Then and Now

It’s been 20 years or so since Sarah started university (21 actually) and it was around that time that both of us got online – me at home and she at Guelph. Internet experiences have sure changed a lot – especially for me as a home user. Let’s take a look. Equipment to Get Online ...

Cell Phone Roulette

We are nothing if not loyal to our wireless provider. That was the first service Rogers Communications ever provided us – way back in 1991 when they were called Cantel. In the ensuing 26 years we had 3 – count ’em – cell phones: (1991-2000) Motorola bag phone – plugged into cigar lighter in the ...

Thanks a Lot, Photobucket!!!

The photos displayed on this blog mostly come from a photo sharing site called Photobucket. I have used Photobucket for a decade and I even pay them for the privilege. I don’t abuse their storage capacity or bandwidth. Photo sharing sites have three basic uses: To store your photos safely in the Cloud. To provide a ...

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

Internet service providers get little love these days it seems. In my town I have a choice of two – one really if I don’t want to get TV via satellite dish. My local monopolist is Rogers Communications. Generally Mr. Rogers gives good service although I pay him well for the privilege. And don’t expect ...

The Next Great Linux Platform

  I’ve been installing and running Linux as an alternate to Windows for over 10 years now. In that time: I’ve installed Linux as a replacement for Windows systems that were obsolete or slow. I bought a couple of netbooks that came with Linux pre-installed. I had a desktop system built without Windows to run ...

Retooling

  I recently read a book called “Janesville – An American Story” by Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein. It was gripping and thoroughly readable – but it doesn’t have a happy ending. Janesville – as I found out – is a medium sized city in Southern Wisconsin near the Illinois border. It is famous as the ...

Impulse Purchase?

    I read an article today about how Costco Canada was getting lots of sales through impulse purchases – like an instant massager – no, NOT instant messenger, instant massager. That seemed rather weird to me. I mean, who wants to look for serendipity in a place where random shoppers conspire to block the aisles and ...

Desktop Environment – 1970

    This is probably the first photo I ever snapped with my Yashica Electro M5 35mm camera back in 1970. Notable I suppose for historical rather than aesthetic purposes. Here’s my desktop back then. I didn’t do much real development work here of course. I would do that at the communal lab benches and ...

The Scanner – Part Deux

So the scanner has arrived. It’s not made by Nikon or Canon – not even Panasonic. Its brand name is (wait for it) Jumbl. Jumbl is a company that markets different electronic gadgets that are no doubt made in China and co-branded for them. No matter. The darn thing works pretty well. You can scan ...

Slide Scanning

What I learned about photography I picked up from my Uncle Howard. He used the ugly little Kodak Signet 50 (pictured above) for 25+ years and was living proof that it is not the equipment that makes the photographer. He could make that old manual fixed lens viewfinder just talk. I’ll never make as good ...

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