Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Published in the Ottawa Citizen tomorrow, 20 July 2017

Thanks once again to Robbi Hay, editor of the Ourtown section of the Ottawa Citizen for using my work. This is my favourite image of all of those I submitted to the Citizen. I love hummingbirds and this one is cheekily looking back at me as if to ask why?

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Pick up a copy of the Citizen tomorrow to see what’s happening in and around Ottawa in the upcoming weeks …

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Has Microsoft Lost Control of their Developers?

See this thread: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_outlook-mso_win10/outlook-2016-sounds-changed-at-last-build-update/8a857f8c-1d44-4add-866e-060784fe047b?rtAction=1500394594303

I love Outlook 2016 as it is the best email client I have ever used. I have all emails that I have ever received (and thought were worthy of preserving) stored in my inbox and archives since 1997 or thereabouts.

But in the last update cycle (a few weeks ago), some MORON implemented a deletion sound without implementing a way to turn it off.

This has made Outlook a nightmare to use day to day.

The thread referenced above says that the only way to fix the problem is to globally turn off all sound in Microsoft Office.

Have they lost their ability to control their developers’ worst instincts? Did some intern have a brain fart and no one noticed? Or do they think this is acceptable in some way?

I have gone from loving Outlook to hating it in only a few weeks.

EDIT: The article above suggests going to “Advanced/General” in the Excel options, but I found the “provide feedback with sound” to be in the Accessibility section. Switching it off *did* work, though, so that is the fix. No sound in all of Office fixes this horrid mistake by someone at Microsoft.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Best Buy–Consumer Unfriendly Adverts on Facebook

I’ve seen this bait at least three times today:

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$299 for a complete three piece polycarbonate Samsonite luggage set is a steal. I would buy in a heartbeat. Yet every time I click through, the real price is double or triple …

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That is one scum bag maneuver, leaving their ads running to bait you into clicking. Unworthy of a major chain like that.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Published in the Ottawa Citizen two weeks in a row …

Once again I am thanking Robbi Hay, Editor of the Ottawa Citizen Ourtown section, for using my work.

As Father’s Day approaches (this coming Sunday), this image is a reminder of what matters more to fathers than anything else …

So grab a copy of this Thursday’s paper and see what’s coming up in early summer!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Jokes and Fundamentalism

A strange juxtaposition, but bear with me.

I was watching an interesting video of Jimmy Carr interviewing Frankie Boyle (two of my favourite comedians) and Jimmy mentioned that “people are not offended by a joke, but rather by who’s telling it”. I thought that was an interesting observation and that it had a lot of truth to it.

But Frankie had an incredibly perceptive take on it that really sharpened my thoughts on fundamentalism, religious mostly, but anything with a narrow fundamentalist view.

Frankie said that “A joke is a thing that people laugh at in a room – a contract between people. As soon as you have to defend it, then it is simply something inappropriate that someone said”.

Now, it is easy to say then that the comedian is responsible for what he or she says and that he or she must be aware at all times of who is listening. But the reality is that the joke simply floating in the air and it is a choice to be offended by it.

The problem with the vast majority of fundamentalists is that they choose to be offended by everything. Vocally and often violently.

That has to be one of the world’s biggest problems these days – that 2/3 of the people on the planet have no sense of humor and scream about almost everything that happens in the free world.

Windows 10 Prescience

This is real. I did not fake it.

It was right.

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Anyone care to guess how this happened?