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iPhone Better?

by on Jun.17, 2014, under Randomness

So here is my first post on my iPhone.

Here’s hoping!

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WP Fail

by on Jun.10, 2014, under Randomness

I typed out a whole post yesterday on my Windows Phone only to have to stop to change busses and have all my work disappear. Honestly, I’m not sure it was the phone so much as the app, but still. Why can’t it save a draft? Anyway, I’ll try again – just discouraging :)

Jay

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Our 5th Wedding Anniversary!

by on May.23, 2014, under Family

It’s pretty sad that it’s been exactly 2 years since I’ve updated this blog!  If you were to ask me yesterday, I wouldn’t have said two years, but alas, it has been.

What’s not sad is that I have been married to the most awesome woman for 5 years now!  Two years ago, as the previous posting said, we were at Canada’s Wonderland with our daughter – but not today.  It’s all about rain and blah – not to mention, I’m attending a course (from home).

This weekend however; my mother-in-law will be taking my daughter for the weekend, and we’ll have some nice quiet relaxing time.

Happy Anniversary Babe.

Love you,
Love me,
Love Jay

xoxoxoxoxo

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Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary!

by on May.23, 2012, under Family

Today was my 3rd wedding anniversary, and we celebrated in style… we kept our daughter home from school, and spent the whole day from before opening, until after closing, at Canada’s Wonderland!

It was awesome.  Since we all have seasons passes, we decided to throw caution to the wind, and ride a ton of rides on this overcast Wednesday (overcast is ALWAYS a good time to go to Wonderland).
Here are the rides we experienced today, in no particular order:
- Antique Carrousel
- Backlot Stunt Coaster
     (Aka. The Italian Job.  This one jarred my 8 year old daughter…  It was great, but maybe a bit too much for her.)
- Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
     (Kinda juvenile, but I’d never been on this one, so it was kinda fun.  A little young though for my 9 year old daughter)
- The Fly
     (Pretty good, although I hated this one as a teen.  The turns are kinda scary, but I guess that’s the point)
- Ghoster Coaster
     (Always a fun time.  Smallish wooden roller coaster)
- Jokey’s Jalopies
     (Bumper cars for kiddies)
- The Rage
     (A traditional swinging Pirate Ship ride.)
- Silver Streak
     (Sort of a kid’s version of Top Gun.. or whatever they’re calling it post-Paramount)
- Spinovator
     (Teacups, but without the tea.)
- Swing of the Century
- Taxi Jam
     (Kiddie coaster.  A little young for my 9 year old compared to Ghoster Coaster, but she enjoys it still.)
- Thunder Run
     (Train runnin’ through an abandoned mine in Wonder Mountain)
- Timberwolf Falls
     (You. Will. Get. Wet. On. This. Ride… just sayin’)
- White Water Canyon
     (You. Might. Get. Wet. On. This. Ride… if you end up under the waterfall!)
So there you have it.  All the rides we were on.  We also had a buffet lunch, and stopped at a ton of vendors, and games.  We could have also gone on The Bat, and Vortex – but we’ll save those for the rest of the season.  Its great to have passes, and for it to be so close to home!
Next on our anniversary plans is possibly going to the drive-in on Friday night, and maybe a one night camping trip for Saturday night.  Either way, the kiddo will be at her Grandma’s house for the weekend!
Jay
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My Weight Loss Tracking Post

by on May.03, 2012, under Uncategorized

I’m going to use this post to track my weight loss.

