Wallaceburg, Ontario


Derelict quarry Danielhill Wood,Mottram-St-Andrew

The Unseen Heroes: Valuing Volunteer Efforts in Our Digital Communities

In the heart of every thriving community, there are individuals who dedicate their time and skills without expectation of reward or recognition. My recent experiences as a volunteer managing the digital infrastructure for a community organization have shed light on an often-overlooked aspect of volunteer work: the invisible yet crucial efforts that keep our digital…
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The benefits of free software

Today at work, I was talking to a new employee. They were worried about a part of the job that they would need to do in the future because they didn’t have much experience. I was excited to tell that person that nearly all the software we use in the office is Free/Libre Open Source…
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A product that once was great made awful by their creator. Named after Google after successfully making each product in their portfolio worse than it was before.

Mastodon Wordmark

Time for federated social media

I made the jump. After 1 or 2 months without social media, I setup my own social media site. If you haven’t heard of Mastodon, it’s a federated service a bit like email. No one has full control, you can join a larger server or host your very own. I chose to host my very…
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Cloud software is a drain

It seems tempting. A low monthly fee for a software package that always gets updated automatically. Except it is usually to go to of companies bereft of ideas looking for a way to prop up their profits as the need to upgrade their software on an annual basis dries up. After being subscribed to QuickBooks…
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Perhaps A Good Compromise on Sick Pay

Sick pay is being begged for by the essential workers, by public health advocates, and by opposition government. But the reality is that, while to fight the threat of COVID taking down our health care system it will likely become a permanent benefit. There are very legitimate opposing reasons not to implement this as a…
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Smart Home, Its Time For Business

COVID19 made my investment in smart home technology more understandable (but ironically, still unnecessary since I live alone). But the largest advantage to be had is reducing high traffic touch points in the home. We touch so much everyday without realizing it. And those same things are shared with others. But first, let’s talk about…
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Working from home

Technologies for COVID19

These will be trying times as we isolate ourselves from the office, and also person to person contact we all are accustom too. But the good news is technology can help reduce your risk and bridge the gaps of simply working at the kitchen table. This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive and it might…
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Cutting the cord, again.

When cord cutting first began, it was mostly thanks to Netflix. It was one source for commercial-free, on-demand media that could replace the traditional cable or satellite bill for a reasonable monthly cost. This changed when everyone wanted to get into the market. There’s Crave, Amazon, and the upcoming Disney network and Apple services. These…
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Why I Am Moving Away From Social Media

Lately, with all the issues around what happens to your demographic information when posting online, I have decided to begin moving content I create to a new platform. But what free platform can you use to post to friends and family? I am in the lucky position of being able to host my own server…
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