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Sep 18 15

The Scorch Trials is NOTHING like the book!

by ComputerAbuser

The Scorch TrialsIf you have read the Maze Runner books and are thinking that The Scorch Trials movie will be anything like the book, I am telling you right now, that they are NOTHING alike.

We re-watched The Maze Runner Wednesday night and although there are some differences, the movie is pretty close to the book.

The Scorch Trials movie on the other hand, is NOTHING like the book!

I wouldn’t even be able to discuss the differences, there is really nothing that happens in the book that is shown on screen.  My daughter was heartbroken (she read the book as well).  I suspect she was willing to leave during the movie.  She hated it.  She insists that she won’t even watch the next movie.



Jul 28 15

Cineplex Excessive Pre-Movie Ads

by ComputerAbuser

Ant-ManI took the kids to see Ant-Man last night (which was great by the way) and we were shocked to realize that before getting to the “Coming Soon” trailers, there were 4 ads for Bell Mobility and 3 automobile ads.

4 freaking ads for Bell in the span of a few minutes.  Seriously, it was Jeep, Bell, Interact, Bell, Mazda, Bell, Toyota and finally another Bell ad.

This was after paying $16.75 each to watch the movie in AVX 3D.

This shit is getting outta hand!



Jun 24 15

Finally tried Canada Dry Lemon-Lime Club Soda

by ComputerAbuser

I’m not Canada Dry Lemon Lime Club Sodaa fan of Coke or Pepsi.  I don’t mind some Root Beer if I feel like something sweet (I prefer A&W over Barq’s), but my favourite soda is Canada Dry Ginger Ale.

Despite having a lot less sugar than other soft drinks, it still has quite a bit.  I also can’t stand artificial sweeteners.

So I was looking forward to trying Canada Dry Lemon-Lime Club Soda, which I finally did today.  It’s not sweet in the slightest, but it’s cold and bubbly. It’s also not salty or bitter like other club soda’s I’ve tried.

I still prefer Ginger Ale, but for now while I’m cutting back on sugar I think this will be a satisfactory alternative.  😉



May 7 15

PAX Prime 2015 – Sold out in 55 minutes

by ComputerAbuser

PAX Prime Sold Out

At least according to when I received my text message tweets from the PAX twitter account

Here I was, riding my Motorcycle down the road, heading to lunch with the wife.  From my pocket, I can hear Moto Assist yell out from my Moto G that I received a new text from Twitter.

I only follow one account in Twitter and that’s the PAX feed.  I didn’t think it would be the registration text since only last week we were told….

@Official_PAX: To assuage any heart attacks, just remember we won’t launch tix until later in May.

It’s only May 7th, which I wouldn’t consider “later in May”.

Once I get to the restaurant I check the message and see this…


WTF!!  I am not prepared for this.  I click the link and hope I’m not too late (it’s now 4 minutes after I received the alert).  Luckily, I wasn’t.  After a 20 minute wait, I got in and ordered two sets of tickets.  I tried to order 2 more sets using my wife’s phone, but by the time I got though, Saturday was sold out.  I guess I lucked out this time around.



Feb 5 15

Redbox is leaving Canada!

by ComputerAbuser


Wow, I just recieved word that Redbox is leaving Canada!

Was it really that expensive to maintain service?

The last day to rent will be Feb 13th.


With Blockbuster and Rogers Video gone, there is basically no place in my area to rent movies.

If what I want to watch is not on Netflix, that doesn’t really leave many legal options.




Update: The Toronto Star now has an article about it as well…..

Movie rental company Redbox shutting down Canadian operation, pulling kiosks

Nov 19 14

Ooooh, a package from TigerDirect……

by ComputerAbuser

PaperClipsBack when TigerDirect was offering $30 off and free shipping, I was able to score an Intel i3-4150 for $95 (before tax).

Ya, I know I complained that there wasn’t anything worth buying.  Well, this actually worked out to be a good deal.

Anyway, the price was a few cents short of $125, so I had to add filler and ended up adding paper clips.

Well, I received the package today and they sent the paper clips separately in a large box.

Damn, that couldn’t have been cheap.  Maybe going forward they could offer the deal when you spend $125 +/- $1.



Nov 6 14 $30 off $125 plus Free Shipping – Awesome? Not Really

by ComputerAbuser

TD is often having weekly sales, whether it’s $15 off $100, $10 off $50 or like right now, $30 off $125.

Combined with the Free Shipping promo that they have right now, you would think that you could grab a pretty sweet deal.

Well maybe on some stuff, but not video cards (or CPUs or SSDs….).  After the $30 discount, you might save $5 or $10 off of competitor prices, but that’s hardly very exciting.

I want to get something that is on sale.  Something that is already a good price and then knock off $30, that’s customer appreciation!

Nov 6 14

Looking to Upgrade Video Card, Not Much has Changed.

by ComputerAbuser

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850I was thinking that the Sapphire HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB GDDR5 video card that I purchased for my HTPC 3 years ago was getting a little old and that it was time to upgrade.

I was able to pick it up for $140 back then and it’s been a great card.

So what can you get for $140 today?  Well, without mail-in-rebates, you are looking at something in the Radeon R7 260X range.  Is that an upgrade?  BARELY!.

In fact, looking at the numbers, the difference probably wouldn’t even be that noticeable.

With mail-in-rebates and sales, you can often find a R9 270/270X for that price, which is a bit of an upgrade, but considering my card is 3 years old, that’s kinda sad.

With Black Friday around the corner, I’m hoping to get a good deal on a R9 280/285/280X, which would be a definite improvement.

Feb 8 14

General Mills changes free movie offer in 2014

by ComputerAbuser

General Mills Cineplex 2014In previous years, February was the free movie month for the General Mills / Cineplex promotion, but they changed things up a bit this year.

I didn’t find out until I finally got a hold of some Almond Oatmeal Crisp cereal.

This year, Feb, Mar and May are 2 for 1 and April is the Free month.


Oh well, Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out in April, so it’s not all bad.



Jan 2 14

Cineplex / General Mills Free Movie Offer is back!!

by ComputerAbuser

General Mills Cineplex LogoI meant to post this a few weeks ago, but while at the grocery store I noticed that the Old El Paso taco kits had new Cineplex coupons on them, indicating that the Cineplex General Mills Free Movie Offer is back once again.

The Cineplex site mentions the promotion, but doesn’t have any details.

From what I can tell, it’s the same offer as last year, although I haven’t seen any cereal boxes yet to confirm.

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