The Misadventures of my @BBMobile #KEYone Case, Amazon and IntelCom Express

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A few weeks ago I watched iJustine unbox a oneplus and in that special edition box were 5 cases. Five! One was carbon fibre and it was gorgeous. I already have a case for my KEYone but decided to see if a carbon fiber one exists. Not a skin, I have tried that. A case. I didn’t find any but found one I thought I would like and so I ordered it last Sunday. I am a prime member so expected delivery on Tuesday. On Tuesday the package was delivered to my wife’s workplace (my choice) and at noon it was in my possession. When I opened the package however it wasn’t what I ordered. I look at the labelling on the actual package which was covered by intelcom’s other labelling and it was addressed to someone else. So I got the wrong package. I called intercom express, told my story and was placed on hold for ten minutes, was then told she couldn’t reach the driver and that someone would call me back. By 3pm the person who received my package called my wife to bring her up to speed that intelcom was being difficult about this whole mix-up. By 5pm I called intelcom again, got the same woman, was put on hold for a good 10mins, was told again that driver could not be contacted and that someone would call me back by latest noon on Wednesday. Surprise! That call never happened. I then decided to get amazon involved and chatted with someone and the whole experience got me NOWHERE !! Ok so sometimes online chatting Is not the way to go. On Thursday after more failed attempts with intelcom we find out from the person who had my package that u can actually call the carrier and request you be transferred to Amazon and they will do it for you. He was able to get a refund and a new package delivered. That’s what I did. I landed that same woman and when I told her I wanted to talk to an amazon representative to file a complaint and get a refund she quickly asked if I would give them a chance to fix this first. I told her no. I told her I recognized her voice and I had no interest being put on hold and going through the ritual from the other day. So I got connected to an amazon Rep and within 15mins I got a refund, I got to reorder my case, I got to choose 1 day delivery and she waived the 7$ charge and I was guaranteed delivery by Friday. I was also given a free month on my prime membership. On Friday at around 1pm since there was no indication at all that the package was on its way a call was made to intelcom express who said they didn’t receive any package yet. A call to amazon confirmed that and I was then told that unfortunately chances were I would not get the package Friday. Given that, I told the representative that the delivery address needed to be changed to my home address since the address they have is a business one and no one would be at the office on Saturday. She changed the delivery address for me. Within 15mins of our conversation I got a notification from intelcom that my package would be delivered with the next 3hrs. Say what? How is that possible? I assumed the one I re-ordered. Nope. Wrong. It was the original one which they went to get from the person who got it in error. One hour or so later I got another notification that my other package would be delivered within the next 3hrs. So by Friday evening I went from having zero cases for my KEYone to two. Oh and BTW I did get a refund … so one case was a freebie! 😀👍… so was this case in the end worth it?

For now I will say yes. It’s fairly light weight which is important to me.. Rubberized and the back is a clear plastic which allows me to showcase the BlackBerry logo. On the negative side, it’s clear plastic and so FINGERPRINTS!!!! UGH. What was I thinking!

I wish the buttons weren’t covered. I think after some use i will cut out the rubber off the buttons. Should make things easier. Although it’s not too bad right now.

BTW intelcom express does not have a good reputation … do some googling and it will confirm this. There is actually a petition out there that wants amazon to stop using them as a courrier.

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@Marvel #infinitywar: forget Waldo, where the F**K was #Hulk?

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Alright. I have waited a week but now it’s time to vent.. So potential spoilers on the way. I think the post title says it all. Literally if you blinked you missed the Hulk in Infinity War. He may have been on screen for about a minute and I think I am being generous.

This was me after the movie and although the ending was all sorts of WTF… I was also disturbed and disappointed with how the Hulk character was handled.

For 2hrs19mins and 30 secs or so I was wondering when I’d see the Hulk again. So here’s my take on this…

I am assuming the lack of screen time in infinity war has to do with the amount of screen time Hulk had in Ragnarok. What isn’t acceptable though is how little time he had. As well, how Hulk was treated.

The whole thing is messed up. So I am supposed to believe that because in those whopping 30secs he lost to Thanos that somehow Hulk was afraid to come out and ‘play’ again. On the one hand in Ragnarok we get to see a Hulk that is starting to talk although child like so.. It’s feasible to buy into him being scared to face Thanos again. On the other hand, the INCREDIBLE Hulk, a SUPER HERO, the mightiest of heroes is scared??? Say Whattttt?

Let’s get this straight… up to this point Hulk was able to take out the Abomination, handled Thor, was able and willing to take on the wolf and surtur in Ragnarok but now he refuses to take on Thanos because he ‘lost’ in a maybe 30sec encounter? BULLSHITTTTTT!!!! In the meantime the likes of all the other heroes, even Black widow and a teenaged spiderman take on Thanos and family without hesitation. So Hulk is painted in a cowards light? Unacceptable!!!

