Ubuntu Touch preview – pt 1

Ok, I had a “spare” Nexus 4 available to me for a few hours yesterday so I installed the Ubuntu Touch preview on it. It was the main reason why I bought mine in the first place, so that I could install it. It just looks so different than Android, or iOs, or anything (that I’ve seen). It took me awhile to figure out how to get it installed (who knew, my bootloader WASN’T unlocked).

At first I was fascinated by it, trying to figure out how to do stuff. Once I was satisfied with how to navigate around, I started to look into the apps that it came with. Like Android it has the ability to add accounts (Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc) but unlike Android. when you add an account, it tries to connect via the web browser, which, even though it was connected to my wifi, was exceedingly, painfully slow. I didn’t clue in to anything wrong until my son comes out of his room and asks me if I was downloading something as our entire network was slow. I vaguely remember network issues like that with Ubuntu. Don’t know if thats what it was. In any case it took a long long time for anything to be done so most of the time I just gave up and went on to try something else.

After awhile I was able to see the Facebook app. Didn’t impress me. You couldn’t tell what it was doing. There never was any indication of busy-ness or that it was trying to do something. It would just sit there, then if my patience was relaxed, it would eventually come back with some sort of update with whatever it thought it was doing.

After using Android 4.3 for awhile now, navigating around is so intuitive, but using Ubuntu Touch, just wasn’t. I realize its a developer preview, but it was pretty painful to use. I may try again with a different release to see if it would be any faster, or more responsive. I was pleased to see that I was able to install Ubuntu Touch, play with it, then re-install the Android OS without too much difficulty. I am going to look into having them dual-booted. Supposedly that can be done. Maybe I’ll also see if there are any usage guides out there (I am sure there are) that may alleviate some of the pain.

Scumbag #Rogers

Was waiting to get the latest update of #Android jellybean when my son sends me the following code/ process to follow to get it. Apparently #Rogers is somehow blocking my #Nexus4 from getting it. WTF! How is this possible #Google? I bought your damn phone so i wouldn’t be blocked from getting such updates.

To get the latest update, go to settings, Apps, All Apps, go down to Google Services Framework, clear data and cache.. Now open phone app and type *#*#2432546#*#* (*#*#CHECKIN#*#*)

I tried this to get v4.3 of Android jellybean as soon as you enter in that code the download of the update begins. You can see this by going to settings, about, system update and you will see it downloading. It will download the update then prompt you to restart the phone. When it starts back up it will install the update. It took about ten minutes to complete.

Now spread the word. Pass on this information to every #Roger’s customer you know, who has an #android phone. This is scumbagery at its finest!

UPDATE – july 29 2013
After performing the commands listed above i discovered that i was now unable to update any installed apps from Google Play. The update would result in a server error. The fix for this was to remove my gmail account and re-add it. Goto settings, scroll down and click on your Google account. Goto the menu for it and remove it. Once removed click the add account, enter in your gmail account credentials. Once verified log back in to Google Play, choose my apps then update. Should update without any problems.

My Election Reform part 1

I had this thought on the way home from work the other day:

Today in Canada nobody really votes anymore, why? Discontent? Apathy? Dis-satisfied with the candidates? Likely all of the above. So here’s my idea of how politicians should be elected, etc.

Starting with the Prime Minister. He/she really has no political power. He is the head of the party and thats it. He represents them as a whole. He speaks for them, he does not make the decisions. He has to be elected into his constituency just like every other MP. He does not get a lavish mansion to live in, nor does he get any special treatment other than what the party gives him. He is not tax-payer paid, other than what he earns being an elected MP (more on that later). When he travels, he represents all three (or more) political parties of the country and speaks for them. They dictate what he is to say and do. They (all of the political parties) as a whole represent Canada, not him alone.

