Under the Simply Spotlight

Under the Simply Spotlight – Episode 5

By Dan Daly

Here at Simply Computing we take pride in being your local Apple specialists. We’ve been around for over 30 years and we like to showcase our passion for quality service. That’s where Simply Spotlight comes in, read on for a short interview that gives a flavour of who we are. This month we turn our Simply Spotlight to Stefan, our Langley store manager.
Over to you Stefan!!!

When and where were you born?
I was born in Bremen, Germany, 1965.

What was your first job?
Like Ken, our Kelowna Store Manager, I started out as a paperboy, other than that my first job was a busboy at Leroy’s Broiler!

What’s your current position?
Store Manager at our Langely Store.

How long have you been in this position?
On and off for about 12 years now, one of the longest standing here at Simply.

What was your job before working at Simply Computing?
I worked in sales at Cita Computers.

What is your favourite product in the store right now?
The new 27″ iMac, it’s 5K display is second to none and it has some real horsepower behind the screen. Honestly it’s a terrific machine I’d love to pick one up.

Favourite thing about working with Simply?
There’s always something new to keep me interested. For instance Apple launched a whole bunch of new products there in April, it’s been great to get familiar with this new line!

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Roast lamb, you just can’t beat it!

What music are you listening to right now?
Right now Roger Waters, Is This The Life We Really Want. It’s his first studio album in 25 years and only came out on June 2nd. It has some great tracks, highly recommended!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I partake in a refreshing beverage every now and again! There’s always more craft beers to try out!

If you could meet a famous historical person, who would it be?
Abe Lincoln. Hard to find someone more influential than him, seemed like a pretty cool guy!

Is there any upcoming tech that you’re excited about?
The new iMac Pro, it’s going to be available in December and promises to be in a league of its own! It’s going to have incredible specs in terms of graphics, processors, memory.. I can’t wait to get some in the store!

Thanks to Stefan for going Under the Simply Spotlight this month. Stefan and his team are ready, willing and able to assist you with any questions you may have regarding the wide range of products and service we have to offer. For directions to our Langley store click here.

Under the Simply Spotlight – Episode 4

Under the Simply Spotlight

Episode 4

By Barry Donnelly

Over on our Instagram page (@simplycomputing.ca),  we have been sharing photos showcasing the cities our stores are located in. In February we featured Abbotsford and in March we showcased some great photos from Vancouver. This month our attention turns to the Okanagan and our featured city is Kelowna. In conjunction with this, we also want to turn our Simply Spotlight to Ken, our Kelowna store manager.
Take it away Ken!!!


When and where were you born?
Prince George BC, on a -48 C morning in 1969.

What was your first job?
Paperboy delivering Province and Sun papers in Smithers BC – which arrived 1 day late.

What’s your current position?
Store Manager.

How long have you been in this position?
2 Years.

What was your job before working at Simply Computing?
I was an Assistant Manager for Walmart.

What is your favourite product in the store right now?
Sonos Speakers. Followed closely by the new Apple TV.

Favourite thing about working with Simply?
The ability to turn a bad day into a good day for our customers.

3 words you would use to describe working at Simply Computing
Busy, Rewarding, Fun

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Chilli Pie – Its Chilli on a bed of rice, topped with cheese and a cornmeal popover crust, baked in the oven.

What music are you listening to right now?
Right now Tom Waits, but I listen to pretty much anything but Rap. Usually 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music.

What is your most memorable travel experience?
10 years ago in California, we celebrated my grandfather’s 95th birthday, my kids had big moments at Medieval Times and Seaworld, and I got to be part of the show in Disneyland.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read, spend time with my family.

If you could possess one super power, what would it be?
The ability to influence people to show compassion and do the right and ethical thing.


Thanks to Ken for going Under the Simply Spotlight this week. Ken and his team are ready willing and able to assist you with any questions you may have regarding the wide range of products and service we have to offer.

