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Notes from the family IT department

I read a column about registering your baby’s email and social media handles to ensure their names are not taken by the time they grow up (especially if you have a common last name). Although many people will find this idea ridiculous, I have empathy for parents thinking about their family’s online identity – see my last post – but I am also a big advocate for being in control of your digital footprint and not relying on free services. Like most of the internet users, I have used Gmail, Hotmail (now Outlook) or Yahoo for personal accounts as long as I can remember; however, becoming more privacy concerned I finally set-out to find alternatives for my family’s email.

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Back in the late 2000’s I briefly experimented with buying & selling domain names after I read the story about Nissan.com and realized the value of a good domain name. I was way too late to the game with all the good .com domains already taken and only made a very small profit. Much to my annoyance I found out that the domain my lastname.com is already registered since 1999. I think it would be cool to have a firstname@lastname.com email address for each member of my family, but 9-year old me was not internet savvy enough to register the domain in time.

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I have always wanted to build my own PC and join the cool kids on /r/pcmasterrace, but I have never really had a need for a custom setup (+ I am not a gamer & have a strong dislike for RGB lights). Yet when our family laptop’s screen would no longer turn on I couldn’t stop myself browsing YouTube for PC building tutorials. My wife tried to convince me to give fixing the laptop a shot (in my defense I did open it up and re-plugged some wires), but my mind was already made-up: we must-have a new family PC

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