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My (i.e. potentially mine) iPhone 4S finally shipped. It just left Mount Hope, Ontario. Who knows when it will get here… *facepalm*

I was #245 in the NATION for a pre-reserved Rogers iPhone 4S 32GB (Black) and now my phone will probably arrive almost a week later (Edit: It’s the next morning and my phone appears to have reached YVR airport) than the ppl who walked in to Future Shop this afternoon to get a (surprise) Rogers iPhone 4S…

Good thing my hope for happiness is not invested in a phone 😛 (but I AM upset about how the Rogers representative on the “Rogers Red Board” blog is deflecting all blame for their reservation system’s poor execution)

See: http://redboard.rogers.com/2011/rogers-reservation-system-iphone-4s-update/comment-page-6/#comments
(click on “Show Comments” at the bottom)

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So today the iPhone 4S was unveiled by Apple, much to the disappointment of those who were hoping for a (physically) redesigned “iPhone 5”. But along with that disappointment comes a much more serious problem looming over the next months…

What are we supposed to Google to find out the latest rumors on the next iPhone from Apple?! The newest iPhone is called the iPhone 4S, and so presumably the next phone could be called the “5”. But technically, the iPhone 4S is already the “5th” iPhone model ever made, so shouldn’t the next iPhone actually be named the “iPhone 6”?

But surely Apple wouldn’t jump names from a “4S” model to a “6” –  that would just seem (to a consumer such as myself) too much like Apple over-hyping the next iPhone. Not only that, but jumping from an iPhone 4S to an iPhone 6 sounds too much to me (a bitter, jaded iPhone follower) as an implicit admission of guilt from Apple that there’s an iPhone 5-sized hole in their product line-up! (Lol, I think I need to calm down…)

So, to address this monumental crisis, I propose a new search term that will carry us through to the next (and most likely only) iPhone to be unveiled in the coming year. A hash tag for our habitual iPhone rumor rehashing, if you will. A tag line to end all tag-… well, you get my point 😉

#iphone2012

Short, simple, and hopefully trending.

P.S. That was a little more cathartic than I anticipated 🙂

I just got this service text message from Rogers (at 1:48PM PST, April 6 2010):

Rogers svc msg:Good news! On May 4/10 tethering will be included at no extra charge as part of ur data plan on eligible devices.More info @ rogers.com/tethering

Checking out the rogers.com/tethering page indicates that it will be free for data plans of 1GB and higher, for both the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and also Blackberry customers.

You don’t actually have to wait for May 4th for this to take effect.  Rogers’ website states:

Effective immediately, tethering will continue to be included at no additional charge for Rogers customers who subscribe to a data plan of 1 GB and above*. This new policy replaces the current tethering promotion, originally set to expire on May 3, 2010.

So, a friend of mine recently bought some photography equipment (a Canon zoom lens, actually).  Incidentally, I ended up making a photography purchase of my own, just earlier today!  My purchase happens to be less than the price of a Starbucks coffee, though 😀

It’s an iPhone camera app developed by renowned photographer Chase Jarvis, called “Best Camera”.  I think it was just released.  You can read about it just like I did on the Strobist blog.  I don’t like the name of the app, but it’s built off a phrase that Chase is pushing – The best camera is the one that’s with you.  That’s such a good point.  (Update: it’s actually a photography book that Chase is selling, filled with his iPhone photos)

At $2.99, it provides simple (but incredibly useful) photo filters that will let you post-process your photos for exposure compensation, contrast, color saturation, etc.  Actually, it doesn’t give you individual controls for each, but it gives you a set of filters that accomplish those things (sometimes in combination).  And it features Twitter/Facebook/Camera Roll integration with the ability to shoot while in the app, too.

Here are a couple photos I’ve worked through Best Camera so far:

Best Cam 1
The new area that replaces the old C4C clubs office space in the SLC at the University of Waterloo

Best Cam 2
Ramez in the clubs lounge

I just found out that Sobeys (a grocery store chain) in Ontario is open 24 hours, seven days a week.  Whoa.  They look about as cheap as Superstore (back home in BC), too.  And, I live 700 metres from a Sobey’s.  I’m still going to drive, though (while I still have my sister’s car).

