Archive for June, 2009

Cheap DeWalt Tools – Buyer Beware!!!

June 29, 2009 3 comments

Independent tool suppliers generally offer cheaper DeWalt tools than the big box suppliers such as Home Depot or Lowes but you may find you’re still losing out. Some independents are simply unbundling DeWalt tools and selling them individually at a slightly lower price to capture your business. You may get your tool cheaper but maybe you wanted that extra freebie that they removed from the box.

I lost out on a $240 floor level because of one such unscrupulous supplier, KMS Tools.

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Protection of Privacy : Fail!

June 24, 2009 Leave a comment

I was registering my son for the upcoming soccer season and our club has introduced an electronic registration system. It’s about time we joined the rest of the clubs in the 21st Century but I hit a problem, they want to broadcast my son’s image and name wherever they please and if I didn’t agree I couldn’t register.

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Belgian Tattoed Teen Confesses … I Lied

June 23, 2009 Leave a comment

So the Belgian girl with the 56 tattoos on her face did lie after all and made up the whole story to avoid a tongue-lashing by Daddy.

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Piracy Fuelled by RIAA/MPAA

June 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Rights Management creates piracy, it’s a pretty simple statement but something that the RIAA doesn’t want to accept. After all when you can get a $1.92M damages award for 24 downloaded songs why would you. When I read this article about the ugly DRM on Amazon’s Kindle it’s time people started to understand.

Economics has a basic tenet, that supply equals demand. Or in other words, where there’s a demand, a supply will emerge to meet that demand.

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When LESS Becomes More – Leaner CSS

June 22, 2009 1 comment

I came across LESS the other day and thought nice. I then came across it again and re-read it in more detail and thought how easy this is to achieve in PHP.

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Why Most North American CS Graduates are Unemployable

June 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Information Week has an interesting article based on comments from HCL Technologies’ CEO, Vineet Nayar. HCL is a $2.5B company with over 3,000 staff across the US and was recently asked why he didn’t employ more US graduates with Computer Science degrees. His simple answer is that they’re unemployable. They feel that they’re entitled to a high salary straight out of college, have limited real world knowledge and ultimately are not just as valuable as they think they are. In the end, he chooses to employ graduates from other countries where their skills are more applicable, they’re willing to work and understand that it takes time to build up your employment value.

This is a subject that is close to my own heart as I often wonder where is the guy that’s going to replace going to come from. It probably won’t be a US, or Canadian graduate but is more likely to be somebody from a developing country and somebody that has probably educated themselves outside of the academic bubble.

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Twitter Kills

June 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Maria Barbu, 17, died earlier this week in her home in Brasov, Central Romania according to the Austrian Times while engaged in a mammoth Twitter session. It seems that she climbed into the bathtub with her laptop and after draining the battery dropped it while trying to plug it in again.

Clearly a contender for the next Darwin Awards.