Digital Ups and Downs

I was one of the holdouts when it came to digital photography – especially if that meant using a digital single lens reflex camera. I bought a film Nikon film SLR in 2002 along with some new (at the time) autofocus lenses – just when digital was really starting to take off. At that time ...

Winfield Wants Noise!

I’m a long way removed from the Jays World Series triumphs – both temporally and geographically. But I was there front and center in 1992 and 1993 – close to 50 games each year. Sarah and I saw Jimmy Key’s masterful last start in the 1992 series and a couple of classics in 1993 – ...

W(h)ining on the Bus

Recently Maria and I embarked on a retired teachers bus tour of 4 Prince Edward County wineries. The bus from Smiths Falls picked us up in Carleton Place at 7:30 AM. A painless trip? Well, not so fast – read on. We drove to Perth, picked up our remaining passengers and then headed to Kingston ...

Uncle Eddy

Edward (Edmund) Leo MacDonald (1883 -1956) was definitely my father’s favorite uncle. The youngest of my grandfather’s brothers, Uncle Eddy got a job with the Canadian Northern Railroad as a young man, worked his way up to fireman, married my great-Aunt Winis and by the time the Canadian Government Railways was formed in 1915 was ...

What Sort of Computer Do You Need Today?

When I got started with computing back in the late 1960s this is what was available – either through direct access or time sharing. Hardly the sort of stuff you’d have in the rec room, let alone in your pocket. I learned a lot back then – FORTRAN, BASIC, APL, how to use a card ...

Life Begins at 40

or so they say. When I turned 40 it wasn’t as big a trauma as turning 30. I was a dad, had a great marriage, a good job, was happy spiritually. I can wish no better blessings on Dave as it happens to him tomorrow. He’s been a big part of our lives for the ...

Windows 8, Windows 8…

doncha just love it? (Apologies to Daddy Dewdrop.) It’s possible to avoid the annoying Start screen with its playing card sized “live tiles” and bring back the Start button and menu. All you have to do is install Classic Shell. But Windows 8 – or even its supposed improvement Windows 8.1 – has some other really ...