Archive for October, 2005

Great site to research fuel economy

Great site to research fuel economy


Carol and I were researching potential vehicles to eventually replace my aging 1990 Buick Regal. I was surprised to find that a lot of small cars weren’t much more efficient than my car. My car is rated at 30 MPG (US gallons/HWY). Dodge Neon with 2L automatic gets a smashing 2mpg better than my 3.1L.

Out main car is is a 2000 Toyota Echo. At 41mpg it is just about as efficient as you can get without going to a gas/electric hybrid or diesel.

To get significantly better fuel economy I’d have to get another Echo, a Corolla or a Honda Civic and I know I don’t fit that well in a Civic.

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Sasktel spin on voip

Sasktel spin on Voip


SaskTel spokesperson Michelle Englot described Hennessey’s comments as “totally inaccurate.

“There are numerous VoIP providers in Saskatchewan already,” she said. “They’re either providing (local calling area) 306 numbers or numbers from other parts of Canada. SaskTel does intend to provide Voice-over IP service; we’re just working through the regulatory and technical requirements at this point.”

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As recent as last August I scoured the web for a VOIP provider that would give me a Saskatoon phone number. There isn’t one. You can get a Regina number from Netcall and that is the only provider I found that will give you 306 area code.  It is true that other providers can give you a Calgary, Winnipeg or Toronto number but that is because all you need for that is an Internet connection. 
Sasktel spin on Voip


SaskTel spokesperson Michelle Englot described Hennessey’s comments as “totally inaccurate.

“There are numerous VoIP providers in Saskatchewan already,” she said. “They’re either providing (local calling area) 306 numbers or numbers from other parts of Canada. SaskTel does intend to provide Voice-over IP service; we’re just working through the regulatory and technical requirements at this point.”

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As recent as last August I scoured the web for a VOIP provider that would give me a Saskatoon phone number. There isn’t one. You can get a Regina number from Netcall and that is the only provider I found that will give you 306 area code.  It is true that other providers can give you a Calgary, Winnipeg or Toronto number but that is because all you need for that is an Internet connection. 

It is true that the CRTC handicapped the incumbent carriers like Sasktel by regulating them and not regulating the outside carriers but that hasn’t stopped Bell from entering the market.  In the VOIP space Sasktel would have a huge advantage because they they provide the highest quality Internet service to the most people in Saskatchewan.  VOIP adoption would just drive up demand for their DSL and Wireless High Speed offerings.  I can’t imagine trying to get Voip to work consistently on the “up again down again where did my bandwidth go” Shaw (Cable High Speed Provider).

Sasktel has a huge advantage because they own the network.  One of the main downsides to using an outside carrier like Vonage is that the Internet traffic has to travel all the way to their servers before it gets transfered to the regular telephone network.  If there is a hiccup along the way it seriously degrades the quality of the call.  For everyone on Sasktel’s network it is a very short trip to to Sasktel’s servers.  Sasktel could prioritize voip traffic on their network ensuring the highest quality of service.

Regulation is an annoyance that I may not fully understand, but I know that Sasktel has a huge technical advantage to leverage in Voip.  Sasktel does so many things well I’m not sure why they are holding back on this one.

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Sasktel won't release phone numbers

Sasktel won’t release phone numbers


Ever wondered why Vonage doesn’t serve Saskatchewan?  Sasktel doesn’t want to compete even though Telus and Bell will.   Why do crown corporations feel they can stifle competition and innovation in our province?

Help us Brad Wall, you’re our only hope.

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Why Saskatoon is better than Toronto

Why Saskatoon is better than Toronto


Darryl seems to think a bit of cold weather is enough to convince us hardy prairie people that Toronna/Tronna is better than Saskatoon. The temperature might be a tad cooler, but oh the stars look good as we breathe in that fresh life giving air.

Rare October smog warnings were issued Monday for much of Ontario as a result of unseasonably warm fall temperatures and what provincial officials say is a steady stream of polluted air from south of the border.

Ontario’s Environment Ministry issued the smog advisory early Monday “until further notice” for parts of southern, central and eastern Ontario.

The warning covers a wide area from east of the Niagara region, through the Hamilton, Toronto and Peterborough areas and east to the Quinte region, which includes Belleville and Trenton.
From the Globe And Mail

Did you know that Saskatoon’s economic growth is tops among major Canadian cities? Yes we’ve even outpaced Calgary for this fine honour.

I’ve seen a great many surveys that seek to find Canada’s greatest city. Saskatoon has won this award in the past but most often we come in 3rd behind Vancouver or Ottawa. Never, ever has Toronto even placed in such a list. Exactly what does Toronto do well? What does Toronto do well enough to make up for their close proximity to Hamilton? Are Argo’s fans upset that the Riders beat them recently? Are Torontonians lashing out because the Leafs aren’t going to make the play offs and the Canucks, Oilers and Flames will?

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Serentiy is a good movie

Serenity is a good movie


A sci movie with a plot, real character development, and a script that so much better than anything Lucas could write.   

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