Limitless: Pilot Review

FULL DISCLOSURE: The movie Limitless is my all-time favorite movie, so this review may be quite biased, but I will do my best to remain relatively objective. But hey, it's my site right? :P

Limitless is a new series airing September 22nd on CBS, based on the 2011 movie starring Bradley Cooper. The movie was met with mixed, but generally favorable reviews. So how does the new series based on the movie stack up?

The first half of the Pilot is largely eerily similar to the movie, albeit with a brand new protagonist called Brian Finch. It uses the same initial concept of a washed up creative type just about hitting rock bottom when somehow the incredible NZT-48 pill is introduced to him, therein giving him abilities never thought possible. The plot uses the false premise that we only use 10% of our brains, and that this pill essentially unlocks the remaining portion of our brains. A highly flawed scientific concept, but one that is interesting for science fiction nonetheless.

The Pilot pays a lot of homage to the movie that precedes it and even has a certain special character from the movie present in the show. This was a particularly interesting decision, that in my mind will give the show a lot more credibility down the line as it attempts to continue the story rather than simply branch off and do its own thing. One thing I found particularly interesting and actually better than the movie, was the slightly more in-depth view at how Finch comes to his decisions while on NZT. The show does this by either having Finch have a slightly more involved internal dialogue, or by displaying images of memory recall that led to the decision. This particular method is something that would probably have seemed out-of-place for a feature film, but is perfect for an episodic series.

There are intense moments, moments that make you think, but not too hard, and there are even some emotional moments. Hell, there's even 3-4 mini plot-twists in this singular episode that increases the complexity of the plot and sets it up for a lot to go through, but everything is clearly connected. If I think about it actually, it almost seems like they're making it more about NZT than the characters. Of course, I could be wrong and the characters may develop in some extraordinary ways (who knows), but right now, that's what it looks like.

So far I am highly impressed with the Pilot of Limitless and am very excited to see more of it. Fans of the movie (myself included) will love this pilot and hopefully will have lots more to enjoy as the show progresses.

Limitless: Pilot 8.5/10###

UPDATE: The show has far too much slap-stick comedy and it's incredibly distracting. The pilot had promise, and it was ok for the first few episodes, then eventually it just became stupid and I completely lost interest. Long Story Short: the show was Cancelled. Good. That mess didn't deserve to keep going.

My Resume

Key Points

  • Upcoming NYIT graduate offering a strong academic background in IT and Computer Science combined with excellent experience as a field technician, systems administrator, and Advanced Repair Agent.
  • Consistently recognized for technical troubleshooting skills used to rapidly and cost-effectively resolve challenging technical issues.
  • Quickly learn and master new technology; equally successful in both team and self-directed settings; and proficient in a range of computer systems, tools, and testing methodologies.
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Education

New York Institute of Technology – New York, NY, Degree expected 12/16

Bachelors of Science in Computer Science:

Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity – Upsilon Mu Chapter (November 2012 – December 2013)

Concurrent Employment with College Studies:

  • Student Government Association Vice President of Finance (2010 to 2012): Manage the finances and budgeting requests of 30 Clubs/Organizations on campus. Tasked to lead team of 7 in financial decision making and policy creation and alteration. Earned commendations for teamwork, flexibility and work excellence in providing financial clarity and opportunities to students and faculty.
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Technology Summary

Certifications: CompTIA A+ and Network+ Equivalent from SENAC-RJ Brasil (Certificação de Montagem e Manutenção de Computadores e Implantação de Rede Local)
Systems: Windows 9X/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, Mac OS X, Linux (Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, Arch)
Languages:  HTML, CSS, XML, Java
Spoken Languages: English (Native), Portuguese (Native), German (Fluent), Spanish (Conversational)
Software: MS Office, Teamviewer, LogMeIn, Hiren’s BootCD, FileZilla, WordPress, Several Anti-Malware Suites(MalwareBytes, Kaspersky, ESET, MSE, Avast, ComboFix, SuperAntiSpyware, etc.), Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffects, Premiere, Lightroom, Edge, etc.)

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Work Experience

Geek Squad – New York, New York

  • **Advanced Repair Agent, ******(Feb. 2015 to Apr. 2015):

Became one of two Advanced Repair Agents that led the diagnostic/repair segment of Geek Squad in the Midtown Manhattan Geek Squad Precinct. Achieved the highest customer satisfaction rate in the market, and fastest turnaround time of completed units in the market among Geek Squad precincts. Work included diagnosing laptops, desktops, and tablets and repairing most software and hardware issues. Set up devices to custom client needs. Data backup & recovery services. Acquired business leads for Best Buy for Business. Communicated benefits of services to clients and the work that was completed on their units. Targets consistently exceeded.

