Ruby on Rails Makes Programmers Happy

So my Chief Technology Officer walks into one of our Friday meetings and tells me he’s started a special interest group for users of Ruby on Rails.

Who, on what? And for that matter, why?

Read more

Apple Computer Users Love Their Machines

The other day I found a book laying around the house: 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die. I can just picture the author taking his last Earthly gasp and uttering “Darn! I’m missing a couple of Tintorettos.”

Being neither an artist nor an academic might explain why I don’t own any books like that. It might also explain why I don’t own an Apple computer. At least that’s a theory I’ve been working on for some time, that Apple computers are made for artists and academics.

So I decided to set out to prove it or refute it, and here is what I found.

Read more

H&R Block Tax Software Makes Completing Personal Tax Returns Simple

Let me tell you how it will be;
There’s one for you, nineteen for me.
‘Cause I’m the taxman.
 – George Harrison

Towards the end of April each year, oldies radio stations tend to play the Taxman song a lot. According to their Anthology, the Beatles paid upwards of 95% income tax, which was the inspiration for the song.

Not only can we not avoid paying taxes, but we have to figure out on the government’s behalf how much we should be paying. That reminds me a bit of those old movies when cowboys were forced to dig their own graves.

At the risk of taking an analogy too far, H&R Block At Home Canadian personal tax software is the backhoe of paying taxes. It is not used for a cause you look forward to and you still have to do the work yourself, but it makes it easier.

Read more

Windows 7 is About Simplicity and Responsiveness

David Miller is a brave soul. He is one of the senior technical support people at my company Nicom and he likes to use test versions of software long before they are ever released to the public.

So David has been using Windows 7 for months now as his main operating system, even though it is only being officially released to the public this month.

Read more

Mini Laptops Easy on Back and Pocketbook

I don’t really “get” shopping at Costco. For starters, you have to pay to become a member, which essentially means you need to buy the right to become their customer.

Then when you get there, you feel you have to buy in quantities that rival army rations. And on your way out, they practically frisk you to make sure you’re only carrying what you paid for.

I guess they want to make sure you don’t have 394 pounds of hamburger hidden somewhere.

Read more