CBC Online Radio


Alright, if you've ever listened to cbc radio online you should know that as of August 30 they started providing support for ONLY windows media player. They use to support realplayer and that mac streaming format as well. Their reasons for dropping support for the other two are euphemisms for laziness at best. But more likely than not they probably just have some windows zealot in middle management.

So why is this bad? It's not because microsoft is an "evil" company. Nor is it because a government corporation, whom my taxes go to, should be supporting open standards. It's because if you use linux (or plan on using it in the future) you will not be able to listen to CBC radio online. Remember these are your tax dollars paying for the service. Linux has a desktop market share of roughly 5%, soon to over take Macs if it hasn't already. Meaning roughly 1 in 20 people can't listen to CBC radio online.

I wrote them a fairly kind email last night about why it they're going to support only one format, they should at least try to pick the format that the "widest audience" (their words, not mine) could access. So please, I urge you, send them an email telling them why they should support realplayer. Even as much as we all hate Real as a company, they're still the only [popular] format that truly supports the three most popular platforms.

Oh yeah, and I should add the links:
the feedback form
Their reasoning

I also just started a thread on the gentoo forums.

Public Speaking

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So about 4 weeks ago I volunteered to do a little speech at the student orientation that took place today. Sure, 4 weeks ago it seemed like a good idea, it sure didn't an hour ago though. There was suppose to be 70 people there, so that's what I got psyched up for, only 18 showed up, but since I had already psyched myself for 70 there may as well of been that many, cause that's sure what it felt like. I think my voice was shaking when I did it, but I don't know.

I'm happy about it now though, it went off pretty good. And now I can go on with my life.



My office is so cold today it's hard to even type (and my feet are falling asleep). I swear that they put the airconditioning on during the colder days. There's literally cold air blowing in from a vent right above my head! I've even asked Ariane to bring up my toque if she decides to come up today.

On another note, I was using a urinal in one of the washrooms today and this dude comes in and uses the urinal right next to me, he started off his peeing by [accidentally] pissing all over his foot and on the ground, I couldn't even believe it! And then after he was done he just shook off his foot and left, as if it's a regular occurance. People like that should NOT be allowed to use urinals, sure, I could understand if it was on a plane/train/or ferry, but come on. A few more inches and that piss would have been all over the side of my leg. I barely escaped before the pool of pee on the ground reached my urinal and hit my shoes.

Houseboat et al.

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Well I'm back from the houseboat trip and a mini blogging hiatus. The houseboat trip was pretty awesome, despite the weather, and yes Leslie, there was a slide, but more importantly a hot tub! I've posted some pics here (under 'hadfield style'). And if you want a more detailed event of what happened, read Ariane's blog entry which pretty much says everything I would've (and more!)

I've been pretty busy at work lately, feeling a bit under appreciated most of the time, but whatever. I haven't had much time to work on my Gentoo coding unfortunately, but I'm thinking of taking 3 or 4 days off work to work on it. I'm working on a script repository that will allow gentoo users and developers to post random sysadmin style scripts for everyone to use. Right now most people just use the forums which leaves a lot to be desired.

My new work motto (thanks to Parveen's link) is:
Never attribute to malice, that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

It really makes work a lot more bearable. :-)

waiting impatiently

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for the end of work. We're leaving for the houseboat trip in two hours and I think my excitement has killed any ability I had to concentrate on coding for the day. This is what sucks about working in an office with other people. They all know when you leave early. blah. Only one hour left today... maybe I'll do some job hunting. Not enough time to make it worth the effort of concetration.