MP’s represent their political party in each of the constituencies of the country. When elected they are directly accountable to the people that elected him. To enforce this, they are paid a flat rate per person that voted for them. If he won his local race with 45% of the people voting for him then his pay is 45% of the total amount available in that area. Anyone can run for this position and if there is no one to run, then a person is chosen from the community in a similar manner as jurors are chosen. There is no money given to help them get elected. All candidates get equal opportunity, there is no campaigning. To facilitate this ALL people over the age of 18 HAS to vote. Criminals do not vote, everyone else must. Voting happens over a 2 week voting period. Election personel goto the voters if necessary. People can vote from anywhere at anytime during that 2 week period. Ballots contain all candidates’ names as well as a “None” option if the voter wishes to not cast a vote for any candidate. Voting for a candidate means that the voter is making his/her tax portion that is set aside for politicians available to that candidate only.

More in part 2…

My problem with #Ford

** UPDATE Aug 1, 2012 **

I have been so disgusted about the unprofessional-ism demonstrated by @Ford and #Fairley&Stevens of #Dartmouth #NovaScotia that I began tweeting of my disgust (@DooohHead). Well, I have to give them some credit, for, they have actually reached out to me. On several occasions I have been contacted by a #Ford employee via Twitter. I gave him some info and he was slow to begin to do anything about what I was complaining about, but now seems to be a little more attentive. And I have now been called by 2 different people from #FordCanada. Alex from #FordCanada called and left a message on my cell phone. For some reason that day at work I was in a meeting when he called, otherwise I would have answered it. Then some other lady called (Sorry I don’t remember her name). We had a civil conversation whereby her only solution to my problem, even though she says she understood my frustration was to take time out of my busy work day to spend with the #Ford Service tech so that I can help him diagnose the problem with my car. I don’t think they understand how ridiculous that is? You, bring your car to me to fix because I am the professional service tech from Ford, but you will be required to help me diagnose the problem with it…HUH? I am going to run that by the QA people who work with me on our project, when they report a bug. I will tell them, that before I start working on their bug, it is up to them to figure out what is wrong, then I will just fix the code. That’s the way it works, isn’t it? NO!

So @FordCanada, this is what I expect when and if I ever take my back car to you: 1 – I am NOT a car service technician. I do not know how a transmission works, nor do I care. I am not inexperienced with vehicle repair but it is NOT my profession. Act accordingly. If I say that the transmission isn’t shifting right between the 2nd & 3rd gears, then that means that you need to test all gears in all possible ways and situations because I don’t know SHIT about transmissions; 2 – You need to use all of the tools at your disposal to diagnose any “problems” and do not expect me to pay for you to use such tools (ie hooking it up to the computer!). Its your job to perform your job as professional as possible. If you have an advanced tool that will diagnose transmission (anything) problems, fricken use it for your own benefit and do not expect me to pay for it. Thats what professionals do; 3 – Time is money, as you know and as you are quick to inform me how valuable your transmission service tech’s time is, and how happy I should have been to have had him offer his $35/hr (or whatever) time to sit in the car with and have me drive it to help him diagnose my transmission problems but I hate to tell you what my time is worth to my company. I had to take 2 extra hours of my home-time to cover the work-time that I missed just so I could drop my car off at #Fairley&Stevens and for you to suggest that I should leave work early, after already getting there late, just so I could be there in time before when your transmission tech goes home (4:00) so I can sit in the car with him and help him diagnose the problems with my transmission, is retarded.

Additional Info you might require: 1 – I bought the car second-hand. I do not know its service history but I am confident that it was a dealerships “demo car”, so it likely had the piss driven out of it. All I want is a clean slate with it. You guys know the history of this vehicle and/or can find out exactly but refuse to tell me, and thats fine. I noticed that there is something wrong with the transmission, I report that to you, and that it “should” be covered under #Ford’s “60,000 Km drive-train warranty” and you inform me that there is nothing wrong with it, when there clearly is. I want a professional #FordServiceTech to look at it and fix it. Thats all. If #Fairley&Stevens won’t do #Ford warranty work, then please inform me of another local dealership that will and I will take it there; 2 – The transmission is getting worse. Lets hope something gets done about this before it actually falls out of the car. Do you think it then might be worthy of some work? Probably not. Then it will be all my fault for not taking it somewhere to have it fixed…lol Sad.

