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 ...

Dedicated

  Having a Spotify subscription is sort of like getting a treasure map of music gold. And so it was that I rediscovered the remarkable vocal trio Wilson Phillips and their 2012 album “Dedicated.” It’s over 25 years now that Sarah was starting high school and we were taking March Breaks in Arizona. Back then ...

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 ...

Nostalgia

    I’ve been taking film and digital photos for close to 50 years now. I got started with a relatively primitive Yashica 35 mm rangefinder back in 1970. For about 15 years I concentrated my photography on slide film – which meant I needed a screen and projector to view my handiwork. I later ...

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 ...

Gerrit

  Once in a great while a person comes into your life that leaves you far more enriched and enlightened than you may have thought possible. Gerrit Willemse was such a person for me. Gerrit had a long and distinguished career with Unilever Research and during that time was the project leader for a technical ...

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 ...

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