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rock-paper-scissors strategies

16 Nov

I’ve sometimes turned to this game of “chance” to decide on something with someone. Did you know there are actually RPS tournaments with big monetary prizes? Who knew?

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Again, I forgot where I read this but when playing RPS, people tend to do scissors because “scissors” is said last during the RPS chant. If they did not pre-determine their move, they might do scissors because they just said it and connects with the brain. I’ve tried it and it usually works for the first round at least. So I don’t recommend doing rock over and over again if playing multiple times. Oddly, this theory is not included on the infographic below.

It’s kinda funny that there are such strategies for this game but I can believe it. I hardly throw paper and sometimes copy people subconsciously.

Source: http://flowingdata.com/2010/07/30/how-to-win-rock-paper-scissors-every-time/

translink real-time bus tracking on your smartphone (vancouver)

1 Nov

When I was an Android user, my favourite app was Google Maps. I like to know where I am and what’s nearby. I also liked the Google Maps app for the integrated bus schedules for Vancouver. If you zoom in close enough to where the stop / station should be, you can click on the bus icon for the next bus arrival times. Very handy.

When I switched to the iPhone, I was so disappointed that Google Maps for iOS does not support public transportation integration. I don’t have a car and rely on public transportation for pretty much everything. I tried looking for apps on the App Store that could give me bus schedules but most of the apps were buggy or not rated very highly. I used to save bus stop numbers on my phone as presets but I don’t know how to do that on the iPhone. I know there had to be a more techie way to get bus schedules.

After some internet research, I found out that Translink has a mobile site that offers some features that I think are far better than any feature a third-party App could offer. You know back in the day when you used to say “Gee, I wish buses had GPS on them so I would know exactly when and where they are?” It’s here and it’s pretty good.

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On your mobile device (or computer web browser), go to www.m.translink.ca for links to Next Bus, Trip Planner, Favourites, Schedules, Fares, Alerts, and more. The bus tracking feature is found under Next Bus. Type in your most used bus stop number (or find it with the Find your Stop button) and select “Map View.” It will show you the bus stop with several next bus times. If you zoom out, it will show you the location of buses for that particular stop. While in this mode, you can select other bus stops indicated by the “T” and it will show you bus times and bus locations for that stop.

For example, if I select the bus stop at UBC loop for the outgoing 99 B Line, I will see the times and the locations of buses leaving UBC. If I select the bus stop at Granville and Broadway for the westbound 14/16/17, I will see all of the west bound buses on that route.

For easy access to the site, I’ve bookmarked my most used bus stop and refer to that link for whatever bus I am looking for by zooming in and out. I suppose you could  also create separate bookmarks for every bus stop you use.

The accuracy of the bus locations is pretty good and shows real-time locations, not expected locations. It’s updated every 30 seconds -45 seconds it appears. Last week, I was on the 16 Arbutus and hoping to connect with the 33 UBC. Using the app, I could see that I would make it in time to connect. This is important at night-time or in the morning when the buses come in packs or arrive way ahead of schedule. Highly recommend this app for those in the suburbs where buses are known to come up 20 minutes early / late.

he’s so fluffy, i’m gonna die!

31 Oct

Did you know that you can purchase new text tones from the iTunes store on your iPhone? I think you can only do this on iOS5 though but if you are on iOS4, leave a comment if you can buy new tones as well.

What I’m talking about are the sound alerts you get when you receive an email, text message, calendar, etc. The stock tones are kind of boring and I discovered that you can actually buy text tones as well for your phone.

I really liked the movie Despicable Me because of Agnes and the famous line “He’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!” So cute. If you haven’t seen Despicable Me, see the video below.

You can also do a search for quotes or sounds and you might get lucky. Over the weekend, my cousins and I were thinking of funny tones and the Goonie’s “HEYYYY YOU GUYSSS” came up. We did a search and you could also buy that tone on the Store as well. There are also a lot of Star War tones available.

Most of the tones cost $.99 and some cost $1.29. Yes, I know you can probably find these for free somewhere but it was just easier to buy the tone since it downloads directly to your phone rather than having to sync it to your iTunes and then transfer it. I’ve had issues with the Ringtones app anyways.

