Archive for August 7, 2019

Two Major Financial Institutions Team Up With Box

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 7, 2019 by itnerd

Box today announced that Assante Wealth Management (Canada) Ltd. (“Assante”), one of Canada’s largest wealth management firms, has chosen Box to support its move to incorporate a fully digital business offering. Founded in 1995, Assante provides a range of wealth management solutions to Canadians, including investment management, financial, estate, tax and insurance planning as well as legacy planning and facilitating charitable giving.

On top of that, Morgan Stanley today announced the launch of a new wealth management digital collaboration product, which allows for encrypted document sharing between clients and Financial Advisors. The new platform is powered by Box as well and through this partnership, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management will be utilizing Box’s cloud content management capabilities, including Box Platform, Box KeySafe and Box Governance.

For more information, you can find today’s press release on Assante here, and the one on Morgan Stanley here.

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The Great Canadian Road Trip II – Part 3: Prince Edward Island National Park

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 7, 2019 by itnerd

After getting a good night’s sleep, my wife and I decided to pay a visit to Prince Edward Island National Park as it had a lot to see, and it was only 30 minutes away from our hotel. So after a quick drive, we drove into the park. It cost us $16 CDN for a day pass which allowed us to go anywhere in the park. Once there we went to a couple of beaches. Starting with this one which had a lighthouse (Note: All pictures in the post are taken with the Nikon Coolpix P1000):

 

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Then we went on the beaches themselves which had a bit of red to them. Red sand beaches are what Prince Edward Island is known for:

 

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We then went to the second beach that we wanted to see. But during that walk, I got an alert on our smartphones that someone was in our Condo. Seeing as we had been robbed before, that was an immediate concern. So while my wife dialed the building management, I leveraged the fact that the we owned Belkin NetCam HD+ units which had not only a speaker but a microphone to speak to whomever in our unit. Something that clearly startled him. It turned out to be a maintenance person who was there to do some emergency plumbing work. Something that my wife confirmed with the building management. But I did spend some time watching him on my phone from the air conditioned comfort of our SUV to make sure that he was on the up and up. When the guy was done he left the light on in the bathroom. Which means that it will be on for the next week and a half.

#fail

With that out of the way we went to back to walking on the beach:

 

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And then we took another short drive to do some hiking on a trail that is meant for both hikers and mountain bikers as the latter get some obstacles to have fun on while they do this 3.5 KM trail.

Top Tip: Bring bug spray as we didn’t and got several bites along the way. And we sprinted the last kilometer and a half because they were so aggressive.

 

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Don’t get me wrong. The hike was scenic and if you have bug spray you will really enjoy it as the pictures above don’t do it justice.

After getting chomped on by bugs, we returned to our hotel room to shower and great ready for dinner. But before we went to dinner, we stopped off at the hotel’s happy hour. My wife had some chowder which she thought was fantastic along with a Blueberry Ale, and I just had a Bench Chair Lager. Both made by the Gahan House which we think we’ll be visiting while we are here as they are a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Then we went to dinner at Row House Steak And Lobster. I did fish and chips with a Sir John A’s Honey Wheat Ale by Gahan House. While my wife had a lobster dinner. The Sir John A’s Honey Wheat Ale was my second choice as their Red was out of stock. That’s the second day in a row a beer that I wanted was out of stock.

Tomorrow we’ll be going out for a 45KM ride just to stretch the legs and see what cycling is like on the roads of Prince Edward Island. Stay tuned to see how that goes.

The IT Nerd Back To School Gift Guide For 2019

Posted in Commentary on August 7, 2019 by itnerd

Back to school is just around the corner and I have a short list of suggestions of a high tech nature that the student in your life would love. If you think that there’s something else that should be on the list, drop me a note and let me know.

Roku Streaming Stick + – $89.99

Powerful and portable, the Roku Streaming Stick gives the gift of entertainment on-the-go all in a powerful stick. With thousands of channels there will be something to watch for any student whether it’s Sports, Movies & TV shows or News. Choose your favorite program with the included point-anywhere remote, or just use the Roku app on your smartphone to control the action. Check out the review here.

Roku Express – $44.99

The new Roku Express is five times more powerful than its predecessor and offers easy HD streaming at an affordable price. A great gift for any student, the Express comes with a remote control that makes finding something to watch a snap. With over 150,000 movies and TV shows available (including tons of free content), you’ll be sure to find something that the student in your life likes. Check out the review here.

TCL 4K Ultra HD Smart LED Television, 65″ – $900

TCL’s 6-Series combines stunning 4K HDR picture performance and the award-winning Roku TV smart platform in a bold, brushed metal design for a superior TV experience. Dolby Vision delivers greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. TCL’s Contrast Control Zone technology individually optimizes the image across up to 120 zones to yield striking contrast between light and dark areas. The 6-Series models’ iPQ Engine™ provides precise colour replication while HDR Pro Gamma significantly improves HDR performance in any setting. Check out the review of the 43″ version of this TV here.

Safe by HUB6– $299

Students need security when they are away at school. But home security systems charge ridiculous monthly fees for services that provide questionable protection. Safe by Hub6 uses the security system hardware you already have and frees you from long-term contracts or monthly fees. It redirects any alerts triggered by your system to your phone, friend, or HUB6’s Professional Monitoring when you need a back-up.

Deco M4 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System-($280-$350)

Eliminate weak Wi-Fi signal areas once and for all! The Deco M4 three-pack delivers Wi-Fi to an area of up to 4,000 square feet by forming a unified network. Devices automatically switch between the Deco pods as you move through your home for the fastest possible speeds. Lag-free connections for up to 100 devices and parental controls all controlled by the easy-to-use Deco app. I reviewed the Deco here.

MSI PS42 Laptop -($1,280-$1,592) Slim. Elegant. Prestige.

For the first time, MSi is offering laptops aimed at non-gamers. The PS42 is light weighing only 1.19 kg and ultra-thin at 15.9 mm. Powered by an 8th Generation Intel® CoreTM i7 processor the PS 42 is fast and competitively priced with many of the performance features you’d expect from MSi. Crafted with hair-brushed aluminum and combined with white keyboard illumination, the PS42 is made portable and durable wherever you go! Here’s the review of the PS42.