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

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Jul
28
comment What is the best way to keep you warm in Hill station without consuming alcohol?
you could as well ask what's the best way to keep warm without rolling naked in the snow. Alcohol cools you, it doesn't warm you. I suggest wearing a sweater and sleeping under a blanket. If such obvious solutions aren't what you need, edit the question to explain more clearly what your issue is.
Jul
24
comment Why is it difficult/how to make it easier for Americans to understand Australian accents?
David's comment explains the downvotes - Americans are stereotyped as omitting letters and merging words together (eg y'all) and yet this answer asserts the exact opposite as truth and basically says Australians are hard to understand because they're lazy but Americans understand each other due to their diligent clarity of speech. It's both inaccurate (We all have accents and understand our own accents better than others; everyone uses slang; Americans don't speak more clearly than others) and rude.
Jul
18
comment Looking for children activity ideas during long-distance travels
I think a better phrasing would be "what should I bring to enable children's activities during travel?" or "what aspects of a children's activity makes it inappropriate during travel?" I'm think that tag on a train, or hide and seek in an airport, are really bad ideas.
Jul
17
comment Denied Entry into USA - Impact on Future Travel
That's because it's highly unlikely that it's only meetings if it's more than a week. That's never been the case for me, for example, unless I'm tacking some sightseeing onto a three-days-of-meetings trip.
Jul
17
comment Denied Entry into USA - Impact on Future Travel
this is the key. Meetings don't require a TN1. Working does. For a TN1 you need a letter explaining the work you're doing, and you need your university transcipts (not just your degree.) ON PAPER. If they are sending you to work, get your TN1 stuff together for the next trip. It is generally not held against you if you're turned away for not having X and come back later to apply for X properly. It is held against you if you keep going there to work but claiming it's meetings, or if you were denied an X and try to get in without it.
Jul
17
comment Buying air ticket to USA for foreign citizen
I always have issues flying on a Lufthansa plane but another airline issued the ticket. Always. I have handed my laptop across the check in desk more than once because they needed some number or code. I suspect this is what happened to you. Way more tickets have been bought for me than I have bought myself, and without incident other than Lufthansa, where I have had the same issue even when I bought the ticket.
Jul
16
comment Entry to U.S with criminal record
Well jail time of zero is less than six months. You will have to look up the maximum sentence for petty theft in Florida
Jul
15
comment How to get a British passport stamp?
I am a British subject and travel on a Canadian passport. They stamp it, of course. Your first sentence should say "British passport" not "citizen's passport" since my Canadian passport is a citizen's passport. Also the UK doesn't require you to travel on a British passport. I know some countries do, but they don't. (Also I expect the stamp is not for proof of anything but as a souvenir or keepsake.)
Jul
13
comment Travel Portable Battery
possible duplicate of What external batteries can I get to charge a tablet during long road trips?
Jul
6
comment If a hotel staff asks me for buffet food, can there be consequences if I bring him food?
I think it might also help if you could clarify whether this is more about "someone asked me for a tip, and I felt it would be awkward interacting with them later if I didn't" or "someone with a sad story asked me to break the rules for them, and I wanted to, but was worried about consequences." In other words had the towel boy asked for money to buy breakfast, would this be different?
Jul
3
comment Will there be problems bringing an ointment that is labelled in grams through TSA security?
those are liquid ounces, not weight ounces
Jul
3
comment Why is the British passport the most valuable despite colonization?
Why "despite" colonization? Seems likely to me that part of the independence process would include better treatment for the former empire than for random strangers. As well, these visa-free things are often reciprocal, and people from former British colonies are likely to want to go to Britain.
Jul
2
comment Crater Lake Oregon - can you sleep in your car at night?
might fit better on outdoors.stackexchange.com
Jul
2
comment Why does a passport have a place of birth field on it?
related: travel.stackexchange.com/q/27446/46
Jun
30
comment Can I plug an adapter into a power strip when going from UK to Europe (Spain)?
@SpehroPefhany see travel.stackexchange.com/q/4031/46
Jun
27
comment Best way to sleep at Vancouver International Airport and wake up on time?
your only concern is that you won't wake up in time? You aren't worried about theft or the like? OK. No employee who you ask before you sleep will still be at work when you want to wake, so forget that. I would suggest sleeping at the gate where you will board, and putting a large sign "I need to catch AC 123" (for your airline and flight number) near your head along with "please wake me at 7:00" if you like. However, if this sleep is important enough to risk the loss of all your possessions including your passport, surely it's worth the cost of a room?
Jun
27
comment “Proof of foreign residence” for BritRail?
good luck getting anyone to so much as look at your pass, much less demand supplementary id. I might have shown my Canadian passport when I first got the pass validated. After that simply saying I had the pass usually sufficed, occasionally I got it out but once they saw the cover that was that. I think twice a conductor actually looked at the tickets themselves. I wouldn't worry about this one overmuch.
Jun
25
comment Canadian car seat when traveling to the US
Have you carefully read all the labels on your existing seat? It may be approved for use in the US already. Perhaps add a picture of the labels.
Jun
20
comment Round-trip transit through Canada: does it double transit visa costs?
what flights are you taking? There were (and perhaps still are) some China flights that transit in YYZ without going landside or needing transit visas.
Jun
19
comment Finding public beds or large sofa/couch outdoors chillout areas in California, where you can lie down with your feet on
Still too broad in my opinion. Most hotel lobbies have couches where you can lie down for free if you look like you might be staying in the hotel or meeting someone who is. This is like asking "What restaurants serve iced tea? I really like it" or "what restaurants have windows that look out onto a pleasant lawn?" Thousands if not millions do and I doubt there is a systematic way to find them.