What You Must Not Miss When You Have Only 24 Hours in Las Vegas

Posted By admin on December 30th, 2015

Las Vegas Offers So Much to See

Just finished my 3-day Las Vegas trip. I had to finish so much in 3 days that I was always on the run. Especially when my Grand Canyon trip took one whole day. So basically I had time to spend one full day visiting free tourist attractions and I decided to give you a brief rundown of what you must not miss if you have only one day in Las Vegas.

Bellagio Fountains: This spectacular water show is not to be missed.

The Mirage Volcano: Watch an exploding volcano in the forest without the risks of going into the actual forest.

The Venetian Grand Canal: Who says you need to go to Italy to experience Venice-style canals? The Venetian Grand Canal mimics the canals of Venice, complete with a gondola ride.

After experiencing the above three, if you have time you can go through Paris the Eiffel Tower, New York New York Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, Fremont Street Experience, Caesars Palace, the Luxor, etc. And obviously, taking part in the things I mentioned will give you the experience of watching The Strip as well.

Las Vegas has so many things to see that you will need about five days if you need to experience a bit of everything, including the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. However, if you are time constrained, in my view what I mentioned above should be good enough to claim you have visited Las Vegas.

In this video LINK, I have captured the three important things I mentioned. And keep an eye on my YouTube Channel for more video clips in the future.

What Happened to My OnePlus One in Las Vegas?

Posted By admin on December 19th, 2015

OnePlus One and the Luxor Hotel

Just completed my 3-day Las Vegas trip. I was having a vacation full of surprises and the unexpected, especially after seeing one of the seven natural wonders of the World in the Grand Canyon. However, all my excitement was shattered by an unfortunate event just the day before returning to Toronto.

After having a quick breakfast in Wendy’s located in front of my hotel, New York New York, I decided to visit the Luxor hotel before heading to the Las Vegas South Premium Outlets mall. The Luxor hotel is named after the Egyptian city Luxor and it mimics pyramids both inside and outside.

I was very excited to take video and pictures of the Luxor hotel from the sidewalk across the street in front. And then bad luck struck me. All of a sudden, I don’t even know how, my OnePlus One phone slipped out of my hand and landed on its screen on concrete. The screen got shattered, but the phone was still working. However, the shattered screen lost its touch sensitivity and I was unable to access anything on my phone.

I was very found of my OnePlus One phone and it still looked new after using it for a year and a half. So breaking it made me very upset and I was unable to enjoy my vacation 100% after the incident. I did buy a new OnePlus Two phone when I got the invite, so this is what I am using as my primary phone.

I don’t see any point in trying to fix my OnePlus One, as I did some research and it looks like the cost is about $200 to fix it. I was able to retrieve all my pictures and video clips from my trip via Dropbox. I will be posting all the videos on my YouTube channel one by one. Here is the link you can check, you especially don’t want to miss the Grand Canyon video.

Bluetooth Toothbrush? Are We Going Crazy?

Posted By admin on June 27th, 2015

Are These Apps Wasting Time

Are These Apps Wasting Time?

I never thought that we would like to have an overview of what’s going on inside our mouth while brushing and want to keep track of that in an app. Recently I came across Bluetooth toothbrushes that can do just that.

These brushes keep track of how you are brushing your teeth, how long you are brushing, where you are putting more pressure, where you are putting less pressure, and many other bizarre things – and then connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You can have a detailed report of your brushing activity and your phone can also remind you to brush your teeth should you forget.

You can say this is a marvel of modern technology, but I would gladly decline tracking every move we make and have a report to analyze it. How far we can go with things like this? An app to track how we wear our clothes? An app to track how we walk? How our eyes look and if they are seeing properly?

The world is full of distractions and you need to be very selective in what you do and do not use. As our time is limited on earth, you want to appreciate, enjoy and cherish every second of it before it’s too late. I already visit my dentist every 4 months and am not willing to give up more time tracking how I brush my teeth.

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What’s Your Browser?

Posted By admin on February 26th, 2014

Firefox, Chrome, IE, or Avant
Photo Credit: www.avantbrowser.com

Firefox, Chrome, IE, or Avant?

Just like smart phone apps, I am always looking for new browsers. Today, I will share a few thoughts about my various browser experiences in brief.

Firefox – This is what I currently use. I believe in terms of speed, it is slightly slower than Chrome, but I don’t mind it. I use Firefox for my smart phone and tablet as well and I think that Firefox does a better job than Google on smart phone or tablet.

Chrome – When Chrome first came out, I abandoned Firefox and stuck to Chrome for a long time. However, later on I switched to Firefox again and now I use Chrome as my backup browser.

Opera – I used Opera for probably 6 months. Then they came up with a newer version, which is the current version (as of Feb 2014), and their newer version actually went downhill in terms of quality when compared to the previous version. Since then, I stopped using Opera, even on my smart phone or tablet.

Internet Explorer – Never used it, never liked it. Whenever I open IE to check their latest version, it gives me headaches just to look at it for a minute. So cluttered and user-unfriendly that I don’t understand why Microsoft engineers don’t get something that’s so easy to get (i.e. make it uncluttered and user-friendly).

