NHL Draft 2009

I’m heading back down to Montreal from Ottawa in a couple of hours for the 2009 NHL draft at the Bell Center. Now I’m not really into hockey, but I’m staying with my aunt, uncle and cousins and they so are! In fact, we are hoping that my cousin will be heading off to be a first round pick in the 2010 draft so I will dutifully attend. In all fairness, it’s kind of cool to have a connection to some sporting event. Being somebody who has always been so into technology, I don’t generally have much contact with sporty people as you might expect and it does make for a nice change.

NHL Logo
NHL Logo


Now I actually went with them to the 2008 draft at Scotiabank place in Ottawa which was pretty interesting. I’d have to check, but I think that they get the tickets through my cousin’s agent. I guess I’m truly showing how little I really follow this stuff. But hey, at least I know that the Penguins beat Detroit this year in the playoffs – and I actually saw that game! In any case, hopefully I get some real news to you guys eventually. Peace out!

Michael Jackson is Dead!

Michael Jackson, the king of pop, died this afternoon at the age of 50. The cause is said to be heart failure for which he was rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles, California at 12:26 PDT. There was nothing that the paramedics could do as he was found dead on the scene.

Michael Jackson / credit: FOX News
Credit: FOX News

So yeah, that’s pretty much all I had to say. It’s kind of crazy that he died so young, though not completely unexpected as he did live an incredibly unhealthy and stressful life… Here’s to the king of pop!

iPorn for your iPhone!

Yep, Apple has actually approved an app with nudity in it for the first time this week called “Hottest Girls”. It’s an incredibly rudimentary app which simply downloads pictures of hot, topless girls from a server to your iPhone. There was some confusion this morning regarding the approval status of the app since it disappeared from the app store today after having been approved just a few days ago.

All that has been cleared up after the developer announced that they pulled their own application as a result of excessive load on their servers causing issues with loading the images. Go figure… They also stated that they value the quality of the service provided to their customers more than the revenue they make from the $1.99 application which is why it was temporarily pulled.

Apple Hottest Girls App
credit: macenstein.com

Windows 7 Pricing Announced

Microsoft has just announced the final pricing for its upcoming Windows 7 Operating System on which I did an in-depth review about a month ago. The final pricing model will be as follows:

Full Versions

  • Windows 7 Home Premium $199.99
  • Windows 7 Professional $299.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate $319.99 

Upgrade Options

  • Windows 7 Home Premium: $119.99
  • Windows 7 Professional: $199.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate: $219.99

Early-Bird Pricing and Upgrade Offers

If you buy Windows 7 now from participating retailers in select markets, you can pick up a copy of  7 for $49.99 USD for Home Premium or $99.99 USD for Professional.

Additionally, if you purchase a copy of Vista starting June 26th (tomorrow) then you will be eligible to receive a corresponding copy of Windows 7 for little to no cost. This of course only applies only to participating OEMs and retailers.

For More Information

If you want more information, you can check out the Microsoft Windows Team Blog which is where this story first broke.

Patriot Warp V2 64GB SSD Review

SSDs have been touted as the hard drives of the future, promising fast boot times, low power consumption, noiseless operation, resistance to harsh conditions and more.

Only recently have there been SSDs at a price point where normal people can purchase them. One such example is the SSD in this review, the Patriot Warp V2 64GB SSD. The drive in the review was purchased at a price of 180$ CAD. Most reviews out there are of the 128GB edition, so we thought it would be a good idea to actually review something people would be more likely to purchase, due to a more reasonable price point.

Canada’s Network Infastructure Discussed at Conference

Canadian InternetYesterday there was an Industry Canada sponsored conference on the digital economy. Incredible… The keynotes said exactly what I’ve been saying for nearly two years now while sounding like a broken record. In all fairness, it’s Google’s Jacob Glick who seems to get it the most. I actually saw him a couple of weeks ago at the SaveOurNet.ca “Town Hall Meeting” in Ottawa which was a much smaller event dedicated mostly to educating the public. In any case, here goes:

“About 90 per cent of the cost of laying fibre is the construction costs, so if the ground is already ripped up, why don’t you put the fibre optic cable down?”

Jacob Glick, who heads Google Inc.’s Canadian Policy Counsel

Bell drives me insane when they lay down new copper phone lines just to protect their margins. We had brand new copper lines installed this year in my area. There’s some wasted investment for you…

“Without proper investment and dedication to ICT, innovation and protecting intellectual property rights, Canada’s productivity will be limited and other nations will eclipse us as a destination of choice for business investment.”

Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

How has it taken so long for somebody to come out and say this? I hear that from IT managers working for SMBs all the time: they want to connect branch offices and do remote backups and work remotely… For less than $10k/mo preferably.

