Spider Feeding

Just after I picked up the Nikon AW1 camera, I needed to shoot something. I was so excited, grabbing my camera and running outside looking for something to capture. Thankfully, this spider was there having lunch, ready for me to sit on the ground and slowly grab this image. This turned out so well, I’ve been using it as a wallpaper. Enjoy.

Don’t Blame the Millennial, Shadow IT loving, Tech Guy

Meet the business world’s riskiest user - Jeff

Just like medical journals, it seems like every new day brings some new report or another on the “state” of technology. Some reports are “nothing is secure, and you can never be secure“, while others take a more alarmist “secure everything” approach. I’m always sceptical when I hear of these things. They’re flashy, push people’s buttons, and generally feel like squeeze pages for a larger sales tactic. In fact, the first thing they should disclose is what they sell. At CWL we provide technology support services, so this topic is one that I’m acutely interested in. That said, there are often good things to glean from even the worst.

Using trupax to Automate the Creation of TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt Containers

Truepax command line on Windows

I’ve recently found a great tool for archiving files. I think you’ll want to check out truepax. This open source tool is cross-platform (made in java unfortunately), and it features
the ability to create TrueCrypt and Veracrypt containers on the fly. Even better, trupax doesn’t require the installation of those tools to work. truepax might might your file archiving process faster and more secure than ever before.

Contest: Win 1 of 5 Weight Scale + Measuring Tape

Weight Scale and Measuring Tape

I try to give away truly useful stuff; but from a technology perspective. This time around, I turn my attention to travellers. If you fly a lot, you know how difficult it can be to comply with baggage rules and size limitations. Different airlines have different rules and even local airports can handle bag sizes and dimensions in ways you might not expect. For this contest, I’m going to give away a small travel pack that includes a portable luggage scale and a measuring tape.

RBC Insurance Calls Canadians Out for Distracted Driving

RBC Insurance logo

I’m always weary of “recent studies” (and the press surrounding them) because they really only exist to drive the public relations effort of one company by fueling press for another. In these cases, everyone but the reader wins. And listen, we’re all lazy when it comes to this stuff, even though we shouldn’t be. When I first read of this RBC insurance study on distracted driving, I knew something wasn’t right. Then it hit me, their apparent conclusion was Canadians are basically assholes.