This post is a plea for help from smart network administrators/geeks and/or Bob Metcalfe:
Like a lot of dads, I’m the on-site technical support for my household and while that job used to just involve keeping software updates fresh on a single desktop computer, dads like me now have a whole clutch of computers and other gadgets (DVD players, refrigerators, tablets, laptops, TVs, cameras) — all of which have IP numbers — and all of which are used by any one of four family members to gobble up bandwidth. Like a like lot of Canadians who get their Internet service from a major cableco/telco, I have a bandwidth cap. Exceed the cap and the Akin household pays through the nose. That makes the Akin household’s Accounts Payable Manager (my wife) very unhappy with On-Site Technical Support (that would be me.)
While I have personally encouraged Minister Clement about Open Government/Open Data initiatives (and found him to be personally receptive to doing what he can to implement those initiatives), it is demonstrably false for him that he is part of the most transparent government in Canada history. Continue reading Harper government "most transparent" in history. NOT!
Still struggling to respond to the events Friday in Newtown, CT.
A politician — Alberta’s minister for municipal affairs Doug Griffiths — found the words that I could not yesterday to express what I was feeling and kudos to him that he managed to do it in a 140-character tweet.
All day today I have felt empty, powerless, intensely sad, and acutely afraid. There is no ‘why’ that will ever make it make sense.
I’m a geek and have, for 25 years, been an early adopter of just about any Internet-based service. (Hell, I had a GEnie account!) But I’m still very reluctant to cast my ballot using anything other than a pencil and a piece of paper. But I am interested in debates on this issue, if only because new technologies may improve voter participation which I think is a good thing. So here’s a couple of opinions, pro and con, from the American debate on Internet voting. (Both culled from computer scientist Dave Farber‘s discussion list). Here’s the argument in favour:
Back at the end of November, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced that the Canada Border Services Agency has ordered the country’s border guards to wear name tags. After all, members of the Canadian Forces, the RCMP, and U.S. border guards all wear name tags. In that November 27 press release, the CBSA said this was a good idea because, “We believe that this small step will allow the millions of clients we serve to feel more comfortable in their interactions with our officers. Personalized name tags reflect our commitment to service excellence and reinforce the professionalism and integrity for which CBSA officers are known.”