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David G. McKenna
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Tracking Netflix Usage - The easy way with Python!
Automate the Boring Stuff! Previously, I'd generated some rather elaborate google doc spreadsheets to study my Netflix usage . This involved, copying and pasting the "Viewing Activity" listed when you login to your Netflix account, and many many fancy formu...
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Renting - Letting you scale up and down your housing as needed
Renting - Worth another look? This is the second in a series of articles about Housing as a Service . Recently my wife and I sold our condo and started renting again. I believe everyone over the age of 30 at my work owns their own home. Everyone in the loca...
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Efficient Single Serving... Tea!
 Save Money / Time / The Earth Itself! Well, maybe I'm exagerating slightly, but if you just want one serving of something, why make more? These tea cups from David's Tea , offer a way to make a single serving of tea. This means: You only boil enough water ...
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HaaS - Housing as a Service
HousingaaS vs. SaaS How things used to be... A growing and growing trend in software, is Software as a Service (SaaS). While it's a little old, there's a good high level, non-techy White Paper by Grant Thornton here . Microsoft's Office 365 , which is a sub...
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Lessons from Baby - Forget the baby, sell to parents
Forget the baby, Sell to the parents (Forget the end user, sell to the buyer) I'd like to claim credit for this one, but this is purely my wife's idea. We've been blessed with a baby girl, and we wanted to get her a mobile. After much searching, my wife pic...
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eReaders and the Library - Feel Like Star Trek
  Feel Like Star Trek Yes, that's what downloading a book from the library for your eReader will feel like. It'll feel like Star Trek. It'll feel like you're in the future saying: "Computer, get me that new book by Tim Ferris". Imagine, being able to get a ...
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Donate to Charity Efficiently!
 Combine Multiple Years Donations Together - And Save Well, it's tax time in Canada again, so here's one last tax related article for a bit. Many of you probably use Ufile , TurboTax or some other free software to file your taxes. The Canadian Government is...
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The Feedback Project - How I Changed The Roads
What If Everyone Shared Their Feedback? Wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone shared their feedback? Yes, those website feedback questionnaires, and the telephone number at the end of your McDonald's receipt sometimes are annoying, but what if ev...
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5 Minutes And A Stamp Can Save You $70-$160/year - Stop Lending The Government Free Money
  The Pen Is Mightier Than The Taxman - Reducing Withholding Taxes At Source Well, it's tax time again in Canada. There's many ads for different tax preparation firms and software, all advising the "fastest way" to get your tax refund. What if instead of ge...
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Always Get Back Things You Lend
How Many Things Have You Lent, but Never Got Back? From a very young age, we're talk to share. I can still remember the motto when I was in Beaver's : Sharing Sharing Sharing. Sharing things you don't use very often is great, because often the item can be u...
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