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Monday March 30, 2015

22:19 MacCallum gets victory as Islanders take 2-1 series lead »The Guardian - Sports
Daryl MacCallum made 30 saves tonight in backstopping the Charlottetown Islanders to victory after starting goalie Mason McDonald went down with an injury five minutes into game. The Islanders defeated the Sherbrooke Phoenix 5-2 and lead the best-of-seven first-round series 2-1. Game 4 is ...
22:19 MacCallum gets victory as Islanders take 2-1 series lead »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Daryl MacCallum made 30 saves tonight in backstopping the Charlottetown Islanders to victory after starting goalie Mason McDonald went down with an injury five minutes into game. The Islanders defeated the Sherbrooke Phoenix 5-2 and lead the best-of-seven first-round series 2-1. Game 4 is ...
22:00 My Life in an Igloo »justpictureit
photo - My Life in an Igloo

This is the snow between my house and shed and around the shed. In the main picture which holds the three insets, you can see the snow atop my vegetable garden at the back of the building. The snow at the bottom of the slope where you would think you are standing on the ground is a meter high. Here is a news article with pictures about snow clearing after one of the major storms we received this winter. Purrl is in the two bottom shots.

20:03 Opening up a business account (52 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
I'm opening up a small business and was wondering what would be the best bank to have a business account with. There would be frequent deposits and and biweekly withdrawals. If any of you would with experience or knowledge regarding this matter and would offer some insight, that would be greatly appreciated....
19:56 Second wind gymnasts »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Adults can vault age barrier, but must balance intensity with risks
19:48 [URBAN NOTE] "That time Toronto almost built the subway to the Lake" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
blogTO's Chris Bateman engages in a bit of alternate history, pointing out that the city of Toronto could have extended down to Lake Ontario if not for Union Station.

Everyone knows about the Queen Street line, Toronto's great (mostly) unbuilt subway. But not many know about the abandoned plan to extend the Yonge and University lines south to Queens Quay.

It started with Metro Centre, a joint proposal by Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways to redevelop the sprawling tangle of surplus downtown sidings, marshalling yards, and roundhouses owned by both companies into a massive "city-within-a-city." At the time, it was the largest single improvement scheme ever conceived in North America, possibly the world.

Unveiled in 1967 in a lavish ceremony at the Royal York Hotel, the unprecedented $1 billion proposal called for almost 200 acres of new downtown offices, hotels, residential buildings, and commercial centres between Bathurst, Front, Yonge, and the lake shore.

There would be a skyscraping broadcast tower and maybe even a sports stadium. Central to Metro Centre was a new transit centre that would integrate GO, TTC, inter-city rail, bus, and airport shuttles to be built at York and Lake Shore Blvd.

The catch? 45-year-old Union Station would have to make way for a cluster of office buildings.

CP and CN hoped the TTC would extend the downtown subway loop south to the waterfront, adding three new stops at Front and York, Queens Quay and Bay, and Yonge and Esplanade. The southernmost station, to be built roughly where the Queens Quay ferry docks streetcar stop is today, would serve the new transit centre and surrounding offices and residences.
19:46 [URBAN NOTE] "Exploring Halifax’s secret underground world" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Halifax Chronicle-Herald's Stephen Cooke looks at the literally hidden history of the Nova Scotian capital.

The city of Halifax has been building upwards since it was founded in 1749, as newer and shinier buildings replace older wood and stone structures, but there is another history beneath the streets and sidewalks that has remained unchanged since long-forgotten labourers constructed it.

Halifax Underground is a new documentary by filmmaker Scott Simpson and Tell Tale Productions, airing on CBC-TV’s Land & Sea on Sunday at noon, that looks at the mythology and reality of a secret world underneath the city’s pavement and landmarks and examines stories of secret tunnels extending from Fort George on Citadel Hill to the waterfront, or even out under the harbour to Georges Island.

The stories have been passed down through generations, and like many urban myths there is an element of truth to them, but Simpson says many of us have never taken the extra step to find out what really lies beneath our feet.

“We’re not tourists in our own town,” he says.

“When we travel abroad, we’ll often take a tour or explore a museum or whatever, but we rarely do that at home. I’m learning things through my kids because we take them to museums and places like that, so I’m learning new things through their eyes because I’m doing things with them I wouldn’t have done on my own.
19:44 [URBAN NOTE] On the future of renting in Toronto »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Denise Balkissoon's article in The Globe and Mail, "The renting gap: Is Toronto in the midst of a rental renaissance – or is it just more of the same?" is not very hopeful.

