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!
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