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'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, Foodnetwork.com, and Allrecipes.com, 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?

I recently had a friend call me up about a network connectivity problem in their house. Their second bedroom/ occasional office upstairs has terrible WiFi connectivity and no ethernet port. Consequently, the office wasn’t nearly as useful as it could have been.

We tend to think that complexity is what makes a good password, but we don’t really understand complexity. We think if it looks more complicated then it must be better, but entropy is a better measurement of difficulty in guessing than complexity.

One of the requests I get regularly is how to send large files to other people. While there is no best way there are better ways than just attaching it to an email.

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These aren’t specific to Gmail, but that’s the context. Specifically, Gmail when it’s used in the context of Google Apps.