After using Windows 7 for just over a month, I still maintain my overall positive impression of the new operating system. One of the things I like the most is the ability to “maximize” windows to half the screen size. I believe this new feature was intended for the ever-increasing size of widescreen monitors… but I don’t have a large screen, on the contrary, I’ve been using it on my laptop. Oh well, I like being able to quickly split the screen evenly and work between two open applications.

However, my biggest gripe with Windows 7 lies within the new taskbar. In most situations, I like that it keeps the taskbar uncluttered and organized. But when using Windows Live Messenger, it takes two steps to open a conversation window. This is especially annoying when chatting because usually one is switching back and forth between multiple conversation windows. It’s possible to open the most recent active window by holding Ctrl and clicking on the application… but it still requires an extra step. This isn’t a huge issue, as it’s possible to switch back to the old taskbar. I guess we’ll see if this changes when Windows 7 is released.

Today was CBC’s self-proclaimed “Hockey Day in Canada”. It was also Mats Sundin’s fist return to Toronto since joining the Vancouver Canucks. After spending 13 years as a Maple Leaf, this would be the first night Mats would step on the ice as a visitor and opponent. It was an emotional night to say the least. After watching Sundin lead the Leafs for so many years, I couldn’t help but respect the former captain and I believe the rest of Leafs nation felt the same way. During a commercial break, Leafs fans honoured Sundin with a standing ovation… and I could almost see a tear in his eye. this was quite unusual for Sundin who is known for his calm and collected demeanor.

But, hockey is hockey… a game still had to be played. And what a game it was; a close match, with many chances at both ends of the ice. In the end, a shootout was needed to decide the final outcome. Sundin was chosen as the third shooter for Vancouver and had the chance to win the game. And that’s what he did. What a finish! I’m just glad Sundin was given the respect he deserved.

“A class act for a class act” – Thanks Mats!

Winter is over?

February 16, 2009

In recent days, the weather here has been surprisingly warm! Not only has it been warm, but we’ve also received a lot of rain. This has caused most of the snow to melt and we can even see the grass on our property. It has definitely been a really weird winter. All this warm weather decided to arrive just after I brought my skates back for outdoor hockey… so I guess, no hockey?

Although it’s been warmer, I got this nasty cold that’s been circling around (sore throat, stuffy nose). I’m glad it’s the long weekend though, I can rest and drink lots of soup. Fortunately, I think I’m feeling a lot better today. Just need to keep drinking fluids!

Arrival of the drive!

February 9, 2009

My brand new Western Digital 1TB My Book arrived last week =P. I know this post is ridiculously late. I found it outside my house when I returned from work. I was surprised that they just left it outside in the -6°C weather. Luckily for me (and the drive), the non-operating temperature range is from -20°C to 65°C! Start backing up now.

We are the champions!

February 1, 2009

Tournament champs, that’s right! Yesterday, I played in an indoor Ultimate tournament. We finished with a record of 5-1, taking first place overall! Sure, we didn’t win a medal or anything for that matter, only bragging rights…

Quick summary:

We started off with a shaky first game – losing a close match. After that, we got in our stride and nothing could stop us, we went on to win the next 5 consecutive games. Everyone played and battled hard, every game just built on top of the one before.

The “finals” was an all-or-nothing match. We were scheduled to play the only undefeated team in the tournament. It turned out that if we won, we would take the whole tournament because of the head-to-head tie-breaker… and we did. It was a great experience… tiring, but well worth it.