Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Service No Longer Required

I cancelled my land-line today. The customer service rep asked me why. I said I thought their multi-million dollar rebranding from C&W to Lime was an utter waste of my money. She said I wasn't the only person to say so. But she still just put 'Service no longer required' in the 'reason for cancelling' part of the form...

Saturday, March 21, 2009

If you don't like the new Facebook, fix it!

Sometimes we forget the whole point about using Firefox is that, with extensions, we can customise the surfing experience. The new Facebook 'design' is a good example; you can be sure that if others don't like it there will be an add-on to fix it.

Facebook Purity and Facebook Fixer can both be used to fix design issues with the new Facebook. Both are Greasemonkey scripts, so you'll need to install this first. But you'll be able to:

  • hide annoying friends and their pathetic quiz obsessions
  • hide the annoying 'Highlights' column

and much more.

Liam @ 3 months

Liam @ 3 months
Originally uploaded by Steve_Mc
Liam weighed in at 16lbs on his 3-month birthday.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

When you imitate rather than innovate

It was purely coincidental, I'm sure, but at a time when Twitter is beginning to make serious inroads into the social networking sphere that Facebook had almost bumped MySpace out of, Facebook comes up with a 'redesign' that places more emphasis on the Twitter-like 140-character stream-of-consciousness, down to the twitteresque-image to the left of "what's on your mind?"

I can take it or leave it personally, even think 160 characters is better than Twitter's 140-characters. And one's Friends Feeds is an important part of Facebook, however you present it. But it might take more than copying Twitter to beat Twitter.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Still time for Dominica to beat them to it?

The Maldives have just announced they plan to be the world's first carbon-neutral nation... within a decade. When I first heard this some time ago, I thought Dominica, 'Nature island', Green-globe nation etc etc, should be aiming for this. Well it should be easier for a population of 70,000 versus one of 400,000 to do so? Especially with our own geo-thermal power on the cards within the next few years. One can live in hope.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Overheard in the bank...

It wasn't really overheard, since the patrons were quite vocal about it. And it wasn't exactly the slow service that people were complaining about, it was that the bank wasn't showing the cricket on their TVs!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Port Elizabeth, Bequia

Port Elizabeth, Bequia
Originally uploaded by Steve_Mc
I spent a few hours in Bequia recently. To get there, one takes the Bequia Express from Kingstown (EC$35 return, trip time 1 hour).