On this day, January 3rd

On this day in 1977 Apple Computer Inc was incorporated.

I used to be a die hard Apple customer, that is until Jobs died and they changed their business model to a sales above customer service.

What had originally brought me to Apple was the quality of their product and the excellent customer service. As a computer technician, the last thing I wanted when I got home is have to fix my own computer issues. With Apple, I must say that technical issues were rare and far in between. When issues did arise, I knew I could get excellent technical support. That’s no longer the case. If you have an issue with a product that’s older than the newest product, they will pressure you into purchasing a new laptop, phone, ipad, etc., instead of fixing the one that you already have. That’s really disapointing.


Car Tips

Did you know that small problems, such as a poorly screwed fuel cap, can decrease fuel efficiency? The same goes with those little sport flags that people put on their car doors. The aerodynamic change actually cost you money.

Knowing how to change a flat tire is a valuable skill, but drivers may find themselves out of practice when the situation arises. I will always remember my first flat tire. I was on a rural road and I was so proud to handle it all by myself. On the spare tire it was written not to drive more than 80 km/hour so I put my four ways flashers and drove half on the side of the road so it would be easier for other drivers to pass me. Well, don’t I get the finger by a 90-year-old woman passenger from another car! Seriously people? If someone has their four ways flashers on, it means they are having technical issues. They aren’t bad drivers trying to piss you off.

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In winter, avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by making sure to remove snow accumulated around the exhaust pipe and all around the car before starting the engine.

What other car tips has come useful for you?


Purchasing legal “pot” or working for the industry? You might want to know this.

If you pay for the purchase of cannabis, with your credit card, know that the data of the transaction could be scrutinized by the US government, thanks to the Patriot Act (voted shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001).

Why would the US government be snooping Canadian legal purchases? Well, the servers of the Visa and MasterCard companies are almost all located in the United States. Since cannabis is a prohibited drug in the United States, the US government could ban you for life if it found you bought pot or derivatives at the Quebec Cannabis Society (or elsewhere in the country), because you paid with your credit card or smartphone using RFID technology.

Purchasing legal marijuana?In other words, the American credit companies like Visa and MasterCard can identify transactions that are considered illegal in the US, and “flag” the people to the customs authorities. This means that when the customs officer takes the passport for the “scanner”, or when we “scan” ourselves at the airport, this is where it will appear on the screen of the customs officer.

The same goes for social media. If you post a photo of yourself on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, etc. with pot or derivatives or say that you consume in a post, the US government will know about it.

Do you work legally for a cannabis company or for the new crown corporation? Under US law, you participate in the illegal trafficking of a banned substance. Ridiculous. Yes. Absolutely. Unfortunately, it true.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the new version of NAFTA provides that it will be prohibited, by law or by contract, to force the centralization of data in servers based in Canada to escape the US authorities!

Access to high-speed Internet for all Canadians

The federal and provincial governments have agreed to develop a long-term strategy to improve access to high-speed Internet for all Canadians.

Not many know this, but in Vancouver, the ministers responsible for innovation and economic development said that connectivity to high-speed services is of paramount importance to the prosperity and well-being of Canadians. They want to solve the issue of difficult access to high speed Internet in the regions. Too many can not wait for a reliable high-speed Internet connection to be available in his city.

Problem solving - TopicsWithPassion.blogAt the same time, the Competition Bureau is seeking consumer input to guide its market research on broadband.

The organization launched a consultation to learn about consumers’ buying habits with respect to Internet services. As part of this market research, the Bureau wants to better understand consumer behaviour and their experiences with Canadian access providers.

The Bureau is encouraging people to complete a short online survey. He notes that high-speed Internet “plays a vital role in the way Canadians work, learn and thrive in the digital economy.”

Online Safety Basics

I’ve recently given a training on online safety at work and realize how little people know.

Top 3 basic online safety advice:

  • On Social Media platforms, please do not accept any friend requests from people you don’t know. Some people are not honorable.
  • Do not use the name of your spouse, kids or pets as passwords. You are making it way too easy for hackers.
  • When receiving an email, always look at the from email. It will tell you if it’s spam or phishing email.

Where is the limit when it comes to manipulating the genetic code of humans?

As technology and science grows so must we.

I personally think that we shouldn’t be manipulating the genetic code of humans other than to cure medical illnesses until we have reached universal equality for all people. I fear that otherwise, would only turn genetic code manipulation into another weapon for the intolerant and power hungry individuals of this world.

Why are recycling center catching fire?

Many batteries contain heavy metals like lead and mercury that can easily contaminate our drinking water if left to deteriorate in a landfill. This is why we can’t throw batteries in the trash.

This is why many think it’s better to throw old batteries in the recycling bin. Unfortunately, that isn’t right either. Did you know that recycling centers are catching on fire because of our old batteries.

Each city handles battery disposal differently, and you should check out your municipal website for specific programs that accept old batteries.

A day in computer support

Sometimes I wonder what people think computer support is all about. The paper dispenser in the kitchen fell off the wall. Somehow, the responsibility to fix it came to me as computer support. Makes perfect sense right? 

I am giving a training on a mobile application that is now available to our clients if they are interested. The main question, people had was: “What about people who don’t have a cell phone?” If they don’t have a cell phone, then they won’t be interested in the mobile application, end of story. This is for your clients who are on the go and want to reach us through their smartphones.

Being informed 30 minutes before the office closure that they have hired a new employee that starts in 24h and that this employee needs to be set up in a cubicle that doesn’t have a computer or phone and you are scheduled off the next day. Seriously?!

Rear-View Camera

Did you know that starting May 1, 2018, all new light-duty vehicles manufactured for the Canadian market must be equipped with a rear-view camera?

Driving Safety - TopicsWithPassion.blogThis means that even the basic models of the cheapest cars on the market will have to be equipped with a camera at the back and a screen to display it at the front of the vehicle.

According to the parameters of this new law, the images of the reversing camera must be activated automatically when the driver goes into reverse and must capture an area of ​​three meters by six meters behind the vehicle.

According to Ministry of Transportation statistics, rear-end crashes accounted for 27 fatalities and 1,500 injuries in Canada between 2004 and 2009. By making the reversing camera mandatory, the Canadian government hopes to see this figure go down drastically.

While the reversing camera is a wonderful tool for many reasons, you should not let go of the natural reflex of looking where you’re going both backwards and forwards.

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