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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 the … 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 of … 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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