Wednesday, July 29, 2009

This wireless world

I've been somewhat slow in adopting today's primary form of wireless telecommunications - the cellular phone. I don't actually like phones. I found it irksome when my phone rings.

Depsite that, I now have two cell phones: my own, and a phone provided by my employer. Thankfully, both work much better than my previous phone - which either thanks to Telus, or the cell phone maker, would invariably drops calls in any interior location. (Yes - even in my modest little house!.)

My personal phone is a Nokia slider (5200?) with GSM technology on the FIDO network. The work model is a Samsung - hooked up to Bell's CDMA network. Both work great indoors, and as of yesterday, both are paired with by Blueant Supertooth3 car phone set. I can voice dial on either. The only thing that's a bit of a drawback is that only one can be active at the same time.

So I'm thinking, is it time to ditch the landline?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Coping with trash

I haven't contributed anything here in a while. Work has taken me out of town - away from Toronto. I have kept up-to-date with happenings - but have not had the time or inclination to write much.

Now, having been away for the better portion of the last three months, I've avoided created as much garbage at home. Coping with the CUPE strike has been fairly easy.

My neighbours were kind enough to take by garbage bin to the curb one week. It is only getting full a second time as of this week. I toyed with the idea of running some bags up to the Bermondsey Transfer Station. I drive past on the way to the office - and there has never been much of a line. However, I have better things to waste my time on. (No pun intended.)

My green bin - safely locked away from 'coon's - is pretty full. It isn't go to be a fun days for CUPE folks when they have to dump that one. Too bad.

My take on the strike and apparent settlement:

1. We should have let CUPE walks away from the table.

2. The collusion between the two locals violates competition rules. The two union leaders should be hauled up before the appropriate authorities.

3. David Miller has been an idiot. According to biographical information on Wikipedia (yes - a woeful source I know) - Miller spend formative years in pre-Thatcher England (as did your truly). It's hard to imagine anyone with an ounce of intelligence being left wing having endured the destruction of Britain under the Labourites.