Welcome our new USB-C overlords

Phones, tablets, computers, (insert another one here), we all seem to have these now. Some of us more than one, and most have had different ones over the years.  Many people now have a drawer full of old cables for iPods, phones, laptops. One of the frustrating things over the years has been that so many of our battery powered things have different chargers and cables and few of them have worked together.  This has gotten better over the past 3-4 years with cell phones, most phones not made by apple all use the same micro USB connector, but if you have an iPhone or iPad that will use a different connector, and your laptop still has a connector that doesn't seem to work with anything else, even most other laptops.

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SVU does video games! Badly!

So, I recently watched the episode of Law and Order: SVU that was about video games.  Specifically it was about the GamerGate phenomenon.  Now, I haven't talked much about GamerGate because I frankly don't want to acknowledge and give time to something as despicable as that movement.  Law and Order, a Network TV show, chose to take it head on.

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Groundhog Day! Shaw does it again.....


Here we are again.  Exactly 4 years ago today I had an interview with the Edmonton Journal about Shaw.  A few days after I was contacted by  CTV Edmonton and had an on camera interview with them as well.  4 years ago I had written a series of articles about Shaw’s then new data caps on their accounts.  They had attempted to put strict data caps on all internet accounts that were hilariously low. Many people called them on it, including myself. I wrote an article that attempted to explain it, people I knew who worked in local media contacted me, and before I knew it I had 15,000 page views and my name in the Journal and my face on TV. It might have been my 15 minutes of internet fame, but it was a big deal at the time.  Shaw had tried to pull a very anti-consumer move, and they got caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

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Two Weeks In

What a difference a week makes.  After a week of feeling like a fish out of water, this week I actually got to work.


Now, part of that is that I’m getting accustomed to a new environment, a new employer, and new ways of doing things.  There has been a learning curve that I’ve had to adjust to. This week I actually felt like I was able to accomplish real things, because I’m getting the hang of knowing how to actually do the things that need to get done.  Another big art is that my manager was away this past week. I had to jump in and do things that maybe he would have done the week before. I had no choice but to figure some things out as I went.  I think that really helped me this week. Sometimes getting thrown in without much of a net is good for people, and this week it worked.


I really think there is opportunity with this company.  There is a lot of room to make a mark and really make things better, and that is what I am going to work towards.  After 2 weeks I can already see how I can take my skillset and experience and improve things there, and that excites me.  8 years ago when I started with my previous employer, I really had no idea what I was doing, and didn’t have much to bring to the table.  Today, with 8 years of that experience, I really believe I have something to bring to the table that is can make a difference.


Bring on week 3, especially since it is only a 4 day week!