ACTA is a Crime Against Humanity

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First, I want to point out that this rant is my opinion. I am entitled to it. I am, due to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, entitled to express this opinion. I want to bring light to these issues so that others can research and learn about them, so they can decide for themselves. We are humans, not cattle, though the Conservative government in Canada would rather we shut our minds and do their bidding. Read More »

Note to RIM about updates . . .

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I have a Blackberry device for work. It might not be sexy or fun, but it does what I need it to do. . . usually. There are times, though, that this little piece of electronic aggravation gets on my nerves. Times like today when I decided to apply an update to the OS. Read More »

Emailing a Group from Android

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I have just come up with an urgent need to email a group from my android tablet. I was surprised that I couldn’t find a way from the device directly. In contacts, I could “see” the group, but I just couldn’t send to it. So I researched it a bit and this is what I found:

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google%20Mobile/thread?tid=3e10e271b6e748ab&hl=en Read More »

Apple iOS vs Google Android Adoption

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I could have titled this “when statistics go bad,” but I wanted the eye-catching headline. Yes, I admit it.

I just read an article that suggests that iOS is way ahead of Android. It compares iOS sales results to Android sales results. The problem is, the stats are skewed. The slideshow admits that Android-based phone sales are higher than iOS-based phone sales. It discounts that as saying that there are more than 100 Android phones compared to the few iPhones. That is irrelevant. That’s called selection. Choice. It’s a good thing. The fact that there are more Android phone at this point than iPhones is the important statistic. The iPhone might be the single, most successful smart-phone device, but it no longer owns the overall market. Read More »

Vancouver, you embarrass me

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First, I wish to make one thing quite clear: I am not a hockey fan. I don’t follow sports. I don’t like watching sports on TV. I like going to baseball games, but mostly to hang out with friends. I much prefer to play sports than watch. Read More »

McDonalds WTF?

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Ok, normally I can put up with a lot, but this takes the cake. I was just at the McDonald’s at Walmart on Mavis in Mississauga. I ordered a bacon cheese burger. They said they didn’t have bacon, so they gave us a regular cheese burger. BUT they still charged us for a bacon cheese burger. We had to complain to get the situation resolved. Seriously. WTF?

Dead Lettuce from Seasons in Brampton

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It is bad enough that the oil companies are taking advantage of our citizens, but do we need to be ripped off when we buy food as well? The global situation is pathetic.

My wife and I just returned from a fun day shopping and enjoying the beautiful weather. As we had spent many hours out, we were beginning to feel quite peckish. Dinner was clearly on the menu, though the salad cannot be recommended. Read More »

What’s with the price of gas?

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In recent weeks, the price of gas in Canada has gone up about 15-20%. It would seem clear that some global catastrophy that has significantly affected production of oil has taken place. We must be down in production by some huge margin. But wait…. What’s this? Read More »

A little Linux Neurosis… or why one should take a break every now and again.

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I just came across this little issue when trying to remove a symbolic link on a Linux box:

[user@servername local]# rm rrdtool-1.4.4/
rm: cannot remove directory `rrdtool-1.4.4/': Is a directory
[user@servername local]# rm -Rf rrdtool-1.4.4/
rm: cannot remove `rrdtool-1.4.4/': Not a directory

Of course, then I realized the forward slash that got added when I did tab for command completion. But still. Can’t Linux make up its mind?

We control our own destiny, so make life worth it!

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Many years ago, in college, I took a class in epistemology and metaphysics. Somehow, I managed to come through that experience unscathed. At least I think I did. But while stumbling along the web, I came across this little quote:

“Whether you think you can or can’t either way you are right.”

Henry Ford

Right after reading it, the room seemed to get darker and my monitor brighter. Of course, it is likely that a cloud merely slipped between the sun and my window, slightly attenuating the ambient light, but this is my epiphany and I’ll see it the way I want. Nyah! Read More »