Category Archives: Technology

Van Life #4 – Update & working remotely from the road

‚ÄčI am in Calgary now. The cats are adjusting well and seem content. They’ve made a little cubbyhole for themselves under the bed for if they need to get away but often they’ll sit up top, checking out the scenery. I stop regularly to just sit with them for awhile, … [read]

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Working remotely: why you need a virtual private network (VPN)

The find-an-apartment and move date will be in July. By then I will have finished up most other commitments and will have much more time and freedom. In the meantime, I am scheming and preparing, including gathering things together we’ll need. It’s fun buying towels and things for a new … [read]

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Airport body scanner controversy

I haven’t really been paying attention to this whole body scanner thing. You know, the one that takes transparent, real-life looking images of your personal body parts, allegedly to spot any contraband you may be carrying. After all, I haven’t flown much lately. But I just found this article and … [read]

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New genealogy site unveiled

Well, not exactly new, but it’s a new template designed by moi. It’s the refreshed Alberta Family Histories Society website and it’s been a long time coming. I’ve been working on it in my “spare time,” tweaking and refining until it was good enough to go live. I can already … [read]

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Facebook free, three days and counting

Well, I did it. I joined the Facebook protesters who are leaving in droves, peeved at the blatant disregard FB has for our privacy and security. It actually feels pretty good to be free! I agonized over it for awhile, don’t get me wrong. It was rather convenient to have … [read]

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Blog analytics

It’s so interesting to analyze where my blog visitors are coming from and what they’re looking for. I recently had a look and here is how some people are finding my site: Kirkpatrick family research (definitely the number one hit-maker!) Facebook profile Links from my email signature line Searching for … [read]

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This is cute: “Romancing your blog”

I don’t know a lot of people who maintain blogs (although, I think the number may be higher than I am aware of), but some of my friends and passers by may get something out of this. It’s a cute article called Romancing your blog and it’s packed with a … [read]

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Dion’s first impressions of Google’s Wave

Google’s new Wave, coming soon, has had me intrigued from the first time I saw the video. I plan to be one of the first in line to try it out and just can’t wait for the day. So I was gratified to read Dion Hinchcliffe’s article on his first … [read]

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My new baby

Because I tend to travel a fair amount (and like to stay connected when I do), I jumped when I first saw this little beauty. She’s an Acer Aspire and she looks like a laptop but she’s tiny. She fits in my purse and can pick up wi-fi hotspots over … [read]

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DNA Genealogy

So, I am thinking of getting my DNA analyzed for genealogical purposes. And I’m considering going through Family Tree DNA because it is the one that’s been most recommended to me by my genealogy-studying colleagues. Family Tree DNA will test womens’ mtDNA and/or men’s Y-DNA. The former is what is … [read]

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