All posts by Omar Ávalos-Gallegos

Game Arena coming to Downtown Santa Ana

A video game arena called eSports Arena ( is preparing to open for business in the historic Ramona building on the corner of 5th & Sycamore.

The company describes itself as “North America’s first eSports facility.” They plan on hosting tournaments, broadcasts and more.

We’ll see an emphasis on competitive gaming across various sports titles and online multiplayer shooters (why shoot deer when you can shoot shoot virtual humans and call it sport?).

ESports Arena will have to seriously raise the stakes in order to get gamers out of their homes and away from their devices in order to opt for a pay-to-compete model.

Will it succeed? Time will tell. Think you’ve got enough game? Put me down for FIFA 14.

Nokia Lumia Hangs on Reset


Here’s a very helpful video on how to reset your bricked Nokia Lumia. Note that this applies to all Lumias; 520, 620, 920, 1020 etc. You’ll need the software mentioned in the video, which comes from Nokia, available here:

NSU v4.1.0:…tail_4.1.0.exe


My fiancée recently decided to wipe her Lumia 920 after switching to another Lumia. Her new Lumia setup without a problem but her 920 got stuck hanging after resetting the phone to factory settings.

We got a screen with two spinning gears that went on endlessly. I thought, damn, did I mess it up? Luckily no, it turns out that this is a problem common in Lumia phones.

Her Lumia was running Nokia’s Lumia Amber firmware, it’s not clear if the reset problem will be fixed with their new firmware called Lumia Black, which rolls out in January 2014.

Because the Lumia is inoperable during the gears screen, there’s no way to update to the new firmware. Instead users have to input physical machine commands using the power and volume buttons. Luckily, Nokia is aware of the problem and has a site with machine command instructions.

We love the 920 design and Windows Phone experience, although it still lacks in the app department. I’m a total Apple guy (I own an iPhone 5, iPad Mini, Mac Mini, and have gone through 2 MacBook Pros and an iMac since 2004), but I dig what they’re doing with Windows Phone, it has potential. I dig it enough that I recommended a Lumia 520 for my dad. In spite of these positives, Nokia and Microsoft screwed up on the reset function. We’d expect the problem to go away with Lumia Black, which comes out this month.

End note:

Our Lumia 920 has seen more than the average smartphone in the year that we’ve owned it, but that’s another story.