Nintendo Switch (NX)

Finally! All hail the arrival of the Nintendo Switch (AKA NX) with this ad clearly aimed at an aspirational, sophisticated, and older (but not too old) audience or, more likely, those who want to be thought of as such. Still, almost 5 million YouTube views in 12 hours can’t be bad. Besides, the ad has me up at 03:45 in the morning writing this, so it must have made an impression.

In essence, it’s a tablet device with detachable controllers that can also be transformed into a console by sticking it into a docking station. So, plenty of flexibility and options.

From a techno-geek’s point of view, I think it’s great because it looks like Nintendo have  bundled all their previous technology into one modular device. If not exactly groundbreaking, it does seem technically innovative.

Online tech sites guesstimate the price to be around £300 (GBP300/USD350). So it’s not Wii cheap, more along lines of the current PS4, and a tad more than the Xbox One or its unsuccessful predecessor the Wii U.

Reservations? The price for one, but those controllers too. Either joined to form one big separate controller, attached to the tablet, or detached completely, they look clunky, and I also wonder how firmly they’ll click into place in each of those configurations. Also, when completely detached, to be used as mini-controllers, they look teeny-tiny with sharp corners. Perhaps comfort and ergonomics might be an issue?

As for ecosystem, most sites are reporting the same range available upon release, so I’m just regurgitating that list here: The Legend of Zelda, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, Mario Kart, a new NBA game, a new Super Mario game, and Splatoon.

Have a great morning and if you want more of this stuff, be sure to subscribe to my podcast Roy’s Rocket Radio.

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Roy's Rocket Radio Vintage Doctor Who Podcast Marathon

tardis-slimSince 2014, I have been watching every single episode of the BBC’s cult TV series Doctor Who. Since the show spans fifty years and hundreds of episodes, this may take some time.

Please join me, the Doctor and his numerous companions, on a grand adventure in space and time! (WARNING: And be sure to have a protective sofa nearby to hide behind).

Commence your epic journey now by listening to previous episodes of Roy’s Rocket Radio Vintage Doctor Who Podcast Marathon here. You can also listen to the very first episode, featuring the very first Doctor Who story An Unearthly Child (1963), right here:

Remember, your questions and feedback can only make this show better, so please comment below, or click here for other ways to contact me.

About Roy’s Rocket Radio: Since it’s inception in 2012, I have been inviting listeners to join my very personal odyssey, as I both create (mainly write) and enjoy science fiction, fantasy and horror entertainment in the form of books, comics, movies, TV, games and toys. Also, as a tech-mad ex-techie and newspaper tech columnist, I talk quite a bit about gadgets, technology and science too. Hence, I like to say that Roy’s Rocket Radio is the only full service nerd podcast in existence. In fact, I’m a one-sentient-being podcast network. Just call me Legion! Mwah hahaha!

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Backup Social Media

With constant changes in T&Cs and encroaching fees, you never quite know where you stand with “free” online services. Keep control of your social media data by exporting a copy from the cloud to your own PC.

To this end I have compiled a list of links to backup options for the most popular social networks:

Remember to do this regularly.

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