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How Apple’s “Macintosh” Almost Became The “Bicycle” 5

Steve Jobs and Apple’s “Think Different” Campaign Before leaving for China I picked up a Kobo e-reader (comparable to a Kindle) so I could read on my travels without hauling 4-months worth of books along with me. The Kobo has transformed how I read books and I have found myself reading more than I have ...

Reasons NOT to Buy an iPad 5

After avoiding all the iPad hype since its release on April 3rd, I felt it necessary to at least comment on the latest iPad “app” (if you can even call it an app). In an effort to find useful real-world applications for the all-new iPad, a company called Maya has developed an application to allow ...

Human-Powered Public Transportation? 2

Cycling is a healthy and sustainable method of transportation, but one of its limitations is that you’re susceptible to less-than-ideal weather conditions. What if you could cycle to work in any weather conditions without having to worry about your safety or comfort? Furthermore, what if you could cycle to work in a reclined, comfortable seat ...

Google’s Commitment to Sustainability 1

Photo “The Googleplex” courtesy of jpstanley on Flickr  What do the David Suzuki Foundation and Google Inc. have in common? Not much at first glance, but when you look beyond the surface you’ll see many similarities.  Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has been using “science and education to promote solutions that conserve nature and ...

Carpooling with Twitter 3

While driving on the highway yesterday I had a thought. Wouldn’t it be nice if there weren’t so many cars on the road with so many empty seats?   Wouldn’t it be cool if you could easily find someone heading to the same destination as you to carpool with? Well Twitter could be the tool ...

Technology: The Good and the Bad 1

Last night we rented a movie. When returning the movie this morning on my way to see the dentist, I was reminded how technology has helped us avoid mundane time-consuming tasks. Just one decade ago, I might have been late for my dentist appointment if I realized that the previous night I had forgotten to ...

Thanks iPhone! 1

Thanks to an uproar from consumers in Canada to pressure Rogers into providing a better data plan for the iPhone, I have now switched my data plan for my Blackberry from the ridiculous $25 a month plan for 4MB of data usage, to the $30 plan for 6GB of usage. When Rogers originally announced the ...

Facebook Sucks 5

Facebook used to be a pretty cool, simple, feature-rich social utility website. Sort of like a friend who always keeps you informed about events and lets you know when a mutual friend’s birthday is coming up. It has now become an annoying, nagging, chatty school girl. Here are 18 reasons why Facebook is annoying as ...

Spousal Privacy 5

As a long-time information technology worker, I’m very disciplined in creating passwords and cautious about who has access to my computer. I don’t like to take any chances so I always create strong passwords that would be extremely difficult to crack. A key relationship issue came up recently after I installed Windows Vista on my ...

Wikipedia: The sum of all human knowledge? 4

I was watching an interview this evening with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales as he discusses why Wikipedia is such a success. Basically he says people take part in the Wiki community because it’s “fun” and people contribute to Wikipedia because they enjoy it and it’s intellectually stimulating; not because they feel they are contributing to ...