The rental sector is desperate for square footage – the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation puts Toronto’s vacancy rate at 1.6 per cent – so every unit is welcome. Yet even as 32,726 new condos have gone on the rental market in the past half-decade, tenants continue to struggle with affordability, unit size and family-friendliness, plus trickier issues such as security of tenure and landlord-tenant relationships. Once the first rush of gladness about new space wears off, many landlords, tenants and market watchers are left frustrated at a piecemeal approach that isn’t necessarily filling the gaps that exist.

Rental properties, when they are built to meet all of a prospective tenant’s needs, attract a range of incomes and living circumstances that elevate the diversity of a neighbourhood. “I think the enlightened development community that get it, they see integration as an important public benefit,” says Sean Gadon. As director of the City of Toronto’s Affordable Housing Office, his job often requires much liaising between other public agencies and developers to find innovative means of adding affordable housing to new construction. With the current state of the rental market, Mr. Gadon has seen that “key workers in the economy are squeezed out of access to housing.”

Private developers have 12 tower projects designed specifically for rental currently under way, but most of them are clustered along the city’s wealthy north-south axis. A few carefully negotiated city-led partnerships between developers and non-profit organizations are bearing fruit, but not nearly as much as is needed.

Gillespie, whose company has almost 4,000 new rental units under way across Canada, knows that his brand-new complex in an upper-middle-class neighbourhood won’t be accessible to all. He believes the Honest Ed’s project will add to “the housing continuum,” saying that as new buildings go up, “older housing becomes more affordable.”

Geordie Dent, executive director of the Federation of Metro Tenant Associations doesn’t agree the trickle-down effect will materialize. He points out that despite all of the new individual condo rentals that have come online, the FMTA still gets thousands of calls a year from people who can’t find affordable places to live.
19:42 [LINK] "Wooly Mammoth Genes Inserted into Elephant Cells" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Dragon's Tales linked last week to this Discovery News report suggesting that the resurrection of the mammoth may not be too far off.

Researchers from Harvard University have successfully inserted genes from a woolly mammoth into living cells from an Asian elephant, the extinct giant's closest remaining relative.

Harvard geneticist George Church used DNA from Arctic permafrost woolly mammoth samples to copy 14 mammoth genes -- emphasizing those related to its chilly lifestyle.

"We prioritized genes associated with cold resistance including hairiness, ear size, subcutaneous fat and, especially, hemoglobin," Church told The Sunday Times.

Then, using a kind of DNA cut/paste system called CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat), Church dropped the genes into Asian elephant skin cells.

The result? A petri dish of elephant cells functioning normally with mammoth DNA in them, marking the first time mammoth genes have been on the job since the creature went extinct some 4,000 years ago, as Sarah Fecht, from Popular Science, noted.
19:40 [LINK] "Sturgeon Says Nationalists Can Win Every Seat in Scotland" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Robert Hutton reports. British politics can get very interesting, I think.

Scottish Nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon said her party can win all of Scotland’s 59 seats in the May 7 U.K. general election.

The SNP is meeting in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, for its pre-election conference on the back of a huge surge in support after failing to win last year’s referendum on independence. Polls suggest the SNP may win as many as 50 districts and become the third-biggest party in the House of Commons in London.

“No constituency is off limits for the SNP in this election,” Sturgeon, who’s also the first minister in the Scotland’s semi-autonomous government, told activists Saturday. “We will fight for every vote and every seat. Let’s get out there and turn these poll predictions into reality.”
19:38 [LINK] "Bizarre Bulge Found on Ganymede, Solar System's Largest Moon" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
National Geographic's Nadia Drake reports on an unusual feature of Ganymede's surface that is, among other things, a hint about the existence of an ocean.

There’s a big, weird bulge on Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system. Protruding from a spot on the moon’s equator, the bulge is about 375 miles (600 kilometers) across, about the area of Ecuador, and two miles (three kilometers) tall, about half the height of Mount Kilimanjaro.

It’s not at all what scientists expected to find on this moon of Jupiter.

“I found it a bit by accident while I was looking to complete the global mapping of Ganymede,” says planetary scientist Paul Schenk of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, in Houston. He reported the weird feature on March 20 at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

The size and location of Ganymede’s bulge, which appears to be made of thick ice, suggest that once upon a time, the moon’s icy shell rotated atop the rest of the moon, like an interplanetary Magic 8 Ball.

