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Star Trek and the New NCC-90210

A fair criticism of Star Trek the Motion Picture (or Star Trek 1) is that it feels more like an overlong episode than a feature movie.  The vistas are epic enough, but the plot is only deserving of an episode.
I … Continue reading

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The Banana Package Packaging

The Del Monte Single Serve Banana was recently featured on The Daily Show in their “Pantry of Shame” department.  I simply want to add whatever weight my blog has behind shaming them for this.  On the Daily show, things carried … Continue reading

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UBB in Canada: What next?

I think a segment of the Canadian population would be happy if the whole UBB issue went quietly away.  People who watch Bell and the CRTC, however, know that this is not the case.
For those who haven’t read or heard … Continue reading

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Snow Day

This post is going to ramble a bit — and bare in mind that I’m planning that at the outset.  Forewarned is forearmed.
Today was a snow day for most of Southern Ontario.  Some parts of the province get regular snow … Continue reading

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Cops, Videos, Privacy: My comments.

The police have a lot of power: they decide who to pursue, who to arrest and who to charge.  At that point, it becomes a matter for the courts (most of the time — cops as judge and jury is … Continue reading

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Canada Post: Lack of Tracking Embarrasing

I like new toys.  Who doesn’t.  Most courier services offer online tracking to reduce the load on their call centers, but it also adds value.  I might not call several times a day to watch the progress of my new … Continue reading

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Reading Spam: Where are the Normal People

This blog has not yet been in existence for two weeks and I’m writing my second post about spam.  The phenomenon of spam is just amazing (like a train wreck) to watch.
Currently, the character of spam that I’m seeing is … Continue reading

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Futility of Traffic Tickets and the Internet

The majority of traffic tickets given in Toronto are exercises in futility and taxation.  Toronto has made a name for itself as the city with the most speed traps in North America.  The majority of these aren’t out to protect … Continue reading

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Server downtime: Eventually We will not Require Hardware

I’m not being entirely glib and I’m not talking about cloud computing.  I’m not the first person to have said this, but I have repeated it often: The end goal of the software engineer is to eliminate the requirement for … Continue reading

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Writing to be Read by Google: Selling Out?

I was working on several of my many drafts today and I realized that a significant portion of my time is spent thinking about my audience… and by audience, I don’t mean the nice people who end up reading my … Continue reading

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