Microsoft Office Costs 25% More in Canada to Download

There are few things I despise more than getting cheated out of my hard earned money just because I am in Canada instead. This is especially true when there appears to be no reason other than greed!

Is Microsoft Price Gouging Canadians? My Experience Says Yes!

A screenshot I took of Microsoft Office 2010 shown at what turned out to be the USA price of $279.99I needed to get another copy of Office 2010 Home and Business for one of my staff. So, I went to Google and searched for the Office 2010 purchase & download site. I went there and found Office Home and Business 2010 for sale for a reasonable $279.99. When I clicked “Buy Now” I was taken to a page where… much to my surprise and annoyance the price increased to $349.99 !! What the hell??

For a while I just kept trying to find some reason why it increased in price and I didn’t figure it out until I looked at the two URLs of the websites:

  1. The address for page 1 (the MS Office order page):
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/home-and-business/?CTT=5&origin=HA101810737
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  2. The address for page 2 (the shopping cart):
    http://www7.buyoffice.microsoft.com/can/basket.aspx?cache=1165662165&culture=en-CA
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Dell Support Provider’s Acronym is “SOL” – No Really!

I am having some difficulties with my audio on my Dell m1330. As a result, I decided to look into my support options since I haven’t been able to resolve the issue. That is when I came across something so priceless I just had to share it; the service provider handling Dell’s rapid response hardware support is “SOL“.

pic showing Dell's rapid response depot provider is called "SOL"

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What Shook My Soul – Video and Images from the Japan Earthquake of March 11 2011

The Canadian Red Cross logoMore for myself than anything, this is a list of the videos and images that I found most arresting and frightening in today’s earthquake and following Tsunamis in Japan and its reverberations on North America.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before watching this let it be known I have already donated to the Red Cross in support of the victims of this tragedy; please donate too! I do not wish anyone to think I am making light of this disaster – it is unthinkable.  That said, I am in awe of the power of nature and this footage is incredibly profound to me.

An image of the devastation in Japan

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1) The 8.9 Sendai Earthquake Hits


Some of the first video I could find which only alludes to a possible tsunami and rumors of tsunami damage.

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