First, Schenk thinks, the bulge began growing at one of the poles. Then, once the bulge grew big enough, its mass began to drag the shell into a different position. The shell slid atop the ocean, while the moon’s interior stayed in the same orientation. Eventually, the part of the shell that once capped the poles ended up at the equator.
18:32 Kensington in the red for in-house snow removal  »Journal-Pioneer Local
KENSINGTON —Kensington’s snow removal costs are piling up.
18:29 Celebrating 20 years »Journal-Pioneer Local
City marks anniversary with dinner and awards night
18:22 Summerside power outage being investigated »Journal-Pioneer Local
Possible suspects include critters
18:00 Some snow expected tonight across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Monday March 30th 6:00pm..  A North-south oriented ridge of high pressure gave sunshine to the region this morning but this feature has since moved east of NS. A low pressure system approaching from he west is expected to pass north … Continue reading
17:24 P.E.I. lobster fishermen vote in favour of commodity board  »Journal-Pioneer Local
P.E.I. lobster harvesters have taken another step towards establishing a marketing levy on their industry.
17:18  House or history? »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
The history-minded citizenry of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador were in an uproar this past week.
16:33 Joan Baez To Get Amnesty Award »NJN Network
Queen of Folk Music Joan Baez will be recipient of Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2015
16:31 Traffic Advisory: Closure on West Street on March 31 »City of Charlottetown
2015-03-30 The City of Charlottetown Public Works Department is advising motorists that
15:53 RCMP seize drugs in Montague »The Guardian - Local News
MONTAGUE — RCMP have arrested a man and seized marijuana, dilaudid, methadone, cash and other drug-related paraphernalia from a Montague apartment. Shortly after midnight on Friday, members of the Kings District Street Level Drug Unit (SLDU), assisted by uniform members from the Kings District ...
15:44 Shelby GT350 Mustang Will Have At Least 520 BHP »shift+drive

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 (8 of 24)The Shelby GT350 just keeps getting better. Not only will we get a flat-plane crank V8, which in and of itself is orgasmic, but new information from a forum member over at Mustang6G via World Car Fans indicates we will be seeing at least 100 hp per litre (coming it at over 520 hp) and a confirmed raging 8,250 rpm redline.

The post Shelby GT350 Mustang Will Have At Least 520 BHP appeared first on SHIFT&DRIVE.

15:39 Fire guts Harper Road home »Journal-Pioneer Local
HARPER ROAD -- The Provincial Fire Marshal is still trying to determine the cause of a fire that extensively damaged a house on the Palmer Road, near Tignish, Sunday night.
15:36 Murder-suicide inquest hears from domestic violence expert »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE — An expert in research and education on violence against women and children says the murder-suicide of four-year-old Nash Campbell and his mother Trish Hennessey was "predictable and preventable".
15:25 [BLOG] Some Monday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly considers old friends.

  • Centauri Dreams considers the search for extraterrestrial civilizations using infrared astronomy, concentrating on Dyson spheres and the like.

  • The Dragon's Gaze has two links to papers looking at unusual brown dwarfs.

  • The Dragon's Tales reports on the flora of late Permian Antarctica.

  • Language Log notes a potentially problematic effort at Bangladesh to put hundreds of thousands of Bengali words online with Google, ready for translators. What of quality control, Victor Mair asks?

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money comments on the Burmese slaves in the Thai fisheries and looks at the desperate last efforts of Confederates to persist.

  • Marginal Revolution suggests that air conditioning really didn't drive much interstate migration in the United States.

  • The Planetary Society Blog observes discoveries and anticipation for more at Ceres and Pluto.

  • Savage Minds looks to the example of Lesotho to point out that giving people land title by no means necessarily helps them out of poverty.

  • Torontoist looks at the Prism music video prize.

14:59 Amazon Testing Drone Package Delivery in Canada »shift+drive

Amazon Prime Air DroneAccording to a report from The Guardian, Amazon has come north to test its new domestic drone delivery service as it says the U.S. government has been too slow to adapt to new technologies.

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14:56 Murder-suicide inquest hears from domestic violence expert »The Guardian - Local News
Teresa Wright is in Summerside today, reporting on this story. Follow Wright's tweets athttps://Twitter.com/GuardianTeresa
14:56 UPDATE: Jury in coroner’s inquest makes recommendations in child murder-mother suicide »The Guardian - Local News
Teresa Wright is in Summerside today, reporting on this story. Follow Wright's tweets athttps://Twitter.com/GuardianTeresa
14:56 UPDATE: Murder-suicide inquest hears from domestic violence expert »The Guardian - Local News
Teresa Wright is in Summerside today, reporting on this story. Follow Wright's tweets athttps://Twitter.com/GuardianTeresa
14:55 2015 Spring and Summer Program Brochure Available »City of Charlottetown
2015-03-30 The City of Charlottetown Parks and Recreation Department had released its
14:20 Feeding budgetary beasts: Health, education continue to gobble up cash »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
First, a quick sprint through the numbers.
14:14 Charlottetown to Host Highland Dancers for Week-Long Celebration, Competition »City of Charlottetown
2015-03-30 The City of Charlottetown, SCORE!, ScotDance Canada and ScotDance PEI are
13:43 Summerside police conduct drug bust, arrest two people »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE —Two Summerside residents were arrested Friday after a drug bust in the Heritage Trailer Park. Prince District JFO Drug Unit, Summerside Police Service and RCMP Police Dog Service attended to a residence in the trailer park. During the search, police located quantities of cocaine, ...
13:09 The Setup »ruk.ca from peter rukavina

Using Mita’s post as both inspiration and template, here’s a snapshot of my hardware and software setup as of the spring of 2015.

