Archive for March, 2009

Talks back on about Montreal GP

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Montreal F1 2006

According to the Toronto Star and Bernie Ecclestone is in talks with race organizers in Montreal to put Montreal back on the racing calendar for 2009. This is because the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the race added when Montreal was removed, might not be ready in time.

I’d love to have the Canadian GP back in the Formula 1 Calendar, but I share the concern that it should be a long-term agreement. Bernie Ecclestone needs to learn the consequences of rash and follow-the-dollars decisions.

I’d be happy to see the Canadian GP back on the Calendar for the next five years and I’d still be pleased if the agreement was to have an alternating position in the calendar with the US GP (Possibly at Watkins Glen?).

On a related note: Congratulations team Brawn! I’d also like to thank Honda for footing the bill for creating such a great team but being courteous enough to get out of the way once all the success started happening.

My Life Would Suck With

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

My life would suck with Kelly Clarkson

My life would suck with Kelly Clarkson

Do you think you can’t relate to top ten music today? Check out the iTunes Store’s top ten list:

Why I’m staying out of the Twitisphere

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Here’s a great video that describes why I’ve decided to stay out of Twitter:

“Twouble with Twitter” sous-titré
by LePostfr

Besides, as a listener of the This Week in Tech and Buzz Out Load Podcasts I get my dose of Twitter there – and got all of the references and predicted the appearance of the “fail whale”.

State of the Mac and supporting standards

Friday, March 20th, 2009

This image of my work Mac Pro kinda’ sums up the current state of standards support on the Mac:

  • OSX recognized my 10 year old SONY CDR from an old Dell (bottom)
  • The Mac supports IDE CDROM connectors
  • The CD ROM fits mounts into the expansion bay in the case
  • I had to hack apart the CDROM drawer to make it compatible with the fancy door on the case

This small example sums-up standards support on the Mac.

Tom LaSorda says Chrysler Canada may get slim fast

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

That's my younger sister modeling that first-gen Chrysler Minivan

That's my younger sister modeling that first-gen Chrysler Minivan

Tom LaSorda balked at the latest CAW deal with GM and refuses to accept the CAW/GM established contract pattern for Chyrsler. He may have a point, as Chrsyler needed a lot of help before this crisis came along. There simply isn’t enough capacity in the market for all three American automakers to sell cars which claim their major feature is nostalgia.

LaSorda suggested that if the CAW didn’t make more concessions to Chrysler, and if the government didn’t give them more money, Chrysler may leave Canada.

A Chrysler that leaves Canada is a Chrysler that is about to leave the market everywhere.

They’ve been in trouble ever since the Daimler merger dissolved: Their majour success in cars was their 300-based products (built in Brampton) and the Dodge Sprinter. The 300-based stuff was engineered from Mercedes E-Class technology and the Dodge Sprinter truck is just the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with a different grill.

If Chrysler can’t put together a viable business plan (with the CAW’s help or not) the government of Canada should put-up money for financing a purchase of Chrysler’s Canadian assets by another automaker, be it Fiat or Ford, Toyota or Tata.