Category Archives: Interesting Stuff

End Your Email Problems Forever!

Well okay, that might be a bit of a stretch, but today something very cool happened on the Internet.  The domain registrars have released a new top level domain called .family.

For those of you who are not that tech savy I will give you a very brief background…

Since the internet was born every computer that could be contacted had to have an IP address which consisted of four sets of numbers between 0 and 255.  Various numbers actually mean something, for example 127.0.0.1 is an “internal” address that always identifies your own computer FROM your own computer.  I won’t get into it here, but eventually the internet ran out of IP addresses and it is slowly converting over to a new numbering system.

Regardless, human beings are not good at remembering strings of numbers so a domain registration system was born where you could register a unique domain name and when someone used the domain name the registry would translate it for your computer so it would know what IP address to go to.

In the beginning the “top level” domains were .com, .org, .net and some others.  Fairly recently the domain registries have  expanded to allow for some new and more meaningful ones like .photography, .contractors, .guru or one of the more recent .sucks!   Now if you want to put up a website or secure an email address you have plenty of options.

The purpose of this post is to enlighten people about having a personal domain for their family.  Right now you probably have an email address like something@telus.com, something@shaw.ca, something@hotmail.com or something@gmail.com.  Or perhaps something even more obscure.  Well now today you can register your own family name as a domain.  For example, if your last name is Smith you can register smith.family and have john@smith.family and jane@smith.family.  Think about it, you can create an email address for everyone in your entire family tree and because you own the domain it will never ever change for the rest of time (well, as long as we have the Internet and need email anyways).  You can point your new domain to any email provider you want.  I use GMail under their Google Apps program, because their mail interface is slick and easy to use and manage.  However, you can use any email provider that allows you to point your domain at them.  Depending on where you register your domain, you can usually add email as an option when you register.  I use Rebel.ca as my domain service provider and I have been quite happy with them.   Regardless who you use for your email, if you ever need to you can change it by pointing your domain to the new provider.  Your email address will always stay the same.

Good luck, I am sure a lot of common last names are going to disappear fast!!!  Registering your own domain costs anywhere from $10 / year to $30 / year unless you get one that is in very high demand in which case they can charge a lot more.

Cheers,

Al

 

 

 

Trinity Hills Development Update

Trinity Hills

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There will be a development update for the Trinity Hills project east of Canada Olympic Park

Wednesday April 1, 2015
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Calgary French & International School
700 – 77 Street SW

http://www.TrinityHills.ca

There are secret hidden treasures all over the world!

For over 10 years, a community of treasure hunters has silently been growing throughout the world.  “What kind of treasure” you ask?  Many things, wonderful things.  This exciting idea is called Geocaching and it is gaining in popularity with the large number of smart phones with GPS capability available now-a-days.

Woman Found GeocacheGeocaching is a really fun form of high-tech scavenger hunt.  You log on to a website (http://www.geocaching.com) and create an account for no cost.  You can search for a location on earth and it will come back with the geographic locations of all the geocaches in that area.  A search on Crestmont shows that there are 15 within 1 mile of the community with a handful right in our community. Once you pick a geocache that interests you, punch the coordinates into your GPS/Smart Phone, and head out to find it.

This is a fun hobby that the whole family can do, and it gets  you all out of the house and being active.  Some of the geocaches are easy to find and some are very difficult.  Many people are very creative and have custom built a secret container for a log that you can sign to show that you found the geocache.  You are also welcome to create a new geocache of your own and add it to the website for others to find.