Infrastructure

My office is on the second floor of The Guild in downtown Charlottetown, about 4 minutes walk along Richmond Street from my house. It’s 286 square feet of open space with large windows looking town Queen Street to the water. The only downside of this location is that the theatre in The Guild is a paper-thin wall away, meaning that if there’s a Battle of The Bands, or a long run of Anne & Gilbert in the theatre, the effects can be mind-altering. On the upside, though, every Tuesday morning that are babies and infants being entertained by The Music Man, and what’s not to love about that.

In addition to the second floor space, we also rent a corner of the old PEI Printmakers Guide studio in the basement, which is where my letterpress printing operation is housed.

My office desk is a piece of government surplus I bought at The Clearance Centre in Summerside on the advice of my ergonomics consultant, its chief selling point being a crank that allows it to be adjusted up and down. My desk chair is a custom-made chair from Chairs Limited in Dartmouth; it adjusts in all the right ways. It was the best office investment I’ve ever made.

Hardware

I have one computer in my office, a 4-year old MacBook Air that has served me well. It has an internal 256GB SSD disk which I’m always in danger of filling up, so most of my working files are stored on an external 500GB Western Digital USB My Passport drive. I also have a 1TB LaCie external drive that I use to make a bootable SuperDuper! backup of the Mac so that I can keep working if (when) the main drive fails. I made a bootable backup about once a week.

The MacBook Air is plugged into a 27 inch Apple Thunderbolt Display that I purchased refurbished from Apple when my old 23 inch Apple Cinema Display stopped working. I’m still getting used to its size, and it’s possible that it’s actually too big for ergonomic purposes. But it has some lovely features, like a built-in power adapter for the MacBook, internal speakers and several rear-mounted USB ports.

My keyboard is a Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic which I appreciate for its design and small profile, that lets me move the right-hand mouse closer to the keyboard. I also use the external numeric keypad that came with the Sculpt, but only when I’m keyboarding a lot of numbers. The Sculpt replaced a long line of Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000s, the design and keyboard layout of which I preferred, but the integrated numeric keypad on the 4000 made the keyboard too wide for comfort and too wide to easily fit into my suitcase for travel. I keep a second Sculpt at Yankee Publishing in New Hampshire to use when I’m working from that office.

I have a Matias Ergo Pro keyboard on order, a purchase made largely on the strength of this review. It’s due to arrive in April, and I’m interested to see whether it’s an improvement over the Sculpt.

My mouse is a classic Apple wired “Mighty Mouse,” with the roller ball that’s forever getting clogged up. My hand is used to it to the point that I find using anything else awkward. I’ve tried the “Magic Mouse” from Apple, and various trackpads, but none has worked out. I always have a spare Mighty Mouse in the office in case (when) the working mouse stops working.

The office printer is an ancient HP PSC 2355 inkjet printer/scanner that, oddly, crashes every night so that when I arrive at the office there are cryptic error messages on its tiny screen. But this has no effect on its ability to print.

Here in the office there’s a Raspberry Pi with a DVB dongle that’s detecting airplanes overflying PEI and sending the data to FlightAware and a dedicated piece of radio receiver and Ethernet hardware connected to an external antenna picking up AIS marine ship location reports and sending them to MarineTraffic.com. There’s also a RIPE node powered by a TP-Link MR3020.

In the basement of the office there’s a Golder Jobber № 8 letterpress that turns 100 years old next month, and a much smaller Adana Eight Five tabletop letterpress; along with the presses, up here in the office (“composing room”) is a select of wooden and metal furniture, leading, and about a dozen fonts of metal type all store in a Hamilton typecase.

At home we have a relatively ancient iMac that gets mostly used by Catherine and our friend G. It’s handy to have for times when my mobile phone alerts me to server issues at midnight, though, even if it does take 4 minutes to boot up.

I was given an iPad 2 as a gift shortly after it was released, and I keep it in the office for iOS app development testing, but I haven’t actively used it as personal device for over a year.

My phone is an Android-powered Moto G 2nd generation, which I used to replace a Moto G 1st generation that I passed on to Catherine. Truth be told, after using the 2nd generation for several months, I prefer the old phone, as it fit in my hand much better and allowed for easier one-handed operation. I like the Moto G for its simple design, and for its relatively-plain-vanilla-Android experience.

