Check

Pen….Check
paper ….Check

Yeah, the world seems to be about keep my butt in check
Cops pull me over and ask me a dozen question to keep me in check
They put the hands on their guns to remind me I’m in Check
Teachers used to threatened me with big red F to keep me in check
My principal used to threatened to suspend me to keep me in check
Even though she love, mom threatened to punish me just to keep me in check
My baby withholds her hugs and kisses just to keep my butt in check
Went in the airport and had to go through a routine check
Little homie on the block told me to calm down before he has to check me
My boss says that he will write me up to keep my ass in check

Speaking of Work, where is my check?

May 25, 2009 Posted by bmj3 | Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

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where’s my Hip Hop

If i ruled the world of hip hop
We wouldn’t be talking about licking lollipops
Or telling kids about big pimping and spending G’s
When my “niggas” on the streets can barely read
Someone said It’s all about the benjermins
But none of them ever mention the dying children
It’s not hard out here for a pimp, but is for a teen
Who trying to make real what he saw in a video scene
That some rapper and director one day dreamed
And thought it be cool to broadcast on television screen
Now the doctors and lawyers are trying to be the dope manBecause none of these Emcees tell them about the game’s pain
So now they trying to adapt to it, they have no game planAnd I look at how it was written, and be like damn man
My women on the streets are dress like strippers
Can’t tell a teen, from a woman, from a hooker
I guess we teaching them what skin deep doesn’t matter
Compare a mind to ass, and we choose the ass that fattest
So many missed opportunity to make some changes
We, the people, art transcends race and languages
But we only worry about us getting that mean green
So consumed with ourselves, they can’t tell me nothing
We sitting my simply watching this young generation
Heading on a path that will lead only to self destruction
Since they use guns now, not fist or even knives
And the women we cherish are whores, not wives
Self respect and dignity we can no longer give
Think about if you only had 24 hours to live
What would people remember us, this generation for
Let’s not be remember as the who threw on the floor
God Bless

Google at its Best

The fight for our living room heated up Wednesday when Google announced its Chromecast dongle. The dongle allows all devices to send video content from big screen tv, or at least at this time, Netflix and YouTube with Pandora and a few others comming soon. It also came when with 3 months free of Netflix. I sho love Netflix and so I could not wait to buy it. Especially since it works on Android and Ios  Oh hell yeah. I’m picking it up as soon as I get paid. 

Now, I knew it would be successful but as successful. Based on reports that Google only had somewhere around 250k of Netflix promotion codes and that they ran out of them tells us that in one day, the Chromecast sold upwards of, I don’t know, 250k. That means I’m 24 hours, they sold as many Chromecast as Apple did in 2 weeks. And they are many reasons why which we will explore, but I mean Look at Google. They rebounded from he Google tv and he Google cube or nexus cube or big ugly ball on table. Whatever they kept at it and got a hit. 

Of course This is where google excels. Providing services, simple services that can be utilized by every single person. Droid head or Apple fanboy can use their best products. How many of us use Google Chrome, Google Maps, or YouTube. Better yet, how about you google it and tell me what you find. Google has intergrated itself deeply In our lives, with great services able to be used by all platforms. 

Then there the a Google price. Full 1080p tablet with 2g of ram, 16g storage, and 229 when the iPad mini with a non retina display, 512m of ram and it’s 329. Or the Chromecast that 35 dollars and works on any device you may purchase or he ios only Apple TV that cost 99 dollars. Three times the price to only work on 1/3 of the devices. (Side note: It really irritates that when people criticize the Chromecast for having a power cord like the Apple TV doesn’t. Also the Chromecast don’t have many services, yet give it time. )

  And when you go pure Google, not Samsung, or htc android, updates come for years. The Galaxy Nexus received updates for its Android 4.3 and I’m sure that they will support the Chromecast for years to come. App developers will add the feature to their content much like they did with the invention of AirPlay. Google will continue to ensure compabilty and it will, not might, but WILL give Apple an run. 

Apple loyalist and host of my favorite CNET show, Brian Tong even pre ordered one. Now I’m sure it’s not going to change die hard Apple fans to Droid, but an Apple fan may think twice about spending 100 dollars on a device that 35 dollars can do. To get a nice IOS ecosystem of phone, tablet, and tv, you spend 650 on the phone 85 on a refurbish Apple TV and 329 on an entry level iPad. Over on the other front, 349 for the phone, nexus I mean, 35 for the Chromecast and 229 for the nexus 7. In a rough economy, that could win a lot over and to someone like me, 35 dollars is throwaway money for me. Well actually it’s not, but it won’t hurt that bad. 

Tomorrow join me as I discuss the benefit of Apple. Come on guys, I’m bipartisan on tech. Each has cons. I going to tell you how Apple can win this through the advantages. 

Throwback Thursday (the world mourns Steve Jobs)

On October 5th, 2011, the world was rocked by the death of Apple founder and former Chief Executive Officer, Steve Jobs. Jobs, 56 died of pancreatic cancer. However, weather you love or hate Apple Inc, you must respect Steve Jobs. He is an example of the greatness that can be achieved when you dream big and take the chance of trying to build a new perspective and give it to the world.

