E.T. Video Game for Atari

RewindI was perusing Retrontario's YouTube channel when I stumbled upon this commercial for the E.T. video game Atari promoted heavily back in 1982.

Back then, I had an Atari 2600 clone called the Gemini (not my award) but I never found E.T. under the tree in '82. Looks like I dodged a bullet there.

Negotiations to secure the rights to make the game ended in late July 1982, giving Warshaw only five weeks to develop the game in time for the 1982 Christmas season. The end result is often cited as one of the worst video games released and was one of the biggest commercial failures in video gaming history.

E.T. is frequently cited as a contributing factor to Atari's massive financial losses during 1983 and 1984. As a result of overproduction and returns, millions of unsold cartridges were buried in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill. The game's commercial failure and resulting effects on Atari are frequently cited as a contributing factor to the video game industry crash of 1983.


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I Transferred My Domains Out Of GoDaddy

webSOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, has me worried. In a nutshell, SOPA is a proposed bill before the US congress that would allow owners of intellectual property to block or disable any website that they consider infringes on their intellectual property. It's a frightening slippery slope that promises to curtail freedom of speech on the internet.

GoDaddy announced they support SOPA. In fact, they were pretty vocal about it until about a week ago. As a result, and because I always hated the GoDaddy interface and their ad campaigns, I transferred all of my domains out of GoDaddy on Christmas Eve.

It was very easy following this handy tutorial. Just make sure you unlock your domains in GoDaddy first and export your authorization codes to expedite matters.

I went to, although I could have gone to local pals coreFusion (sorry guys!) is offering transfers below cost ($6.99 per transfer) all day today using the coupon code SOPASucks. Additionally, for every domain transfer initiated today, they will donate $1 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, to help them continue the legal fight against SOPA, PROTECT-IP, and other overbroad and ill-considered legislation.


If you've still got your domain names with GoDaddy, today might be a good day to transfer them. I'm glad I did.

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New Google Bar: A Step In The Wrong Direction

googleHas your Gmail updated yet to give you the new Google Bar? I have to roll over the Google logo to access other Google services, and I need to choose "More" or click "Even More" to get at some of my favourites.

Here's a screen cap of my Google Bar:

Google Menu

As it is, this Google Bar is a step in the wrong direction. Calendar and Reader, two of my most frequently used services, are a couple of hovers away.

Google needs to make the Google Bar customizable so we can choose the options available on the top tier. Until they make this customizable, I'm going back to good old fashioned bookmarks for my navigation.

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The Motts and Me: Friends Forever?

itunesThe Motts were a popular husband and wife radio duo on CFRB for years and years until they were let go by Astral back in August of 2009. They're now podcasting daily at

I've been working with Humble and Fred, who are now podcasting daily at, and when Carol Motts heard I had the guys in the iTunes store, she reached out.

When The Motts call, you accept the charges. I'm happy to share the news that you can now subscribe to the Motts on iTunes and Carol is now managing her own XML feed.

I don't think there's any conflict of interest here, there's very, very little overlap between The Motts' target audience and Humble and Fred's target audience. if you've heard both shows, you'll know what I mean.

But, I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you to listen to Humble and Fred radio. Subscribe and give it a whirl. It might just change the way you listen to radio.

Toronto Mike: Podcast consultant to the stars.

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New Gmail Design

gmailI got my Gmail account in June 2004 and started sharing invites with you all shortly thereafter. Today, I use Gmail more than ever, even paying for additional storage.

Gmail really has become the heart beat of my life management. It syncs with my Google Calendar, Google Chat, Google Maps and, believe it or not, it organizes my many emails with convenient labels, filters and the search... damn the search is great.

And it's getting better! Here's a look at the new Gmail design.

If you want to pitch a project to me, require emarketing consultation or work, or just want to exchange emails with me for sport, I'm

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My New Phone

phoneI mentioned I needed a new phone. You guys had some great suggestions, with some lobbying hard for iPhone and others making a great case for Android. One guy, my bud BlackBerry Ry, even tried to get me to remain in the BlackBerry game.

I ended up getting a Samsung Galaxy Android phone. I absolutely love it. I use it so differently than I used my old BlackBerry. I use my Android phone like a tablet, with fantastic apps that make it so much more than a phone.

And no, I don't miss BBM or a tactile keyboard. I love this thing the way you're supposed to love your smart phone. It's a beautiful thing.


