Toronto’s building wi-fi network downtown

It was not too long ago that I was writing about Chicago’s plans to blanket the city in wireless internet and wondering when Toronto would follow suit. Well apparently, it won’t be long:

Mayor David Miller will join Toronto Hydro executives on Tuesday to officially announce the initiative, which will be the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Canada and could undermine commercial product offerings from Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility.

It should be available as early as this fall in the downtown core, of which I’m sure High Park isn’t a part. I don’t really need it in this neighborhood, but having it downtown should inevitably prove convenient.

Especially if you go to Ryerson and have frequent problems connecting to their network. I know someone who does!

Wireless internet theft affects us all

A story in the New York Times about your friendly neighborhood wireless thieves. I have to admit I’m guilty of this when I’m not at home, but it pretty much does serve you right if you don’t secure your network. Maybe municipal wi-fi will cut down on this “phenomenon”…

Edit: If only Twitter were invented when I wrote this “post”.

Project Origami is Microsoft’s new amazing personal computing device

Microsoft has this device known right now as Project Origami, and they are apparently having a presentation tomorrow evening about it.

I found the following video via digg. It appears to be an extended commercial for the device. It’s a handheld do-everything sort of tablet PC that makes me very excited for the future.

Update, 6/26/10: OK, so the original video I’d embedded in this post has been removed from YouTube. I found a replacement!

H&R Block messed up their taxes

Shares of H&R Block fell on Friday after the tax preparation and software provider admitted it had miscalculated its own state income taxes, understating its liabilities by $32 million as of April 30, 2005. The Irvine, California-based maker of TaxCut software said Thursday it would need to restate its fiscal year 2004 and 2005 results, as well as its previously reported results for fiscal 2006. The restated results will reduce Block’s fiscal year 2005 earnings by $0.02 per share and $0.02 per share in fiscal 2004.

Immigration is key

John Ibbitson makes the argument in today’s Globe and Mail that one of the key issues the Conservatives need to address during their time running the country is immigration. No official announcement has been made yet regarding their policy on the number of immigrants per year, but unofficially it looks like the numbers will remain pretty static at about 250,000 people per year.

There isn’t another issue as important as immigration. The country is being reshaped by the hundreds of thousands of people arriving here every year. Think of it: At current levels, Canada will be absorbing a million new Canadians every four years. That’s the equivalent of a city larger than Ottawa, Calgary or Edmonton. Each decade, we will be importing the equivalent of the city of Toronto.

As an accountant I can attest to the fact that we are in high demand and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario has created an Occupational Career Path for use by immigrants who hope to become Chartered Accountants and fill the need for public accountants in Canada. Doctors are another profession in high demand and there needs to be progress towards getting foreign-trained health professionals working in Canadian hospitals.