Cate Eales

I'm an American living in Kelowna, BC (Canada) with my husband, Eric. I miss the Peet's Coffee and Mexican food that is so easy to find in my beloved San Francisco Bay Area. But not the traffic. Having given up driving way too fast, I still stay up way too late and drink way too much coffee. I own and operate Computer Care Kelowna, a mobile computer business providing on-site service for home and small business customers. My weekly column, "Getting Along With Your Computer" appears Mondays on castanet.net. The column archive is available any time at the Computer Care Kelowna website.

Most commented posts

  1. Merry Christmas 2015 — 14 comments
  2. We Wish You a Merry Christmas! — 5 comments
  3. My Life In Tech: The Chitka Incident — 3 comments
  4. Public Art in Kelowna: Run — 3 comments
  5. Public Art in Kelowna – Levels — 3 comments

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Merry Christmas To All

We’ve been live streaming our Christmas tree since before it was called “live streaming.”  Back in the days of “webcasting” it was a hassle.  In these modern times, all it takes is some duct tape, a few cable ties, and converting an old wireless WRT54G router to a switch to make a hard wired connection …

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Dépaysement: Bonjour iPod

Canadian iPod packaging

Dépaysement translates roughly as “change of scenery.”  It translates even more roughly as “The feeling that comes from not being in one’s own country.” I am an American in Canada.  It takes some getting used to.   Thanks to The Huffington Post (believe it or not) for this.

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My Life In Tech: Why I Need Wi-Fi Smoke Alarms

Pre-order your Nest Protect

The people in charge of nagging us about testing our home smoke alarms don’t need to nag me.  In addition to testing the smoke alarm twice a year when we change the clocks, I conduct frequent unscheduled tests. When we moved into this house, there was a smoke alarm in the hallway outside the doors …

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Dépaysement: Here’s to us and those like us.

Canadian Whisky, American Whiskey

Dépaysement translates roughly as “change of scenery.”  It translates even more roughly as “The feeling that comes from not being in one’s own country.” I am an American in Canada.  It takes some getting used to.   Thanks to The Huffington Post (believe it or not) for this.  

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My Life In Tech: Why I Won’t Buy Seagate Hard Drives

Dead Seagate Hard Drive

When hard drives fail, all is not always lost.  Sometimes you can recover that data and put it on a working drive. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of Seagate hard drives fail.  I haven’t seen the same thing with Western Digital hard drives.  I won’t recommend Seagate drives, internal or external, to customers.  …

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