WebTV Responds

I received this email from the WebTV ombudsman yesterday:

Dear peter,

Thank you for your inquiry about WebTV hardware.

Unfortunately, WebTV is no longer being sold in Canada. You may wish to contact the manufacturers to see if they know of any outlets that may still have some WebTVs for sell.

Here are the manufacturers’ toll free numbers: Philips/Magnavox at 1-888-813-7069 Mitsubishi at 1-800-332-2119 Samsung at 1-800-SAMSUNG Sony at 1-888-772-7669 Echostar at 1- 800-333-3474.

Perhaps someone should information the call centre of this development?

Iced Cappuccino

I am not a coffee drinker. At all. Never have been. However I'm fairly confident that Tim Hortons' Iced Cappuccino bears little relation to bona fide cappuccino.
That said, Tim Hortons' Iced Cappuccino is my current most favourite drink in the whole wide world, something that, given the caffine and other goo that drinking one pumps into my body, is no doubt to my detriment.
Curious to know what the nutritional value (or deficit) of the Iced Cappuccino is, I was happy to find Tim Hortons' Nutrition Guide [PDF] on their website.
And so I was able to learn that a 10 oz. Iced Cappuccino made with cream (apparently I have the choice of having it made with cream or with 2% milk) has 230 calories, 2 g of protein, 11 g of fat, and 87 mg of caffeine.
This compares to 78 calories, 0.6 g of protein, 4 g of far, and 106 mg of caffeine for a 10 oz. regular coffee.
If the on-shore flurry activity and general slush are getting to you, take a look at Air Canada's seat sale, announced today. There are quite good fares: Halifax to London return for $448, Halifax to Bermuda return for $358.
Oddly enough, the Tim Hortons menu item with the most total fat is the Garden Vegetable Sandwich, with 23 g (just a titch above the chocolate glazed donut, with 22 g). And to think I'd been ordering that as a "healthy alternative"!
The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans tells us to use fats and oils sparingly: they suggest a healthy diet contains no more than 30 percent of calories from fat. About 45% of the calories in a Garden Vegetable Sandwich are from fat; in an Iced Cappucino, it's about 43%.
WARNING: I am not a nutrionist. We suggest you consult a nutrionist before you stop or start eating Iced Cappucinnos or Garden Vegetable Sandwiches to determine if they're right for your diet. If you die a thousands deaths from drinking too many Iced Cappuccinos, we cannot be held responsible. But you will probably die happy anyway.

Double Click vs. Single Click

One of the most perplexing things about Microsoft Windows (any version) is that sometimes you need to click once, and sometimes you need to click twice (aka double-clicking). By this point in my life, the difference between the two is hard-wired into my DNA, and I don’t have to think about it. However when training new computer users how to use Windows, I’m at a loss as to how to explain what the difference is. How does once describe situations in which a double-click is required vs. situations where a single-click is required (esp. without using the work invoke)?
Perhaps the only honest advice I could find online to this question is on this University of Michigan website: If a single click does not work, try a double-click.

There’s an attempt at a fuller explanation on the geekgirl.talk website. It’s about 1,200 words long.


I had a weird dream last night in which I discovered that in the U.S.A., names in the telephone books are sorted by first name rather than last name. This came as a big shock to me, and I realized that I had to scurry around changing all sorts of web applications in which I’d assumed the opposite. Fortunately, when I woke up this was no longer a problem.