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Summer Blog Challenge

Well it’s that time of year again where my friend Liam challenges us to write a blog entry each day for a month.  It’s been awhile since I’ve taken up his challenge and thought what a great opportunity to get this blog dusted off.  If you’re interested in seeing who’s all in then check out…

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2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

It’s been awhile since I’ve had the opportunity to do a vehicle review and to get back into it I was treated with the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.  I’ve been pretty critical of the Hybrid vehicles in the past as they’ve never provided enough power to really get going from a dead start in regular…

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Home Theater PC

Recently I’ve given up on the traditional BluRay player in favour for something a little more useful and feature rich.  I sold my Sony BluRay Player on Kijiji and purchased the components for a custom built HTPC (Home Theater PC).  I opted to go the Windows 8.1 route with XBMC installed as the central software…

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Microsoft Enters the Game of Home Automation–Sort of

I’m actually excited to hear Microsoft has partnered with Insteon to provide home automation through Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 apps.  I’ve been pretty critical of Microsoft for not entering the home automation and Internet of Things races and it appears they are finally game on.  Insteon claims via it’s website to be the…

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150 Degree Virtual Golf

I recently had the pleasure of getting into the swing of things with a little virtual golf.  This wasn’t your traditional virtual golf with one screen, it was 150 degree’s of virtualization stimulation.  The Golf Den – http://www.golfden.ca is the only place in Canada to offer up the 150 degree flavour of virtual golf and…

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Data Privacy

This is a topic I’ve really flipped back and forth on over the years. I’ve subscribed to the whole “if you’re not doing anything wrong then go ahead monitor, record, etc.”. However after listening to this TED talk by Edward Snowden titled “Here’s how we take back the internet”, I’m thinking I should re-think that…

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An Evening With Theresa Payton

As some of you following this blog may or may not know, I’m the Edmonton Chapter President of CIO Association of Canada.  Our board of directors and I have been working on having Theresa Payton who is the former White House CIO, Cyber-security Authority and Identify Theft Expert, come to Edmonton as our featured speaker. …

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Connected Devices I’d Like to Try

There is a plethora of connected devices out there and even more that will bombard us in the coming months and years.  I thought I’d put together a sample of the ones I’m interested in and give my two cents on each. Nest Protect The Nest Protect was released late last year and is a…