Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone - All the Best in 2015

To get in the mood for celebration, a little classic rock:

(from waaaay back in '81)

Live: April Wine - I Like to Rock! drum solo and all


See you out there


Monday, April 28, 2014

Renewed Flood Threat in Numerous Manitoba Communities

BirtleBirdtail Sioux First Nation​, MiniotaRossburn and Waywayseecappo First Nation Threatened by Weakened Dike

Via CBC News - Manitoba

High water levels again have caused evacuations and concerns for serious flooding across several areas of Manitoba. Just as in previous years as shared here (2009, 2011), Pequis First Nation residents were forced to evacuate due to rising waters. The most up to date information will continue to be local Emergency Management authorities - find them at the Manitoba Emergency Management Organization website

Our thoughts go with the residents and emergency responders.



Friday, February 21, 2014

New OneDrive Cloud Storage Up to 15GB Free

Microsoft Revamps SkyDrive - Introduces OneDrive with Free Cloud Storage

I've used SkyDrive since back in the day pre 2005 when Microsoft introduced the Windows Live suite of services and known for a time as Live Folders. Back then, I used it primarily as photo storage and all of the photo folders are still on my new OneDrive. Now I use it to store pretty much anything I create on my Windows 8.1 machine as well as my Android smartphone (Sony Xperia Z1 Android 4.3) The amount of storage has steadily increased and the 2GB file upload size is particularly useful. I've never encountered an instance where I could not access the SkyDrive / OneDrive service and the offline accessibility and integration is seamless.

So many people use Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Services and the rest and I use most of those for specific purposes as well, both work and personal home use. But I would say that the new OneDrive service boasts the best ease-of-use features. I really enjoy the Android app which is a little ironic when you think about it.

You get 7GB free just for signing up (click here for the OneDrive website), and can unlock an extra 3GB right away by activating the Camera Roll feature. Just like Dropbox you can get more cloud storage, up to 5 GB by inviting friends to sign up, just like I'm doing here.

Invite friends to join OneDrive

For each friend who signs into OneDrive as a new customer, both you and your friend will receive an extra 0.5 GB of free storage (max 5 GB).

CNET has reported that the first 100,000 users to sign up may get as much as 100GB of free cloud storage on OneDrive just for being one of the first. Sign up now, well worth it.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Clean Up Your Chrome Browser Hijacked Settings - Google

A Little Tech Talk - Clean up your browser: hijacked settings - Google Chrome

 Via the Google Chrome Blog

The Google blog reported recently the growing problem of hijacked browser settings. An increasing number of malware add-ons and malicious site coding changes your settings to hijack your browser.

"'s an issue that’s continuing to grow at an alarming rate. You should always be in charge of your own Chrome settings. To help keep your browser settings under your control we added a “reset browser settings” button to Chrome’s settings page in October.

Despite this, settings hijacking remains our number one user complaint. To make sure the reset option reaches everyone who might need it, Chrome will be prompting Windows users whose settings appear to have been changed if they’d like to restore their browser settings back to factory default. If you’ve been affected by settings hijacking and would like to restore your settings, just click “Reset” on the prompt below when it appears."

Visit the posting here, with links to the help forum - 

Thanks Google.

See you out there.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Support Mental Health Initiatives - Bell Lets Talk Day Jan 28th

Join the conversation on Twitter & Facebook 
- #BellLetsTalk Day

For many years over at the MissionLog, I’ve spoken about the impact of mental illness on our homeless friends out on the street. So I’m pleased this year to be taking part in a social media event called Bell Let’s Talk Day this year on January 28.  Since 2010 Bell has contributed $62.5 million dollars to mental health initiatives in Canada. A large part of that is generated through activities on Bell Let’s Talk Day.

Two-thirds of homeless people using urban shelters suffer from some form of mental illness. Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health

What happens on Bell Let’s Talk Day? We are encouraged to communicate openly in public, through social media like Twitter, Facebook and Google+ about mental health issues to end the stigma associated with mental illness. 1 in 5 Canadians will suffer some form of mental illness at some point in their lives, but it’s still something we don’t like to talk about. Getting the facts and talking openly is important in helping people find support and treatment for their illness. Further, we can’t have a discussion on the root causes of homelessness without addressing mental health.

Here are some of the posts on the MissionLog that address mental health issues:

In one of my posts, I shared the following:  ”A recent study, by Heather Larkin of the University of Albany – shows the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACE – and homelessness. From her study -

More than 85 percent of the homeless respondents reported having experienced at least one of 10 categories of adverse childhood experiences (ACE). Many (52.4 percent) had experienced more than four categories of traumatic events when growing up. … There is a high ACE prevalence among the homeless people in this study. Individuals with high ACE scores may be more vulnerable to economic downturns and cultural oppression, a person-environment interaction increasing the likelihood of homelessness. Service responses focused on identifying and addressing childhood traumas hold an opportunity for addressing ACEs before they contribute to homelessness.

By addressing mental health issues, we can take an important step in mitigating one of the major causes of homelessness. Here’s the bonus – by getting the word out on Bell Let’s Talk Day, you can help raise even more money.

So, on January 28, let’s talk:

Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives for every:
Text message sent*
Mobile and long distance call made*
*By a Bell or Bell Aliant customer only
Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
Facebook share of our Bell Let’s Talk image

Join the team and if you tweet on Twitter using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag, let me know there @canayjun or @phoneworthy

You can also connect with the Twitter team by going to @Bell_LetsTalk and @Healthy_Minds
See you out there on January 28th!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Urban Landscapes - Photography

Old City HallRipplesRipplesWater and LightSparkling WaterUrban Oasis
Shining WaterSun SparklesBright WaterOasis in LightOasis and FountainYouthLink Mural
Grafitti PartySpireGood EnergyBalancing ActBlockheadsShadow Warriors
More to Life?Urban PixelsOntario College of Art & DesignPast the treesCollege and UniversityCloud Mosaic
Toronto Summer 2007, a set on Flickr.
A glimpse into my Flickr archives.

There's always seemed to me to be something vibrant and exciting about urban scenes. The variety and the impromptu compositions are wonderful. Just walking new routes and being on the lookout for the extraordinary was reward in itself.

My job back then entailed working out on the streets with the homeless and at risk people our non-profit was helping.

Plus these were mostly taken in the summer and with -25 temperatures outside right now, it was a nice escape to review them again.

Enjoy! Feel free to share links to your online photo albums in the comments if you like.



outreach417 on Flickr
@canayjun on Twitter