I don’t have an ebook reader, mostly because the ergonomics of reading books digitally doesn’t work for me.

Under our televsion (a 25 year old pre-HD Sony Trinitron) is a Nintendo Wii (used mostly to steam Netflix) and a Raspberry Pi running the Kodi media centre and a variety of Kodi plugins, like Google Play Music, YouTube and USTVnow. We “cut the cord” 3 years ago, which would have perplexed my 12 year old self (who lusted for the cable TV that all the cool city kids had) but which was an excellent move.

Also under the TV is a second Raspberry Pi, which sends our water and electricity consumption to the Social Consumption Project.

Desktop Software

Alfred is at the core of my desktop workflow: I would find it difficult to use the Mac without it. I have a lot of custom workflows set up so that, for example, I can Control + Space and then type “ruk titanic” to search my blog for mentions of “titanic” or “ticket Fix the server problem” to create a trouble ticket, via email, to fix technical issues.

I use (the Canadian-made) 1Password to maintain my passwords for everything, and I run it on my MacBook, on my Moto G and on my iPad. 1Password’s Mac client is highly-evolved and a joy to use, as is the iOS client. The Android client works reliably, but has a kludgy user interface that I’m hoping gets improved with the next release. I use unique, long, complicated, randomly-generated passwords for everything I do online, and 1Password makes that possible.

Firefox is the browser I spend almost all of my time in. I’ve flirted with Safari, which is faster on the Mac, but absent on Android, and I’ve flirted with Chrome but have never taken to its user interface quirks. Firefox runs on my Mac and on my Android phone, and I use Mozilla’s services to sync my bookmarks and tabs across devices. I increasingly seem to be in the minority in the web development world, at least as regards the teams I’m working on, with Chrome being the go-to browser; this isn’t such a bad thing, as I’m the go-to “but it doesn’t work in Firefox” member of the teams.

Inside Firefox I use the 1Password, google-no-tracking-url, and JSONView add-ons, along with an ownCloud Booksmarks add-on that I hacked together myself and should really release into the wild.

Otherwise, I use Skype for most video conferencing (it’s the most widely adopted in my network), Apple’s stock Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Reminders apps (synced via ownCloud) for personal information management, Evernote for managing my bills (I scan or import all of my bills for everything home and business into Evernote, set reminders for when to pay, and everything just works; it’s by far and away the most reliable bill-payment workflow I’ve ever devices).

I use Apple’s Pages and Numbers as a word processor and spreadsheet; I’ve experimented with OpenOffice, but it never sticks.

I use GraphicConverter to edit raster images, and OmniGraffle to make and edit vector images.

For web development and programming work, which is what I spend most of my time doing, I use BBEdit as a text editor (occasionally I flirt with TextMate), Transmit as an SFTP client, GitHub’s OS X client as a GUI for managing git repositores, and Navicat as a MySQL client. I use Apple’s stock Terminal app to SSH to remote servers.

For mobile app development I used Xcode and Android’s SDK tools, but mostly I used BBEdit and the Cordova command-line tools.

Other apps on my Mac that I use only occasionally (i.e. they don’t have a home in my Mac OS dock): Audio Hijack Pro (for capturing audio from the web), Doxie (for driving the tiny scanner I occasionally use to scan bills and other paper things), Elastics (for managing EC2 instance; appears to no longer be on sale in the App Store), GPSBabel (for converting between GIS data formats), QGIS (for making and editing GIS maps), JOSM (for editing OpenStreetMap), MacFamilyTree (for managing family history data), Minecraft (for playing with Oliver in the dedicate world we’ve built ourselves), OmniDiskSweeper (for when my disk fills up and needs to be pruned), PDFpenPro (for editing and OCRing PDF files), S3 Browser (to upload and download files to Amazon S3), Skitch (for making screen shots; I use an ancient version that had support for SFTP; newer versions have lost almost all their utility for me), SSH Tunnel Manager (for doing strange port forwarding things), and Telephone (for making VOIP calls).

Web Software

I use both my own webserver and Flickr to post photos to the web; I’m inconsistent as to which I choose.

I have a Facebook account, but only reluctantly. Similarly, although with somewhat more gusto, I’m on Twitter. I flirt with other social media services, but none very seriously.

I’ve weaned myself off most Google-operated services over the last year (save for Android, which is one big Google-operated service, I suppose): I host an ownCloud server on an Amazon EC2 instance, and I use it to sync my contacts, calendars, bookmarks, and reminders; Catherine uses it to, so we have a family calendar that’s synced to all of our devices, which makes keeping track of complicated family life much easier. The ownCloud server has proved very reliable and, at least so far, CalDav and CardDav support in iOS, OS X and Android means that it integrates well into the native apps on all my devices.