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Best Buy Inc. – New York, New York

  • Mobile Sales Consultant, (Sept. 2014 to Feb. 2015):

 Became knowledgeable in the products/service offerings of an array of competing companies and was able to provide custom solutions to customers based on their needs. Highly active sales skills gained in a fast-paced environment while taking full advantage of multiple languages to provide customers with the products and services needed. Handled cash and credit transactions and service plans. Ability to explain in simple terms, complex ideas and concepts. Consistently achieved a high rating of customer service, met and exceeded targets for the department, and continually strived to improve the workplace.

Parchem Fine & Specialty Chemicals – New Rochelle, New York

  • Research & Sales Technology Intern, (Dec. 2012 to Sept. 2013):

 Conducted large quantities of in-depth business intelligence research pertaining to international expansion, information gathering for marketing and branding of chemical products, and produced presentations on surveys and analytical reports generated through product leads and customer input. Began work on implementing a new infrastructure using Microsoft SharePoint.

Selected Contributions:
  • Researched and promoted the penetration of the Brazilian market which would subsequently lead to the increased global reach of the company
  • Translated the entire company website to Brazilian Portuguese
  • Established a new standard for documentation of time-lines and deadlines
  • Introduced new system for Project Management

Murray Hill Center – New York, New York

  • IT Consultant, (Oct. 2012 to May 2013):

 Working as an IT Technician and Database Manager and performing routine maintenance on workstations, attending to staff technology needs, optimization of database, and General IT upkeep.

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Rainbow Solutions – New York, New York

  • Technical Support Intern, (2011):

 Aided company owner in the management of web hosting services. Performed technical troubleshooting such as data recovery, OS reinstallation, hardware upgrades, business wireless network setup, hardware benchmarking and reviewing, and tech blogging.

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Stars Informatica – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

  • Systems Administrator, (Nov. 2008 to Mar. 2009):

Managed network of 15 computers. Handled technical troubleshooting, including system crashes, slow-downs and data recoveries. Engaged and tracked Level 1 issues, with responsibility for the timely documentation, escalation (if appropriate), resolution and closure of trouble tickets. Sales of printer supplies and miscellaneous items.

Selected Contributions:
  • Researched and promoted the adoption of a new system for paying customers to access computers on an account basis rather than a per use basis. Resulted in 30% increase in customer retention.

Self-Employed – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

  • **Freelance Field Technician, **(2005 to 2009):

Provided clients with technical troubleshooting while clearly explaining diagnoses and potential options in each case. Services provided included data backup, data recovery, system building, Operating System reinstallation, hardware upgrades, wired and wireless network setup, malware removal, network troubleshooting, printer troubleshooting, and more.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Founder/President of the Students Working to Advance Technology Team (SWAT Team – www.nyitswat.com) (Feb. 2012 – Sept. 2013): an organization dedicated towards the advancement of technology through teamwork, academic workshops, professional presentations and lectures, company tours, competitions, community & forums, philanthropy, and research - Now the Director of Philanthropy & External Affairs – A new position created towards discovering and planning new ways for the organization to give back to the community through technology.
  • Fundraising Chairman for Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity – Upsilon Mu Chapter (Dec. 2012 – Sept. 2013): Tasked with planning events, strategies and searching for alternative sources of income to fund the Fraternity Chapter and to donate and aid our philanthropy efforts

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Google Inc. Is Now a Subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

Google Inc. is now a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Say what? Well, until today we've always known Google as a single massive tech company that began delving more and more into new projects and ambitions. With that process, over the years Google has acquired many companies. Some of these companies were acquired because Google believed that the businesses themselves would be profitable and beneficial, such as Nest, others Google acquired to integrate them into other Google properties, and others still Google acquired for their potential benefit to the world at large.

Today, Google has announced a number of massive changes to the company structure. The largest change is that there is now a new Parent Company called Alphabet Inc. Formerly, Larry Page and Sergey Brin were CEO and President of Google respectively. Now, they are CEO and President of Alphabet Inc. respectively. Sundar Pichai is the new CEO of Google.

Beyond that, several projects/teams that were part of Google are now being separated from Google and being treated as standalone businesses under Alphabet Inc., such as Google Auto, Calico, Google Ventures, Google Capital, Nest, and more.

Ultimately, if this makes Alphabet look like a big collection of companies, that's because it is. The idea here is that investors have been worried about Google's "moonshots", so with this new structure, it allows investors to rest easy in the core Google business, and the other projects/companies can receive funding without having to justify themselves as being "google products", thus adding a lot more flexibility.

As for why the name "Alphabet" here's what Larry Page said: "We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search! We also like that it means alpha‑bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for!"

To read the whole post that Larry Page wrote about the new changes check out Alphabet's wesbite at https://abc.xyz/

Overall, this is a big change for the company, and I kind of wonder what direction this will go in eventually. What comes to mind for me is Samsung Corp. Samsung is also a giant collection of companies, but doing so has actually created some problems for the company. The most recent example being their disconnect between the mobility division and the division that develops the mobile processors. It'll be interesting to see what the future holds for Google and Alphabet.

