A Visit to Place des Montréalaises

Last year, I took a short visit to the new park near Montreal’s latest super-hospital. The neighbourhood around Champ-des-Mars Metro station used to be incredibly run-down, and not at all pleasant. As one of the two stations providing access to the Old Town, visitors were greeted with a dirty overpass, followed by a seedy subway... Continue Reading →

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Crontabs Demystified

Crontabs are a great way of scheduling tasks. The crontab command itself is pretty straight forward. In its basic usage, you can do: crontab -l - List existing crontabs crontab -e - Edit crontabs crontab -r - Remove all crontabs crontab -i - Same as -r, but with a warning prompt Notice how e and... Continue Reading →

Markdown

In this article, you'll find a quick rundown of what Markdown is, why you'd want to use it and how to use it. What is Markdown? In 2004, John Gruber developed simpler way of writing web pages that didn't involve resorting to HTML. He set out to create a new markup language with the simplicity... Continue Reading →

The Fifth Lookout

Things change in Montreal. It wasn’t long ago that the city’s mountain had just four well known lookouts, now it has a fifth, the “Belvédère Outremont”. To be honest, I’m not sure how long this lookout has been there, nor how long it’s had official status, but it does seem it’s been factored into Montreal’s... Continue Reading →

JavaScript Strikes Again!

Never have my feelings towards JavaScript been summed up better than by this single photo:   Case and point, I was attempting to make use of JavaScript’s getDay() to obtain a numerical value for the day of the week. Here’s what I get using the command line JSC: >>> (new Date()).getDay(); // Right now it's... Continue Reading →

Red iPhones and Other Trinkets

There’s been a few Apple announcements of note these past seven days, besides the underwhelming iPad reveal. Let’s look at them. Red iPhone When I was in Japan several years ago, I spotted a red edition Nintendo DS Lite in the depths of Electric Town. It looked awesome, with its winning combination of red and... Continue Reading →

Winterlogged

Much of the North West of this continent was hit by a snowstorm last night. Montreal is no stranger to snow, but even this mighty city can grind to a halt until the snow clearing efforts have a chance to get underway. It must have been big, as Montreal's comedy mayor was recommending people to... Continue Reading →

The Magic Apple Box

From this article published in Motherboard, it really drives home the levels of paranoid secrecy Apple will go to: If you take a phone with a cracked screen to the Apple Store, the Geniuses there don't have to swap the button from your old screen to the new one. According to one current and two... Continue Reading →

Waiting for Beck

Beck promised us a new album. Beck lied, but Beck is still awesome and we forgive him. Well OK, he didn’t really lie, he’s just taking his time to perfect it and get real paid. In the meantime he’s released a bunch of singles, none of which we know for sure will be on the... Continue Reading →

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