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The Computer Corner


By Charles Miller Mexican Phone Dialing Procedures Soon to Be Simplified Mark this date on your calendar: Saturday, August 3, 2019. That is the day on which the procedure for dialing telephone numbers in México is set to change again. Again, you ask? That is something I will explain below. Dialing Mexican phone numbers can [...]

Travel News

Baja cruises

By Judy Newell México News Jalisco Looks to Promote Off-the-Beaten-Path Areas The state of Jalisco on México’s Pacific Coast is aiming to broaden its tourism product with new developments in Costalegre and a continuation of the Magic Towns program. Plans call for new highway development and officials are having “conversations” about an airport in the [...]

SPA News: Pet Food Money Bank Matching Offer Plus July Dental Discount


By Megan Gabel Terrific News: Anonymous donors have agreed to match every donation in July to the SPA’s Pet Food Money Bank up to a total US$2,500!! Please help us take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to double July contributions. All money raised will be applied to the annual cost of feeding our resident animals [...]

The Computer Corner


By Charles Miller New EU Copyright Directive Can Affect US Users Earlier this month, lawmakers for the European Union issued the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, a directive that essentially is a list of guidelines for each of the 28 EU member nations to use in enacting new laws to protect fledgling [...]

Cat Talk

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By Jayn Corral Have you ever found yourself having conversations with cats, wondering what they are really saying? I have had cats all my adult life, and now with over 30 cat pals at the SPA I often catch myself having sustained exchanges with cats. “What? What do you want?” “No, we already had treats.” [...]

Is Your Email Address Compromised?


By Charles Miller A few weeks ago I wrote about the experience of a client o f mine whose email address was “pwned.” In writing that column, I made up what I mistakenly assumed was a fictitious name to protect my client’s privacy. I wrote that when I checked the website, I found the [...]

SPA Pets of the Month, July 2019


By Jayn Corral and Megan Gabel Our 2019 Pet Food Money Bank goal is 250,000 pesos (about US$13,500). How about making a donation today to apply to the annual cost of food for our cats and dogs (about 100 in all)? For more information, see A petite, black and white, two-year-old beauty, Chrissie was [...]

A Bag of Visual Tricks

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By Tim Hazell Trompe l’oeil (deceiving the eye) and anamorphosis involve projecting images in ways that challenge our perception. Illusion has formed the basis for scientific and artistic investigation since the Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci’s experiments with anamorphosis transcended limits of mechanical perspective and conventional assumptions of geometry. The groundwork was laid for the birth [...]

Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Are Newest Customers Buying Your Personal Data


By Charles Miller It seems as if every time you read the news, some new story reveals more about our dystopian surveillance state. Cameras record us every time we go out in public, advertising giants Google and Yahoo read all our emails, Apple analyzes all of our photos, cell phone providers sell GPS data from [...]

Travel News

Galapagos free air

By Judy Newell México News Jungala: A New Luxury Waterpark in the Riviera Maya The Jungala Luxury Water Park is set to open in the Riviera Maya this June. Created by tourism developer Grupo Vidanta, the new park will open June 22 at Vidanta Riviera Maya. Designed to call to mind a mystical jungle voyage, [...]

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