Shaw Rolling Out Free City Wide WiFi Across Canada

Shaw Go WiFi

Shaw customers will gain access to Shaw Go WiFi, a network of Wi-Fi locations all over your city for free!

This is pretty neat. I’m sure not all cities will get this, or at least not right away but my city (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) is supposed to roll this out with 400-500 access points within 18 months. For many this might not seem like a big deal considering most people have data plans with phone carriers etc. but realistically this is pretty huge.

If you have a laptop you can go anywhere and be connected to the internet, including sitting on a park bench or parking your car to have a random video chat session with someone. This is also beneficial for mobile phones because even though we may have data, video/audio streaming whether it be from Skype, Netflix or an internet radio service eats up a lot of bandwidth fairly quickly.

Another huge thing is for those who maybe don’t have a cell or a data plan but happen to have an iPod or similiar device. All of a sudden you can have Skype going and essentially use it as a phone as you virtually have “service” everywhere.

To make use of Shaw Go WiFi you will need to be a Shaw Internet customer so that you can log in. You then register whatever device you want a connection on and it will connect automatically whenever you’re in a WiFi zone.

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I have to applaud Shaw for making a bold move like this as it somewhat reminds me of a Google project. They’re not even charging you ANYTHING extra for this! Hopefully it stays that way but time will tell. More than likely they will get everyone hooked then add a price tag on it because honestly, it makes sense business wise.

Shaw has an app for both iOS and Android devices so that you can: find zones, share your favourite locations, get directions etc. You can break down access points by category such as: entertainment, coffee shops, education, healthy & beauty, hotels and of course all available locations.

One thing important to note is that not only with 802.11 g/n be available but ALSO 802.11ac which is the next generation of wifi speeds and capabilities. As a techie this is extremely exciting! Eventually Shaw says that Home Phone customers will be able to have their home phone calls travel with them as they roam the wifi network with a mobile device.

Looking forward to using this and hope it becomes available everywhere and not just select cities!

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Catfish TV Show – Real Life or Foolish Ignorance?

A friend was over and she asked if my girlfriend or I have heard of a show called Catfish. Neither of us did so we ended up watching it because it sounded intriguing. The show is about people  that start talking to someone online and develop a relationship. Usually it turns out that they’re not who they said they were and sometimes this is to the extreme.

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Now I won’t lie, I actually find the show amusing and enjoy watching it but how realistic is it?

I find it hard to believe that someone was talking to another person online for let’s say 8 months and never skyped or anything. I mean first off if I were talking to someone attractive online and we hit it off, I’d be instantly skeptical if I never met them in person. Why would they be actively chatting online when they could easily date someone local and more than likely get hit on all the time? Let’s get past that point and assume they made themselves very convincing and had a story about how they’re sick of people in their town or something. Now we’ve been chatting for months online and possibly on the phone and I still don’t have any new casual pictures or video chatted? Maybe they always come up with an excuse why they can meet, show a new picture or video chat. Those are pretty huge red flags that would normally alarm a person to demand proof or simply stop talking. “Oh but she/he is my soul mate I just know it!”. COME ON! Really?!

The voice alone if they talk on the phone is a pretty good indicator although not in the case of someone of the same sex and age. I’m talking about when you THINK you’re talking to a good looking model guy and he’s in a bunch of magazines and when you talk to him on the phone he sounds either like a girl or a 14 year old boy. Obviously something is wrong there. I’m talking about when you THINK you’re talking to a hot chick and she refuses to talk on the phone or video chat or maybe sounds one again like a little boy (Maybe it’s still a girl you might say? Well maybe it’s a 13 year old girl and now you’re apparently a predator).

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I understand some people get desperate or get caught up thinking how perfect someone is or who they have so many of the same interests but how silly are you to let that blind you of common sense AFTER maybe 2 weeks? Shouldn’t you be interested in seeing they’re face when you talk and if they didn’t have a computer to Skype, wouldn’t you hope that if someone truly “loves” you that they’d buy a cheap laptop or webcam for you?

To be honest I’m not sure if everything is made up for television but these kinds of things DO actually happen in real life. They shouldn’t ever get to this point but they do. Be careful you never know if you’re talking to a  girl, guy or possibly even someone who is transgender.

Do you think the Catfish show is real?

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