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In a previous life, worked at MS on areas including accessibility (MSAA, UIA), Win32/Win64, sprinkled with USER/GDI, C#/C++ interop and COM. Currently getting more into web and mobile technologies, still with an interest in accessibility.


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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Autobiographer
Jan
18
comment What is usually an American breakfast outside of the US?
It seems that black and white pudding are essential elements of an Irish breakfast, but optional in an English one. Perhaps also higher probability of baked beans in an English one vs Irish one? But other than those, they seem to be pretty much the same.
Jan
18
comment What is usually an American breakfast outside of the US?
Canadian Bacon tends to be more circular - without the "panhandle" that these have. In Ireland, we'd call these "rashers", which are something of a hybrid, having a lean meaty Canadian-bacon-like part, with an almost fatty/crunchy US-bacon like "handle" attached. Canadian bacon is generally lean, and usually circular; US bacon is generally streaky, more crunchy, and always in strips. (...except when crumbled into bits or pieces.)
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Sep
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awarded  Enlightened
Sep
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
4
answered Easy bicycling trips in Belgium?
Feb
27
comment London to Dublin: bus, train, plane, or car rental?
FWIW, if it's a one-way, car rental could be very expensive. If round-trip, be sure the rental agreement allows it! Also may depend on what you're doing in Dublin: if visiting just Dublin, then might not be worth it, but if visiting elsewhere in Ireland, a car may be necessary for some of the sights anyhow.
Feb
27
comment London to Dublin: bus, train, plane, or car rental?
And if the difference between Ryanair and Aer Lingus is small, go for Aer Lingus: Ryanair operates from Stanstead which is some ways out of London, whereas Aer Lingus operates from both Gatwich and Heathrow, which are (IMO) easier to get to. Plus the experience of travelling will be immeasurably better on Aer Lingus (or any other carrier, really) than Ryanair - Ryanair isn't too bad, just know what you're getting into and be sure to print out your own tickets, bring your own food, prepay any luggage fees, etc etc in advance.
Feb
27
answered How to buy duty free other than at the airport?
Feb
27
answered Are airport duty-free shops really cheaper?
Feb
10
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
20
comment Can you tell a cabbie which route to take?
This likely varies from city to city; Vegas is somewhat notorious for taxi drivers taking the slow long way to the hotel via the strip, aka 'longhauling'. I don't think other cities are quite that bad.
Nov
17
comment Layover at Tokyo Narita airport: can I travel outside, and what kind of visa would I need?
Unless, of course, you actually enjoy the crowdedness and confusingness of Tokyo :)
Nov
15
awarded  Yearling
Oct
22
comment Is it normal to have something added to the bill in a restaurant in Italy?
@vartec - I look forward to the day when print and TV adverts can do likewise! (The US is a single media market, unlike much of Europe.) - I'm originally from Europe, and certainly prefer when true prices are displayed - it makes it much easier to pay with exact coins. I'm just pointing out that there are cultural, practical and historic reasons for why thing are as they are; it's not just because the merchants here want to rip off everyone. (Actually, given that it's a tax, it would really be the government that wants to rip people off here...)
Oct
22
comment Is it normal to have something added to the bill in a restaurant in Italy?
@vartec: one reason that US prices don't include tax - in stores or restaurants - is that taxes vary not only from state to state, but also between regions within states: a city might levy an extra 1.5% of sales tax on top of state sales tax to fund transit, for example. This makes it impossible to have advertisements list the actual sale price, since it varies so much, so instead listed prices are pre-tax, and that's what consumers are used to. In Europe, by contrast, tax is typically same within any given country.
Oct
20
answered A “Pike Place Market” in Boston?
Oct
20
answered Can you visit the Lille Citadelle?