Disney Polynesian Resort, Orlando

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Disney Polynesian Resort, Orlando is a great resort if you can afford it.  It’s located just across the Seven Seas Lagoon.  You can take the Mono Rail or boat to the Magic Kingdom or even walk to the main entrance where you can take the Mono Rail to the Epcot Park.

It’s great to take a small boat back to your resort after the last night fireworks and not have to wait or use a bus.  You can even watch the fireworks from the Polynesian beach.

This is a nice resort all by it’s self.  There is a great pool with water slide and water fall.  A Polynesian luau, a great show and good food.  The food is good.  You can pick  what you want.  Usually you only eat breakfast at the resort since you will be in a park all day.  You can also attend for $, a Disney breakfast with Disney characters.  The kids love it and the food is good too.

The rooms are OK, nothing great but your not paying for the room but the location. It’s funny to look out and see a mono rail going by your window.

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Microsoft Surface sells less units in 8 months than iPad sells in 3 days

Microsoft Surface only sells 1.7 Million units since it’s launch eight months ago.  In comparison iPad sold 57 Million in same time frame and over 3 million iPads in the first three days.  Almost twice the total sales of the surface in just three days.

No wonder Apple had a smug look on their face every time a reporter said the Surface would replace the iPad.

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In millions of units (total is for eight months)

In other words, Microsoft spent more to advertise Windows 8 and Surface than it made in Surface revenue.

You can read the full report at:

http://www.geekwire.com/2013/microsoft-surface-revenue-853-million/

and more information at:

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/31/microsoft-surface-estimated-to-have-sold-only-1-7-million-units-since-launch/

Coenzyme Q10 for high blood pressure

I have high blood pressure and was looking at alternatives to help reduce my blood pressure.  Browsing the web I found two interesting ways to reduce high blood pressure, dark chocolate and Q10.

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Q10 from Costco (I take one a day)

Dark chocolate over 70% has been known to reduce your blood pressure so if you like chocolate this is a great way to justify eating more.

Coenzyme or Q10 is a vitamin like substance that reduces blood pressure among other benefits.  I thought I would give it a try and bought a bottle or the 102mg.  After only a week my blood pressure dropped back to normal.  It was running over 150/100 but dropped very fast back into a normal range.  After a year of taking it I visited the doctor for a routine checkup and my blood pressure was 120/80.

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My blood pressure charted when I started Q10

For high blood pressure: 120-200 mg per day divided into 2 doses.

WARNING:

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Apple #1 brand for computer, tablets and phones in Harris Poll

Apple was picked #1 brand for computer, tablets and phones in Harris Interactive Poll of  38,814 people and 1,511 brands.

Computer brands:

1 Apple Computers – 2013 Computer Brand of the Year
2 Hewlett-Packard (HP) Computers
3 Dell Computers

Tablet brands:

1 Apple iPad Series – 2013 Tablet Brand of the Year
2 Kindle Fire Series
3 Google Nexus Series

Mobile Phone brands:

1 Apple iPhone – 2013 Mobile Phone Brand of the Year
2 HTC Phone
3 Samsung Phone

More about the Harris Poll EquiTrend® survey and methodology:

Harris Poll EquiTrend® Methodology

A sample of 38,814 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over were surveyed online by Harris Interactive from January 11 through February 8, 2013 and the survey took an average of 35 minutes to complete. The sample was from the Harris Interactive online panel of respondents, a database consisting of over a million cooperative respondents who have double-opted in to be randomly invited by Harris Interactive to take part in online surveys. The total number of brands rated was 1,511. Each respondent was asked to rate a total of 40 randomly selected brands. Each brand received approximately 1,000 ratings. Data were weighted to be representative of the entire U.S. population of consumers ages 15 and over based on age by sex, education, race/ethnicity, region, income, and data from respondents ages 18 and over were also weighted for their propensity to be online. This is the same precision weighting approach Harris has used to become the leading online polling organization when calling elections.

Click here to read the full article at their website.

Android infections dominate mobile devices

Android devices have now beat out Window devices with the most infections.  Interesting that Apples iOS devices don’t even show up.  This confirms what I have been saying about the excellent security on iOS devices.

Trojan that steals usernames, passwords and credit card information and uploads the information to a remote command & control server

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In mobile networks we found that 0.52% of devices were infected with high threat level malware. This is slightly up from the 0.50% we reported last quarter. The vast majority of infected devices are either Android phones or Windows laptops tethered to a phone on connected directly through a mobile USB stick or MIFI hub. The infection rate among Android devices is actually over 1.0%.

There has been a sharp increase in infections in the last quarter even tho Android has introduced new security features. Kindsight Security Labs reports that there are still major failures in the new security features.

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Best Resort to stay in Disney World

I have been to Disney World in Florida many times with our daughters and now with our grandson and thought I would put together a list of what I know.

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There are now many areas to stay within Disney World to meet every price range depending on how much you want to pay.   I have two thoughts on visiting Disney World.  One is book the best resort to save time and enjoy your visit.  The other option is to save money while still enjoying the parks.

