Good Enough

I remember in the 1980s and 90s when PC technology seemed to be improving daily, there was always a reason to get a better computer system:(1) Processor too slow or obsolete.(2) Replace tape drive with floppy drive then mini-floppy drive then hard drive.(3) Hard drive lacking capacity.(4) Move from text to graphics interface.(5) Graphics card ...

Hanging ‘Em Up

After 39 years in the food business, I’ve decided to retire completely.After I left Unilever and moved to Almonte, I kept busy a couple of days a week working as a volunteer in a small fairtrade coffee company called Equator.However it became a fairly large physical and temporal commitment and I really need to think ...

Will You Love Me Tomorrow?

This Goffin – King masterpiece was first charted as a #1 hit by the Shirelles in 1961. Since then it’s been remade a few times – by Carole herself, the Bee Gees, Roberta Flack, Laura Branigan, Cher, Melanie, Dusty Springfield, Joe Walsh, Bryan Ferry, Neil Diamond, Shawn Colvin, and Red Hot Chili Peppers to name ...

The Kids Are Alright

One of the cool things about getting old and having adult children is watching them make those lifestyle decisions you had to make 30 years ago, and vicariously reliving the moment.Dave and Sarah have been looking for a house near Ottawa for a few months now. They wanted a place close to town with public ...

Still A Dinosaur

I’ve been using Nikon SLR film cameras for 25 years so you’d expect I’d have switched to digital with a D50, D80, or D200 camera body by now. You’d expect that, but you’d be wrong. When it comes to SLRs I’m still a dinosaur.Oh I have a digicam alright. It’s a Nikon Coolpix 5000 from ...

Achilles Heel

This post is being written and published wirelessly from a laptop running Linux – which in itself is a minor miracle of sorts.If there is one area where Windows kicks Linux butt it is in wifi – especially if the wireless uses WPA encryption.My son-in-law came over a few weeks ago with his XP laptop ...