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Meeting Carol in Toronto

Carol is a woman I have been corresponding with for years. I met her Wednesday after a bit of trouble getting to where she was and making sure I could afford to do anything that day. (Banks can be a headache sometimes. Especially when you deposit money last week and it still doesn’t reach your account by mid the following week.)

We had a lot of fun walking down Younge street and seeing all of the little boutiques there. We walked toward Union Station and then went to the CN tower. Not being from Toronto I didn’t know of a whole lot of things to do, but I had a few in mind. Unfortunately time was against us so we only got this much done.

My camera also died right when we reached the CN tower so I only have photos from the surface. Carol has more. ^_^

Afterward, we met up with Carol’s long-time friend also from Internet correspondance named Taku. It was Taku’s birthday on Wednesday so we had a nice dinner in Chinatown with many of his friends. Carol and I got to meet so many great people and it was a lot of fun.

Carol will be staying over at Taku’s place for about a week and then heading out east to see Monreal, etc. Then she’ll be returning here for a bit before she heads back to Brazil. She bought me some nice gifts of Brazillian chocolates and some socks (she says she didn’t know my T-shirt size).

All in all a great day. Cheers.

Warning! Your programmer may have a sense of humor!

A screenshot of Dreamweaver showing the arguments taken by a function of PHP - needle and haystack (it's a search)Ah, a function to find a needle in a haystack… yes. *ahem*

A maturing Internet faces the possibility of ‘toll booths’

This is actually about a month old, but Internet bigwigs are trying to save themselves from having to upgrade their networks (or are trying to pay for such upgrades) by eliminating network neutrality on the U.S. internet.

Essentially, they want to charge companies a premium for guaranteed traffic throughput while the rest of us use their overcrowded free access networks. This possibility has many Internet free speech groups in an uproar about the implications of handing control of which content gets delivered to clients and how fast, if at all.

Telus blocked access to a telecommunications workers union website while their workers were in negotiatons in B.C. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association kindly asked Telus to refrain from such practices, but it is a bit frightening to think that such underhanded stunts could soon become accepted and encouraged for many sites travelling through the U.S. networks which connect much of the world.

Another example is that Shaw apparently charges it’s users and extra 10 dollars per month to ensure their Vonage VOIP connection gets through without a hitch, while they host their own VOIP service with no such charge.

Now if I remember correctly, Bell was forced to offer it’s networks at a fair price to other telecommunications companies about 5 years ago in order to eliminate it’s monopoly over the telecommunications business in Canada. Because of this, we now have the opportunity to choose smaller internet providers who simply use Bell’s DSL lines and offer consumers their own brand of service. It makes me wonder if similar litigation might be awaiting Shaw and any other company who might want to try and oust another by charging customers extra to use someone else’s services.

I certainly hope so.

You can’t rob David Copperfield

David Copperfield used sleight of hand to avoid being robbed while he was walking with two female assistants.

His two assistants gave over their purses containing their money, passports and a cell phone.

David, being the prestidigitator he is, turned his pockets inside out to reveal that there was nothing there when in fact he too was carrying his wallet and passport.

Okay, this man can make large buildings disappear before your very eyes. What on earth possessed 4 teenagers to try and mug David Copperfield? I don’t know… maybe it’s unfair as David Copperfield hasn’t done a television special in what seems like 10 years.

Kids these days just haven’t been warned… Don’t rob David Copperfield!

Epitaph for a fish

My gourami, Grenadine died… Poor gouramiramasama~

Rest in peace.

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