Archives: June 2005

Thu Jun 30, 2005

Mac foils Windows again!

I bought a Mac Mini for my dad to have him switch by force. He lives in Canada, so I had to take it across the border with me.

I got to the customs official when entering Canada and I declared it because I'm very honest and a wonderful person. I declared it with a value of $450. The custom guy said I was only allowed to bring in up to $60 without paying duties, which I knew. I was like, "fine, I'll pay your duties." Then he said it was my lucky day because all of their computers were down. So I was allowed to walk through without paying any duty.

As I walk toward the exit, I glance at the computer screens, and they are all displaying a Windows XP Professional screen. Ha ha, Mac beats Windows yet again!

Posted by: jav on Jun 30, 05 | 7:13 pm | Profile

[0] comments (9309 views) |  link

Tue Jun 28, 2005

Great A&W Food

I just got back from a trip to Canada. One of the things I was looking forward to when getting to Canada was eating some tasty hamburgers from A&W.

"But John," I can hear my American readers whine, "I'm confused on two levels:

a) there are A&W restaurants in the US; and

b) A&W sucks."

I can answer both of those objections with one response. The A&W in Canada is much different than the A&W in the US. I used to work at an A&W restaurant when I was in high school, so I'm very familiar with the tastes and flavours and smells. When I first got to the US, I found an A&W and tried it. It pretty much sucked. I thought perhaps it was just that location. I have tried 4 locations in my area (Santa Clara, Campbell, Santa Cruz, Lodi), and they all taste the same and they all suck. I have been to countless locations in Canada, and they all taste the same and they all taste fantastic.

So I don't think that the A&W in Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of the US company, like so many other Canadian companies are. I suspect that the Canadians have their own independent, non-sucky A&W company. The next time you are in Canada, be sure to check it out.

Posted by: jav on Jun 28, 05 | 9:26 pm | Profile

[1] comments (9290 views) |  link

Sat Jun 25, 2005

Wallflowers play at Apple WWDC 2005

Every year Apple puts on its Worldwide Developers Conference. One night, they ship all the attendees to the Apple Campus for a big party with a live band. This year, the band was the Wallflowers. No, really. I have proof:


Posted by: jav on Jun 25, 05 | 10:36 am | Profile

[3] comments (11473 views) |  link