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#MORE_GoodNews Kudos and Comments

Posted by cirvine on January 23, 2017

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Last Thursday we surprised many of our customers by reducing the rates of their Internet packages considerably, which was a great feeling for both us and them! What made us smile most was reading the flood of positive comments from you about the discounted rates.  

Bravo ! Execulink you have just secured a customer for a long time . I actually thought it was some sort of scam but after talking to customer service i was informed that my bill has been reduced by $30.00 a month effective immediately ...Well done and thank you !
 –Glenn D.

I have been a customer for many years. I wouldn't change for anything as your customer service and plans are the best. Thank you Execulink.
–Lenene H.

YAY Execulink!! I always recommend you to people who ask about ISPs. Now I have even more reason to spread the word! Execulink is great!
–Carolyn H.

You guys haven't let me down in the last 12 or so years
–Sean H.

Such a nice surprise it was to hear this in my email. Thanks for the good news and for being the best ISP.  
–Shy C.

I was so happy to see my email today about the lower rates, you all rock and I thank you very much!
–Anna L.

Thank you #execulink you've restored my faith!!
–David H.

You're the best! Thank you!
-Kathy K.

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Some people even noticed that they could keep paying what they were before the discount, but upgrade their package to get a better speed or usage rate!

yes i got the 100 meg package now ty CRTC :) and cheaper then the 30 meg package i was getting
–Pete D.

Thanks, Execulink! I was already thinking of upgrading my package, now I have an even better reason to! Very happy customer.
–Tiffany R.

If you’re interested in upgrading your package or adding another service to your bundle, take a look at some of our plans here.

From all of us here at Execulink, thank you for all your kind comments. We love when we can give back to our neighbours this way and hope to fill this year with #MORE_GoodNews.

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MORE_Good News, and Money in Your Pocket

Posted by istevens on January 19, 2017

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MORE_Good News, and Money in Your Pocket

Great news!  Today, we are very excited to announce that we will be reducing the rates of many of our residential Internet packages, giving you, our neighbours, considerable savings. This is a very rare occurrence in our industry, as infrastructure, hardware costs and bandwidth costs only ever seem to rise. To be able to offer our customers a lower rate is truly a special kind of joy for us.

Why Are Rates Dropping?

The reason for these price decreases is due in part to a ruling by the CRTC (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission) in October of last year, which stated that the large incumbent providers were charging third-party ISPs (like us) too much to access what is called the “last mile” of their networks, from the street to the home. This ruling has made interim corrections to the prices the large incumbents are allowed to charge us for last-mile access.

In turn, this has allowed us to lower many of our rates and give back to our customers. When we win, you win.

How Can I Find Out About My New Rate?

We will be sending e-mails to affected customers notifying them of their new lower rate. In the meantime, you can also find the new rates on the website upon entering your postal code.

Again, we are delighted to be able to do this for our customers and thank them for their loyalty and support over the years.

Thanks,
Ian Stevens

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Wacky Winter Sports

Posted by cchalkley on January 13, 2017

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It’s the middle of January and we are now in the thick of winter. There’s been snow on the ground and let’s not mention those double digit temperatures that we’ve already witnessed.  If you are like me and hate winter, this time of year can get pretty tough. No matter how many layers I put on, I can’t stand being outside in the cold for more than 5 minutes.  This time of year I start hibernating inside and cozying up with a glass of wine and binge watching my old favourite television shows. I just don’t get tired of watching Ross and Rachel’s comedic up and down relationship! “We were on a break!”

But there are many people out there that love winter and spending time outside in the snow.  These people can’t wait to hit the slopes and put on their skates. I am terrified of doing both those activities- (maybe that has a lot to do with my feelings towards winter).  Hockey seems to be the quintessential winter sport in Canada.  But there are a few off the radar sports that some people have found to be exciting winter passtimes. Let’s take a look at some of these wacky winter sports:

Skijoring is where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, dog or a motor vehicle. It’s a sport that comes from Scandinavia and now made its way to North America.  Skijoring can be done like cross country skiing where you can follow a trail or as a race with obstacles and ramps. Fun fact, Skijoring was in the 1928 St. Moritz Switzerland Winter Olympics.

