Online Identity Management – Sxipper Beta Launch

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Sxipper’s Online Identity Management Tool Released!

Visit and take it for a walk. It’s worth the two-minutes it will take you.

What is Sxipper?

This is from the Sxipper website:

Sxipper is a free plug-in for Firefox that lets you log into any website with a single click. Sxipper saves you time and brainpower by keeping track of all of your user IDs, passwords, and the personal data you share every day over the web. Sxipper logs you in securely and helps to prevent you from being victimized by phishing sites and phony logins.

Sxipper Pre-Release Party
A couple of weeks ago I attended the Sxipper (pronounced “Skipper”) pre-release party at Sxip in Vancouver. We were treated to beverages, appetizers, and smokies from the hot dog cart on the street. [Thanks to Jordan for the invite and to Lori and the rest of the Sxip team for the hospitality.]

Jeremy at Sxip Pre-Release PartyThey asked us not to post any screenshots or talk about the technology before December 5. Being relatively new to blogging, I just waited until the release date rather than tread the line between what was okay to talk about and not. Some other, more experienced bloggers attended – you can view their posts here:

Prior to attending the pre-release party I really didn’t know anything about Sxip other than having read a few articles about its founder, Dick Hardt.

More than food & drinks…

They took us into a room, in small groups, and asked us all sorts of questions about online identity management, how we track our usernames & passwords across the sites we visit… Then we installed the software on our laptops, while they watched the whole install and how we used the program. After the software trial they brought us back into the room and we discussed our experience. And it was a good experience. There were a few kinks during my install but once everything was sorted out Sxipper did pretty much what it was supposed to do – which is fill out all the online forms you come across and take care of your passwords for you. I upgraded from the alpha to the beta version today. Everything went smoothly.

I’ve used Sxipper since the pre-release party and have been quite happy with it. I turned it off two days ago to see if I missed Sxipper. Within two hours I’d turned it back on – Sxip just makes life easier.

Good news is whether you believe me or not – there’s now a public beta available, so visit and try it yourself!

Let me know what you think!

Do Higher Taxes Lead to a Better Life?

I spotted a headline on my CBC News feed this afternoon that said: “People in highly taxed countries better off: report“. Naturally I clicked the link. The article discusses a report that determined quality of life is substantially better in developed countries with higher tax rates.

From CBC News (article link):

People who live in countries with higher taxes enjoy lower rates of poverty, have more equal income distribution, more economic security for workers and can expect to live longer, suggests a new study from a left-leaning think tank.

Written by two Toronto tax law professors for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the report released Wednesday, is blunt.

“Tax cuts are disastrous for the well-being of a nation’s citizens,” say authors Neil Brooks and Thaddeus Hwong.

This article comes at a good time, as I’m hearing all sorts of people discussing private vs. public health care in Canada.

I don’t understand how people here can support the idea of private healthcare – it leads to gain for a very, very small portion of society and pain to everyone else. I guess everyone dreams of being rich more than they dream of being sick. Thoughts?

Neoprene Camera Case – Love the idea

Neoprene Camera Case

Two weekends ago Bridget and I were at Portobello West looking at all the local fashion and art goods for sale. We had just bought a new camera the day before – a slick little Casio – that we thought would be great for taking to Christmas parties.

The big reason I wanted such a little camera is that I can put it in my coat pocket and always have a camera with me. I was a little disgruntled because when we bought the camera they didn’t have any ultra-compact cases for our ultra-compact camera – and really what’s the point of a tiny camera if you’ve got a bulky case?

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Movies for Boobies – Make a difference on Saturday

Zero Hour: A movie supporting the BC Breast Cancer Foundation

Did the headline get you? It got me when I received it in an email yesterday.

Movie Screening to Support the BC Breast Cancer Foundation

Wade Allen, a Vancouver realtor who I met through Toastmasters last year, and some of his friends have filmed two movies that are being presented on Saturday, at the Vancouver International Film Centre, to raise funds for the BC Breast Cancer Foundation.

I just want to remind you that this Saturday we are hosting our “MOVIES FOR BOOBIES” event at the Vancouver International Film Centre.

We are showing 2 short films made by myself and friends. They are both great films and total just over 1hr and 15min combined.

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The Noodle Box: Vancouver Grand Opening Party

noodle-box-001, originally uploaded by Jeremy Latham.

Thanks to Jodi Mann, Nick Crooks, Suzanne Goligher and Robin Donio for the invite to the Noodle Box Grand Opening party last Saturday night.

Bridget and I had such a great time at the restaurant. Lots of great people, food and drinks. I can still taste the deep fried banana and ice cream – Wow was that good.

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