Posts from the ‘Technology’ category

The Thermoelectric Magic of the Ecofan

A couple of weekends ago, I was on a remote Gulf Island with some friends. They had a lovely cabin on a bluff, but it didn’t…

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Why Are There So Few Female Software Developers?

Speaking of gender and the technology industry, the New York Times took a swing at that vexing question: why are there so few women in Silicon…

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My Apple Computers Have Been Kind of Crap

It recently occurred to me that my recent Apple hardware has performed worse than my old PC desktops. Consider this list of ills: Julie’s old iMac…

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Finding the Cheapest Parking Rates in Vancouver

Last night I was at a client event, and some developers were demonstrating applications they’d built on top of the City of Vancouver’s Open Data catalogue.…

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The YikeBike Looks Like Fun

Somebody sent me a link to this foldable electric bicycle designed, I gather, for urban commuting. This ad is ill-advised in a number of ways (is…

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Computers are Finally Getting Fun

It’s taken, what, about 25 years of the personal computer to finally break out of the screen + keyboard + mouse paradigm. There have been plenty…

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Chatroulette: What the Kids Are Talking About

Chatroulette is a kind of serendipity engine for discovering strangers with whom to video chat. It’s also one of the first web memes that made me…

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If the iPad is a Hammer, Where Are My Nails?

The trouser-rubbing hordes of Macolytes are all in a lather about Apple’s newest device: the oddly-named iPad (insert menstrual humour here). If you haven’t seen it…

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