A day in the life of Danny D'Amours

Open Government Initiative

The federal Liberal government has recently released a party initiative designed to open up and add transparency to government. The Open Government Initiative will restore the long-form census reversing the unpopular move by the current Harper conservative government to cut the census make as many government datasets as possible available to the public starting with […]

October 28th, 2010 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Misc | no comments

Are we headed for a ‘Collapse’?

About a week ago, I finished reading a book that has long been on my reading list: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive by Jared Diamond. After being very impressed when I read his Pulitzer prize winning book Guns, Germs and Steel, I was eager to read Diamond’s take on civilization collapse and […]

March 30th, 2009 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Misc | no comments

New copyright laws proposed in Canada – Bill C-61

This week, Industry minister Jim Prentice introduced Bill C-61 which contains amendments to Canada’s Copyright Act with the intention of updating the current law to take into account the widespread adoption and use of new digital media such as iPods and and other portable digital media devices. Format shifting to be made legal One of […]

June 16th, 2008 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Misc, Tech | one comment

Reducing oil dependence – Toyota to introduce Plug-In Hybrid by 2010

The leader maker of hybrid vehicles with its Prius, Toyota made a surprise announcement and revealed that they will offer a Plug-In Hybrid by 2010. Toyota is claiming that the vehicle will use Lithium-Ion batteries instead of the less efficient nickel-metal hydride batteries currently being used in the Prius. Current prototypes The current plug-in hybrid […]

January 15th, 2008 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Misc | no comments

Batten down the hatches – Noel is on its way….

Although no longer classified as a hurricane but a post-tropical storm, Noel is headed for the Maritimes and headed my way. It has been raining since 5 o’clock and the wind has really picked since 7 o’clock. The forecast is calling for up to 100 mm of rain and winds up to 120 km/h which […]

November 3rd, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Atlantic Canada, Fredericton, Misc, New Brunswick | no comments

WindowBuilder Pro version 6.5.0 released

Instantiations have released version 6.5.0 of WindowBuilder Pro their Eclipse based Java GUI builder. The new & noteworthy page describes some of the improvements available in this new version. WindowBuilder Pro supports not only standard Swing GUIs but Eclipse’s Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) and Google’s Web Toolkit (GWT). One of my favourite features of WindowBuilder’s […]

October 31st, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Eclipse, Java, Linux, Misc, Tech | 2 comments

N.B. minister holds out hope for beef plant

In Atlantic Canada, there is only one federally inspected beef plant Atlantic Beef Products which is located in Albany, PEI. Unfortunately, the processing plant has lost over $10 million over the last three years since it was opened and is in danger of closing after the PEI government announced that it will no longer cover […]

October 3rd, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Atlantic Canada, Business, Fredericton, Misc | no comments

CN Tower no longer world’s tallest

After holding the title of the tallest free standing structure for over 30 years, the CN Tower in Toronto has lost its moniker to the Burj Dubai tower which now stand 2 metres taller than the CN Tower which stands at 553 metres. When completed the Burj Dubai will top a whopping 800 metres high […]

September 13th, 2007 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Misc | no comments

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