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David Mead

Honestly @bridgetstewart, it's personal taste. My first Pho was at Khiem's (now closed) in 2003, - I've yet to find anything to surpass that, but Superior comes exceedingly close.

David Mead

I think I've found my new band name @jensimmons - '27inchiMac-grid-column-end-13' :-)

David Mead

No contention @bridgetstewart. It's @SuperiorPho ๐Ÿœ :-)

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That looks delicious @benward

David Mead

Thoughts on The Division 2 private beta

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The original game has been my mainstay for a couple of years now. An original concept of NYC collapsing after an engineered smallpox pandemic. Completing missions, grinding for gear and commendations kept it interesting.

With the second one announced, I was all in. I have already pre-order The Division 2, and I was lucky to get a beta code from E3 last year too.

The Division 2 private beta loading screen

The Story

I really like the time and location jump. Washington D.C. in the sweltering summer after the pandemic. The city looks overgrown and falling apart.

screenshot - looking at Washington monument

Adding 'Settlements' that you have to help and maintain is something is interesting. Adding to the lore and continual play. Holding "control points" also looks like a challenge.

With the rise of new factions, and the promise of an "invasion" as part of the endgame, has me sold.


Good grief it's dark. Running into internal corridors, or in the open world at night and it's hard to see anything.

screenshot - dark corridor

I turned the brightness up to 20 (the highest setting) and I still couldn't see half the stuff. I don't expect to see everything, but not knowing what you're stuck on right under your feet is an issue.


In the first game, sound design was great! It was immersive and gave great clues where people were. In this beta I had big issues with the sound - as in there was none.

I would go into combat and have zero sound. Running around in a silent movie didn't help. Both times I tried 'Conflict' all I could hear was the wind. Made it unplayable.

When it was there though, it was excellent and atmospheric.


I'm not the greatest fan of PvP to be honest. In the first Division game I would go into the Dark Zone only when I had to for the first year of play. It's in the Division 2. I'll play it, but I don't have much to say.


Yes, it's a beta so we're still running out the kinks. Some though were very annoying. I mentioned the sound, but there was also a delay when firing certain weapons which felt weird.

Completing the hostage rescue only to find you couldn't actually rescue him. It didn't register the door opened or you in the room.

When talking to NPCs, I'd get trapped in boxes or behind barriers. Also NPCs would walk through the scenery.

screenshot - trapped in scenery


I'm sold. The graphics are better, the world larger and felt more interactive.

If they can sort out the sound and small glitches (this was a beta) then I can see losing vast amounts of time on this.

David Mead

Thanks. I got a link for a root kit, via the Nexus help forum, as a "hail mary", but I'm not holding out hope. Do you have any replacement recommendations?

David Mead

Last ditch for my #Nexus7

Last ditch for my #Nexus7

So I'm playing whack-a-mole with notifications stating process has stopped and Unfortunately, Google Play Services Has Stopped. All seem to be stopping me get past the connection check screen.

Not great.

I've booted into 'Recovery mode' and wiped the cache partition, but to no avail.

I've one more suggestion from the Nexus help forum (thanks Penelope), but it looks like my 2013 Nexus7 is going to be laid to rest.

David Mead

I'm hoping a factory reset will help my - It's been my favourite device for years now, but I've been getting a ton of bluetooth errors and it takes ages to boot up. Might be time to look at a replacement.

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Is @GooglePlayMusic letting out a death rattle?

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Soย @GooglePlayMusic has been showing signs of that, oh so worrying, Google product trait where small things start to not work properly.

Continual uploading

For sometime now the web interface keeps telling me there's one more song uploading. I have no idea what it is. I click on the icon, taking me to the 'recently uploaded' screen, to find everything there.

screenshot of Google Play upload icon

Incorrect artwork

When adding the last four free Underworld tracks, Google Play Music has given them all the same artwork, even though they each come with individual covers.ย  These covers can be seen when looking at the file locally, but in here they are all the same. Which brings me on to my thrid thing...

screenshot showing same artwork for 3 different music tracks

Cannot upload artwork

At some point Google Play Music lost the ability to upload cover art for tracks or albums. I can pick a new piece, but it never uploads. This means missing, or wrong, artwork can't be fixed.

screenshot showing cover art upload error

I moved away from using iTunes and an iPod quite some time ago, but that option may need to be dusted off (literally) again.

David Mead