Not All Bandwagons are Created Equal

They said, “Ceramic or glass cook-tops are more efficient!” They said, “Glass cook-tops are easy to clean!” They said, “You’ll save loads of time in the kitchen!” They said ceramic cook-tops were the answer to our stressed out, busy lives!” Okay, maybe not that last one, but like many of you, we jumped on the ceramic stove-top bandwagon and bought one when our electric coil-top stove was beyond repair. We would have purchased a natural gas cook-top, but it wasn’t an option in our neighbourhood, so ceramic it was. I was so excited to get the new technology in our kitchen. I wondered what are we going to cook first? Just think how much time we are going to save.

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Search and ye shall find…unless…

Recently, I purchased a PC with Microsoft office already installed. What I did not expect was how Microsoft tried to force me into using their sad, sub-par search engine, Bing, which comes pre-packaged with their proprietary browser, Microsoft Edge. What’s worse is Microsoft does not make it easy to change your search engine preferences, because Bing is hardwired into Microsoft’s AI assistant, Cortana, which is also linked to their browser. However, if you don’t need Cortana, the path to search-engine choice is much easier.

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The Price for Free Play

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Some bad actors are playing fast and loose with our personal information. If you hadn’t heard, Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based political consulting firm, harvested 50 million people’s Facebook data without their knowledge in 2014. Cambridge Analytica purports to “measurably improve your brand’s marketing effectiveness by changing consumer behaviour.” This explanation might be helpful if you agreed to answer some questions, but what about all those other hijacked friends in your contact list that had their personal information harvested without their knowledge?

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My Red “Whine”

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I get headaches from drinking red wine. Apparently, I am not alone in this conundrum. It seems every time I talk about this, people can relate, or at least know of someone with the affliction. It is a sad thing to deny oneself a drink that may boost heart health, improve cholesterol, fight weight gain and improve memory. They should add this to Canada’s Food Guide; it’s a bona fide superfood… in moderation of course.

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Rewarding Incompetence – What the Sears IS going on?

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In the face of insolvency, Sears Canada has had to ask for court protection from its creditors. The problem, besides the obvious, is that the people that hold the keys to the executive washrooms have given themselves bonuses in the midst of laying off thousands of workers without a severance package.

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