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Garbage….

Oh, marvellous…. and there was me thinking I’d left all this behind….

Big Brother Interested In Your Garbage (Castanet)
Read Article @ http://tinyurl.com/28sszbm

Kelowna Council will be asked Monday to pony up approximately $1.50 to $1.70 per household per year for on-board computers, software, data collection and data hosting services not included in the initial phase of the project.

In his report for council, Utility Services Manager Don Degen says along with collecting basic data, the system makes it easy for collection drivers to gather additional information that may result in further contact with the customer, or constitute an offence such as an illegal item in the cart, a cart in a bike lane or an overloaded cart.

Er…. “illegal items” in the cart?

Now, assuming they are still going to be unlocked allowing them to picked up and emptied, and they are still left at the roadside, what happens when someone walks down the street and decides to put something in the nearest bin, being mine, for example, not intentionally, but nonetheless “illegal”? What happens? I’m fined? It’s happening in the UK, so please, get your head out of the clouds….

Also, when you tell me it’s for all our benefit, making life “easier”, bear in mind that’s also what you told me when the radio transmitting water meters were installed, only to find out a couple of months ago that there were after all, ulterior motives….

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Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says….

Genius….

Thanks for asking if we wanted them, government of Canada and thanks for doing the homework on them before you forked out the cash, OUR cash. Let’s hope someone kept the receipt….

Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says

A leading Israeli airport security expert says the Canadian government has wasted millions of dollars to install “useless” imaging machines at airports across the country.

“I don’t know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747,” Rafi Sela told parliamentarians probing the state of aviation safety in Canada.

That’s why we haven’t put them in our airport,” Sela said, referring to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, which has some of the toughest security in the world.

Read Full Article @ http://tinyurl.com/384jrob

Oh well, it’s not like we need the cash is it. I mean, who needs skool buses anyway….

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The Birds….

“If you move it, they will come!”…

The Birds (1)...We’ve moved the bird feeder from the back garden, round so it’s in front our lounge/living room window. Just managed to catch them on their. Just before all pegs were full and there were others waiting in the tree for a go on it!

The boys were asleep somewhere, so the birds had some peace without Merlin bouncing up and down in the window….

It was also sunny when I took the photo, as I look now, bad weather is coming up through thvalley. Snow is forecast for later this week, so after much nagging, I finally got the winter tires on….

On the “homesteading” front, our new plan is homemade wine and beer! We’ve even got our labels designed ready. Bottles have been cleaned and are in storage as we wait for the first lager brew in aboutt 4/5 weeks. The wine selection is still to be decided upon. It’ll be red, but which one, we’re not sure. We tasted a ladies latest batch, having been laid down for about 6 months and to be honest, it weren’t too bad. So, fingers crossed, the Chateau le Boom could be on the way! If it goes well, th food bunker may be adapted to incoporate the wine cellar too….

On the wolf cub, sadly we missed out. A bit disappointing, but the original guy who had put down a deposit, decided he did want it after all. I have to say, the guy who was the breeder, was an almost limitless font of knowledge and was the host to beat all hosts, really nice. A glass of wine and a beer were handed out when we sat down, “I’ve had a tough day training dogs for the police. They can be a right pain. The people, not the dogs!” Still, as the kids said, it was an experience they will never forget, holding a cub, as the parents, timberwolves, wandered around us in the kitchen, flopping on top of us and slobbering all over us. “They’re not going to eat me are they?”, said Miss, as Simba decided, the huge daddy wolf, decided she was a comfy cushion and was spread across her lap. Poor little girl, she was half his size…. The next litter is due in the spring, so we’ll get our names down for one now…. we had a great name and everything…

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Time To Ditch Your Cell Phone?….

One of the peeves here in Canada, for me and a few others by the sound of it, are cell phones and their ludicrously high costs. I may have a solution….

I’ve looked on the web and seen a few people doing it, so it may be a go-er. If so, it’s going to make telephone calls a doddle, even when we’re out and about or traveling, (also, thinking about it, instead of needing tri-band, or quad band phones when you go abroad, expensive roaming charges and so on, you simply take your Skype number and iPod Touch wherever you go!), not to mention, and this is the best bit, virtually free….

The iPod Touch, you know, the full screen one, has the ability to run Skype and other VOIP applications. So, with this in mind, I think it is may be possible, to use this as a phone, as long as you have access to WiFi when you’re out and about and, I assume when you are at home by plugging into the computer, or your router. Although, when at home, I use the computer for all my calls anyway. (If you want to do away with your home phone line, you’ll need to access a WiFi signal from somewhere, which may be tricky. Or simply let your calls go to voicemail, again provided by Skype and check them the next time you are in your favourite coffee shop or library, or WiFi hotspot.)

So, in a nutshell, here’s what I’m thinking of doing….

  1. Get an iPod Touch. As large a memory as you can afford may be wise, but it has to be one of the new ones.
  2. Download the Skype App for it.
  3. Get a Skype In number. (If your country isn’t one of the ones on the list, either pick another country, or do a search on the Internet for other providers. As to be expected, Canada isn’t one of the ones provided for, the telecommunications here is nuts. But then, I’ve always wanted an office in New York…)
  4. Get some Skype Out credit, or sign up for a Skype Out subscription, allowing you on some plans, unlimited calls to certain countries.
  5. Use this for all my calls.

Anyone got any thoughts on this? If not, I’m off to get an iPod Touch, no one tell the missus though, eh. She want’s a puppy….

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Throttlin’….

I’m begining to wonder what the point of paying 40 bucks a month for internet access is….

It’s a known fact, apparently, that ISP’s out here on Canada, as well as elsewhere, I’m sure, are “throttlin’ the net”, as they say, restricting bandwidth and so on. I’ve encountered this myself, this week, as I’ve tried to send some files I’ve recorded to Phantomville HQ, to no luck whatsoever. I can only assume something is going on….

When I get through to the helpdesk, much the same as other large corporations, I am transfered to a very helpful tech guy in the Phillipines, who, when we have mastered the language problems, seems to get things sorted for me…. of a fashion, but says himself, “Other than that, I’m at a loss as to what’s going on”….

All of this, when, as I type this, using the wireless connection provided by the library, watching Sam at soccer training, I can access the web from many other places. Add to this the intense surveillance that is coming onboard in the UK, the monitoring of emails and webpages, no doubt elsewhere, too, why, exactly am I paying for this?

“It’s the convenience”, or so I’m told. Being throttled when I am trying to transfer important files, is not convenient.

So, for the $40 a month I could save the cash, and go sit in a nice coffee shop somewhere and use the internet there. Meeting people, having a chat and so on, rather than couped up in my office talking to no one. I’ve already had a lady ask me to go show her how to use her Apple Mac as I sit here. So that’s some work as a “consultant” sorted, all thanks to my new “concept”….

So, forty¬† bucks, plus tax? I’m begining to wonder….