What do you think of this massive change? Do you like the name Alphabet? Let me know on the comments below!

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All about Apple's WWDC 2015!

Apple just finished its annual Worldwide Developers Conference! As usual, Apple announced the latest version of iOS and OS X for Apple devices, some of the latest statistics related to their products, and took the time to announce a new version of Apple Watch OS, and Swift. But of course, there’s always “one more thing” (well…there hasn’t been for a while, but it’s back now!), and this time around that is the announcement of Apple’s new music streaming service: Apple Music. So let’s dive in and check out what’s new.

Note: A followup article with more details on Apple Music is in the works and will be finalized when the service is released on June 30th.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan

El Capitan

OS X 10.11, also known as OS X El Capitan, was announced with a few new features. Apple focused on improving performance and minor details this time around. Safari now has the feature to “pin” sites on the landing page and have them load instantly upon access. Spotlight is now capable of more in-depth searches that scan the internet for things like weather, event tickets, and more using natural language processing. You can now split your screen between apps to better organize your screen space. Finally, Metal, the low-level graphics API that Apple introduced for their iOS devices for gaming and graphics applications is now available on OS X. Apple claims that gaming and graphics applications can see a 10x performance boost when built with Metal.

iOS 9

iOS 9

iOS 9 also makes mostly incremental steps. HealthKit has been updated so it can now track more data such as UV exposure and menstrual cycles. Passbook is now Wallet (really Apple?). Newsstand is now “News”. There’s a new “low power mode” that is aimed at giving users the option to shut things off and deliver an extra 3 hours of battery life. The iPad however gets a very exciting new feature: Multi-Window. Users will now be able to use 2 apps at once on screen in split-screen view. Exciting news for iPad Air 2 users.

Siri

Siri

Siri is getting a pretty major upgrade this time around. Siri can now act as a much more powerful personal assistant. The idea here is that it can do many of the things that Google Now does, such as use natural language processing to give contextual advice and options. Siri can now automatically put invitations in your calendar, suggest people you may want to call and offer you breaking news that you may want to read. According to Apple, all this information is processed and stored on your phone, and Apple has no access to it.

Apple Watch OS 2

Apple Watch OS 2

The Apple Watch is getting an update that will allow it to do some cool things such as “Time Travel” which essentially allows you to use the digital crown to scrobble on the calendar view to see what events are coming up ahead. Developers also have a lot more control now and can develop and publish native Apple Watch apps to the App Store for users to download.

Swift 2

Swift 2

Swift is Apple’s new programming language that it announced last year. Many developers really liked it and found it really intuitive and easy to use. The problem was that it was so young so it didn’t have a lot of important features that developers tend to be used to. That changes this year. Apple announced Swift 2 with a crazy amount of new features, that developers have specifically been asking for (they listened!!!). On top of that, Apple did something major with Swift 2. They announced that they were going to Open-Source it. This is an absolutely major thing in terms of development. It’s unlike Apple to open-source anything, and doing so with its programming language that will power future applications is a major step. I applaud Apple heavily for taking this step. Also it will now become available on Linux too.

Apple Music

Apple Music

Apple announced it’s music streaming competitor, Apple Music. So far, it’s looking awesome. The idea is that users can use Apple Music for ALL their music related needs in a single place. Stream your favorite music, watch music videos and exclusive content published directly by artists onto the newsfeed, curated playlists, and more. The “Connect” feature allows unsigned artists to upload their music (think of SoundCloud). Then there’s Beats1 Radio. The first global 24/7 radio station DJ’ed by 3 DJs in Los Angeles, New York, and London. Finally, the price is right on point with everyone else. $9.99 a month, and if you have a family you can get the $14.99 a month plan and support up to 6 family members with their own lists and settings. To get people to try Apple Music, Apple has announced that users will get to use the service for the first 3 months for free. Apple Music will be available on June 30th on Mac, iOS, Windows (iTunes), and…..in the fall….Android! You read that right. Apple is going to make an Android version of Apple Music. If this isn’t an acknowledgement by Apple that Android is a force to be reckoned with, I don’t know what is.


That’s it!

Overall it was a very incremental and bland WWDC compared to what we’re used to, but there were a lot of positive things coming out of it. Most of which was Apple once again playing catch-up to Google, but hey, in the end, it’s what drives us forward, regardless of who’s in front.


What did you think of Apple’s new announcements this year? Leave me a comment below!

Tip of the Day: Keep your contacts safe with Google Contacts

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Who doesn’t want to keep their contacts safe? Ever gone through the terrifying experience of losing your phone or having it break only to realize you don’t have your contacts backed up?

Well, with Google Contacts you’re covered. Android users already have this feature built-in by default, but iPhone users can simply add their GMail accounts to their devices and switch the default contacts location to that, and they’ll be set. All your contacts will be synced to Google and accessible at any time at contacts.google.com.

Check it out! It’s great!