Can We Be a Cashless Society?

Every day that passes, I seem to use money less. Things I used to pay for with coins and paper money have now been replaced by payments methods such as Tap (micro payments), Interac/Debit, and Chip payments. With Apple Pay and various smartphone payment options hitting the market, we have a society that is very close to being cashless. But, what if we stop using and paying with cash altogether? Cash certainly intrinsic benefits that electronic currency can’t touch. If we lose this, some might say that we’ll lose a lot.

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First Look: Upgrading the USB Cable With BelayCords

BelayCords Reversable USBBacking Kickstarter projects can be iffy at best. I learned that when backing the The FreedMan Chair in late October of 2013. Now 527 days later, the project has yet to materialize, though they are close. The benefit of backing smaller projects appears to be how much faster they can turn a pledge into a real product. This was the case with BelayCords; A USB cable replacement for the stock Apple cable (with support for others too). With a pledge date of September 9th, 2014, the BelayCords I ordered took 210 days to arrive.

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My Advice To New Technology Workers

Hi folks. I’ve been away far too long with no updates. For that, I do apologize. I promise to work harder on giving you more thoughts and ideas from the edge of whatever this is. Today, I thought it might be interesting to show you something I sent to someone who is interested in getting involved with technology. I had sit down with him to discuss what I do, and possibly get him thinking about what he might do. I don’t often find myself being asked for advice, so that was cool. What follows is our brief email exchange (and my advice to him) for better or worse.

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Early Adopting the 2015 Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle

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As a previous gas vehicle driver (up to $600 a month fuel cost), and more recently a Toyota Prius hybrid (closer to $200 a month in fuel), I knew the day would come that I’d move to one of the electric car options. I had known about the Nissan Leaf, but the lower range of the vehicle kept me from seriously considering this car. Recently, I came back to it and did a test drive. I was quite impressed, and even more interested once I saw how many more electric charging options appeared to be out there. It was the time to dive in and get an electric car. After about a week with this 2015 Nissan Leaf “S” (base) model, I thought I’d share my first impressions.

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New CWL T-Shirt

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You should buy one of our t-shirts.

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11 Amazing Tips, Tricks and Hacks for iOS 8 and iPhone 6 / Plus

Apple's iPhone 6Every time I get a new phone or operating system, it doesn’t take much time before I’ve worked out most things I can (and can’t) do. Tucked deep in most systems are a really cool things we can do to deal with annoyances and enhance the use of our devices. Here are 11 awesome tips, tricks and hacks I’ve figured out so far.

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10 Things People STILL Pay For (That They Can Get for Free) [2009-2014]

It can be quite discouraging. You go buy something only to find out later that you could have gotten that for free. When looking at technology, there are a number of truly inventive and clever ways you can get things without having to pay for them. This article has a Canadian slant, but most of these 10 things are universal.

This was published in 2009, and I thought it would be cool to go back and check out how free each of these items are now.

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Microsoft’s Windows Event – September 30, 2014

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Widely expected to be an announcement of a fresh Windows version, today Microsoft held an event that wasn’t available online. Not having this event streamed online was a disappointment. I have the sense that Microsoft was aware of the Apple iPhone event debacle and decided to forgo the pain (if the stream didn’t work). In that way, it’s a good move.

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Let’s Change the Game: A New Commenting Process

Your comments deserve to be a larger part of each article than the second-class status they get now. They enhance what is usually me blabbering on about something or other. I have always wondered why comments and the articles they’re attached to have to be separated. They’re off to the side (on Medium), or on the bottom of an article (as was always the case here). On some sites, comments are actually hidden behind several clicks and other inane visual elements that keep you from what others are saying. Others still have simply shut off their commenting systems altogether. I want to change that.

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Talking to the Makers of WP Twitter Autopost – Vivacity Infotech

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Making full use of Twitter (from WordPress) required that I find a useful way of tweeting from this blog. I had some key requirements that were more than a little difficult to meet. In the process of solving that problem, I found the plugin WP Twitter Autopost, which was cool, but I wanted to know more about the developers behind it at Vivacity InfoTech (VivacityIT). They were nice enough to do an email interview with me, and here’s what I learned.

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