This post may seem completely out of context for this blog and it is indeed. However I am writing it because the other blog I ran, mattamyfairwindsphase5.wordpress.com was taken down about 18 months ago. I feel that it is important for purchasers of homes from Mattamy in Fairwinds Phase 5, the few that remain, know why.
This is a long story but it’s necessary for everyone to see it in its entirety since the aforementioned blog was taken down. In May 2008 I plopped down 25K, yes Twenty Five Thousand Dollars, on a new home being built by Mattamy in Kanata. In early August we got a letter from them stating that construction had been delayed due to permit issues with the city of Ottawa and the province of Ontario. By the way our original closing date was March 3rd 2009, if memory serves me correctly. Upon receiving the letter I of course immediately called Mattamy for further information from their sales office/front line PR person. She was a very pleasant young women who could offer me no more information and I did feel sorry for the position she was in as I imagined she was getting inundated with calls. During the conversation I asked her when Mattamy would be providing up a follow up letter and she stated most likely sometime in October/November. I was a little put back that they were not going to provide me, the customer, any more information for another 3 or 4 months while my money was sleeping in their bank account. So I suggested to her that perhaps they could start a blog to provide at a minimum weekly updates, or hold an information meeting in short order, something at least. The young women said that was a good idea and would feed it up the food chain. Continue reading
Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) are web applications that have many of the characteristics of desktop applications, typically delivered either by way of a site-specific browser, via a browser plug-in, or independently via sandboxes or virtual machines. Adobe Flash, Java and Microsoft Silverlight are currently the three top frameworks, with penetration rates around 95%, 80% and 45% respectively. Continue reading
I hate big words although I often as not use them. But I try to stick to English words that one would find in the dictionary not words one would only find in the User Manual to Client I.T. obfuscation!! It is true that when working with a client there has to be some sort of give and take on knowledge. As a developer we are beholden to learn their business and as a client they are beholden to learn some basic terminology of information technology . If this is not done then the lines of communication break down and the end result is a application that does not meet the client’s needs and or expectations. As illustrated by the below cartoon some words should simply not be used… Continue reading