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Entries from January 2008

Find a good book faster

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

I’ve been looking around for a book review website that aggregates all the critic reviews, sort of like Rotten tomatoes does with movies. The best I could find was the website for Bookmarks Magazine. They add up reviews from most major US newspapers to give a book a rating out of five stars. It’s a […]

Tags: reading

MacBook Air could save your day

January 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off

Apple’s new MacBook Air is purportedly the world’s thinnest (and sexiest) laptop, but is a bit shallow when it comes to hardware. The lack of CD-Rom drive or landline internet access for example, may discourage first-time laptop buyers. But if you need some compelling reasons to shell out for a laptop you can fit into […]

Tags: technology · writing humour

Klingon technical writers

January 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This is as geeky as it gets folks. The EAC meeting last night featured a talk entitled “Crouching comma, hidden hyphen” by Ramona Montagnes, one of the authors of the Canadian Writer’s Handbook and director of the UBC Writing Centre. This list was on one of her handouts. The top 16 things likely to be […]

Tags: technical writing · writing humour

iPod levy rejected

January 15th, 2008 · Comments Off

If you’re a wannabe iPod disciple and the rumour of an iPod levy had you on your knees praying for an intervention, your prayers have been answered. Canada’s federal court told the Canadian Copyright Board they had “no authority” to impose the levy, according to this CBC News article. Well, this is good news indeed. […]

Tags: politics · technology

Skid marks on your soul

January 10th, 2008 · Comments Off

Over at Wired’s video gallery you can watch some amusing tech vintage commercials. While I find the ones for the old Mac, the Vic-20, and the Commodore chuckle worthy, my vote for the funniest – and the most creative – goes to the 1980s ad for the Atari 5200′s Pole Position. Back in those days, […]

Tags: culture · marketing · technology