LastPass for Online Security

I’ve been using LastPass for over a year now and I highly recommend it.  LastPass makes browsing easier and safer because you can have secure passwords and a different password for every site without having to remember all those passwords.  It’s very safe and secure and you can even use it on your iPhone.

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Banana Republic Review

I’ve made a couple posts about clothing in Canada in the past and this one is a little different.

I’ve been buying from Banana Republic for the past 6 months or more.  Up until today I’ve been very happy with them and their products.  I must say they’re priced a little on the high end, however having said that, they have sales on about every week for 30-40% off.

Now getting to today…  I have bought about $700 worth of clothing their this year and I have 1 t-shirt I’m not happy with.  The hem is curly all around.  See images below.  I’ve washed it as I always do before wearing in cold water and low heat drier.  My drier has a moisture sensor so it doesn’t over dry.  I put the shirt on and went out and then noticed that my hem kept curling up.  I’d straighten it and it would role up again.  I’ve washed it and I’ve tried to iron it out but it won’t stop curling.  I’m sure it’s a defect or a mistake in the hem stitching somewhere as it roles up on front and back in opposite sides.  Unfortunately I don’t have my receipt because I tried everything on before I washed them.  Now I must say I bought many t-shirts and only this one in grey v-neck is the problem.

I took it back today to the Banana Republic store at Bayshore Shopping Centre in Ottawa Ontario.  The manager was called to take a look.  His only question was “did you wear it?”  I explained as up above that yes I put it on and noticed it later.  His reply was that because I had worn it he couldn’t take it back.

Now, I can understand not taking worn clothing back because it’s not saleable goods, however, this wasn’t saleable in any case.  It’s defective.  It’s not like I expect him to take it back and put it on the shelf and resell it.  If it was wearable I’d keep it.

I expressed my dissatisfaction with his management of his shop and customers and told him in no uncertain terms that I would not return to his shop in the future.

What do you all think of this?  Comments welcome.  Images below.

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Fortora Fresh Finance Software

Fortora Fresh Finance Software for Mac and Windows Review

Well I can say that it’s one of the better Finance software for a Mac, but I’d rather use Quicken Cash Manager on a PC than Fortora.  The main reason I like it is because I like to have a balance forecast for months ahead based on my current bills and expenses that I have in my budget.  There are very few that work well on a Mac.

Having said that Fortora has no reliable or unreliable support for their software.  Plus they keep charging you only a few months after you buy for a renewal of the software.  By the way, the don’t tell you about renewals when you buy nor do they wait for it to lapse.  Your one year renewal comes four months after you buy the software and you don’t get updates after the renewal request.  So basically you have software that has no support.  Don’t bother emailing them either because they don’t reply.  Also there is no contact phone number.

In all I would rate this at a 2 star out of 5 for a MAC and 1 out of 5 for a PC use.  Either way I would try something with some support.

Fortora, if you’re reading this please reply to my emails.  I’m still waiting for support and I’m not paying you again for renewals because the software has no renewals.

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Health Care! (To be or not to be “normal”)

What is Health Care?  According to the definition in my online dictionary:  The field concerned with the maintenance or restoration of the health of the body or mind. (note: it doesn’t mention money)

Would you say that this is what we have in the world?  In Canada even?  It’s not anymore, or at least not what it used to be.  Any time money is the motivation for your health care it’s not health care.  If you go to your doctor and he/she says, “That’s normal for a person your age.”  What he means is, “There is no profit in me treating this illness or problem you are complaining of.  Normal is not a nice word.  What it means is maybe 20 years ago it wasn’t normal and we would have treated you, but today everyone has that problem because of crappy diets and lack of exercise so today what you have is normal and we don’t treat it anymore.

If you go to your dentist and your insurance covers a treatment every nine months then you need to have it done every nine months.  Why?  Because your dentist wants the money every nine months, not every 12 or 18 months.

If your dentist recommends that you need a filling replaced, you get it done because your insurance pays for it.  What do you care?  Well, when you get a filling replaced the hole in your tooth is made bigger every time.  Soon there is not a lot of tooth left.  Then your dentist will want to put a crown on your tooth to save it.  Frankly if you didn’t have the damn filling replaced every four years you wouldn’t need a crown today.  Oh, and guess what?  Your insurance doesn’t pay for the crown.  You do.  So, how often or when should you have a filling replaced?  Ask your dentist, then ask 4 more.  You’ll get 10 different answers. So when a dentist tells you that you need your fillings replaced (which mine did every time I moved to a new city and changed dentists) you need to ask, Why?  Then do some research yourself before you commit.  Seriously I have 8 fillings put in when I was 14 and had them all replaced when I moved at 18 and then moved again at 23 and had them replaced yet again.  Why was it necessary to replace 8 fillings twice over 9 years?  None that I know of…  But my doctors told me I needed it done.  So like a sheep I let them.

When your doctor starts making you feel like you’re in a used car lot and he’s the slimy salesman, it’s not health care.

Take money out of the equation for health care.  The criteria for doing “a health care procedure” should not and can not be:  Will the insurance company pay for it?  Then yes we do it.

For the last 10 to 15 years I’ve been telling people, “You are responsible for your health care, so educate yourself.” If you rely on doctors to take care of you then be prepared to be ignored when your problems become simple old age.  There is no cure or money in it.  Treatment is not give because what you have is “Normal for a person your age”.

Normal does not mean healthy.  Normal does not mean it’s OK.  Normal doesn’t mean it’s fine and dandy.  Normal means nothing at all.

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Motor Vehicle Passing Cyclist

Okay, it’s time for another RANT.

Does anyone know how to pass a cyclist on a road with two way traffic?  I wonder sometimes if people driving are even awake or do they simply drive on auto pilot relying on all their bad habits.

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When overtaking a cyclist on the road should you:

  1. push them off the road?
  2. pass by crossing over the double yellow line pushing oncoming cars off the road?
  3. slow down and follow the cyclist until it’s safe to pass?

Why does nobody ever choose 3?  3 is the correct answer and I’ve yet to see anyone drive this way.  Come on people.  When you cross over the line into oncoming traffic you are committing suicide.  Are you fucking nuts?  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been forced onto the shoulder by cars passing cyclists by driving on my side of the roadway!  To top it all off, last month a police car did it to me!  And he was not using his flashing lights or siren!  Do you just think you’re more important than me?  I should move off the road because it’s you coming?  I know, you’re late and can’t wait.  Well next time leave earlier.  Fuck off already.  Next time I’ll be driving a tank and I’m not going to pull over so stick that up your exhaust pipe you dumb asshole!

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