AVOID online shopping at SHOP.CA – My experience and why …

The website http://www.shop.ca/ is an online store front that sells products from other retail stores. It’s important to note that they do not have a warehouse and that they rely on each of those retailers to fulfil the order.

I decided to give it a try because Paypal was offering me a 40$ discount by doing an online order from their website. I ordered on Dec 2 2014 the following high chair: http://www.shop.ca/c/graco-cozy-dinette-highchair-in-chadwick-1788152-24213021

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When I shop online my expectation is that it ships within 1 to 3 business days. After the third day, I send an email to inquire when it will ship and this is the answer I got

Hello Gaetan,

As per the product page, this item does not leave the warehouse for up to 3 business days.

I would expect you to receive it sometime mid-next week.

Thank you,

James | partner, customer loyalty representative

Dec 11, 2014 comes around, 8 business days later and still no updates on shipping so I decide to call them.  The CSR who took my call looked up my order and acknowledge it should have been shipped within 3 days. The part that frustrated me the most is that the CSR basically told me that he has no idea when item will shipped because he has to contact the store who sells that item. He did say that after he would hung up with me that he would contact the store and find out. He also said that once he finds out, he would email me. He indicated that I should find out by the end of the day ….but at the time of writing this, I still didn’t get a response.

A did a quick research on twitter and discovered that sereral customers are complaining about similar problem:

https://twitter.com/daniesul/status/543173661063380992

https://twitter.com/hockeyden/status/540661069686247424

https://twitter.com/Toonces102/status/542722665136398337

https://twitter.com/carrie_m/status/542495503636652032

https://twitter.com/TheFrankDePalma/status/542837899033444352

https://twitter.com/minklets/status/542733803463397376

All that to say this was a painful experience and I have decided to open a Paypal dispute. My recommendation to you is to avoid shopping at http://www.shop.ca/ …you may get lucky with your order but there is a good chance you go thought same experience as I did because it all depends on the store that they are fronting for the item you want.

Happy holidays everybody,

Gaetan

Fredericton Developer User Group is featured in local papers!

I am a co-organizer of the Fredericton Developer User Group (FDUG). This is a volunteer role and I essentially donate my time to help facilitate the group and I try to do one presentation per year.  The group URL can be found here: http://frederictonug.net/  . I do this both for networking and learning new technologies and skills.  Today I found it rewarding that both the Gleaner and Telegraph journal published an article about our group.  Here’s the article:

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BizTalk useful tools

I recently took a BizTalk course and instructor shared many tools during the course that are tools that are typically used by BizTalk developer but do not ship with BizTalk. Here they are, I am sharing them with you!

 

WINTERDOM – Pipeline unit testing tool

http://winterdom.com/2007/08/pipelinetesting11released

 

BizTalk Server Pipeline Component Wizard – must use tool for building pipeline component

http://btsplcw.codeplex.com/

 

Deployment Framework for BizTalk (BTDF).

http://biztalkdeployment.codeplex.com/

 

WCF LOB Framework – for building your own adapter

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=22067

 

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 ESB Toolkit 

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=11847

 

BizUnit – unit testing

http://bizunit.codeplex.com/

 

MessageBox viewer – see health of your message box

http://blogs.technet.com/b/jpierauc/archive/2007/12/18/msgboxviewer.aspx

 

PAL – Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool.

http://pal.codeplex.com/

 

BizMock – mocking webservice, unit testing

http://bizmock.codeplex.com/

 

BizTalk documenter – to generate documentation

http://biztalk2010autodc.codeplex.com/

 

BizTalk profiler

http://biztalkorcprofiler.codeplex.com/

Amazing program for 2013 high school graduate

Do you know a grade 12 high school student graduating this year and who is going to study in a field related to Information Technology? If yes..they must consider applying to the program “The Class of 2013“.

Let me tell you about this program by giving you my personal perspective….

The way it works is that during your studies at university or college, you will be assigned a mentor who is a business professional who has been working for several years and he/she will meet with you regularly for the duration of your studies.  The mentor is not there to help you pass (you still have to study, ha ha) but rather there to provide you with professional development and guide you in making right choice, explain to you the types of career in IT, the types of technologies that are worth focusing on, the industry trends  the current high value skills and much more…  Isn’t this great?!? Another perk of this program is that not only you will be mentored professionally but you are also guaranteed a job at the end of your studies!

Spread the word and here are the full details about the program, read link below

http://www.nbitc.ca/class-2013

Print from sameasforever.com

I recently took possession of a great Fredericton print taken by a local photographer who happened to be a good friend! This is a shot of the bridge.  I recommend you visit his studio (sameasforever.com) and go take a peak at his print collection. The studio is located on Queen street (beside the Cedar Tree cafe). His work is impressive and since these are exclusive prints…they would make perfect Christmas gift or they are perfect to make an office look better! Simply send him an email for twitter him to arrange a visit: http://twitter.com/sameasforever 

What do you think, do you like it?

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My experience with municipal politics!

I did run for city counselor for Ward 5 and this is a blog on my election experience and my PERSONAL analysis on the 277 votes received.

1.      Let’s start with the experience: This was one of the greatest experience of my life, to be able to knock on all these doors in Marysville and meet so many great people and I am so happy to be a part of this community; my future wife and I are settling in the area, I love the community and I want to make it better and I am prepared to work with Mr. Hicks and suggest thing because we both want the same thing. That’s it in a nutshell!

2.      How did this all started: It all started with the fact that nobody was challenging the incumbent and I wanted to give the people a choice, along with at least provide the community with a dialog on what the issues are and have the incumbent accountable for some of his responsibility. I simply tweeted on the last day you could submit your name:

Gaetan Savoie ‏@thegman

Nobody is contesting the candidate in my ward. That’s not good, he needs a challenge, maybe I should run see what happens?#fredvotes

That post generated some encouragement and yes it was an impulsive decision but I decided to put my name on the ballot. I did it at 1:45PM (deadline was a 2PM!). I did not have any organization, any money to run a campaign nor did I have any experience doing this.  I had to go on a course to Moncton the following week.

3.      The campaign, what happened: I decided to quickly spin up a website using WordPress when I got back from my course, then I did a brochure and created a twitter account along with a facebook page. I did a few D2D and this is when I started generating some momentum. The D2D was a great experience and I was actually really enjoying talking to people. I kept track of all ideas and issues on my blog and the more doors I did, I noticed improvements in my communication skills, ability to have great conversation with strangers and I had fun doing it. This is what was driving me to continue and I decided to give it all I had and do as many doors as I could until voting day.

4.      Voting day: I did pretty well considering I am not born and raised in Marysville! The only thing that could have got me more votes is likely start way earlier, have a team, and have a campaign manager. You can’t do this alone.

5.      What next: I don’t know what is next. All I can say is that this was a learning experience and somewhat rewarding. I am now getting back to my personal activities such as gym, golf, softball and all of my community involvement. I also have to focus on my marriage this summer. I am marrying a beautiful nurse who is originally from Boiestown!