I also use ownCloud as an external storage device; it’s largely replace Dropbox, iCloud Drive and Google Drive for me (although I keep accounts on all of those for situation when others share things with me using those services).

Earlier this year, after running my own IMAP and sendmail servers for almost 20 years, I migrated all of my mail serving needs to FastMail and I’m extremely happy about the move, both because FastMail had proved rock solid and because I don’t have to worry about maintaining servers, filtering spam and the like.

I replaced Google Reader, when it was retired by Google, with a self-hosted Tiny Tiny RSS server.

I run a Asterisk VOIP server on a dedicated Amazon EC2 micro instance using the PBX in a Flash set of software, utilities and documentation. This runs both our office and home phone systems; I have phone numbers in Charlottetown and in Dublin, NH that we rent from Vitelity, which I’ve been using for years and have always been happy with.

I continue to maintain a dedicated white box server over at silverorange, but I’m (slowly) migrating websites and services from it onto an Amazon EC2 instance that I use, right now, to power this blog, my ownCloud server, and a variety of other experiments. It pained my to “move into the cloud,” but the cost and flexibility of renting someone else’s hardware, and the fact that many of my clients are using EC2, made it the right decision.

On that EC2 instance I run stock Amazon Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP and it’s Drupal 7 that powers this blog. I back up the EBS volumes that I use for storage with automatic snapshots taken every night, and I keep weekly and monthly snapshots for archival and rescue purposes.

Oliver and I rent a cheap Vultr instance to run our private father-and-son Minecraft server.

I subscribe to Google Play Music (after finding the Rdio clients to flaky to be useful), and connect to it using the stock Android app on my phone and using Radiant Player on my MacBook.

Phone Software

After being a long time Nokia Series 60 adherent, I flirted with Windows Phone and Firefox OS before settling on Android.

I use Type Mail as an email client (to overcome some serious IMAP bugs in the stock Android email app), Press to read RSS feeds (served using Fever emulation from my Tiny Tiny RSS server), Authenticator Plus to mange 2-factor authentication (it’s a huge improvement over the standard Google tool for this, mostly because it allows me to backup and restore services), Yatse as a remote control for our Kodi media server and SeriesGuide to help me figure out what to watch on TV.

I run the Android clients for Evernote and 1Password as a companion to the desktop clients, TaskSync to sync reminders with my ownCloud reminders, and the stock Google Calendar app to sync events with my ownCloud events.

I listen to podcasts using Pocket Casts, and use the standard Flickr, Twitter, Wikipedia and Wiktionary apps for those services.

Coffee and Food

The office is equidistant from my two go-to coffee places, Casa Mia and Receiver Coffee; I also occasionally make the trip down to the newfangled Kettle Black and, very rarely, to Starbucks (mostly when someone asks to meet me there). I don’t understand how people who don’t work downtown can cope with lack of coffee access.

I eat lunch out 5 days a week.

One or two days a week I go to Tai Chi Gardens on Pownal Street where I always order the Curry Veggie Rice for lunch, accompanied by either a pot of oolong or green tea (in the winter) or a lemon ice tea, no sugar (in the summer).

Once a week I’ll walk down Queen Street to Phở Hưng for Vietnamese food. Again, I always order the same thing, a “C3 with no egg,” which is a plate of spicy seafood fried rice accompanied by a bowl of chicken soup. Phở Hưng is one of the best things to happen to Charlottetown ever.

Otherwise I take lunch at Café Thomas Martin, Casa Mia Café, Mr. Sushi, or Ta-ke Sushi. 

I need to drink more water in the office, but I’ve yet to find a reliable water-drinking scheme. Probably because I over-think the issue.

And that’s it…

Okay, so I went a bit overboard, but Mita set the bar pretty high.

And like Mita, I would love to know what your setup is.