Under the Simply Spotlight: St.Patrick’s Day Episode

Under the Simply Spotlight

Episode 3

By Barry Donnelly

So we have a special edition of Under the Simply Spotlight this week. With St.Patrick’s Day coming up ☘️🇮🇪 🍀 , we wanted to put one of our Irish employees Under the Simply Spotlight. This was a tough task deciding who to interview this week.  We have 6 Irish employees in total and 5 of them in our Vancouver location and as they are Irish, they are not shy when it comes to talking. So it came down to who shouted the loudest and so Amy will be Under the Simply Spotlight this week.

When and where were you born?
I was born in 1988 in Dublin, Ireland. I grew up in a small seaside town called Rush, which is just outside the city.


What was your first job?
I suppose babysitting for family, although it was more an internship because I never got paid. :/

What’s your current position?
Customer service at our Vancouver store.

How long have you been in this position?
I have been in this position for just over a year.

What was your job before working at Simply Computing?
Customer service for Harvey Norman Ireland. They are an Australian company who sell furniture, bedding, computer and electrical products.

What is your favourite product in the store right now?
Any Sonos product, I love the sound quality and how easy they are to use. The Sonos app is very easy to use and I love how it can integrate my Spotify playlists.

Favourite thing about working with Simply?
The friendly atmosphere. It makes it a lot easier to come to work when everyone gets along so well.

3 words you would use to describe working at Simply Computing
Fun, educational and enjoyable

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
NACHOS NACHOS NACHOS!!!!

What music are you listening to right now?
Rag n’ bone man, he is a new artist from England.

What is your most memorable travel experience?
Going to Italy on an art trip with my school when I was 16. We had a group of 40 students and a few teachers. We went for a week and travelled to a lot of different cities and towns. It was a great experience, we even got to visit Michelangelo’s David.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Drinking coffee and hangout with friends. FaceTime my friends & family in Ireland.

If you could possess one super power, what would it be?
Oh at the moment it would have to be the ability to control the weather (like Storm in X-Men) Vitamin D for everyone ☀️😎☀️

What is your favourite food from back home?
Oh there is so many but I really miss my Nana’s stew, I can make a good stew but its not my Nana’s



What are your plans to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day this year?
Well I will be working for it this year, but I will make up for lost time after 6pm. I will be up early on Saturday morning to watch the Irish rugby team compete against England. On Saturday night I will be going to a Ceili. (Ceili is a party with Irish music, some dancing and normally a lot of singing)

What is your favourite Irish artist/song?
The Dubliners and the Wolfetones are my favourite traditional Irish music. The Coronas are my favourite Irish band at the moment.



What Irish phrase would you encourage people to use during the celebrations this weekend?
Sláinte (SLAN-CHA), it means Good health and is normally used as a drinking toast.


Thanks Amy for telling us about yourself. I am sure there are lots of people who wish they could have that superpower at the moment. While it may be some time before we see the sun, we have a guarantee that we will see 50 shades of Green this weekend!

Here are some other popular Irish phrases to help you get into the spirit of St.Patrick’s Day.
  • Conas atá tú? (Kun-is a-thaw-two) meaning How are you?
  • You will most likely be greeted with this response. Tá mé go maith (Thaw may go mah) meaning  I am good.
  • Go Raibh Maith agat (Guh rev mah a-gut). This is bit of a mouthful but literally means May you have goodness but more commonly recognized as Thank You.
  • Tá fáilte romhat (taw FAWL-cheh ROH-ut) meaning You’re welcome.
I would like to wish everybody, Lá fhéile Pádraig sona duit ((Law aye-la Par-ick sun-a dit) meaning Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. I hope you all have a great weekend. Oh and if you happen to come across any Irish people ask them what their favourite Irish phrase from school is!!!

Under the Simply Spotlight

Under the Simply Spotlight

Episode 2

By Barry Donnelly

Welcome to our second installment of Under the Simply Spotlight. Under the Simply Spotlight this week is Lauren Reid.

When and where were you born?
I was born in Manchester, England (the blue side) on September 11th, 1990.

