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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Good China

Probably there’s nothing in this modern world that labels you as quaint, eccentric, old school, a dinosaur – nothing quite as much as admitting you are a collector of fine china. That in fact you have a set of “good” china. Alas, we do. We started back around 1975 – that was the time I ...

Pantomime

I went to a pantomime today – first one in close to 30 years. Before you get the wrong idea this pantomime wasn’t one that Marcel Marceau or Charlie Chaplin would star in – one with no words and lots of expressive gestures. No indeed. This was a¬†British¬†pantomime – the kind you see at Christmas ...

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