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Tech

What’s the most underrated tech brand?

The most underrated tech brand is Sony.

Many people have this image of Sony as being a company that was once innovative, but has since fallen from grace and is now mostly known for gaming (Playstation), Music (Sony Music) and Movies (Columbia Pictures), the latter two not particularly related to tech.

Let me explain why Sony is still innovative in fact, at a higher level than Apple or Samsung or most other tech companies right now.

Firstly, Sony has been one of the most innovative tech companies of all time. The list of their accomplishments cannot be understated:

Trinitron – Wikipedia televisions, whose superior design ( the single-gun three-cathode picture tube, and the vertically aligned aperture grill) made it reign supreme as one of the best color televisions on the market for over 20 years

-the Betamax – Wikipedia video format in the 1970s

-the first portable music player, the Walkman – Wikipedia in the late 70s

-SDDS format, a competitor to the Dolby surround sound format

S/PDIF – Wikipedia interface (the S stands for Sony)

-the Super Audio CD – Wikipedia (Super Audio CD), still used today in some high end audiophile systems

-Sony and Philips also jointly developed the Compact disc – Wikipedia

-Sony introduced the 3.5″ floppy disk, which lasted for a good 2 decades after their introduction

-the Blu-ray – Wikipedia format, was primarily spearheaded by Sony and still used today

-Other more forgotten physical media formats (all proprietary to Sony): UMD, Memory stick, PS Vita memory etc

-the first popular CD based video game console, the Playstation (yes the Sega CD and Turbographx CD came before, but it was the PSOne that popularized the format for video games)

-the best selling video game console of all time (and most people’s first DVD player), the PlayStation 2 – Wikipedia

-the Vaio – Wikipedia line of laptops which amongst other innovations introduced the first LED backlit displays (became standard on all laptops after that), chiclet style keyboards (way before Apple and others did), thin and light designs (years before the MacBook Air), and switchable graphics (now standard on entry level gaming laptops)

-the first consumer OLED TV (the Sony XEL-1 – Wikipedia)

-the first popular robotic companions (AIBO – Wikipedia) and oddities such as the Sony Rolly – Wikipedia

-the first truly immersive head mounted displays (Sony Glasstron, HMZ-T1 – Wikipedia, T2, and T3) – its designs are still being used today by smaller companies in the HMD niche

-The first handheld gaming console to use exclusively digital games and no physical releases (PSP Go – way ahead of its time)

-The first handheld gaming console with an OLED display (PlayStation Vita – Wikipedia)

-the LDAC (codec) – Wikipedia high res wireless audio codec

That’s a heck of a lot of innovations for any tech company. But most people think Sony’s innovations have come and gone, and just like post Steve Jobs Apple, their products have languished since – and they couldn’t be more wrong! Sony is still innovating, they just have been very low key in marketing their more cooler products.

Let’s take a look at Sony’s current tech portfolio now, shall we? Some things may surprise you

-Sony’s most well known product right now is the PlayStation 4 – Wikipedia, and its the best selling console of its generation

-Sony’s Mirrorless Sony α – Wikipedia Cameras have completely upended the DSLR market and as a result forced Canon and Nikon and other camera makers to move to mirrorless as well

-Sony’s OLED TVs (like the A9F and A9G) have the speaker built into the display itself; no other television maker has done this

-Sony’s Quantum Dot TVs using Triluminous technology – came out WAY before Samsung’s QLED TVs did. Samsung would have you believe they invented it – but it was Sony.

-Sony’s Sony Xperia – Wikipedia phones are perennially underrated; they were one of the first smartphones to have water resistance (IP67+) and support high res audio and currently are the only smartphones on the market with a 21:9 cinema aspect ratio display.

-Sony’s high end Walkmans and Headphones (like the WM1Z and Z1R) compete with the best of the best from other high end audio, each costing over $2k+ – as a high end audio brand, Sony is as respected as any other company which is impressive for a company who dabbles in basically every price range. Sony SA-Z1 Hi-Res Near Field Powered Speaker System Signature Series their latest speaker, an unheard of design that projects near-field sound to the listener, retails for over $6k.

-Sony’s action cameras (AS300, X3000 etc) were the first on the market with optical image stabilization (OIS) – its competitors like GoPro were still using EIS (Electronic image stabilization)

-They have a line of very successful noise cancelling wireless headphones (WH-1000XM3) as well as the first ever noise cancelling wireless earbuds (WF-1000X) as well. The fact that they caught up to Bose in noise cancellation technology is astonishing considering that Bose specialized in that technology for years while Sony has their hands in every industry.

