Free E-mail Certs & Tim Horton's Rant

Free E-mail Certificates

I found this great free site for e-mail certificates.  Just in case you don’t know, you can add a digital certificate to your email to allow you to encrypt and digitally sign your emails so they cannot be intercepted, read or modified by anyone except the person you sent them to. These are “real” certificates, not “self-signed”, that are recognised world-wide.  The certificates are from Comodo and can be found here.  They also have a number of other free security products – recommended look.


Tim Horton’s Rant

I stopped by Tim Horton’s today before lunchtime (around 11:30) today to pick up a cappuccino, or what Tim’s passes off as a cappuccino – whatever, my wife likes them, and ended up going in instead of waiting in the drive through line.  I can’t speak for Tim’s outside of the metro St. John’s area with any in-depth knowledge, but generally walk-in is faster than the drive through.  This, however, seems to be changing.

The big problems that I have with Tim’s are:

  1. Since they started selling “sandwiches” the time waiting to be served has gotten crazy.  It was bad when having to wait for a toasted bagel but this makes things worse by an order of magnitude.  You are standing in line waiting for your cup of coffee, which only takes a a minute, and you have to wait 4-5 minutes – or more – for the person in front of you to get a sandwich.  Why don’t they have a coffee and doughnut only line where nothing has to be cooked?  I really hate waiting 15-20 minutes in a line for a cup of coffee.  (Maybe that is why I generally make my own coffee and take to work.)
  2. This is an extension to the first problem – they say that they don’t accept Interac because it would affect their quick service.  Poppycock!  Given the length of time I have to wait to get change made from my five dollar bill or the time waiting for someone to get a sandwich made the time to process an Interac transaction don’t count for much.  If they said that they didn’t want to accept Interac because of the service changes – which in my opinion is the real case – I could buy the argument.  But not to impact their fast service you gotta be joking.  Maybe things are better in the capital of Canada, err… I mean Toronto, but this ain’t the case here!

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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