Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Wi-Fi in Toronto

Sunday, May 15, 2011
posted by raheema

We came across a post on a blog for Toronto Wi-Fi a couple of nights ago and thought we should share the extract:

“Thanks very much for this list. Whenever I find a place that’s free-wifi-friendly, I try to let my friends know on twitter and chat it up. Now I can link to this too.

Along with Linux, my go-to place in the my area is Better and Better (the ones with the banana bread). It’s Reunion Coffee and no great whiz-bang ambiance, but it’s clean and bright, the bakery is solid, the prices very cheap and the people could not be nicer.

One chain that has saved me more than a few times is Timothy’s. There are at least a few locations that have very strong signals and only require a button-push on a simple Tof C page (tip: Select Sandwich has the same, I’ve found). And when I use their wifi, I also tend to buy their coffee, and even more if I’m sticking around. We’re helping each other.”

Both of these franchises, Timothy’s and Select Sandwich have their cafe’s powered with free Wi-Fi from PurePages.   Good to know that people  know that these chains have free Wi-Fi and are spreading the news…  Enjoy a coffee at one of these stores and you will get friendly service and good, free Internet!  We like to hear feed back from the end user about the Internet Service Quality, any other feed back is welcome!  So, after you have had a coffee and used their Wi-Fi, drop us a line!

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Government controlling the Internet?

Monday, July 6, 2009
posted by raheema

Cyberspace. Information Superhighway. The World Wide Web.  All of these terms equal the same thing.  The Internet.  It  is a new tool that helps with research of all sorts, with socializing, with business meetings – the list is a mile long. Even though it is such a great thing, we are still learning  how to use it correctly, with etiquette.  We do not let our kids or ourselves, run wild with a saw, we should also not be letting them run wild on the Internet either.

This weekend my filters were turned off my Internet.   Of Course, in the 20 minutes that I had turned my filters off for, I got a pop up (something that I haven’t experienced in years – thanks to PurePages!)  and this pop up ended up leading me to Play Boy.  Of Course, after  not viewing such material online for several years, I was a bit intrigued, but it was just a matter of minutes until I was wasting my time.  I did learn that Play Boy makes you sign in before you can see anything that is crazy bad… however, their “good” pictures are also considered bad in our house.  I forgot what the REAL Internet is like. PurePages has sheltered and protected us from the negative aspects of it…

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Chinese government wanting to censor the Internet.  Well, recently I came across an article that says the the German government is following suit… and believe it or not… Canada is trying to join the force too.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but I think this can be a good thing.    Here is a bit of what i have come across, “VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - On Thursday Canada’s Public Safety Minister, Peter Van Loan, will put forward a bill that could force Internet service providers to allow police access to digital conversations without a warrant.”  If this is approved, it will help solve so many problems we are facing today.  It can help in computer crime, bank fraud, child pornography and depending on the way things are handled other aspects like criminal fraud, terrorism.  It seems though that MANY people look at this, like an invasion of privacy.  I think, and let this be clear, If it is PRIVATE, do not put it on the Internet.  Do not post it, do not tag it, do not blog it, do not email it.  After all it is PRIVATE – why share private matters with a stranger in Turkey?

A friend of mine was recently telling me about her girlfriend, Stella*.  Stella got some great family pictures at the beach one day.   Pictures that would envision a cozy and happy family enjoying good times. Stella posted them on Facebook and MySpace to share with friends and family.  A few weeks ago my friend, that was telling me the story, was vacationing in Italy and she saw Stella’s family picture on a billboard… advertising for a getaway!  This is just one example of the invasion of privacy on the Internet.  When we put information online, we are letting EVERYONE invade our privacy, but when the government wants to help censor out the child porn aspects, there is a bunch of hoopla from the Human Rights supporters… The Government is trying to make sense of this new fantastic tool, called the Internet, just as we are.  It will take time, but if they are trying to help, take it.  If you are wanting to promote child pornography and computer fraud, then keep fighting, but if not, then hear them out first… it might just be for the good.  After all, Canada is not the only country that is doing this.  Australia has been doing this for years, so has the United Arab Emirates, now China, Germany and Canada are considering it…

To every good there is a bad. I know this.  Will the Government try to access other information, maybe.  BUT, call me selfish, I do not want to see my life savings in the pocket of a fraudulent Nigerian, nor do I want my daughter to be watching online porn before she is 6 years old.

Perhaps, the best solution is to have the Government make PurePages mandatory in every household – LOL – that would be the best situation, safe Internet that the Government can not access!  Until this happens, there maybe an upside to the Government wanting to access digital information from our ISP’s.  As it is, kids are already not allowed to hug each other at school,as their is a No Touching Rule in effect – they are not allowed to bring nut products in because of nut allergies and they have no vending machines that have junk food in them.  Let’s face it, times have changed since we have been in school.  Now they have routine fire drills and lock down drills.  After all the years that D.A.R.E. has been teaching kids that smoking is bad, did you know that teen smoking is at an all-time low?  All these rules were formed in the government, at first we think they are silly- but after time has passed are they really?…Do we not want these things for our children anyways?

The Bill is proposing to: ” allow police access to digital conversations without a warrant.”  it will also “provide the police an essential tool in their fight against child porn on the Internet.”    This Bill was only entered in for legislation last week, but it will be very interesting to see what will come of it and the resistance that will be met along the way.

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