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Quick review of Fredericton’s doctor recruitment web site

Posted by on 27 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: fail, Fredericton, Reviews, suggestions

Saw a press release for Fredericton’s new doctor recruitment web site that’s available at: http://www.gofredericton.ca/

I then imagined myself as a doctor looking to set up shop somewhere. I’m first greeted with a fairly blank page that has the YFC flight status and the weather. I’m happy to see an efficient airport with on-time flights so all the donated organs will arrive nice and fresh.

I read around the site a bit and see that it has all the artsy and cultury stuff that I need to entertain my highly educated brain. Looks like I’ll fit right in. I want to see what my peers have to say so I click on the link titled “what our doctors say” and get this:

gofredericton

Maybe someone should make sure they finish the web site before making the press release for it. Come on, we can do better than this.

Moncton beats Fredericton once again

Posted by on 01 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Fredericton, suggestions, transit

Now their transit system not only has wi-fi, it has live real-time GPS data displayed on a Google map:
http://www.codiactranspo.ca/GoBus.htm (for best results, choose the Express route)

Oh well, at least our buses have a nicer paint scheme (anything’s nicer than pink and purple wavy stripes):

Ugh....

Ugh....

Update: Looks like a driver’s a little lost:

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Update again: Here’s one that has 3 lost drivers 🙂

codiac3

Fredericton Transit update

Posted by on 30 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: Fredericton, suggestions, transit

Here’s a quick update to this earlier post I made:

The broken destination sign has been fixed, however, I saw another one on another bus that was also broken, but I didn’t think to note the fleet number so I don’t know for sure whether it’s fixed or not. From now on, I’ll be more careful about recording the fleet numbers with any maintenance issues I find.

Speaking of fleet numbers, I’ve decoded them. The first number is always 8, the next 2 are the last 2 digits of the year, and the last one is a counter for the year. SO bus 8994 is the 4th bus they bought in 1999. I’m not sure if the year is the model year of the bus, or the year they got it. Some of them have different numbers inside the bus so they may have got them used from other transit systems.

The consultant’s report that they are constantly referring to suggest that trial runs of new routes should be at least 1 year long.  They seem to be ignoring the advice they paid for with the Two Nations Crossing trial by only having it run for a few months. They shouldn’t just be cherry-picking only the options they like out of it.  They are also ignoring the pleas of the box store workers who are asking that the bus run until 10pm so they can finish their shifts and take the bus home. Hopefully they won’t give up too soon and declare the run a failure without giving it a proper trial.

Speaking of the consultant’s report, not much else has been done with it, other than asking other levels of government for more money for a new garage and sub-terminal at the Regent Mall. Where’s the extra advertising, re-branding and route number / schedule simplification?

Speaking of improvements, why aren’t they promising any with the UNB universal pass? The students are going to vote on having to pay an extra $100/year for some vague hints that the transit system will be slightly less useless in the future. For STU, they were given the details of the service improvements before they went to vote.

How long has it been since Aliant transferred their wireless division to Bell? I think it’s been a while, however, there are still Aliant Mobility ads inside the buses. I suspect that they leave them up even after the contract has expired so the ad panel doesn’t look too empty. If you want to save on your advertising budget, just run an ad for a month and Fredericton Transit will leave it up for years.

They repainted some of the buses and they no longer put “Fredericton Transit” across the doors. Now they don’t have to worry about using the right font when replacing the doors.

Why don’t they join forces with other local transit agencies and bulk purchase? Surely there’s a price break when you purchase 20 units at once? It seemed to work with road paint. They could even do something as simple as keep a centralized parts repository.

10 Simple Facebook Security Tips

Posted by on 23 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: suggestions, tech

With all these stories about identity theft and crime on Facebook, I thought I’d give a few pointers on keeping yourself secure.

  1. Make sure you don’t have anything set to “public”.  There’s a lot of information on there that you don’t want random people seeing.
  2. Keep the personal information to a minimum. Can you trust all your friends? Really, all 500 of them? Can you trust that their accounts will never get hacked?  No you can’t, which is why you shouldn’t have your address or your date of birth on your profile.  These can be used to gain access to accounts.  If you wouldn’t want it in the phone book, don’t put it on your Facebook. Don’t forget that some applications will steal your data; you will probably never know which ones are doing it.
  3. Beware of long-lost relatives, they probably aren’t long lost relatives.  Eventually, they’ll come up with some sob story and ask for some money.
  4. Beware of impostors, sometimes people aren’t who they say they are.  If it seems a little suspicious, put them on a limited profile until they can prove they are who they say they are.  Ask them something they would only know if you met them in person where they said they met you (such as Junior High)
  5. Don’t say that you’re away from home.  One of your idiot friends will tell one of their friends who will break in to your house and steal your stuff.  Post your vacation pictures after you’ve come back.
  6. Don’t advertise parties or else you’ll find 200 people showing up at your house and trashing it.  Also watch out for idiots who post stuff on walls about your party, don’t invite them.
  7. Use a good password, don’t use ones that are easy to guess. If you login with a Gmail or Hotmail account, don’t use the same password for both.  If someone does get your Facebook password, they’ll get also have your e-mail password.
  8. Facebook will never phone or email you asking for account details. If they do, then they aren’t really Facebook. They are just trying to hack your account. 99.99% of account hacks are caused by people giving away their account information to strangers.
  9. Beware of hacked accounts. Your friends may have given out their passwords.  If you get an urgent message from them saying that they are in jail in Mexico and need money for bail, it isn’t really them. Remember that they will have a lot of personal information in their account (and they will be able to see your account).
  10. Remember the golden rule: if it sounds fishy, it probably is.

Private Healthcare, it’s nothing new

Posted by on 16 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: suggestions

There’s been a lot of talk lately about privatizing parts of our health care system. Some people claim it will be the end of the world and the model won’t work out.

Most people are unaware that there are already a lot of private interests in our health care system. The biggest private involvement is your local doctor’s office. If you look any official documentation, you’ll see that you paid a visit to the “Dr. Smith Professional Corporation”.  Yes, your family doctor is a corporation. Medicare pays out a set rate for each office visit. Out of that, your doctor then has to pay for the receptionist, nurses, rent, tongue depressors, etc. Anything left over is considered a profit.

How is this different than someone buying an MRI machine, and then charging Medicare for each time it gets used?  Wouldn’t the most obvious solution be to just extend the model that exists already?

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