Consumer Information

The HST – A Canada Day Gift !

Ontario residents and non-residents traveling to Ontario will not be paying more taxes on the following :

  • CD, DVD, Blu-Ray Discs
  • TVs, Mp3 Players, DVD/Blu-Ray Players
  • Movie Tickets (reduction of 2%) / Cable Television
  • Computers, Hard Drives, Prepackaged Computer Software
  • Books, Audio Books & Retail Magazine Purchases
  • Music Lessons/Educational Services
  • Municipal Public Transit/GO Transit
  • Bridge, road, and ferry tolls
  • Products on which they paid both the GST and PST on prior to July 1st, 2010

But they will be paying more taxes on the following :

  • Internet Access Services in Ontario
  • Concert Tickets for events in Ontario
  • Alcohol purchases in Ontario
  • Gasoline/Diesel/Electricity/Natural Gas purchased in Ontario
  • Accommodation in Ontario (Hotels/Motels/Camping)
  • Airline, Bus and Rail Tickets/Taxi Fares in and from Ontario
  • Magazine Subscriptions (Ontario Residents Only)

In contrast British Columbia residents will be paying less in taxes to fuel up their cars and less on accommodation. But they’re still going to pay more for their utilities.

Isn’t this a FUN Canada Day gift ?!

Roger Ebert Hates 3-D Movies

On April 29th Roger Ebert posted his comments on the 3D film trend on his Newsweek column. And quite frankly I agree with most of what he had said.

3D appears to be a gimmick that Hollywood appears to think will make the consumer forget that their film plots are being recycled (ex. Dances With Tall Blue Aliens In Space).

So what if it pops out of the screen ?! There are limitations, especially when a person has astigmatism like yours truly. And I’m not about to pay more to become some beta tester.

Quick Fix For Windows 7 Audio Problem

I think Windows 7 is great but once every two months or so I run into a problem : The audio stops working from boot-up.

I have an Acer Aspire X1800 with HDMI connected to a Toshiba HDTV and sometimes when I boot up and start playing music or a video on Youtube no audio comes out.

Well, it appears that placing your computer in sleep mode for a few seconds fixes this problem.

I guess one of my audio drivers isn’t loading up properly. I’m assuming it’s one of the drivers that handle the HDMI audio because my speakers are connected to my HDTV and not my computer itself.

But of course it isn’t much of an issue because it happens so rarely. I’m sure Microsoft will get to the issue soon as well.

No Flash for iPad, iPhone & iTouch – Ever ?

Steve Jobs has posted an open letter basically claiming that Apple has moved on from Adobe‘sFlash for their iPad, iPhone and iTouch.

It appears that the company is not interested in providing Flash compatibility on those devices because Steve Jobs considers this technology to be antiquated and less secure in comparison to H.264 and HTML5.

Furthermore he claims that if Flash were implemented that the software required to decode older Flash material would drain resources in these devices, resulting in a significantly reduced battery life.

Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s chief executive, responded to these claims on a Wall Street Online video.

Free Music Downloads Via iCoke

Just thought I’d post this tidbit of info :

Canadians can redeem iCoke Points for music downloads from chooseyoursongs.com, in increments of five download credits for 5000 iCoke points.

Specially marked Coke, Sprite and Nestle products contain codes that can be redeemed online at icoke.ca for 500 to 1000 points each individual product purchase.

Basically you get 500 points per individual specially marked 591 ml or 2 L Coca Cola, Coca Cola Zero, Diet Coke product purchase, 500 points per individual specially marked 591 ml Sprite product purchase and 1000 points when you purchase specially marked 12 packs of Nestle iced tea (Zero and Green Tea versions included).

If you join iCoke’s mailing list you can also redeem 3500 points instead for this 5 song download credit package.

Please note that to redeem the points and download the music you will need to register at iCoke and chooseyoursongs.com. And the later is mostly limited to Universal Music Canada artists so you should probably browse the site.

Sheet Music/Music Book Source Listing Added

I’ve added a rough version of my sheet music and music book listings to the blog. It will of course be updated at random.