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Toronto Mike Needs a Phone

phoneCompletely unrelated to recent Blackberry issues, I need a new phone.

I've been using a company-owned Blackberry the past 4 years, but now it's time to give that up and get my own. This will be my only phone and I'd like it to be both smart and reliable.

I'm thinking I'll end up with one of these options:

  • Another Blackberry
  • An iPhone
  • An Android device

Here's how you can help...

Please tell me which phone and provider / plan you recommend. I'm very interested in what you're paying, what you get and what you think of your mobile phone.

And, if you can give Toronto Mike a phone, I'd love to hear from you. I need one fairly quickly.

Toronto Mike needs a phone!

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Effin' Blackberry

blackberryRemember that bit from Louis CK about how everything's amazing and nobody's happy? Here's my contribution...

Right now, my Blackberry is just.... wait for it... just a phone. That's right, it's merely a mobile phone. It's not a smart phone, just a phone.

I haven't received a BBM since last night. I can't check Twitter or my TSN app or even my email. There's no internet connection, just a phone.

In related news, if you need me, you'll have to call me. My damn Blackberry is misbehaving. Is your Blackberry working?

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Android TO Conference

android toI work with a very persistent young lady who really, really wants me to promote the Android TO conference. Sorry... I've just been told it's actually the AndroidTO conference. My bad.

Coincidentally, I'm days away from reviewing the Motorola Xoom, a tablet running Android. The Xoom is my first foray into the world of Android, and if I were to become an Android bigot, I very well might be interested in this AndroidTO conference taking place in Toronto on October 26.

This was sent to me by Farah.

Celebrate Everything Android at the Second Annual AndroidTO Conference:

Smart phones are an asset in our lives. Almost half of internet users are now accessing the internet through their mobile phones. Amongst the usual suspects in the smartphone market, a recent report by Cansalys stated that the Android smartphone is leading this change. Worldwide smartphone shipments grew 73% year over year, but Android grew much faster – 379% year over year. The analysis firm tracked smartphones in 56 countries and Android was the most distributed in 35 of them. For the last quarter, Android reached 48% global market share.

Canada has lagged behind in adoption of Android-based handsets with March 2011's ComScore results indicating Android only has 12.2% penetration in the smart phone market. However, with the availability of better handsets at lower price point – this is expected to drastically increase over the next two to five years.

To encourage consumer, developer and marketer adoption in Canada, the second annual AndroidTO conference is back on October 26th, 2011 – the only conference in Canada that celebrates everything Android to the fullest. This one day event is dedicated to Android enthusiasts and developers who will learn about the Android platform and the opportunities surrounding it.

LEARN from the Best

AndroidTO offers a diverse line up of workshops and panels presented by Canadian and international mobile industry leaders. Learn in depth about the latest mobile technology trends and how you can leverage these effectively in your businesses.

CONNECT with the Right People

Learn about the world of Android from industry leading developers, hardware manufacturers and thought-leaders. Make contacts and share best practices with like-minded individuals in the community!

EVOLVE your Qualifications

Take an accelerated path to the skills you need to advance your career path and increase your professional value. Be the Android expert.

Leave with ACTIONABLE Knowledge

Prepare to add new value back in the real world, with an extended skill set you can put to use immediately. Gain insight from Android users to see what they have to say about your new Android projects.

A Few Conference Highlights

• Melody Adhami, COO at Plastic Mobile and crowned the "Queen of Apps" by Globe and Mail will be introducing Joomo - an automated platform that enables anyone to create high-quality native mobile applications across all mobile devices.

• Joe Lallouz, New York resident and lead Android developer at Hashable will be revealing the results of his unofficial poll amongst the top NYC Android app developers (Foursquare, GroupMe, Hashable). Find out what they wish they knew about Android development that wasn't in the Android Google docs.

• Andy Smith, Production Manager at Get Set Games (makers of the wildly popular Mega Jump) will present how the company is finding ways to make Mega Jump Android stand out, engage and monetize players, and the Android specific issues they have run into while trying to make Android a viable platform for a small company.

For more information, please visit:


This Android conference promises to be the most Android Android conference in this most Android of Android cities. Happy Android to y'all.

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Targeted Marketing

googleGoogle is getting smarter. They're now interpreting photos on sites running Adsense to serve up matching ad images.



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