A Change in ISP’s

After years of supporting Carrytel as my home Internet Service Provider, the new year has brought a new provider into my home due mainly to the proprietary approach Bell Canada (Virgin Plus) has taken to surpassing the traditional limits of VDSL2+ technology on copper lines. Unfortunately I am not one of the lucky Canadians that has the benefit of fibre optic lines directly into their home, so I was quite interested to learn about “pair bonding” technology, and with the help of a seasonal promotion, I decided to make the switch.

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The Coddling of the American Mind

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt take an unapologetic and critical view at what they term the three great “untruths” which activists seem to be pushing on the younger generations in the western world: “What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker,” “always trust your feelings,” and “life is a battle between good people and evil people.” Lukianoff and Haidt make a well reasoned and convincing argument that much of the societal progress of the twentieth century is in the process of being undone by these pernicious ideas. Ideas that  seem firmly entrenched in the prevailing social discourse of today and throughout the past decade. Continue reading “The Coddling of the American Mind”

The Impossible Financial Product

Like most other Canadians, I am a bit appalled at the lack of financial education I received in public schools. I’ve had to educate myself on the best ways to manage my financial affairs through trial and (sometimes painful) error. Today I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned in the hopes that you can glean something from it! I’d like frame this post by asking you to imagine you had a financial product that had no annual fee, and offered you the following benefits:

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Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead? The Munk Debates

I’ve greatly enjoyed these short quick written accounts of the excellent Munk Debates series that has taken place for the past decade or so here in Canada. Each “booklet” containing a written transcript of the debate also includes pre-debate interviews with each of the speakers, and some analysis by experts in the area of the debate’s subject matter. Continue reading “Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead? The Munk Debates”

A Practical Guide to Affordable Telecom in Canada

Recently I find myself having similar and repeated conversations with friends and family about the different ways they can save money on their telecommunications services. This has motivated me to write and maintain this blog post, which is intended as a practical guide to saving money on the telecommunication services that most people need.

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Gorbachev: On My Country and the World

I came across this book amidst my own growing curiosity about the circumstances, history, and impact of the existence of the Soviet Union in the 20th century. I expected an accounting of sorts from the last leader of the USSR, not only of his time in office but of the revolution, the genocidal outcomes of Stalinism, and of the world that was left in its wake. Continue reading “Gorbachev: On My Country and the World”

The personal cloud

I am happy to announce that I’m putting my foot into the web hosting business. Now, before I hear you groan, yes, I do realize that web hosts are a dime a dozen. I’ve made the decision with the particular idea in mind of staying small, providing a personal touch, and really thinking through specific use cases that provide value in light of today’s realities around privacy, data ownership, and control.

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