Created by MyFitnessPal – Nutrition Facts For Foods

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In the end, Blackberry wins….

by on Feb.23, 2012, under Mobile Posts, Technology

So, whether or not you have been following my SmartPhone adventures or not, the short of it is, I’ve gone through 4 phone in less than 1.5 years.  I went from a Blackberry (can’t remember which model, but one with a ball, not the trackpad), to an Android (Samsung Captivate), to a Windows Phone 7 (Samsung Focus), and recently – back to a BlackBerry 9700.  Through all of these phones, I’ve learned one valuable thing:  Even though a phone may have super-duper awesome powers, such as a great touch screen, awesome apps, or a fully Exchange 2010 integrated Outlook client, simplicity will always be king.  I’ll explain…

My original Blackberry was great.  It was BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server) connected, which meant full exchange integration including calendar, tasks, notes, etc…, but I was so tired of watching everyone around me get iPhones, and Androids… fun phones.  So, I basically went in whining to my boss one day, and little did I know that there was already a plan to do away with the company enforced Blackberries, and let people choose their own hardware.  I was ecstatic.  So, after much deliberation, I upgraded my phone to a sparkling Samsung Captivate.  It came with Android 2.1 Éclair (immediately upgradable to 2.2 Froyo), and had TONS of free apps, and games.  It was truly a remarkable phone.  I paid $100 at the time, and that was including my upgrade as I qualified for one.  The best part about the phone, was there was a huge non-Samsung developer community putting out ROMs (images of the phone’s operating system) that were tailored to increase performance, or add additional functionality.  There were even 2.3 (Gingerbread) ROMs released, which gave you added functionality such as Wi-Fi internet sharing, amongst others.  This euphoric Android world came crashing down though, when the phone started to not ring when I would receive phone calls through the night, on weeks when I was on-call.  Or, it would reboot mysteriously whenever it felt like it.  I was upset, although it was difficult to be upset, since I had almost 100% caused my own problem.  This was about a year or a bit more after I got the phone, so I couldn’t even get it back to stock, and ship it back to Samsung for a repair, or replacement, or anything.  I needed a new, and reliable phone.

I talked to Rogers (my provider), and because I was on a business plan, they were able to process an upgrade for me earlier than they normally would have.  I could have chosen any phone I wanted, for a price… but I felt that since I had already spent $100 about a year ago on a phone, that I needed to choose one of the cheaper (if not free) SmartPhones that they were offering.  Most were Android based, which I didn’t want again – and as tempting as their offer of the iPhone 4s for $150 was, I just couldn’t justify paying the money (although in hindsight, maybe I wouldn’t be typing this blog post right now if I had…).  I noticed that they had the Samsung Focus, a Windows Phone 7 (not Windows 7 Phone…) for $20.  I chose it, and it arrived a few days later (as a side note, it actually ended up being $0 when my bill finally came in).  This phone is awesome.  It came with Windows Phone 7 OS on it, and immediately there was an upgrade available to the 7.1 (Mango) release.  It literally does everything, and fast.  It has great social network integration, as it actually integrates Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In directly into the OS.  To add to its awesomeness, it comes with a trimmed down, but still fully functional Microsoft Office suite, and a fully Exchange 2010 ActiveSync enabled Outlook client.  Trust me, check out some of the “Smoked by Windows Phone” videos on YouTube… you won’t be disappointed.  Anyway, you may be asking yourself why I gave up such an awesome phone, if it does everything…, well… I discovered it didn’t do everything.  It doesn’t tether.  Not wired.  Not wireless.  It just doesn’t.  I called Rogers repeatedly from the first week I got it, all the way until I stopped using it about 2 weeks ago, asking about the tethering, and the answer I kept getting was that it was coming…  It never came.  Finally I got into “I’m the customer” mode, and called them for a battle.  I got one of their “Managers” on the phone, and was told flat out – we can’t do anything to replace your phone.  I was offered a RocketStick for free, as long as I was willing to pay the $15 dollars per month to keep it active, and have it share my 6GB data plan, but why did I want to put out an additional $15 a month?  So, I refused, got a used BlackBerry 9700, and they worked with me to switch my plan to one where it would work for BlackBerry, or any other phone I decided to hook up (this was due to the BlackBerry requiring the special RIM service connections).