In the beginning Disney had all their resorts around Seven Seas Lagoon.  This made it easy to get to the park via boat, Mono rail or walking.  Now Disney is competing with lower cost hotels that have built up around the Disney property.

Save money option:

While there are hotels are technically within Disney they are very far from the parks and can only get to the park via a smelly diesel bus.  So I don’t see the advantage of paying a premium price on a hotel with no extras like free breakfast and free wifi if you still need to take a bus.  All the hotel outside the park also bus you to the park for free but also offer extras like free breakfast and wifi.  So my advice for the “save money option” would be to stay outside the Disney property.

What’s the problem with buses?

The line ups for buses are getting longer and longer.  The worst time is after the fireworks when you may need to wait for 3 or 4 buses before you can get on due to the large crowds. Also after a long hot day at the park the last thing you want to do be be squeezed on a overloaded bus next to a lot of other sweaty people with standing room only.

Best resort option:

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Toronto, Niagara Falls, London Ontario Trip 2013

Chris was going to a Jam session in St. Thomas, Ontario so we decided this year to fly and travel around southern Ontario for a week.  Here is a map of our route and links to the hotels we stayed at during the trip.

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Map of route during trip 2013

A) We flew into Toronto and stayed the first night beside the airport so we could start out fresh in the morning.  We could have bi-passed this if we flew in earlier since it is only about a two hour drive to Niagara Falls.

My Review and pictures of the Hampton Inn Airport

B) We drove to Niagara Falls and stayed at the Embassy Suites over looking the falls. This hotel is right on the falls and the view from the room is unbelievable.

My review and pictures of the Embassy Suites 

C) Now on to London and St. Thomas for the Jam.  We stayed in London and drove to St. Thomas each day since the hotels were nicer.

My review and pictures of Homewood Suites London Ontario 

We also stopped in on the Microsoft and Apple stores.  

Since we were flying I purchased a cool folding voyage air mini-dreadnough guitar for my wife.  You can see the pictures and review here of the guitar and Jam Session.

D) Now back to Toronto.   We stayed the first two nights at A) Hampton Inn since we were going to go to the Science Centre and Zoo.  Due to the heat we decided to skip the Zoo. Then we moved downtown at the Residence Inn.

My review and pictures of the Residence Inn Downtown Toronto

After four days downtown and seeing several shows we moved back to A)  but stayed at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport Corporate Centre that is attached to Hampton Inn.  They share the pool but have different breakfast areas.

My review ad pictures of the Homewood Suites Airport

All in all a great trip.  I made sure to plan extra time so we were never rushed and organized the travel to be on Sundays to avoid the heavy traffic.  We were caught in the traffic moving from the airport area to downtown and were stuck for 30 minutes moving 1 km.

Shows we saw:

  • Greg Frewin Magic Show at Niagara Falls (Excellent) Link here http://www.gregfrewintheatre.com
  • Second City In Toronto (Excellent)
  • Anything Goes Show in Toronto (Excellent)  It’s very expensive (~$300 but you can get “Rush” tickets for $29)

Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport Corporate Centre

Homewood Suites is a excellent  hotel.  Clean and with lots of extras like free parking, great breakfast, nice comfortable beds, free fast wifi, micro wave oven, flat screen TV, full fridge in a new clean suite.  We stayed in a one bedroom suite that gives you lots of extra room and two flat screen TV’s so people can watch difference shows.  We had our grandson with us so this was perfect.  There is even a dishwasher.

Check in was very fast and courteous and all the staff were friendly.

They are attached to the Hampton Inn and share the pool and coin laundry room but have separate breakfast areas.

Five Stars

Residence Inn Toronto Downtown

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This is a great central location in downtown Toronto with apartment like suites and lots of extras.  There is a full fridge,  big microwave, separate bedroom with two flat screen TV’s, free fast wifi, complimentary full hot breakfast buffet featuring over 60 breakfast items.

The indoor pool is regular size and hot tub.  The hot tub was so clean it looked like fresh tap water (maybe they just changed the water). I normally don’t go in hotel hot tubs but this one was so clear and clean I had to test it out. They also have a  state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Check in was quick and easy.  The parking is high ($40) but after driving around to different parking lots with signs say $16 dollars per day only to find out that it’s really $42 dollars for 24 hours I decided it would be easier just to use the Valet Parking.

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Ransomware demanding money to unlock your computer

This is not a new threat or spam but is new to Mac but is very easy to remove or ignore (on a Mac).  I say ignore because it is just spam that makes it hard to exit because they launch 150 copies of the page.

NOTE: DO NOT PAY since this will not stop the threat.  It’s just SPAM.

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To exit this on Safari simply click on the menu bar and click reset Safari but there is also a better solution below.

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In System Preference’s you can set  “Close windows when quitting applications“.   Then you simply need to quit Safari and when you reopen it the ransom-ware site will be gone.

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