July 6, 2012
I recently replaced my 2009 #Ford #Explorer #Sporttrac, that I bought brand new from the #Ford dealership #Fairley&Stevens located here in #Dartmouth #NovaScotia with a second-hand 2011 #Ford #Fusion. It was possibly one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made with regardes to purchasing a vehicle in my life so far. Oh its not that the #Ford #Fusion is a bad car, it isn’t. It was one of the only cars that I might have actually considering replacing my #SportTrac with. And I did but I gave up too much in doing so.

When I bought my #SportTrac, which was the most expensive vehicle I have ever owned, we opted to secure our purchase by buying into ALL of the dealer provided “extra” warranties. We got the tire warranty, roadside assistance, the rust protection, and especially the Extended warranty. This was great. They would contact me and say “There is some warranty work that needs to be done”, I would bring it in, they would do EVERYTHING without asking me a question then when I pick it up, the single best thing in the world to hear is that it would have cost me $XXX.XX but because we have the extended warranty you pay ZERO. There is no better feeling than that. It makes you feel special.

Now forward to today, with my new #Ford #Fusion. No extended warranty but it does have the “60,000 km power-train warranty”, which really means you have sweet-shit-all. Why you ask? You think that if there is any issue with anything considered to be contained under this “power-train warranty” that you are covered, right? WRONG! But you ask, are under that 60,000 km level? Why yes, by a far margine too I might add. It only has 24K km’s on it. So whats the problem you ask? This is my problem.

While driving it and noticing odd behavior with the tramission shifting I decided to alter my normal work day and make an appointment with the tramission specialist at #Fairley&Stevens, a suppossed professional and take it in to have it looked at. With that all done, I dropped the car off shortly after 8 am, took their shuttle service to work and was finally sitting at my desk by 9, losing 1 hour of work so far. At around 10:30 the service person called me and said that the “technician” took my car for a roadtest and determined that there is nothing wrong with it. I was very surprised to say the least. I was expecting them to say the transmission is toast, we have to replace it, we will arrange for a loaner. Instead I got, “there is nothing wrong with it and the best part, there is no cost to you!!” I relayed how disappointent I was at this outcome and told her I felt that there is something wrong with the way the transmission shifts, so she tells me that the technician is available to go for a test drive with me if I were to show up before 4pm when he is finished for the day. So, let me get this straight. I have to lose, minimum 2 hours of my work day so I can help this suppossed professional diagnose the problems with my transmission? This is why I took it to #Ford in the first place! Its their product! Who else could/should be able to diagnose a problem with it than them!?

When I finally went and picked it up, I told the service person how upset I was that he found nothing. Her only reply was that I should have taken advantage of her (HIS) offer of going for a test drive with him so that I can tell him what he should be able to determine himself. Is this the kind of professionalism available at #Ford dealerships? Or is it just at #Fairley&Stevens in #Dartmouth #NovaScotia?

I feel that all he did, for the 60-80 kms that he drove it for, was to go pick up some coffee and donuts for the crew and possibly deliver some mail. Thats about it. And what really ticks me off is that if I had had the “Extended Warranty”, he would have hooked that thing up to the computer (I’m sure a 5 minute job) and it would tell him that the actual “shift-points” as he documented in my work order, were and that they weren’t all right, but in fact were wrong. I am quite confident of that. “Oh but hooking it up to the computer would have entailed a charge upon you for us to do that!?” That unto itself is disgusting when you think about it. A tool (the computer), which makes THEIR job easier, costs me for them to use…WTF? I don’t care what tools they use to diagnose a problem. I don’t care what wrenches they have? Or screwdrivers? Why do I have to pay for them to hook it up to something that is going to 100% determine what is exactly going on with the vehicle and makes their job easier? Maybe I should pay extra for them to use gold-plated wrenches? Its crazy. This is why I say professionalism is gone at #Fairley&Stevens and at #Ford in general.

