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Improved high-speed internet is on the way for 26 communities in the Kootenays, bringing people opportunities to learn, connect and better expand their businesses.

Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation (CBBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Basin Trust, is receiving $4.8 million in provincial funds for two new projects to improve broadband access in rural areas.

Here’s what happens: you’re careful. You use a separate password for email, banking, social media, etc. but on a bunch of sites, you reuse the same password. It’s just too difficult to remember the myriad of passwords that we all need to know each day.

The tool used to stop unwanted traffic into (or sometimes out of) a network is called a firewall. This is a term borrowed from its original meaning which was literally a wall built to stop a fire.

It’s a new year and optimism is in the air. Don’t let that optimistic air get knocked out of you by a bad boot. Remember the Boy Scout’s motto: “be prepared.”

A couple of years ago a friend and I were having the “best headphones” debate. This is a favourite debater of audio junkies and like best scotch or best mountain bike trail, there’s no right answer.

It’s a milestone being felt around the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions: after more than three years of hard work, residents in over 12,000 rural households, in more than 62 communities in the region, will have access to new or improved high-speed Internet.

It’s funny how sometimes an offhand comment can reveal how bad assumptions can be.

Virtually every PC comes with virus protection these days. Windows Defender is built in. While not a perfect antivirus (there is no perfect antivirus) it’s pretty solid. 

These days, with everyone on their phone, the lowly keyboard is beginning to take a bit of a backseat. That’s unfortunate because it’s happening just as keyboards are experiencing a bit of a renaissance.

 

It’s the middle of summer and as I write this column it’s hot. Damn hot. And my heart rate reflects it. It has climbed a bit as my body starts to work a bit harder to sweat and cool off.

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