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To access the text tones store, go to Settings > Sounds > Text Tone. At the top you should see a button for “Buy more tones.” You will  redirected to the tones store where you can also buy ringtones as well.

adding, removing, capitalizing – it’s all the same for gmail

27 Oct

I forgot how I came across this (it was a while ago) but I think it’s interesting to know if you have a Gmail address. Not sure if it works with other email services but, I guess you could try logging in and see what happens.

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Gmail doesn’t recognize dots and capital letters within usernames meaning you can add or remove (or capitalize letters) dots from a Gmail address and it will still reach you. For example:

  • mickey.mouse@gmail.com =mickeymouse@gmail.com 
  • MICKEYmouse@gmail.com = mickeymouse@gmail.com
  • mic.key.mouse@gmail.com = mickeymouse@gmail.com 
  • MiCkEyMoUsE@gmail.com = mickeymouse@gmail.com (please never ever type like that)

You can see this if you try to sign in with your username, but adding or removing a dot from it. You  know those times when you fill in a form and accidentally capitalize the first letter in your email address? Don’t worry – It will still go to your account. 

[Content verification from Google]

using restrictions to keep tabs on your iphone/ ipad/ ipod touch

25 Oct

I appreciate Apple for thinking of us iPhone/iPad owners when they created the Find my iPhone/iPad app and more recently built it right into the operating system with iOS5. I’ve never lost either of these products so I’ve never had to use the functions but I think they would be pretty handy should your device go missing.

Using Find my iPhone/iPad, you can find your device on a map, send it a message, play a sound (even if it’s on silent), conduct a remote wipe of your phone and set a passcode remotely. See the Apple website for a more detailed description.

This is all great as long as you have the app installed and have restricted settings on it. Let’s say, someone stole your iPhone while you were at a concert. You didn’t realize they took it until the concert was over and you are frantically looking for your phone. During that time, that person could have turned on your phone (if you didn’t have a passcode) and simply deleted the Find my iPhone app (iOS 4) OR turned it off in General settings through iCloud or Location Services. Once that is done, your device is off the grid. I feel like a character from Tron when I say “off the grid.” Anyways…

I tested  this today with my iPhone (iOS 5). I went to Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone = Off. I went to iCloud.com (see my post about the site here), signed in, and I could see the location of my Macbook and iPad but the iPhone wasn’t even listed on the site.

——- End of Line. Ok, no more Tron references.

To prevent unauthorized disabling of Find my iPhone/iPad and Location Services, do the following steps:

1.  Go to Settings > iCloud. Make sure Find my iPhone/iPad is on (notice how easy it is to turn it off?) and then go back to Settings > General > Restrictions

2. Enter your passcode or create a new passcode (make it different from your unlock code – just in case).

3. Once in, press “Enable Restrictions” (you might as well turn off Ping while you’re here and save some battery unless you actually use it).  Find “Location” and scroll down the bottom. Make sure Find my iPhone/iPad is “on” and then scroll up and select “Don’t allow changes.” Note that you will be unable to make changes to the apps listed below but since it’s your phone you can always edit restrictions later on.  Just don’t forget the code because I don’t know what happens or what to do and I don’t really want to find out.

4. Once you select “Don’t allow changes,” you will be brought up a level and will see a lock icon beside “Location.”

5. Go to Settings> iCloud and you won’t be able to turn off Find my iPhone/iPad. The same will be true for all apps under Location Services. You can always go back into restrictions and make changes to individual apps.

Now you can log-in to iCloud with your Apple ID to find, message, play a sound, or remote wipe your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch!

Update: November 11, 2011. By restricting locations, you will be unable to create Reminders that remind  you when you leave or arrive at a location. It’s weird how Restriction blocks Reminders even if you allow Reminders to access your location. So if you want to create these location-based reminders, you will have to “allow changes” and then turn it back on. If Apple fixes this, I will report back!

Update: November 30, 2011. A friend asked, well what if the person who took your phone just takes out your Sim card? I just tested this by taking out my sim and re-starting. I did not do a restore or wipe because I want my stuff still. Taking out the sim card didn’t change anything. I was still able to locate my phone using wifi networks. However, the iCloud mapping system was down in general but the phone still showed up on the screen along with my other Apple products.