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Re: Can MySQL succeed in Canada? (April 12)

Odd story. You would think that the writer never talked to a Linux Users Group or Java Users Group at all. I have to state that the majority

of the Java coders I know of run MySQL at home for fun, at the office for quick and dirty development, or in full production (small and medium-sized firms). Ditto most schools at the college or higher level.

Why? Speed, performance, stability, cost (always a factor), ease of support, range of support, etc. Of course, don’t use the Microsoft-supplied Java drivers to talk JDBC to it!

Yes, in my opinion, MySQL will do just fine in Canada thank you very much.

Ian Frazer
IPF Consulting

Re: Can MySQL succeed in Canada? (April 12)

The more appropriate question is, can it succeed in Central Canada? It has already succeeded everywhere else in Canada. We use it all the time.

Robert Bedet

Re: Canadians able to use debit cards in U.S. by fall (April 1)

Debit cards that route through the Moneris network (Royal Bank, Bank of Montreal, Harris Bank of Chicago and affiliates) have worked in many U.S. debit retail locations in the USA for nearly three years.

There is some growing concern however, due to recent debit card fraud and PIN # capturing.

The consumer has nearly no rights in the case of debit/Interac fraud, and as a Canadian we have essentially no recourse for refusal or appealing incorrect of fraudulent charges originating in the U.S.

Further complicating the problem is the banks’ insistence of continuing to limit users to extremely weak four-digit PIN numbers.

Re: Outsourcing . . . To be or not to be? (March 31)

I have been in IT for 10 years now. Never has there been a time where so many IT professional have been out of work. I didn’t think this shortage of IT professionals myth still existed. A couple of people I know with 10-15 years experience in IT have gone bankrupt and another was reduced to an $8 an hour plant job!

There isn’t a shortage of IT workers. There is a shortage of superheroes.

Mark Stewart

Re: Dot-common sense (March 22)

I’ve just started following in the last months or so, and I see you have another interesting article as usual.

However, while I agree with you about all the failed extensions like dot-info, dot-biz etc., I was surprised that you neglected to mention the success of country-specific domain names. In particular, I’ve been quite surprised by the success of dot-ca. Using the dot-ca extension seems to be increasingly popular for Canadian companies, especially when the dot-com isn’t available (which it rarely is). I’ve actually gone through the trouble of charting the growth in dot-ca registered names over the last year and the growth has been quite astonishing — especially when you consider that many TLDs actually shrunk during the same time period.

Anyway, just my $0.02. Keep up the good articles!

Alan Majer

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