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Block access to Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp

Here’s how you can ban Facebook and Instagram from your computer on a Windows 10 PC. The code below also blocks Whatsapp. Blocking Facebook and Instagram requires you to modify the hosts file deep in your Windows folder. First, click on the Windows start menu button and search Notepad. Once you see it, right click […]

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Google sheets as content management system (Helpwithcovid19.ca)

When the COVID-19 shutdowns started occurring, I predicted layoffs coming and if you want peace, prepare for war. That made me create helpwithcovid19.ca to organize all the benefits available for people affected by COVID-19. In late March, I remember both the federal and provincial governments in Canada announced new benefits almost daily. There wasn’t a […]

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Arduino Remote Light Switch

Beds are hard to get out of it when you’re settled in, but lights don’t turn themselves off. In the past, I could switch the lights off in my bed using poles to turn off the lights. But not after moving to my new apartment. There are commercial solutions to this issue. You can change […]

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TempIQ: Raspberry pi temperature logger

Does showering with the washroom door open increase room humidity? Does closing the blinds help significantly in retaining heat? I wanted to know how my actions affected my apartment’s temperature. But there was no commercial solution that I know of. Luckily, a Raspberry Pi, DHT22 temperature and humidity sensor and some programming knowledge helped. Written […]

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Howtopronouncemyname.com website

Eager to create a website and wanting to solve a perennial problem, I created howtopronouncemyname.com. With a goal to make people laugh and maybe learn how to pronounce my name, I kept an eye to having a diverse cast of people pronouncing my name and included a video with two people teaching and learning. The […]

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Facebook banner generator

My client had a challenge. They did not have professional graphics creation tools nor were there specialists in that domain. Using simple HTML and CSS, I created a Facebook banner generator for their page. They could sync with Google Sheets or enter their course dates in a pop-up prompt. This has been the default method […]

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Website development for cpd to support paid social ads

Over the course of a year, I developed a landing page to support Canadian Pro Drivers’ Facebook and Google paid ad campaigns. CPD offers courses to help people become driving instructors. The page included a quiz where people could find out if they qualified to get an instructor’s licence. The website also included videos filmed […]

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Camper van life on the Princeton-Summerland Road

Summer is rare and long weekends in the summer even more so. I decided to take my Mazda 5 minivan which has a a simple bed frame with these simple goals: GOAL: EAT WELL GOAL: SLEEP WELL The overarching goal was to explore the places that most Vancouver residents wouldn’t go. A 48-hour weekend escape […]

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In Ingleside, Ont., nice Canadians

Near Ingonish, Ont., I had my cake and ate it. That marked the first, full day of riding on my 2013 trip on my 50cc scooter and the evening slowly inched into darkness. I had to find some place to retire. In retrospect, Southern Ontario can prove a bit more challenging to find empty plots […]

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Camera choices for photos and videos on a motorcycle trip

In 2013, 2014 and 2015, I brought three different cameras out on my motorcycle trips for photos and videos. Setting off from Toronto in 2013, I went to the Cape Spear, N. L., with a Canon EOS M, a mirrorless camera with a DSLR-sized sensor. In 2014, I went to Victoria with a Canon EOS […]