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  • Kate 22:16 on 2011/03/23 Permalink | Reply  

    Apparently there’s been a wave of thefts in the metro lately, thieves snatching small electronic devices and running. General advice is given about not flashing these things around, although in recent days I’ve seen Kindles, Sony readers and innumerable phones and players in the hands of fellow commuters so I don’t know how useful that advice will be.

    • Emily Gray 06:20 on 2011/03/24 Permalink

      I’m so glad I don’t tend to bring small electronic devices around with me.

    • Tux 08:44 on 2011/03/24 Permalink

      I wonder if they’re smart thieves targeting new devices (meaning me and my scuffed up 1st gen iPod touch are safe) or stupid thieves victimizing whoever looks like they might make a good target. Also I’m gonna try not to sit next to the doors with my back to the platform now that I know how these jerks operate…

    • Kate 11:41 on 2011/03/24 Permalink

      Hard to say. What worries me more is that a device like an iPod touch often contains not only songs, text files, photos and so forth, but also passwords to one’s email and other services. (At least, mine does. I can update this blog from my iPod, for example.) Are the thieves, or the receivers of stolen goods, smart enough to make use of this data? Some of them probably are.

    • walkerp 12:19 on 2011/03/24 Permalink

      Yes, they are. There is also often a market for that data. You should set your phone to auto-wipe after x amount of failed logins (if you do it by accident yourself, you can always rebuild it through your itunes). I think MobileMe also has some setting that will allow you to auto-wipe your phone remotely.

    • mare 12:46 on 2011/03/24 Permalink

      And use a passcode/password that is required after 5 or 10 minutes. It’s a hassle but it does make you device a bit less vulnerable for abuse once it is missing or stolen.

  • Kate 17:19 on 2011/03/23 Permalink | Reply  

    This explains why there’s a giant colon at Complexe Desjardins, and not one of these, either : .

  • Kate 17:02 on 2011/03/23 Permalink | Reply  

    More on the east end’s Cafe Ferrari and why the cops want to keep it closed. For starters – couldn’t they get the car company to serve them a cease and desist over using their logo and name?

    Now the owner of the café is talking about moving the business elsewhere where gangs are not so prevalent.

  • Kate 11:56 on 2011/03/23 Permalink | Reply  

    The Plateau is coming up with creative solutions for noise problems although I always think the primary way not to be troubled by main-street noise is to find a place to live a few blocks from main arteries, and not abutting bars or venues.

  • Kate 11:44 on 2011/03/23 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse continues its Champlain bridge theme with an item on how south shore towns would really like a new bridge there. Smidge more on this from Radio-Canada.

    Meanwhile, the condition of the Île Bizard bridge is worrying the authorities.

  • Kate 11:43 on 2011/03/23 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has received twice as many pothole complaints this spring as last, but considering we’re just ending a real Montreal winter whereas the previous one was mild, that’s not too surprising.

  • Kate 11:41 on 2011/03/23 Permalink | Reply  

    Some of the Plateau’s less clique-y residents are pressing to see empty lots turned into social housing.

  • Kate 11:40 on 2011/03/23 Permalink | Reply  

    Having solicited public opinion on the appearance of the new metro cars, the STM will soon be asking us for catchy name suggestions as well.

    The competition starts March 28. The page doesn’t mention a prize (yet). I already have a list of names, all of them terrible.

    • Michael Seguin-James 11:13 on 2011/03/24 Permalink


  • Kate 11:12 on 2011/03/23 Permalink | Reply  

    The death of Elizabeth Taylor brings up memories of her first wedding to Richard Burton at a Unitarian church in Montreal in 1964.

    She did, however, outlive her obituarist on the New York Times.

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