ECProductions.ca

I would like to welcome Eric to the WordPress family. Check out ecproductions.ca. If you need a videographer for your wedding or any other functions, I highly recommend him.

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Open Water Movie Review

I watched Open Water on Netflix the other day. The movie is based on a true story about a couple who goes scuba diving in the caribbeans and are left stranded in shark infested waters when their tour boat forgets about them. The movie makes you really realize how screwed you would be if such thing would happen to you. The movie is a very low budget movie much like The Blair Witch Project but is just as well done. In fact, if they had used any higher budget, they would have likly over done it and ruined the tension in the movie. Some of the shark appearances are very spooky yet not glamourized which is refreshing. There is not much else to say about this movie (simple plot) beside that I really enjoyed it and I give it a $7 rating.

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Apple TV Review

I recently got an Apple TV and after about 2 weeks using it, I thought I would share my thoughts about it. First of all, since so many asked when I told them, it is not an actual TV but a little device you connect to your TV so that you can stream content. The device is actually really really small (3.9″ by 3.9″) as you can see here:

The device comes with Wifi and ethernet connectivity, HDMI connector, optical audio connector, and a micro USB connector for servicing (not sure what needs to be serviced though). One problem I had is that when I opened the box, it didn’t come with an HDMI cable. I had to go and buy one. Now that not too much trouble since I had a couple I could borrow from other players I have but still meant an extra trip to the store. I guess they wanted to keep costs down and wanted to leave the decision to the owner to what type of quality they want since HDMI cables start from $5 and go up to around $300. Mind you, someone buying a $300 cable wouldn’t think twice about throwing away the $5 one. Also the power cable feels really cheap so they could have gone the same route here. Anyway once you have it hooked up and all setup (a real breeze), what can you do with it? Well you can stream content from the following:

  1. Rented movies from iTunes Store
  2. Any content from iTunes on your PC/Mac using Home sharing
  3. Movies from Netflix
  4. YouTube content
  5. Pictures from iPhoto or Flickr
  6. Music from a good selection of radio stations

Now since I have recently joined Netflix (and have finally decided to keep it for now), I decided to give it a go and watch an episode or two of Heroes on it. The Netflix app is really well done (although I think the Wii app takes the cake) and it was easy to continue my show where I had left off. Picture quality was great even for standard definition. There was no streaming glitches of any kind (going over Wifi).
Once I had that done, I decided to play some music while watching a slide show with pictures from iPhoto. My wife specially likes that. Again easy to browse and work with it.
I then wanted to watch an HD movie I had created using iMovie and stored in iTunes. Well that wasn’t so great. It took about 2-4 minutes to start (sorry I didn’t time it) for a movie that’s 4 minutes long. Now that being said, I am using a middle of the line Linksys Router and not the one that is “optimized” for HD streaming so perhaps that’s the problem but you would think that with a Wireless N router, it shouldn’t be that long. I will do a test on Ethernet later on to confirm.

Next thing is that my wife wanted to try an episode of Nurse Jackie since she had heard good things about it. We try to find it on iTunes and couldn’t. Then she asked about Despicable Me since my daughter wanted to see that. And no. Hmm sounds a lot like the Netflix story from earlier. Well turns out that even though Steve Jobs said that you shouldn’t buy movies anymore, a lot of the movies on iTunes are still only up for purchase. For example, Nurse Jackie and Despicable Me are available for purchase but not for rentals so Apple TV hides them. Now recall the list I had from before which I ran against Netflix with very poor results? Let’s run the same list (well with a few new titles) and see how it compares.

Movies they have for rentals:

  1. Night at the museum 2
  2. The American
  3. Inception
  4. The Town
  5. City Island
  6. Garden State
  7. Letters from Iwo Jima
  8. The Illusionist
  9. The Matador
  10. The Interpreter
  11. The Flight of the Phoenix
  12. Lord of War
  13. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Movies they have for purchase:

  1. Edge of Darkness
  2. Brooklyn Finest
  3. Terminator Salvation
  4. Getsmart
  5. Burn After Reading
  6. WALL-E
  7. The bucket List
  8. Vantage Point (only $4.99 likely lousy movie)
  9. Knock Around Guys
  10. Pineapple Express
  11. Blades of Glory
  12. Wild Hogs
  13. The Prestige
  14. The Weatherman
  15. Mean Girls
  16. Lost (TV)
  17. Entourage (TV)
  18. Nurse Jackie

Movies they don’t have

  1. The Recruit
  2. Dexter

So as you can see, a better percentage than with Netflix but still not quite there yet. It seems that the newer movies are up for rentals already but older movies/shows not quite yet. Actually I haven’t seen a TV show for rentals yet. I am hoping that with times, things will improve. I guess the good thing with Apple TV is that I don’t have to pay anything even if I don’t watch anything. Not like Netflix. Another small nit pick with it is that it is hard to read the titles of the movies. Now I do need glasses but on a 32″ TV (yes I know why so small), it shouldn’t be necessary. I sit pretty close to it. I can see them fine on the Netflix app for example.

Conclusion

Pros:

  • Affordable. No monthly fees.
  • Very Small.
  • Well designed/built.
  • Easy to connect to Apple iFamily.
  • Great Netflix app.
    Cons:

  • No HDMI cable.
  • Expected greater selection of shows to rent.
  • Cheap power cable.
  • Poor HD streaming (maybe network though).
  • Hard to see titles when browsing movies.

Overall I am pretty happy with the device and really most of the cons can easily be rectified over time. I suspect Apple is working hard with the movie studios to expand their list of titles much like what they have done for music on iTunes so within another year, I suspect the list of non rentals to be much smaller. If that’s the case, then I can safely skip the entire Blue Ray experience. Perhaps that’s what Sony and some of the studios are balking at since they invested so much in the medium.

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Boudreau Talking to his Team

Glad to see that. If I was paying money to see the Caps and they were playing like they are currently, I would want someone to step in and smack some sense into them.

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THE DIGITAL STORY OF THE NATIVITY

Pretty funny

Happy holidays everyone.

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Bell fined $1.3M for breaking do-not-call rules

The CRTC has fined Bell Canada $1.3 million after telemarketing calls were made to Canadians who had specifically asked not to receive them.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2010/12/20/do-not-call-fine.html#ixzz18hPIqc1J

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I generally don’t like the CRTC but it is nice that someone is finally working to stop all this spam. We just get bombarded so much it is unbelievable. Actually recently I donated to a local charity cause a friend of mine was doing a marathon to raise money for them and since then, I have been receiving flyers once a month. It seems like the checkbox “don’t mail me stuff” never works.

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Teaser Video Motorola Honeycomb

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Pictures

ok since I upgraded to a Mac, I somewhat lost the ability to upload pictures to my old website (www3.telus.net/sylvainm). I was using a CMS tool that was Windows only. Well since most of the pictures were on Facebook anyway, I figured it was easier to just move the links here cause really all I had on my other website were links anyway since Telus “hosting” only offers 10 MB of storage. Yes 10 MB, that’s not a typo.

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Snow – Mountains Are Opening

Whistler opened yesterday
Crystal is opened
Baker opened today

And Mount Seymour is working on it
From their website:

We are working to open the most terrain for you for the start of the season! The 2010-2011 season opening date will be confirmed on Monday, November 22. Read more for information

Another La NiƱa year should bring a nice season for us! Will it be 1998-1999 like? Here is a picture in case you forgot:

Let’s hope so!

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Video on Matt Mullenweg – Creator of WordPress

In case you didn’t know where WordPress came from, here you go:

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