Industries

Dec 1, 2008
The Home Buying Launch Pad
Bob Rennie

All my father ever wanted was for his home, the 820-square-foot two-bedroom bungalow I grew up in, to be “clear title.” My parents bought that house on East 5th Avenue in 1953 for $7,500, and I remember like it was yesterday driving with Dad to the Royal Bank at Granville...

Dec 1, 2008
Reality Bytes
Dee Hon

It’s a hazy summer day when I tour the former Western Star truck factory in Kelowna with Brian Fry, vice-president of RackForce Gigacenter. As we talk, Fry’s teenaged son and his girlfriend skip down to the other end of the cavernous 150,000-square-foot building, practically disappearing into the horizon. Ghosts of...

Dec 1, 2008
Trouble Microbrewing
Susan Hollis

Few inventions have withstood the test of time as well as beer. Sipped by ancient pharaohs and Sumerian rulers over 6,000 years ago, the concoction has survived the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and Prohibition. Many things go into beer’s complex creation, including malt, water and yeast, but it...

Dec 1, 2008
Gift Cards: Money for Nothing
Steve Burgess

Said Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all.” On the topic of gift cards, he had nothing. “Thus Christmas doth make morons of us all,” would be good. Or there’s always the one about a fool and his money. I recently bought a digital camera at London...

Dec 1, 2008
Travelling to Galway, Ireland
John Lee

I’m zigzagging along Galway’s darkened, rain-slicked High Street, battling a winter gale that’s slapping at my face like the back end of a feisty wet fish. It’s only mid-afternoon, but the roiling grey tempest has drained Weather Wet. Perfect cozy pub weather, with temperatures averaging eight degrees Celsius.Can’t MissAran Islands. Take...

Dec 1, 2008
Timing is Everything: Gem of a Deal
Brent Holliday

In tech deals, timing is everything. When an economy melts as spectacularly as it did in the fall of 2008, stories begin to emerge of incredible timing, of deals that closed shortly before things went horribly awry. The deal of the year in B.C.’s technology industry is one of those...

Dec 1, 2008
Gift Cards: Money for Nothing
Steve Burgess

Said Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all.” On the topic of gift cards, he had nothing. “Thus Christmas doth make morons of us all,” would be good. Or there’s always the one about a fool and his money. I recently bought a digital camera at London Drugs.

Nov 21, 2008
What does the Internet look like?
BCBusiness Online

A long time ago, Tim Bernes-Lee developed a way computers could communicate with each other. It became the Internet. For many of us the way cyber-communications work is still a mystery. In an effort to understand the nature or the Internet, many people have tried to map-out or represent graphically the "network of networks."

Nov 19, 2008
Crude Oil and the Prospects for Natural Gas
BCBusiness D.B.

The past year has been a roller- coaster ride for those who consume and produce energy – in other words, all of us. The price of a barrel of crude oil – affecting everything from the cost of gasoline to...

Nov 19, 2008
A&B Sounds the Death Knell
Tony Wanless

It looks like the final nail has been hammered into the A&B Sound coffin. As a consumer I'll miss it, but as a business analyst I'm thinking: Let's hope it stays there. This retail zombie was a classic story of innovation squandered, really bad M&A, and modern management gone mad.

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