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The Great Canadian Road Trip II – Part 5: Lighthouses, Lighthouses, & More Lighthouses

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 9, 2019 by itnerd

Today was an interesting day as my wife and I decided to see something that Prince Edward Island is known for. Lighthouses. We managed to pick out three of them in the southern half of the island and see how things go from there.

The first stop on our lighthouse tour was the Point Prim lighthouse which was recommended to us by a friend as it had the best food. More on that later. It was an hour drive from Charlottetown and let me show you the lighthouse from bottom to top (Note: All pictures in the post are taken with the Nikon Coolpix P1000):

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After a lobster roll and some chowder, we were off to our next stop which was the Cape Bear Lighthouse and Marconi Station which was about an hour away. Here’s a look at that lighthouse from bottom to top:

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This lighthouse is best known for being the first Marconi Station to receive the first distress signal in Canada from the Titanic as it was sinking off the coast of Newfoundland. Keep in mind that when this was happening, Newfoundland was not part of Canada.

Our final stop was the Souris Lighthouse Souris Lighthouse which was hour beyond the Cape Bear Lighthouse. like the first two lighthouses, I will show you pictures from bottom to top:

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Some notes about all the lighthouses. All of them either have a fee of $5 per person, or require a donation to go to the top of the lighthouse. I would recommend going to the top as they have quite the views. Just be warned that they have very steep climbs to the top in very tight spaces. Thus you need to watch your head.

On our way back to Charlottetown we spotted this:

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This is the Shanty Stay in Souris. The idea is that you get one of these small shacks which has a shower a bed and not much else for short term stays. Souris is a ferry port so you could stay here overnight and take the ferry the next day. Plus it’s close to restaurants in Souris and it has WiFi everywhere. My wife made a note of this place as I am assuming that she wants to stay here on a future vacation.

Once we were back in Charlottetown, we went out to have dinner as usual. We just missed happy hour. But we will have other opportunities for free booze. Before going to dinner, I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of the downtown.


There’s a fire station next to our hotel with a vintage fire truck.


The Confederation Center For The Performing Arts is a five minute walk from our hotel.


Across from that is Cows which is famous for its ice cream.


Anne Of Green Gables is everywhere on Prince Edward Island. Case in point is this chocolate shop.


Piatto Pizza was our destination for Dinner. It was insanely popular. But we got in within 15 minutes.


They hand make all their pizzas and bake them in a wood oven. And they are delicious! My wife and I highly recommend this place.

After dinner we walked back to the hotel. Here’s some random shots of the downtown at night:

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Finally, here’s a shot of our hotel:


Tomorrow is a day for another bike ride. It’s also going to be a hot day so that may not be a good thing. But we will see as we came here to ride as well as sightsee. Tune in to see how things work out.




Infographic: Fighting The Good Fight: An Inside Look At Ethical Hacking And Careers In Cybersecurity

Posted in Commentary on August 9, 2019 by itnerd


Source: St. Bonaventure University

Guest Post: NordVPN Recaps Products, Technologies & Features

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 9, 2019 by itnerd

The first seven months of the year have been a busy time for NordVPN, one of the most advanced VPN services in the world. The company has released fresh features, announced new products, and adopted pioneering technologies. Here comes a short recap of all the news and a few hints of what else we can expect this year.

By the way, at the moment you can claim your 75% discount for NordVPN and get a 3-year deal for just €2.62/mo or $2.99/mo. The sale is ending soon.

File encryption and password management

NordVPN is moving with confidence towards becoming an all-around cybersecurity solution. This year, the VPN service provider has announced two new cybersecurity tools – NordPass and NordLocker.

NordPass is a new generation password manager, while NordLocker applies end-to-end encryption to files stored on a user’s computer or in the cloud. The company expects to release both new tools this year. At the moment, NordLocker and NordPass are going through closed beta testing.

Faster VPN with NordLynx

A few weeks ago, NordVPN introduced the NordLynx technology built around the WireGuard® VPN protocol. The new technology combines WireGuard’s high-speed connection and NordVPN’s custom double Network Address Translation (NAT) system, which safeguards users’ privacy.

Although WireGuard is easy to implement and is considered to be faster than the current leading protocols, its ability to secure users’ privacy often comes up as a point for discussion. That’s why NordVPN added its own double NAT system, which allows not to store any identifiable user data on the server. At the moment, NordLynx is available for Linux users only.

The new features for iOS

This spring, NordVPN has introduced new features in its iOS app, used by more than 5 million people worldwide. The feature that attracted the most attention was NordVPN’s integration with Shortcuts – Apple’s dedicated app for Siri. Now you can ask Siri: “Hey Siri, where’s my online security?” or “Hey Siri, connect to NordVPN,” and your internet traffic will be encrypted in seconds.

VPN Auto-Connect and CyberSec are two more features that have recently arrived to NordVPN for iOS. With Auto-Connect on, the app will automatically connect to VPN when, for example, you are on public Wi-Fi. CyberSec will protect your iPhone from malware, spyware, stealthy trackers, and from participating in DDoS attacks.

What to expect next

NordLocker and NordPass might not be the only two new products to be launched this year. NordVPN’s team is developing a new business VPN solution, but its launch date remains under wraps for now.

In addition, NordVPN has been actively expanding its retail distribution this year. NordVPN’s subscription boxes are available for sale in brick-and-mortar stores all across the US, Canada, and Germany.

Finally, NordVPN has kept its promise and is actively working on various social responsibility campaigns – from supporting internet freedom projects to fighting censorship.