Monday, October 25, 2004

CBC continues to impress me

I am impressed again and again with the CBC. Most recently, I became aware that CBC is offering streaming audio of their radio stations via Ogg Vorbis! I can't wait until they give up Windows Media altogether.

In all seriousness, I think it is a responsibility of public corporations to at least investigate, if not mandate, open source software solutions to these common problems. If the government can solve its problems without spending the ridiculous amounts of cash required for licencing fees required for the Microsoft (or other closed source) equivalents, then I'm all for it.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Go Vote!

This is it. The day we've all been waiting for. The Sunday Shopping Plebicite! Make sure you get out and make your voice heard, otherwise, you have no right to complain of the outcome.

Saturday, October 9, 2004

Laptops vs. Desktops

I have never really wanted a laptop, but I managed to get one from work in a game of chance. I started to find it very useful because I was able to work on the same computer wherever I was. Slow VPN connections were no longer really an issue.

Embracing the laptop experience, I bought a wireless router. As I type this, I'm in my livingroom with no wires at all :) I'm actually enjoying the experience so much that I found myself contemplating purchasing a laptop as my next computer. Maybe even this one.

My real complaint about laptops, the small screen real-estate and keyboard, can be mitigated by simply using a different machine to remote-desktop to it. On a 100 Mbps LAN, it's no different from actually using the console. For some tasks, like storing volumnious amounts of media, you'd still need a stand-alone computer around anyway, so it shouldn't be hard to find a machine to remote-desktop from. Other than that, I think I'm a convert.

Also, touchpads suck ass. That is all.