Month: September 2015

BC, AB and SK Container Recycling Deposit Handling Fees

Here are some interesting facts before I give you the links you want:

  1. Only the three western provinces of Canada have a deposit / recycling fee system on their containers (BC, AB, SK)
  2. There is no unified, one-stop website for someone to stay current on these ever-changing fees
  3. Each province seems to have different fees, but even if they weren’t different they seem to change every year

So, here is what you’ve all been waiting for.  A blog post that pulls all these three provincial pages together in one convenient place you can bookmark in your browser (insert cheering crowd sounds):

BRITISH COLUMBIA (BC) DEPOSIT RECYCLING FEES (ENCORP)

ALBERTA (AB) DEPOSIT RECYCLING FEES (ABCRC)

SASKATCHEWAN (SK) DEPOSIT RECYCLING FEES (SARCAN)

It’s Time to Hate What Google Has Made You

You have been a frog in lukewarm water and Google (and Apple, and Microsoft, and others) have turned up the heat without you noticing.

Well, you kind of noticed.  You kind of noticed how some conveniently relevant ads started showing up in your inbox and on all the websites you started visiting.  You kind of noticed how the mail that shows up in your snail mail box is really quite… relevant.  You have had a sneaky suspicion that ‘someone is watching’ but you just couldn’t figure out who.  Or why they would watch someone as unimportant as you.

It just so happens you are much more important than you gave yourself credit for – so much so that you have become a sought after commodity in a machine whose belly cannot be satisfied.

You have become Google’s whippin’ boy and you are starting to enjoy the pain.

You feel like you can’t get out.

You feel like there is no hope so you might as well go like an ox to the slaughter.

Let me stop you before the axe falls on your neck and remind you the following simple facts:

  1. There is hope
  2. You do have a choice and you can choose otherwise *right now*
  3. You do matter, and your voice and action *do* count

Now that we’ve covered that, let me unveil the inspiration behind this post.  You may have read my recent article called Google’s new Daddy Alphabet and Why You Should Care but if not, read it.

Today was an almost prophetic confirmation of my gut’s instinct when a friend of mine forwarded me this article written from a European perspective.

Read this, too.
Really get it.

It’s not easy to divorce from Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc, but you only have two options: freedom or slavery.

It took me about 5 years to fully free myself from all things proprietary.  Even today there are still small traces of these guys in my life, but I can confidently say I’m 99% free.

Once you are on the road to freedom it gets easier, just to let you know.  It’s like any addiction.  Heroin addicts convulse, sweat, puke their guts up and hate their life for quite a while before sobriety starts to look good.  Don’t think Google or Apple will let you go without a fight.  Even your emotions will come into play. You will miss their haunting voices for a while.  But once you have tasted freedom, you won’t go back to jail.

I encourage all of you to take action today.  Get connected with your local ubuntu community as a first step because it’s full of people who have answers for *all* of these pervasive problems.

See you at the finish line!

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Free Secure Instant Reliable Skype Alternative

Update (150922): less than 24 hours after publishing this post was published confirming that the very next release of Firefox (version 41) will have the key missing ingredient of instant messanging (IM) or text chat built into the Firefox Hello! part of the browser.  This is huge news and great news.  Read on!

Skype Down.  Good.  ‘Bout time a Fire is Lit Under Our Butts

With Skype being down again and having foolishly made the mistake of relying on a product owned by Microsoft [palm smashes forehead] I decided to get busy and find a good solution to share with the world that is really an awesome alternative.

Solution

Firefox Hello! by the makers of the world famous Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client.

Download it Without Google Play

First of all, I had no idea that Hello! worked on an android device.  It does.  However, I’m not connected to anything Google (ie. Google play) so I needed to be able to download it on my isolated mobile.  Good news.  It worked although for some reason Firefox made it hard to find the link to do so (likely because they don’t want people having to manually update their browser on their phone).  Anyway, point here is that if you are wise you should download and install your apps away from google to protect your information and private life.  Here is the alternative .apk download link for the most recent Firefox browser for Android.  Otherwise, you can easily and foolishly go and connect to google and get it through ‘play’ while they play with your privacy parts.

Once Firefox browser is installed on your mobile device (or on any device you plan to use) the process is easy.  Just click the link that was sent to you (from a laptop/desktop for now) and make sure you open the link with Firefox (if you have another browser installed).  It works. And it works pretty dang awesome, too!

How to start a conversation from Firefox Android

Honestly, I don’t know how to do this.  There is probably a way but I can’t find anything built into the browser that makes this possible, or easy.  So, for now, start the conversation on a regular desktop/laptop browser and send it to the mobile device.

There you go.  You are now having a high quality video and audio chat with anyone on any kind of computer and you are doing so *much* more privately than via Skype.

Some challenges to be overcome

  1. there is currently no text chat feature (believe it or not) or file sharing, but I have seen online that it’s nearly ready.  Hang in there.  It’s worth the wait.
  2. It seems Firefox browser is not working on the ubuntu phone.  Wait… maybe it is now (I’m out of the loop).  Someone try this bad boy out and let me know if a video/audio Firefox Hello! chat works, please.   I was guessing this didn’t develop as fast because Mozilla was trying to make their own mobile OS….
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The Sunny Shores of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch: I never knew this place existed.  I never knew it was real.  And now that I know, there is nothing I can do about it because I could never say it or spell it.

This guy, however, should be given some kind of award:

I was also thinking about how cool it would look on a Canadian letter mailed.

Wayne Out There

#12 – 1551 53rd Street,

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, BC

Canada

Update: Thanks Debbie for this link of the Global News people trying their best to say it on the air

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