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wmtc: labour day readers’ advisory: books and movies that celebrate labour

I spoke to a customer yesterday who was visiting from Denmark. He described himself as a trade-unionist, and he came to the library, looking for me, to learn about our strike!He also said he had read a book he loved, and was looking for more like it. H… . . . → Read More: wmtc: labour day readers’ advisory: books and movies that celebrate labour

wmtc: dogtopia: a dog hotel comes to mississauga (and we give it a great review)

When we travel, we’ve always had someone stay over in our home with the dogs. In almost 30 years of dogs, we only boarded our dogs once. It was not a good experience, and we never did it again. Also, for many years, our schedules also required a dogwal… . . . → Read More: wmtc: dogtopia: a dog hotel comes to mississauga (and we give it a great review)

wmtc: excellent selection, price, and service from canada computers

Allan has been using Canada Computers & Electronics for a while, but for some reason, I was not onboard. I thought they were a small outfit that wouldn’t have a good selection or good prices. Wrong! They have a full selection, very good prices, and excellent customer service.

Right after we moved, we needed three computer-related . . . → Read More: wmtc: excellent selection, price, and service from canada computers

wmtc: where to stay in giverny and rouen, where to eat in rouen, where not to eat in giverny

I’ve mentioned our wonderful accommodations in Giverny and outside Rouen, but each deserves a post of its own. I’ll review them on TripAdvisor but for Googleability, I’d like to do more.

Giverny: Les Jardins d’Helene

In Giverny, for comfort, convenience, and an absolutely delightful stay at a very reasonable price, you can’t do better . . . → Read More: wmtc: where to stay in giverny and rouen, where to eat in rouen, where not to eat in giverny

wmtc: giverny to rouen

I have a lot to write tonight, and only two fingers to write with, so I may have to post this in two parts. Yesterday, after we dried off, we rested for the afternoon. I remembered that our host needed payment in cash, so we asked about an ATM… and learned there is none in . . . → Read More: wmtc: giverny to rouen

wmtc: in praise of freecycle

It’s been a while since I wrote about Freecycle – once as we were getting ready to move to Canada in 2005, then again when we moved from our first place in Port Credit to the Cooksville section of Mississauga.

On this last move (Cooksville to Square One), I had no time to go through . . . → Read More: wmtc: in praise of freecycle

wmtc: "hide my ass" is far superior for vpn and wireless vpn

My adventures with VPNs, wireless VPNs, and other fun IP-address changes just keep getting better all the time. My new favourite addition is called HideMyAss – a stupid name, but a terrific service.

When I last updated you on our awesome wireless VPN + Roku experience, we were using two separate routers – one for wireless VPN, . . . → Read More: wmtc: "hide my ass" is far superior for vpn and wireless vpn

wmtc: what i’m reading: the fault in our stars, a truly great novel for youth and not-youth

I am in the middle of reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, a book almost too painful to read but impossible to put down. It’s achingly funny, profoundly insightful, and utterly heartbreaking, all at the same time. The Fault In Our Stars is supposedly a youth novel, but please don’t let that . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: the fault in our stars, a truly great novel for youth and not-youth

wmtc: wind mobile: horrible retail customer service but great follow-up after complaint

I sent this email yesterday.

To Wind Customer Service:

Re: Mobile Phone # xxx.xxx.xxxx

Transaction:

Tendered On: 24-Apr-2013 01:08 PMTendered At: WCMA01Invoice: xxxxx

I am writing to complain about some terrible customer service I received at your Square One kiosk (100 City Centre Drive) on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The transaction information from my receipt . . . → Read More: wmtc: wind mobile: horrible retail customer service but great follow-up after complaint

wmtc: beautiful ad-free e-cards at jacquie lawson dot com

This is such a good tip, I am almost reluctant to share it. Then again, most people probably won’t use it.

I like to remember people’s birthdays. Long before Facebook kept track of birthdays for us – and I do mean long before, as in, most of my life – I have been in . . . → Read More: wmtc: beautiful ad-free e-cards at jacquie lawson dot com

wmtc: talk me out of buying a new blackberry (if you can)

I need a new phone. My Blackberry Curve is dying. I had to replace my original Blackberry Curve when the cursor starting jumping around (a known issue), while it was still under warranty. However, the replacement phone doesn’t come with a new warranty!… . . . → Read More: wmtc: talk me out of buying a new blackberry (if you can)

wmtc: in which my roku experience gets even more awesome: how to set up a wireless vpn

You may recall that we switched our internet provider from Rogers to TekSavvy in order to get more bandwidth, then dumped Rogers altogether by switching from cable to streaming. >We bought a Roku streaming device. And I fell in love with it.

No more paying for dozens of channels that we’ll never watch. On-demand viewing . . . → Read More: wmtc: in which my roku experience gets even more awesome: how to set up a wireless vpn

wmtc: follow-up: i still ♥ roku and a question about gaming

A few months ago, I blogged about our Roku streaming device. We now only use streaming or DVDs – no more cable – and it’s been great. Shorter wmtc: I love it. Roku is now available in Canada. If you don’t already have a gaming system that allows you to stream on your television, . . . → Read More: wmtc: follow-up: i still ♥ roku and a question about gaming

wmtc: secrets from your sister, one awesome store

Before I begin a series of political posts, here’s a personal-consumer post. I highly recommend the Toronto store Secrets From Your Sister to anyone in the GTA in need of bras or lingerie.

When you move to a new city, you have to find new everything. A new doctor, dentist, vet, hair stylist. A . . . → Read More: wmtc: secrets from your sister, one awesome store

wmtc: i ♥ roku

I am absolutely gaga over Roku. This was exactly the missing piece we needed. And it all started with getting rid of Rogers cable.

In February, I asked for help with my movie season problem. We had been getting special treatment from Zip, but once that ended, Zip became useless again. I knew there had . . . → Read More: wmtc: i ♥ roku