RFD’s New Forum Style

November 6, 2011 Leave a comment

I honestly don’t mind the new style of the RFD Forums too much. A lot of people are complaining, but I think it’s like what happens when Facebook re-designs and people start wailing.

The one major thing I would like to see is a change to make links more visually distinctive. Currently, it is too difficult to determine whether text in a post is a link or just normal text because they look too similar.

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User “MBG”

August 20, 2011 1 comment

I’m pretty sure the user mbg is a troll account. I’m susprised at this since he has 9000+ posts already and I haven’t noticed him until recently.

Perhaps he was a stealth account created by another troll, who has only recently activated this account for trolling.

I also suspect that he is an Asian who’s pretending to be a white guy by using a homebrew-looking white-guy “self portrait” avatar.

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LCBO Getting More Greedy Than Usual?

August 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Maybe this is just a more realistic reflection of business as usual for the liquor-distribution arm of the Ontario government?

Really, I’m just joking. XD.

Screenshot:

What a great bargain for Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky!

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Canada Computers – Retail Aspirations

June 25, 2011 2 comments

Having visited the big new Mississauga location of Canada Computers, it appears to me that the management of CC aspires to become a knock-off version of Future Shop.

I predict that, on or before July 01, 2012, Canada Computers will offer its own store-branded credit card.

Was Infonec Hacked?

June 7, 2011 7 comments

The situation

I use a separate unique e-mail address with almost every company / entity that I deal with. This helps me identify the source of any spam or unauthorized sales of my e-mail address because the only groups that know said addresses are myself and the individual company I am dealing with.

For example, I use a unique e-mail address for this WordPress account. So if I hypothetically started receiving spam urging me to “Enlarge your *****” at that e-mail address, I know that either WordPress was hacked or they sold my address.

Fast Forward To Today

I received messages indicating that someone opened and closed a PayPal account under the e-mail address known to only myself and Infonec.

How did they get my address? You connect the dots.

At the very least, I think that all people with accounts at Infonec should change their passwords.

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Stanley Cup 2011 Final: Boston vs Vancouver – Predictions

By now, I know better than to make a prediction. Every prediction I’ve made so far has gone wrong.

No predictions shall come from my mouth, not this time around.

Go Canucks!

Costco Rotisserie Chicken

I was at my local Costco, chatting with the employee who boxes up the rotisserie chickens.

They sell 3000 chickens per week and lose $1 per chicken. It’s a loss leader to get people into the store. It takes 56 minutes to cook one batch of 32 chickens.

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This Is Online Service Management Done Right – TripAdvisor

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

I wish that all online services were this honest and forthcoming.

TripAdvisor takes the high road!

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Message from advisor indicating that their site was hacked and information was stolen

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CAD/USD Exchange Rate

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I bought $150 USD for $148.20 CAD today.

It still feels kind of surreal when you have to pay a smaller number of CAD to get your USD.

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Charlie Angus Gets It (Bell / CRTC / UBB)

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Following the various media releases regarding the Bell / UBB debacle, I think the only politician that seems to talk about the underlying issues in this debate is Charlie Angus of the NDP.

As quoted in the Globe & Mail:

“We don’t have a market. We have a Family Compact,” the New Democrat said, referring to the elites who used to control Upper Canada in the early 19th century.

“And we have a CRTC that acts as a short order cook for that Family Compact.”

(…)

“Your cable giant is also your cellphone provider and is also your TV dealer and their biggest threat is Netflix and other emerging Internet media,” the NDP MP said.

“So if Netflix offers someone a better deal than Rogers the only thing Rogers has to do is put a billing cap on and you won’t be on Netflix for very long.”

Charlie Angus gets it. He understands the underlying conflicts of interest driving this issue, and how Bell is leveraging the CRTC to manipulate the internet service market to push a competitor out of the television market. Very nice indeed. I hope that more people start to understand this problem in the Canadian market, otherwise we will continue to suffer from inferior options and high prices.

The issue I see with other commentators is that they focus on the realistic cost of internet access, and the ways in which UBB inhibits business and innovation. It is also good to see these discussions, but people need to dig deeper in order to catalyze real change.

I think that Bell Canada is certainly the Worst Company In Canada. They don’t know how to compete – Instead they just try to enforce their media cartel so they don’t have to care about the customer. Anything that will bring fair competition into the market and force Bell to either improve their ways or die is A Good Thing.

Do I dare hope for this kind of revolution? Maybe.

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