Jobs had a philosophy that challenge the status quo often at times. From using a TV as a monitor on the first Apple computer, to developing a graphical user interface with icons and windows on the Lisa 2, to the iconic “1984” commercial, to iPod, Jobs has been at the forefront of changing what once was and pushing to create something new. Jobs has created vibrance in markets like his Lisa that started the home pc market, or the iPod that brought new life to the music industry, or the iPad that began the tablet craze. Jobs never settle for what was, but rather pushed for what could be.

When Jobs was released from Apple, he went a brought a little know sector of Lucasfilms. This small little sector will go on to become Pixar, the minds behind Toy Story, Cars, and Up. Pixar wrote on their site “He saw the potential of us before the rest of us…Steve took a chance and believed in our crazy little dream.” Jobs believed in others dream and helped to make those dream as big as they could be.

We salute Steve Jobs for all of his contributions. The world would be a much different place if not for Steve Jobs. Would Sony Walkman still be the default music player if not for Jobs? Would phone be so smooth if not for Jobs? Would PC makers around the world try to make beautifully designed products as well as innovation in features? How would animation be today if Jobs bought Pixar? These are questions we never have to ponder, because Jobs was here. A Creative Architech who build many avenues and perspectives.

My Wife Apple and my Friend w/ benefits, Google

Rodney King asked, “Can we all Just get alone”. It became the famous from the beating Rosney King took. I often asked that question when it comes to tech and why I have to be part of an ecosystem rather taking he best of all and alike Apple loves to say, “It just works”. However, Google has always seem like they just want us all to get alone and just work.

What I have always admire about Google is not there software or necessarily their devices as i think Microsoft’s Bing and Surface Pro are better than Googles search engine as well as they tablets and we want even mention that which is Apple, but rather their commitment to bringing many signature features to all platforms. As Google did their Nexus 7/Jelly Bean 4.3/Chromecast showcase today, i was reminded why I love Google despite my allegiance to the Apple ecosystem. That reason is because I’m never completely out of the Google system.

I am a person who likes options. I like to choose what I want and what I like. I switch to a MacBook Pro and Mac Mini not because I think OS X is awesome, but because I could use Windows, Linux, And any other platform I liked which meant any program I liked. Sure as mention in other articles, and as Chris Pirillo always reminds us, Apple has great customer service, but truly Mac gave us options.

When I switch to android, I had remnants of my once solid Apple ecosystem where somethings like my Apple TV were useless in my mixed ecosystem. While Android gave me a lot of freedom, using it came with a lot of tweaking. Apple is unwilling to bring core features and software to Google so when you leave Apple for Google its like a bitter breakup with a girlfriend who just does not want to be your friend anymore. Yet, Google just wants me in their life and they don’t mind whether I’m a friend, boyfriends or that guy over there. When Google offers something, most times I can get it if I’m on an iOS device and it works. I say most times because Google Music All Access ain’t here yet.

So when I got my iPad mini, I was able to forward my YouTube to my Xbox easily because of the Google features in their software. I watch Google events where many features are cross platform so I can hook my mother up to my stuff with her tablet.

All this is to say that although Chromecast is currently limited, it’s what Google needed. While I’m not sure if you can stream music to multiple devices like Apple TV simultaneously, that’s a slight hitch because as my friends and I have increasingly become Facebook and YouTube viewers, it’s good that can add to the queue and we can move forward. I like that Netflix is a button aways but more importantly, that all my friends, no matter Android or ios, Windows or Mac, we can all partake in the television experience.

I no idiot. I know Google does this because, like that nosey girlfriend, they want to know what I’m doing. They just want to track me down but I don’t care. I’m not doing anything disrespectful and she provides me a lot of great joy, despite my commitment. Maybe one day we’ll reconnect and I make her my number 1, but for now, like Michael Jackson says, we’re just good friends.

If I ruled the world (A Cry to Hip Hop)

If i ruled the world of hip hop
We wouldn’t be talking about licking lollipops
Or telling kids about big pimping and spending G’s
When my “niggas” on the streets can barely read
Someone said It’s all about the benjermins
But none of them ever mention the dying children
It’s not hard out here for a pimp, but is for a teen
Who trying to make real what he saw in a video scene
That some rapper and director one day dreamed
And thought it be cool to broadcast on television screen
Now the doctors and lawyers are trying to be the dope man
Because none of these Emcees tell them about the game’s pain
So now they trying to adapt to it, they have no game plan
And I look at how it was written, and be like damn man
My women on the streets are dress like strippers
Can’t tell a teen, from a woman, from a hooker
I guess we teaching them what skin deep doesn’t matter
Compare a mind to ass, and we choose the ass that fattest
So many missed opportunity to make some changes
We, the people, art transcends race and languages
But we only worry about us getting that mean green
So consumed with ourselves, they can’t tell me nothing
We sitting my simply watching this young generation
Heading on a path that will lead only to self destruction
Since they use guns now, not fist or even knives
And the women we cherish are whores, not wives
Self respect and dignity we can no longer give
Think about if you only had 24 hours to live
What would people remember us, this generation for
Let’s not be remember as the who threw on the floor

