Fernie tech startup Sucre Interactive Technologies Inc. has reached the final round of the New Ventures BC Pitch Competition.

Sucre is the only company outside of the Lower Mainland/ Capital Region to make the Top 15  of this highly competitive startup event.

Sucre develops hyper-realistic immersive (Virtual Reality-based ) training environments. Their solution is deployed in workplaces where “learning by mistake” has catastrophic real-world consequences.

Recently a friend of mine had an important presentation to make and they wanted to send their presentation to their audience in advance. The problem? The PDF that PowerPoint produced was enormous. Far too large to send via email. They were frustrated. I’ve seen it many times before and there are a few things you can do to ensure your PDFs are of a reasonable size.

By now you or someone or everyone you know has watched The Social Dilemma. If you haven’t you should. It’s eye-opening. The purpose of the documentary is to educate you about how social media is affecting your life in profound and often undesirable ways.

WiFi is broadcast in a torus (doughnut) shape from your antenna. This means that the signal is strongest with the furthest reach along a perpendicular axis from the antenna. So, ideally, you have your WiFi router in the centre of the house about computer high and that should get most of it. Of course, not every house is configured that way. And that’s why we sometimes need a WiFi repeater or extender.

'Tis the season of streaks in Fernie. Over the last few years, it has taken Fernie by storm. The Fernie Streak, which consists of 30 minutes of outdoor activity each day of January, is popular as heck. It is fun and potentially habits forming. And that’s what this column is about, but first a digression.

Twice in the last couple of weeks, I’ve had friends ask me about getting emails off of Google. Having everything up on Google seems pretty secure. Google’s not going down anytime soon. But there are issues with having all your email, documents, photos, etc. up there and not anywhere else.

Way back in 2008, I wrote a column for the Fernie Fix on finding recipes online. I wrote about Epicurious,, and, all of which are still extremely popular. I made mention of a couple of recipe programs for your computer, but the thrust of the column was on finding recipes.

This month I want to talk about Gmail. ​Specifically, Gmail confidential mode. It has been in Gmail since 2018 but isn’t used very often. There are good reasons to use it and there are good reasons not to use it. It isn’t a panacea for email security problems, but it may solve some specific issues that you find difficult to tackle otherwise.

Summer is here at last. For many people, it’s time to get the car ready for a long road trip. And with GPS-enabled smartphones, it’s now a lot easier to navigate these drives without getting lost.

While most of us haven’t been travelling much lately, many of us have occasion to be out of our normal calling area and need to make calls. Normally, not a big deal, but what if you have to make a bunch of long-distance calls?