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Consultant, developer, mentor, author, speaker. C++ and .NET, Windows 7, Sharepoint, whatever else I like.

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Apr
10
revised What if my visa is refused after I already bought an air ticket?
grammar and punctuation
Apr
10
revised How do I ensure that my ATM card will work while traveling within the US?
edited title
Apr
9
revised What preparations do I need to make before flying to Montreal for about a week?
edited tags; edited title
Apr
8
answered Transit airside in London Luton?
Apr
7
asked Are wild dogs really a problem in Samoa?
Apr
7
revised How much does it cost for a visitor visa to Saudi Arabia?
deleted 106 characters in body; edited tags; edited title
Apr
5
comment How can I tell hotels exist that aren't on the booking web sites?
I'm less worried about paying $x to stay at hotel A when I could have paid $y, and more about not knowing hotels B, C, and D even existed.
Apr
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
5
asked How can I tell hotels exist that aren't on the booking web sites?
Apr
4
comment Change of boarding point on Indian Railways train
related: travel.stackexchange.com/q/22114/46
Apr
4
revised What is the youngest new natural landmass that can be visited?
updated with new information from NASA
Apr
3
comment Is it legal to ask for my information?
Canada's act priv.gc.ca/information/guide_e.asp is pretty generous about "necessary" - identifying the customer, establishing creditworthiness, and tracking interactions to provide better customer service are all given as examples of good reasons to ask for this info. The bar is not "I couldn't serve you without the info", not at all
Apr
3
comment Is it legal to ask for my information?
Why wouldn't it be legal? I don't take on anonymous consulting clients, for example. The low cost carriers milk every revenue option they have and that doubtless includes your personal information - for their own marketing reasons or to sell it. Most traditional airlines have a "continue as guest" option. That EasyJet doesn't means they chose this as a strategy. If you don't like it, don't book with them, I guess.
Mar
30
revised Can I travel to Paris with a type A multiple entry visa valid for 3 years?
deleted 33 characters in body; edited title
Mar
29
comment Is 1½ hours enough for a transit at Munich airport?
@RudyGunawan Frankfurt and Munich are night and day. 90 minutes is scary short in FRA and twice what you need in MUN
Mar
28
reviewed Leave Closed What should I do if I feel the pilot is guiding the flight in the wrong direction?
Mar
26
comment Why would Boarding Time be a whole hour before Departure Time?
Ah, I think a little edit would clear that up. If you get people there earlier than usually needed, and something unusual happens, you don't end up delayed thanks to the buffer. And if nothing unusual happens, then as far as the airline's concerned, there's no harm done, so they are motivated to get you there earlier than they usually need you, just in case? (Taken to extremes there is harm done, with people from different flights milling around together confusing gate staff, but I see your overall point.)
Mar
26
comment Why would Boarding Time be a whole hour before Departure Time?
If getting people to the gate early prevents late departure, it is clearly not "earlier than really needed." It is early enough to prevent a late departure. If getting people to the gate early didn't help them leave on time, then it would be earlier than needed. Right?
Mar
25
answered Where in the world can you tour a live nuclear reactor?
Mar
25
comment What questions should I be able to answer when entering USA?
Al Capone was arrested for tax evasion. Lying in your interview may be an easier thing to arrest you for than the thing you lied about. So they always ask, even though everyone will say no. (Also, some will say no more convincingly than others.)