September Song

I got a letter today from Service Canada that told me that my application for Old Age Security has been accepted. It’ll be a while before the money starts rolling in, but I definitely am on my way to the winter period of life. Just as well I suppose, because when I was in the ...

Down to the Sea – In This Ship

We’re off on another cruise in a week or so. We got started with cruise vacations rather late in life, but now we like them a lot. This will be our 10th one – all with Celebrity Cruises. Sticking with the same cruise line – assuming you like their style of cruise experience – is ...

Watching A Little Boy Grow Up

Oh sure I loved Mom and Dad when I was a boy growing up in the Leave It To Beaver era. However my favorite adult for a lot of that time had to be my Grandpa. He was quite an old man when I arrived on the scene. Here’s a pic of us in 1955 ...

Windows 7 Is A-OK

I am pretty much a Linux guy when it comes to the PCs around here. Mind you, most of them are older pieces of hardware where Linux runs very well. One machine is fairly new but I didn’t want to be bothered paying for its operating system, or getting involved with licensing hassles. I just ...

No More Lonesome Whistle

The Brockville and Ottawa Railway has had several names over its long and interesting history – B&O, Canadian Pacific, Ottawa Valley Railway – but no matter what you call it, it’s being taken off life support.This fine old railroad – which traversed Canada’s first rail tunnel, carried the Prince of Wales in 1860, and was ...

End of the Netbook Era

I’ve been using a Linux powered Acer Aspire One netbook for a while now – during that time I switched from its native Linpus Lite to Ubuntu Netbook Edition. However I’ve become increasingly dissatisfied with its performance as a portable PC at home. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not junking it completely. For travel ...