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 ...

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 ...

Want to Use Linux?

  There are many reasons why you might want to use Linux – the best computer operating system you never heard of. Linux is used in over 50% of the servers that run the Internet. A version of Linux called Android is the #1 smartphone and tablet operating system in the world. Linux powers everything ...

More Thoughts on Working Past 65

  Now that I’ve turned 70 I don’t have to feel guilty about being retired. I don’t have to pay attention to all those economic pundits who keep saying that I screwed up Canada’s economy by retiring early. They maintain that productivity will suffer and we’ll all lose if all those hard working boomers stop ...

The End

  There’s been plenty of news lately about the HMV Canada bankruptcy and store closing. As another record store chain goes down, it joins Sam the Record Man, A&A, and Music World on the way to oblivion. About the only record store chain I know of that’s still in business in Ontario is Sunrise Records, ...

The Gazette

There are lots of news articles out there about the loss of journalism in the Internet age. Most of them deal with the disruption and shrinking incomes of major dailies like the New York and L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. But there’s another aspect to the story – ...

Cloning

Time was when if you bought a desktop computer, it was totally obsolete and ready for the recycler in about four years. Either it would not run the resource hungry next version of Windows, or it couldn’t cope with broadband Internet, or its memory was meager, slow and outdated, or the storage capacity of its ...

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