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August 10, 2009

Michael P. Soulier
But I Digress
» Mike Z., you’ll be missed

…not. Thanks for nothing. I guess six-sigma doesn’t really fix everything, huh?

March 2, 2009

Michael P. Soulier
But I Digress
» No hope for “The Source”

Well, according to the CBC, Bell is going to buy a ton of “The Source” outlets soon. Formerly known as “Radio Shack”. Given Bell’s track record I guess that means that “The Source” is going to suck pretty heavily soon.

I’ll just cross one more place off my shopping list then.

January 18, 2009

Michael P. Soulier
But I Digress
» Life after Nortel

For a few years, my wife and I both worked at Nortel, our first job out of University. We were there during the dot-com crash around 2000, and that company has been heading downwards ever since, for a variety of reasons.

Maria stayed when I moved on to Mitel, as I was fed up and we also didn’t want both of us in the same company in case the whole company went under. Maria stayed, and we kept waiting for her to get hit by a round of layoffs, as they had many. She wasn’t hit, and now she’s still there, which isn’t great considering that they just filed for bankruptcy protection.

The ride was over long ago, but this feels more like the wheels falling off the car at the end. Still, life goes on, and with an eye towards the future, Maria has started a new blog called Life after Nortel. She hopes that it will be a place that ex-Nortel people can tell their stories, network, and find new opportunities.

If you are ex-Nortel, you might find it worth your time.


July 24, 2008

Michael P. Soulier
But I Digress
» The idiocy of the Canadian Telecom landscape

Today’s telecom landscape is so backwards and ignorant of the Internet. It’s like the executives of Bell Canada have their fingers stuck in their ears while everyone around them yells about the Internet, and they’re shouting “La La La, I can’t hear you”, like some silly ten-year-old.

There I was in Marineland yesterday, with a friend that I wanted to call within line of sight, but because we both have Ottawa area-code cell numbers, I had to call long-distance to Ottawa to call him, with the long-distance tolls that implies.

Is there any technical reason why the network can’t figure out where we are and avoid using the long-distance network? None at all. In fact, it must locate both parties to route the call in any case, so the only reason is that it might actually save us money, and the bastards at Bell aren’t about to do that unless they have to.

In time, they’ll find themselves obsolete by new wireless devices that use only the Internet and VoIP, and bypass their antiquated technology completely.

I can’t wait.

July 4, 2008

Michael P. Soulier
But I Digress
» Response from my MP on Bill C-61

So, I received a response from Gordon O’Connor’s office today.

Dear Michael Soulier:
On behalf of Gordon O'Connor, thank you for your recent
correspondence regarding copyright reform.
On June 12, 2008 our government introduced important
amendments to the Copyright Act to bring it up-to-date with
advances in technology. Our approach is in line with
international standards. It should be clear, however, that
it is a Made-in-Canada approach that will benefit all
For consumers, it allows the recording of webcasts and
television and radio programs to be enjoyed at different
times; music to be copied on devices such as MP3 players;
and the copying of books, newspapers, videos and photos into
different formats. It also sets statutory damages at $500
for individuals if they infringe copyright for private
use-provided the material is not protected by a digital
lock.  (Currently, statutory damages could be as high as
$20,000 for a single infringement). 
Canadian educators and students stand to benefit from
uniquely Canadian reforms that would allow greater use of
material posted on the Internet, the legal delivery of
course material through the Internet, and electronic
delivery of materials loaned between libraries.
For Canadian Internet Service Providers (ISPs), our bill
includes a one-of-a-kind "notice and notice" regime.
Compared to the "notice and takedown" approach that is used
in other markets, it better addresses peer-to-peer file
sharing, and clarifies the responsibilities of ISPs online. 
Our Made-in-Canada approach strikes a proper balance between
all stakeholders. It promotes the protection of creators'
rights, and access by students and researchers. It means
consumers can enjoy everyday uses of copyright material. And
it provides fairness and clarity for industries that operate
in the digital environment. Its uniquely Canadian provisions
recognize that we all have a stake in fair copyright laws.
For more information, please visit the Copyright Reform
Process website at
Thank you for sharing your views on this important matter.
John Aris
Constituency Manager for
Hon. Gordon O'Connor, P.C., M.P.
Minister of National Revenue
Carleton-Mississippi Mills
Tel: 613-592-3469
Fax: 613-592-4756

June 22, 2008

Michael P. Soulier
But I Digress
» Canada’s DMCA - Write your MP

If you’re not sure how to phrase a letter to your Minister of Parliament regarding Canada’s version of the DMCA, Bill C-61, this might help.