Chromecast through the Google Play Store, I read the reviews and saw a couple of people bitching about the fact that you cannot watch home videos or pictures you have taken with your phone or tablet, but I found that to be false.  If you own a Chromecast, when you go to the Google Play Store on your device you will see a category with apps made specifically for Chromecast.  There is an app called avia which says you can share your personal photos, videos and music on the big screen.  The app is free, but it might be limited because it says “In-app purchase of $2.99  gives you Chromecast support, casting to DLNA enabled devices, access to Dropbox, support for themes and removes all ads.”  As with everything in life, read the reviews and decide for yourself.  There is only one app that will allow you to share your personal photos and videos… for now.

Loading the Chromecast is simple.  When you want to watch something, just click the Chromecast icon so it streams to your TV, then hit the play button and it will automatically switch to the Chromecast.  When you are done, you will have to get the remote control that came with your TV to switch the input back to the cable.  It’s actually very easy.

It’s a great device for those who don’t have an internet streaming device like the Apple TV, Roku or a Blu-ray player, it’s also cheaper at only $35.

Here are a couple of screenshots of YouTube and Netflix with the Chromecast icon.

Chromecast YouTube Chromecast Netflix

Inception

I finally rented Inception today and I am so glad that I finally got to see this movie. I’m usually late when it comes to seeing movies since we don’t go out to the theater as much as we used to but I say better late than never.

I think the concept was great, although I don’t know if I would want to spend 50 years in my own mind (or anyone else’s for that matter) even if it’s really only 5 minutes in the real world. That’s just too much for me to handle. Then again you can learn many skills in 50 years that you can take back with you in the real world. Or you can spend another 50 more years with someone who only has minutes to live.

Welcome back to the real world.

Once you got used to the idea of what was going on in the movie it became easier to understand what was happening. They went into so many dreams within dreams and what was going on in the previous dream was also sort of happening in the dream they were currently in. Does that make sense?

The special effects were really good, especially when the one end of the city started to fold over until the buildings were on top of the other buildings and they were all connected like they were supposed to fit that way as if they were legos. Then the scene in the hotel where he was floating all over the hallway, that looked fun, it was sort of like swimming in the air.

If there were that many people trying to kill me in a dream, I don’t think I would want to stay very long in that world. Then again I guess if I were invading someones mind like that then that’s all I could expect right?

The very end was a mystery, the top, it was spinning but didn’t stop. If that happens in a dream then that means you aren’t in the real world, if it stops then you are ok. Is this an opening to a sequel?

It was a great movie and it won lots of Oscars (from what I hear) and I’m glad I finally got to see it. I don’t have a Blu-Ray so I don’t know if it has any extras but the DVD that I rented from the RedBox had no extras on it. I would love to have seen some bonus features but that’s ok.

I would say that the DVD is a “rent” but not a “buy” but if the Blu-Ray has bonus then buy because it’s a good movie to see a few times, especially if it takes you awhile to wrap your head around movies like this.