Saturday, March 10, 2007

Y2K Deja-Vu

Computer specialists rushing to patch systems and dire warnings about problems with computer scheduling. Did I just wake up in 1999 again?

Nope. This isn't Y2K, this is Y2K7. The year, the law rolling back the start date for daylight savings time kicked in.

I wrote about this law back when it was first passed in 2005. As I wrote then, the US Congress seems to have rushed this bill through, without giving any thought to the repercussions to the computer industry.

Over the past month, my staff at work have been busily patching every PC, laptop, server, network switch, phone system, firewall, VPN gateway, and everything else we own. We have spent weeks dealing with this problem, and I'm sure if you look around at many other companies, you will find a similar pattern. And all this nonsense just because some congressmen thought it would be nice for kids to be able to do their Hallowe'en trick-or-treating in daylight.

Shame on them!

Friday, March 09, 2007

There's No Place Like Home

Sorry for the delay in blogging. Over the past month, I completed my move back to the Toronto area. It's been stressful, but now that I'm settled in, I really think it was worth it.

Guess I should edit my blogger profile.... ;)

Some small things I am enjoying about Canada that I missed while I was in the US:

Tim Hortons: Tim Hortons makes some of the best coffee and best donuts out there.

Poutine: A French Canadian dish of French fries, cheese curds, and gravy. This dish is very popular in Canada, but for some strange reason, I've never seen it south of the Canada/US border.

Chocolate: There are a number of chocolate bars in Canada you can't get in the US: Coffee Crisp, Aero, Caramilk, etc. Chocolate in Canada I find much nicer than the chocolate in the US. In the US, the chocolate is coated with wax to make it look better, but I find it has less taste. Canadian chocolate seems more flavorful.

The State of Public Facilities: Subway trains, buses, commuter trains, airports, etc. in Canada tend to be about the same level of decor and cleanliness you'd expect in the lobby of an "A" office building in Manhattan.

Of course, I'm sure I'm going to find some things to miss about New York over the next few months, and if you ask me in five or six months, I'll probably be able to rattle off a long list of things I miss about the Big Apple.