Opinion

2 things iPhone needs

apple-iphone-5-white-all-sidesAll of us have had telemarketers bothering us at one point or another. Lately I’m being bothered up to three times a day, sometimes as late as 9pm, by one number in particular: 1 (514) 904-3190, which seems to come from Quebec, Canada and is apparently IPSOS Reid, a tiresome surveys company. I do not answer these calls but the ringing drives me crazy.

It’s times like these I realize there are two things my iPhone is missing that should have come standard in the first place.

1. A “silent” ringtone. The iPhone has a whole bunch of shrill, annoying ringtones but not a single silent one. With a “silent” ringtone I could assign it to the phone number in question and never have to worry about an aggressive phonecaller disrupting my dinner. I realize there’s a workaround: uploading a silent mp3 to my iPhone’s ringtone directory but I’m disappointed they couldn’t just add a silent one to begin with.

2. Number blocking. How come I have to jailbreak my iPhone in order to have call blocking? Why isn’t it an option in the first place? It can’t be too hard to add the ability to send the annoying caller directly to voicemail, at the very least. Telus, which I’m on, does have the ability to dial *60 to block the last number that called, but it only allows up to 50 blocked numbers.

Android phones have both of these features on their phones. If Apple was smart (or cared) they would add these things to an update, preferably sooner than later, before I decide to jump ship to an Android phone which I’m seriously considering once my contract is up just for those two features alone.

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Dream

The Bright Sun – Dreamscape for 12/14/13

download (1)I was a young teenager again and was walking with two friends down some street and I decided I was thirsty but I didn’t have any money, so I asked one of my buddies if I could borrow a couple bucks and I would pay him back later. He said yes and we continued to walk towards the store.

I walked across a street while a giant dump truck turned left and down the street we were walking. It was at this time I turned and looked behind me and my friends were gone. I decided to turn around and walk back up the street to try to find them. I then saw two guys I thought were my friends and I followed them but when they turned into a driveway I realized they weren’t my friends at all.

The sun was blazing in my eyes the entire time.

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Movies, Opinion

Do we really need a Terminator reboot?

new-sarah-connor-emilia-clarke-terminator-genesis-e1386987102134-530x362According to the interwebs, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, from the HBO series Game of Thrones) will be playing Sarah Connor in the new Terminator reboot. But the question is, do we really need one? I don’t know about you but I’m growing mighty sick and tired of my favourite classic movies being redone, and being redone badly. I like Emilia but I fear for this movie. Just think about the recent Total Recall remake where they pretty much forgot to add everything that made it a good movie, including the mutants. It ended up being an awful movie.

I guess we’ll see how it turns out. I’m pretty skeptical, I must say. I’ll watch it for Emilia Clarke but I won’t hold my breath that it’ll be a decent homage to the original.

What do you think? Do you think Emilia Clarke is fit for the role of Sarah Connor?

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News, Opinion

The CRTC Needs Some Teeth

crtcThe CRTC (aka the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) is currently “looking into” the wholesale rates Canadian companies charge for roaming in its ongoing investigation into why Canadian roaming rates are so high.

Apparently, the Big Three (Telus, Rogers and Bell) are trying to charge higher rates to the small, new entrant companies (such as Wind) than they charge to U.S. wireless companies. This is a ploy to kill local competition, the longtime dream of Robellus.

The problem is, the CRTC is a toothless organization run by company hacks, beholden to the shareholders and not to the Canadian public. So this is a case of “I’ll believe it when I see it.” We’ve heard this all before and little is ever done. Robellus owns them all.

Canada pays some of the highest cell rates in the world and if the CRTC were serious, they’d look into the costs themselves, not just roaming fees. I am currently paying $86 a month for 1gb of data, unlimited texts and phone calls and I’m tired of being ripped off but have little choice to switch, as they all collude in charging the same prices. The lack of competition is hurting us and it’s about time the CRTC got off its knees and began to change the cellular landscape once and for all instead of being Robellus lackeys.

Some underdeveloped countries have much better rates than we do. It’s a sham, and it must end but first we need an organization that has some teeth. The only way we will see better rates is to have true competition, something the CRTC doesn’t give a damn about.

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News, Opinion

Canada Post is doomed

Canada-Post-LogoCanada Post, a Crown Corporation, sure are bleeding money (they’re facing a $1bn deficit by 2020) and they’re about to cut 8,000 jobs (by attrition, they claim). They’re about to phase out home delivery of mail which will really do great for the seniors in winter time, Heavy sarcasm. This move will happen over the next 5 years. The cost of stamps are jusr going to rise.

This is not good news. I am not looking forward to going to superboxes to pick up my mail in the dead of winter. I don’t even trust them. Luckily most my banking is done online but I’ll still need to pick up some certain pieces of mail. And will the superboxes also be filled with pounds and pounds of flyers? We’ll see…

This is the final nail in the company. Maybe UPS and others can pick up the slack as they seem to be doing pretty well where Canada Post is failing.

So much for all that taxpayer money. Maybe they need to cut the checks of the CEOs, who will likely only get raises from this latest run to save money, while hurting your everyday home user.

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Cool Tools

SlimDrivers

pic_box_slimdrivers_cm2SlimDrivers is one way to download new drivers to replace your old ones. There are two versions of the software: the Pro version, which will allow you to download all the updated drivers at once or the Free version, which makes you download each driver manually. Downloading manually isn’t so bad so the Free version is all you really need.

I really like this software a lot and the drivers they offer are more updated than Uniblue’s I found (I talked about it earlier here). Give it a shot if you haven’t updated your drivers in a while, you may just find your computer runs better!

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Movies

Gravity (2013)

MV5BNjE5MzYwMzYxMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTk4MTk0OQ@@._V1_SX640_SY720_Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris (voice).

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

I went into this movie excited and I wasn’t disappointed. One thing they captured well was a sense of tension. The special effects are beautiful enough to make you wonder if they actually shot the film in space. The acting is subtle; Sandra Bullock plays her part very well (except she does kind of breathe hard for being low on oxygen) and she deserves an Oscar for her role. One lesson we learn again is that it’s all the Communists’ fault.

Well worth the watch if you’re into suspenseful space movies! 8/10.

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