Category: computing

Updates, this that and those other things…

Nothing like staying awake several hours in the night worried about the fact that two of your main websites are dysfunctional after a suggested system update. In this case, a software update was made to my main coffee website and my main telecom/radio website. The radio website has a huge technical library on board with…

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Shaming the forum/comment referral spammers – chapter 1

Forum spam and website defacement in the form of comment/blog/forum unsolicited shills and ads cost webmasters and editors millions of dollars a year. I got so fed up with it on one of my websites that I instituted a new registration policy that requires an authentic e-mail address for the user to post anything on…

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Growing it for a cause – Movember

Here is a photo of my UVic – Systems Movember team – feel free to help the cause against cancer – we are growing it, not mowing it – to raise awareness and fight a nasty disease. Left to right: Paul S. (CIO UVic Systems), Matt S, Donny L, Yours truly, Ryan P, Ryan E,…

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Summer Food Fun and Drink 15 Life in the now lane

One of the neat things about being over 40 – and being fairly hip to what is hot and happening in the early part of the 21st Century… Is the fact that I am old enough to remember going into a record store to buy LP’s – when cassettes were actually available… Photo at right:…

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Summer Food Fun and Drink 14 Six years later and a re-launch

Who is writing a book on global microfinance for Bloomsbury, puzzle maker for the New York Times op-ed section, travel writer, Forbes Traveler, author of Who Hates Whom, a pocket guide to global conflict outlining more than 30 of the world’s active wars and hot spots? He is a former writer for CSI: Crime Scene…

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Website issues are temporary – stay tuned.

I am currently bouncing web requests for dxer.ca and coffeecrew.com over here because of technical issues at my ISP – things should fix themselves by morning… hopefully… and they are. Thanks for your patience.

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Rites of Spring #28 Technology of our undoing – broadband over power lines

My day job is in multi-media design, modernization, implementation and blah, blah, blah… …in the educational environment. In my case UVic. (so)Give me a classroom or lab with a black board and a piece of chalk and I will give you video data projection, infinitely variable lighting controls, high speed internet, web-casting and sound so…

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Google Rant #1 – don’t steal my books Mister Google

My first thought is… If I created a series of Google rants… Would google index them? Well. Let’s see. Anyway. Imagine a World where you could lose everything at the whim of a giant corporation… in a future World where there were no borders… only corporations that took what they wanted, when they wanted. Your…

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Summer Food Fun and Drink Chapter 11 The downside of twitter

Here’s the thing. If I could sprout an extra lobe in my brain and actually incur the ability to distill my more cogent thoughts down to 140 characters… I probably still would not twitter. Because I just typed 140 characters and I haven’t said a golly dash thing! And you know it. A lovely young…

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Spring into birdsong – why we do not twitter

I embrace technology. Heck, I have been doing this for too many years. When I first started monkeying around on the internet, there were no web servers. They were called gopher servers – and they served up text. My first attempts at webbing were launched from a Windows 3.11 for Work groups box (an IBM…

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