A New Era?

I am a big Train Sim fan and especially like Dovetail Games’ “Train Simulator 2015.” I have a lot of routes and content for that particular game. However there is another very popular Train Sim game out there called Trainz – it’s made by an Australian developer called N3V Games. The most recent stable release ...

Income Inequality

It’s been over 45 years since I started my career in industry as a newly minted graduate chemist, but it seems a world away in societal terms. I began work in a research department of a major food company that was located right next door to a big bustling food factory. The products we developed ...

Death Watch

Perhaps you have heard that Target’s entry into Canada has been a spectacular failure and they are closing all 133 of their stores, laying off nearly 18000 staff and retreating south of the border. We were sorry to hear this as we enjoyed shopping at the Smiths Falls Target. It may not have been equivalent ...

Loco Fantasy

When my Windows 7 install crashed in December 2014 I had to reinstall all my programs including my Train Simulator 2015 files. I lost all my custom train consists, so I had to make new ones to play the game properly. I took advantage of the disaster to create a few new trains that probably ...

Just Another Day in IT

Since I moved to Almonte, I have embarked on a second career as unpaid IT technologist for the seniors in my neighborhood. It keeps my mind sharp and I get the occasional free coffee out of it so I suppose it’s worth my time. Today was a typical day with a couple of my “Clients.” ...

Buy? Build?

I have two primary desktop computers on the go right now. One is pre-built (Acer Veriton with Windows 7 Pro) and one is home-built (Linux Mint 17.) There is lots of information out on the Web about whether you should buy a prebuild desktop or buy your own, so I’ll just add some personal comments ...

Snips and Snails and…

Six years ago on January 20, a sea change occurred in the lives of his parents and grandparents when Teddy was born. It seems like yesterday but seeing him today…wow! He’s developed into quite a young man it seems. He’s always been a sunny tempered little boy like his mother – with a gentle and ...

The Plague

About a week before Christmas I came down with the plague. OK maybe that’s a bit of hyperbole. What I got was a nasty respiratory virus – not as bad as the flu but certainly a lot worse than a common cold. For two weeks I’ve had a thrumming headache, lots of sucky mucus, general ...