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Evening in Edmonton


Took this over­look­ing Louise McKin­ney park. Par­tak­ing in the #What­TheTruck fest­ival. #snap­seed #hdrfusion

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The Mighty Bug


Bog­art doing his thing. Left turn signaled. Shot with the FZ-50 and pro­cessed on the iPad with BigLens & Snapseed.

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View from the patio


Hmm, that *looks* like our back yard. Something’s different…

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Now we know. #Lego store #yeg #edmonton #southgate


#Lego store #yeg #edmon­ton #southgate

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Checking out Rob Bartel’s Two by Two


Fun!

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How social media tools can enhance and extend the reach of an event

screens_300.jpgThis past Fri­day I went to a fun­draiser Celebrity Chef event hos­ted by a friend and local Edmon­ton social media per­son­al­ity (and Bacon Guy) Jerry Aulenbach.

Held at a local premier bur­ger res­taur­ant, the even­ing was one of good food, good con­ver­sa­tion, and a lot of glow­ing screens.

The res­taur­ant had set aside a sec­tion for the fun­draiser crew, com­plete with a laptop and projector.

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Dilemma: Offloading old tech

phonedump_250.jpgOk, so here’s the deal. You want a new com­puter, or iPad, or BluRay player or whatever. But your old one is still work­ing per­fectly fine. Yet, the fea­tures of your next tech­no­lo­gical acquis­i­tion are so good, so cool, that really, that new tech item will make your life much better.

Great, so you go out and get it, but what do you do with the old item?

And there’s the rub.

You’ve got the old tech, that still works and you’re com­fort­able with. And you’ve got your new tech that you’re learn­ing and works and is Jobs-gift-to-humanity.

For me, there’s huge reluct­ance to get rid of the old stuff. Sure, it’s already been replaced by bet­ter stuff — but it still works! It can still do things. So here’s what I do:

1) Resell — this one is pretty obvi­ous, but takes a bit of work. List­ing on (com­pet­itor) or Kijjiji requires set­ting up an account and man­aging the pro­cess. If you’ve done everything right, you’ve got a buyer for your tech-stuff and you’re both happy.

Other altern­at­ives that often work are pawn shops. If not, pro­ceed to step 2.

2) Regift — it’s entirely pos­sible you’ve got a very young neice or nephew that could use a ‘first’ com­puter. Once prop­erly refur­bished, your ‘gift’ could meet that need. Of course, you’ll be the first in line for hard­ware sup­port, but isn’t that what being sup­port­ive in a fam­ily is all about?

3) Repur­pose — Older com­puters still work well run­ning older oper­at­ing sys­tems. Given your hard­ware won’t be your daily desktop box, nothing’s pre­vent­ing you from giv­ing it new life as a ded­ic­ated server, a home secur­ity sys­tem, or a media centre box.

4) Recycle — this one is actu­ally my favour­ite. In Edmon­ton, we have local Eco­St­a­tions that are set up to take our tech. As well, FutureShop has an amaz­ing Elec­tron­ics Take-Back pro­gram in Alberta and Ontario. What bet­ter way to keep your older tech out of the land­fill and ensure it (or its com­pon­ent mater­ial) is being put back to work.

Obvi­ously, this won’t work for every situ­ation. For example, I’ve got a few old cell phones and  PDAs gath­er­ing dust in my closet. I’ve not figured out nor taken time to determ­ine the best ‘end’ for them, yet. Your mileage may vary…in fact, I hope it does! And I hope you share your best ‘tech recycle story below…because frankly, I could use a bit of help :)



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