Skijoding

Wok Racing is exactly what you think it sounds like. A person races down a bobsled track on specially designed woks with added handle bars. Inspired by a German TV show in 2003, wok racing became so popular it turned into a real sport which can be competed in as an individual or as a team. So now when you think of making a stir fry, you now might also think about taking your wok outside to play after.

Wok Racing

Shovel Racing began when ski lift operators used shovels to make it quickly down to the bottom of the slope. This sport is simple; all you need is a standard snow shovel and a toboggan hill.  The rider sits on the shovel, leans back and keeps their feet pointed forward. Fun fact- in 1997 shovel racing was featured in the X Games, but was quickly removed for safety reasons.

Shovel Racing

Baseboarding is a hybrid of skeleton, bodyboarding and tobogganing. A person rides face first down a hill on an aerodynamic board. The Bromely Baseboard has been developed by four-time Olympian Kristian Bromely. You can find baseboarding at Whistler Olympic Park in British Columbia. This sport is suitable for anyone aged 8 and up and you doesn’t require any prior experience. 

Our last winter “sport” was apparently founded by the Georgia Tech swim team. They were on the road when they found out that their swim meet had been cancelled. They were also snowed in—stuck in their hotel room in Virginia. So, they decided to do what any swim team does when they’re snowed in-- some outdoor snow swimming. They snow swam in different styles including backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. Watch out this may catch on as a new winter sport.

Now these sports all seem kinda crazy to me and I’m sure all of you reading this may stick to the popular winter sports like hockey, skiing, tobogganing and ice skating. To be honest even those sports all seem crazy to me. I may be the only Canadian out there that feels lost while watching hockey (Sorry Canada-- don’t hate me for saying that!)  So next time we get a big snow fall and the ground is all covered, go get a shovel or a wok and have some fun…. or be like me and get all cozy on a couch, turn on your favourite tv show and pour a glass of wine. Now that sounds like fun to me. 

 

References: Wikipedia
Skijording Picture:  Kaila Angello
Shovel Racing Picture: Lynn Eubank
Wok Racing Picture: DPA

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I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”


Cool New Tech To Look Forward to This Year

Posted by cchalkley on January 6, 2017

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The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is held every January in Las Vegas. This year is the 50th annual conference and it will showcase over 3,800 exhibiting companies including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware. During this event some of the biggest tech companies unveil their newest tech innovations. The products showcased at this conference will be good an indicator of what cool new products might be coming on the market. Check out this neat infographic of “Milestones in the Technology Industry” that charts out what dates products were unveiled during this conference.  

Milestones

The products trending at this year’s CES includes artificial intelligence, virtual reality, new television models, smart technologies including wearable tech and smart appliances for the home. Here’s a list of some cool new products that were featured this year.

Zera Food Recycler by WLabs is a home composter that is to help reduce food waste. This will hold a week’s worth of food and converts it into homemade fertilizer within 24 hours. It is designed to fit into your kitchen and uses your daily food scraps. It uses oxygen, a plant based additive and an agitator that will break down the food. 

Zera Food

iRobot Braava jet Mopping Robot is similar to a robot vacuum, but this is a wet mop to tackle your hardwood, tile and stone flooring. It comes with 3 cleaning pads: a wet mop that will remove dirt and stains, a damp sweep that will clean dust while leaving a clean scent, and a dry sweep to remove dust and pet hair. 

Irobot

Motiv Ring is an activity tracker that’s a ring. It has similar features to what you expect from a fitness tracker, heart rate sensor, step counter and sleep duration. It’s made out of ultralight Titanium and is also waterproof. It comes in 7 ring sizes and 2 colours. 

Motiv Ring

Foldimate – The Robotic Laundry Folding Machine will fold laundry quickly and consistently. It will even perfume, soften and de-wrinkle while it folds!

