Recently I had the opportunity to help out with a small production that was shooting at Lion’s Gate Studio’s for the day. Lion’s Gate or North Shore Studio’s as the are now known is a pretty popular place to shoot movies and TV shows in the Vancouver area. You have very likely seen at least one movie and TV show that has been shot there.
I’ve had my blackberry for a couple of days now, and I have discovered a couple of must have Apps. All of the software mentioned here is 100% free.
Google Maps Mobile – a very addictive, and potentially expensive application. You can get directions and even see the satellite images overlayed. The maps are also the same resolution as the normal maps.google.com
Google talk for BlackBerry – Always on I M for your phone. Messaging is as fast as being at your desk, and it is a great way to stay in touch with friends who don’t like text messaging with their phones.
MidpSSH – A free SSH Client for mobile devices. The text may be small but with fast Internet access via EDGE, it sure works better than trying to walk somebody through something over the phone. And because of the 8700r ‘s full qwerty keyboard, I can admin a Linux server with ease from anywhere.
All be adding more apps to this list as I find them.
Do you have any essential BlackBerry applications that you cannot imagine your Berry without?
I’d like to take a momment for a shameless plug I have finished building the beta of my new tool, IP Stuff. IP Stuff will tell you your IP address, your browser string, and the whois information for the IP address you are on.
Why is this useful you ask. Well you may need to know your IP address to troubleshoot a problem with email etc, and you may be behind a NAT router, in which case your computer will not have a real routable IP address on the Inernet. IP Stuff will show you what the Internet “see’s” when you connect to a webpage.
Have you ever been using somebody else’s wireless connection and wondered, “What ISP do they use” IP Stuff can help
IP Stuff is also useful to find out your IP address if you are using a wireless hotspot, or you are surfing from your phone.
Give it a shot and let me know what you think.
Wow, I never thought that I would see the day. HD Net is comming to Canada. HD Net offers 24/7 high definition programming. Currently, we have only been able to see HD Net programming in Canada via pay per view on Bell Express Vu.
The reason this is such a huge suprise to me is that the CRTC actually made a decision that is going to benefit viewers like us. Almost all of the Canadian networks (CBC, Global, CTV, SportsNet, etc) were opposed to this. Likely due to the fact that they are finally going to be forced to produce content in HD.
The previous federal liberal government pressued the CRTC to postpone making a decision on HDNet for the past three years.
No idea as to when we will see HDNet in our programming guides, but it is refreshing to hear that they have been added to the “list”.
Good move CRTC, I applaud you.
[via Digital Home Canada]
The battle of the smart phones. Now my old Treo 600 is about two years old now, and let me tell you it’s the worst phone that I have ever owned. But since I have a bit of a gadget obsession, and the idea of having decent speed Internet at my hip is appealing, so I decided to get another smart phone. This time its a blackberry, and I am starting with one of the nicest Blackberry’s that RIM has released.
I will be writing a review of the 8700r after I have had time to use it for a few more days.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about my new photo blog that I am launching. My current site layout doesn’t work very well for displaying a series of pictures, so I’m going to use a seperate wordpress site to display them.
Take a momment to view the apeman.org photo blog. [photo.apeman.org]
Crowfoot Glacier, Banff National Park. Taken May 2004
In case you havn’t heard, the FIFA World Cup starts in a couple of days. And for those of you, who like me subscribe to Bell Express Vu’s HD service, you will be able to catch all of the games in HD! Rogers Sports Net and TSN w/ CTV have teamed up to bring all of the games over to Canada. TSN and SportsNet will share the games and CTV will air the final.
If you are a Shaw customer you should be able to get The games and the finale, since Shaw does carry SportsNet HD, TSN HD, and CTV HD.
I’m hoping CTV does a better job with the World Cup final then they have been doing with their simsub’d HD shows. (CSI, American Idol, etc).