“The private sector could work with the public sector in these projects to lay the fibre”

Jacob Glick, who heads Google Inc.’s Canadian Policy Counsel

Brilliant (but very old) idea! Now when Hydro Quebec or Hydro Ottawa or other electric utilities make changes to their existing power infrastructure they can lay a fiber line right next to it. Fiber isn’t affected by electromagnetic interference, making placement far easier and cheaper.

“When government money is used to develop broadband networks, it should be required that they are open,” Public money should not be used for walled gardens.”

–Jacob Glick, who heads Google Inc.’s Canadian Policy Counsel

Finally somebody talking about net neutrality with regards to new broadband deployment! If only the CRTC had people qualified to to realize that the telcos are lying through their teeth about all their “insurmountable” taffic management problems.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m really glad that people are waking up to these issues, espeically in government; it’s just that I’ve been reminded of how long it’s taken. Rant over.

Moby: RIAA Should be “Disbanded”

No RIAAThe popular artist Moby has made a post on his blog saying that the RIAA should be disbanded. It isn’t the first time that artists in the industry have spoken out against the association which sues children, dead people and your mom. I had written an opinion piece on why file share is here to stay and the RIAA is fighting for a lost cause.

This was all prompted by the ongoing case between the RIAA and Jamie Thomas, a stay at home mom who was recently ordered to pay 80,000 USD per song for having downloaded 24 songs. The total adds up to a cool 1.92 million dollars which, of course, will end up going upaid when she declares bankruptcy.

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The Hosting Setup

Here at cmoullas.net, the hosting setup is a little more interesting than “we pay $5.95/mo and get hosting in return”. The page is hosted entirely on a server in a closet at my home. The hardware consists of desktop components which I assembled myself. Check it out:

The Hardware

  • AsRock P45XE-WifiN
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3GHz)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 2x750GB HDDs in RAID 1
  • 1x500GB HDD
  • 1x160GB HDD
  • Enermax Pro82+ 525W PSU
cmoullas.net Server
The cmoullas.net Server

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Intel Rebrands its Processors (Again)

Intel LogoYesterday, Intel announced that they were going to help simplify their processor naming scheme (great!). The bad news is that, as per usual, their marketing is getting exponentially more complicated. From Deborah Conrad at Intel, who shall remain nameless:

As I have read today’s posts, I thought it time to clarify a few things, since I am responsible for marketing and branding at Intel.

First, an important clarification. We are not going to have a line up of names for each derivative, for example a Core i(n) for every flavor of processor. Instead, there will be just three – Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7. And in each, there will be a few versions, but a consumer won’t need to see that level of detail (unless they elect to, of course).

The fact is that the new approach is about putting it all back on “Core” as the processor family name, just as suggested. That’s really the most important part of this effort. Right now we have so many variants, with names that are confusing (Duo, Quad, etc), that moving to a simple “good, better, best” approach makes the most sense.

There is no “easy” way out. We have a lot of products in the market today, with a whole new line up coming out. We can’t change the names of products that are out there, but we can change the pattern of naming moving forward, and make it intuitive, which is what we did.

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Rogers is Watching You

Rogers is Watching

I’m staying with my aunt and uncle in Ottawa (the capital of Canada, get it right!) over the summer. Now they have four kids and lead incredibly busy lives. The last thing on their mind is probably how much their kids download and staying below artificial bandwidth caps. This all lead to them, as a family, reaching the 60 GB cap that Rogers imposes on broadband subscribers.

Now the cap didn’t surprise me, nor did the fact that a family of six can use up such a relatively small amount of bandwidth in a month. The really interesting part to me is how Rogers warns you about it: they integrate a warning straight into whatever web page you are viewing. I find this a little disturbing because it’s a blatant admission that they have and use technology to modify the code that any web page is sending out to you.

Rogers Cap Reached
Our records show your household has reached 100% of the 60 GB monthly usage allowance provided with your Rogers Hi-Speed Internet Express service.

I also noticed that smaller websites… Mine *cough* *cough* aren’t affected. It is possible that Rogers is modifying pages that get cached on their servers and then feed out the cached page. Now caching isn’t so much of a concern and it is in fact used quite routinely in order to reduce latency and bandwidth use. And yes, I know what you’re thinking: it’s nice of Rogers to at least make it clear that you will be getting a surcharge rather than just charging quietly which would presumably be well within their rights.

But for those who haven’t heard – many have not, this sort of thing has been one of the primary concerns of net neutrality activists who believe that the internet should be free, open and left untampered.  When content holders with monopolies get to modify or distort the original contents of a message while in transmission it’s pretty scary. What’s more, there is currently no legislation that prevents this sort of thing from happening in Canada.

If you want to learn more about net neutrality and get in touch with people which are trying to fight for it in Canada, you should check out SaveOurNet.ca.