We are fast approaching the holiday season and there is nothing like the gift of technology for the ones you love!  This month in the ITS newsletter we will give you the top 5 technology gifts of the season, A great electronic deal and tech tip,  and more.





December 2011

We are fast approaching the holiday season and there is nothing like the gift of technology for the ones you love!  This month in the ITS newsletter we will give you the top 5 technology gifts of the season, A great electronic deal and tech tip,  and more.

From all of us at ITS we wish you a Happy Holidays!

Starting from back left: Andrea Davis, Pasha Lari, Jason Cramer, Michael Scott, Derek Petersen

Middle Far Left: Mike Cordiez, Adam Thomson, Alexandra Verkuil-Wood, Kevin Leung, Jaspreet Sidhu, Christina Bombelli , Sam Nikraftar

Front Left: Jason Davies, David MacNeil, Terence Yung

In this Month’s Newsletter:

  • Top 5 Technology Gifts for 2011
  • This Month in IT History
  • ITS Electronic Deal
  • Tech Tip Brought to you by Alandale Training
  • December Events in and Around Vancouver

Top 5 Technology Gifts for 2011

Are you looking for a cool gift to give this holiday season?  Well, here are some gadgets that we like at ITS.

1. Disney Tron Legacy: Light Cycle Sam Flynn–Zero Gravity RC Vehicle.

This is one cool gadget. Not only does it zoom across the ground but this toy can climb walls and even drive on the ceiling for around $40,00.

2. Altec Lansing’s Octiv Duo

This slick looking dual iPod, iPhone doc is compact, with a free app this docking station becomes an alarm clock with dual iPod-mixing functionality all for around $70.00.

3. Kindle Touch

This is a great eReader, with wifi, ink touch screen and a massive catalog of  books, magazines, newspapers, and audio books this is great for those that do a lot of traveling and like to read without having to lug around a bunch of books. Costs around $99-$139 depending on the features you choose.

4. San Disk Sansa Clip

Looking for something that is comparable to an iPod but for lower cost?  This is a great alternative that plays most audio files, 8GB of space, has a voice recorder and FM radio all for $50.00.

5. Mophie Juice Pack Air

Do you know someone that is constantly on their iPhone 4 and 4S and draining the battery?  This is a rechargeable external battery in a stylish case. Problem solved all for around $80.00. Visit Mophie.com for more information and great photos.

This Month in IT History

On December 3, 1971 three student teachers, Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillengerger at Carleton College, in Northfield Mennesota, showed a group of students a little game called The Oregan Trail. They created the game on a mainframe computer, and the inspiration for the game was to teach school children about the life of a 19th century pioneer on the trail.  The game was then produced by the Minnesota Education Computing Consortuim in 1974.  Don Rawitsch took a job at the Consortuim that year and uploaded the game onto the organization’s network where it could be accessed by students all across Minnesota.  The game became so popular that in 1985 the game was released on floppy disk Nationwide.

Monthly Electronic Deal

Each month we will supply you with a product that we believe is a great deal and may suit your business or personal needs. This is an opportunity for you to save time and energy shopping around for what’s best at the best price, because we have done it for you!

Lenovo Desktop

ThinkCentre M81- Tower- i5-2400 (3.10Ghz)- 4Gb (1DIMM)-320GB- DVD RW- Intel HD (VGA=DP)- Win7 Pro 65- USB Keyboard & Mouse- 3 Year Onsite

Price: $699.00

*Price does not include Monitor

If interested contact the sales team at [email protected]


Brought to you by Alandale Training a great resource online for tips and on-site computer training courses in Vancouver, BC. Visit their site at www.alandaletraining.com.

Do you find it frustrating when you start typing in word and there is extra space between lines and indents when you don’t need them?  Here is a quick and easy way to remove paragraph formatting: Ctrol+Q.  Highlight or click in the paragraph you want to remove formatting from and press Ctrl+Q. Presto! All Indents, Special Indents, Spacing before or after, Line spacing, Keep with next, Page break before, and Keep lines together formatting will be removed.

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Here are some fun events happening in and around Vancouver.

Magic of Christmas Light-Up

December 1

Come see the tens of thousands of lights, festive decorations and twelve days of Christmas display at the Butchart Gardens light up for first night of the holiday season.  The lights remain up until January 6.

8th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Dec. 4

See Santa in Vancouver ride down the streets of the Lower Mainland.

Arts Club Theatre Company Presents the Patron Saint of Stanley Park

December 1, 2011- December 24, 2011

A scruffy vagabond helps a struggling family to see that Christmas can illuminate the strength of the human spirit.

Thanks for reading! Have a great December!

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