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September 2, 2019

Canadians Brace for Impact

It's been a while now that I've been observing the news, especially those written by Canadians outlets. And one thing that gets on my nerves from time to time is when I see articles written with a heavy Canadian bias in relation to world affairs. Consider a CBC article from today, as an example: "Canadians living in Florida are bracing for Hurricane Dorian as the monster storm pummels the Bahamas with catastrophic force." Hurricane Dorian. Photo by Cayobo. Yes, let's focus on the minority of Canadians bracing for impact rather than the massive numbers of Bahamians and Americans facing that same danger - that's a great idea. The news of Hurricane Dorian makes me immediately concerned for everyone affected.... whether they are from the United…
Personal Stories
November 22, 2018

Gearing Up

It’s fascinating how you start to see people differently when you have kids. And I say that loosely, as I haven’t exactly spawned minions of my own – my experience stems from fulfilling a stepfather role, years ago, which came quicker than I expected. I mean sure, I had certainly thought of a hypothetical future that might involve kids, but there's no way I thought that would happen in my 20s. In my mind, I wasn’t yet good enough at managing multiple aspects of my life, such as my finances, certain aspects of my business, etc. It wasn't that I was bad at these things, but more so, I didn't feel I was good enough. It thus felt ridiculous to even consider raising additional human…
Tips & TricksTutorials
March 25, 2018

How to Remove Ads From the Windows 10 Lock Screen

I've discovered I have a new passion in life, and you know what it's all about? Helping people remove as much of the ads and sponsored content from Windows 10 as possible, assuming, of course, that that's something they want to do to begin with. And so today, a very quick but essential tip... how do you remove the"helpful" facts and/or links that appear on the login page? Here's an example: No, Windows 10. Bad. Stop trying to get my attention. These icons visually pollute the lock screen image, and in many cases, Microsoft uses them to sway consumer behavior - something they've clearly grown fond of doing since people accepted free Windows 10 upgrades. Solution If Windows 10 isn't doing what you want, beat…
Tutorials
January 2, 2018

How to Hide the Tools Pane in Adobe Reader DC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJNGfqKlKjk Transcript "Hi everyone. In this video, I'll be showing you how to hide the Tools Pane from Adobe Reader DC. I'll be showing it under Windows 10. So you know when you're opening a PDF with Adobe Reader? On the right hand side, there's this special section known as the Tools Pane. It's an area that has several functions: Export PDF, Create PDF, and a bunch of other things. Now, generally speaking, I find this section obstructive, more than anything. So it's in the way. I would like, for example, the Adobe Reader window to utilize the full width of the window, not just a portion of it because of this sidebar. So in order to hide the sidebar, I click on the arrow…
Personal Stories
November 16, 2017

Why Is Facebook Taking So Long to Delete a Video of a Guy Having Sex With a Chicken?

So I'll cut right to the chase on this one. On Friday the 10th of November, at 6:15 PM EST, I received an odd Facebook message from a friend, one that I'll call Jane for the sake of this article. At first glance, just from the thumbnail, her message seemed like a risky thing to click on. Here's what I saw: (Minus the text overlay) Now, I knew Jane pretty well, so I knew that she often said and did things that weren't particularly appropriate - but it wasn't a constant thing, it happened from time to time. So, even though the preview to this video concerned me, I reasoned that perhaps this wasn't what it looked like. After all, it could have been a play…
Personal Stories
August 8, 2017

The Pizza and the Compass

On a particularly normal morning a few weeks ago, I was preparing to leave for work. I had a small pizza cooking in the oven, one that I planned to eat for lunch - it was not a standard small pizza, more reasonably-sized. When the timer rang, I opened the oven, took the platter out, and placed it on the top of the stove. I then tried to do my usual next step: lifting the pizza from the aluminum foil. To my surprise, on this day, the pizza was very much stuck to the aluminum foil, making for a complicated task - I had to separate the pizza from the foil without comprising the structural integrity of the crust underneath. Photo by Jeremy Keith Now, what's…
Personal StoriesTips & Tricks
July 28, 2017

Microsoft: Edge Is Better Than Your Browser

So there I was, browsing the web with Chrome as I always did, when I noticed a new pop-up in Windows 10. Take a look at this: Microsoft Edge is safer than Chrome. Now, as much as I like Windows for its simplicity, I have to express my total and utter disgust at this type of tactic. This is basically the corporate equivalent of a kindergardener pointing to another child and boasting how much better they are than them, in an attempt to increase their own popularity amongst the rest. And you just know that they're using the fact that their dad is the principal to more easily get away with it. See, that's the thing... if Microsoft actually had any ounce of fairness in their…
Tutorials
June 4, 2017

