The Canadian Zero Emission Car

Why can’t I buy this in Canada yet? The ZENN car (Zero Emission No Noise) is developed and built in Canada, plugs into a standard outlet, costs about $12,000, is perfect for city driving, and yet it’s not legal for it to be sold in Canada. Yet. I want one! Check it out on the […]

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Sears.com / Kmart.com Installing Spyware On Your PC

The online security community is alerting consumers to the fact that joining the Sears My SHC Community program results in spyware being installed onto your computer which tracks all of your internet activity- including logins to bank accounts and other personal data and sends it to a third party (not Sears). This is completely unacceptable […]

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Response To Michael S. Berliner

I realize it’s a 6 year old article, but it’s new to me and I had to respond. Michael S. Berliner writes in his article “If Environmentalists Succeed, They Will Make Human Life Impossible” found on the website of the Ayn Rand Institute an article which he puts forth as fact regarding the fate of […]

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Prevent Direct Access of Files With PHP

A common problem new developers encounter is when they have an area of their website made private, how do they prevent non-logged-in users from going straight to a non-php file like a word document? There are solutions involving htaccess files but these typically can’t easily be integrated with your PHP user management system. The quick […]

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Consumer Choices Drive Outsourcing

North American businesses are increasingly outsourcing work to cheaper labour markets overseas. Many businesses don’t really like to do this, and consumers are now shouting about lost jobs and increased unemployment. But we only have ourselves to blame. My parents own a small local company. They do their work in-house. They, and myself have had […]

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Privacy and “Nothing To Hide” Arguement

Whenever I express my horror at government actions or policies that infringe on people’s rights, nearly ALL of my friends and family respond with “I’m not concerned, I have nothing to hide!”. I always have a hard time explaining why this argument isn’t valid. If you don’t value your privacy and if you don’t understand […]

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Personal Projects Recap

Some people may not realize this, but my first personal web development project was horizonarchives.com. Years ago I thought it was the best thing ever. Despite the long domain name, the horrid orange and black design, and the overwhelming job of keeping it up to date, I loved it. It also allowed me to practice […]

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Great Quote from The Guardian

I heard a great quote while watching the movie The Guardian. Said by a fifty-something female bartender to a fifty-something male coast guard rescue swimmer: “Hell, I’ve always been old, Ben. You know what though? I don’t mind. I mean, if my muscles ache it’s cause I’ve used ’em. It’s hard for me to walk […]

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Export SQL as Insert Statements

Sometimes you just want to dump the contents of a database table as a series of insert statements. Many DBMSes can do this, in fact I do it with MySQL all the time. But it seems Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Manager can’t do it. Oh you can export the create table statement. But that’s it. Why? It seems like a glaring omission. Almost like good old Microsoft is trying to make it as difficult as possible to migrate your data to another DBMS. So stupid. But we will always find a way… so I wrote an ASP script that’ll do what I needed. Here it is for you to use.

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Once In a Life Time Chance to See David Suzuki

I just had the once in a lifetime opportunity to see David Suzuki talk at one of his stops in his “If YOU were Prime Minister…â€? tour in my home city. David Suzuki is a very passionate and inspiring speaker; he spoke of humanity’s origins and how we have lived on this planet for the last 150,000 years and what our current effects are on the planet. He went over the current issues surrounding global warming as well as some of the data and research backing it up. He discussed a very important study by a prominent economist which presented evidence that the cost to the world of preventing global warming would only be 1% of our GDP, but the cost of doing nothing would be more than world war 1 and 2 combined and it would put us into a depression like we’ve never seen in human history.

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