Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ron Finley speaking at TED - this is inspirational and turns some work into an education which reminds me of the saying - "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"

Many thanks Ron,

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Who's been peeking at your secure data recently?

Using Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud or even Skydrive – ever wonder where your data is actually located and more importantly who can look at it when they choose?

I recently test drove the NetGear Vault as a backup for my office based fault tolerant NAS – I love the system - and was about to sign up for the Vault service, as any serious business needs to have its data stored in an accessible off-site facility, when I wondered where the data was stored and how private it and inaccessible to others it was.

Being very aware of the no-holes barred US laws for invading ones privacy, I decided to ask where my data would be stored before I signed on the dotted line.

“We store your data in a data warehouse deep in a granite mountainside” – impressive eh?
I was impressed until I found that all data was stored in the deep granite mountainside in the good ole US of A.

“Can I please have my data stored in Canada or even better in Europe?” - I asked.

“Sorry they said we only store data in the US.”

As you may figure I did not sign with Netgear, and am still looking for an organization in Canada that will store my data in Canada and is not a telecommunications GIANT – they charge small business too much – any one have any ideas?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hidden Hydro tax

Have you really checked your Hydro bill? I did this recently and discovered I am paying for the inefficiencies of the delivery of Hydro to my property.

On my Hydro invoice there is a line which states “adjusted usage” and adds another 9.2% of my metered kWh usage because of the heat loss of power from some point on the Hydro distribution network to my TOU meter- I then pay for delivery too.

Is this another hidden tax or am I missing something?

How may other companies delivering utilities to your place of residence or business operation charge you an addition 9.2% because their delivery method (transmission lines etc) are not doing their job correctly – this is slam in the face of Hydro consumers.

The unit price for Hydro used ought to be what is metered as I use the power and not have some shrinkage factor added to it.

Please remove this form of added hidden tax from my Hydro bill and bill me exactly what I consume.

How It Feels [through Glass] - when can I purchase this?