The Thursday prior to Christmas is National Re-gifting Day. Get together with friends for a Pre-Christmas Re-gifting Party. This is the perfect time to trade, re-gift, play Dirty Santa and just have some fun.
Many people ask if it is OK to “re-gift” an item you received during the year as a Christmas present. According to Emily Post “Not really. Re-gifting is a symptom of the surplus of “stuff” many people find themselves with, and their desire to be practical and give away things that they know they will never use.” The title re-gift suggests that the item is unwanted. On the other hand re-gifting is a form of reducing, re-using and recycling, this benefits everyone.
This is a personal choice but if you decide to re-gift here are some tips to consider.
- Make sure you do not hurt anyone’s feelings. If the giver had special feelings about it, do not re-gift.
- Was the gift handmade specifically for you? Do not re-gift.
- Be certain that the item is something that the recipient would “really like to receive’. Perhaps they admired it and you would love them to have it. Go for the re-gift.
- The gift is brand new, still in the package with instructions. Go for the re-gift.
- Did you ever refer to the item as ugly, unwanted, junk or clutter? Do not re-gift.
- It was a duplicate of something you already have. Go for the re-gift.
- Ensure that you do not give it back to the original giver. If you are unsure, do not re-gift.
- You don’t quite have enough money to get through the holidays. Go for the re-gift.
- If you are at a Regifting Party – then pretty much anything goes. Go for the re-gift.
Once you have gone through the list above and have decided to re-gift an item, wrap it nicely and give it proudly just as it was given to you.
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What a great idea, home security that you can access on your smartphone from just about anywhere. You can ensure your home is safe or keep track of your family, pets and so much more through a video live stream.
But is your security system secure?
|1000's of Live Security Cameras available to anyone on the internet.|
Recently I was watching CBC Marketplace and saw an episode on Home Security Cameras.
What surprised me was the ease of access for anyone to view your security feed from anywhere on the internet. I thought I would check it out and searched the internet to see how easy this is to look at.
The first site that popped up easily with my search was https://www.insecam.org. On this site you can look at thousands of live feeds by country, most popular, places, manufacturers, Cities, places, Time zones and new cameras. Now most of these streams view harmless outdoors, entryways or other non-private spaces, but I am sure if I delved deeper it would be no problem to find cameras that stream living rooms and other private home spaces.
You can now order or purchase a live streaming home security camera system from just about anywhere. Amazon and Best Buy are a few.
So how do you keep your security Cameras safe and private?
First: Make sure your stream is password protected. The main reason that your cameras were hacked is that the manufacturer did not prompt you to change or enter a password thus your camera is still operating under the default user name and password. This gives your system an open IP address for anyone to access and put up on their website as a live feed. Make sure you purchase a system with advanced encryption and you should be good to go.
Change the Password right away.
Make sure your username and password are secure by using a password that is at least 6 characters long and has upper, lower case letters along with numbers and characters.
Update the manufactures firmware.
When you purchase a camera it may have been on the shelf for a while. Each manufacturer should have updates available to stop the hackers. Look into this and do your updates to make your system secure.
Watch the full episode of Marketplace here. https://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2018-2019/home-hack-how-safe-are-your-high-tech-security-devices
Article by Sondy Szymanis
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Dip in monthly GDP and lower-than-expected oil prices have dampened growth expectations
THE CANADIAN PRESS - Dec. 5, 2018 - 6:10 a.m.
The Bank of Canada left its interest rate unchanged today and says the timing of future hikes will depend on factors such as how long the oil-price slump lasts, how well business investment picks up its pace and how much room the economy still has left to grow.
The central bank is holding its trend-setting rate at 1.75 per cent in a decision that follows a quarter-point increase at its previous policy meeting in October.
The bank has been on a gradual rate-hiking path for more than a year thanks to a strengthening economy and has already raised the benchmark five times since the summer of 2017.
The bank says it will keep a close eye on the evolution of several recent developments as it considers the timing of its next rate hike — including a steep slide in oil prices that it predicts will reduce activity in Canada’s energy sector.
It also says recent data show that the economy has less momentum heading into the final quarter of 2018 related to factors such as a drop in business investment that the bank largely connects to trade uncertainty last summer.
The bank also notes it will be watching for positive developments such as signs the economy can still expand without stoking inflation.
The central bank can raise the interest rate to prevent inflation from climbing too high. Many market watchers had expected governor Stephen Poloz to wait until at least January before his next rate increase.
The Bank of Canada has estimated it will no longer need to increase the interest rate once it reaches a level of between 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent, but Poloz has said this destination range remains “sufficiently uncertain” and could move up or down.