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Say hello to my son Kaden Campbell

Kaden Jacob Danielson Campbell was born Sunday May 13 at 8:53pm at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto. He weighed in at 7 lb. 13 ounces.


These pictures are of him at the hospital when he is less than a day old. The hospital had a professional photographer that went around and offered to take pictures on a mobile studio. We thought this was great and after looking through the pictures we were really impressed and bought them…well Nana bought them for us. Thank you!


SkyDrive App for Windows


Microsoft recently released a number of SkyDrive updates, including changes to the service, mobile apps for iPhone and Windows phone and a preview of a new Windows desktop application.

There are also changes to the storage size. As mentioned in a previous post, those that have been with Microsoft (MSN, Hotmail, Live) for a long time are being given a free upgrade to 25GB of storage. You can then add additional storage if you like. See my previous post for more details. If you haven’t already upgraded your account, you should take advantage of this before it expires.

First, what is SkyDrive?

SkyDrive is a cloud based solution for storing important files on your PC and keeping them in sync with It is the easiest way to access your SkyDrive from your PC. When you install SkyDrive, a SkyDrive folder is created on your PC. Everything you put in this folder is automatically kept in sync between your computers (PC or Mac) and, so you can get to your latest files from virtually anywhere. Whenever you add, change, or delete files in one location, all the other locations will be updated.


If you forgot to put something in your SkyDrive folder, you can still get back to your PC to access all its files and folders from

You can also access your SkyDrive from your mobile devices, including Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, Android, etc. There is also support for the Mac.

SkyDrive Application for Windows

As mentioned above, with these changes comes a new desktop application for Windows which allows you to see your SkyDrive as if it were a physical folder on your machine. This has the added effect of making any program with a save option SkyDrive enabled.


Similar to other cloud solutions, this desktop application lets you drag and drop files to the SkyDrive folder. These files are then automatically uploaded to the remove server. This means you can work on a document, save it to SkyDrive and then always have the latest version available online, your phone, another computer, and so on.

Summary of Features

  • Access your SkyDrive right from Windows Explorer—photos, documents, and all your other important files
  • Quickly add new files to SkyDrive by dragging them to the SkyDrive folder
  • Easily organize your files and folders in SkyDrive, just like any other folder
  • Connect back to your PC if you forget to put something in SkyDrive


This application is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, and the upcoming Windows 8. Windows XP users will have to use the web browser interface.


You can download any of the SkyDrive apps from here.


Please help me support the Heart & Stroke Foundation

This year I am participating in the Heart&Stroke Big Bike to raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Heart disease and stroke take 1 in 3 Canadians before their time. Together, we can help improve this statistic.

Please help me reach my fundraising goal by sponsoring me online. Click on the link below to make a secure online credit card donation.

The donations we collect will help us to continue to fund life-giving research so that all Canadians can live longer, fuller, lives.

Thank you for your support!

P.S. Here is an interesting article I came across on the Heart and Stroke website about how this is a big threat to women…even more of a threat than breast cancer.

Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face (16min long)

Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don’t know about women’s heart health — including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they’re often missed).

Heart and Stroke


Acura CSX: Part 2 – The Choice

So now I’m left with the decision of whether or not I take the plunge and lease the new Acura CSX and sell my current car, a 1999 Acura 1.6 EL. I decided to make a few phone calls and see what other people had to say before I make a decision.


A decision has been made (that was quick), I’m going to put my car up for sale on AutoTrader and then go into the dealership on Monday after work to initiate the lease process. Here is the description for my car that’s for sale incase anyone is interested:


1999, ACURA, 1.6 EL
5 Speed, Silver, Leather, Heated Seats, A/C, Alloy Rims, Cruise, Moon Roof, Heated Mirrors, Keyless Remote, AM/FM Stereo CD with 6 Disc Changer and Winter Tires. Has 250000 km (majority highway drive), original owner, all service done through Acura.


Ok now that I’ve made the decision to go through with this, there are some questions and choices I need to make, namely the type of Transmission and Color of the car.


          Do I go with the 5 speed manual (which I prefer) or try something new and get the new 5 speed automatic with shift paddles, which are supposed to be incredible and awesome to drive with


          Color (Silver, Black and Blue are my choices) and if I select Blue do I go with a black or tan interior? 

I’m already sold on getting the NAVI package, basically a GPS Navigational system that links up to your Entertainment and Climate control systems and is voice activated.


Also Acura has some nice accessories, but they already give you so much that it’s pointless to get any of the options. For instance, the following is what comes as standard on the 2006 CSX Premium with NAVI:

          Leather seats
          Heated front seats
          Floor mats
          Detail trim
          6 speaker sound system
          Mud flaps

Options I would get are:

          Wheel locks (for the 16” rims)
          MP3 Player auxiliary input (ability to plug your iPOD, ZEN or any other MP3 player directly into your sound system)

At the moment I’m leaning towards the 5 speed manual transmission (I love driving stick) and since I’ve had a silver car for the past 8 years, I’m thinking of trying the blue out. The blue looks great in both black and tan interior, actually with the tan interior it makes it look sharp, classy, and sexy and resembles a BMW, Audi, and Lexus, just half the price and twice the reliability J 

I am interested in this paddle shift automatic transmission, so I’ll probably give it a try on Monday just to get the whole picture.


I’ll keep you posted.


Acura CSX: Part 1 – The Test Drive

Well the time has come to put my old 1999 Acura 1.6 EL to rest and get something new (I know some of you have been telling me this for years). When I say rest I mean I’m selling it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a good car, but for the past couple of years I’ve been longing for something bigger and newer (Acura TSX). So maybe the time has finally come to look at getting something new. It also helps that there is an incentive, a summer sale of 3.8% on a lease, ending July 31, 2006. I better hurry before it’s over.


