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  • BlackBerry: The Z10 Already A Success [View article]
    Just got back from 3 weeks in Mexico. The people there are FAR more smartphone/text obsessed than anyone I have ever seen. I could not believe how many constantly had their faces buried in their phones. It was the first time I have seen another Nokia user since I bought my 920. There were a few of the low end models in use. But by far the most used phone I saw by a huge margin were blackberries. It wasn't even close. Now I am back I personally am going to be ditching the 920 for a z10. I think the numbers will surprise.
    Mar 12 12:40 PM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Attention BlackBerry Shorts: See Order Flow To Vendors [View article]
    How about the people where the phone is actually on sale? Any store I have gone into (and I do this every time I hit a mall) that sells Nokia and BBry I ask how sales are going. It's usually "nokia what? Oh ya we get a lot of those returned" for 920, and "we can't keep them in stock and have an in-store waiting list" for z10. Calgary, Alberta.
    Mar 13 12:48 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons Why BlackBerry 10's Strong Start Does Not Mean Buy [View article]
    Nokia Lumias were in Canada first, didn't hear the same argument about coming to the US later. Lumia's shipped 2 per store in Canada. When I bought mine within the first week of sales, there was one there. When I returned it for replacement 2 weeks later, there was one there.. yet no-one questions Nokia and their sales.
    I just went to a Rogers store in Calgary today to check the phone out as I am not happy with so many things with the Lumia already. They were sold out except for a white phone, which they could not demo because they felt they would have a harder time to sell. The worker there said they had a waiting list at the store for the next batch... I asked how the sales have gone, and he just shook his head and said 'incredible'. When I asked about Rogers policy on their handset guarantee since I was thinking of returning the Lumia, he said about the 920 "ya that phone seems to have a lot of issues with it".. yet no-one talks about those things on the Lumia. Is it because no-one cares about Nokia? If it was apple, it would be front page news the issues the phone has..etc..etc.. Funny thing is the same thing seems to be happening with BBRY and everyone finding it fashionable to spew out whatever they think on it.. especially humorous considering they don't have any in stores in their country to even see. The dummy one they did have to look at looked 'very' nice. The shape, the thinness, the rubberized back... I can definitely see both corporate users wanting to show this off as well as the younger crowd. THe pictures on line DO NOT do it justice. I will definitely be going back to find a working one I can try.
    And to the writer who states that first time buyers will skip the z10 because of lack of apps, well if there is someone out there that doesn't have a smartphone by now, chances are apps are not high on their priority list.
    Feb 7 03:39 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Rallies On Upgrade But 'Niche Midrange' Thesis Questionable [View article]
    Drove down a main street in Calgary Alberta yesterday and every Bell store I saw had the complete window in the store (yes, every square inch other than the door) covered in a large blackberry 10 promotional sticker so from the outside that is all you saw was blackberry. I was worried because I had gone into a Rogers to check the stock a few days earlier and didn't see much in the way of advertising so kept an eye open for other sotres efforts. I have never seen so much marketing outside of Apple, and even this seems like a larger coverage with billboards..etc. Yes, it's Canada, but I cannot see why they wouldn't hit other areas the same as well. I for one cannot wait to dump my lumia for a z10, but the lineups are always too long in the stores when I find time.
    Mar 20 04:28 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is BlackBerry Finally Rising From Ashes? [View article]
    Didn't know this. I'll check into it and if it works well I will be ditching my 920 sooner than thought for the z10.
    Feb 12 03:20 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    I have noticed this as well. Over this last summer i have never had so many iphone users ask me questions about my android experiences. Many of them are starting to wonder if the fact so many websites down work are a phone/tablet problem in general, or an apple one. They are finally starting to notice how great widgets are and question why they cannot do that.
    A couple weekends ago i went to a store to get the wife a new phone.. She was thinking ip5, but went s3 after seeing them. There were 5's to be had a couple days after going on sale, but one s3 left out of all stores in the mall. I asked the 2 workers if they would get an s3 or an ip5, and both said their next phone would be a lumia 920. Don't underestimate the 'think fifferent' mantra which will workagainst apple soon as the article points out.
    Oct 2 12:30 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wind And Solar Share Fatal Flaws: Politics And Variability Of Output [View article]
    Yup.. A friend of mine up here in Canada, hardly the sunniest place in the world for solar, sells panels and equipment. Last year and this coming year he says are shaping up to be the busiest seasons since he stated in the biz. A couple weeks ago when I was getting him to price out a system on my new build he had meetings (he was approached) with 2 of the largest home builders in Calgary to make all of their houses 'solar ready', and to put together small and net zero packages. I think the low prices have shaken out the weak players and the remaining will do fine. It's not going away.
