Recently there have been some issues with Internet Explorer 11 and our Photo Lab website when trying to upload orders. We would like to apologize to our customers who experienced a less than ideal experience while ordering. After identifying the problem we have fixed what was causing the trouble.
The issue has been identified as a compatibility issue with Internet Explorer 11. We aren’t the only website where users have been experience trouble after the last Internet Explorer 11 update. Others using a different browser were not affected by the issue.
If you’re having trouble with Internet Explorer 11 the first thing to try is to add the site you’re experiencing trouble with to “Compatibility View Settings”
Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.
Tap or click the Tools button Tools, and then tap or click Compatibility View settings.
Under Add this website, enter the URL of the site you want to add to the list, and then tap or click Add.
A few of our customer took time out of their day to help us investigate the cause of the issues and we would like to thank them for all their help.
I just had an article sent to me from one of the news agencies listing 10 items they consider great stocking stuffers at under $200. As someone working for a retailer, I am hardly the most obvious person to complain about people recommending buying expensive “stocking stuffers”.
Here is my list of truly affordable “stocking stuffers”.
Let’s start with probably the most useful and inexpensive item: the pendrive. These are the “memory sticks” that every student, professional, business person needs and uses. I should know. I have colleagues coming into my office every week asking to “borrow” mine. Not a chance. I have two permanently attached to my car keys, so I can have them handy. Dear colleagues, these are on sale at the Computer Department of London Drugs for $9.99 for 8GB. Buy one of those Transcend V500 8Gb units for every stocking you have to stuff. Everyone will thank you and you don’t have to come begging in my office anymoreJ
I recently had the opportunity to borrow a Microsoft Surface tablet to take with me to our annual General Merchandise and Cosmetics conference in beautiful Whistler, BC. This was the first year that I opted to go paperless with my note-taking and I was more than a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rapid-fire pace of product information that our vendors share in the time that they have with us.
Besides the standard meetings, there is a two-day trade show where vendors set up booths. During the show we travel from booth-to-booth and get 15-minute presentations on that vendor’s company and product information—it’s not unlike speed-dating! I chose the Surface RT for its compact & lightweight format and all-day battery life. The fact that it runs Microsoft’s full Office suite of software was also a huge bonus, it meant that I could easily send my completed notes to my work email at the end of the conference and be done—no more hours spent re-typing pages of hurriedly scrawled notes afterward!
The construction of the tablet was outstanding. Very compact and light, yet the magnesium chassis feels really solid. Note-taking was smooth and the ability to convert from ‘laptop mode’ to ‘tablet mode’ on the fly was really convenient. I observed other attendees with competing tablets fumbling with their aftermarket keyboard trying to turn them on or to get them to connect; the Touch Cover by comparison was effortless.
If I could have done one thing differently I would have opted for the Type Cover instead of the Touch Cover keyboard. Maybe I’m too old-school, but the fact that there is no tactile or visual feedback to let me know if the key-press registered led me to constantly keep checking to see if I had typed words correctly. I also found it challenging to tell if my fingers had found the ‘home position’ on the keyboard. This combined with my at-best mid-level typing skills led to more than a few red squiggly lines in my notes. The onscreen keyboard is excellent, and for the trade show sessions where there was no table to type on it worked extremely well.
The Windows 8 operating system was intuitive and very customizable. I didn’t waste any time trying to figure out how to accomplish things, and so I was able to keep my attention on the presentations.
The customizability of the home-screen allows you to have your most-used apps and information right in front of you.
One feature I really appreciated was the ability to split-screen apps. This meant that I could have Twitter running as a sidebar next to my MS Word document, and I could easily monitor the conference Twitter feed as I typed, allowing me to easily switch between taking notes and posting Tweets as required.
Windows 8 allows you to run apps side-by-side enabling a quick transition between tasks
For ‘off hours’ use the Surface was great. I was able to Skype with the family in the evenings, browse the web or kick back and watch a show on Netflix with no issues. Website compatibility was superb, and there were no quirks with formatting or playback of embedded videos. I did encounter an issue trying to log into our company VPN, which requires the installation of additional software—the Surface Pro would be the option to go with if you need compatibility with older, Windows-based software.
At the end of the day if the question were: ‘would I take it again?’ the answer would be ‘absolutely yes!‘. The functionality was great and I was able to accomplish my goal of returning from the conference with a complete set of notes that required very little ‘post-production’ once I got back. I would recommend the Surface for anyone whose primary need is for office productivity in a compact, lightweight form-factor with great battery-life. And with a starting price-point of under $350 for the 32GB version, I believe the Surface easily represents one of the best values on the market!