This all really started with me talking to my friend Craig the week prior, about my car and the maintenance it was getting done, etc, when he told me he was interested in the new CSX from Acura. I was shocked as he loves his 1997 Accord. He said the new CSX has got more power then his Accord and is incredible efficient on fuel at an estimate of $150 a month in savings (based on his driving distance for work) over his current Accord. He said overall the new CSX was an awesome little car (although it’s much bigger then what I currently have) with more horsepower then my EL and his 1997 Accord, better fuel mileage, and just overall more efficient and very advanced (no hydraulics, which means no more timing belt, pumps, etc…yeh).


So when I was in the Acura dealership on Saturday picking up my car from it’s minor service (oil change, spark plugs, belt adjustments, gasket leak fix, etc), I decided to take a look at the CSX. I went over and talked to Scott Norman, the original sales associate who leased and then sold me my current 1999 EL. You know it’s nice that he is still there and even remembered me, that is real service. I don’t think its everyday you can walk in to a car dealer and still see someone from 8 years ago, and to top it off, remembers you. So we caught up and then I mentioned that I liked the look of the new CSX, etc. He proceeded like a typical sales person to tell me more of what I didn’t already know from the internet (which in my opinion is great, tell me what I don’t know, people should be investigating the car before going to the dealer, but alas this isn’t always the case). He then handed me the keys to take one for a spin. So off I went.


I got in the car and noticed it wasn’t a demo car but in fact one of the other sales associates, talk about trust. The first thing you notice about the CSX (AKA the New 2006 Honda Civic) is the dual consoles for the driver. The upper console is much the same as Heads Up Display (HUD) found in military aircraft and even now in the some of the newer high end commercial aircraft (Boeing 777, 787, Airbus A380, Gulf 5, etc). In the CSX/Civic, the upper console isn’t exactly embedded in the windscreen or projected on a film of glass, but is rather placed high and far back on the dash, right in your line of sight with the road. Here you have the important information, speed, gas, temperature and turn indicators. The lower console has your information on RPM (tachometer), and other indicators for maintenance, mileage, trip, etc.


Here is a picture of the look of the dash and the twin consoles. Notice how the upper console is directly in line with your line of sight on the road. When I test drove it I loved this concept and I hope other car manufacturers go this route too.





The other nice thing I noticed and I’m sure you have too by now, is the sweet Navigation system (GPS), center of the dash. It’s amazing and includes voice activation for directions, climate control and entertainment. Speaking of entertainment, it has an awesome 6 speaker system that supports MP3, WMA and an auxiliary line input which is sweet for any owner of an iPOD or as I have, a Creative ZEN Vision M (in my opinion better then those iPODS, but that’s another discussion altogether)



So far I’m sold on this car, the real question now is whether or not I go with the manual 5 speed transmission or the automatic 5 speed with F1 inspired paddle shifters, mounted directly behind the spokes of the wheel. I ended up taking out the manual transmission car for a test drive because this is what I enjoy the most and I had my reservations on the paddle shifters, even though they’ve been given rave reviews and are an adrenaline rush to use. Some even say this is the future direction of the manual transmission. The test drive was great and everything I expected. The gear box was short and compact, allowing you to shift with your fingers if you wanted. I only went for a 20 minute drive as I couldn’t stay all day and I more or less just wanted a feel for the car. At this point I wasn’t committed to buying anything. When I got back I ended up having a quick conversation with Scott and running through some numbers on potential lease payments, etc. I then collected the keys to my car, paid for the service and walked off to my silver EL. When I got into my car and started to drive, this is where things started to get rolling (no pun intended) on getting a new car. I just finished an awesome drive in a brand new 2006 CSX and my adrenaline was still flowing. Getting into my car was like a bad hangover…it just didn’t feel right anymore.


I drove home and called Craig to let him know what I thought of the car and how it performed. You see the funny thing about Craig is he is known to buy cars without ever testing one out or even seeing it (which he did with his Accord). He was very intrigued at what I had to say and what I thought about the car, the interior, etc. I told him to call Scott and see what he could do for him, maybe give us a deal if we were both to lease something.


At this point in time it was late afternoon on Saturday and the dealer had closed. It was also closed on Sunday. So Craig and I were left to ponder what we would do. The summer sale was ending July 31 and who knew what the new rate would be, or if the sale would be extended. Craig decided he was going to pursue the car and talk to a dealer on Monday. I on the other hand needed more information, my gut feeling was telling me to GO FOR IT, but I still had to worry about what I would be doing with my current car. 


Stranded in Moncton Airport

Well it’s been 24 hours since a massive winter storm in eastern canada dropped more then 40+cm of snow. Airports and all flights in and out of the Moncton, Halifax, and PEI were cancelled. When I arrived on Dec. 26, there was a light dusting of snow and you could still see grass for the most part. Now your lucky if you can see a fire hydrant with all the snow here.

All this snow has left me stranded at the airport. I traveled here on my family’s employee pass through Air Canada. This pass is standby which is which is great because its a cheap way to fly but it relies on there being empty seats on the flight.

Due to the winter storm here, there are 27 standby passengers, including myself.

After trying to get on the 11:45 and 12:25 flights to Toronto and Montreal respectively, I’m now trying for a 5:25 and 5:40pm. Next flight after that is 6am tomorrow morning, and it doesn;t look good either.

Oh well, anyway I have to go check on my flight.