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Skype for Telus Mobility Blackberries

Today I noticed that Skype will be coming to Telus mobility customers. I got excited as I know Verizon supports almost all Blackberry versions of Skype software. Reading the press release fully though I realized it was only for iPhone and Android customers. In Canada this makes no sense as Blackberry is almost half the market share in this country. It also does not make sense as a Skype Mobile application already exists that would work on all Blackberries up to and including the torch. I tested this by changing my IP address to Chicago and spoofing my user agent to a storm 2 Blackberry running with a Verizon vendor ID and then downloaded it. I have a zip of it here that you can play with, though it will block you if you are not branded to Verizon right after launching the application. The application will only launch if you have gone into options -> device -> application management and set permissions all to allow. So basically if you went to the states, purchased a Verizon phone outright then put Skype mobile on it and activated it in Canada, it would likely work with Telus. There are ways to brand your Blackberry outside of actually buying a new phone but I would be hesitant to use them as they are third party hacks and may brick your phone.

 

Ultimately all of this turns into a rant against Telus. You are actively leaving a large group of your customers out of the loop of new services to move them away from a trusted platform in this country.  I sincerely hope this is not on purpose and that they will utilize what is already created and enjoyed elsewhere.

 

-Telus Customer since 2005

Thoughts Drifting

There is a different perfect woman for every man. She is the type of woman who can wear seven layers of clothing and still look more attractive to your eyes than any other.  For some men this is the woman they are with. For those men I wish them the best and salute them even while I envy them. For other men they have met this woman and she has gotten away in some form or another. Be it in the form of a close friendship, a stalker relationship, or perhaps she is not even known yet. However it does not matter; she is not with you. I have had the opportunity to find this girl early. To know her has made my life richer every time I lay eyes on her. She is not with me. One of my biggest fears in the large list I have is that one day when I find a woman that attempts to rival her, and we get married or fall in love, is that this perfect girl will still be in the back of my mind. With her always there in my mind will I still be able to be happy or will I always wonder what it would have been like if I were the one with her?  After years of being apart she recently came to visit me. These words and worries cropped into my head on the last night of her stay as we lay there in each other’s arms and I kiss the back of her neck lightly. I feel her smile more than see it as she presses closer to me and holds my hand. Her pulse begins to quicken. To be so close to someone as to feel as if you know what they are thinking but not be able to be with them is a torture I have long been subjected to. To know that when she leaves, she will spend her next years with someone else leaves a longing and jealousy that tears. I begin to wonder, even with the circumstances that keep her from me, is she thinking about me? Even if she is right now with the man who rivals the perfect man for her, will she be thinking about me?

 

Grow Up – Make Decisions

To look back and say the choices we make are worth it. That is what makes your life worth living, dreams worth dreaming and the goals worth striving for. However that is only if we can say yes with conviction; it was worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Decisions come in all shapes and sizes. Some decisions can shape your life completely and change everything you thought you knew. Some may land you in a place that is difficult to deal with and some are as simple as what to eat for dinner. Sometimes these can be one and the same. Sometimes these decisions are forced upon us, and sometimes they are made for us. For the ones that are within our control it is often difficult to look into the future far enough to know with the clarity of a crystal ball that it is the right decision. Even the decision as what to eat for dinner, in which the clarity seems to be completely there and infallible, can land a person unpleasantly getting to know the ins and outs of their bathroom appliances. So how as people do we make decisions? From personal experience from having made a decision or two, and having seen others do the same, that it is by convincing ourselves it is correct. It is then going through with that decision with full certainty even where none can really exist. If we did not convince ourselves of this no person in the world would get any work done. The key to a good decision maker therefore is in the speed that this conviction can be overturned when evidence presents itself to the contrary.

When evidence is presented that goes against a person’s belief system or decision that was made there are a few different actions many people take. Many will take these pin pricks against their known world as a threat and dismiss them as an anomaly. The good decision maker will set up a mental weigh scale and see if there are any conflicts. If there are he or she will make another decision as to whether to adjust their current viewpoint or keep it the same. Here in lies another decision. How can we know whether this decision to change our viewpoint is the right one?

Any system of belief or judgment made is based on evidence that we use to judge if a decision is correct and thus convince ourselves it is. There is no such phenomenon as blind faith. There is always evidence in some amount no matter how small to motivate our action whether correct or incorrect. Without evidence no rational decision could be made and no weighing of options could take place. There is a reason people gather in religious ceremonies and the reason is simply that there would be no religion otherwise. It feeds on itself; you originally join a following largely because other people are doing it. That in itself becomes evidence which only becomes more reinforcement for those already in the following as well as those future members. The reason for this is evidence of other people who feel the same way as you do. In essence a place such as a church or a workplace is simply a place to validate ones-self. When a Christian can walk into a place every Sunday where possibly hundreds of other people agree fully on communal beliefs validation is not hard to come by.  So faith is not blind since the belief is always started with a solid base of substantiation when other people are seen acting as you do. The evidence for what is called faith is in those around you and is always being reinforced. It is the same but possibly less life altering as when a worker in any corporation walks into his office building and sees other people working for the same company. They are a part of a group and usually would share the same corporate beliefs that are required of the company’s employees.

So what makes a good decision maker and how can we tell when our decisions are correct?  How are we individuals? One way to define yourself is through the group mentalities you choose. Follow the crowd you choose while always looking for anomalies that challenge your currently held viewpoints and adjust accordingly. Never dismiss a detail out of hand, however small, as it could turn out to be important enough to change your life. Base your beliefs on evidence you have gathered personally and not on the crowd you are a part of. Look for validation within yourself most importantly as well as in those around you. If all of these fail and in the end you look back and are still unhappy with your decisions, stop being a pessimist and grow up. Since there is always another decision there is always another opportunity to change your life.

 

6/14/09

 

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I do not adhere to a schedule. I post when I have something to say. I'm a programmer who in my spare time enjoys contemplating the meaning of life, the universe and, everything. So there will be code as well as random little stories, essays and, musing about whatever interests me at the moment.