13:03 Cheers and Jeers »The Guardian - Opinion
Cheers: Move over mail carriers with your lofty motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Guardian motor route delivery driver Wayne MacTavish of Belfast has you all beat. Last Wednesday ...
13:01 Inflation affects grocery loads »The Guardian - Opinion
When we were first married, it would take more than one trip for my wife and I to carry $50 of groceries into the house. Now, 53 years later, we have carried $120 of groceries in one trip. I wonder how much stronger we will get. Carl Mathis, Charlottetown
13:00 Second-degree murder trial underway »The Guardian - Local News
A jury of five women and seven men will decide the fate of a 17-year-old woman charged with second-degree murder. Jury selection took place in Supreme Court this morning in Charlottetown. The process of selecting 12 people to sit as jurors took close to 90 minutes. The trial gets underway this ...
12:59 Kind stranger mails card »The Guardian - Opinion
I want to thank the anonymous person who posted a piece of mail for me there recently, which had been lost since last September. I had addressed a birthday card during our holiday there in September 2014, to a friend here in Toronto and gave it to my husband to mail. He inadvertently put it ...
12:57 Bozo eruptions on niqab comments »The Guardian - Opinion
A recent article in The Guardian referred to Preston Manning’s struggles to keep his Reform Party member utterings under control. Statements from his colleagues were often counter to the leader’s position, and possibly led in part to the demise of the party, and subsequent morphing into the ...
12:54 Society doomed if God left out »The Guardian - Opinion
Hannah Papic's letter to the Editor "Assisted suicide: The right to die" The Guardian Friday March 20 2015 leaves out the God Factor.If there is no heaven or hell, then euthanasia makes perfect sense from Hannah's young perspective. Well the Bible teaches there is a heaven, a hell, God is in ...
12:52 Going down wrong road »The Guardian - Opinion
First, we need proportional representation, not first past the post. Whoever wins the election must live within the budget, must stop borrowing money, stop funding big business, stop writing off loans, and reduce a top-heavy government. We could manage with 15 MLAs and two federal MPs. If you ...
12:48 Things must get better on P.E.I. »The Guardian - Opinion
Larry McGuire, (GDN March 24), calls himself the “more-than-ever-Independent” in his thinking ... the way he criticizes Premier Wade MacLauchlan, and he’s not alone. Despite being briefed on every sorry file in government, MacLauchlan “still agreed to inherit the Ghiz legacy” ... which still ...
12:42 Bombing Syria is simply wrong-headed »The Guardian - Opinion
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has now officially tabled a motion in the House of Commons seeking to extend - and even expand - Canada’s current military operation in Iraq. That means that Canada is about to enlarge the geographical scope of the mission to include Syrian airspace and ...
12:27 Lincoln Releases Photos of Continental Concept »shift+drive

Lincoln Continental ConceptLast week, we brought you news that Lincoln may be reviving the Continental brand. We now have confirmation that this in fact exists.

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12:05 dance umbrella staging ‘Oz!’ as part of year-end performances »Journal-Pioneer Living
CHARLOTTETOWN —It’s high season these days for students and teachers with dance umbrella at Confederation Centre of the Arts.
10:57 Two arrested after Summerside drug bust »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE —Two city residents were arrested Friday after a drug bust in the Heritage Trailer Park.
10:52 Storm all business heading to Halifax looking to extend semifinal »The Guardian - Sports
The Island Storm has momentum and doesn't plan on giving it back. The Storm heads to Halifax tonight for Game 5 with the Rainmen after staving off elimination at home on Tuesday. It trails the best-of-seven series 3-1. "We can't come home without a win," forward Olu Famutimi said before ...
10:21 Provincial Credit Union makes major donation to Murphy’s Community Centre »The Guardian - Local News
A community facility dedicated to improving the lives of families has received a financial boost. Provincial Credit Union recently made a five-year commitment to Muphy’s Community Centre for $35,000. The Murphy centre is a non-profit organization that helps the community by offering programs ...
10:21 Provincial Credit Union makes major donation to Murphy’s Community Centre »The Guardian - Living
A community facility dedicated to improving the lives of families has received a financial boost. Provincial Credit Union recently made a five-year commitment to Muphy’s Community Centre for $35,000. The Murphy centre is a non-profit organization that helps the community by offering programs ...
10:08 Music Monday: The Sun Harmonic »Lot 65
09:52 Charlottetown Future Shop to re-open as Best Buy »Journal-Pioneer Local
Consumers won’t have to wait long to get their electronics fix.
08:48 Power restored in Summerside »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE — A technical problem at the City of Summerside's electric utility caused a power outage to some parts of the community Monday morning. Power was off to some parts of the city for several hours before crews were able to replace the faulty equipment. The last remaining outages, ...
08:48 Summerside experiencing power outages »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE —A technical problem at the City of Summerside's electric utility has caused a power outage to some parts of the community. City staff report that crews are working on the problem, but said no timeframe was available as to when power would be restored. The outage has led Holland ...
08:40 UPEI researchers ask Islanders to fill out climate diaries »The Guardian - Local News
Rosemary Curley, chair of Nature P.E.I., will be providing a free training session on plant and animal identification on Tuesday, March 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. To register for the session, contact climate@upei.ca.
08:40 Power off to some parts of Summerside, city utility working on problem »Journal-Pioneer Local
A technical problem at the City of Summerside's electric utility has caused a power outage to some parts of the community.
08:40 UPDATED: Power restored to most of Summerside »Journal-Pioneer Local
A technical problem at the City of Summerside's electric utility caused a power outage to some parts of the community Monday morning.
08:38 Stairway To Heaven »NJN Network
If You Can Find Her by Thomas Hawk from Las Vegas on Flickr.
08:14 Daily Specials for Monday, March 30, 2015 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Monday, March 30, 2015 are:

  • Carrot Ginger Soup $4.99
  • Delicious Roast Beef Panini with side of fries $11.99 Roast beef on a baguette with house BBQ sauce, shredded cheddar and sauteed onions!

