Re: Blame it on the bandwidth (Sept. 05)

Why is it Sympatico still has TV commercials talking about downloading music, movies and the like, giving newcomers the idea the broadband

world has no restrictions?

If ISPs really want to restrict usage, they should be prepared for when consumers just say the hell with it and move to all-you-can-eat dial-up connections for less than half the price of high-speed access.

No point in paying extra for something we can’t enjoy.

Gord Bowes

Re: Blame it on the bandwidth (Sept. 05)

It’s about time the freeloaders paid the true cost of the service. The only other universal service that is also under priced is snail mail. I just think that the so called free idea of the Internet is the only pipe dream of those that want someone else to pay for their usage. Heretical? No, reality.

George Riddle

Re: IT is a white collar job (Sept. 04)

Developing your own style of dressing is something that evolves with experience. I enjoyed your editorial, but IT has never really been a white-collar job for me. I wear what is appropriate for the task. Meetings with the brass, dress up a little. Job interview, suit is still a must. Every day, upscale casual. Business golf, follow club rules, and be aware of your client’s expectations (lean toward dressing up a notch).

I dress as comfortable as possible and only wear I tie when I have to. When in doubt I dress up a bit so as no to offend anyone. I never look down on anyone for dressing more casual than me. For me cleanliness and grooming are indications of a person’s self respect, and their respect for others, but so far as clothes go, I am more concerned about a person’s sincerity and competency than what they wear. We weren’t born in tuxedos.

Pierre Laframboise

Re: The hidden threat of instant messaging (Sept. 03)

One way I am able to get some control over users installing instant messaging applications while using Windows 2000 Pro as the Operating System is by setting every user as a “”Restricted User.”” That prevents them from installing new software on their PC. Only the “”Administrator”” is granted that privilege.

Claude Desrochers
Welton Parent Inc.

Re: Rat race refugees set up IT firm in rural Canada (Aug. 30)

I agree completely that there is a trend here. It parallels the dispersion of the Alberta oil field industries to small centres after the oil crash in the early 1980’s. The oil service industries such as welding, trucking and catering moved to very low cost land and labour in the rural areas. They were part of a great growth trend in Red Deer, Leduc, Lac La Biche, Grande Prairie and so on.

But, Regina is rural living? A few hours out of Toronto or Ottawa is rural living? Rural living now implies NOT having access to hospitals, ambulance, government services, shopping stores and “”city”” entertainment. Rural living in Canada is characterized by many small communities closing down when the farm base can no longer support the town stores. What you are talking about is the ’50 move to the ‘burbs — but in Canada.

Stephen McLachlin

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