Sunday, 8 July 2018

News media comment sections, why bother?

It's 2018 and we're far more connected today than we were 10 years ago and almost infinately more connected than before the commercial Internet explosion. At this point, however, it seems that this connectivity has done more to us than it has for us. That brings me to the comment section...

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Huh YouTube?

I watch a fair amount of YouTube videos, mostly related to my art addiction, but also around my photography addiction. As a result, I'm currently subscribed to 87 channels and 84 of those are specifically related to art or photography. The other 3 are for comedy channels that I find funny.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Thanks for all the Fish Stack Exchange

I moderated two sites on the Stack Exchange network and was one of the highest rep users on another, participating pretty much since its inception as a platform. I just left it.

Monday, 27 February 2017

One Week with the Surface Book

Image borrowed from Microsoft Store
So, a week ago, I picked up the Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base as replacement for my aging 2011 iMac 27". The specs on the one I purchased are Core I7, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB storage, so not quite the top of the line, but next down. I figured I could do most document storage in the cloud or on USB 3 SSD drives as needed.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Self-Organizing Teams and Management

The fine line between leading and managing often resides around the willingness to accept that the window on what is happening can be a bit obscured for a little while. Leaders, in my view, are okay with this situation as they are able to trust that their teams are doing the right things and progressing. It's hard, though, but managers who wish to be leaders should recognize when it is really a time to manage and when it is time to get out of the way (hint: most often for the latter).

Monday, 24 October 2016

Hacking for Good

What an awesome journey!

The Capital One Canada Gift the Code hackathon took place on the weekend of October 21st and it was nothing short of amazing. We brought together over 140 coders, designers, and other experts for a weekend-long sprint to create software driven solutions for very real challenges faced by each one of these super-deserving organizations: Blake Boultbee, Prosper Canada, Toronto Pflag, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Women's Habitat, and Second Harvest.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Netflix and the Border Wars

Image courtesy: Mike K
The CBC is reporting that Netflix crushes border hoppers and that there may be no way out for Canadian subscribers. Well, not really factually true, but for many it's probably the end of the road on accessing US content from inside Canada.