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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March 2, 2012

Best User Instruction manual ever

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I’ve seen some pretty creative ones over the years, mostly online manuals, but this one has to take the cake.  When I saw this, I couldn’t resist sharing it. The idea of having a step by step guide, available to new users, users who have never had a smart phone.   Take a look for […]

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February 29, 2012

Government and Politics and Corruption

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Can one exist without the other?  It seems that all levels of government are subject to this.  I will refrain from mentioning other countries, as my own has its fair share of problems and scandals. This morning, the news announced that the mayor of my humble little town is being investigated by the UPAC ( […]

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February 1, 2012

Travelling to the US.

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Well as some of you know I flew into New York city for business this week.  After hearing all the scares, the restrictions, the guidelines and what not to do, what not to say, I can’t say I was concerned, but i would say i “prepared” myself for the whole “song and dance”.  As i’m […]

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January 30, 2012

NYC: oh the noise

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Last night was my first night in New York City, well since the last time I was here 6 years ago.  One thing that i had forgotten ( or maybe suppressed ) was the noise at night.  By choice, I bought my house in the suburbs of Montreal.  Close enough for travelling to and from […]

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January 12, 2012

PIPA/SOPA: Stopped they must be; on this all depends.

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Being Canadian, I have no senator, governor or anyone else to write to about stopping PIPA/SOPA.  All I have is my lonely blog and my free speech, so this is me showing my support.  SOPA/PIPA can and most likely mean the end for several of the “open” communities that we use around the web, including […]

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January 11, 2012

Layoffs: The execution

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Layoffs are unfortunately a part of most industries, and the technology sector ( or department ) is no different, in fact we are often some of the first to be hit. The execution of the layoffs ( pun intended ) is the actual delivery of the message, both to those being laid off, as well […]

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January 9, 2012

Layoffs: how to know where to cut

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The motivation behind this post is two recent series of layoffs I have been witness to.  One in my former employer’s ranks, and one in my current employer’s ranks.  These are not the first layoffs i’ve seen, I was witness back in 2000~2001 when the dot com bubble burst, and saw quite a few back […]

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