Canadian alternative to Dropbox: Sync.com

Canadian alternative to Dropbox: Sync.co...

I cannot say that I was specifically looking for an alternative to Dropbox, but Sync kind of fell into my lap. A friend of mine sent me a link to this new service from a Canadian startup offering fully encrypted, Canadian hosted file sync service similar to how Dropbox works; needless to say, I had to check it out. According to their website, Sync has been around since 2012 and is backed by over 15 years of data centre management experience via the company’s founders. What truly makes Sync unique is their Canadian presence (Toronto, Ontario) and their end to end...
Part 1: Protecting your kids online – secure the home front

Part 1: Protecting your kids online R...

This is the first post in my three part series on protecting your kids online – the introductory post can be found here. If you have kids you will know where I’m coming from in this series of posts – you want to do everything you can to protect them in the real world and the virtual world as well. Our daughter, who will soon be turning 13, has had an iOS device for a few years now; an Apple iPod 4G. Last year she graduated to an iPad Mini and extensive use of our MacBook Pro; I knew I had to do something on top of the regular “online behaviour /...
Protecting your kids in the modern digital world

Protecting your kids in the modern digit...

I have been working through ways to keep my daughter safe online for many years now; she is getting older and technology continues to evolve, but my desire to keep her as safe as reasonably possible remains. New threats are ever present in our household – iOS devices, laptops, gaming consoles; numerous ways that she can be exposed to the dark corners of the web. I have devised a few different approaches to protecting her online safety, some which even span outside of our home network (travelling devices – think iPad). I have experimented with several different...
UPDATE: Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99/month

UPDATE: Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom...

UPDATE: Adobe has extended this deal until December 8, 2013 as per this tweet. Don’t miss out! This one has blown my mind; Black Friday has started early at Adobe. For a limited time (before December 2, 2013) you are able to subscribe to Creative Cloud and receive Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99 USD per month; perpetually. This is not an introductory price. https://creative.adobe.com/plans/offer/photoshop+lightroom If you think about it – the regular cost of Photoshop CC alone is $19.99 USD per month if paid annually and Lightroom 5 is $149.00 USD so by...
Rest in peace Paul Walker

Rest in peace Paul Walker

I am finding it very hard to wrap my head around this, but news broke last night that Paul Walker had died in a car accident in California. At first I assumed it was a hoax or rumour, but it started coming from other celebrities, movie studios, and agents; it must be real. I never met Paul Walker, but I felt like I had a pretty good understanding of who he was. The Fast series are some of my favourite movies and it always felt like he was in his element; It feels like Vin Diesel is playing a character, but Paul was playing himself. “If one day the speed kills me, do...
@bell_aliant #fibreop customer service

@bell_aliant #fibreop customer service

So it should be no surprise that I am a subscriber and fan of Bell Aliant’s FibreOP service. FibreOP is a television, phone, internet package which brings fibre straight to the home with excellent HD and wicked-fast internet speeds; I was downloading an ISO from VMware last night at 80 Mbps, sustained! As I was sitting on my couch this morning watching the Japanese F1 race, autumn nip in the air, I decided to break out my FibreOP blanket, which I received as a gift from Bell Aliant as a token of appreciation for my loyalty and referrals to their service (thanks Bell...
CloudFlare Round Two

CloudFlare Round Two

CloudFlare is, on paper, an excellent tool for reducing bandwidth usage and increasing the speed of your website. Quite simply, CloudFlare is a content delivery network (CDN) which operates at the network by taking over your website’s DNS resolution and feeding visitors to their CDN network as appropriate. Since CloudFlare manages your DNS they can very easily filter out unwanted visitors to your website as well through their white/blacklist features.   Illustration of how CloudFlare works CloudFlare network locations I originally started using CloudFlare about...
Project anti-chrome commences

Project anti-chrome commences

The Laplander has been on the shelf as of late while I figure out what I am going to do for drivetrain and axles; in the meantime I have shifted my focus to my primary vehicle, my 2007 HUMMER H2. Initially I had planned to take the HUMMER out of trail duty, but honestly I love it in the woods too much. I have begun work on cleaning the truck up and in the process eliminating chrome. I have started with the fuel door on which the chrome was pealing badly. I sanded it all down and pealed of what I could – primed, hit with rocker guard, and then semi-gloss Tremclad...