And just to reiterate, I’m thinking of getting an iPhone from Rogers:

My potential voice (& data) 3-year contract:

100 weekday minutes
1000 evenings and weekends (starting at 6PM)
unlimited incoming calls
caller id
100 Canadian long distance minutes
[system access fee and 9-11 included)

1GB e-mail & data plan

Total: $42.45 per month (+ tax)
[System access fee $6.95/month and 9-11 $0.50/month INCLUDED]

(I could instead get 250 daytime minutes with unltd. evenings & weekends starting at 8PM for $5 more a month)

This is Part 3 of my three part series on the start of what I’m doing here at the University of Waterloo.

Whew.  Ok, the end of my update series.  Well, last week (actually, like two or three weeks ago) was the Week of Evangelism at Waterloo.  I am happy to report to you that, contrary to what I thought, you can actually approach students on Waterloo campus and talk to them about spiritual things!  You just can’t do that in the Student Life Centre, which is the central building where a lot of students hang out.  Anyways, I got a chance to speak with LOTS of students and do lots of evangelism last week – probably more than I did on campus at SFU in the last year or two!

I think I talked with over 10 students, and here’s a little rundown on what kinds of students I got to talk to:

  • Computer Science student from a Hindu background
  • Korean student in “Biomed” (1st year, I think) who already told us she wanted to join a Bible study
  • Math or CS student who is already a Christian
  • International student from China, studying 2nd year Math (he kind of believes in a God, although his family grew up not believing in God, I think)
  • A Grade 12 student on campus, who is a Mormon (he’s hoping to go into History at Waterloo, next year) – I got into a long and interesting conversation with this guy on the differences between his faith and mine (Christianity), whether our sin really deserves something like “Hell”, the deity of Jesus and what the deity of God, lol (Mormons have a very limited, polythesitic, un-Godlike view of God, in my judgment)
  • A Chinese grad student (1st year, Master’s)
  • A student from South Sudan (we spoke to him VERY BRIEFLY) who told us his spiritual beliefs are, “Jesus is coming soon!”
  • A 2nd year Electrical Engineering student whom I asked for directions to find a prof who used to be at SFU (then Ryan, my colleague, started a conversation with him)
  • And finally, a 1st year software engineering student who really opened up to me on different things.  I got to talk to him about the Gospel, why I believe it, and stuff like that.

Whew.  Ok.  And that’s a wrap!  No more photos this time.

P.S. …about the iPhone

I think I might be getting an iPhone with a (1GB/month) data plan.  All together, it might come to $42.45 per month + tax (3-year contract).  That includes the system access fee ($6.95/month) and everything.  How can this even be an option for me, you ask?  Well, as I explained on my own profile on Facebook:

This is a deal where you are a current Rogers customer (I just had a 3-year contract expire, for example), and I asked to be transferred to their Retention Services department. Apparently they can be really flexible. I also had an example from a colleague (one with Telus, one in a similar situation with …  Read MoreRogers) where they got data plans for their Blackberry.

Anyways, the reason I want an iPhone is so that I don’t have to take out my 9 lb, 17″ laptop on campus or whatever to check e-mail, figure out appointments and my calendar, and/or send an e-mail to a student during the day.  Also, I used to always use my laptop in the washroom at home anyways (less so, now), and I figure this will help me reach 24/7 online status.  iPhones have wi-fi access, too, so I can use it around the house or on campus by connecting to the wireless network (it’s pretty much identical to the iPod Touch).  Or practically anywhere in Canada, like on the road, if I get a data plan.  Also, the iPhone 3G has GPS.  The iPhone and iPod Touch are quite different from the competition in this aspect, as well: they run Mac OSX (the Apple operating system) and a decent version of Safari, which is the standard web browser for Macs.  Plus, using the touch screen, you’re able to view webpages pretty naturally by zooming in and out with your fingers (“pinching”) even though the screen itself is way smaller than a normal computer screen.  Anyways, if I ditch the data plan, I can get a 3-year contract for $29.45 per month + tax.

My potential voice (& data) 3-year contract:

100 weekday minutes
1000 evenings and weekends (starting from 6PM)
unlimited incoming calls
caller id
100 Canadian long distance minutes
[system access fee and 9-11 included)

1GB e-mail & data plan

Total: $42.45 per month (+ tax)

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