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Useless nerdy technical stuff [Jun. 7th, 2011|09:42 am]
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I have no idea if this was already known among TTC buffs, so I apologize if this is redundant...

It appears the subway news/info displays at track level run on top of some flavour of Linux. I noticed a wall of odd text at Broadview subway station on the eastbound platform's screen this morning, and realized upon closer insoection that the text looked familiar... like the bootup sequence of a fairly recent Linux distribution. The display hardware is some form of nVidia chipset, based upon the fullscreen nVidia logo that appeared immediately after bootup, which along with the gray screen that appeared after the logo disappeared also indicates that the info display runs on top of X (probably the X.org version, since that ships with practically every contemporary Linux distribution).

I can't determine anything with certainty beyond that. I would be interested to learn how much of the base system is hosted locally for each display, whether any form of network booting or software loading is taking place, and how the network feeding the displays is organized.

I would have taken a picture, but I couldn't start the camera program on my phone fast enough.

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Virus warning: "Click here to see movie" [Sep. 23rd, 2010|02:58 pm]
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Seems viruses are the only traffic we see here anymore. I keep reporting them (the post will likely be gone by the time you read this), and haven't heard of anyone actually getting infected (antivirus programs seem to catch it), but do be careful.
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so I went shopping at the mall [Feb. 26th, 2010|09:04 am]
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I was not going to run.  the great thing about being sad is you conserve energy well.  Then the light changed and caused the bus to  stop, I crossed over, still in T.O. there is a cat an mouse game with buses, often, if you run after them they will leave you.  It was a long red light, what can I say?

I got on the bus.  As per usual on my bus there was a driver hanging around the one driving the bus. (there is a garage so it picks up all the drivers on route to their buses) .

He says to me, once he moves so I can put my money in, "You know if you wave the driver will wait for you." 

I heard a few snickers in the peanut gallery. 

Another thing about being sad, you can keep a straight face pretty easily.  

He is blocking my way to the the seats.  He is going on about what a great guy he is and how great his buddy is. 

Now I could be wrong but I felt like he was involving me in a much longer argument, like one that started years ago.  I'm imagining pre dawn era, the brontisaurus bus to Big Rock, swings its big tail and splashes mud on all the caveman commuters running for the stop and the driver shrugs and points at his watch, "Sorry, schedule, ha ha ha."

Another thing about being sad, while resigned to the enivitable proof that life sucks, there's only one thing that can really switch it to angre and that is the old, "Hey, Cheer up!  This is your lucky day! I am wonderful and to prove it I am going to make you agree!"

Finally I say to him, "If I had waved and jumped up and down and then ran you still might have driven this bus away as I reached the stop and maybe splashed me with mud and I would have been put in an even worse mood than I am in now!"

Not wanting to be charged with assaulting a T.T.C. employee, (It happens every 4 1/2 minutes or is that illegal downloading of video?) I manage to get by him and I hear him say something about the great women drivers on the T.T.C.  He is talking down the bus at me.  I wonder if everyone on the bus thinks he's my ex or something.

I said "shut up" not loudly, just in a sort of conversational tone. I doubt he could hear me.  I got to the back and hung on to a pole, a bit shaken up.  He had rejoined his buddy hanging on to the ticket box.  No doubt they had assured themselves that out of all the drivers they are the "good guys" and I was just another example of a "grumpy woman", probably a lesbian, definitely menopausal.

p.s. There is nothing FUNNY about assault.  Assault is wrong.  Seriously. 
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(no subject) [Feb. 14th, 2010|03:17 pm]
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hi folks,

question about the 58 Malton bus. 
extra fare is required as the bus goes west of the airport, but if i have a metropass do i still have to put an extra $3 if i wanna get to malton?
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I know, I know [Jan. 24th, 2010|03:05 am]
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It isn't the most vital of issues, but...geez guys, spell check much?

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day of crazy on ttc subway [Sep. 12th, 2009|11:22 am]
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[music |lykke li - let it fall]

Scene in the subway went down like thisCollapse )

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Subway to Chinatown - Rush Hour [Aug. 18th, 2009|03:24 pm]
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What's the best street to take a streetcar on if one wants to get to Chinatown from the subway during rush hour? I'd be happy taking any of  the following routes:

South on Spadina from Spadina station
West on Dundas from Dundas station
West on College from College station, then walking down from College

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Wheel-Trans Users [Jun. 30th, 2009|03:43 pm]
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Hi everyone,

I am looking for rants and raves about wheel-trans (applying for it, scheduling rides, the drivers, the buses, etc). It's for a school assignment where we're analyzing this service and whether it is meeting it's objectives in serving people with physical disabilities.

So if you are a wheel-trans user yourself, it would be greatly appreciated if you could share your experiences (good or bad). Or if you know of someone who uses this service then if you could kindly ask them for their thoughts.

Or if you know of a better community I can go to to ask for this information then please direct me in the right way!! My group and I are desperate for real user feedback to include in our report. We won't be using any names in our report but will be using real responses. Our report is due Tuesday, July 7th.

We have some specific questions for you or you can just share your good and bad experiences with wheel-trans.

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You can email your responses to me at jennifer.y.li@gmail.com

Thanks so much for your time!!

cross-posted to toronto
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(no subject) [May. 24th, 2009|02:49 pm]
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We were supposed to have new subway trains arriving as of this summer, yes?

Anyone know what's up?
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(no subject) [Apr. 28th, 2009|12:00 pm]
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from the bus shack on the corner of Dundas next to AGO
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