Tag: news

Change of scenery

No, I haven’t moved. But I have been pretty bad at keeping up to date on the website. Part of it has to do with an insane amount of work, and part of it has to do with everything else I do outside of work being pretty un-newsworthy.

The change of scenery has to do with the fact that I’m now blogging over at http://canuckinbermuda.com

This site isn’t going away, but might see a change of focus (and hopefully a redesign, this one is getting really old. :/ )

October 11, 2010

'Tis the season

I was starting to feel a little guilty about not posting for so long, so as an act of procrastination from cleaning my apartment, I will try for a brief update.
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December 13, 2008

iPhone decision

Here we are on the eve of the new iPhone 3G launch, and I can imagine that there are a lot of people out there sleeping in the streets waiting to be the first in line to get one. I would say, that in most countries, in most cities, that if you haven’t already ordered one, or are currently waiting in line, you likely won’t get one for at least a week or more. Has this ever happened for a phone before? Has this ever happened on this scale for anything before? Perhaps, but not recently.

That said, us Canadians have some potentially high rates to consider if wanting to buy an iPhone. Rogers, in typical Rogers fashion, has decided to not only charge upwards of $100 or more for the plans, which don’t even include unlimited data, but they are planning to lock people into 3 year contracts.

The UK on the other hand, seems to have it pretty well. For £35 monthly I could get 600 minutes of voice and 500 texts and unlimited data. All of that and only an 18 month contract—half of what we need here. It is almost enough to make you want to move to the UK. Which coincidentally enough, just might happen for me. I don’t really have any details, other than to say it is possible. But I would certainly be there long enough to fulfill one of these contracts.

So to answer everyone who has been asking, no I’m not getting an iPhone tomorrow. I want one, bad, but logistics and sanity have kept me from queuing up for the past few days. I will likely not get one in the next few months. If it looks like I’m not heading to the UK, then I will rethink my options, but until then I can wait. In the mean time I will download the iPhone SDK on my new Intel iMac and develop applications and play with them in the iPhone emulator. Perhaps if I make something useful and work related I can convince my company to adopt the iPhone. One can dream.

July 10, 2008

iPhone, it seems official

Anyone who followed the WWDC keynote today or has been on the Apple website today would know that there was some big news in the iPhone world. They introduced the 3G iPhone, to be released in 22 countries initially on July 11: one of which is Canada. Looking at the Rogers site, they too have a advertisement indicating something “big” coming July 11. They don’t say iPhone, but I think the allusion is clear now that Apple has released the news.

In addition to the wider availability, the new iPhone features GPS, Enterprise integration, and the faster speeds associated with the 3G network. There is also the new MobileMe concept, dubbed the “Exchange for the rest of us” which allows for exchange server-like synchronization across your devices: Macs, PCs and iPhones.

Exciting. This will be a long month. :)

June 9, 2008

Feeds are here

Only 6+ months late, that isn’t too bad. For those of you who bugged me about it, I’m sorry it took so long. Things have been busy lately. But now I have a relatively robust RSS generation class, which means in the future I won’t need to take so long to implement interesting feed features. As the links at the bottom of each page state, you can get a feed of all the entries:

http://www.colinbate.com/feeds/rss/entries

or all of the comments:

http://www.colinbate.com/feeds/rss/comments

and if you are interested in following a particular tag, you can get a feed for it alone with:

http://www.colinbate.com/feeds/rss/entries/<tag>

where you replace <tag> with the actual tag name. Like if you wanted a feed for only my Vancouver related posts.

I have also made the decision to provide the whole article in my feed so that if you want, you don’t need to visit my site at all any more. :)

April 13, 2008

Weather sidebar

I had a request to have the current temperatures from Bermuda, where I am living now, and Halifax, where I used to live, on my site. You can find them on my sidebar on the left under my photo sets. At this point all I have is the current temperature updated every hour on the hour. That is likely all I will display since for the Bermuda weather I’m doing a bit of screen scraping and we all know that is a bit delicate.

December 24, 2007

I am comment spam

This post has a double purpose, the first of which is to mention that I have taken a couple of steps towards thwarting the occasional comment spam I receive. I have received more comment spam here in the past couple months than I ever did at EuropeAdventure.ca I think. But then again, maybe I was filtering there too and I just don't remember doing it. Basically I have been getting long comments full of links to various sites of questionable provenance and containing quite a few other keywords which aren't exactly age appropriate. Not that I try to pass this off as a family site, but I really don't want to offend anyone... too badly. Anyway, I have added some filters which will silently categorize comments as spam and then I can review them to see if there are any false positives and likely just expunge them all in one fell swoop.

The other note I wanted to make was that I saw "I Am Legend" last night with some co-workers. It was the first time I've been to the theatre here in Bermuda. It wasn't exactly a convenient location, but like the other couple of theatres here, it was only a single screen affair. The movie itself was good. It showed a lot of potential, but I think it fell a tad short. Literally. It was only an hour and a half and could have been more. Kind of left me feeling a bit unsatisfied. YMMV.

December 16, 2007

Planned changes

I have decided whenever I have a chance in the next couple of weeks that I am going to alter my website a bit. I've always had an aversion to the standard weblog formatted site, but at certain times I've bowed down to the concept. I was hoping to go with something a bit less traditional this time around, but I'm not sure it ended up the way that I wanted it to. I've seen some people struggle with the navigational concepts, and while I don't want to be just another site cut from the same mold, there is a reason they are popular, and familiarity breeds ease of use. We'll see.

I'm also expecting to start ramping up my geeky content over the next few months/years :) so there should be fewer emo posts and more content that random people might be interested in. Again, we'll see.

November 25, 2007

Reviews

I have long been searching for some higher purpose for my website beyond being yet another personal weblog. I can't deny that has mostly been the purpose for the past five years that I have been maintaining some form of presence online. And why not? I have been at it long enough, enjoy doing it and it pleases those people closest to me to know what I am up to.
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September 21, 2007

Mark your calendars

It has been far too long in coming, but I present to you: colinbate.com version three. There was no version two, so don't feel like you missed anything. It took months of deciding what I wanted where, and not to mention adding the extra code here and there to support my new desires. I learned a few things along the way and I was met with frustration on multiple occasions, but I think that in the end, it was worth it.

The design has been done for a few months now, but it was the organization that I had to add on top of that which took the time. I would make a few notes here and there, but it stagnated. Occasionally I would have a topic that I wanted to comment on, which would fuel the fire for a day or two, but then I would lose interest — distracted by all the other things that were going on in my life. I felt that since my time in Europe is finished for the moment, I would leave my old site alone. It was time to establish my own identity. We'll see how long that lasts.

So just to warn you, not everything is going to work perfectly. Some of it will be migration issues, others are just a result of me being a bit too anxious to release the new design. I have been silent for too long. Even if people aren't flocking to read what I have to say, I do enjoy writing it, and looking back after a few years always conjures up some mostly pleasant memories.

September 17, 2007

Weather

Bermuda: 15°C
Halifax: 0.3°C

Backpack: Get Organized and Collaborate
The most common way to get usability wrong is to listen to what users say rather than actually watching what they do. — Jakob Nielsen