Bits & Bytes (deprecated)

So you just bought a new computer and now you've discovered that it's pretty limited without adding some software to it. The only problem is most of the good software that you'd like to use costs almost as much as your computer. What to do? Well, if you're a little more savvy than usual you can get most of the software you need for free. And that's free as in beer as opposed to free as in speech.

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Assertiveness
Stand up for your beliefs and only say yes if you really want to. Being assertive is different than aggression, which denies the rights of others. Assertiveness honours everyone’s rights including your own and allows for people to know where you stand. Speak your truth with love and let go of unhealthy communication habits.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Business Venture

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Follow Your Dreams
Meditate on your heart’s desire and spend time in ways that are truly meaningful to you. Make a list of the priorities in your life and schedule them in to ensure you spend the necessary time engaging in these activities. It’s not important what you get done during these times, more that you invest time and energy in what makes you happy.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Awakening Your True Self

When I started researching the subject for this article, privacy, I soon found myself down a rabbit hole of conflicting philosophies and ideologies. There is plenty of debate on whether privacy is a real thing; whether anyone has a right to privacy; whether individual privacy is harmful to the state; you name it.

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The new Stat Holiday Feb 11
Floral shops
Highway 3
Super Bowl parties and Super Bowl food Feb 3
NHL games
A fine cheese on a cheap cracker
Using your patio as a beer fridge
Coloured denim for both sexes
Pinterest addiction problems
Booking time off work for summer weddings
Ghostriders vs Kimberley dynamiters Feb 2, Fernie Arena
Tickets to Fernie Mountain Film Fest
New menu items at Yamagoya
The Good Room – Fernie’s vintage pop-up shop

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Aries (March 21 – April 19) Focus
Guard your thoughts carefully as they create your experiences. Release any anger and irritation. You may feel justified in these feelings, but look at the high price you pay for being the vessel of anger. Forgiveness means choosing to no longer carry around pain in response to someone else’s actions. Stop punishing yourself.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Blessings

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New babies
Australia Day
Garnet
Cross country trails
Wing Night at Kelsey's
Fisherman's Friend
Balaclavas

Fernie Winter Skin Care
Winter can sure age a lady. We ski down slopes in freezing temps and take hotter showers, both drying out our skin. Finding a skin routine to combat this is easy, and will pay off! A small amount of time, devoted daily, can fend off unwelcome wrinkles that last forever. If you’re 20-29, this is important knowledge I wish someone would have shared with me!

Read any good eBooks lately? Kind of a silly question if you ask me. A book is a book regardless of the medium. Is it not a book if it's electronic? Of course it is. But the bound paper version of the book I grew up with is losing its dominant place in the reading landscape quickly. The main reason: you can carry thousands of books at once on one device.

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Self Reliance
You are your own best friend, and can provide for yourself emotionally and physically. Sometimes we feel frightened and want reassurance that everything is okay, but know that everything you need is provided for. Filter negativity, and don’t let naysayers deter you from fulfilling your dreams. You are qualified and deserving of achievement.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Family Harmony

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Normally the December column is a geeky gift buying guide, but this year, with a nod towards most of us taking a more frugal tack these days, I thought I'd write down some thoughts on buying, repairing and replacing technology.

One of the three part time jobs that I did while going to school to become a programmer/analyst was building Heathkit computers. For those of you unfamiliar with Heathkit they were the Ikea of electronics back in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. By the time I started building their computers to sell in the early ‘80s they were just about done.