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A Serious Problem, Passive Business Shadiness Needs To Be Exposed!

There’s a phenomenon that, if unchecked, is likely to cause serious damage to our system as we know it. This is so serious I’ve even heard of “economic collapse” as a possible future. What is causing this? I imagine there is probably an argument to be made that the average North American is irresponsible – but, I will say that in today’s business climate – the best way to sure-fire profits is passive business shadiness.

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 Switch-aroo

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.

5 albums I listen to most on my iPod

5 albums I listen to most on my iPod

1 – Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head

What can I say about this album? It has to be the best combination of lyrics and mellow I’ve ever heard. I consider this the best album of my generation so far. Songs like “the scientist” and “clocks” are probably the most popular. I can picture Chris Martin bobbing his head while belting these incredible tunes. When listening to songs like “A Whisper” you can really feel the driving force of the music.

2 – Maxwell – Now

In the nineties I remember hearing Maxwell on the radio and even seeing a video of his – but I really didn’t register with his music. After some time I managed to rediscover Now through a retrospective I heard on the radio (FLOW?). Maxwell is considered one of the neo-soul pioneers and seemed to drop off the face of the earth close to ten years ago. His sound and voice are very distinct and he’s great to listen to for hours on end. Tracks like “Get to know ya” just so perfectly R&B’ish and “This woman’s work”, showcasing his vocal abilities in a very unconventional cover of Kate Bush.

3 – Robin Thicke – The Evolution of

This album has really grown on me over the last year or so – there is something about the style this guy has that enhances his music. I had heard of him before with his song “how do I get you alone” but the music didn’t fit for him. With songs like “Can you believe” there’s more of a soul component that sounds perfect.

4 – Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds

Justin’s sound and talents were not always apparent. I passed him off as a boy-band reject. His first solo album was great though, I enjoyed “Senorita” and “Like I love you” but I had still thought of his music as just pop music (in the disposable sense – yea, I know that’s negative). With Lovesounds, I saw Justin differently, clips of his MSG show in New York and an SNL performance showed me his incredible talents. Songs like “My Love”, “What Goes Around…/…Comes Around” and “loosing my way” are great to listen too.

5 – Radiohead – In Rainbows

A very recent album for me, but I have played it to death. Radiohead’s music is so distinct and perfect that you can’t stop listening, even when you don’t know what the hell their actually singing! I haven’t always been so into Radiohead – but I’ve enjoyed this album more and more as I have continued to listen.

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!