Archive for November, 2009

Combating Child Porn Online

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The government has tabled a new law aimed at fighting child porn online in Canada. It’s apparently a big problem in Canada, but the new laws don’t really seem to accomplish anything that the existing laws didn’t already accomplish. I mean, if it’s already illegal to rob people, then do you need a new law […]

PeakSaver Thermostat

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The house we moved into is a bit of an oddball in some ways, and one of them is in the HVAC system. The original house is about 30 years old, and there was an addition built on about 10 years ago. The utility room in the original house is in a location that makes […]

Codename Proliferation

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Llano, Bobcat, Bulldozer, Clarkdale, Arrandale, Sandy Bridge, Phenom II, Fusion, Leo, Dorado, Thuban, Dragon, Pisces, Kodiak, Scorpius, Zambezi, Lynx, Velocity, Conroe, Tigris, Caspian, Danube, Champlain, Sabine, Concensus, Huron, Nile, Ontario, Brazos, Geneva, Maranello, Magny-Cours, San Marino, Lisbon, Adelaide, Interlagos, Valencia. That’s a pretty good crop, for just one article.

Windows 7 Taskbar Notifications

Friday, November 13th, 2009

With Windows XP and Vista, when an application wanted to attract your attention, it would flash its window in the task bar. When it stopped flashing, it would stay a fairly obvious orange colour. Windows 7 uses a different mechanism, and one I find far too subtle. Looking at this, you’re probably thinking “hey it’s […]

LiveCycle ES2

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The Adobe Developer Connection has been updated with some info on ES2. Here’s a video by Marcel Boucher that quickly introduces ES2 to developers. If you’ve no idea what LiveCycle is, have a look.


Monday, November 9th, 2009

So apparently my son has H1N1. Or had – he seems like he’s doing pretty well today. Saturday evening he had a high fever and was shivering and miserable; some Tylenol fixed him right up but as soon as the Tylenol would run out he’d go back to miserable. This ran through to this morning […]

MacHeist NanoBundle pointer

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

MacHeist runs occasional deals on Mac software and right now there’s a pretty good one: Get six Mac apps, absolutely free. I’m not familiar with most of the apps but the one of them that I am makes the whole bundle worth getting. WriteRoom. WriteRoom gives you a completely distraction-free screen to write in. It […]

China and the iPhone

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

The iPhone went on sale in China last week, but a stripped-down iPhone without WiFi. Turns out, people aren’t buying it. Surprise surprise. So often we see Chinese knock-offs of products like the iPhone whose quality is pretty seriously compromised compared to the original product. I wonder if some folks in China actually believe that […]

Tweetie Review

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Looking for a Twitter client? Own a Mac? Get Tweetie. That’s an ad up there at the top of my feed. Tweetie puts those in until you pay for it, and I haven’t paid yet. Likely I will, though, even with the great free clients out there like TweetDeck. There are two things that make […]

Drive-Through H1N1 Triage

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Here’s an interesting idea. The Brantford General Hospital is testing out a drive-through triage system for H1N1 patients. I hope I can get fries with that.