Skip to content
Jul 4 16

2016 Cineplex Peel & Pop – Game Tweaked!!

by ComputerAbuser

PeelAndPopThe summer Cineplex Peel & Pop game has been running for a few weeks now.

In previous cycles, you would pop kernels for contest entries with the occasional instant prize being won. This year, you have to pop kernels to win wedges, which are like a partial prize.  You have to “earn” 3 or 4 wedges to win any one prize.  Sometimes you will get all 3 or 4 wedges for one item in a single game, giving you an “Instant” prize.

Initially, the game was more challenging on a mobile or tablet.  In a desktop browser, it was considerably easier.  For the most part I was able to pop over 200 kernels per game using a mouse.  Unfortunately, being able to pop that many kernels didn’t seem to increase the amount of wedges you could win.  Whether you popped 50 or 200 you always seem to end up with 3 to 5 wedges.  If you don’t pop all of your potential wedges during regular play, you get an extra chance to pop a bonus kernel, where the system would give you the remaining wedges.

Anyway, I tried again today after not playing since last week and holy crap, they quickly ramp up the speed now. I can only hit maybe 40 to 45 kernels!

Luckily any wedges you miss during regular play seem to come up with the bonus kernels. I’m still getting 3 to 5 wedges per play.  I used to be able to play better than 100% of all Canadians according to the end game message.  I guess they got wise and tweaked the game-play.



Apr 14 16

OneDrive Randomly Deleted over 26 000 Files!

by ComputerAbuser

OneDriveThis morning I noticed that OneDrive was feverishly working away while I worked.  I hadn’t made any changes to my OneDrive folder, so it didn’t make much sense.  I stupidly let it be thinking it was just doing some maintenance.

Well, at the end of the day I went to retrieve a file and found that several folders were missing.  Upon closer inspection I found that most of my files were gone!

I looked online ( and they were all still there, just not on my local computer.  That’s when I checked my Recycle Bin and found over 26 000 files had been deleted from my OneDrive folder.

The files are mostly small and only make up about 3.5 GB.  Anyway, I was able to restore them from the Recycle Bin and all is well.

Makes me a little concerned about what the hell OneDrive was thinking.



Apr 14 16

Google Music Auto-match: Update

by ComputerAbuser

Google MusicIt appears as though the music uploading auto-matching feature of Google Music is working again.  Yesterday I re-uploaded 5 albums that previously didn’t have a single match.  This time all but a couple of songs were matched.

I didn’t think they would go too long without getting that fixed.



Apr 11 16

Google Music Auto-match Not Working?

by ComputerAbuser

Google Music ManagerIt seems like the auto-matching functionality of Google Music hasn’t been working for the last few days.  I tried to upload 4 albums that I ripped to FLAC, but not one song got a match.  I find the system is better at matching FLAC files than it is at matching MP3 files.  I’m guessing because it doesn’t sample the music and instead just goes by the ID3 tag and song length.

All 4 albums are available for sale on Google Music, so I know Google has a copy.  I converted them to MP3 files just in case, but they still didn’t match.  Traditionally, I get a match ~99% of the time (with FLAC files), so I know something is up.

I will try again in a few days to see if the issue has been corrected.



Apr 6 16

Need to rename a whole whack of folders?

by ComputerAbuser

Bulk Rename UtilityAfter converting almost 16 000 MP3s to a lower bit-rate using TAudioConverter, I realized I forgot to check off “add encoder suffix to created folders”.

This resulted in hundreds of folders with “_Lame” tacked on to the end of each folder name.

I started picturing renaming them all by hand and decided to search out something that could do it for me.

Google brought me to and the Bulk Rename Utility.  The name isn’t very imaginative, but it’s free and it worked perfectly.  It only took a second or two once I figured out the interface, which isn’t exactly clean.

My only complaint is that the logging function doesn’t appear to work.  I thought it was a permissions issue, but moving it to a non-system folder didn’t make a difference.  I used the Portable version if that makes a difference.



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