Joined the Smartphone Age

It has been a long time coming but I finally broke down and bought a smartphone. A Motorola Milestone to be precise. You might have heard about this phone, it is called the Droid in the United States. Here in Canada it has been released by Telus. The Telus version of the Milestone was released today, unfortunately I live in Saskatchewan where Telus is not releasing the Milestone thanks to no 3G coverage here. The long and the short of that is due to Sasktel. Thankfully though, I did not get a Telus version, I bought an unlocked GSM version from NCIX.com. Add to that a Rogers.com pre-paid SIM card from Ebay.ca and I have a working Motorola Milestone smartphone.

The good so far:

  • It is fast.
  • Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps
  • The high resolution touchscreen looks great.
  • I now have a GPS, video recorder, camera, mp3 player etc. It does pretty much everything.

Things I have found to be not so great so far:

  • No upload with the web browser. I know I was shocked. You can upload through some apps but there is no upload ability through the web browser.
  • Why is there no app for Google Docs?
  • Rogers Pre-paid has no data plan for constant data connection.

It has been great so far to have this new phone. I am sure I will have more to say about it the more I use it.

Watch Hulu in Canada – Part 2

Update: The service in this post does not appear to work any longer.
Your best bet is to try the Hide My Ass! Pro VPN Service.
Worked last time I tried it.

By far the most popular post I have written here is my How to Watch Hulu in Canada. Unfortunately the method using Hotspot Shield has stopped working. I did not care to much, since there was not much I was interested in seeing on Hulu.

Recently however I was doing some search engine optimization and discovered that the search engine results for Google.com appeared to be returning information that was different from what Google Webmaster Tools was telling me. Basically what was happening was Google knew I was in Canada from my IP address even though I was searching from Google.com and returning to me the same results that I would get from Google.ca. I had to get a US IP to test the search engine results.

While all that is great, what does any of it have to do with Hulu? Well the beauty of having a US based IP address can allow you to watch Hulu streams. The new VPN service I discovered is UltraVPN and it has been working great, to check my Google.com search engine results and so far to watch Hulu streams. While I have not watched a great deal of Hulu using it, I have caught a few episodes of shows that I have missed up here. If you are looking for a way to watch Hulu in Canada give it a try. No guarantees that Hulu will not close this one down at some point either, but until they do at least we can enjoy it.

Game Distractions

I do not play a lot of computer games anymore, partly because it is hard to find the time to devote to such things. I do find time to play to occasional flash game on the Internet though. Here are a few of the games that have distracted me lately from the regular day to day activities.

Warzone Tower Defence

Warzone

Desktop Tower Defense

Desktop Tower Defence

Onslaught 2

Onslaught 2

So if you are looking for a way to pass some time online, there are my three latest distractions. What are your favourite flash games to play online? Leave a comment so I can check them out.