December 3, 2012

Google’s Panda update

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An interesting article came through my news feeds today, something that I’ve been too busy to really notice. This isn’t something new, just an update to a platform google released about 18 months ago now, but I’ve not even noticed. It’s called Google Panda. You think I am trying to be funny, or joke around, […]

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August 26, 2012

Rouge Boeuf : A humble review

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On August 25th, my wife and I decided to try a new restaurant for our date night.  We typically go to the same restaurants, and felt like we wanted something new. There is a new Rouge Boeuf that opened near our house a couple months ago, and it is usually pretty packed ( typical sign […]

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July 18, 2012

Gas prices in Quebec

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This is probably just another rant, one of thousands around about gas prices, and how outrageous they are, if that is what you guessed, then you are right, but there is a twist.  Last weekend, we went on a quick road trip to Ottawa ( from Montreal ) to visit some family.  That isn’t the […]

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July 8, 2012

La ferme Guyon

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Today we decided to take the kids out for a different kind of outing. Something that wasn’t too far, something not too expensive ( taking 2 adults and 3 kids, can get expensive ), and all in all something we don’t do very often.  We took them to La Ferme Guyon, off of highway 10, […]

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May 20, 2012

Streaming m4v from a DLink-321 NAS

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I made a simple but effective ( for me ) discovery this week-end.  I’d been ripping some of my DVD’s with Handbrake ( so that i can put the physical DVD in storage, and clear some room ), and was uploading the m4v ( default settings in Handbrake ) to my DLink NAS ( model […]

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April 28, 2012

New Job

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For those of you that are here regularly, you’ve probably noticed that i haven’t written much in the last couple of week, I’ve kinda been busy with other things.  I’ve got another post in the works ( describing the situation ) but i first wanted to write about my new job, and the reasons i […]

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March 28, 2012

Aquarium Reboot

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Well, i don’t know how to start this, so i’ll just dive right in.  I’ve been an aquarium entheusiast most of my life.  i’ve always loved the peaceful tranquility that an aquarium brings to whatever room its in.  My dream for the longest time was to have a aquarium wall ( an aquarium the width,not […]

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March 21, 2012

Student strike in Montreal

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As many of you are aware, there have been massive protests with regards to students protesting the cost of an education in Quebec. Quebec has the lowest tuitions fees in all of Canada, about 1/3 of the costs in Ontario. Let me get the simple things out of the way first. Am I for a […]

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March 8, 2012

The definitive way to implement a singleton in java

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I’ve been interviewing a bunch of candidates lately ( we are hiring ) for a senior java developer’s position, and i’ve come to realize how far from the basics numerous people have become.  You ask them about some ajax feature, or new app on facebook, etc, they jump at the chance to talk about this, […]

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March 7, 2012

Day programmer vs Night programmer : revisited

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A couple days ago DZone linked to the following article. The author goes on to define a Day programmer as someone who write code for a living, being mostly incompetant at their job, just doing this for a paycheck.  He then goes on to talk about night programmers as the leads of the technological world, […]

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