Archive for September, 2009

Mac meets UPS

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

I picked up a UPS. Now that I’m living in a house in the country and on a hill, I figure I’m more susceptible to power anomalies and wouldn’t be surprised if the lines on the street get hit by lightning someday. The UPS I picked up is an APC Back-UPS XS, on sale for […]

Jazz Festival: Brantford vs Ottawa

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

It’s my first real weekend in Brantford, and I went looking for something to do. In Ottawa, I’d check the Ottawa Events website, of course, but I wasn’t sure where to find what’s going on in Brantford. I asked Google and it’s first response was this Brantford Calendar of Events apparently managed by the City […]

Old Houses

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

I should have known, after buying and living in our old house on Meadowlands in Ottawa, not to buy another old house. And yet, here we are. We’ve been in the house 5 days now, and the sink just backed up in the basement, dumping quite a bit of water on the floor. Here’s what […]

Live from Brantford

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Last week, we moved from Ottawa to Brantford, Ontario. Technically I guess it’s Brant, Ontario since we’re just outside the Brantford city limits, and this seems to be confusing about 50% of the companies we call to update our address. I used to think it was cool when a company cross-referenced your postal code with […]

Grand Central Dispatch

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

If you’re looking for information on how Apple is trying to solve the concurrency problem for programmers (on the Mac anyway) check out pages 11 through 13 of John Siracusa’s review of Snow Leopard. In a nutshell, they added a feature called blocks to C (and Objective C and soon C++) which are basically what […]