Its a happy day, one that I have been looking forward to now for quite some time. The self serving, lying residents of West Vancouver who are opposed to the over land route for the Sea to Sky highway finally were removed from the bluffs — by the Police.
Now let me give you some history here. When this fight first started over a year ago, there were plans to build a bunch of luxury homes and a golf course on the West Vancouver city website. Now if the Eagele Ridge Bluffs are such enviromentally sensitive lands, why would they want to build a Golf course of all things?
The media found these plans on the city of West Vancouver website and they were quickly removed. Now the Eagle Ridge whack jobs claim that the plans for the Golf course were “A Campbell Government mistruth”. I don’t think so!
A lot of these protesters live near the bluffs, and obviously have something to loose. (Property value for one) by having the highway so close to their homes. It bothers me that they would use the enviroment as their cause when it is obviously a case of NIMBY. A small group of residents would rather the provice spend an additional 100 million dollars just so we don’t ruin the views of their multi million dollar homes.
Kudo’s to the supreme court of BC, the West Vancouver Police, and the Province of British Columbia. Its nice to see a goverment that dosen’t cave in when approached by the smallest of special interest groups. I for one prefer to see the needs of the few put aside for the majority, and the future economic prosperity of the province.
I will say however, that I do feel somewhat sorry for the few old hippies that came out from Vancouver to be arrested. They were told that they are trying to save the bluffs for enviromental reasons, when in fact it is actually just rich West Vancouver people who want to save their property value. I noticed that a lot of West Vancouver protesters decided not to get arrested, instead letting the real enviromentalists take the fall instead.
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I normally don’t talk about food here, but since it is BBQ season, I have to share a great new Barbeque sauce that I think everybody should try. Presidents Choice Smokin’ Stampede Beer & Chipotle Barbecue Sauce. The title says it all, but there is more.
No artificial flavours. Some of the “real” flavoring includes:
MMmm.. Yes its that good. As far as I know it is only available in Canada, through The Real Canadian Superstore. You might be able to find it elsewhere if your grocery store carries “President’s Choice” ts brand.
It apparently won Best Barbeque Sauce at the Calgary Stampede last year. I can see why.
The new Apple iBook replacement, the Apple Macbook has arrived, and I really really want one. Not only can you get it in the usual Apple white, but there is a black model available too. Here are a few of the specs on the black model:
- Core Duo 2.0Ghz.
- 512MB of Ram. (Upto 2GB)
- 80GB Hard Drive
- SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
- 13.3″ Widescreen display.
- 1 Firewall 400, 2 USB 2.0, 1 mini-DVI
- Speakers + digital audio line out, in and a combined optical digital audio output/headphone out.
- 10/100/1000 ethernet port
- 54mbps Wireless (802.11g)
- Builtin bluetooth.
- built in i-sight camera
- It also includes OSX 10.4, iLife ’06, and Front Row with the Apple remote.
If you look at the pictures, it has a new keyboard as well. I think I’d have to try it first to see if i’d like it, but looking at the rest of the specs’ I’m sure that it will not dissapoint.
Since I want one so bad, and I don’t have the money, please donate to me so I can have a mac book. you can use paypal. All I need is one dollar from every visitor!
Update: If somebody buys me the black macbook, you’ll get to sponsor my site for one year. So all of the current ads will come down and they will be replaced with your ads.
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Bell has finally released a new firmware image that ads Name Based Recording and itv to the 9200 / 9220 HD PVR Plus unit. Its not clear whether or not it addresses the pause skip problem. (my unit works great). To force your unit to update, hold down the power button on the front of the unit for a few seconds, this will force it to check for new software and install it. The old firmware was version 142, the new firmware is showing as version 143.
Since the update, changing from the PVR menu, to live TV, and going into the guide seems smoother than it did before. And it appears that Bell has set the default for recording a show to now record all episodes.
I’ve also found that when you create a time for All or New it is very hard to delete the timer afterwards. For example, I created a timer to capture new episodes of the daily show. Since I have created the timer, it set up to record every re-airing of the current episode in all time slots (East and West). This added four timers for the same episode. When I tried to delete the timer, I had to remove all the events manually for the 48 period.
I think the New feature is a “future” proof thing for Express Vu. The guide needs to have the ability to let the PVR know that the episode is actually new. Currently, it appears to think that every episode that it has not recorded previously is new.
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Bell ExpressVu has started calling owners of the 9200 / 9220 HD PVR to tell them that an update will be happening that will enable NBR (Name Based Recording). Hopefully this same update will fix the Skipping during playback issue that some people are having. I just got my call a few minutes ago, and it looks like channel 230 is running info on the 9200 as well.
I’ll be checking my 9200 for new firmware first thing in the morning for the next couple of days. Stay tuned for more info.
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Here are some before and after pictures of a Laminate Floor that we installed in our house back in February.
As you are probably aware, removing your older carpet and replacing it with a new Laminate floor can make quite the difference. I have helped to install many Laminate and hardwood floors, and having recently purchased a house, I’m planning on writing a series of articles on Home Improvement.
Keep Reading Below for my Laminate Floor Installation How to.
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A lot of users have been reporting issues with their newer HD PVR units from Bell. It seems to be an issue with the hard drive that causes stuttering during playback.
To try and figure out what may be happening, I’m asking that users who are having this problem to follow the procedure below and report what drive signature their unit is reporting
- Press Menu on remote
- Choose option #6 System Setup
- Choose option #3 Diagnostics
- Goto “Counters”
- Use the page down button on the remote to view #10, hard drive.
Please report the ID of your drive in the comments below and weather or not you are having the stuttering/skipping during playback issue, and when approximatly you purchased / aquired your 9200.
I have drive ID 0×6132 and my unit is working perfectly. 0×6132 is a discontinued Western Digital Hard Drive, and 0×6102 is a Maxtor Hard Drive, which is belived to be the source for the skipping playback problem.
Bell is claiming that new firmware will be out at the beginning of May, but this date has been slipping for at least 2 months. My guess is July, which is a tad pessimistic.
If you talk to tech support, make sure to ask them when the new firmware will be out.
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