Be responsible and get into these simple habits

Dad and daughter walking in forest — Picture by Juliane Liebermann @jule_42 on Unsplash
Dad and daughter walking in forest — Picture by Juliane Liebermann @jule_42 on Unsplash
Picture by Juliane Liebermann @jule_42 on Unsplash

Are you living in an urban area, an apartment? Working or studying from home? Have you been spending hours sitting in front of your computer or mobile device or TV? With how convenient modern technology and the Internet have made our life easier, it also turns us into lazy consumers. With many delivery services available, people will order online and have their food or product shipped to their door, with little to no reason to get out of their home.

This is clearly an unhealthy behavior; we are all aware that a…


Smartphone photography and filming capability taking another leap forward

Apple iPhone 12 Pro — image from Apple
Apple iPhone 12 Pro — image from Apple
Apple iPhone 12 Pro — image from Apple

Smartphones have revolutionized how we live our lives and see the world. In their early days, their focus was on business professionals to provide them with a convenient portable communication tool that could also act as a personal organizer. They started gaining attention in the early 2000 with the growth of email and the internet, thanks to NTT DoCoMo i-mode’s platform, Blackberry, Nokia’s Symbian platform and Windows Mobile. Then Apple’s first iPhone was launched in 2007 with a fixed-focus 2 MP camera, democratizing the smartphone to the masses.

At the time…


Isolation, confinement, lockdown, come with consequences

Lonely person in dark room looking through window
Lonely person in dark room looking through window
Photo credit: Sasha Freemind @sashafreemind on Unsplash

The shutdown and physical distancing has put most of the world in confinement. Cutting social ties and disconnecting us from all the people we used to meet. This has been ongoing for months and will stay that way for many more months. How have you been feeling? Anguish, anxious, depressed? Or perhaps anger, madness?

Humans are social creatures, it is in our genes, we survived and evolved in that way. Having our social life suddenly cut short is a major shock. Fortunately, for several years we’ve had breakthroughs in telecommunications and the internet, thanks to the quick advance in technology…


And what can we do to temper polarization

Picture from www.slon.pics
Picture from www.slon.pics
Picture from www.slon.pics

Did you notice a rise in protests and civil unrest across the globe? Increased ideological clashes particularly related to the pandemic? The uneven response by governments and the ongoing political blame games further polarized people’s perceptions. And how certain radical groups use the events to ramp up violence. You’d think that humanity would have been more united to deal with the situation but it seems to further divide us instead; is the world on the brink of collapse? Are we losing our humanity? How did we get there?

In an increasingly connected world dominated by social media, we are getting…


The gear, the theory and what to expect in real life.

A mountain in Banff after sunrise
A mountain in Banff after sunrise
A mountain in Banff after sunrise — captured on iPhone

You’ve seen the amazing pictures on your Instagram feed, you were awed by the locations shown in the photographs. You enjoy hiking in nature and would love to travel and explore the world. So now you want to live like your favorite landscape photographer and to spend full time promoting out-of-this-world landscapes? Is it that simple?

What do you need

In terms of equipment, a modest budget would be sufficient. A landscape photographer typically relies on mid to low aperture to keep subject and background in focus, or use a technique called focus stacking by combining multiple shots. …


All companies are built by people. Their employees are the foundations that keep the business sustainable and growing. Ideally, your staff will spend most of their time to collaborate, share knowledge and be productive by focusing on your company’s core business. However, manual and repetitive tasks are still common and could limit your employees potential.

  • As a business decision maker, are you constantly waiting for your staff to update various data sources for your reports?
  • As a resource manager, have you been spending too much time on administrative follow ups of your employees?
  • As a process manager, are you overwhelmed…

Great photographs have been taken for decades, and so can you.

Canon R5 and R6 cameras, new RF lenses and Pro-300 printer — picture from Canon
Canon R5 and R6 cameras, new RF lenses and Pro-300 printer — picture from Canon
Canon R5 and R6 cameras, new RF lenses and Pro-300 printer — picture from Canon

Canon recently released their latest mirrorless full frame camera, the R5 and R6, targeting professionals and enthusiasts. Nikon just announced an entry-level mirrorless full frame the Z5. Later this year, Nikon will also release upgrades to their existing line-up, the Z7s and Z6s. Are you excited? As an enthusiast or amateur photograph, do you feel the urge to upgrade to the latest camera in hope they will improve your pictures? Please don’t.

From film to digital camera, the technology has been improving at an accelerated rate in the recent years, bringing more frequent incremental updates, sometimes overwhelming the photographers. Do…


The Covid-19 pandemic shocked our entire world but also brought interest in data science and predictive analytics. John Hopkins University of Medicine led the field by compiling and releasing worldwide cases statistics on their well-known dashboard. It was an opportunity for myself to explore Python and its capabilities for data wrangling and data visualization on Covid-19 data when it became pandemic. In this article, I will share my beginner experience and walk you through how to create your first Python chart.

Canada Covid-19 Monthly New Cases and Deaths
Canada Covid-19 Monthly New Cases and Deaths
Canada Covid-19 Monthly New Cases and Deaths

Install Visual Studio Code, Python and Jupyter Notebook support

Microsoft Azure Notebooks preview has been available for free, unfortunately it will be retired on October 9th, 2020. It…


The first public Cloud platform service was introduced by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in March 2006. Since then, many players have joined the market to offer a full range of services, including Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) among the most popular. While AWS remains the leader of the market, Microsoft and Google are seeing increased growth and could catch up to Amazon if it won’t keep innovating. This positive competitive market can only benefit the customers.

Benefits of the Cloud over on-premise

Whether you are a small, medium or large enterprise, you may already have Websites hosted at a service provider, or your employees…

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