Review: Blackberry KeyOne

17 Jun
Blackberry KeyOne

The Blackberry KeyOne is the first device that Blackberry has produced in recent memory that really had me excited about owning a Blackberry again.

Blackberry has finally created an Android device with the latest version of the operating system as well as a fantastic camera, large battery, and best of all a physical keyboard that only Blackberry knows how to do.

Battery Life

The battery life on the Blackberry KeyOne is absolutely insane! On reddit some users have posted over 10 hours of screen on time on a single charge. I’ve had slightly lower numbers than that, but I also was never able to drain the battery entirely in a day.

Camera Quality

The camer a sensor is the very same sensor in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL devices. It turns out some pretty incredible photos and videos.

 

Call Quality

The call quality on the Blackberry KeyOne has been absolutely stellar. Callers are loud and clear and can hear me just as clearly. Not much else to say about this. It works tremendously well as a phone.

Build Quality

The build quality on the Blackberry KeyOne is truly exquisite. The full metal body with the curved screen edges and the grippy textured back make this device a delight to hold in your hand.

Conclusion

The full outright cost of the Blackberry KeyOne is $729 unlocked from Blackberry, and for the price you get a great camera, fantastic battery life, and a physical keyboard. If these are things that are important to you as they are to me, then this is a fantastic device to consider.

Fuck Off Rogers

11 Jun

Another anti-competitive and anti-consumer move is approved by our useless telecom regulator.

Rogers was given approval to purchase AWS-1 spectrum from Videotron the other day and this should have never been allowed to happen.

Rogers is already insanely spetrum heavy and is nowhere near reaching their network capacity.

Shit like this makes my blood boil. This spectrum should have to be surrendered by Videotron and put back up for auction for the smaller carriers. This bull shit with big companies getting bigger while the little guys get screwed every which way by the big 3 douchebags is enfuriating!

The CRTC needs to get off its ass and keep working towards fixing this broken system! I’m so tired of seeing anit-competitive behaviors like this from companies that keep claiming they have enough competition here in Canada.

Rogers, Bell and Telus own every other small brand in Canada aside from regional carriers like Sasktel and Freedom Mobile.

So fuck off Rogers! You lie through your teeth!

Novotel Ottawa Review

18 Apr

A few weeks ago Jenn and I had the chance to have our very own little staycation here in Ottawa. We picked out a hotel and a couple of things to check out and overall had a great time. The hotel we selected was the Novotel in Ottawa on Nicholas Street.

The Low Down

Cost per night: $200 CAD + $23/Night parking.

Address: 33 Nicholas Street Ottawa, Ontario Canada

The Room

We were given room 441 to stay in which is a single king sized bed. The bed was large and comfortable and we easily fell asleep in it.


The room overall felt really cramped and small for $200 a night.

Overall

Overall the room was nice and the location was prime, but we’ve stayed in much nicer hotels for much less money in downtown Toronto.

Learning PHP: Setting Up an Environment

19 Feb

When I started writing these tutorials, I completely omitted the fact that you’ll need a web server running PHP to see the result of the code I’ve been providing. My bad!

Fortunately there’s a dead simple way to get going without any real knowledge of servers or hosting packages. Let’s get started.

First we’re going to head over to¬†download WAMPServer. The download should start shortly.

WAMP Download Screen Shot

It’s a farily large download, so it may take a few minutes for you to get the installer downloaded.

The installer doesn’t require any input from you while you’re installing it so simply click through the different steps of the installer until it begins installing the software, and then just let it do its thing.

WAMP Installer Running

The installer will ask you if you want to use a different browser than Internet Explorer this is up to you. If you select yes, you will have to point it to the browser you want it to use as the default. If you select no, it will use Internet Explorer as the default browser. The same will be asked of you for notepad. You can select NO for both options as they are not really important.

Now you should have WAMP server installed. You can click start and run WAMPServer. You should see an icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen like the screen shot below.

Finally we can test that our server is up and running by visiting LocalHost at (http://localhost). You should be presented with the page below.

Now we are going to go into our WAMP www folder and empty it out.

C:\wamp64\www

Remove everything in this folder. From now on, any PHP file we create, we will save in this directory. Once saved there, you can access the file by visiting http://localhost/NameOfFile.php

I’ve copied our lessons into my www folder and now if I visit http://localhost/Lesson2.php I can now see the result of our PHP Math.

 

As always if things don’t go as planned or you have any questions, please leave a comment and we will get you sorted out!

Until next time!

Learning PHP: Some Basic Math

19 Feb

Welcome back!

The next step we’re going to take with PHP is to get it performing some basic math operations for us. PHP easily makes short work of even the most complicated math work, but you need to know how to write it.

The example below will step you through the basic operations in math.

Try them out for yourself and see how you get on!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll get you sorted out!

