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A Chat With the Mayor of Oshawa

Oshawa Mayor John Henry on December 1, 2014

This morning has started randomly. While sitting down to drink a coffee and read the tech news, I ran into Oshawa’s Mayor John Henry. As a homeowner, small business owner, and an electric vehicle driver in his city, I had a few questions to ask. Naturally, he with with another person, so I tried to be cognizant of not being a dick by interrupting them.

Helping Other I.T. Consulting Companies

Help-Keyboard

The most amazing side effect of being in the technology business is working with all sorts of technical people. Most often, they work for manufacturers or vendors; but they sometimes branch out and start their own businesses. After more than 16 years as a consultant, I’ve learned a few things and sometimes get to pass on my “straight talk” to others who do what I’ve been doing so long. I want to do more of this when I can.

HTTPS, Again – Should We Be Screaming About This?

Google's Site SSL Icon

This whole HTTPS and Google’s push to encrypt (or weaponize depending on your perspective) is back on people’s lips again. I’m a little late to the party of course, since I have been out of the country so many times in the last three months that blogging has been a distant thought. With all of this talk, I’m left to wonder if the uproar has any merit. You’ll remember, I’ve spoken about this before; actively discussing Dave Winer’s commonly cited reason why sites don’t need to move to SSL.

Spider Feeding

Just after I picked up the Nikon AW1 camera, I needed to shoot something. I was so excited, grabbing my camera and running outside looking for something to capture. Thankfully, this spider was there having lunch, ready for me to sit on the ground and slowly grab this image. This turned out so well, I’ve been using it as a wallpaper. Enjoy.

Don’t Blame the Millennial, Shadow IT loving, Tech Guy

Meet the business world’s riskiest user - Jeff

Just like medical journals, it seems like every new day brings some new report or another on the “state” of technology. Some reports are “nothing is secure, and you can never be secure“, while others take a more alarmist “secure everything” approach. I’m always sceptical when I hear of these things. They’re flashy, push people’s buttons, and generally feel like squeeze pages for a larger sales tactic. In fact, the first thing they should disclose is what they sell. At CWL we provide technology support services, so this topic is one that I’m acutely interested in. That said, there are often good things to glean from even the worst.

Ad Blockers and the Future of Ad Supported Blogging

AdBlock Google Chrome Extension

With the recent support for Ad Blockers in iOS 9, many have been discussing the ethics of blocking advertisements on the mobile platform (and elsewhere). Up until the end of September, ad blockers were the #1 applications on Apple’s app store. The discussion about these has continued after Marco Arment pulled his ad blocking application named Peace. I wanted to offer my perspective on this.

Using trupax to Automate the Creation of TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt Containers

Truepax command line on Windows

I’ve recently found a great tool for archiving files. I think you’ll want to check out truepax. This open source tool is cross-platform (made in java unfortunately), and it features
the ability to create TrueCrypt and Veracrypt containers on the fly. Even better, trupax doesn’t require the installation of those tools to work. truepax might might your file archiving process faster and more secure than ever before.