-Just other generally cool stuff that other companies do not care to try; Sony Glass Sound Speaker a glass speaker that doubles as a lamp? Sure.
A projector that can project touch surfaces onto any area? Xperia Touch Official Website – Sony Mobile (Global English) this is astonishing technology, and I can just imagine if Apple made something like this it would grab headlines everywhere. But Sony as usual, keeps their cool stuff low key.

-And lets not forget, they are still making aibo robots as well (again, which other company is doing this???).

Sony should be getting much more appreciation for their innovation. They are still one of the most innovative companies on the market yet people always forget about them. It’s very rare that a company does so many things so well, and for so long. That’s why Sony tends to charge a premium for their devices.

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General

What are some of the most underrated movies?

Here are some of my favorite movies that I feel like flew under the radar

What’s up Tiger Lily (1966)

One of the most unique movies I think, and Woody Allen’s directorial debut, this movie took a Japanese spy thriller and dubbed it entirely in English except with different words and sentences to make it into a comedy. and its really funny!

More American Graffiti (1979)

Not as well known as the first one, and definitely not *as* good, but it’s not a bad film either, it explores the lives of the main characters from the first movie (except for Richard Dreyfuss’ character since he wasn’t in this one) and I definitely recommend it for fans of the first film.

Airplane II (1982)

Another movie that isn’t quite as popular as the first one, but trust me it’s 90% as funny as the first one. If you loved Airplane! you will love Airplane II.

Grandma’s Boy (2005)

Gosh I love this movie. Yes it has alot of toilet humor, but I found it hilarious. It’s one of those good stoner movies. If you liked Harold and Kumar and those kinds of films, this one is a good pick up!

Shanghai Kiss (2007)

Ok I’m biased here too. This is one of the very few movies that shows a relationship between an Asian dude and a white girl – but other than that, it’s also a pre-Crazy Rich Asians film about seeking out Chinese identity for an Chinese American. Really relatable for me.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)

One of my favorite movies of all time. The humor, the action, the comic book like sequences and editing… this movie is perfection. Chris Evans and Brie Larson are in this film (before they became bigger stars). I also might be biased because I’m Canadian.

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Sports

Who is the most underrated NBA player in history?

All the ABA dudes, but especially Mel Daniels

Here’s his accomplishments

18.4 PPG / 14.9 RPG / 1.8 APG – he is the ABA’s all time leading rebounder at only 6′9 tall

3x Champion, 2x MVP, 7x All Star, 5x All-ABA, ROTY, All Star game mvp

For a guy of this many accomplishments he almost never gets mentioned, even by Pacer fans. Pacer fans widely regard Reggie Miller instead, while Mel (with better stats and more awards) gets neglected – mainly because he played in the ABA

Another dude I would throw out there is Bob Pettit for a guy who averages 26/16 (that rebounding number is third all time for averages) and won 1 ring and 2 MVPs and the only guy to beat Bill Russell in the Finals, he sure gets left out of alot of conversations.

I think ABA players get shafted a lot – when the NBA lists records and achievements they exclude ABA players records and achievements. But those players should be better known because some of them are just as good or better than NBA players. For example, did you know Julius Erving is actually a 3 time champion and 4 time MVP if you include his ABA accomplishments? Did you know that Dan Issel is actually a top 20 scoring leader all time if you combine his NBA and ABA achievements? Did you know that Artis Gilmore and Mel Daniels are possibly top 10 centers all time if you value their ABA achievements the same as an NBA player’s? And the achievements for already great NBA legends like George Gervin, Moses Malone, Erving, Rick Barry, Connie Hawkins, Spencer Haywood, George McGinnis, Billy Cunningham etc become even greater if their ABA awards and achievements were counted. So yes those guys are all in the HOF but they almost never get mentioned amongst NBA fans due to the NBA never acknowledging their ABA achievements but they *should* because those players were just as great. Mel Daniels, Artis Gilmore (2 of the greatest ABA players ever) weren’t inducted until 2012. Spencer Haywood wasn’t inducted until a year ago. George McGinnis, a 20/10 player with an MVP in the ABA, wasn’t inducted until this year 2017.