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Welcome to the Execublog!

Posted by cirvine on June 4, 2015



We are Execulink Telecom, and we provision both residential and business internet, phone, tv, and mobility services to southwestern Ontario and have been doing so for over 110 years. But a lot has happened since 1904, including the emergence of blogging! So here we are. The very first (of many) Execublog posts. How are we doing so far?

In this blog you can find interesting stories about Execulink, the services we provide, the industry we work in, and the local communities we serve. You can also find stories that make you go "hmmm": cool upcoming technologies and trends, computer tips and tricks, and tons more!

We hope you enjoy and please contact us if you would like our blog to cover a certain topic or just want to ask a question about one of our posts. See you soon!


East Park is London's "Place to Play"

Posted by cirvine on June 3, 2015


East_Park_-_climbing_wall.JPGToday Execulink had the pleasure of enjoying a fun-filled Employee Appreciation Day at East Park Golf Gardens in London, Ontario. We all got to be kids again for a day: playing mini putt, bumping in bumper cars, speeding around the go-kart race track, rock climbing, and lots more. The staff served us two delicious meals and organized an entire “Amazing Race” event for everyone. Needless to say, the day was a blast.

During the day I found myself thinking back to when I was a kid, and the birthday parties that I used to go to at East Park.  I remember running in a fury from activity to activity, trying my hand at the batting cages (and being admittedly terrible at it), being in awe of the kids who could climb to the top of the rock climbing wall, and experiencing the joy of pulling out a long line of tickets in an arcade game. There was so much to do, and never enough time to do it!   

As an adult I figured, I can’t possibly have as much fun as I had back then. I proved myself wrong within minutes of being there. I found myself with a huge grin on my face as my coworkers bashed into me in their bumper cars. I made it to the top of the rock climbing wall and felt a little surge of pride. I even found a rush of exhilaration swerving around on the go kart track. If you’re an adult and doubting the fun you might have at this place, stop doubting! Fun is their specialty, for people of all ages.

East_Park_-_driving_range.JPGThe reason they are London’s #1 “place to play” is because East Park has been great at adapting over the years. In the 1960s it was originally just a mini-putt court. Then they expanded into the adjacent property and constructed the batting cages and a train ride that circled around the entire park, as well as a merry-go-round and a Ferris wheel. In the 80s, the go-kart track and a new water slide were added. In the 2000s, the indoor rec facility, “Intencity”, was built, and East Park saw the development of a 40-foot rock climbing wall, bumper cars, a 2-story jungle gym, a video arcade, and a concession stand. 2003 was the year they purchased Wally World, and added a whole separate water park to their facilities. Now after a hot day in the sun you had the option of finishing off the day with a cool splash! Perfect.

East Park showed us a great time and we can’t thank them enough for their great service and hospitality on our work appreciation day. Whether you want to get wet or stay dry; whether you’re a parent, child, or just want to have fun with coworkers; East Park has something for everyone. London and its surrounding areas have been enjoying East Park for over 50 years, and with the way the park adapts and expands, I’m sure we’ll all be enjoying London’s “place to play” for many years to come.

Thanks again East Park!


source: http://www.eastparkgolf.com/about-east-park/



Candice Irvine, Blogger, Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer

I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?

Kingsman: The Secret Service is Action-Packed Fun

Posted by cirvine on June 1, 2015


“Manners maketh the man.” Wise words and also the motto of Lancelot aka Harry Hart, the suave British Kingsmen agent played by the inimitable Colin Firth. In Kingsman: The Secret Service, these words surface again and again as Hart takes it upon himself to mentor his late comrade’s son, nicknamed Eggsy (newcomer Taron Egerton). Eggsy is a young, impulsive delinquent whose lack of structure and support in his home life have obviously taken a toll on his professional and moral choices thus far. That is, until he meets Hart and is taken deep underground to the headquarters and training grounds of the Kingsmen: an British secret spy agency.

He is put to the test among fellow young Kinsgmen contenders, facing trial after trial that judge whether he has what it takes to be a first-rate spy. Meanwhile, the Kingsmen are currently investigating the abductions of public figures from around the globe, and it soon becomes apparent that the eccentric, lisping tech billionaire, Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) is involved.