Come and see the next evolution from Sony at a special event trailer near you. We’re going to be showing off the latest in super high resolution 4K TVs, the next level of devices talking to each other, NFC and so much more. Also there will be hands on demos with the just released Sony QX10 and QX100 cameras.
Demonstrations include: Side View: Check out this cool feature where your tablet becomes your 2nd screen to launch any apps on your networked BRAVIA TV NFC Screen Mirroring: See how easy it is to mirror your Xperia phone or tablet screen onto your BRAVIA TV
Come and put your eyes and hands on the cutting edge technology in a special mobile trailer built by Sony. You can experience things for yourself with help from Sony Representatives and our friendly expert staff, who will be on hand to answer all your questions.
Dates and locations:
Edmonton – South Commons Friday October 25 4-8PM
Edmonton – Oliver Square Saturday October 26 12-6PM
Edmonton – Jasper Gates Square Sunday October 27 12-5PM
Lethbridge – Town Square Friday Nov 1 4-8PM
Calgary – Brentwood Village Saturday Nov 2 12-6PM
Calgary – Royal Oak Centre Sunday Nov 3 12-5PM
Calgary – Heritage Plaza Friday Nov 8 4-8PM
Calgary – 130th Ave South East Saturday Nov 9 12-6PM & Sunday Nov 10 12-5PM
Kelowna – Spall Plaza Friday Nov 15 4-8PM & Saturday Nov 16 12-6PM
Abbotsford – West Oaks Mall Sunday Nov 17 12-5PM
Coquitlam – Lougheed Highway Friday Nov 22 4-8PM & Saturday Nov 30 12-6PM
Burnaby – Lougheed Town Centre Sunday Nov 24 12-5PM
Vancouver – 20th & Lonsdale Friday Nov 29 4PM – 8PM & Saturday Nov 30 12-6PM
Richmond – Ironwood Plaza Sunday Dec 1 12-5PM
Delta – Trenant Park Mall Friday Dec 6 4-8PM
Maple Ridge – Valley Fair Love Mall Saturday Dec 7 12-6PM & Sunday Dec 8 12-5PM
Langley – 66th Ave & 200 St Friday Dec 13 4-8PM & Saturday December 14 12-6PM
Delta – Scott Road Sunday Dec 15 12-5PM
Let’s face it – we all run out of room to save our stuff. Your whole life is on your computer and everything is probably backed up on an external hard drive — right? You probably already know about external hard drives which are a great basic way to expand your capacity and backup. If you want to share an external hard drive with different computers you have to unplug it from one computer and then connect it to another. There’s a couple of ways to share storage wirelessly in your home. Today I’m going to talk about one solution that’s by far the easiest to set up and use.
This is a hard drive you connect to your network instead of a computer. This one is called Buffalo Link Station DUO.
Network Attached Storage is what it’s called and has been around a long time. What’s different about this particular one is how easy it is to setup and use. I’ve used several versions of networked attached storage over the years, most of them required every network nerd skill I had to install them. Not this one.
Buffalo has included a program that will make this 4TB drive work effortlessly. You install the included CD after plugging the Buffalo NAS into your router. When you’re done you have a password protected drive. It’s accessible from your computer in a couple of different ways – the easiest is from the icon on your desktop. If 4TB isn’t enough, or if you would like to share an external hard drive you already own, you can plug in more drives through the Buffalo Link Station DUOs USB port.
If you have a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 you can make folders called VIDEO, MUSIC and PHOTOS (all caps is important) and your media will be accessible from your game console on your TV. UPnP media sharing is already turned on and waiting for your files. No special tricks needed other than making the folders on your drive.
I went into the control panel for the Buffalo NAS and checked out some of the advanced settings. From the applications tab I turned on Time Machine and iTunes Server. For households with both Mac and PC’s like mine these two features are invaluable. The Time Machine application tab asked me to create a folder which was then detected by my Mac laptops. I told Time Machine to use them for backup and BOOM my Mac backed itself up wirelessly. Once I copied my iTunes library onto the Buffalo NAS I installed iTunes on a couple of PCs in the house. Both of them picked up the Buffalo NAS and my entire music library was accessible from all my computers. This is a huge benefit for me because I have several computers with limited storage. Now I can have all my playlists and everything in sync on all my computers and iDevices.