How to Use the Selective Sync Feature in Dropbox

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTR2FZz3Hbw Transcript So in this video, I'll be showing you how to use the Selective Sync feature offered by Dropbox. So you'll notice in the bottom right corner, I have a Dropbox icon that has a green checkmark next to it. That means the files are fully synchronized, they're the same on my device as they are on the Dropbox servers. Now, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna click on this icon, and then I shall click the folder icon here, to show you the actual Windows Explorer version of my Dropbox. Now what you'll see is that it's fairly simplistic, I have a Word document, and I have some photos. What you're actually seeing here is a selective sync version of the Alternate…
Academic PaperCommunicationGaming
June 3, 2017

Imagined Nationalism in Grand Theft Auto Online

Note: The following is a reading response that I wrote for my Mass Communications class, earlier this year. I've added photos, links, and formatting to make the content a little more readable online, but other than that, it is identical to the version I submitted. In “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism,” author Anderson (1991) explores the idea of a nation being both a political and sociological construct. In the first three chapters, he starts by defining nationalism in abstract terms, then proceeds to analyze its cultural roots, and finally, he reviews the changes in society that made a national consciousness possible. While reading the text, the concept of nationalism being “imagined” interested me. “It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will…
Personal Stories
May 29, 2017

Smoking: Prohibited

One of the clients that I work for, Champlain College Saint-Lambert, recently posted the following notice on their blog (emphasis added): Champlain College Saint-Lambert will become a smoke and tobacco-free campus for all for employees, students, and visitors effective July 1st 2017. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited on campus properties, both indoor and outdoor, of the College including all buildings and grounds owned by the College. This policy applies to the parking lot as well as the front and side walkways. Tobacco is defined as any type of tobacco product including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, electronic cigarettes, smokeless or spit tobacco or snuff. For those who are interested in stopping their use of tobacco products please contact Health Services (students) or…
Personal Stories
May 28, 2017

Are You Friendly?

Photo by Matt Refghi So it was the day of my final exam in Law & Society, and there were only a few mins left before I'd have to leave. And yet, casually, I launched Rust on my computer, logged into a server, and stepped away from my machine while the world loaded. As I was cleaning my apartment to pass the time, I noticed in the distance that the game had finished loading. In Rust, when you connect to a server for the first time, you're placed in a random location, and you have a first person view of your character laying on his side, just having woken up. When you join the world in this manner, you're known as a "naked" by the community.…
Tutorials
December 5, 2016

How to Use Task Manager’s Hidden Tiny Footprint Mode

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUHvN4f2MPE Transcript Now, if you're a Windows user, there's a certain point in your life where you learn that Ctrl+Alt+Del is your best friend. From Ctrl+Alt+Del, you can actually pop up the task manager. So, I can't show Ctrl+Alt+Del on screen here, because of the way my video capturing software works, but that's one way to pop-up task manager. The other way is to simply right-click in the taskbar in Windows, so down here for example. And then you'll notice that there's a task manager option. I can simply select that to launch task manager. But regardless how you do it, I wanted to quickly show you a feature that not many people necessarily encounter. So over here you see a simplified list of apps.…
Tutorials
December 2, 2016

How to Send Photos as Attachments in Gmail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj6uAQDYNn4 Transcript A while back, Gmail decided to change the look of the Compose Email interface, I'm talking about this feature right here. When you press Compose, in the past there used to be a full screen editor. Right now what they have is a little pop-up like this that writes New Message, to, subject, cc, bcc, has a place to type your message, and then of course you can send, and there's some controls. Now, this is different... but let's go ahead and do what I'm looking to do, which is attaching a file. I have this photo right here. Let's say I wanna send this photo to myself. My instinct, to get this done, is to drag the photo, and then drop it…
Tutorials
December 2, 2016

How to Hide the Clock In Windows 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCTPeb7j7f8 Transcript Now if you watch my videos, you may have noticed that I like to hide the clock in Windows 10, when I'm doing a tutorial - I'll show you what I mean. So if you look in the bottom right corner here, you see the time, you see the date. Now, I like to hide this because when I make edits in my videos, sometimes it spans a few minutes. The cuts are a few minutes apart. And I don't want people to see the clock jumping, I think that that's a distraction, so I like to hide that clock. Now I'll show you how you can hide the clock as well in case you're recording, or if you just wanna hide the…
Tutorials
November 30, 2016

How to Show Or Hide File Extensions in Windows 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9nBdkg35nA Transcript Alright, here's how to show or hide file extensions in Windows 10. You'll notice on my desktop I have a file named Note. I can tell it's a Word file, but I can't see the .docx extension. If I really want to see that, I have to enable file extensions in Windows, I'll show you how to do that. All you have to do is launch Windows Explorer, and once Explorer appears, all you have to do is locate the tab at the top named View, and then click it. And once you're in this area, you'll notice on the right that there's an option here: File name extensions. It's really that simple. Click the checkbox, you're all set. If I go back…