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April 7, 2013


It had to happen sooner or later, and I’m rather glad it happened. Here’s what I’ve learned about the RBC scandal RBC hiring practices exposed in the news: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/04/05/bc-rbc-foreign-workers.html I’ve written before about the abhorrent outsourcing practices of RBC, but now, they allegedly replace Canadian workers with people on temporary work visas. And denying it: http://www.cjad.com/CJADLocalNews/entry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10527531&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook And claiming their employees are unskilled, and must be replaced with Indian nationals who have the skills: http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/rbc-scrambles-to-explain-hiring-practices-to-canadians-after-contentious-report-1.1227904 Though if that were the case, the Canadian employees shouldn’t have to train these guys for months on end just so they’ll do a job with minimal accuracy, then verifying their work for weeks or months before being shown the door for their efforts. Shame on RBC.


January 18, 2013


Quietly, with little fanfare, Google discontinues Calendar Sync. For those of you who don’t know what it is, Google Sync synchronizes your Google calendar with your Microsoft Outlook installation on your desktop. It’s a nifty little utility that many people use to aggregate their various calendars into one single reference. However, if you want that functionality starting January 30, you’ll have to pay 5$/month for Google Apps for business. Google Sync for Apps will continue to function, but only for paid subscribers of the Google Apps online service. For now, though, if you hurry, you could still install Google Calendar Sync if you have the installer, and it will continue to function past January 30, once you’ve set it up. Unfortunately Google thoughtfully removed the installer from their servers on...


January 5, 2013


I’m fairly excited that, in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be starting to give basic Irish Language lessons to a friend and her family in Montreal. It seems like it’s been ages since I’ve spoken Irish with anyone, and I hope people still find my instruction style useful. For those who don’t know, Irish is a difficult language, and learning it without a teacher is nearly impossible. However, there are many resources on the Internet that can help the classes go down easier. Here are some resources, freely available, that I found indispensable. An Irish Dictionary: http://www.irishdictionary.ie/home Television in Irish: http://www.tg4.ie/en/tg4-player/tg4-player.html Basic class materials for beginners: http://www.hofshi.net/ I’ve used these materials extensively, and found them to be some of the best out there for beginners. If you’re looking for a more formal classroom...


December 15, 2012


Against advice, my own advice, that is, I downloaded and installed the SWTOR game. I knew it to be a poor WoW rip-off with a Star Wars theme, because I played it for about a month when it first came out, but when you’re a fan of the Star Wars universe, you tend to try to overlook the bad (and there’s a lot of bad in that franchise to begin with). You try to justify horrible mis-steps like Jar Jar Binks and suspend disbelief long enough to try to get to the nugget of the story… which is great, by the way, if you don’t know Star Wars. Also, there are no god-damned pandas in it. So far. Anyway. I was going to write a blog post about the SWTOR...


December 13, 2012


Youppi! Les magazines sont sortis, et l’application relationnelle de Varibase 2013 est lancée. Ça veut dire que je peux finalement en parler. En collaboration avec les Éditions Infopresse et Imprimerie L’Empreinte nous avons produit 4300 surcouvertures personnalisées pour l’édition de décembre d’Infopresse, qui est la référence des professionnels des communications et du design au Québec. Nous avons commencé avec une intersection de notre liste de clients, partenaires, fournisseurs et prospects avec celle des abonnés d’Infopresse. Ensuite, nous avons ajouté ceux qui n’y étaient pas. Un petit cadeau de notre part et, en même temps, pour leur faire découvrir le magazine Infopresse. Et voici le résultat: Le magazine portait un pass/clé USB qui lorsqu’il est inséré dans un ordinateur ouvre le site personnalisé sur lequel l’abonné peut visualiser sa carte de souhaits électronique. L’URL personnalisé était aussi présent sur la...