What I hope for is that in Avengers 4 Hulk is given a bigger role and that payback will be a bitch!!!!

A Blessing In Disguise?

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Last night as I was walking past one of our local soccer fields it got me thinking about my recent years at the soccer club I spent a good 15 years at. Could my crossing paths with the current technical director of this club who literally destroyed my passion for youth soccer and coaching have been a blessing? In a crazy way I think it was. I mean at the time the shit went down obviously I didn’t see it that way but three years have passed and so in retrospect this revelation has actually come three years too late. You see, rather than just call it a day three years ago I actually returned and last year was on the coaching staff with the technical director himself. I mean think about this. Imagine getting fired from a paying job only to return to work for free for the person that FIRED YOU!! That has to be the dumbest thing anyone could ever do and yet I managed to do that. I even had someone tell me straight to my face ‘what are you thinking?’ ..I wish he had said it differently. Like ‘what is wronggggg with youuuu?’ a la Rajesh from big bang theory. Atleast I would have gotten a kick out of that.

Anyway, leaving this toxic environment has been the best thing to happen to me. I lead a stress free life. I mean let me rephrase that. I lead a stress free soccer life. Life outside of soccer still has its stresses. However I’ll take the life stresses over this toxic environment and all the shit it brings any day of the week. Now I simply live vicariously through my daughter. I go watch her play and stay away from everything that is toxic. Including some of the parents.

#Juventus v. #RealMadrid: was it a foul or not?

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The million dollar question. I will start off by stating that i am a Juventus supporter. Given the 3:0 result of the first match, i will also admit that i never imagined that Juventus would pull off the comeback they did yesterday. Surely, the Roma result served as inspiration/motivation but i didn’t see it happening. Especially without Dybala. But it did. What did they get for it? Nothing. It was indeed a scandalous ending. Of course, depending on which side of the fence you are on you will either say it was not a foul or it was a foul. Here’s my take on this.

Given the corruption that exists in the world of soccer, starting with FIFA, why is it so hard to think that a plan was in place to ensure Real advanced? Especially considering the stunning defeat of Barcelona v. Roma. Why is this unimaginable? Could you imagine having both Real and Barca out of Champions league? Ousted by 2 Italian teams? Never. So why not have a plan in place? I am sure just like me, no one thought Juventus would score 3 goals and leave Real at 0.. but what if?? eh? what if? It’s not too hard to tell a referee that should this situation come up, to look for an “opportunity” that ensures Real advances. That opportunity came at the 93rd minute. Trust me, had the scoreline been 1:0 or 2:0 for Juventus that late in the game that call would not have been made. Had the scoreline been a draw or Juventus down that late in the game, that call would not have been made. The call was made because of the scoreline. Plain and simple. The question isn’t whether it was a foul or not; it was. The right question is ‘would that call have been made under any other circumstances?’ the answer is no.

It’s a shame. given the performances of both teams for both games combined the correct call should have been to have these two teams head into extra time.

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My @BBMobile #KEYone, 10 Months and One Day Later

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Not sure how I forgot this but worth mentioning.. Although it’s more an android/app annoyance than a KEYone. What’s with apps like YouTube and Facebook refreshing and taking you back to the top of the feed when you return to the App after it was minimized?

Side note: I swore that early yesterday @BBMobile liked my tweet for this post then the ‘like’ was gone later in the day. Hopefully I didn’t piss anyone off. Interestingly enough my battery is getting battered this morning. Some sort of revenge? Lol. I kid.

I should also mention that I am a die hard fan and look forward to the KEYtwo.

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Ok so this post was supposed to happen yesterday and then life got in the way. So why not wait 2 more months and do a ‘year later’ review? Well, I don’t think anything will change in the next two months. Atleast I don’t think so. If things change then I will post another update.

No huge revelations will come out of this post. Just my experience.

I guess the best way to approach this is a pros and cons list.

Pros

The phone is gorgeous. Beautiful looking and great quality. BBmobile needs to continue to make quality BlackBerry phones. None of that DTEK series nonsense.

The physical keyboard is pure awesomeness. I cannot do without a pkb. I just simply love the feel of the keys. I am a complete superstar writing on the KEYone.

The added features that come along with this great pkb like flicking words onto screen. Swiping back to erase words. Using the pkb as a mouse. Last but not least the fact you can create shortcuts both long and short for each key. I have so many shortcuts set up. So, so convenient.

The split screen feature. Most of the time I use it because I am watching a YouTube video but want to be able to scroll through my twitter feed. BB10 was far superior at this but heck atleast we got something.

