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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.


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.)
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.
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 :)
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
19
comment What should you do if you're really broke in a country where tipping is customary?
@Roddy - I totally agree with your view PBR; there's a ton of decent micros to be had - to paraphrase someone, 'life's too short to drink bad beer'. I've noticed that PBR is perhaps the beer most likely be be on special - I've seen some places that had "$2 PBR" specials. Wouldn't touch the stuff myself, but if you wanted to grab a beer with folks, it's a low cost option :)
Aug
27
comment Unlimited-ride pass on San Francisco BART
The day pass can be worth it if you're planning on riding the cable cars: they are $6/ride and don't take or issue transfers, but they are covered by the day pass, so one round trip and you're almost broken even.
Jun
26
comment 10 days in France - a trip from Amsterdam: is it worth buying an InterRail card?
It looks like there is a France+Benelux, but it's not for sale within Europe.
Jun
23
comment Which trains in France are included in an InterRail card?
Check out the pages on Rick Steve's site about rail passes - the one for France is here - it answers some of your questions including TGV coverage (some % is covered, depends on the type of pass).
Jun
2
comment When traveling to a country with a different currency, how should you take your money?
@AndrewGrimm: for Japan, all you need to do is find a 7-11 (they are all over!) and use one of the ATMs there, as those ones take western cards.
Jun
1
comment Update Facebook and/or Twitter via SMS while travelling
IMO it's not quite about Web Applications - because there's still that added twist of how to get access to the web when travelling - availability of SMS, WiFi and internet coffee shops can vary widely from country to country...
Apr
30
comment Self-service options in Amsterdam
@RobertAtkins - are you sure? I just checked out amsterdam.citymundo.com, and it appears to be current - the reviews page has recently added items. The company is also listed on the official Amsterdam Tourism site, iamsterdam.com/en/placestogo/amsterdam-citymundo/…
Feb
29
comment Cheapest trip from Canada to anywhere for visa purposes
There's a regular city bus that goes from Windsor, Canada, to Detroit - the Tunnel Bus, and costs a whopping $4.50CDN, but it's not a ticket you can buy in advance, so likely not useful for your purpose. But the Windsor/Detroit crossing might also be worth a look to see if there's other transit you can prepay there to act as an 'exit guarantee'.
Feb
10
comment What truly cross-continental train trips still exist?
The Amtrak Sunset Limited from LA to New Orleans is perhaps the closest to cross-continent, in that it at least goes from the Pacific coast to Gulf Of Mexico, which is really just an extension of the Atlantic anyhow :) FWIW, there are some other passenger trains in the US, but they are mostly suburban/commuter services - eg. METRA in Chicago, Long Island Railroad and Metro North in NYC, and a few others. Amtrak is the only long-distance provider, though.
Feb
10
comment Cross-country landmarks/tourist spots near I-40
In addition to Road Trip America, also suggest Roadside America which focuses more on quirky / Americana items. Lots o' fun stuff there!
Feb
2
comment How to travel between castles in the Loire valley?
Most of the castles aren't accessible by public transport at all, so it's either coach/tour, or car. (Or, if you want a more active vacation, bicycle! - though you'll only be able to catch about one chateau per day this way though, there's about 3 reachable from Tours, so you'd need to train-hop to different base towns. Car is your best bet otherwise.)
Nov
15
comment New York airports: JFK or Newark Liberty International?
+1 for the airport vs terminal issue. Seems Lufthansa is JFK T1, which is at least not the dreaded Delta terminal.