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Dot Com Pho After Hours - Double Feature Presentation

Wow, I can't believe it's been over a month since my last update. You see, I've been trapped in this world called the "Twitterverse". If you're following me, you'll probably see that I've been quite active over there. In fact, most of the time, I've already worked off my ranting and opinions which used to be exclusively the domain of my blog. I'm pretty sure it's just a phase so once I get bored of it, I'll probably come back to my rock which is my blog here. I'm actually mostly busy with Futurelooks though as we've been having quite a bunch of new reviews and articles go up in the last while.

At any rate, I haven't stopped with heading out to Dot Com Pho and this week, while John Chow has been imprisoned by Chinese Authorities, I've brought the Dot Com Crew to my own backyard of Coquitlam, BC. It was actually here last week, but not enough footage was shot, so I've combined last week and this week's meet ups together into a Dot Com Pho After Hours - Double Feature Presentation! That's right! You're getting two for the price of one!

It's really nice to get out of a routine and explore new places. Even though people don't call their meet ups "Dot Com Pho" it doesn't mean that other peeps don't have meet ups too. It was really cool to meet new people, catch up with old friends, and see what others are up to besides your favourites from the usual Dot Com Pho pool of favourites.

Next week, I'll be heading out to Cloverdale to check in with Gary Jones and Rainer Schmoll to see what's happening in their backyard. As you've seen in the video, they've been doing their fitness challenge so we'll get to meet other participants in their ThinkFitness Challenge. We'll also have the return of Michael Kwan with a quick gadget segment. Till next week!

Dot Com Pho After Hours - The Pilot!

This week's Dot Com Pho was held at Happy Pho. Though it was a small crowd, we still managed to have Ed Lau not show up late. Greg Morgan traded places with him for the last spot. If this was amazing race, Greg would have lost this week, but then again, Ed would have lost every week before that so he probably wouldn't be on the show by now. Also in attendance was Moneca, Wolfgang, Ray, iPhone Gary, and of course John Chow.

John cuts out the first five minutes of the video on his Flip Mino and presents it to us as this week's Dot Com Pho Episode which includes something something contest, some gadgets and something twitter shout outs...

So now that the boring stuff is out of the way, it's time to switch gears to the "After Hours" edition of Dot Com Pho which takes place after the first five minutes. Just when you thought that all Dot Com Pho was about is eBooks and Twitter Shout Outs, Dot Com Pho After Hours rescues it from this purgatory of boredom by exploring all the stuff you actually care about and cranks things up to a NC-17 rating. This of course is where all the funny and entertaining stuff happens as John stops talking about making money, and the rest of us start talking about things like more gadgets, more useless iPhone Apps, Jack Bauer, movies and TV Shows. Enjoy the pilot episode!

Next week, Ed Lau will find a way to record and produce the next episode as he has been telling us since the beginning of last Summer. I'll be attending Kelly's Nutrition Clinic where she'll show her attendees how to eat better and avoid passing gallstones. In John's case, it was probably the diet pop that sent him to emergency. Kelly will be going through a lot of different topics including how a lot of these so called "Healthy" versions of food are actually bad for you and why it isn't the fat that makes you fat. If you're looking for practical ways to improve your nutrition, come to this clinic. It will be the best $25.00 you've ever spent.

Hola and Happy New Year Everyone!

Well, 2009 is finally here and so far so good. Despite some crazy snowfall action, the New Year was rung in quietly with vodka, a ton of food, and some time in front of the very rarely played Nintendo Wii. Now that the holidays are over, it's time to get back to updating this blog.

As you know, I skipped town and headed down to Mexico before the first major snowfall in the Lower Mainland. However, I did run into the crazy blizzard white out action while driving down to SeaTac. Nearly an hour after I got into the airport, they shut the place down. This led to some serious fail by a prominent coffee shop and a seemingly winter ready airline.

While in Mexico, I had a chance to sample some interesting cuisine including a chance to drink straight from a coconut. Check out the video...

More videos and pictures are on the way. After being to Mexico, I've learned to take my sweet time and spend as much time away from the computer as possible so bear with me 😉

It's All Good! WordPress 2.7 Coltrane Upgrade Successful!

This evening, Version 2.7 of our favourite blogging platform, WordPress, has been launched. This version touts being able to do all the stuff you do, but faster. Named after Saxophonist, John Coltrane, will this version blow any sour notes?

I've just upgraded this blog including MegaTechNews and Futurelooks, and so far so good. Although I'm not sure if things are indeed "Faster" per se, I am liking the way things look. It does seem a bit zippier though in limited testing.

The WordPress folks have prepared a quick video, going over all the new freshness...

Go ahead and download it right here, and of course, don't forget to backup. Once you do the upgrade, be prepared for a bit of a shock as it's unlike anything you've seen from the WordPress Crew on the backside. Enjoy!

Don't Forget To Give This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for getting together with your friends and loved ones and of course, the ritual of giving and getting presents. While you're out enjoying the egg nog and the shortbread cookies, I'd like you to think about the people who have neither cookies nor egg nog. Or for that matter, no home in which to enjoy either.

A couple of weeks ago, the Dot Com Pho Crew headed down to the Union Gospel Mission where we heard some amazing stories and saw what this great charity was doing to make things just a little more festive for so many people in the Lower Mainland. Here's a video from our visit:

As you can see, the the Union Gospel Mission does a lot of good. What's even more amazing is what they can do when people are willing to give a little extra.

Unlike a lot of other big charities out there, they rely heavily on word of mouth, ensuring that all donations get maximized. That's why this holiday season I'd like you to think about putting the Union Gospel Mission on your shortlist of charities to give to when you can do without that double latte. In fact, the Union Gospel Mission can provide a Xmas Dinner for only $3.29. That means that $32.90 can feed 10 people and $329.00 can feed 100.

What If You Have Nothing To Give?

With the slowdown of the economy, things might be tight this holiday season. You might still want to give, but you can't. So what can you do? Well, I would say, give when you can. However, I've got another solution for you to consider this Xmas.

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