Learning PHP: The Intro

18 Feb

Hello and welcome to my little PHP tutorials. These posts are meant to help people learn and understand how to use PHP. I feel like a lot of people think that coding is complicated and hard to learn but if they only knew just how simple it can be, more people would give it a try. These posts are not going to drone on about useless stuff that you can read in the PHP Documentation, but will be simple, practicle examples that you can use. Let’s get started, shall we?

Creating a PHP File

PHP files can be created using something as simple as notepad or as advanced as PHP Storm. Depending on your budget, find a tool that’s suitable for you to write code in. Here are some free software suites to make writing code a bit easier:

Personally I’m partial to NetBeans but that’s only because that is what I got started on.

Here are the steps to create your very first PHP file using nothing more than Notepad::

  1. Open notepad.
  2. Write your opening PHP tag
  3. Write some hello world code.
  4. Close your PHP tag.
  5. Click file -> Save As.
  6. Name your file. Don’t forget to add the .php at the end of the file name.
  7. In the drop down called “Save as type” select all files.
  8. Select where you’d like to save the file.
  9. Click save.

Once these steps are completed, you’ve written your very first batch of PHP which should look something like the code below.

Next on the agenda, we will make PHP do some basic math. Catch you on the next post how bow dah?

TouchPlow: Uber for Snow Plows

10 Feb

TouchPlow WebsiteIf you live in Canada like I do, you probably hate clearing your laneway as much as I do. TouchPlow is the solution to that problem!

I have to admit that this week I let my laziness get the best of me and by Saturday, my laneway was covered in ice and so using my snowblower wasn’t going to work too well for me. This is where TouchPlow came into play.

As the title of this post states; TouchPlow is the Uber for snow plowing!

TouchPlow is super simple. Create an account, add an address, describe your laneway, and book a plow. They offer varying prices depending on the size of your laneway, whether or not you want them to clear your walkway, and how fast you want them to show up and plow your laneway.

When the job is done the plow operator has to provide proof of the job being completed, and you are notified by the app that your laneway has been plowed. You also get to leave feedback for the operator which is reviewed by a real person within a couple of business days.

I am super satisfied with how the job was completed and how fast it was done! I ordered the 4-12 hour service, and it was done within 2 hours! Incredible!

Thought it was worth sharing! Check out the images below for how it works!

Android Download | iOS Download

How To: Contact the Pokemon Company Support

9 Feb

Pokemon LogoRecently I’ve been playing a lot of Pokemon Duel which is an incredibly fun chess-like game that involves some strategy and luck to come out on top.

Rather than use your Google account or Apple ID to log into the app, the game simply lets you create a game account without any kind of information. This is where the problem lies. When you change devices, you need to go into the app and create what’s called a transfer code. This allows you to transfer your account data to another device. What I was unaware of was that the code is SINGLE USE!

That’s right! Each time you switch devices, you need to generate a new transfer code. Not knowing that, I wiped a device assuming I could use the same code, and boom! Nope!

So I went searching for a support email on the web and it was a pain in the butt to find, but I found their support info.

Here’s the link for the Pokemon Group’s support page.

It has support info for:

  • Pokemon Trainer Club
  • Pokemon Go Plus
  • Pokemon Duel
  • Pokemon Shuffle Mobile
  • Pokemon Trading Cards and Products

Hope this helps if ever you need support!

Welcome to A Boy and His Blog!

7 Feb

Welcome to my updated, fresh, and clean blog!

I spend a lot of my spare time on my hosting company helping people with their blogs and getting them all set up with various items from google such as Analytics, AdSense and even GSuite (Google Apps for Domains).

I plan to cover a wide variety of geeky topics surrounding setting up blogs, getting the most out of your hosting, and what to look out for when maintaining your blog.

I’ll also be going into more detail on when you would need a dedicated server VS when shared hosting will do the job.

If there’s anything specific you’d like me to cover or that you’d like to learn more about, please do leave a comment and let me know. I have access to a wide variety of experts in a lot of different spaces and circles so if I know what the burning question is but don’t know the answer, I can get someone who does!

I’m really looking forward to getting this blog moving and shaking! See you on the internet!

-Andrew

Back on the Vape Trail

23 Jan

E-Leaf iStick PowerLast week I decided I was done with smoking cigarettes for good. I no longer wanted to feel that heavy chest feeling in the morning. I no longer wanted to be wheezing when I went to bed. I no longer wanted to be out of breath walking up short flights of stairs. I was done with all of it.

I headed to a local vape shop and picked up some supplies, and am happy to say I haven’t smoked in a week now.

It’s super simple to get off cigarettes with this method and in my opinion, these devices do a lot less harm to your lungs than a cigarette does. I no longer wheeze, my smokers cough is nearly gone, not to mention I no longer smell like absolute dog shit!

I’m quite happy with the decision and where I’m at. The next step would be to get off nicotine entirely, but I really do enjoy my vape / smoke throughout the day as a way to take a breather, so it will be much harder to stop entirely.

For now I am happy with the result over the course of a week, and I’ll continue to work hard on keeping off the smokes.