FoldiMate

Whirlpool All-in-One Care Washer/Dryer Combo washes and dries your clothes in one machine. No need to transfer any clothes between machines. It includes a bulk laundry detergent dispenser, so you can fill it up with your detergent ahead of time and have to refill only twice a month.

Whirlpool washer

WalabotDIY lets you look inside your walls to help with renovation projects. It will detect the location and depth of pipes, studs, wires and even rodents.

WalabotDIY

Smartypans is a cooking pan that has temperature and weight sensors that can help assist with your cooking. It will provide step by step instructions and computes calories of the food you are cooking. This would help make sure you don’t burn or undercook your meals!

Smartypan

Willow Wearable Breast Pump is a hands free, wireless and tubeless breast pump. It’s designed to fit in your bra and to be more discreet then a traditional pump.

Willow Pump

Lego Boost is an educational codable toy robot. It is a set of motors and programmable bricks that can work with existing Lego kits to turn them into motorized toys.

Lego Boost

LG 4K OLED W series is a new TV model that is just 2.57MM thick. This TV is super thin and just 17 pounds for its 65” model. This model is designed only to be mounted on your wall and when mounted will sit flush against the wall. There is a soundbar as well that is included that also houses its HDMI inputs.

LG

And lastly, the Kerastase Hair Coach is a smart hairbrush. It’s made with boar and nylon bristles and will collect data about your hair. It will provide you with a daily hair score and product advice on how you can fix your dry, damaged and tangled hair. Not sure I would buy a $200 hair brush that’s connected to the internet, unless it would literally cut and style my hair for me. But maybe if someone has enough bad hair days this might be the right product. 

Hairbrush

With over 3,800 companies from 150 countries attending this conference, there were many cool innovations that were unveiled this week. While we only featured a few in this blog, there will definitely be some cool new products to watch out for this year. 

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I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”


Free Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by iromansky on January 3, 2017

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New Year’s resolutions are a nice idea. I say “idea” because most of them are forgotten soon after they’re made. In fact, a 2015 study found that although roughly 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, only 8% of them actually achieve them. Another survey, conducted two minutes ago with myself as the only participant, concluded that the all-encompassing reason for people’s failure to achieve their goals is that they had not yet read this extremely helpful article. Keep reading to learn about mobile apps that will make keeping your resolutions easier so that we can bring the success rate up by next year!

Get Fit

The most commonly made New Year’s resolution year after year is to get fit or lose weight. Because of this, there are about a million apps that revolve around at-home ab workouts, leg exercises, cardio training programs…the list goes on. But what’s going to keep you going back to those apps? We’re thinking things like competition, challenges, and gamification (applying elements of game playing into another facet of life – such as workout apps)! Here are a few that use some of those elements to keep you on track.

Fitnet

When you think of personal trainers, you probably don’t think of the word “free”. They usually come at a pretty high price, but Fitnet allows you to have one right on your phone or iPad at no cost at all! After entering your fitness goal, you’re presented with a variety of workout videos that you can follow along with. Now, here’s the motivation – the camera on your phone or iPad captures your movements while you’re matching the trainer’s moves, and gives you real-time feedback on your performance! It’s like having someone there coaching you, so you’re way more likely to keep up with it instead of pretending to be doing crunches while actually taking a quick nap.

30 Day Cardio Challenge

The idea of this app is that you’ll do a bit of cardio that increases in intensity each day, in the comfort of your own home, with no gym equipment. So you’re steadily building up your endurance, but still have a “challenge” to complete. I like this app because it presents a goal within a manageable time frame – 30 days doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

Zombies, Run!

Okay so this is the only app on the list that isn’t free. It was just too cool not to write about. Basically, you plug your headphones into your phone, start running outside or on a treadmill, and you’re immediately told that it’s the zombie apocalypse and that you have multiple missions to go on. They involve collecting supplies along the way and actually allocating them (and this affects the rest of the gameplay), following complex storylines, and even getting chased by zombies! You have to run faster or slower depending on your status in the game – like if a zombie is 4 feet behind you, for example – and I imagine this is extremely motivating. This app is $3.99 on the app store or Google Play!


