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The Computer Corner


By Charles Miller Every Software Program You Want Has a Free Alternative Out There Last week in this column, I related how more and more software companies are trying to move in the direction of Software as a Service (SaaS), a licensing scheme where the software you use on your computer is something you are [...]

Travel News

China Epic

By Judy Newell Mexico News Riu Opens New Resort in Costa Mujeres Riu Hotels and Resorts has opened a new property in México’s emerging Costa Mujeres. The new Riu Palace Costa Mujeres is the company’s nineteenth hotel in México, and its second in Costa Mujeres. The new resort is laid out so that all of [...]

Home for the Holidays


By Joan DiPiero While most of us have everything we really need and have no desire to join the hordes of frenzied holiday shoppers consumed with buying, it is still nice having some presents that add enjoyment to our lives—like a nice fluffy soft shawl or a furry throw to warm those cold nights. The [...]

SPA Shelter’s Adoption Fee Goes Up, But So Does What You Get


By Megan Gabel This past year, the SPA determined it necessary to change the protocol for our resident animals and expand our already extensive protection even more, far exceeding what others offer here in San Miguel de Allende and even in the United States. We had a feline leukemia scare that caused us to segregate, [...]

Travel News


By Judy Newell México News New Hotel Complex Approved for Punta Maroma A new 540-room hotel complex has been approved for construction in Punta Maroma. According to Riviera Maya News, the General Directorate of Impact and Environmental Risk has approved a change of land use for Vadjavari SA de CV, giving the company the green [...]

Office 2019’s One-Time Purchase Model a Sop to “Old Fogy” Computer Users


By Charles Miller In a recent Microsoft press release, there was some very welcome news for the computer users who describes as “old fogies who prefer standalone software.” It is no secret that Microsoft and other software makers would like to see all computer programs licensed under the terms of Software as a Service [...]

Therapeutic Tango for Brain and Body


By Christina Johnson This workshop is comprised of exercises and musical movements to use for rejuvenating and invigorating the body and mind. Contrary to many forms of exercise that exacerbate joint pain, tire the back, and are repetitive and tedious, Argentine tango is always exciting and creative. We can begin tango as a therapeutic exercise [...]

A Celtic Christmas

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By Tim Hazell Iron Age Celts (600BC to the Christian era) are noted for their ornaments, weapons, and ritual vessels of extraordinary beauty. Their presence in Ireland centered around the Fine or clan, from the Irish/Gaelic for “children of the family.” Ancient Ireland was a patchwork of kin groups, or túatha, ruled by a rí [...]

SPA’s Holiday Pets of the Month


By Megan Gabel and Jayn Corral Mitzy and her daughter, Bailey, are at the top of the list for new volunteers because they are eager to go for a walk and do well on a leash—no pulling. Both are small/medium-sized, sweet and friendly dogs. When the mood strikes, they wrestle and play with each other [...]

The Computer Corner


Geofencing:  the Reason You Can’t Watch Game of Thrones from México By Charles Miller Geofencing is a capability that can be built into a software program that uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) and/or other means to define geographical boundaries. This subject recently came up in a conversation with my friend Robert, who was preparing [...]

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