Internode’s BigPond parody, you do the math

Justyn | March 31, 2010

Internode are doing a new ad campaign to try and lure BigPond customers across to their service. Whilst most ad campaigns are to try and get the consumer to buy their product, there needs to be some truth about the campaign.

One of Internode’s billboards shows a broken down blue Kombi van with an outback landscape. Most people will identify this as BigPond’s “I’ve been everywhere” campaign – BigPond’s wireless NextG service.

Internode's Billboard

Internode's Billboard (click for full size)

What Internode’s slogan reads is “If you’ve been everywhere man, it’s probably time for an upgrade”. Now as you all know, Telstra have the largest NextG network coverage in Australia, so how can you upgrade? Well Internode aren’t offering a wireless service, they are offering their ADSL2+ Easy Broadband plan.

The billboards which reportedly have cost Internode $350,000 will have 29 shown in Sydney and 10 in Adelaide. The second ad campaign’s slogan says “Are you being taken for a ride?” which again shows the iconic blue Kombi van.

Internode's Billboard

Internode's Billboard (click for full size)

Now why would Internode be trying to push an ADSL2+ connection to those in the outback on NextG wireless? They are most likely on that service due to being in the outback and not having decent telephone cabling or too far from the exchange.

Dance Like No One’s Watching

Justyn | March 28, 2010

Here is a nice poem about happiness I found, written by Crystal Boyd.

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are.

After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire.

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The Duck Song

Justyn | March 25, 2010

Well the following clip gets a lot of laughs at our place. The boys mimic it and it gets stuck in your head. Even Chell has been mimicking it and after the third or fourth time it gets a little annoying, but you still have to laugh about it.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtN1YnoL46Q

What are your thoughts on the clip? Catchy?

Twitter hacked by Acai Berry spammers

Justyn | March 23, 2010

My Twitter account was compromised (I have since changed my password) which resulted in some of my friends recently receiving direct messages from me offering options to lose weight.

People that have had their account hacked will be sending messages similar to this one:

did not think i was really going to lose weight, i did it though! with this... http://tinyurl.com/yhbx5kl

Spam Message 1

Spam Message 1

Here is another screenshot with different messages.

Spam Message 2

Spam Message 2

Last but not least, one final screenshot.

Spam Message 3

Spam Message 3

As you can see, if you have a few followers they will get annoyed with your messages. I didn’t even know my account was compromised until my friend Ryan informed me about the message I supposedly sent him on Twitter.

I did some Google Searches on the issue and only came across one other post written by Graham Cluley dating back to May 24, 2009. I would like to know if anyone else has had this happen to them so please comment and let me know.

Cheap cool gadgets and stuff

Justyn | March 23, 2010

Everyone loves cool gadgets, keychains and random things. You like them more if they are cheap. There is a place that has everything you can think of which you may have come across called DealExtreme.

They have everything from cheap $2 Gadgets to video games to car accessories. One of the things I bought from DealExtreme was these iPhone charging cables (I bought 3 of them) and at $1.86 each and free shipping, who can complain?

I also bought Rachelle and I a cute Lovers Keychain which is a magnetic heart keychain that splits in two. I know it was only $2.34 but it’s cute and the thought that counts, right? :-)

Lovers Keychain

Our Lovers Keychain

Some reasons I quit Facebook

Justyn | March 13, 2010

Come Monday, I am going on hiatus from Facebook. I figured I was going to quit Facebook and never come back to it but at the last minute I decided to deactivate my account and not totally remove it for good.

I will see how the next week will go not having Facebook and checking it every couple hours. Now, onto some of the reasons I have gone on hiatus.

1. Friends

One of the things with facebook is the friends aspect. It happened with Bebo and MySpace. It is like it is cool to have 300 friends but realistically you need to ask yourself who your friends are.

For instance, in the past month how many of your friends have written on your wall, commented on a status update or even commented on a photo of you? That’s right, it is time to delete some friends.

2. Games

Okay so some of the social aspect of Facebook is games, I get it. If that is the case why not have a game of UNO or Scrabble against one of your friends. I don’t like seeing posts about adopting a pig for my farm 10 times per day (yes I have hidden most things from my wall).

At the end of the day you need to work out how much hours are wasted playing a game like Farmville or YoVille on Facebook and ask yourself what have you achieved from the amount of time playing that game, or what are you working towards?

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What a brilliant idea…

Justyn | March 3, 2010

Message from a hard working Aussie

I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to earn that pay cheque, as I work on a mine site on a Kalgoorlie (WA) construction project, I am required to pass a random urine test, with which I have no problem.

What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test. Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a Centerlink Payment because I have to pass one to earn it for them?

Please understand – I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do on the other hand have a problem with helping someone sit on their backsides drinking grog & smoking dope.

Could you imagine how much money the Government would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a Centerlink Payment?

Note: Author Unknown but I would like to shake your hand.

New Year, newborn, new stuff

Justyn | January 30, 2010

Well it has been awhile since my last post almost a whole month. Wow, that has gone quick! So what is new? A lot of things actually, which I will try and summarise and keep this post short.

  • We looked at moving into a new place, but ended up renewing the current lease.
  • We quit smoking.
  • We found out we are pregnant, and find out if it’s a boy or girl on 03/02/10.
  • The girls had their 4th birthday.
  • Our Guinea Pigs had 3 babies, but two didn’t make it.

As you can probably tell by the above 5 points, this post could have been quite large but seemed a lot easier to just summarise the lot. :-)

Apple’s Tablet PC, possible video?

Justyn | December 27, 2009

With all the rumors going around about the new Tablet PC from Apple, possibly called iSlate as reported by Neowin, I decided to Google around a bit more and came across this interesting YouTube video.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIGd4aBzhTU

This is a nice looking concept of the Apple Tablet PC, and can’t wait to see what Apple has in store for us.