I thought it was an urban legend, but apparently I have a good chance of going completely bat shit. First, as a child, I was discouraged from playing goalie and aspiring to be a dentist due to a lack of left-handed equipment. Those left-handed scissors in elementary school always sucked; that green rubber on them was always cracked and cut up your fingers. And when Papermate came out with those pens with the back eraser on the ends, I’d come home everyday with a blue hand. So just when you think the southpaws have gained equal standing in the world, news like this comes along and it makes me want to paint peanut butter on the shells of lost turtles on the streets of Copenhagen at night with a playing card…the Ace of Spades, of course.
Say what?!? Miss South Carolina attempts to answer the question as to why so many Americans cannot identify their country on a map of the world:
As a Canadian who went to university in the US, I’ve witnessed the odd results of the American education system first-hand. I did not see this in my pre-pharmacy or computer science courses at LSSU, but I did know a fair amount of other students in other majors that made me wonder how they were even accepted by the university, let alone allowed to complete their degrees. Those students would surely have been booted from a Canadian university (and probably any other university in an industrialized nation) after a single semester. I suppose it’s a testament to the saying that the US is the land of opportunity – everybody gets a chance, regardless of whether they’ve earned that chance or not.
* Answer to the Inevitable “so why did you go to university in the US?” Question
Simple – path of least resistance. Even though I was accepted into Memorial and the University of Saskatchewan, I selected LSSU because Pharmacy is much easier to get into in the US than it is in Canada. LSSU was also closer and much cheaper (even with the shitty USD/CAD exchange rate at the time). When I switched my major to Computer Science, I tried to return to Ontario. I selected 3 Ontario universities to contact to determine how I may transfer to them:
- UW – one of the world’s most renown universities in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering.
- U of T – one of Canada’s most prestigious universities and possessing very solid Computer Science program – the.
- Laurentian – a small university that would be very affordable and close to home, but a small Computer Science program.
All 3 universities told me that none of my credits from LSSU would transfer, thus requiring me to throw 3 semesters of education out the window and forcing me to start from scratch. So I stayed at LSSU to finish my degree, which was ok. The LSSU Department and Mathematics and Computer Science, while not having the luxury of big funding and research dollars, had a stellar faculty – the profs knew our names and would recognize us outside of class. And I met my wife there. So alls well that ends well 😉
To follow-up on the Skype outtage of last week, which apparently was caused by too many Windows users logging in after a “Patch Tuesday”, I received this email today:
You may or may not know but last week Skype wasn’t available for a couple of days. There were a number of reasons for this and I am delighted to say that the problem is now well and truly sorted and everything is back to normal. For those of you who tried to use Skype during that time but couldn’t, we’re very sorry. For those of you who didn’t try to use Skype – well thankfully you were not affected but we want to reassure everyone that Skype is now working happily and the problem is fixed.
We know we have many faithful users out there who give us feedback (good and bad) on what we’re doing as a company. The Skype community makes us what we are. Without you, our users, we simply wouldn’t exist. We’ve helped people stay in touch with their friends and family over the past four years without any massive hitch and we want it to stay that way.
When the unexpected happens, it’s important to remember the people who stuck behind us and whose loyalty humbled us. I want to thank everyone for their support, patience and being part of the Skype community. And for those of you who missed out on using Skype last week – I want to especially thank you as well.
As a goodwill gesture to all you faithful Skype Pro, Skype Unlimited, SkypeIn or Skype Voicemail customers, we’re adding an additional seven days to your current subscription, free of charge. And even if you didn’t miss out on using Skype last week – you can still have a week free on Skype, on the house!
So please enjoy it, call your loved ones, friends, family and colleagues and thanks again.
The people at Skype
Kudos to Skype for adding 7 days to paid-subscribers accounts, and 7 free days to everybody else. Skype handled themselves very well, don’t you think?
As of this very moment, Skype‘s network is down:
UPDATED 14:02 GMT: Some of you may be having problems logging into Skype. Our engineering team has determined that it’s a software issue. We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours. Meanwhile, you can simply leave your Skype client running and as soon as the issue is resolved, you will be logged in. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Additionally, downloads of Skype have been temporarily disabled. We will make downloads available again as quickly as possible.
For those using the Skype client for free IM and computer-to-computer communication, they should be mildly annoyed. Does this mean that those of us paying the annual fee for SkypeOut will receive some sort of credit for the loss of service? I know that Rogers will offer credits if you complain during a TV and/or Internet service outage. Any guess as to whether Skype will do something similar?
Today was my last day with Desire2Learn. The past year and a half was a good experience, but I was presented with a stellar opportunity that I couldn’t overlook. Starting this coming Tuesday (Monday’s the August Civic Holiday), I will be working for McAfee as a Software Engineer in their Waterloo office. This should be a great experience and I’m totally looking forward to it.
And to all of those people who always seek my advice as to which antivirus product they should use, what do you think I’ll be recommending? 😉