God Bless

Check

Pen….Check
paper ….Check

Yeah, the world seems to be about keep my ass in check
Cops pull me over and ask me a dozen question to keep me in check
They put the hands on their guns to remind me I’m in Check
Teachers used to threatened me with big red F to keep me in check
My principal used to threatened to suspend me to so I stay in check
Even though she love, mom threatened to punish me just to keep me in check
My baby withholds her hugs and kisses just to keep me, really me, in check
Went in the airport and had to go through a routine check
Little homie on the block told me to calm down before he has to check me
My boss says that he fire me just to show his colleagues he got me In check

Speaking of Work, where is my check?

Who am I

Who am I is an interesting question

I can tell you what I do, but that not me

It is simply what I am doing now

Some call me Brandon, which means fiery sword

It interesting that the Bible call the word the sword

So I guess I am full of passion spitting out these words

Hoping that your mind changes and expands

I be dropping rhymes on education, racism, politics and me

Not so much as rhyming, but discussing my thoughts

And hope you share your thoughts, and we together grow

Some call me B and I like that name of B

So ambiguous, so general, I can B anything

Bad, beautiful, bold, better, best, black, baby blue, bluesman,

Or my personal favorite I like to have in there, blessed

Yeah that sounds real nice and real good to me

You see I adapt, I change, I grow, but I am always complete

I am with God who leads me and helps me to keep B eing

And through being blessed and beautiful and bold, I need to bless

SO then that is part of me, because to be blessed, means to be a blessing

Which I guess brings me to another name they call me

Mr. Johnson they sometime call me which is the son of John

Well John is the gift of God, So I am the son of the gift of God

Meaning that I am the son of the gift of love meaning I am a gifted lover

I am the one who gives to you when I have which is often because I need to blessed

I am the one that with passion and heart for your rights even if wrong

I am a royal nation that has been put down, but continues to rise

As I change, one thing remains the same; I am these things listed above

MY methods for the world may change, but the goal will never change

Just watch me as I start on this journey that will take the world by storm

I am Mr. Brandon * Johnson. B to some, but a gift to all.

The Return To Apple

Now there was a Nokia Lumia 900 but I had terrible experience when the phone crashed. The phone just kept resetting. I took it to AT&T and they said they could not do anything for 10 days. Took it to Microsoft and they could not do a thing for me because I did not buy it from them. I thought to myself, “Apple would have just replace it whether I brought it from best them or Best Buy, Walmart or Raymond.” Oh no more Microsoft for me. Yes ,off that bad experience I had chased me away. Maybe after that policy changes, but until then.

Google dropped Jelly Bean and my tablet is still on Ice Cream Sandwich. The camera on 4.2 does this cool 3d effect and the phone handles true multitasking. Wait, my phone is on 4.1.1 because of AT&t. To make matters worse, it’s not for sure I’ll get the updates. Whaaaaat? Wait a minute. This is getting rough. None of the latest features. This is not cool.

Wait, I can install it using some roms. Okay. Let’s install one. Wait I got to “root” my devices. Okay, that should be simple. I’ve jailbroken a few….hundred…thousand ios devices. This should beeeeee a …. What is this? Hold this. Push that. Select that. What is all of this.

Forget it, I don’t need the latest. I’m satisfied with what my phone can do. And there are so many developers that will add those features to it. But a new problem arised.

Now I’m not sure whether this is a Samsung problem or a android problem, but it was a turn off…major turn off. The power adapters seemed to stop working at different points. All of a sudden I had to position them a certain way. And buying them from gas stations was guaranteed to work I either. I remember one day spending 30 dollars on two chargers that did not work in the slightest. Pissed me off to the fullest. I get home and now it charge at just fine. If I am in an emergency and don’t have my charger at home, I might as well as be dead because it not GUARANTEED that some one else charger will work for me. Pissed off.

With my iPhone, that never happen. Only then was when I brought the dual prone one and had the iPhone and iPad plugged in that the iPad stop charging. This is bs to be honest. And WHY THHE HELL DOES SAMSUNG HAVE TWO DIFFERENT CHARGERS FOR THEIR GOT DAMN DEVICES. AHHHHHH.

Forget this. I’m going back to the Cupertino kids. Things makes sense there. Customer service is great unlike At&t and Microsoft. And the shit comes together like unlike Samsung. Maybe I should of brought the Nexus device and maybe I will. After I like Google. I am a subscriber to their Google Music All Access. Chrome is my preferred web browser and I live on YouTube. Google Maps is a great service, but their all on iOs meaning that I can use Google Services, (which is what they want) and still have a modern up to date phone with no hassle.

I’m back boys make me proud.