The story arc is one we’ve seen before: underdog kid is miraculously chosen to become a great hero in a subculture institution (“you’re a wizard, Harry!”). But it’s the way it’s mixed with other genres that makes it compelling and entertaining. It’s first and foremost director Matthew Vaughn’s love letter to spy movies, but it’s also shaken (not stirred) with dark comedy and the aforementioned underdog uprising. This play of themes, much like what he did with his cult favourite, Kickass, make it rise above those played out archetypes to become something truly unique. 

The characters are another great virtue of this movie. Firth fits his genteel spy role like a well-tailored suit, while the bratty Eggsy grows on you as he becomes the man you want him to be. The villain, Valentine, is also a role we love to hate, as he flips back and forth from evil genius to goofy nerd. His right-hand tough, Gazelle (played by Algerian dancer Sofia Boutella) is a truly entertaining villain as she slices and dices her enemies with her razor sharp prosthetic legs.

Parents beware: on the surface this movie might seem like a fun-filled medley of James Bond meets Harry Potter, but this isn’t a movie I’d go see with kids. There’s over-the-top gore (heads literally explode), non-stop swearing and a few lascivious moments that even made me uncomfortable.  Its R-rating is well deserved. 

All in all, this movie is about one thing: non-stop entertainment. You aren’t going to find any deep, insightful metaphors here or a heart-wrenching love story. You’re going to find action, fun, humour, and most importantly, cool spy gadgets. If you loved Kickass and the James Bond franchise, this may be your new favourite film.

You can find Kingsman: The Secret Service showing on Execulink’s VOD service beginning June 9, 2016.


Marty McFly Would Be Proud: Longest Hoverboard Flight!

Posted by cirvine on May 28, 2015


marty-mcfly-hoverboard-backtothefuture-smaller-slower.gifFinally, a hoverboard Marty McFly would be proud of.

Ok guys, this time it isn't a hoax. Just like Back to the Future Part II promised, 2015 has delivered to us what seems to be a really promising hoverboard! Not only that, but the developer of the cool flying machine is a Canadian: Montreal resident Catalin Alexandru Duru. Duru used his hovercraft to travel more than 250 metres --five times more than the previous record-- at a height of five metres above Quebec's Lake Ouareau, and in the process earned himself a new Guinness World Record.   

Duru had been working on the propeller-based prototype for about five years and last August filmed himself hovering over the lake. He sent the film to Guinness Book of World Records who verified the footage, and announced the record on its website on May 22. A Guinness World Records spokesperson said of the achievement, “This is a truly mesmerising and incredible feat in the world of engineering and transportation.  It’s always pleasing to see individuals such as Catalin Alexandru Duru achieve a Guinness World Records titles such as this in which personal endeavour continues to amaze us all.”

And this is only the beginning. Duru and his business partner, Philippe Maalouf, hope to have a new prototype finished by the end of the year and have hovercrafts available for purchase across the country. Although he admits the first generation of hovercrafts would be quite expensive, he hopes that Canadians will soon be able to have hovercrafts sitting next to their canoes and other toys at the family cottage.

Sources: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montrealer-sets-world-record-for-farthest-flight-by-hoverboard-1.3085052



Candice Irvine, Blogger, Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer

I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?

Hindsight is 20/20: Protect Your Data in a Data Centre

Posted by jfreund on May 27, 2015



We've all done it: tried to open a file on your home PC only to find that it's missing, corrupted, or the software to open it isn't working. No matter how many times you try, the files are gone. They're not coming back. "Hindsight is 20/20," your friends say to you, and you die a little bit inside. Now imagine losing that data, but instead of your personal files, it's your business' files. It's sensitive client data. It's irreplaceable budget files. It's essential to keeping the business operating. It could literally collapse your entire company if lost.

That's why it's so important for businesses to think about their backup and storage capabilities. One of the best resources businesses are investing in right now is Data Centres. As a storage facility the Data Centre has a variety of uses. It could house a hot site for your business website; you could use it to store database replication information; or just use it as a simple backup tool. In the end it could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Take a look at our handy white paper on data centres. It could be the solution that your business needs to stay ahead of a potential disaster. Let your foresight be 20/20 for once.



Joel Freund, Manager of Corporate Sales & Services

As a hunter, fisherman, and Corporate Sales Manager, I perfect the skill of patience.