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Using Android smartphones with Rogers Pay As You Go

The Canadian mobile phone provider Rogers has many plans, but many choose the Pay As You Go, since it is suitable for their needs.

The bad part is that the plan does not include any data usage on Smartphones.

But there is a way to get this working on Android phones.

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KPMG Survey shows Canadians are "unsophisticated" mobile phone users

Not surprisingly, a KPMG worldwide survey has shown that Canadians are behind the curve when it comes to more sophisticated use of mobile phones.

My viewpoint: the lack of standards, carrier locking, and the high cost are the main hindrances, stifling competition and dragging the market.

The study is published here.

Via the CBC.

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Converting Cisco Easy VPN .pcf files to Linux vpnc configuration format

Since I use Linux exclusively, and have to interface with clients using various Windows technologies, open standards are an important aspect of our tech-life. For example, we use OpenOffice to read Word/Excel/Powerpoint files, and so on.

One thing that comes infrequently is the need to login to a corporate virtual private network (VPN) that uses Cisco's Easy VPN.

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Pakistan floods affect more people than the Haiti Earthquake and the Indian Ocean Tsunami combined

According to this AP article, the U.N. says that the number of people affected by the Pakistan floods of 2010, worse than the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined.

Yet, the coverage in the media is not as big as those events have got, and consequently, less aid is being donated for them.

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Calgary downtown parking highest in Canada

Calgary is the 14 priciest city for downtown parking, and the number 1 in Canada! It has reached $453.38 per month!

Even Toronto with all its high cost of living is at $336.25 per month, and Montreal is $280.62.

Back here in Kitchener/Waterloo, it only costs $116.94.

Via CBC.

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Canadian mobile market starts seeing effects of increased competition

The mobile market in North America is badly fragmented, due to
different carriers using different technologies (CDMA vs. GSM), different frequencies for different companies (AWS, 2100), and locking of phones to the carrier.

This fragmentation strengthens the stranglehold of the carrier on the customer, who has a higher barrier switching from one company to the other.

Industry lobbyists still call for more balkanization of the market, by adding more frequencies, against standardization.

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