Top 6 Canadian Tech Inventions

Top tech inventions invented by Canadians

The big weekend is ahead of us. Yes, July 1st is just a few days away. And if you’re a Canadian, you already know what we’re referring to. If not, let us explain why this milestone is so important to us.

July 1st is the National day of Canada a.k.a. Canada Day. On this day all Canadians celebrate the anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution Act, which united the three separate colonies of Canada (Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick) that took place on July 1st, 1867.

The holiday is celebrated nationwide with many outdoor public events,  parades, concerts, festivals, and of course, the traditional barbeque and fireworks. Since the festive spirit is already permeating our office, we’ve decided to brush up on our knowledge of Canadian ingenuity and take a look at some inventions brought to us by those from Great White North.

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4 Things to Consider Before Choosing a PDF Software

List of things to consider before picking a PDF solution for the Office

The day has finally come. You’ve come to terms with the fact that your office document workflow requires a complete overhaul. But how do you do it? How do you take it to the next level? Start by incorporating a professional PDF solution in your day-to-day work, obviously.

Sounds good on paper, but there is one issue. Picking any piece of software that will be vital for your business operations can be a true nightmare, let alone a PDF solution that will digitize all of your company’s paperwork and change the way you manage electronic documents.

Should you go for the cheapest or the most expensive solution or the one packed with the most features? With so many different solutions to choose from you can easily get distracted and end up with a poor choice. Let us tell you there is no right answer. To choose the perfect one, you need to know exactly what to look for in a PDF tool.

The fact that you’re reading this article means that you haven’t 100% figured that part out just yet. Don’t worry. We’re here to help. We’ve rounded up four things you should consider before taking the plunge that will, hopefully, get you closer to the decision. Let’s jump right into it.

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Tech Quiz: Test Your Knowledge While Having Fun

Tech Quiz written on the AI inspired background

Put your knowledge about all things technology to the test with our 15 question quiz and have some nerdy fun in the process.

Because everything tech, from computers and the internet to software and big data, changes rapidly on a day-to-day basis, it’s now a must to stay up to date with the technology that dominates our modern day lives.

Are you up to speed on what’s going on in the tech industry today?

Take our quiz to find out. Test how much you know about technology and learn a thing or two about the tech topics that will reshape our future – for better or worse.

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Good luck!

Pros & Cons of Open Source in Business

Arguments for and against open source in a business place

FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) is software whose source code is openly shared with anyone. In plain words, this means that anyone can freely access, distribute and modify such software. Contrary to it, proprietary software is copyrighted and the source code is not available.

Both the open source and the commercial movement have strong advocates in their ranks. One argument is that the open-source method of developing software is far superior to commercial methods. Others disagree and point out the importance of performance assurance delivered by a successful commercial company.

One thing is for sure, FOSS has come a long way since the 80s. Back then running your business on open-source software was unimaginable. Now, FOSS has made its way into the computers of many enterprises such as Amazon, IBM, and Google, just to name a few.

The times of open source software being met with skepticism by entrepreneurs and business professionals are long behind us. FOSS has become mainstream. Why? It’s simple, open-source software offers many compelling benefits to the business sector.

But, just like with anything else in life, there are two sides to the coin. Using open source in the business place has some drawbacks that need to be considered too.

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Bates Numbering 101: History, Usage and Tutorial

Bates Numbering 101

A Brief History

The Bates Numbering Machine (also known as the Bates Stamper) was invented in the late 19th century by Edwin G. Bates. Mr. Bates had one objective in mind – to simplify and increase the effectiveness of document identification and information retrieval.

Back in the old days, this was a manual process. Each page had to be hand stamped with the Bates Stamper in order to index the page with a four-digit sequence. Fortunately, with the transition from paper to electronic documents, this manual method was phased out. Now, thanks to the rise of technology, documents can be “stamped” with  Able2Extract.

Definition & Usage

Bates Numbering, also known as Bates Stamping, is an indexing method used for legal, business and medical documents (PDFs in most cases). Bates Numbers are perceived as digital reference points used to uniquely identify and label each page in a set of documents.  

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