Good news: As of July 1st, 2013, a 10 year passport will be available for $160 (about double the previous cost of a 5 year passport, so it evens out). 5 year passports will cost $120 (from $87, I think it was).
All of Rogers' Phone Numbers
Rogers Cable 1-888-ROGERS1 (1-888-764-3771)
Rogers Yahoo Hi Speed Cable Internet 1-888-ROGERS1 (1-888-764-3771)
A guide on how to legitimately open a US Bank account as a Foreigner (Canadians can use this method, or this method without having to leave Canada).
Tracking Your Passport Application
All Canadian Passport Applications are trackable. Your receipt should have a file number, but even if this has been lost, you can still fill in your other relevant information.
Tip: Easily Fix Vista's Slow Speed
Speeding up Windows Vista greatly is very simple. Feel like your new "more powerful" computer with Vista is slower than your old computer?
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Regular Bell Sympatico Tech Support
Use these phone numbers:
ON&PQ: 310-SURF (no charge)
The rest of Canada: 1 - 800 - 773 - 2121
Do you have Bell Home Phone Service? Read this too, you may have to start paying a Network Charge as of May 2010
What's the Bell Network Charge?
Making Contextual Advertising Relevant to your Content
Just a quick article on the power of writing properly in order to gets ads to be relevant to your site's or page's content.
The Problem: "wireless authentication failed because of a timeout"
There appears to be a bug in Microsoft Windows Vista with many notebook's/laptop's and other PC's wireless network cards where all you get is a timeout. The result is that setting up a wifi network with WPA or WPA2 security fails for no seemingly good reason.
This page links to both the Canadian and US Listings for Waterloo-based Research in Motion 's stock price, on Toronto's TSE/TSX Stock Exchange, and New York's NASDAQ Stock Exchange.
In order for your cell phone to work properly in Germany (or other locales in Europe, such as Croatia), your phone must be:
And don't forget, these mp3 players can have their capacity upgraded just by putting in a microSD/Transflash memory card, which have dropped substantially in price. A 2GB Card goes for just CAD$25 these days (around USD$23).
There's a very simple trick to getting your new Sandisk Sansa e260 (or other Sansas, like the e250 or the e280) to work with Windows 2000. Intially, Windows won't recognize it properly and fail to install the device, but the workaround is simple indeed.
The Basics of the Logitech V200 Mouse
I purchased a Logitech V200 Laptop Mouse off of Ebay for almost exactly US$20 including shipping. I found the mouse to work very well. The receiver is small, and the unit fits in my hand rather well.
The unit includes teflon feet, therefore they will slide rather well on any surface. Be warned, this mouse does _not_ work well on glass desks (especially when clean).
Bell to Raise Network Charge AGAIN
From Bell's website: "A network charge of $4.50/month also applies except for the Extra - International plan. Effective August 1st, 2007 the monthly network charge for Bell long distance plans will increase to $5.95." Unbelievable for a non-mandatory charge! This is a real problem.
Update: Passport Application Renewals:
The new "Simplified Passport Application Renewal" Procedure seems to be eligible for the same Epass short-lineups, but I think this might depend on the location.
September 2010 edit: 3.5 years have past since I wrote this article, and all of the items are still available, but substantially cheaper! The universal power adapter that cost me $7.70 now costs just $3.89, and that's still with free shipping (even if you buy just one)