What was your first job?
I worked in retail for French Connection in Manchester one day a week while I was at college.

What’s your current position with Simply Computing?
I’m a service technician at the Vancouver store.

How long have you been in this position?
Since November 2016, so not that long!

What was your job before working at Simply Computing?
When I first arrived in Vancouver in June 2016 I landed a job at a small recruitment agency in downtown Vancouver where I was a receptionist, recruiter and the IT specialist.

What is your favourite product in the store right now?
It is between the Audio Engine 5+ and the Sonos Speakers we have. Not that I’d ever be able to afford them… maybe one day!

Favourite thing about working with Simply?
I don’t think there is a day where I don’t learn something new and the Vancouver store team are the best!

3 words you would use to describe working at Simply Computing
Interesting, educational, fun

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
It would either be a classic English fry-up or any Indian curry! Winner!

What music are you listening to right now?
I like a bit of everything really, recently I’ve been playing Childish Gambino and James Blake.

What is your most memorable travel experience?
Last year I went to Bolivia and spent 3 days in Salar de Uyuni. At one point we were 5,000 metres above sea level and the landscape was unreal! It is a great place to get some amazing photos.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have a part time job where I manage a roofing sales representative’s social media accounts, so when I’m not working I try to get out the city to do stuff like mountain biking or hiking and I try to keep up to date on the football back home.

If you could possess one super power, what would it be?
Teleportation! Only so I could go anywhere for food! I’d go to Vegas for breakfast and Chennai for a decent curry! Oh, and I guess I could pop home from a brew now and again.

Under the Simply Spotlight

Under the Simply Spotlight

Episode 1

By Barry Donnelly

So it’s the first week of February and I don’t know about you but I am still wondering where 2016 went. The New Year is usually a time to reflect upon the year that has passed. It is also a great time to look at your life and make decisions about what you would like to change and that is how we arrive with our New Years Resolutions. Over the past 3 weeks I have also been thinking about what new content we can provide to you, our valued customers.

The main “resolution” Simply Computing has made for 2017 is for us to bring you more information about our staff, our stores, our services and our product selection. We have employees who have been with Simply Computing since the beginning, others who have made Canada their home and others who love technology and love showing our customers how it can be used to help better their everyday lives.

Each month we will interview staff members from across our stores to give a greater insight into the staff you interact with. Our first staff member to go “Under the Simply Spotlight” is Ian Carter. When and where were you born?
I was born in Abbotsford on Valentine’s Day ’89. Bonus fact: I share my birthday with my Grandma.

What was your first job?
My first ‘job’ was helping my uncle build a fence for a week. My first real job, however, was working at Wendy’s in Kelowna where I grew up.

What is your current position?
I’m currently the Store Manager at the Abbotsford Simply Computing in Sevenoaks Mall.

Where did you work before joining Simply Computing?
I worked at EB Games for just over seven years, being a store Manager for 5 of those years. That job gave me many of the skills I’ve carried over into this job.

What is your favourite product in the store right now?
Easily the Herschel bags we carry. They’re pretty awesome and I look forward to the new ones we’ll be getting when the seasons change.

Favourite thing about working with Simply?
Being able to educate people who don’t think they can’t do something with their device. Having them leave with whatever they learned that day is extremely satisfying.

3 words you would use to describe working in Simply Computing?
Challenging, Satisfying, Fun

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
I don’t think I could eat one thing the rest of my life, but if I absolutely had to pick something it would be pasta.

What music are you listening to right now?
I’ve actually obsessed with a band called Marina and the Diamonds the last few months. I’m also a huge Linkin Park fan and will welcome all cheers or jeers for that response.

What is your most memorable travel experience?
When I was 21 I traveled to a country called Malta to visit my girlfriend at the time who was going to school there. Two weeks eating 1 Euro pizza and collecting rain water for my showers. Definitely a cool experience.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I play a lot of video games (Destiny, Xcom, Skyrim) and I also like to write. I’ve been working on my current idea for around 8 months now.