Consumer Information

Youtube/VEOH Fix For Canadians

Just thought I’d post this tidbit for Canadians who are having problems accessing videos on Youtube and Veoh.

I’ve been encountering an error for over a day on Youtube resulting in this message on all videos : “An error has occurred. Please try again later.”

This problem can be bypassed by using Google’s Public DNS Server.

The above linked site contains instructions on using this server for Microsoft Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux users.

Instructions on configuring Windows Microsoft XP, Windows 7 and other versions of Linux can be found by clicking here.

Canadian Listings Completed

I’ve just completed the addition of both parts of the Canadian CD/DVD & Blu-Ray source listings to this blog, which can be found in the menu on the left side of this page, under Buy Stuff. I hope to have the memorabilia listings up by the end of this month.

BTW, I will turn on comments after the transition and will probably add a contact form for additions, corrections and comments.

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.