The App ecosystem. I put this out here because almost every single BB elite out there that is pushing old time BB users of OS7 and BB10 use this as the main argument to jump on the blackdroid bandwagon. Personally I am not huge on apps. I have the few I use regularly but that’s about it. Instagram, twitter and FB are the main three with a small handful of others. What I will say is that, yes, it is exciting, I guess, to always have these apps getting updated on a regular basis.

Battery life. Amazing that I don’t have to bring my charger with me. Ever.

Cons (or annoyances)

Apps freezing up and getting the dreaded ‘App has stopped working’ window. So annoying. I don’t recall ever experiencing this with BB10.

I feel like I need to throw this one in. The Facebook App on android is pure unadulterated garbage. 99% of the time it is sluggish as shit. Thank God I rarely use it. Unfortunately the few time I do use it, it’s pure hell.

There are times when u press on either the circle, triangle or square and it takes a few cracks before there is a response. The square seems to be the worse.

General lag in responsiveness. It doesn’t happen often but when the phone slows down, it slows down to a crawl and it is the WORST!! There have been times that it was so bad I wanted to launch the phone across a room and into a wall. I have not done it and will never because I can’t bring myself to damaging such a beautiful phone 😀. I recall one time wanting to show an iPhone user friend of mine a video and it took so long to fire up he commented that we would have already watched it on his iPhone. I had no comeback. I mean how can I possibly convince people to join the blackdroid world when shit like this happens.

Battery life. Yes, this is in my Cons list as well. Although I don’t need my charger, battery life is not like it used to be. Seems to have changed somewhat since the last OS update. When it comes to my phone usage during my work week nothing has changed. I rarely use my phone during my work day yet my battery drains at a faster rate than in the past. I start my day at 6am and finish work at 430pm. There was a time when my battery would be in the low to mid 80s. Now it’s low 50s and at time in the 40s. Sure I reboot and get maybe one good day but then it’s back to what seems to be the new norm of low to mid 50s. Mostly the android system is chewing up all the battery life. I get that over time batteries can’t keep their charge like they used to but it hasn’t even been a year yet. Something has to change here. Why do I have to be forced to reboot my phone frequently to hope to get better battery life?

That’s all folks. For the most part my experience with Android has been good but at this point I can still argue that it’s no BB10. At some point I imagine I will no longer be able to say that.

@BlackBerry, a Patent Troll? That’s Laughable.

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BlackBerry decided to go after Facebook (WhatsApp, Instagram) this past week for patent infringement. Seven to be exact. Just as quickly as the news came out, came the articles and people accusing BlackBerry of being ‘patent trolls’.

A patent troll

Let’s face it folks, BlackBerry is far from being a troll. They own tons of patents and intellectual property that is still in use today.

I won’t lie. This comes as a surprise and I think it’s pretty ambitious. The once Goliath of the industry, now the David going after Facebook; one of today’s Goliaths. BlackBerry clearly feels they have something otherwise I doubt they’d attempt anything. I suspect this has been years in the making and I am sure they’re well prepared. I am no expert or lawyer but on the surface it seems this should go in BlackBerrys favor but you just never know. Time will tell. This could drag on forever.

I think the founder of WhatsApp is a good example of what a troll is.

Takes a dig at #apple:

But doesn’t look at his own backyard to make sure it’s tidy:

100% accurate. WhatsApp has been blatantly ripping off every feature BBM has put out.

All hail BlackBerry. Fingers crossed this will come out in their favor. BlackBerry has been on a good streak lately with lawsuits!

Fifty Shades Of Transparent

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One of the most over used and annoying word is ‘transparent’. It’s a word that is used in all walks of life but I got to hear this word over and over again during my many years in youth soccer from coaches all the way to the higher ups in the club. You know, the ones you look to for guidance. The ones that preach but don’t follow their own preaching much like tele-evangelists. And apparently I can’t escape it. Got the privilege of hearing a current coach use that word a couple weeks ago at a tournament I was at. I, of course, smiled and agreed with him but inside I was rolling my eyes.

I am always transparent when is comes to…’, ‘you have to be transparent,’try to be transparent ‘,’the most important thing is to be transparent‘ and on and on and on.

For the longest time I just thought that these people who use this word have zero clue what it even means. There are some youth coaches still today including the big cahuna at our club that should be the last people on this earth to use this word. Ever.

I was wrong to think that they have no clue what the word means. You know how image apps allow you to change the percentage of transparency on a photo? Well… this technique is used in real life as well. Whereas you should always be 100% transparent on any matter, instead all you need to do is tweak the percentage to address your immediate need. That’s all there’s to it. It’s almost too simple. In theory, this way, you are always in the right. And that’s how you get away with murder.