Tag: technology

Top Ten Techie Gifts For Under $50


Chromecast $45 … plugs into your tv so you can watch your phone on a big screen

Chromecast (audio) $45 … same, ‘cept for your music

Micro SD card $30 … add 32 gig storage to your phone [Amazon]

Mini speakers $29 … mini speakers that plug in to your phone or computer and charge via USB [Amazon]

Headphones (earbuds) $12 [Walmart]

USB charger (wall charger or car charger) $29 … everyone needs an extra [Best Buy]

Portable power bank $30 … charge it up and then use it to charge your phone on the go [Amazon]

Google Play card $25 / $50

Selfie stick $15 [Canadian Tire]

A domain name $15 … give them their own domain name and their own personalized email! [GoDaddy]

On the “No list”…

Phone case … too personal

Portable Bluetooth speakers … they are available for under $50, but they’re crappy unless you’re willing to spend well over $100

Did I miss any?

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#CodeCreate #HourOfCode


It was inspiring and fun to be a part of ‪#‎CodeCreate‬ yesterday and do our part for ‪#‎HourofCode‬. Over 100 kids here in #cityofPG (and a few grown ups – MLA Shirley Bond and Mayor Lyn Hall) ‘surprising themselves at the possibilities’.

Thank you to the Innovation Central Society for the invite and thank you to Monica and all the mentors from ‪#‎sd57‬ who do this every day.

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Photo creds: https://twitter.com/CodecreateBC

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Top five ways to tell it’s 1986

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image: www.torontosun.com

Did you hear the story about the family in Guelph that is living like it’s 1986?

The plan is to continue living like it’s 1986 until April 2014.

No computers, no tablets, no smart phones, no fancy coffee machines, no Internet, no cable…

… they’re doing it because their kids – Trey, 5, and Denton, 2 – wouldn’t look up from their parents’ iPhones and iPads long enough to kick a ball around the backyard.


To help out, here are Mike’s top five ways to tell it’s 1986…

  • You went to see a Tom Cruise movie and it was pretty good. Top Gun.
  • You went to Google something and nothing happened
  • Mike is only on his his third co-host
  • You broke your big toe when you dropped your cell phone on it
  • Ashley is three years old, so slightly shorter but just as gassy.
  • You find faxing so much more convenient than snail mail
  • The most embarrassing thing so far in Billy Ray Cyrus’s life is Billy Ray Cyrus
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How to fix – Home button not working on your iPhone, iPad or iPod

The Home button not working can be the result of dropping your phone, getting your phone wet or just dust (or sometimes stuff just tanks). Fortunately it’s a hardware problem with a software workaround.

This will work with an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad using iOS6 or earlier.

1. Hold the power button down to force a full shutdown and restart of your phone.

2. Touch Settings

3. Then General


4. Scroll down and find Accessibility


5. Under the heading “Physical & Motor” turn on AssistiveTouch.


6. You’ll notice a little glowing circle in the top left of the screen.

7. Touch the circle and there’s your new Home button!


I hope this works for you, if not you might find a few other suggestions on this Apple.com thread.

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Top five things about Blackberry's new Blackberry 10

Summer fruit salad ingredients, blackberry and raspberryBlackberry’s new Blackberry 10 was unveiled yesterday. Top five things about that…

#5. Blackberry 10 is not itself a phone, it’s a proprietary OS that runs on their phones. Much like Ashley 7 herself is not a morning show, but rather an essential irreplaceable component of a morning show.

#4. The company that makes the Blackberry changed it’s name to Blackberry. Mainly because of all the toilet jokes associated with a company called RIM.

#3. Its not in stores yet. So you can’t actually hold one. Its kind of like the Manti T’eo of phones.

#2. They showed off two new phones called Z10 and Q10. Little known fact: Their working names were “Luongo” and “Schneider”.

#2a. It’s sooooo much better than the 9. 😉

#1. The new Blackberry will have its own $3.8 million dollar commercial for the Super Bowl. Well, that’s the plan, first the need to sell a little over 192,000 of them by Sunday morning.

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Top five signs someone at work might be reading your email

keyboardSurvey says, 38% of companies have at least one person who’s job it is to monitor employees e-mail.

Top five signs someone at work might be reading your email.

#5. Sometimes your internet connection seems really slow when checking your mail.

#4. You arrive at work and someone asks you “what did you think of the quality of Black Swan last night on Netflix?”.

#3. You tell your boss, you’re going to need a personal day and he says “no kidding…”.

#2. The sign on the door says “gone for lunch” but you’re pretty sure you hear clicking sounds and muffled giggling coming from the tech room.

#1. After you send your spouse an email complaining about the boss walking around shirtless while wearing chaps all day, he suddenly stops referring to himself as ‘Magic Ron’.

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Top five signs that an email is spam

I have been getting a lot of spam email lately. I’m getting mortgage offers, pills to make me bigger and faster, secret deals to help the Bolivia Finance Minister to get huge amounts of cash out of Bolivia, cheap watches and of course ‘earn thousands working for just two hours a week at home’.

To help you figure out what is legit and what is not, here are Mike’s top five signs that an email is spam.

#5. It starts off with ‘Dear Fool’.

#4. After clicking on a link you end up at a web site called ‘takingYOUforAride.com’.

#3. When you click reply to sender, the return address is Bernie Madoff 001 at hotmail dot com.

#2. The email asks you to provide very sensitive personal and confidential banking information in return for a handy, comfortable Snuggie!

#1. If it makes a tasty sandwich when thinly sliced and served with mustard and lettuce on a sesame seed bun.

Sidebar: Hormel Foods Corporation, the maker of SPAM luncheon meat, does not object to the Internet use of the term “spamming”. However, they did ask that the capitalized word “SPAM” be reserved to refer to their product and trademark.

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