How to get Pandora, Hulu, NetFlix (good one), BBC in Canada…

Oct 07, 2013 in Electronics, Gimmicky, Personal

So some Canadians remember a time before the CFTC banned the use of foreign media outlets in Canada who did not comply with certain french requirements. Some other media outlets also closed up shop due to copyright issues in Canada with their service providers.

Pandora is a part of the music genome project and it allows for the use of social engineering to recommend new artists to individuals based on how their current interests align with others in the demographic.

Hulu is the competitor to current media giants like Rogers, Telus, Verizon, and Comcast, but like NetFlix is used the TCP/IP protocol to channel that information to the home. Hulu primarily streams TV show content from the major television stations.

NetFlix is the only one of the three that is actually available in Canada, but unfortunately for most Canadian’s who have never experienced the real thing… is not what Americans enjoy. The selection of movies and TV has been dramatically reduced to comply with their regulations.

 

Fortunately, these companies all use the IP address of the user to determine the originating location. Since day one technophiles have been able to use these services as they were originally intending through the use of VPNs, SSH tunnelling or a proxy. For the masses they were out of reach. Today however, users of Chrome and Firefox can join in on the bandwagon relatively easily. The plugin is MediaHint, and it works… and well. It now only allows the use of the listed services but many others as well; such as CBC and other Canadian outlets when in the US.

For an easy guide visit these guys right here (chome users) or here for Firefox

The user experience is transparent once the plugin is enabled. The site just simply works as if you were viewing the content from the US.

Enjoy,

Thiago

Family Day To Be Celebrated Every Third Monday Of February

Feb 14, 2008 in Personal

 Ok, so we have a new statutory holiday, and it’s called family day. With Monday being the first ever official family day, I thought I would write a post about it. For people that missed the memo and are not Canadian, here is the announcement:

“QUEEN’S PARK — Premier Dalton McGuinty got back to work today on behalf of hard-working Ontario families by confirming that he would create a new statutory holiday this February called Family Day.

“There is nothing more valuable to families than time together. And yet it seems tougher than ever to find, with so many of us living such busy lives,” McGuinty said.”

Well but what is one day going to do? Is it really going to fix the divorce rate or encourage people to spend time with thier kids? The answer to these questions is most likely a blatant no. One day, is not going to change the status of a family. Here is what I see happening, kids on this day will congregate on malls everywhere. Parents will stay home from work just like every other holiday and do things around the house.

I personally think this is just an excuse to add a statutory holiday to the month of February, but I may be wrong. It isn’t a bad thing to make people thing of their family more often, but declaring a statutory holiday surely isn’t going to fix any problems. I think the massive money this holiday will cost in lost productivity and taxes, could be replaced by an ad campaign and subsidizing family events. Think of all the lost income from every single person being off for a day, and where that money could be put to use. I know many of you are going to say, but we get paid on that day… but do you? That money comes from somewhere and it is going to come from your pocket. Either in the form of higher priced goods, or delayed salaty increases.

Really, what happened to Sunday? When I was younger, and even now in many countries everything is closed on Sunday. Nobody works and everyone has the day off. With the spread of 7 day a week shopping and work schedules we seem to have lost that special time… that is the real problem