Sunday, May 25, 2008

Kudos to local teen scientist

So, I fire up Slashdot, and the latest post points to a Kitchener-Waterloo Record article about a teenager from Waterloo Collegiate Institute whose winning science fair project was developing microbes that eat plastic shopping bags. Kudos to Daniel Burd!

And as far as I know, this is the first time that therecord.com ever got slashdotted.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Don Martin hates Stephen Harper

Okay, Don, we get it! You hate him! Are you still burned over your girlfriend, Belinda Stronach, losing the leadership contest to Harper? Because, dude, she wasn't really your girlfriend. She's totally into married hockey players.

I only need a headline and the first few words of a column to know that it's Don Martin laying into Stephen Harper again. Today's example: Harper looks to woo soccer moms

I guess Don Martin crossed the floor to the Liberals the same day that Belinda did. He's now using 'soccer mom' as some sort of insult. So any moms out there with kids in soccer should take note: Don Martin thinks you're all losers. Apparently, he also thinks Tim Hortons customers are losers too, saying that Harper's recent moves are catering to "Tim Hortons sensibilities".

From where I'm sitting, there's nothing wrong with driving your kids to play soccer, and picking up something at Tim Horton's on the way back. But then again, I'm not trying to impress Belinda Stronach, and I'm guessing that Stephen Harper isn't either. I think that Don Martin has confused 'catering' with 'appropriately serving the interests of Canadians.'

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Another bogus late fee from Bell Expressvu

Am I the only one getting gouged by Bell Expressvu every month? Or does your Bell Expressvu bill have a "Late Payment Fee Unregulated" entry too?

My bill dated May 12, 2008 has a $0.31 charge for "Late Payment Fee Unregulated". Last month, I was charged $1.03. These charges are completely bogus, since I always pay my bill as soon as it arrives.

If they're getting an extra $0.31 to $1.03 out of everyone each month, then that's a lot of cake.

Monday, May 5, 2008

chokechain.com

What should I do with the domain chokechain.com?

Look at it the way it appears today: http://chokechain.com

And at the archived version from 4 years ago: http://web.archive.org/web/20040403173742/www.chokechain.com/

I used to do a radio show called Choke Chain, and always planned to do something related to music with chokechain.com, but never got around to it.

Meh.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Google == Internet

My account with my ISP, site5.com is going to expire in a few months, and I'm going to let it. I just spent the morning setting up Google Apps to host my email. And now I've moved my blog to Blogger.

It started with Gmail. Not only was it a handy web application, it was actually superior to a lot of traditional email clients due to the way it showed a series of emails as a conversation. Instead of scrolling to the bottom of an email message, and reading backwards, ignoring all those > signs, you could start at the top and read normally.

But the clincher is Apple's fault. I pre-ordered an iPod Touch last fall, and soon after I got it I was hooked. Partly because it was so slick, and partly because I configured it to connect to my Gmail account via IMAP, then configured my Gmail account to collect several other email accounts.

That means that checking all my email accounts is as easy as firing up the mail client on my iPod Touch. And due to IMAP, if I file or delete an email on my iPod, the next time I look at email on my MacBook, it's already filed or deleted, without me having to tediously handle it again.

In my next post, I'm going to have even more to say about Apple, Google, iPods/iPhones and the internet.