Daily Archives: October 28, 2007

Interactive TTC subway Navigator

Now this is quite neat! An interface that allows you to view photos of each TTC subway station and search for objects in the images by clicking on them. Check it out!

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The Windows killer — The coming Google OS?

“And with most of the OS focus this week being allocated to Mac OS X Leopard, it would be nice to take our attention away from that for a moment, and take a look at what the hypothetical Google OS would look like after the company declares war on Microsoft. This OS would take Windows for a ride!

First off, everyone knows that Google has an endless flow of cash at its disposal that effectively allows it to wipe out any and all competitors at the drop of a hat. And because of this huge sum of capital, it can afford to do things that Apple and Microsoft don’t want to do — offer an operating system for free.

That’s right, the Google OS will retail for a low, low price of nothing. And how will it support itself you ask? Through advertising, of course!

Google is the de facto leader in everything advertising. Even better, this company has always been known as the free, “nice” company that won’t do the “evil” things we have come to expect from huge tech companies. And it makes sense: why would Google want to sell its own OS? It would be entering a market with zero market share and would need to find a way to break in. Free would be a great place to start.

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How about Microsoft investing in OLPC and releasing a low-cost laptop for the masses?

Now here is an interesting question. Since Microsoft is dealing with bad PR, in relation to Vista, what would happen if Microsoft put its full support behind OLPC and installed a version of Windows XP? XP SP2 is pretty much a solid Operating System and it really would not cost much for Microsoft to even load OLPC with an embedded or starter version. Imagine releasing a bunch of low-cost laptops to the world, in addition with the North American market. With the emergence of Eee PC and a host of other low-cost laptops, people are realizing that it really does not cost that much to “get-online”. Lets be honest, these machines are not for running high-end productivity and gaming applications. However, if you simply need to get online, check your email and get a little processing power, then why not. I am not sure if this would really fly in North America, but with the environment becoming such a hot issue, people are starting to realize that we consume too much. With everyone wanting to be portable and wi-fi slowly becoming available to the masses; a product like this could fill a small gap, for people who cannot afford high-priced laptops and notebooks. Maybe manufacturers like Dell, HP and others will look at the technology and try to develop low-cost products of their own. It definitely would be interesting to see what will happen.

By: Andy MJ
a.k.a “The G.T.A Patriot”
Toronto, Ontario

Read details from another article about OLPC below.


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Ontario racism in Simcoe against Asians reaching the tipping point

Who would think that this is happening in Ontario? We are so tolerant of others that you would think that this would be occurring somewhere else. Unfortunately racism and bigotry occurs all around and now some of the hate crimes that happened have placed a stain on Simcoe country’s once tranquil atmosphere. By: Andy MJ

(see details from the full article below)


In the cottage area north of Toronto, an odious practice has been around long enough to have earned a place in local slang: “nippertipping.”

The term refers to a pastime that folks around the town of Sutton on Lake Simcoe say has been whispered about for years, even decades: sneaking up behind Asian anglers on late-night fishing excursions and pushing them into the lake.

The nickname is derived from a derogatory term for people of Japanese descent, but is applied to all Asians targeted by mischief makers. Night-time fishing is popular among many Asians.

The shadowy practice of “nippertipping” has been cast in a garish light in recent weeks, and condemned as racist violence by Barbara Hall, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The York Region police, after some initial reluctance, have begun investigating such attacks as hate crimes, focusing on four recent incidents, including one in mid-September that left a 23-year-old Toronto man in a coma. The mayor of the township that includes Sutton has formally apologized to the Chinese community.

While this news was making headlines in Toronto late last month, the Toronto Star reported that three Toronto men of Asian background had been threatened by an axe-wielding man while on a fishing trip to the Rideau Lakes Township village of Westport. The immediate assumption was that this was more of the same racist mischief-making.

More “nippertipping.”

The assumption seemed to be confirmed when Westport-area OPP said they were investigating another incident, an alleged assault against three Asian fishermen in the area two weeks earlier.

There have been no charges or arrests in either case, but the reports were enough to convince Ms. Hall to fire off a letter to the local paper, the Westport Review Record, condemning the incidents and lumping them in with what was happening in other parts of the provinces.

But the people of Westport, their MPP Bob Runciman, and even the chairman of an Asian angling association, beg to differ.

They say that, unlike reports about Sutton, there is no long-established practice of attacking Asian fisherman in the area. And though they don’t condone acts of violence, they’re sure that any confrontations stem not from racism but from long-simmering frustration with what locals see as an inability by the Ministry of Natural Resources to crack down on illegal fishing in the area.

Neil Kudrinko, who owns a grocery store in Westport, is among those who have been trying to raise the issue with authorities for years.

“It’s pretty frustrating,” Mr. Kudrinko said this week. “We’re just asking for the rules that are on the books to be enforced.”

The issue first came to the fore two years ago, when the Westport and Area Outdoors Association distributed a notice to local residents asking them to be on the lookout for illegal fishing, particularly at night. The group charged that there was “an organized group of men from the Toronto area intent on removing large quantities of fish from local lakes, regardless of size and species.”

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Control of TTC deserves study

Transit advocates at Toronto City Hall passionately oppose any suggestion that Queen’s Park might snatch the TTC from municipal hands and put it under a region-wide transportation authority.

“I would fight that tooth and nail,” Mayor David Miller said in a recent interview. “It would be worse than stupid,” declared Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, a member of the Toronto Transit Commission’s governing board. “It reminds us of Mike Harris, who forced the megacity onto Toronto,” said commission chair Adam Giambrone.

From their standpoint, the city would be correct in resisting a transfer of the TTC to the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority, an agency set up last year to co-ordinate commuter services from Hamilton in the west, to York Region in the north and to Durham Region in the east, and everywhere in between.

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