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Twas the night before Christmas (actually the day before)

Twas the night before Christmas (actually the day before) and the office was quiet. A few were still stirring, but most were out shopping for their spouse.  Ok I took some poetic license and tried to bring some holiday cheer to this blog. I myself was shopping today, when I realized that I had one of my gifts at my downtown Toronto office space. I left the crowded malls of the suburbs for a trip down to my office.  As I was driving down the Don Valley Parkway, I noticed that traffic was quite light for a Friday afternoon. It seemed that my office space Toronto was not the only office that was closed today, a lot of companies must have closed yesterday. This was one of the most easy drives I have had on a Friday afternoon in a long time. When I got up to the 18th Floor of The Toronto Star B...

My Home Internet Was Down Again

Every once in awhile, but more frequently lately, my home Internet connection has had some problems. The problems are not with my home network, but with my ISP. When my home internet connection is working, it is amazing that I can work from home and even remotely on my computer at my office space Toronto. Today was one of those days when I could not get onto the Internet at home. I had a great deal of work to do that could easily be done from my home office, so I decided to skip the holiday shopping traffic jams and just work from home. When I went to upload my work from home, I could not seem to connect to the Internet. I tried to reboot my computer and that did not work, so I tried to reboot my modem and that caused even more problems. After trying the steps that the first level of suppo...

Christmas is Just Under 2 Weeks Away

This has been an interesting December for me, some good, some not so good and a few disappointments.  I guess I should start off with the good things first. I had ordered a new camera using my Airmiles and the checkout process said that it would be shipped in four weeks time, then my new waterproof and shockproof camera arrived at my office yesterday.  The other good thing that happened in the past few days is that for once I have finished most of my Christmas shopping with weeks to go. Normally I am that guy you see scrambling around the mall on Christmas Eve having not even purchased one gift. The first disappointment came a few days ago when the battery on my cell phone died and I missed some important calls. I had been working through the night and I did not get to sleep until 7 am and...

Audition for a horror film

I enjoy acting and I do it for the fun of it, not for fame or the money. I like to make my real income from my web development and photography work. Acting in TV and film roles gives me an outlet, a way of expressing myself and becoming someone else for the moments that I am in front of the camera. My agent would prefer if I dedicated myself 100% to my acting, but I think I am too old to give up everything and pursue that goal. The funny part about this horror film that I was auditioning for is that the producer let me know the location where my scene would be shot. It was going to be shot at a condominium in the World Trade Center. The amusing part is that the World Trade Center condominiums are located directly across the street from my office space Toronto. I could film my scene in a fe...

Technology working against the cell phone provider

Over the past few days I have been missing calls on my cell phone that all seem to be from the same number, a 1-866 number. I tried to pick up on the first ring, but I seem to miss the call regardless. A friend suggested that it was a telemarketing call that was using an auto dialer. Because I have Ring Tunes (callers hear music instead of ringing when they call me) that my cell phone provider recently offered me, the telemarketing auto dialer thinks I have answered before I did and the call ends. As someone who gets annoyed by telemarketers, this might actually be a good thing. The problem was that the calls from this number kept showing up as missed calls. Finally after several more of these missed calls, I decided to call back the number to ask them to stop calling my number, as their a...

A new website focused on selling virtual office solutions

TelsecVirtualOffice.com is a new website developed for Telsec Business Centres, with the help of the great people at www.alliancevirtualoffices.com. This new site gives Telsec a chance to promote its Toronto Virtual Office solutions while giving our clients a place to arrange additional office locations around the globe. A Virtual office space Toronto is a great option for new or home based businesses to have an edge on their competitors. Virtual office clients get  all the benefits of having a downtown office at the fraction of the cost. A Toronto mail service address is an inexpensive program that provides these types of small businesses with a prestigious business address. They get a prestigious business address with the option of having a live professional receptionist to answer their ...

It’s not winter yet and we have snow

The first day of winter is not until December 21, 2010 and we already have our first taste of snow. It may not be the biggest dumping of snow we will get this winter season, but our first snow fall is enough to throw people into a panic.  Ever since the mainstream popularity of the  SUV, I have joked with my friends that it is not winter until the first SUV goes into the ditch. This is due to the fact that people buy SUVs expecting they will not have any problems with winter driving conditions, but because they do not understand that a heavier SUV makes them more likely for problems in the winter months. They expect the vehicle to help them, but forget the limitations of having a heavier vehicle. While the snow we got today was a little bit of a surprise to me, it came as no real surprise ...

Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday is to online retailers what Black Friday is for brick and mortar retailers. This soon to be Hallmark holiday is where online retailers help kick off a season of sales. While most aren’t discounting products as low as they did on Black Friday, there are still plenty of savings to be found. Even Canadian online retailers jumped on board and are creating sale prices to stay competitive with their American counterparts, especially with a strong Canadian dollar that has shoppers looking for deals in the USA. Along with the great online deals also comes what the Internet security experts at McAfee calls “The Twelve Scams of Christmas”. The biggest scam is the iPad giveaway where people give their credit card number to purchase other inexpensive items to receive a f...

Is it Christmas shopping season already

It only feels like yesterday that I was enjoying summer, it is hard to believe that November is almost over and that Christmas is just over a month away. I was reminded of this on Sunday as I was driving downtown and got caught in traffic as Mother Goose was passing along Bloor Street. I had forgotten that Sunday was the Toronto Santa Clause Parade. All of the signs were out there that the Christmas shopping season is upon us. The malls and stores started playing Christmas music November 1st, Christmas lights are starting to appear on homes and apartment balconies (some never come down), and Christmas gift packages are filling the isles of the LCBO. Other signs of Christmas coming soon is that some retailers already advertising early Boxing Day sales. This Thursday is the American Thanksgi...

Celebrating National Unfriend Day

Friendship is sacred, and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel believes Facebook is cheapening the meaning of friendship. Jimmy Kimmel is encouraging that on November 17th, you cut out some of the “friend fat.” Jimmy Kimmel has declared a new national holiday on November 17th – National UnFriend Day. NUD is the international day when Facebook users shall protect the sacred nature of friendship by cutting out any ‘friend fat’ on their pages occupied by people who are not truly their friends. Get ready to unfriend! Who should you consider Unfriending: Anyone you wouldn’t give your phone number to. Anyone who has your phone number but every time they call you let it go right to voicemail . The annoying people. The overposters. Your mom. Your aunt. People who dress th...

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