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131 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE
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07:32 Winter causing financial headache in Montague »The Guardian - Local News
MONTAGUE — Winter has been tough on many businesses this year and the local arena is no exception.The Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre has taken a financial hit because of the rash of snow storms and chairman Scott Bell said the facility is trying to catch up.“The revenue has been lost, but not ...
06:57 Islanders looking to minimize playing shorthanded at home tonight »The Guardian - Sports
The Charlottetown Islanders want to remain being physical while spending less time in the sin bin. "The style we play is going to cause us to take penalties sometimes, but we want try to minimize our time shorthanded here the next few games," winger Oliver Cooper said Sunday. Charlottetown has ...
05:21 Premier Goes To Ottawa to Learn Cables Do Not Qualify For Infrastructure Funding »redlikeme.ca
The Guardian had a puff piece review of PEI Premier Wade Maclauchlan visiting Ottawa where he met with all the wrong people. Power cables do not qualify for Infrastructure Funding, any meetings were a wasted trip. The increase of PNP Quota passport sales allocation for PEI is last years news released as if it is … Continue reading Premier Goes To Ottawa to Learn Cables Do Not Qualify For Infrastructure Funding
03:30 NDP promise money for seniors' independence program »The Guardian - Local News
The provincial NDP are proposing a new program to help keep seniors in their homes, says NDP leader Mike Redmond. Redmond announced the plan Monday as part of the NDP’s election platform and said it would add basic housekeeping and grounds maintenance service to current home care. The NDP plan, ...
00:41 MacMillan, Scott share top spot »The Guardian - Sports
A key cog in the UPEI Panthers bronze medal win at soccer nationals and a highly sought after basketball recruit shared the university's male athlete of the year award. Cole MacMillan and Tyler Scott were named co-winners Saturday night. "There's a lot of great athletes at UPEI," said ...
00:31 Gough a leader on, off the court »The Guardian - Sports
St. John's, N.L., native named Panthers female athlete of the year
00:00 Bridges increase access to new lands in the Bonshaw hills »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
The new Green Road footbridge and the multi-use pedestrian path under the Bonshaw bridge will provide easier access to an expanded provincial park in the Bonshaw hills, says Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Alan McIsaac.'The expanded park will include the existing Bonshaw and Strathgartney Provincial Parks, along with other lands that feature some of the most spectacular natural areas in our province,' said Minister McIsaac. 'This...
00:00 Celebrating adult learning »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
April 11-19, 2015 has been declared Adult Learners' Week, a time to promote the importance of enhancing educational opportunities for Islanders, said Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach.'Adult Learners' Week promotes the benefits of learning in the home, at work and in the community and highlights the many options available for Islanders,' said Minister Roach. 'We have seen tremendous success in adult learning in recent years...
00:00 Lobster fishers vote for commodity board »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Ian McIsaac, Lobster Plebiscite Returning Officer, today announced the results of a secret ballot vote held to determine the level of support for the creation of a commodity board for Prince Edward Island lobster fishers. Mr. McIsaac explained that, at the request of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen's Association, on March 6, Marketing Council circulated to lobster fishers registered with Marketing Council, a Proposed Marketing Plan developed by...
00:00 Minister Responsible for the Status of Women for Prince Edward Island expresses condolences regarding the passing of Diane Kays »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
The people of Prince Edward Island are mourning the passing of Diane Kays, Chairperson of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, says Minister of Community Services and Seniors, Valerie E. Docherty.'Diane was a dedicated feminist who cared deeply for her community,' said Minister Docherty. 'She was an excellent advocate for Island women and families and was never afraid to tackle the tough issues. Her calm, inviting demeanor always radiated...
00:00 Traffic Advisory issued March 30, 2015 »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Canavoy Road - Road Closure: There is a 200 metre section of Rte 350, Canavoy Road commencing at the Hugh John Way intersection, that will be closed until further notice. The area is extremely soft and cars risk getting stuck. It will be opened as soon as possible, depending on the weather. For complete information on current road closures and ongoing construction projects, please visit www.511.gov.pe.ca or dial 5-1-1 from a touch-tone phone.

Sunday March 29, 2015

23:35 Vipers win wild Game 1 of IJHL final »The Guardian - Sports
The Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers may have bent in Game 1, but they refused to break.The Vipers spotted the Arsenault’s Fish Mart Western Red Wings a pair of three-goal leads before roaring back with five unanswered goals for a 7-5 win in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Island Junior ...
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