I took my car there for them, being the “professionals” when it comes to all things “#Ford”, but instead I got treated to such unprofessionalism that I am now relegated to having to take my #Ford #Fusion to a #Toyota dealership, where apparently they are professionals to have my transmission looked at. You can’t imagine the elation I felt when I got rid of my #Pontiac and replaced it with my #Ford #Explorer #SportTrac. I felt good about #Ford then, but not any more. #Fairley&Stevens have eroded my trust in #Ford and quite possibly all North American-made vehicles. Going to start looking for a nice #BMW or a #Lexus perhaps. Anyone want to buy a 2011 #Ford #Fusion? Hardly used, transmission in perfect condition. Let me know.

Cell Phone scam?

Today (June 12, 2012) I received two text messages on my cell phone, from the following numbers: 1-718-679-8931 and 1-718-724-3874, both messages had the following text: “”Congratulations, your number made you Walmart’s winner of the day. Goto http://www.walmart.com.wonacontest.com to claim your prize! You have 24 hours to claim”. I am ALWAYS suspicious of unsolicited text messages, even from my cell carrier, so I came home and started to check this out. I opened a console in linux and pinged http://www.walmart.com.wonacontest.com. I got several successfull replies of:
ping http://www.walmart.com.wonacontest.com
PING http://www.walmart.com.wonacontest.com (190.14.36.30) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from cpanel02.offshoreracks.com (190.14.36.30): icmp_req=1 ttl=49 time=102 ms
64 bytes from cpanel02.offshoreracks.com (190.14.36.30): icmp_req=2 ttl=49 time=104 ms
64 bytes from cpanel02.offshoreracks.com (190.14.36.30): icmp_req=3 ttl=49 time=103 ms
64 bytes from cpanel02.offshoreracks.com (190.14.36.30): icmp_req=4 ttl=49 time=102 ms
64 bytes from cpanel02.offshoreracks.com (190.14.36.30): icmp_req=5 ttl=49 time=101 ms
64 bytes from cpanel02.offshoreracks.com (190.14.36.30): icmp_req=6 ttl=49 time=100 ms
64 bytes from cpanel02.offshoreracks.com (190.14.36.30): icmp_req=7 ttl=49 time=103 ms
64 bytes from cpanel02.offshoreracks.com (190.14.36.30): icmp_req=8 ttl=49 time=101 ms
64 bytes from cpanel02.offshoreracks.com (190.14.36.30): icmp_req=9 ttl=49 time=100 ms
^Z
[1]+ Stopped ping http://www.walmart.com.wonacontest.com

I then did a whois on that IP address and got the following response:

% Joint Whois - whois.lacnic.net
% This server accepts single ASN, IPv4 or IPv6 queries

% LACNIC resource: whois.lacnic.net

% Copyright LACNIC lacnic.net
% The data below is provided for information purposes
% and to assist persons in obtaining information about or
% related to AS and IP numbers registrations
% By submitting a whois query, you agree to use this data
% only for lawful purposes.
% 2012-06-12 18:46:16 (BRT -03:00)

inetnum: 190.14.36/22
status: allocated
aut-num: N/A
owner: Offshore Racks S.A
ownerid: PA-ORSA2-LACNIC
responsible: Francisco Gonzalez
address: Apdo 0819-07269, ,
address: -- - Panama - PA
country: PA
phone: +507 3173633 []
owner-c: FRG9
tech-c: FRG9
abuse-c: FRG9
inetrev: 190.14.36/22
nserver: NS3.OFFSHORERACKS.COM
nsstat: 20120610 AA
nslastaa: 20120610
nserver: NS2.OFFSHORERACKS.COM
nsstat: 20120610 AA
nslastaa: 20120610
nserver: NS1.OFFSHORERACKS.COM
nsstat: 20120610 AA
nslastaa: 20120610
created: 20110223
changed: 20110223

nic-hdl: FRG9
person: Jorge Miranda
e-mail: info@OFFSHORERACKS.COM
address: 8409 NW 68 ST, ,
address: 33166 - Miami - FL
country: US
phone: +001 305 6472577 []
created: 20110215
changed: 20120402

% whois.lacnic.net accepts only direct match queries.
% Types of queries are: POCs, ownerid, CIDR blocks, IP
% and AS numbers.

