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Going Postal

Posted 2011.06.24 16.27 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Dear whomever at Canada Post made the decision to lock-out the postal workers:  FUCK YOU.

I’m not pro-union and I don’t support striking, so up till mid-June I was on the side of Canada Post. However I wasn’t actually upset or pissed off with anyone: the rotating strikes were not that bad.

As a customer of Canada Post, and as a small business woman, I was relieved that the rotating strikes were not too disrupting. I also believe that they still did a good job of calling attention to the situation. It was the best of a bad situation, in my opinion.

I’d have even been happy with 3-day-per-week delivery, though you assholes never even gave that a chance. Three-day-per-week delivery was announced on the Monday, rotating strikes happened in major centres on the Tuesday, and on the Wednesday you’d locked them out.

Slow service was tolerable. No service is not.

It’s utter bullshit that the rotating strike was “too much uncertainty“. You know what is too much uncertainty? Having no fucking mail service at all, and not knowing when it will resume.

And now I’d also like to extend a hearty FUCK YOU to the NDP as well. Normally I don’t have anything against you guys and I do believe there is a place in our society for some socialist values. I’m grateful for our health care system and I don’t mind paying my taxes to help support our Canadian way of life.

However, these bullshit delaying tactics you are doing are not helping anybody. It’s hurting small business and small business is a significant part of our economy. How many small businesses are going to have to lay people off or fold completely because their invoices can’t get out, they can’t collect their receivables, or they rely on Canada Post to move product for their customers? How are you helping them?

So, to the Canada Post decision makers, and the NDP: Fuck you.

Fuck you very much.

The Week in Review

Posted 2011.06.17 23.07 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Canada Post sucks.

Vancouver Canucks failed.

Work was hectic and occasionally stressful.

The weather was ok.

That is all.

So Far, So Good

Posted 2010.11.26 19.44 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Well, the post format stuff is coming along. Image posts and Aside posts work, and now Status posts are done as well.

There’s a few more formats yet to be tackled, but I probably won’t use them as often.

Blogging on the Edge!

Posted 2010.11.26 11.14 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

So I’ve gone ahead and installed the first beta of wordpress 3.1 – right here on my live site!

I know, craziness and all that. I have taken some precautions… I have an automated routine backing up my database regularily, and (touch wood) if anything goes nuts I will be able to fix it.

So upon upgrading, the first thing I saw when running with 3.1 was this stupid ‘admin bar’ across the top of my site. And my first reaction was “WTF is that on my site?!” My second reaction being to find out how to remove the stupid thing.

Honestly, that should be a setting (defaulted to “off”), or a plugin. To include that in the core as an automatic, default on, not-obviously-removable ‘feature’ is just plain wrong. I don’t care if nobody else could see it except logged-in administrators. Slapping shit onto my site without my permission, let alone knowledge — and making it something you can’t even turn off without googling for the secret code — is a big red flag in my books.

Admin-bar ranting aside, it’s too early yet to say much either way. No obvious crashing-and-burning, so the next task for me will be to expand my theme to start taking advantage of the new Post Format feature. I’ll have a shot at that over the weekend; I already have some ideas of what to do with it.


Just an Aside…

Posted 2010.11.19 16.54 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Normally I think of updates to WordPress the same way I think of vitamins. That is, something you use because you’re probably slightly better off with them, than without them.

It’s not been as bad lately – at one point it seemed like every other week there was an update that WordPress was nagging me about.

This time, however, I’m actually looking forward to the next upgrade. There’s this new feature that I’ve read about, where you can have different ‘post types’ – like, normal posts, little quick ‘aside’-type posts, picture posts, video posts, et cetera.

There’s been lots of times I would have liked to post some quick little one- or two-liner, some short thing that seemed appropirate at the moment. But it always seemed not to fit – like, you have the title, category, tags, excerpt, et cetera, and you end up with the meta data being three times the size of the actual post. So I’d just skip it, and the world would suffer a tiny bit more because it was robbed the benefit of my wonderful tidbits of wisdom. 😉

But this new post-type thing sounds like just the thing. Of course the ‘aside’ type is what I’m thinking of, but photo-types would be handy too. One’s theme has to be able to take advantage of the post types, but that’s no problem. I’m already thinking about updating my new theme so it’s ready to use the new features as soon as they’re available.

This is supposed to come in WordPress 3.1 which is coming some time in December. I might even grab a beta and get a head start, if I’m not too busy.

Story A Day

Posted 2009.07.18 13.28 in Uncategorized by Stephanie

Back in high school when I was taking Creative Writing, one of our assignments was to write something every day for a month. It didn’t have to be huge, like a short story or a couple pages or whatever, subject didn’t matter, the point was to write something every day.

As I recall, it was pretty easy at first. But life is busy and pretty soon you run out of things to write about, then you get busy, then you forget for a day or two, then you’re cramming to get a few separate things written out and trying to make sure it looks like each one was written on a different day…

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Holy Crap! A New Post!

Posted 2008.04.12 0.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

I know, I know – it’s been a forever or two since I last had anything to say. I was thinking about just deleting the blog since I wasn’t using it. But, I’ve finally crawled out from Second Life (for a little while at least) and done something else with my spare time.

I’ve written a few times about my beloved Toshiba Libretto – a sub-mini notebook computer. I love small-format computers, and would dearly love for Apple to come out with one. Their Airbook is a good first attempt, but it’s still too big. They need to cut it in half, give me an 8 inch screen and chicklet-sized keys, before I’m interested.

Anyhow, the Libretto is a fine machine and running my customized Damn Small Linux variant, it is reasonably useful for surfing and telnetting / sshing in to the office. Still, it’s slow. No getting around the fact that it’s only a 166MHz processor (Pentium MMX) and the RAM is limited at 64MB. Everything else works ok (2.5″ IDE HDD, two PCMCIA slots, WVGA screen [800×480], expansion via docking station, etc). But, it’s slow. The version of firefox that runs on it is limited and slow, and there’s not much else that can be done with it.

So, slow, but working. To be honest, I wasn’t looking for a replacement. But I happened to be telling a friend about it, and she mentioned the Asus eeePC – a modern sub-mini notebook that ran Linux.

So, I checked it out, did some research, read some websites, and was instantly hooked. It’s got a 900MHz CPU (underclocked to 630MHz), came with 1GB of RAM (expandable to 2GB), built in wireless networking, built in webcam, built in SD card reader, 3 USB ports, 8GB solid state hard drive… the goodness just went on and on. The screen was the same specs as the Libretto – 800×480 – and although the form factor was slightly different, it is approximately the same volume and weight as the Libretto. (It’s a bit thinner, but a bit wider.)

Well. I had never heard of the thing up till Sunday night. By Tuesday I had bought one. Wednesday I bought the extra RAM and did the upgrade (which includes switching to a new kernel). And today I have hacked in an internal Bluetooth adapter. 🙂

So yep – I’m happy. I’ll try and post some more goodies as I mess with it more. In the meantime, here’s a picture of my “Eeepster” and a link to a great resource site – the Unofficial eeePC Community site.

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