Entries by Pat d'Entremont

Clutter-free

So Microsoft introduced this “awesome new feature that helps filter your low-priority email”. It is called Clutter, and works like this: A new folder has been added to Outlook, called Clutter, and if Outlook deems certain messages are low-priority, it moves them there. According to Microsoft, this feature “learns” so for example if you move […]

Phone Numbers Need a New Rhythm

I’ve already blogged about how hard it is these days to make a phone call in Nova Scotia*. And as if that rant wasn’t bad enough, I’ve since thought of even more things to complain about. (In case you need a primer: use 10-digit dialing for local calls, 11 digits (including “1”) for long distance […]

Of Clocks and Coats and Thermostats and Things

I was recently reminded of the story of the clockmaker from New Brunswick who could do anything with grandfather clocks. So when his clock stopped working, this guy from Nova Scotia decided to take the trip and try him out. The clockmaker took one look, grabbed a hammer, and banged on one of the gears. […]

What Happened to Windows 9?

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows, going from Version 8 to 10, and the quick answer to my question is another question: “Why should you expect a Windows 9? When was Microsoft ever known to assign operating system numbers sequentially?” To prove my point, I went […]

Step Right Up! Buy Your “Likes”!

It was bound to happen, sooner or later. I received an email that announced – unabashedly – “Increase Facebook likes, Twitter followers and YouTube Viewers”. So here’s what they will do. For fifty dollars, they will get you 1000 Facebook “likes”, or 1000 Twitter followers. For one hundred dollars, they will get you 1,000 YouTube […]