Western Massachusetts travels

This weekend brought me to the western part of Massachusetts.  The western part is known for the Berkshire mountains and the farm land.  A little over two hours of driving from Boston on some of the scenic and curvy roads of route MA-116 brought me through several small villages that looked like time was standing still from he 16th and 17th century.  I stopped at a small village called Conway, which was very quaint.  The village has a small central road, called Main Street.
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King’s Quest 2015

I am unbelievably happy that Sierra released a new version of King’s Quest for the modern consoles.  I remember thinking how revolutionary these games were on the Apple IIe and IBM PCs.  The graphics are stunning, the game play is similar and very witty.

The game is a reimagining of the original series from the  1980s.  The game is not completely point and click to have something happening. Games have progressed since the original release and so has the new King’s Quest.  The puzzles are not too hard and the landscape is not as vast as some of the open world games of today.  The voice actors add amazing wit!  Christopher Lloyd and Wallace Shawn are amazing in this game.

Those who remember the old games of the era will be transported back in time, but with better graphics. Those who find open world games a bit unwieldy should try this game.  I bought it for the PS4 the moment it was available.

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The Ultimate Hard Drive Test: What Hard Drive is Best?

What hard drive is best? As of the end of Q1 2015 we had 44,252 hard drives spinning in our datacenter. Click now to see which drives performed best.

Source: The Ultimate Hard Drive Test: What Hard Drive is Best?

All the major hard drive companies make claims about their reliability of their drives, but when they are forced to perform in a datacenter the results are startling.  Backblaze, a cloud backup company, has tens of thousands of hard drives in their datacenter to store their customers’ data.  They use a wide array of hard drives from various manufacturers for their storage, and have released their results this year.  Like last year’s results, HGST, a Hitachi brand, reigns supreme.
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Border Control and Derby Line, Vermont

I was on a recent road trip from Boston to Montréal and back, and I stopped in several small towns and parks along my route. These stops included places in the States of New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. The route I took was not the quickest, but that was never my intention. My intention was to see some places I have never seen before.

One of the most interesting places was the small village of Derby Line, Vermont, which borders Stanstead, Quebec. The two appear to be one town, but with the US and Canadian border running through them. Unfortunately, it appears in the past decade border control has become tighter with most of the streets that connect each other closed or having limited access. The border enforcement has caused all types of confusion with the locals from both sides of the border of how to legally cross the street without being arrested.

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Welcome

Welcome to the all new Paskino.com!

I have had a presence on the internet since 1995 with my old brainiac.com days.  Every few years it is important to update the site to reflect my ever changing life, new web standards and to clean the old and replace it with the new.

I have not updated the site’s overall look in 10 years, so it is a big change.  The design is more simplistic and focuses more on my photography, places I have been and life events.  The design is mobile friendly too!

There might be some glitches, but I will have them worked out in short order.  If you find any, please let me know.

-Brian

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