Will it take a death to have police do something about bad drivers in Quebec

Yesterday a horrible accident occured not far from where I live. Local gossip says the driver just got his license and was driving reckless on the narrow roads of Ile-Perrot.

My wife and I have spoken to the police a few times about speeders and reckless young drivers on our road, citing that someone will get killed one day if this keeps up. The police respond with “What can we do?” We spoke to the town about the speeders and reckless drivers on our road, and they respond with “What can we do?”

We have two small boys and we do our best to keep them safe. My wife and I in poor taste have joked in the past that it will probably take a death before police and the town do anything about the driving on our roads.

Now this precious young girl, with her whole life in front of her, has had her life taken by one of the many reckless drivers on the roads in Quebec today.

What will it take now to impose the rules and laws to give the police and the courts the power to put a stop to reckless drivers after their first offence.

Our family send hears go out to the family of the little girl and to the day care owner where the accident happened. My wishes to throw the book and the rest of the bookshelf at the offending teen head his way.

Tonight, we will write another letter to our town and ask once again for action to be taken on the streets of Quebecs towns.

Energy savings with computers - How much energy do I waste?

It has been awhile since I followed up on my power savings stories here, here and here. Although not so much as a followup, I am glad to see others starting to blog about these issues too. This entry “How much energy do I waste?” is a well written piece and has some good links in too.

Quoted from Kirk McElhearn:

“I feel that these people are aggressive in their attitude of entitlement; as if they can use all the energy they want: who cares about the overall effect that has on others. Are these the same people who drive gas-guzzling SUVs?”

It is time people started taking their energy consumption more seriously.We need to take a moment to get into the habit of turning off electrical appliances, even unplugging them if they won’t be used for a few days.

In Memoriam - Anastasia DeSousa

A year ago today, a senseless shooting at Dawson College, in Montreal Quebec unfolded. A few students were injured. One student died. On September 19th last year I posted a short poem to the family and friends of Anastasia on another site I work on.

Anastasia’s father posted the only comment, which to this day I still read from time to time, and reflect on my own kids lives as they quickly grow towards college days. This morning I spent a few minutes and reflected on the past year, what has happened since and where we are going from here. I think it is worth reposting the poem here, where I spend more of my time these days.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
(Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!)

(Mary Frye, circa 1932)

While I work, I am lucky enough to be able to listen to music of my choosing. One song in particular reminds me of September 13 2007, and Anastasia and her father. Thought it worth posting the song here too, but I would probably get sued by the music industry. “Five for Fighting” is the band, “100 years” is the song from the album “The Battle For Everything”. There is a clip of the song under Music on the Five for Fighting website if you haven’t heard the song before.

It would be nice to say as a society as a whole we have learnt something from Anastasia’s untimely passing, but I fear not. Another student who survived the shooting a year ago has set out to try and do something about the future. His site Kill Thinking is an interesting read (and watch), and left me asking questions, which is good.

Apple uses Microsoft .NET servers

Apple Promo Rebate errorsLast week I bought a new iMac 20 inch to replace my old G5 Dual 2.7GHz machine. A promo came with the new iMac for a Free iPod Nano from Apple. While filling in the promo rebate form (http://www.apple.com/promo/rebate) I made a mistake and need to go back one page. Without thinking too much about it, I clicked on the back button in my browser. Apparently Apple’s Promo Rebate server doesn’t like people doing this, and caused an application error on their server. Strangely enough when I looked at the error, I noticed that all the messages were from a Microsoft server! As a friend pointed out, Apple probably uses a third party for their promo applications. None the less, in my opinion, it does make Apple look bad. After all, can’t Apple’s XServe handle this type of application?

Incidently, the G5 is for sale now if anyone is interested:

  • Dual 2.7GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 2 - 250GB Internal Drives
  • Clean install of OS
  • Perfectly running and very clean
  • New iMac Keyboard and new Apple mouse (I wore the old ones out)
  • Original packagin and original install CD’s included
  • This machine will run OS 9 applications which newer machine will not do

Videotron announces 53% increase in monthly fees

Last time I looked at the way things usually went in the tech industry, internet included, companies would offer more services for a lower price over time. You can imagine my surprise when Videotron cable (Quebec) sent a letter informing me that starting October 1st 2007, I will have less services unless I wish to pay a 50% increase in my monthly bill.

When I signed up with Videotron’s Extreme High-speed internet services they told me 10Mpbs download and 900Kbps uploads with unlimited bandwidth is mine for just $64.95CAD a month. Starting October 1st 2007, I will need to pay $99.95CAD per month to have those same services. Granted that I will now have a static IP, as my account will be a business account. This is just a feature that I do not need, but apparently will be forced to take.

A friend of mine in the US now has FIOS. He pays $46 a month for unlimited bandwidth and a speed of 15Mpbs down and 2Mbps up. Significantly faster than cable. Yes, I realize that FIOS is a different cat all-together, and we don’t have access to FIOS here… yet. Perhaps now is the time.

In Canada, when compared to the US, bandwidth seems to be an pricy issue. We poor northerners appear to be charged a fortune for any bandwidth on any device. If you own a cell phone that lets you surf the net, then you know what I am talking about. Bell charges $25 for 4MB of bandwidth a month on a cell phone, or $12/MB. In the US, there are unlimited bandwidth plans available on cell phones usually for about the same as we pay for 4MB a month here.

If we are to be competive in the Internet age with the US, then we Canadians need to start demanding much lower pricing on bandwidth, or unlimited bandwidth on our web enabled devices. Call your provider and tell them today you are not happy. Write a complaint letter by postal mail to your provider and tell them you are not happy. Send a letter to the CRTC so they are aware that you are not happy anymore with the extravagant pricing for bandwidth in Canada. We as users need to stop this ludicrous gouging for bandwidth usage.

If you are in agreement that bandwidth prices must be eased, then please post a comment in support here and digg this story too.

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