Eat Healthy

Eating healthy ties in pretty well with the first New Year’s resolution, so it’s near the top of a lot of people’s lists of things they hope to accomplish this year. Thankfully, there are a ton of apps to help.

Lark

Lark is described as a “personal weight loss coach and 24/7 nutritionist”. I downloaded it just to see how it works, and it was pretty interesting. It tracks your activity on a graph, asks about your meals, and gives you feedback on their nutrition. It even gives you advice on what you should be eating instead, without directly counting calories or making you feel bad. It even sends you notifications that look like texts if you haven’t logged a meal in a while just to keep you on track.

Noom Coach

This app, on the other hand, allows you to keep a very detailed record of all of your food consumed and all of the nutrition information (including a calorie count) in each meal. The app then gives you advice on how to change your eating habits to meet certain goals, and even allows you the option to join online communities to interact with people with similar goals to you so you’ll stay motivated.

HealthyOut

If you really want to start eating healthy but you’re not ready to commit to learning to cook with all-natural ingredients quite yet, HealthyOut might be the app for you. All you have to do is enter your address and the type of healthy meal you’re looking for – it offers specifications like low calorie, high protein, low carb, paleo, and so on – and it will give you a ton of dishes in the area offered by local restaurants, as well as their nutrition information. Then you can either order them on the spot or have a lovely night out! No shopping or cooking required.


Be More Organized

I feel like we could all do with being a little more organized. Whether it’s keeping our work calendars up to date, remembering people’s birthdays, or remembering to check the traffic conditions, there’s always some area that we could use a bit of help with. These apps will be all the help you need!

Google Now 

This basically seems like the only “app” you’d ever need to organize all of your things in one place. It’s technically an intelligent personal assistant rather than an app, but it reminds you about events, restaurant reservations and birthdays, alerts you about traffic and weather conditions, gives you suggestions for nearby events…it seems like Google Now does it all. Unfortunately, it’s only available for Android, but we’ll take what we can get.

Evernote

Evernote seems like another app that allows you to have all of your things all in one place, which is very helpful for staying organized. You can set reminders, take pictures, make lists, and save things you find online, then have them all on one online database to have for later. Sounds convenient to me!


Learn to Budget and Save Money

Extra money is a good thing. We can agree on this. But extra money doesn’t happen unless we know how to intelligently manage our money and make smart financial decisions! These apps will do their best to help you become a financial virtuoso.

Mint.com

This is a service you sign up for online for free rather than an app you download, but it sounds like it makes your life a whole lot easier. It puts your bills, credit card balances, and account information all on one dashboard, and helps lay out budgets for different areas of your life. It also gives your financial tips, and sends alerts when there’s unusual account activity. Did I mention this is all on one simple dashboard? Just one place to go for all of your finance info – I like the sound of that!

Pocket Expense

Pocket Expense does most of the same things as Mint.com, but also automatically categorizes your spending habits into sections like groceries, clothes, entertainment, and calculates what percentage of your budget is spent on each category. This feature sounds like an interesting one to try out, even if just for interest’s sake!


Learn a New Language

This is another big contender on the list of top New Year’s resolutions. People want to know they’re becoming smarter and learning new things as they get older, and learning a new language is just one way to do that. These apps will help you learn a whole new language and have fun while doing it!

Duolingo

I can speak from personal experience with this app – it’s awesome! I took a couple of Italian language classes in school and I decided to try this out alongside it, and it was a lot of fun. You can choose from around 23 languages to learn and from there, you’re taught the very basics, then some simple words like types of food, animals, and so on. And they’re all in game format! So there are multiple levels and points – it’s very motivating.

Busuu

This app is a language-learning app like Duolingo, but it seems to be more structured and less game-y. It also allows you to interact with native speakers of the language you wish you learn, which is a really cool feature! There are 12 languages to learn in total, so you better get started ASAP!

With the wide range of apps to keep you on track with your New Year’s resolution, whatever it may be, there’s no excuse not to get out there and accomplish your goals. 2017 is a brand new year, and it’s up to you to make it amazing.

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