Saturday, July 26, 2008

China and The World

In a long, articulate piece published in The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee looks China's attitude to the world and how the Olympics can be a turning point in China's global position in the international community, or could result in retrogression to its oppressive communist roots.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Rogers following VeriSign?

Similar to VeriSign's SiteFinder "feature" several years ago, Rogers has now begun redirecting failed DNS lookups to their own advertisement-ridden page. What a terrible change...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Blogger

As a blogger, can I call myself a Personal Information Publishing Specialist?

MacBook Pro SuperDrive repair

I recently discovered my MacBook Pro (Late 2007, 2.2 GHz) couldn't burn DVDs. Every time I tried with a DVD-R, it would come up with this error:
This disc can't be burned, because the device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media.


When I tried to burn a DVD-RW, I got this error:
Burning the disc failed because communication to the disc drive failed. (Error code 0x80020022)


Uh-oh. I tried everything, including creating a new user account, some strange hints, rebooting, trying different discs. I ended up taking my MacBook Pro to the Eaton Centre Apple Store Genius Bar last Sunday. They took it in, replaced the SuperDrive, and I got my laptop back on Monday. Works great - kudos to Apple for superb warranty service!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

UofT Alumni E-mail and Poutine

Are you a University of Toronto alumnus? Your @utoronto.ca address will eventually expire, and you will have to forward your e-mails. University Advancement offers Gmail-enabled @alumni.utoronto.ca accounts, and you can register for one for free!

On a lighter note, the Canadian Embassy in Washington is under fire for using the image of Samuel de Champlain holding a plate of poutine to promote Canada Day celebrations. I honestly don't get it - what's wrong with that? It's pretty funny to me, and I think it's in good taste (no pun intended).