    Apr 4 10:52 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bye-Bye BlackBerry: What Will Make BB10 Fail [View article]
    You know when a writer resorts to lies, they really have nothing left. He has regurgitated the same "no apps" mantra time and time again, but is obviously too lazy to even go and check for himself if he is right. I just went today to blackberry appworld on my laptop and found angry birds, angry birds seasons, angry birds star wars.. I also found a Gmail app. Not that you would need one because you can set up any account in the mail program anyways. As for a dedicated bank app, go to the webpage.. big deal. Netflix? we hardly ever use it pn phone and we have a 3 year old. We have a tablet for that. Grasping at straw Vlad.. seriously. Do a little homework and try not to be so lazy in your arguments next time.
    Feb 15 10:28 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lonestar Resources Is The Next Multi-Bagger Getting Ready To Rock In The Lone Star State [View article]
    Ha hah.. well I must apologize for not using the exact phrase. People here can go and read through the Tuscany Drilling comment section to basically get the jist of what was being said. But you are correct, you didn't 'specifically' say it was the buy of the century, just things like "TID is currently the best buying opportunity in North America", and speculation like "Additionally, the refinancing is a sure thing as TID notes". But I'm not here to fight with you. As I said, I follow and read your articles and certainly one cannot be faulted for not being right 100% of the time, especially when aleged fraud is involved that you certainly were not privy to.. that's not my point.. I think you have an amazing track record. What I take issue with is when you post something like above where you call a lengthy reply with a counter view to yours "abusing the comment section". Why is posting a contrary view 'abusing' the comment section? What are your specific rules for how the comment section should be used? With purely congratulatory and 'to the moooooon' posts? In the TID thread Bankstocks brought up a lot of valuable information to think about and was correct in the end, yet here his input is somehow 'abusive'? That's my point of bringing it up. The back and forth in the TID comment section was cordial, so why is it a problem now? I think when you sanitize a comment section, what you get is something along the veins of iHub with its blatant pumping with a bunch of hacks ganging up to force out any contrarian voices. You will have more threads like this poor guy from the comment section in your TID thread saying "I think you will be happy in a year sail. I bought all I could last quarter. Wish I would have waited a couple of weeks. I have a little under half a million shares and the wife won't let me mortgage the house to buy more. not sure if we will make the big money until Walter sells." who for some reason doesn't seem to have many more posts on ANY thread after that... People can only blame themselves if they blindly follow an article, when there is contrarian advice in the comment section that they ignore. However, I think the blame shifts a little more to you if you go out of your way to rally people against those that do post that way in your threads. That's what I take issue with.
    Without that, you simply get massive jumps/pumps in stocks much like Mark Gomez has generated.. pick a few winners, get followers, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy fundamentals or not. When you tell people with opposing views not to post, it just seems to me to be the goal moreso in the end. Looking at the action in Lonestar last few days, this is quite apparent this is what is starting to happen. People are not holding long for any fundamentals, but for the fact the following is large enough to generate these pops. I think the people who actually DO want to invest properly deserve the open and honest discussion. I can't understand why you don't now. I think a bunch of people the last few days are also now wondering why they didn't pay attention to people bringing up other points.
    Jun 12 12:16 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bye-Bye BlackBerry: What Will Make BB10 Fail [View article]
    Yes.. and while he was there and Iphones were kicking their @ss, all he focused on was trying to buy a hockey team. He couldn't care less about the company then, so who really cares what he does now. It's obvious his focus was elsewhere, and now he has liquidated his stock to cash so he can go and do that. Big deal.
    Feb 15 10:23 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lonestar Resources Is The Next Multi-Bagger Getting Ready To Rock In The Lone Star State [View article]
    Yes, nice to read both sides. Anyone that doesn't want to hear anything else, don't read the comments because if you only want the positive, you should be happy stopping at the end of the article.
    I'm sure there are a few that would have loved some contrary writings when TID.TO was the buy of the century. Now this isn't to say I don't value VD's writings, and I am a follower.. just that it's quite often as valuable, at least to myself, to see the discussion after both pro AND con.
    Jun 9 10:19 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Rallies On Upgrade But 'Niche Midrange' Thesis Questionable [View article]
    $599 off contract is hardly 'mid-range'. And at least here, I know many execs who have an Iphone only because they ditched blackberry for the large (then) touchscreen, and the ipad familiarity, but cannot wait to get back to bbry and get a z10.
    Mar 20 04:30 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Organovo: Why This 3-D Bioprinting Company Sold Off In A Hurry [View article]
    Continuing to repeat that lie does not make it true. CEO himself says they cannot do vascular, and thus the max 1mm thickness, just like every other company in the field.
    Nov 20 09:19 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Did BlackBerry Sell 9 Million Too Few Z10 Smart Phones? [View article]
    Cereal, the 920 has some nice eye candy due to wp8, but in MANY ways is even a step down from the galaxy1 I replaced it with. It is one of the buggiest and head-scratching feature-missing phones I have used in a long time with some of the worst uncaring support ever. But you keep posting your cut and paste junk in every thread.. Maybe one day you can actually buy one and see.
    Mar 30 09:12 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Attention BlackBerry Shorts: See Order Flow To Vendors [View article]
    Hilarious.. wonder what that so-called analyst that was saying he expected 250k or something like that z10 sales this quarter.. This stock is going to be hard to hold back now..
    Mar 13 03:54 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment