Are ADs being used right?

Posted in Blog with tags on August 12, 2009 by sagx80

So we’ve all seen them embedded in our apps, strategically placed, taking up memory and data. You got it ADs! We all know them and have learned to hate them.
As smartphones like the iPhone and Blackberries become more and more popular, a demand for apps increases. Some developers decided to charge for them and others are just free, and a few have free trials. Wither it be from looking for a hotel to staying socially connected, you will find an app to suit your needs. So users scour the internet and AppWorld for Apps they can download for free and hopefully have ad free.
Users want a app to do more for them/run faster/more features ect. Well developers have found this isn’t cheap. Thus they create updates and start including ads to pay for these features for their free app.

I know ads are essential to earn money for developers but I believe they are being used incorrectly. A lot of developers have the free app with ADs or you can purchase the app and have no ads. Since when did we all start being ok with paying to not see ADs? We pay tons of money a month for a cable/satellite subscriptions but that doesn’t stop commercials from interrupting my shows. Instead you can pay more and have a PVR or Tivo which records your shows so you can just skip the commercials but that’s not all, you get more features!
Why aren’t developers following suit? Instead we have to pay to get rid of the ADs but you don’t get more features. I was all excited this morning when the update of UberTwitter was released.  Only to find that there was this banner AD at the top of my timeline.  Needless to say I am very disappointed.  Now @UberTiter did hint that there will be a paid version, all that was said is the ADs would be removed. This will not cut it for myself and many BB users.  In order for me to purchase an app not only will it have to be ad free but it will have to do more than the free version, ad some value to the app.
I’d like to see a change in the way ADs are being used or have the ability to hide them or put an AD on a page to view when the app starts then it goes away….something!
So again I put it too you, the people. Are you ok with paying hard earned money just to get rid of
Ads or do you want more?  Are the ADs in apps being used correctly?  Tell me what you think.



***This morning UberTwitter sent out a tweet that they have removed the ADs until they have a paid version ready* I still want more features for my money not just no ADs***


What would you do?

Posted in Blog with tags on August 1, 2009 by sagx80

Okay bloggers…dating, we’ve all done it at some point in our lives. Some people do what I call ‘rapid dating’ which is when you date multiple people one right after the other or overlap them in some cases.  Others (like myself) take their time in getting to know one person until it goes sour or evolves into something else.
Now what I like to do within the first couple dates is to let the other person know my likes/dislikes, turn on’s/turn off’s in the personality/attitude sense.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this, it seems to be a standard way of  ‘weeding out’ those you are not compatible with.  Well recently I was ‘dating/getting to know’ someone which ended last night.  Things seemed to be going ok, we hit little speed bumps along the way but I got over it cause I really liked this person.  I won’t name names cause I don’t believe that’s fair to them.
So in the beginning we told each other a lot about our pasts, ex’s, likes/dislikes and so on.  Had a few sleep overs, meet friends, the usual story of two people dating.  Now I have a few things that I will not tolerate as most people do, mine are lies, heavy drugs (ie. E, poppers, coke, basically everything but weed), people who date more than one person at one time and sleep with them all.  So other than those big things I’m pretty easy to get along with.
So last night we went to their buddy’s place to have a few drinks for the buddy’s birthday.  Was fun at first, chilling on the patio in the sun with some beers, talking, listening to music….sounds like a chill time eh.  Then the most disgusting thing happened that made me sick to my stomach….the bday boy started crushing up some coke.  As soon as I seen it I decided it was time for me to go home.  The person I was dating had told me they left that all in the past and I believed them. now I’m not a controlling person, I told the person I was dating I’m not their mother and won’t tell them what to do, but I won’t be around for it.  As I was saying that I needed to go home cause I didn’t want to be around that they decided to shove it up their nose knowing my total disgust with it.  That’s when I stood up and went to leave then the bday boy said he would drive me home as the person I was dating left their bag at my place.  Stupidly I said ok and we left.
When we arrived at my place I handed them their bag and edged them to the door, the whole time the person I was dating apologized and apologized, and even said they will take last night as a life lesson and only do a few more lines.  Really!  They realized after the first line that it was a mistake to do, why do more if you really care about me?  Then came more apologizing but to no avail.,  based on one simple fact.  They knew where I stood on the topic from day one and still choose to do it. When they left I told them goodbye.
I’ve gone over it in my head whether or not to forgive them one last time.  Then I stepped back and thought to myself, how do I forgive and forget this when every time I looked at them I felt nothing but disgust and nausea.  The answer came to me, I can’t.  I cannot forfeit my beliefs and standards just to not be alone in this world, no-one should have to.
So I leave it to you bloggers…what would you have done?  Anything different?  I invite you to take the poll and see where you stand.

Blackberry U2 Commercial hmmmm?

Posted in Blog on July 29, 2009 by sagx80

So ummm I don’t know how I feel about this commercial.  I just keep waiting for an apple to pop out somewhere!  So who do you think sold out to who? 

Blackberry App Review: BTSidekick vs. Travel Genius

Posted in 1 with tags on July 27, 2009 by sagx80

Ever find yourself in a different city or strange place or even a part of town you don’t know, and need to find a bank/coffee shop/atm etc.? Well as always Blackberry’s got you’re back!
I have been in those situations more often then not and I’m sure everyone has. So I recently found and downloaded 2 different apps to help, and might I add they were FREE! BTSidekick(free in app world) and Travel Genius(free with option of purchase to get more features in app world). Now I know I don’t need 2 of them so I decided to see which one was better and share my findings with you.
We’ll start off with what they do. These apps were created so when you are in search of a store/bank/hotel, any local business really, the app will find it for you and give you a mapped location and even directions if need be! Both apps use the Internet to determine where in the world you are.

Now first point I have to mention, BTSidekick did have more available countries to choose from than the Travel Genius. The speed of what I was searching on BT was fairly decent but could not get the TG to even find where I was, and I’m not even in a small rural city. So since TG didn’t work well on my Bold I can’t delve deeper into a review. From what is described in app world about TG they would do the same but TG had a feature that would remember where you parked your car! TG states that all you have to do is take a picture via the camera launched from TG. Then TG will Geo tag it with the gps location. So when you need to find your car TG will be able to show you and direct you back.
The only bad thing I could say about BT is that you’re searches do not compile in order from closest to farthest from you, they just appear in the same order BT recieves them from google. Other than that I will have to side with BTSidekick.  Stay tuned for more app reviews.

The Mobile Creeper

Posted in Blog with tags on July 19, 2009 by sagx80

The mobile creeper…are you one?!
Don’t know? Well here are a few things to think about next time your in public.
When sitting in a cafe or bus and the person next to you pulls out their phone or laptop!  What do you do?  The answer is nothing! Or at least a quick glance then get you’re eye’s back on you’re fries!

With mobile technology becoming more and more popular rules must be set down. When near someone who is using their phone, whether it be a blackberry, iPhone, laptop it is ok to look. It is NOT ok to stare and eavesdrop.  While we are all curious to know about the new “toys” available to us especially the ones we cannot afford. We must remember ‘would I like some stranger reading my screen’?  Hopfully you said no.
So really there is just one rule. Mind ya business!

WordPress App for Blackberry

Posted in 1 with tags on July 7, 2009 by sagx80

So I just downloaded the new prerelease of the wordpress app for my Blackberry Bold. So far I have been able to log in and write this micro blog. The app is very easy to use and set up was so easy and QUICK! Blogging on the bus is awesome. I’m very impressed thus far. Look forward to doing more of these!

Canada Day Fireworks

Posted in 1 on July 6, 2009 by sagx80

  some vid of the Canada Day Fireworks at Columbia Lake