So a work colleague shared an interesting article about the recent Blackberry Outage. From what I understand they placed a Cisco router instead of a switch. I know that Cisco switches are complicated devices however when you are running a multi-billion dollar company, you must have backup plans, or devices in place in case such a thing happens. I work with medium sized businesses that range from 100-500 employees, which clearly don’t have as much money to spend on IT as Rimm does. Yet their IT infrastructures are usually built to withstand multiple points of failure, so how does one switch failing take down a corporation like Rimm? I really have trouble believing that Rimm will continue to sail along. Maybe Apple will buy them out for their patents.
I’m not always the one in my group that finds new cool music. But a couple of days ago I was! Listen to this Electro Rap Mashup. It’s mixed so well it doesn’t sound like an electro track (even the track names mashup really well). Also I would say it sound better than both songs on their own (no disrespect). Jane Doze did a really good job.
A couple of months I was listening to Sheryl Crow’s Good is good. It’s a good song (pun not intended), however I noticed something that is scientifically wrong in the lyrics. Maybe it is suppose to be a metaphor, but if not, then it’s completely wrong. Anyways the lyrics go
“And everytime you hear the rolling thunder
You turn around before the lightening strikes
And does it ever make you stop and wonder
If all your good times pass you by”
However Lightning strikes first, and then you hear the Thunder. Light travels faster than sound. I thought it was funny, and stopped right there and thought did I really just hear that?
Edit: Maybe she is talking about just hearing thunder and then seeing the next lighting bolt that followed. Hmm, why do songs always have to be so elusive.
On the way back from Tam Tam park today I stumbled upon this little gem. You might not think anything is interesting about this picture, but then I would say you don’t have a keen eye. Being that Montreal is in Quebec (a French speaking Province), all Official texts are in French, so it’s Rue Université. Ok so what you might ask? Well I’ve seen this before type of Englishization/Jokery being done before on Rue Crescent, and I always enjoy a good joke.
On season 16 episode 5 of Top Gear UK Jeremy Clarkson (Jezza), Richard Hammond (Hamster), and James May (Captain Slow) decided to tackle the big problem that England faces now more often than never. I am talking of course of the very minuscule amount of snow they receive. In early February 2009 the snow ranged from 3.9 inches to 7.9 inches, which is nothing compared to what happens here in Canada or the US. From watching the news, I was able to understand that they have not invested enough money in snow removal. I can understand that, however when it happens two years in a row, and causes high financial losses, and travel disruptions can’t they justify it? It’s not only a matter of money, they probably are not trained well for this type of job. Here in Montreal I actually stand and watch the snow removal team, because to me it’s so interesting, they have it down to a science.
I’m glad to have seen this episode of Top Gear because it’s always interesting to see that others have a similar viewpoint on a situation. The lads converted a combine harvester into a snow plow. For the most part it did an excellent job in my opinion. The manufacturers could easily create a more reliable set of modifications (which would probably not cost much in research and development) which lets the harvesters double as snow plows. I found it really interesting that since these harvesters are not being used in the winter, it’s a great win/win situation. This means farmers can either rent out their harvesters or plow during the winter to make extra money (Every documentary or news piece I’ve seen including farmers always says how they struggle to not go bankrupt) and the government does not have to spend too much money on a solution. Why did it take a TV show to bring the concept to light instead of the government/BAA? Finally let me just say that it wouldn’t be Top Gear if they didn’t add some other bells and whistles and made themselves look like bumbling idiots. I love their humor, and while others just don’t get it, that makes it all the more funnier.
Watch the episode below:
Warning this post is graphic and disgusting!
Since highschool I was always coughing in the mornings because I felt there was something stuck in my throat. Every once in a while I would cough up a small yellow ball of an unknown substance. It is very disgusting and smells so bad you have no idea, yet I feel so relieved when I get some out. I eventually went to a throat, mouth, and nose doctor (I don’t know how he was considered a doctor) who told me I was imagining things, YES IMAGINING THINGS!
Come a couple of days ago, I don’t know how I stumbled on the actual term for these yellow creatures. Tonsil Stones (tonsillolith), Yup and I felt so validated that I was right and the “doctor” did not know what he was talking about. I saw the video below which grossed me out and encouraged me to do the same. I found that my crypts are not visible since the lining of my mouth is small, but I was determined to remove some stones. I poked around with my finger and a huge chuck came out. It felt so satisfying.
Pretty disgusting huh? Well the video below is the latest operation that can help get rid of the crypts and the problem all together. I read somewhere that 2-3% of the world’s population suffers from tonsil stones in crypts, however I think it’s much more, but people just don’t know they have them. If you haven’t figured out by now, they are probably the main cause of halitosis (bad breath), so if you have bad breath see if you have tonsil stones. I want to have this operation performed on me.
According to Egyptian blogger and human rights activist Wael Abbas, he obtained documents that prove Hosni Mubarak is much richer than the estimated $40 – $70 Billion that we all have been hearing in the last couple of days. In the below scanned documents, the amount of purchased gold bond is $620,000,000,000 yes that is $620 BILLION with a capital B. Who knows if this is true or not, I would believe it though considering the amount of stealing this guy does and the time he has had to do it (~30 years). Another interesting bit is that he has a UK passport. Finally after Wael posted this onto the internet, his site started getting DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service Attacks) which attempted to crash the server that runs his website. That is why he has mirrored it, and I am now mirroring it here, with the hopes of not having my server crashed. Anyways once something hits the internet, its out there and can never be hidden again.
I love a good laugh, and since I have been debating recently how Blackberries suck (phones, not the fruit the fruit is amazing) with many people, I thought this picture would be really funny. I found this picture on my friend Kareem’s Facebook wall photos. I told him that I would be submitting it online, so I shared it with reddit.
If you downloaded iTunes 10.1.1 via Software Update yesterday and then tried using it you might have gotten this error like I did: “iTunes cannot be opened because of a problem.”
I quickly searched Google and found the solution. You have to download and install iTunes again from Apple.com. Anyways that was a quick post and I plan to do a lot more posting after exams!