New MSI Wind Netbook for sale | Friday, January 2nd, 2009


Put up my barely used netbook up for sale over on craiglist - pass it on! :)

I'm selling a pristine brand new MSI Wind netbook that I had bought as a temporary machine while waiting for my new laptop to arrive. It has barely 2 weeks of use on it, comes with everything brand new in its box. In addition, I installed Ubuntu Linux 8.10 on it with all the add-ons and extras (It still has Windows XP French installed as well).

  • 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom Processor
  • 1 GB DDR Ram (upgraded from 512 MB)
  • 80Gb Hard drive (unlike the tiny 4 - 8GB SSD drives in most of these things)
  • 10.2" Screen (the reason I chose this netbook - way easier to work on than a tiny 8" screen like the one on the eeePC).
  • 1 year manuf. warranty with receipt.
  • Running Windows XP french (original install), Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 (with Compiz Fusion running smoothly - this thing's got a surprisingly good 3D chip). You can easily install Windows Vista as well, or - yes - Mac OS X.
  • As seen in the pictures, yes, the machine is totally new, with the plastic and stuff still on it.

msi wind for sale

msi wind for sale

msi wind for sale

msi wind for sale

Contact me if you're interested in picking this up, or if you know someone else who is.

CCA Science and Tech Mindmap | Friday, December 5th, 2008

This past Saturday, I have the opportunity to moderate a very useful discussion about community and online collaboration at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

This is a rough mind map of the questions and answers that we tossed around. Clicking the thumbnail will bring you to the large .png image, but editable / open ascii, html, latex and MS Office versions are attached, as well as the original kdissert mind map.


9 games for non-gamers | Monday, November 24th, 2008

Yesterday, I had the joys of getting one of my non-gamer friends hooked on a game. Getting to watch Mir laugh and stumble through building a lattice to make a bridge for a bunch of wobbly goo balls to cross over was totally worth the teensy $20 I paid for World of Goo.

People who were weaned mostly on games as children, rather than other forms of media - Saturday morning cartoons, sci-fi movies, dungeons and dragons - continue to approach problems from a different perspective as they move into adulthood. For example, we tend to interpret architecture and industrial design different, after subconsciously studying the worlds we previously walked through, built from the imagination of the game creator's mind. There are other nuances within gaming, of course, such as the type of games played (educational, sandbox, interactive storytelling, entertainment, etc), as well as within the different [constantly changing] genres of games - first person, strategic, puzzle, and others.

Whether I'm having a conversation about politics, technology or society with someone, the ideas that get thrown around between people who are (or were at some point) at least moderately invested in gaming tend to take on a distinctly more constructivist approach. This often leads to a more holistic understanding of not only the topic at hand but also the other person's stance on the issue. I take for granted that not everyone I deal with is/was a gamer, and so I often find myself expressing frustration at concepts and context that I assume are common knowledge, when in fact, they aren't. Of course, this reflects more on me being an occasional insensitive douchebag than on them lacking any knowledge. What follows is a list for these people (people who don't play video games, not people who think I'm a douchebag - their list is long enough as it is).

CRTC fails to protect net neutrality | Friday, November 21st, 2008

Via The National Union of Public and General Employees

In a move that has disappointed many Canadian high-tech leaders and public interest groups, including the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced that it will not force Bell Canada to stop its controversial Internet throttling practices.


The CRTC decision comes in response to a request from the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP) that Bell stop throttling other Internet service providers that use its network. More than 2,000 Canadians across the country filed letters with the CRTC supporting CAIP’s request.


CAIP has been in limbo since April waiting for the CRTC decision. CAIP argued that Bell’s throttling practices violated telecommunication regulations, gave Bell an unfair market advantage and interfered with Canadians' online privacy.

Well, you know, shit.

Science, Tech and Design panel at the CCA | Thursday, November 20th, 2008

((english / french invitation cards)):


On Saturday, November 29th, please join us for an informal discussion panel bringing together Scientists, Technologists and Designers to weigh in about the current and future influence of each of these disciplines on one another. The Mother-Child Health International Research Network, The World Association of Young Scientists and the Canadian Centre for Architecture invite you to a public conversation on collaboration between these three critically important – and increasingly interdependent - fields of knowledge.

This session will be structured around a series of questions posed to our guest panelists, followed by a discussion and open exchange with the audience.

  • Saturday November 29th, 2008, from 2:30pm until 4:00pm

  • Canadian Centre for Architecture: 1920 rue Baile, Montréal, Québec – Shaughnessy House.
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • Contact Us for more information.

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Inept Customer Service Series | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

This is from an item that I ordered on October 7th:

Late Shipping

Nothing I've ever ordered from the U.S. via USPS had ever taken more than 7 business days from the time I submitted the order until it arrived on my doorstep. It took one week for the company to process the order (all items which were marked "in stock"), nearly one week for USPS to fully ship it... and then it spent ten more days at Canadian customs.