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AUTHOR: Kevin Costain

On The Human Side Of Moore’s Law

For those of you not familiar with the notion of Moore’s Law, its describes technology improving at an exponential rate. These improvements have been the driving forces behind computers, cell phones and anything else that uses at chip. With people, as well, we have begun to adopt and compound our use of technology at an alarming rate too. These changes are, as Robert X. Cringely says, about to change everything. I tend to agree with his thesis. I have seen these changes already.

The Really Useless And Misleading Microsoft Utility Award

Goes to, the Exchange 2007 PowerShell command Export-Mailbox and killing of ExMerge. They don’t document it, don’t let you use it the way you think, and give you another reason to waste a day on a Microsoft mistake.

Not since the choice of naming two very different e-mail clients “Outlook” have I seen such a horribly confusing and reprehensible display if de-innovation from a company that often preaches but doesn’t deliver.

The Tim Horton’s Cookie Switch

Many of you know, I’m sure, that I’m a devoted and dedicated Tim Horton’s customer. I consume way too much coffee and purchase all of said coffee from Tim Horton’s. I have recently found a small, somewhat secret change that Tim Horton’s has made that seems to have increased their earnings, while stiffing us, the customer.

Best Damn Concept for a movie!

smart_peopleI interrupt my Panamanian log to bring you a look at a small movie that I thought was so amazing, that hit so close to home – that I had to share it with you! You can go here to see the description and trailer for this movie, called SMART PEOPLE – go, and come back, I’ll wait ;)

…ok, I haven’t seen this movie, but I love how it skillfully lays out the theme of “societally defined” smart people actually being not-so-smart. Where this really hits home is my (somewhat) fractured relationship with my P.H.D. Professor father and his profound knowledge of stuff other than his family. I look forward to seeing Dennis Quaid, one of the coolest actors *before* my generation. Throw in lots of oddball characters and this could be this year’s Juno… ok, maybe I’m being a bit premature.

Who’s in your wallet? Could be Capital One!

Capital One LogoUnfair business practice is nothing new. Businesses of all sorts try to gain that extra edge by making gynormous charges or, in the case of credit card companies, charging debilitating amounts of interest.

Capital One, however, has done something even MORE worthy of our disgust for credit card companies. Recently, my sister was called and pitched about a credit card and she thought it was reasonable enough, so she applied over the phone for the card.

The Holy Grail of Phone Convergence?

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I have not physically seen one, and I don’t know anyone that has one – but its becoming apparent to me that the iPhone is the looming holy grail of phone convergence.

Today I have an iPod, a blackberry and a digital camera. If it works, the iPhone will include a camera a media player, a cell phone, email, and even a decent web browser. It all supports wireless networking as well as the EDGE cell network. In my mind, that seems like the next logical step in phone convergence and I think I want one :)

Word is also that Rogers (the only provider in Canada that can support the phones) is going to start offering them in the first quarter of 2008. Sweet!

Working With Other Technical People – It’s a Two-Way Street

Wow, its often fascinating what happens when I look for information from other tech people and get that strange type of attitude, I’m sure they deal with so many stupid questions that they get somewhat fed up with anything that might resemble that. In my line of work, I often have to be in touch with other technical people, and being someone who is considered technical myself (most people think so.. haha), I tend to deal with that sort of smarmy attitude often.