Now, I’m happy.  Not overjoyed, not ecstatic – but happy.  Which I can say I haven’t been for a while when it comes to phones.  I still have all the apps that I used regularly such as Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Shazam, and LinkedIn – but on top of that I have great email, and great instant messaging with my wife using BBM (Blackberry Messenger).  I still want a new phone – ie. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 (which subsequently my mother-in-law just got as an upgrade with Telus for $0), but with the 9700 I don’t feel like I can’t do something that should be a standard function of a SmartPhone.

Thanks for reading my rant.  Hopefully at some point I’ll post about a new phone… wish me luck!

Jay

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Happy Friday

by on Jan.20, 2012, under Technology

Happy Friday everyone.

Was just mulling something over in my head that was asked to me the other day, which was “Why don’t you have a Windows blog?”. It was a question I’d never been asked before, and once I thought about it, I had no good answer to.

Therefore, stay tuned as I release yet another blog related to my experience, and day to day use of Microsoft Products. Oh and just because I have a Linux blog, doesn’t mean I hate Windows, so don’t expect me to bash or promote either as my least/most fav

That is all :)

Jay

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Projects for 2012

by on Jan.10, 2012, under Family, Music, Role Playing, Writing

So, I thought that maybe, just maybe, if I were to put down the projects I hope to work on in 2012 into my blog, that it would motivate me to actually get them done.  Here’s hoping Smile

Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Music: Continue to learn the Mandolin, and Ukulele, and start recording stuff.  Anything, just to start getting myself back into the swing of things musically.

2. Writing: Write more.  About anything, blog, story, poem, anything.  Just get back into it.  Use writing.com as a resource.

3. Role Playing: No, not that kind of role playing you dirty!  Pen and Paper RPGs.  I’ve been trying to organize a campaign, but I keep stalling.  I have 1 fully committed individual whom I’m in e-mail contact with, and I have the means to get started; however finding the players seems to be a bit more difficult.  I have one person down as a maybe, and another who seems interested.  Hopefully I can pull this all together, and we can have a weekly, or bi-weekly session.

As I read these, I reflect back on 2011, and am very happy with the way the year went out.  I am more in-tune with my family, feeling better organized with keeping up on mundane things like house-work, laundry etc… and overall very happy with where I am these days.  My focus will be to continue on with those areas, and include (somehow) the three areas above.

Oh yeah, and work… but work is a given.

Jay

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Happy New Year 2012

by on Jan.03, 2012, under Randomness

Happy New Year everyone!

I’m on the bus on the way back to work after the holidays, and I thought maybe I’d do up a quick blog post.

Like every other year I’d like to say that I plan on posting more, but as we all know by now, as good as those intentions are, they don’t always go according to plan. So I’ll simply say Happy New Year, and here’s to all the best in 2012 for everyone!

Jay

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Happy Monday

by on Oct.03, 2011, under Randomness

Happy Monday everyone. This is just a
short note to wish everyone a great week, and more specifically a
great Monday.

I’m feeling pretty good today. Had a
pretty good weekend, although I was a bit edgy on Sunday. I had a
good reason to feel that way though, as I’ve just taken a step
towards better health. I’m slowly adjusting my diet to cut out all
of the things that are contributing to my lack of energy, and such.
Yesterday was the hardest. There is nothing like sitting at home,
knowing that you can just get up and grab one of a million different
snacks, and just not. Its almost impossible to put the feelings into
words that others who are not going through this would understand,
but suffice it to say that I was antsy, and irritable, and just not
very fun to be around. Its how I always imagined quitting smoking to
be, for a long-time, hard core smoker.

Aside from that, its Thanksgiving this
weekend, and I’m hoping to be able to use my two on-call lieu days on
Thursday and Friday, thereby giving me a 5 day weekend. Fingers
crossed!

Well, that’s about it for today. Oh,
but check out my Youtube channel. I’m hopefully going to be posting
videos regularly, of random events, and/or just me talking about
whatever I feel like.

Tune in here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/JayBlingham

Thanks for reading!

Jay

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