Why Zoom meetings really do leave you exhausted


Marc Staut recalled the disappointment felt by some of his CPA firm clients as they introduced new information systems about a year ago.

The project planning went fine. So did training the client firms’ professionals. The rollout may have been a bit aggressive in its scheduling, but it, too, went off without a hitch, and the new systems were in place, just waiting to be put to use.

None of the firms’ professionals touched them.

“It turned out they were just exhausted,” said Staut, the chief innovation and information officer for Boomer Consulting Inc. “They had spent so much time

Donations needed to fill back-to-school tech gaps


With school set to resume in a few short weeks, one business is lending a hand to students across the province who don’t have reliable access to computers, laptops or the internet at home.

London Drugs is teaming up with BC Technology for Learning Society, and is asking for donations of gently-used laptops, computers, monitors and keyboards that can be restored and given to as many students as possible.

According to the province, between March and June, 23,000 students received technology loans in order to learn from home during COVID-19.

“Whether there will be a need for some kind of

BBC – Travel – Jiankou: China’s remote and dangerous Great Wall


The Great Wall of China, which winds for 21,000km across the north of the country, is one of humanity’s most renowned creations. It has been listed as one of the “new” Seven Wonders of the World alongside the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum. It was named a Unesco World Heritage site in 1987. When tourists come to Beijing, they head by busload to the wall’s most famous outposts. 

Few of them come here.

The Jiankou section of the wall ribbons over the top of jagged green mountains for 20km. From the valley below, it looks like icing piped onto each

Frances Allen, pioneering computer scientist, dies at 88 |


(CNN) — Frances “Fran” Allen, a computer scientist who became a pioneer in the world of computing for her work on compiler research, died on August 4, her 88th birthday, according to an announcement from IBM.

She was in a nursing home when she passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, her great-nephew Ryan McKee told the New York Times.

Allen grew up on a farm in Peru, New York, and received her undergraduate degree in mathematics in 1954 from The New York State College for Teachers (now called SUNY Albany). After graduation, she became a teacher at a