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Another chapter in my 11-year struggle to secure basic email services from my university: 2022

On Hallowe’en 2022, my ability to send email from my professional address at McGill University suddenly stopped. I’ve previously documented my ongoing struggle in this war against monopolization and corruption of open standards by Microsoft, who has McGill willingly by … Continue reading

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Mini-Review of Lenovo T14s Gen 3 Intel under Ubuntu 22.04

This is a skeleton review. I got a T14s Gen 3 Intel in August 2022. The “Intel” refers to this machine coming in two groups of versions: one with an Intel CPU and one with an AMD CPU. Mine apparently … Continue reading

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Respect for suicide

Allowing people to take their own lives will be one of the most profound steps we can take towards a new, wellbeing-oriented approach to policy. 90% of people who kill themselves do not do so rationally. These are lives tragically … Continue reading

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Using Email at McGill university: Ongoing suffering of an open-source user, year 9

It’s 2020, and the world has changed. Well, yes, there’s that, but I meant that the world of email has changed. For reasons I won’t speculate and rant about here, the problem of spam has not been solved, and email … Continue reading

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National Carbon Price in Canada: give private industry entrepreneurs the clarity they crave [Sep 2016]

With the Trudeau government already struggling to keep up with its numerous promises, many environmentalists will follow the Green Party’s Elizabeth May and decry the Liberal government’s embrace of Harper’s weak and cynical carbon emissions targets. Quite incompatible with the … Continue reading

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Keeping your fingers and toes warm in cold weather: a guide for endurance skiers with poor circulation

In recent years I have had severe trouble keeping my finger tips and toes warm while outside in winter. I blame it on too much cold-weather camping and letting my extremities get numb in my younger days, but it may … Continue reading

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Ubuntu on Lenovo Thinkpad T450s

Lenovo’s T450s is another piece of high-production-volume hardware from a vendor with a fairly good reputation for Linux support … but a host of serious problems under Ubuntu’s flagship “Long-term-support” operating system.  I’d love to be in touch with others … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux at McGill: Calling all users! Please join a support discussion board

A theme among my posts since 2011 has been the challenges of being a GNU/Linux desktop user at McGill University  but outside the departments (Math, Physics, Computer Science?) which support the OS.  I believe those departments have eschewed the central … Continue reading

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Composing and typesetting a funding proposal using LyX (SSHRC/ NSERC /CIHR)

This is one of the geekier posts I’ve written, in the sense that the number of people for whom this might be useful is… small and they are not likely to search for it. In Canada, submitting an application to … Continue reading

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Solving collective action problems is what society does

I taught an introductory undergraduate course in environment, society, and sustainability this past term.  We look at big-picture environmental problems from a mostly-social-science perspective. Early on, we started to compile a list of collective action problems of all kinds which … Continue reading

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