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BMW planning 1 Series GT? (Autoblog)

Jan 26th 2011 8:04PM I'll take a Mazdaspeed 3 and another regular 3 for the same money.


Mini dishes out more info on Countryman including complete specs (Autoblog)

Jul 14th 2010 1:26PM I agree with the, "pointless" comment.

Base price and options are only half of it. Since it is maintained by BMW, service rates and parts pricing verge on the stoooopid. Over a 3 or 4 year term, these add up quickly.


Mazda Canada shoulder-checked with class-action lawsuit over bum door locks (Autoblog)

May 13th 2010 12:56PM Kitko,

Firstly I strongly disagree with your general statement as I live in Ottawa...we spread much less salt than we used to partly because we now use a mix of sand and salt and two because the city just can't afford it. Also newer cars just do not rust like they used to, better corrosion protection in general due to tech developments.

Secondly, this is a well documented issue pertaining to 2004 Winning Blue Mazda 3's. It is not an issue related to poor maintenance or abuse by the is related to poor quality control for first year builds of this particular model.

Even the APA has launched an investigation due to the high volume of complaints.


Scroll down a bit to see it.

Or check this out to see what we are talking about.

This was started in 2008 when the car was 4 years old.


Mazda Canada shoulder-checked with class-action lawsuit over bum door locks (Autoblog)

May 13th 2010 12:15PM Ahhh, stereotypes, gotta love'em. LOL

Mazda Canada shoulder-checked with class-action lawsuit over bum door locks (Autoblog)

May 13th 2010 9:33AM I am quite happy that Mazda Canada is feeling some heat. As a 2004 Winning Blue Mazda 3 owner...I have been trying to get them to do something about my rust. Seems like I am not alone...mazda3forums is full of 2004 Winning Blue 3's that are literally rusting away. All communications with Mazda Canada have proved to me they are a company not worth giving my money to. I guess as a consumer the greatest power I have is to refuse to do business with them again.


Lenovo to launch new ThinkPads, probably on April 22 (Engadget)

Apr 15th 2010 10:36AM @pgk2009

Could not agree more...I work for a reseller in Canada and there is no stock to be found anywhere across multiple distribution points. Typical delivery to customers is 4-6 weeks now. Horrendous. Combine that with a huge increase in failure rates, DOA units and defective bits and pieces out of the box and I have now stopped recommending Lenovo to any of my Corporate and Government customers. These failures should never make it passed quality control and leave the factory, but based on the supply shortage I guess they are just shipping whatever they have to appease customers further shooting themselves in the foot.

So, okay, they are shipping junk, but how is the support? Even worse. I have tech. reps. showing up on-site without spares, troubleshooting and then going back to find out they do not have any spare parts in stock. When we contact our Lenovo reps. we just get more kool-aid.

For me, Lenovo has completely jumped the shark.


Synology DS410 NAS will back up your files, won't incite a passionate response (Engadget)

Mar 25th 2010 6:11PM Addendum to earlier post.

Here is a workaround for Win 7 Libraries support for your NAS.

Works very well.


Synology DS410 NAS will back up your files, won't incite a passionate response (Engadget)

Mar 25th 2010 6:07PM Just make sure you are running anything but Windows 7 Home Premium.

Native capability to support a NAS is absent.

XP fine, Vista fine, Win7Pro and above fine.

Just went through this nightmare with a DS210j.

You can map a drive back out from the NAS, but it's a work around at best. Native Win7 functionality like Libraries support and Win7 native backup support is not there.

This is a Microsoft issue, not a Synology \9or other NAS vendor) issue.

Much discussion on the webs about this glaring omission in Win 7.


Lenovo's ThinkPad doyen Arimasa Naitoh speaks about life, liberty and the T400s (Engadget)

Nov 25th 2009 9:28AM I work in the industry as a sales rep. for a Value Added Reseller in Canada. The ThinkPad brand used to be a must have for C-Level execs and savy tech staff that travelled as part of their jobs. Since the acquisition, I have seen a huge slide in not only the quality of the product but the support is now nothing short of abysmal.

A Lenovo ThinkPad is no longer a premium offering period. I seem to be seeing them merging the IdeaPad and ThinkPad lines in terms of fit, finish and build quality. This can only be based on the incredibly competitive landscape, recently dominated by the push into the North American market by Acer.

As for support, the fact is all support calls are addressed by IBM, and let me tell you, that relationship is not working. Recently, after receiving 2 DOA units, the IBM rep. showed up with no spares on three separate occasions and confessed there were no spares for the T400s in our region and that we would have to wait. We ended up having to ship one of the units back for a complete replacement. Total time to get the replacement was over 6 weeks.

These are not growing pains, this is an active attempt to compete and cut costs where ever possible.

My advice, look elsewhere until they realize the error of their ways and bring the brand back to what is was and they finally cut ties with IBM and retool the support.


Heroes or Vigilantes? Canadian citizens go on 100-mph chase in Porsche 997 to catch suspected rapist (Autoblog)

Sep 23rd 2009 2:50PM The guy in the passenger seat of the Porsche was Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza's brother. Just some trivia.

As for the question of the day, you go from hero to zero pretty quickly at those speeds.

The real question is, do we commend their actions and risk the copycats or slap them down to prevent other cowboys from trying the same thing under less circumstances.

Punchy writing from Ottawa