Emailing the Mayors from Boston’s Free Wi-Fi

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As I promised in last night's post, I'm using Boston's free Wi-Fi network to drop a quick email to the Mayors of both Burnaby and Vancouver.  The gist: Free Wi-Fi in urban centres is a great thing.  I decided to include a copy of the email on the blog for anyone who might be interested. > Good morning Your Worships, > > I'm writing this letter to you from the city of Boston where I'm currently on vacation.  The subject of this letter is also the service which is allowing me to send it; Boston's first open-Wi-Fi project.  The city has partnered with local companies to provide free Wi-Fi access to residents and visitors of the city's Faneuil Marketplace. > > I would like to promote the idea of starting…
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Enterprise Dilemma – J2EE vs. .NET

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These two platforms have been fiercely competing for the lucrative "Enterprise" business customers since the .NET Framework made it's Beta debut in late 2001\. Since that time the debate has raged on in organizations of every size and in Internet forums of every description: Which platform is the **best** platform? Pundits from all sectors of the computing and business sectors chose a side early on and began to incite one of largest technological debates in the history of computing. Proponents for each side have argued their case both for their chosen platform, and against the other. The arguments which have been put forth supporting both the Java/J2EE platform and the C#/.NET platform have been very strong. Conversely, the arguments against each platform are often steeped in half-truths, myths and hearsay.…
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50 years of programming history

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I stumbled on a couple of articles recently pointing out the history of programming languages. What originally pointed me at this was an article in [Nikhil Kothari's blog](http://www.nikhilk.net/). He pointed to a chart on [O'Reilly's website](http://www.oreilly.com/pub/a/oreilly/news/languageposter_0504.html) which listed out the history of programming languages from the 1950's right through to the present. It's amazing to see which languages influenced others... and how old some are. I personally had no idea that [Ruby](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_programming_language) had been around since February 1993 (Same approximate time as [AppleScript](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AppleScript)). Check it out... it's worth a look! There's also a good textual [history of programming languages](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_programming_languages) in Wikipedia, not quite as visual, or as complete, but also interesting.
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MacBook: Day 1

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Well the beast finally arrived! I'd like to think it was my scathing review of Apple's customer service from earlier this month, but I highly doubt that Steve Jobs is an avid reader. Well having had the chance to play with this new machine for only a couple of hours, I have to say I'm very impressed so far. The only practical applications I've put it to the test with so far are sending a few emails, taking some notes (questions about the MacBook), and writing up this post. The overall Mac experience has been very good, there certainly has been a great deal of care and attention put into "the little things". However there are a couple of pet peeves I have so far.... 1. Maximizing Windows is hard…
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