Monday, January 25, 2010

@IWMOPS @RogersMary 5 Rogers Stores visits/calls and 25 min on hold, still no 911/SenseUI. #fail

Rogers still does not have 911/Sense UI in the stores as far as I can tell.  
The location I mentioned yesterday had nothing, after phone support told me they did have it there.  
Good thing I called before going in.  I made phone contact with one generous Rogers 
employee who offered me the upgrade from his personal Windows laptop. 
What company releases their phone upgrade to only Windows puters?
Why isn't it in the stores?
Why did HTC know and do nothing for months?


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Prevalence: Burden of mental disorders, epidemiology reference

Sunday, January 17, 2010

TORDIA study. FKBP5 and suicidal events in depressed adolescents. Brent et al. 2009

Brent, Birmaher, Devlin.  I look forward to reading this in more detail.

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Western diet makes for bad mood: a tale of two (more) studies.

The evidence implicating diet in mood continues pile up, with two recent high profile clinical studies in 2009. I may have mentioned them already in previous posts, but I wanted to put them here, together. A hypothesis generated from this research is that diet and other post-WWII correlates may have something to do with the cohort effect in depression (an increase in the cumulative lifetime rates of major depression with each successively younger birth cohort, JAMA,
1992 "The changing rate of major depression . . .").

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Winter tires on.

Studded tires on bike at long last.
Bring the snow!

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

First Ubuntu print job is second Ubuntu save

In the short 2+ months that I've been using 9.10 Karmic Koala, there have been two tight spots where Ubuntu has come to the rescue.

First, I was in a long meeting where a colleague was running an LCD presentation from a Windows netbook. Halfway through the meeting, the netbook crashed, was irretrievable. No more PowerPoint; in most situations I would have rejoiced.
However, the slides were very much needed for viewing at the time. I thought, "I'm the only other person in the room with hardware. But I've never tried running an display projector from Ubuntu. What the heck, we don't have much to lose if it fails." I pulled out the Ubuntu notebook, plugged in the video cable, found the display preferences, and with a very small number of clicks, Ubuntu recognized the projector and displayed the slides smoothly. Meeting saved.

The second time was tonight. Kid with project due tomorrow. The new printer and MacBook were not on talking terms after a correct installation of correct software including correct printer driver. After a couple reboots, I thought "I really had never thought about printing anything from Ubuntu. As a matter of fact I hate printers. But let's give this a try." I plugged the printer in. Ubuntu detected it, searched and found correct driver and asked to install it. Two clicks later, I get a rainbow of a test page. No 10-point font "test" page -- see the colourful photo of the Ubuntu test page at the top of this entry. After a couple minor formatting changes in Open Office, the kid's project is done.

On to other things.

Monday, January 4, 2010

I asked a colleague today:

"Have you noticed I've not used Microsoft Word since late October?"

"No, I haven't."

LA goes Google

Although this post contains nothing new, could this augur the knell for Microsoft?

The City of LA has gone Google for its 30K employees.

If this and other early implementations are a success, at about 1/10 the cost of Microsoft, and 25GB of email storage per user, I think more will migrate to Google.