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Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

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  • Blog Post: Air Canada Mobile Check-In: Let's Try This Again.....

    A few weeks ago I attempted to use Air Canada's mobile check-in.  I've been jealously watching the Blackberry carrying passengers walk onto the plane after a quick flash of the screen of their device.  My first attempt did not go well.  Despite the service as being advertised as working...
  • Blog Post: Webware: Apple apps on Windows...not so great.

    Rafe Needleman thinks that the current batch of Apple apps on Windows isn't as impressive as Apple makes it out to be. He also thinks it is a ploy to convert more Windows users (a point I agree with). He points out that Safari is not an application people need use: "Yet they will, and some will be smitten...
  • Blog Post: The CN Tower Goes All Colourful With New LEDs

    The folks at Torontoist aren't big fans. I think it's about time the tower got some light - maybe not neon, but something is better than nothing.
  • Blog Post: Tip: Want To Save Paper?

    One thing I cannot stand is needlessly printing out paper copies of emails, online purchase receipts and other confirmations, web pages with interesting articles, recipes, directions - basically anything that you want to keep "just in case" for later. The good thing about email and rss is that you have...
  • Blog Post: Rick is looking for a new way to get to the gate....

    A timely post from Rick about airport travel, especially given the amount I am flying this month. "First, would you pay for a simple, dedicated security line? Not the line cut to get into the security scrum rather the whole metal detector, shoes off, thing. One line only available to people who paid...
  • Blog Post: Star Wars - Adult Swim / Robot Chicken Video

    Ok. This is just funny. http://www.starwars.com/community/news/media/chickentrailer.html
  • Blog Post: Community Connection: Are User Groups Dead?

    An interesting post from Rodney on the future of User Groups on the IT Pro Community Blog. "You probably think I am crazy. You are probably thinking about the 30+ IT pro user groups in Canada with 10,000+ members with monthly attendance at meetings surpassing 2500 nationally. You might then remember...
  • Blog Post: Our Events Go Green(ish)

    Anyone who attended our recent Unify Tour event in Toronto may have noticed that we had our friends from Bullfrog Power onsite during the event. I have talked in a past post that I switched the power I use at home to Bullfrog (something I feel great about). The Unify Tour stop was our "beta test" to...
  • Blog Post: Out In The Cloud: Interview With Rick Segal

    Over on the Wellington Financial Blog , my friend and power-blogger Rick Segal is the subject of a featured interview. A few interesting quotes: Question #3. Is the Angel investor network in Canada robust enough? Answer: No. Another 10 million dollars in angel money flowing into new ideas, projects,...
  • Blog Post: Searching For Search

    Well, this is interesting :-)
  • Blog Post: The Sun Shines On Vancouver

    What's the great thing about running events in Vancouver? The weather. (well, when it's not raining anyway) I snuck out at lunch and went down to Falls Creek.......gorgeous day.
  • Blog Post: The Fight To Save Internet Radio

    Interesting Article Here . On my Sonos , we listen to a lot of Internet Radio. It's great and it would be a shame to see stations like Radio Paradise come to an end.
  • Blog Post: Fame.... even the self-proclaimed Web 2.0 kind...goes to your head....

    http://valleywag.com/tech/robert-scoble/is-he-a-sociopath-245715.php Robert......... too cool for even SXSW? del.icio.us tags: Scoble
  • Blog Post: Heli-Boarding Photos From The Holiday Break

  • Blog Post: Metric On The Plane To Seattle

    It's not often I sit beside really interesting people on the plane when I travel alone.... this time I had the pleasure of meeting some of the members of the pseudo-Canadian band Metric . They were on their way to Seattle to record a new album after 260 days on the road. Nice folks, cool band. Check...
  • Blog Post: Seattle - Snow Doesn't Mean The End Of The World

    Seattle is a great town, but not when the white stuff falls. I landed at SeaTac and it took 2 hours to do what is usually a 20min drive..... the roads were covered in ice, but I can't believe the number of abandoned cars. (Like the zombies attacked and everyone ran for it our something) Geez... last...
  • Blog Post: I'm Not An iPod Hater.... I Am A Microsoft/Zune Fanboy.

    I am now "social", I have a Zune... :-) I will start this post by saying the following about the iPod: Apple does a great job at industrial design. The iPod is a well built device (I am not a fan of the shuffles). You won't ever hear me slag the device. I think that other devices are just as compelling...
  • Blog Post: Zune and Vista - the blogs and media are just wrong.

    Honestly, do they think we are crazy? Of course it works with Vista. I have one, I have Vista, it works. When you get one and get Vista, it will work as well. Don't believe the hype people. http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=104
  • Blog Post: Bad Water and Office 2.0 - The Single Point Of Failure

    Don't get me wrong, much of the Office 2.0 craze are concepts I agree with and endorse. I believe that great services, matched with great software, will change the way we work. Office 2007 starts that trend, IMHO. My colleagues and I were discussing one core flaw in the Office 2.0 vision -> the assumption...
  • Blog Post: Crane Collaspes In Bellevue....A Little Too Close For Comfort

    It has been an interesting day here in Redmond and I thought I would share the news…. Today the our Enterprise Search vTeam hosted the first Canadian Search Partner Summit at in Redmond. It was a great day and we had planned to cap the event off with diner at the Seastar Restaurant in downtown Bellevue...
  • Blog Post: Canadian Developers @ X06 in Toronto

    The team and I had a chance to spend the day talking about XNA at X06 - the Xbox team's yearly pre-holiday press extravaganza. We were showing off XNA Game Studio Express in particular. It's going to do for games what Soapbox is doing for video. Think -> CREATIVE EXPLOSION. We're even doing a full...
  • Blog Post: Go Canada Go

    Go Canada Go! Todays Olympic Hockey game vs. Russia is critical. We have faith! http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/sports/icehockey/mensglog/game6.shtml
  • Blog Post: My Blogging New Year Resolutions

    Happy New Year! As we head into 2006, I thought I would make some blog related resolutions to go along with my promise to myself to ditch the 10 pounds from Christmas feasts I seem to have added to my waistline. 1. More regular posting -> I certainly go too long between posts too often. 2...
  • Blog Post: Rick Segal - Lessons learned from the OneNote blog

    Ok, so Rick has been on a bit of a blog frenzy of late, so forgive the multiple posts linking to his stuff (but I think it is valuable)   In this post Rick talks about the importance of adding value and being open in your connection with the community.   http://feeds.feedburner.com/ThePostMoneyValue...
  • Blog Post: Google vs. Microsoft (VC Style)

    My favorite VC Rick Segal has posted his take on Google vs. Microsoft.  It's more interesting than Scoble's take on the same topic, in my opinion.   Enjoy - http://feeds.feedburner.com/ThePostMoneyValue?m=205
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