Avant – Just discovered this recently. This is not really a browser by itself. It renders 3 different engines to give you browsing experience you cannot have anywhere else. In other words, you can open a URL within Avant using Firefox, Chrome, or IE. You can even assign for specific websites to open with only particular browsers among IE, Firefox, or Chrome. It’s packed with lots of other interesting features. Try it, you might like it. One thing I noticed is that when you browse using Avant, web statistics sites (like Statcounter.com) do not show Avant as your browser, it would show the engine you are using at that time as your browser (Firefox, Chrome, etc.).

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SugarSync Discontinues Its Free Plan

Posted By admin on January 1st, 2014

Move Your Files Out of SugarSync

Move Your Files Out of SugarSync

I have been using SugarSync along with other free online cloud storage serves for a while. All of a sudden, I received an email recently from SugarSync notifying they will retire their free plan starting February 8, 2014.

This news is totally unexpected, as I have always thought SugarSync would be someone that can be relied on to park your online storage forever as I have accumulated some bonus storage through the referrals I mentioned in this article: Free online Cloud Storage

To be sure, I asked SugarSync customer support if my account would still be terminated as I have accumulated bonus storage. They replied back saying for now I am exempted from their new policy and my account will remain active with the bonus storage. However, I may receive notification at a later point of time if there is a change in the current scenario.

I have had my lessons already and will not trust or rely on SugarSync anymore, and have decided to move my files to somewhere else. If you are using a SugarSync free account, you need to move your stuff by February 8th, 2014. I have mentioned several other free cloud providers on my article above and you can use any one of them except SugarSync.

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My Black Coffee Journey

Posted By admin on December 20th, 2013

My Dramatic Cut on Sugar

My Dramatic Cut on Sugar

Nothing is impossible as long as you decide on something, make plans, and persevere to make it happen. This is how I made it possible to switch to black coffee.

In the past, I used to take 3-4 sugars for Tim Horton or McDonald’s coffee 7-8 sugars for Starbucks’s coffee. After reading on the harmful effects of sugar and salt, I decided to cut back on both of these. It was not instantly that I gave up on sugar. Rather, I gradually decreased my sugar intake. Just about a month ago, my final sugar (before turning to black coffee or tea) intake was 1 to 2 spoons with coffee or tea.

As I felt I was ready to try going without sugar, I tested coffee and tea without sugar and cream for 2 weeks. The first week was difficult, but the second week was not that bad, as my taste buds got used to it. Then what happened next? After two weeks of going without sugar, just to see how it felt with sugar again, I started coffee with sugar and cream again.

Surprisingly enough, I found out that I did not like coffee or tea with sugar and cream anymore and it just did not feel right.

As it stands right now, I am very happy with my black coffee or tea and will continue it that way. If you would like to cut back on sugar, start gradually right now and it’s not that as hard as it may sound.

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Toronto Gets Its First Big Snow

Posted By admin on December 14th, 2013

Toronto is expected to get 15 to 20 cm snow by Sunday. Video was taken at around 4.00 on Sat, Dec 14, 2013.

5 Best Android Free Live Wallpapers

Posted By admin on January 21st, 2012

5 Best Android Free Live WallpapersMy Top Favourite Android Live Wallpapers

Live wallpapers can add totally different dimensions to your phone or tablet screens. After searching for hours, these are my top five picks for live wallpapers.

Lightwell Live Wallpaper CE by DeDee – A great piece and visually pleasing. This wallpaper shows your current location, how long you are at your location, time, battery status, etc. It is not live in the sense that it does not move on screen, but information changes on your screen based on your movement and location. Very easy on the battery and does not slow down the device.

Puddle Drops by Schular Mobile
– Having this wallpaper is like having a live pool on your screen. This wallpaper simulates falling water drops on screen. Tap or shake your device to create more drops. Looks really good on a tablet screen.   

Radar Live Wallpaper by Biturix
– Make your phone or tablet look like a real radar with this app. Radar beam speed, objects on radar, and color are customizable. Easy on battery.

Blue Skies Live Wallpaper by Kittehface Sostware
– This wallpaper makes you feel like you are flying through the clouds. Looks good, but drains battery and slows down device.

My Beach Free by DualBoot Games
– Have your own secluded beach on your screen while clouds floating above you and ocean waves breaking onto the shore. Looks very good, but drains battery and slows down device.

Link: https://market.android.com/

 

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Toronto After-Christmas Snowfall

Posted By admin on December 27th, 2011
Toronto After-Christmas Snowfall

Toronto Is Bracing Its First Big Snowfall of The Season

Toronto gets its first big snowfall of the season today. Whle waiting for bus, I shot these two video clips on Danforth Avenue & Birchmount Road and Birchmount Rd & St Clair Ave E. in Toronto, Canada, just hours ago today. Taken with HTC Panache.

10 York Street Toronto Downtown Building Demolition

Posted By admin on October 2nd, 2011
10 York Street, downtown Toronto building demolition

Downtown Toronto Building Demolition Video Clip

10 York Street is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, just steps from my work. This 2.5 acres of prime land, near Harbourfront, is one of the last development sites available in downtown Toronto. This clip is a result of three different video clips taken in three different days. As I write this, the demolition has been completed and 10 York Street is now a straight flatland. It’s hard and kind of impossible to imagine what went on right on this piece of land just days ago.

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