telecom, technology and the occasional floobergeist

I’ve got an abundance of bits and pieces of canadian telecom and internet experience, and I am thrilled to be in a place in time when all is changing, technology is developing, and the status quo is being disrupted. 

Floobergeist is a word that is beginning to defy definition.  The more I roll that smooth pebble around, the more it becomes to mean. Floobergeist started out as the magic dust that turns dreams into ideas.  And then it began to encompass the zing that happens when you have conversations about those ideas. And now, it’s the whole evolution from dream to conversation, with each step improving the later and the former along the way.

Everyone aspires to good conversations. They can lead you to adventures you’ve never imagined, and to people you can twig with.

Let’s have a good conversation…


Email Hoax du Jour

There’s nothing that cheers a body up more than debunking forwarded e-mails  on a Monday afternoon…
I got this lovely ditty today, and the only reason I opened it was blind curiosity (I know - shame on me)



Sender: mcox5@wi.rr.com



Subject: We are Canadians Born here
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 14:07:51 -0600
Subject: We are Canadians Born here 

Bruce Allan is on the 2010 Olympic Committee and new Canadians (specifically Hindi’s/ Indian’s) want him fired for his recent comments outlined below;  
“Subject: Our National Anthem I am sorry, but after hearing they want to sing the National Anthem in Hindi - enough is enough. Nowhere or at no other time in our nation’s history, did they sing it in Italian, Japanese, Polish, Irish (Celtic), German, Portuguese, Greek, or any other language because of immigration. It was written in English, adapted into co-founding French, and should be sung word for word the way it was written. The news broadcasts even gave the Hindi version translation which was not even close to our National Anthem. 

I am not sorry if this offends anyone, this is MY COUNTRY - IF IT IS YOUR COUNTRY SPEAK UP —— please pass this along.I am not against immigration — just come through like everyone else. Get a sponsor; have a place to lay your head; have a job; pay your taxes, live by the rules AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE as all other immigrants have in the past — and LONG LIVE CANADA!”   It’s time we all get behind Bruce Allen, and scrap this Political Correctness crap.  His comments were anything but racist, but there are far too many overly sensitive ‘New Canadians’ that are trying to change everything we hold dear. ARE WE PART OF THE PROBLEM !!!!  Think about this: If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone,will we still be the Country of Choice and still be CANADA if we continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries who have come to live in CANADA because it is the Country of Choice?????Think about it!        

IMMIGRANTS, NOT CANADIAN’S, MUST ADAPT.It is Time for CANADA to speak up. If you agree – pass his along; if you don’t agree — delete it and reap the ill wind because of your complacency!
*************************************************************************************************************** Now - I don’t have any political stand - for or against Bruce Allan, and I’m also not weighing in on anthems, immigration or rabid nationalism. My rant is all about folks who seldom think twice before forwarding on incendiary emails to all their friends in their address book.



My response to this SPAM:

Hi there (names removed to protect the innocent) - and to the rest of the people who have this email in your inbox.

I think you may want to look a little more closely before passing along incendiary SPAM.

The spam you forwarded, from Marion (god bless her, she doesn’t know that her email address has been hijacked by whomever is trying to stir up Canadians, yet again with comments about Immigrants and Nationality

If anyone cares to google the email address for dear Marion - mcox5@wi.rr.com….You will find this:

Let me save you the time and tell you what’s at that URL.
What you will find is a database of credit card numbers and personal information for folks who’ve had their online and personal identity hacked. My guess is that Marion’s identity has been hacked, and her email address hijacked.  Anyone want to guess why someone would steal your identity, hijack your email address to send this note?

Chances are it’s all fake - and the originator doesn’t want to be identified.

Please feel free to  forward THIS email to all your friends in your address book.  Perhaps with more knowledge, and a better understanding, we can cut down on the crap that falls into our inboxes.  The next time you get email like this - please take a few moments to verify its authenticity before spamming your friends.