After doing this, I attempted another ping but this time I never got a response. I tried a traceroute but it only goes so far before nothing replies:
Hop Hostname IP Time 1 Time 2
7 xe-1-0-1.bx01.mtrl.pq.aliant.net 18.804ms asymm
8 67.69.211.229 26.160ms asymm
9 bxX5-newyork83_POS9-0-0.net.bell.ca 33.098ms asymm
10 peer-XOCommunications_bx5-newyork83.net.bell.ca 32.407ms asymm
11 207.88.14.185.ptr.us.xo.net 32.589ms asymm
12 te-3-0-0.rar3.atlanta-ga.us.xo.net 62.983ms asymm
13 te-4-0-0.rar3.miami-fl.us.xo.net 77.182ms asymm
14 ae0d0.cir1.miami2-fl.us.xo.net 54.436ms asymm
15 216.156.104.58.ptr.us.xo.net 56.359ms asymm
16 ge-3-0-0.usa.nam-core02.columbus-networks.com 55.588ms asymm
17 xe-1-0-0.usa.nmi-teracore02.columbus-networks.com 98.002ms asymm
18 ge-6-0-0.usa.nmi-core01.columbus-networks.com 55.906ms asymm
19 ge-2-0-0.usa.pan-pob-edge02.columbus-networks.com 100.304ms asymm
20 190.242.14.226 105.553ms asymm
21 no reply *
22 no reply *
23 no reply *
24 no reply *
25 no reply *
26 no reply *
27 no reply *
28 no reply *
29 no reply *
30 no reply *
31 no reply *

It doesn’t appear to be associated with Walmart in any way. So my advice to you, if you happen to receive unsolicited text messages from a number unfamiliar to you, that contain a web link, DO NOT click on it! It is some kind of a scam, perpetrated by someone in Panama. BEWARE.

I will be attempting to contact Walmart.com about this.

To the big smoke

It was a wonderfull evening outside as I drove to the Halifax airport. As usual my arrival there was at least an hour before my flight was scheduled for takeoff. I said my goodbyes and went inside. There was no lineup at the Air Canada checkin desk, so I checked my one bag, got my boarding pass and headed to the security screening area. They had me stand on a rubber mat then told me which line I was to join. What the hell was that? Were they weighing me to determine the “fat” line to goto? Strange. So I gt to the desk and remove my coat and wallet from my pants pocket. I brought my work laptop with me so apparently I had to take it out of its suit case. Don’t know why, they didn’t ask me to turn it on or anything. So I go through the metal detector. It goes off! My belt buckle. Have to take that off and go through again, this time cleanly. So there I am hqving to get all dressed again, or rather thats what it felt like. Put my belt back on, put the laptop back in to its case, wallet back into my pocket and put my coat back on, what an ordeal!
So I go up to the boarding area anr locate my gate. It was right at the top of the escalater. I look around and see the Tim Hortons. De was talking about the sandwichs there so I decided to have one. After I finish that I locate a seat near my gate and sit down. One hour to go before the plane is scheduledbto depart. Damn.
I connect to the local wifi and check out some Twitter action. 50 minutes to go before departure.
I start playing a game on my phone. Boring. Just sittin there watching people coming and going.  All of a sudden people are coming out of the gate. The plane is here already! 30 minutes to go until departure.
Finally the first call for embarking is called, people requiring assistance and people flying executive class. Same thing I guess. Lol They then call for people seated in rows 21 or higher. I am in row 26, i’m up! Well not really because thats when everyone else decided that meant that the general call for everyone was then so I got to stand in line for a long time.  So I finally made it to my seat after stowing the laptop and my coat up above. We then sat there for ovet 45 minutes while suppossed maintenance was being done. I looked at my phone as we were finally taxiing down the runway, it was 20:01. The flight was suppossed to take off at 19:15.
Watching the lightening flashes in the clouds below us while over Ajax. A very awesome sight to see.

PARAPROSDOKIANS…

(Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase

is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. My desk is a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’

13. I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer

gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another

woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

18. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

19. There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.

20. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

21. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

23. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

25. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

26. Where there’s a will, there are relatives.

And mine is…I’m supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one.

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