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Comment: Re:Slightly misleading. (Score 1) 226

by jbenwell (#45669357) Attached to: Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery

Purolator has a form called "Customerâ(TM)s Authorization to Waive Delivery Signature Single Shipment Use" (a PDF is the first result in Google right now).

Whenever I'm expecting something from them, I print out one of those and put it on my door.

The only time that I've had trouble is when the shipment notification from the retailer gets to me after the delivery attempt has been made. In that case, I usually just go get the package at the depot (25km, sigh), but it may be possible to just call them and ask them to try again (and leave the form above on the door).

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1) 320

by jbenwell (#35444798) Attached to: Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol

I have a TDI. I live in a semi-rural area and work in a city. I get about 700-800km (depending on the time of year and whether I've summer or winter tires on) out of 50l of diesel. Interurban highway driving gets about 1100km. Those are real numbers, and they're about half again what I would've got out of the gas engine.

Comment: Re:Another Contender... (Score 1) 105

by jbenwell (#35058012) Attached to: Nook Color Is Now a $250 Honeycomb Tablet

I just returned one to Costco ($160CDN). It was just way too slow to use as a tablet. It did work pretty well as an ebook reader but had a few bugs (mostly remembering where you left off a book when you shut it off). It was a nice email reader and picture frame.

It was pretty slow as a web browser, and couldn't play video without stuttering.

I decided it was a nice novelty, but that I'd be better off putting the money toward a nicer tablet.

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