Archive for June, 2008

iPhone Data Speed

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

According to That site is about 740k (as of right now, I assume it was about the same when Apple tested it) so that works out to about 37k/second. If that’s how fast the iPhone can download data, then to use the 400mb/month allocated in the cheapest $60/month Rogers plan, you’d have to be […]

An Analogy

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

A friend of mine plays World of Warcraft, and for a while, took over the market for a particular item in the Warcraft auction house. Let’s say it was Khorium Ore. Buddy logs in, buys up all the Khorium that’s for sale for less than a certain amount, and then lists it for sale at […]

Xbox DRM Migration Tool

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Microsoft released a tool that lets you move your content licenses from one console to another. This is a great thing for me because my 5 previous repairs (between Christmas 2005 and Christmas 2007) left me with content licensed to a mish mash of consoles, and a lot of content I purchased not tied to […]

iPhone Price Plans Announced

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Rogers Sucks.

Global Download Speeds

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

While testing out my cable modem speeds at home (10mbps down, 1mbps up), I ran across the Global Stats page at There are some eye-opening results there. The #1 ISP in the world is giving out almost 60mbps! Even #10 in the top 10 is offering over 30mbps. Neither Canada nor the US is […]

Component Video Capture

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Finally! Hauppauge has a video capture device that can capture HD component video that’s priced near consumer level. Here’s a review. It’s the HD PVR Model 1212, and it’s a USB device that you plug into your cable box through the YPbPr (component video). This is an unencrypted HD analog video signal that the device […]

Ottawa Events Site Refresh

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I’ve migrated the Ottawa Events site from the server in my basement to a real host, and in the process, migrated it from ASP.NET to PHP. As much as I like ASP.NET, hosting is just easier with PHP. If you have a moment try out the new site and see if anything seems broken. It […]

802.11n, 5ghz

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

The couch in my living room is a bit of a WiFi black hole for me for some reason, which is unfortunate because it’s also one of the places I most want to use it. The signal is weak, and occasionally disappears. 802.11n can run at 2.4ghz and be compatible with 802.11b/g, or can run […]

Canadian iPhone Price Plan Hint

Monday, June 16th, 2008

This Financial Post article presents some information from Rogers president and COO Nadir Mohamed: Rogers now earns about $63 in average revenue per user (ARPU), a figure that has risen rapidly over the past few years with the increasing usage of data-heavy services such as text messaging and over-the-air music downloads. With the introduction of […]

Big Companies

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

One of the drawbacks of your small company turning into a big company is it becomes hard to do fun things.