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Saving Energy

December 29, 2012 |

The video version of the energy management story I wrote for The Toronto Star. It features the Philips Hue bulbs as well as the Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200477 and ecobee web-controlled programmable thermostats.  

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Cleaning my inbox

December 29, 2012 |

New Year’s Resolutions for Technology (2)

The week between Christmas and New Year’s provides a nice break from the regular routine and the daily flood of emails. So first I’m going to clear out some of the accumulated messages and … Read More

A password recipe

December 21, 2012 |

New Year’s Resolutions for Technology (1)

There have been lots of reasons to think about the security of our personal data this year, so resolved that we will do better in 2013. Resetting passwords is time-consuming, mentally challenging and not … Read More

How long is too long for Internet Video?

December 19, 2012 | | 2 Comments

As a video creator in 2012, it’s important to understand how online video works. My work doesn’t feature cats (Caramel is completely uncooperative) nor bathing suits, so you can understand the challenge. Luckily, it’s possible to very quickly understand audience reaction to what … Read More

My two dollar HDMI cables

December 14, 2012 | | 2 Comments

I recently discovered that I can buy a two metre HDMI cable at Dollarama for two dollars. I bought three. They all work fine. Saved about $54, as I’d been paying about $20 for the same cable at Tiger Direct. … Read More

Cycling the Canal du Midi

September 21, 2012 |

Flat, off-road, shaded, with picture postcard views at every turn – a dream bike ride

The Canal du Midi trail is the perfect bike trip for casual cyclists. The trail is nominally 240km and passes through the Languedoc region, … Read More

Dear Wade: (travels with my iPad)

September 18, 2012 |

I have a product suggestion for Wade Oosterman at Bell Mobility, and I’d be happy to have other telecoms in Canada and worldwide follow suit.

Dear Mr. Oosterman:

Mobility should offer a package that includes a microSIM, along  with a … Read More

Bose Soundlink Review

September 18, 2012 |

Sitting on our deck listening to music reminds me that I lead a charmed life. However, the solutions to get music outside have been complicated or lacking in quality.

Cables and a need for power make sound docks and other … Read More

Sony NEX5N

September 15, 2012 |

(reposted – originally written in October 2011) The NEX-5N is one of three cameras included in Sony’s October 2011 refresh to the mirrorless NEX camera line. The NEX-5N is a second generation camera, replacing the NEX 5. Sony is currently … Read More

Mirrorless marketplace (September 2012)

September 15, 2012 |

I’m a numbers guy, so while I’m charging camera batteries, I like to go to Flickr’s camera page. I was intrigued today by the statistics related to mirrorless cameras. All right “statistics” (sigh) I know. And you don’t need to … Read More