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PEI must focus on real priorities

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I believe that MacNeill got it right.  I suggested anyone who cares about this place read his complete address which is linked below.

There are four major issues we are allowing to fly under the radar:

1 – We are not reacting to the demographic tsunami barrelling toward us

2 – We are broke but won’t admit it

3 – We are over-governed

4 – And we refuse to engage Islanders in real discussion about what our provincial priorities should be.

via news that matters to prince edward island.

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April 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

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Bah! What do they know?

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Our mental ability to perceive, analyze and respond begins to decline abruptly around the age of 24, according to an innovative new study by researchers at Simon Fraser University.

via Canadian researchers find ‘over the hill’ begins at age 24.

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April 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm

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Statement by the Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency on the Heartbleed bug

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A ‘snip’ from a much longer notification:

Regrettably, the CRA has been notified by the Government of Canada’s lead security agencies of a malicious breach of taxpayer data that occurred over a six-hour period.

If, as we are told, this software flaw was in the wild for two years, how is it that the Government of Canada security was breached for only 6 hours?

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April 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm

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I device battery life

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Source unknown but I read this at some point and saved it. Not sure if accurate but I will try. 

iOS 7 made it super fun to close your apps: all you have to do is double-click the home button and swipe up on the app preview to blast it into a digital black hole.

What most people tell you is that closing your apps will save your battery life because it keeps the apps from running in the background.

Wrong.

Yes, it does shut down the app, but what you don’t know is that you are actually making your battery life worse if you do this on a regular basis. Let me tell you why.

By closing the app, you take the app out of the phone’s RAM 8. While you think this may be what you want to do, it’s not. When you open that same app again the next time you need it, your device has to load it back into memory all over again. All of that loading and unloading puts more stress on your device than just leaving it alone. Plus, iOS closes apps automatically as it needs more memory, so you’re doing something your device is already doing for you. You are meant to be the user of your device, not the janitor.

The truth is, those apps in your multitasking menu are not running in the background at all: iOS freezes them where you last left the app so that it’s ready to go if you go back. Unless you have enabled Background App Refresh, your apps are not allowed to run in the background unless they are playing music, using location services, recording audio, or the sneakiest of them all: checking for incoming VOIP calls 9, like Skype. All of these exceptions, besides the latter, will put an icon next to your battery icon to alert you it is running in the background. 10

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April 12, 2014 at 7:21 am

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CDMA vs GSM

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I am sure some smart person can explain this but as it is Bell I fear my wallet will be lighter. 

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April 9, 2014 at 7:15 am

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Firechat

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If I understand this, it is a mesh network using wifi or Bluetooth.  Possibilities are endless. 

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April 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm

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Bell’s secret rate intention

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1. Unlimited local + long distance calls,
2. Unlimited text
3. 10MB LTE data
Monthly plan price*: 80% of client’s monthly income 
* Additional per 5MB data is 5% of client’s monthly income

Nah, I am not really serious. Really!

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April 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm

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Bell 

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Many publications are saying that Bell has started the data increases. Yesterday, 10GB from Bell in Manitoba cost $75. Today it’s up to $145.  Not even a please or thank you.  …and the sheep don’t have a lot of choice and bell knows it. 

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April 7, 2014 at 8:16 pm

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Well put!

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Few men drink Scotch to get drunk. First off, it’s too expensive, the cheapest bottles of single malt costing around $40. But secondly, and much more importantly, each bottle of scotch contains so much history, tradition, and attention to detail that the men who drink it are not just downing a beverage, but participating in a celebration of artisanship and the deep pleasures of life.

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April 7, 2014 at 7:06 am

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It just works

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Years ago when I commenced using personal computers and the operating system was DOS I continually complained. Life required constant workarounds and reliability was questionable. As operating systems evolved and we moved to a click and grunt environment the complexity of the systems continued. There was always some issue that required attention.  I have used all versions of the Microsoft operating system and periodically explored Linux. All left me wanting a more user-friendly and reliable operating system.

I muttered darkly that our technology devices should be as user friendly and reliable as our refrigerator. We don’t have to wonder if our refrigerator will work. We open the door, we find various products have been kept cold and we close the door. My refrigerator is 25 years old and still works just fine.

A a few years ago I started using Apple products. Currently in our little household there are two iPads, two iPhones, one iMac, one airport extreme and to airport express.  They simply work. You turn the device on, do what you wish to do, and life is simple. There is no concern about incompatible programs, complex operating systems or questions of reliability.  The designers at Apple have clearly given a great deal of thought to usability and the intuitive nature of the operating system is quite remarkable.

It just occurred to me this afternoon that I have nothing left to complain about. (Of course, that comment is limited to technology :-)). For over two years I have not had to think about the operating system or other software. All I had to think about was what do I want to do and how do I do it.

The good people at Apple seem to have understood the need to make technology as simple as any other appliance in our home.

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April 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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