Windows 10 – Worth It?

Whether you’re ready or not, Windows 10 will be coming to a PC near you (Apple and Linux users excepted of course.) Microsoft is going out of its way to get existing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade, and there are rumblings that Windows 10 will become an “optional” Windows Update candidate in future ...

Too Much Information

Well maybe I can’t program a PVR but I do know how to fix most computer problems. Here are a couple I dealt with the past couple of days, courtesy of my coffee group of old fogies. Problem #1 – Customer has a new desktop which features both a wifi and wired connection capability. He ...

Happy Birthday

This was the first birthday party for Maria I attended. She looks happy. (It was actually for her and a couple of other folks in the picture.) It was a while ago, so I won’t say how long. However, I’ve had the occasion to celebrate a few more with her over the years and tomorrow ...

Wanna Blog?

  Back in the last century if you wanted a personal “online presence” it wasn’t as easy as setting up a Twitter or Facebook account. In those days most geeky types had their own website. You could have it hosted on one of the megasites like Tripod, Angelfire or the (now defunct) GeoCities. Each one ...

Too Much Technology

Given that I have close to half a century’s experience in programming, configuring, upgrading, repairing and building computers, plus plenty of time spent setting up printers, scanners, tablets, networks, DVD players and VCRs (!) there shouldn’t be too much in the way of electronic technology that leaves me flummoxed. The sole exception seems to be ...

Banana

That’s what the older kids call her. Sometimes her mother does too. I have threatened on occasion to call her “Susie-Q” – but that is a non-starter. So let’s just call her Susannah. Here she is with her bisnonna in September. Last Friday she celebrated her second birthday. Susannah is a contradiction in terms when ...

The Changing Face of Celebrity Cruising

Here is a photograph taken in Tallinn in June 2006 – the occasion of our first cruise with Celebrity – first cruise ever, for that matter. And here is one from April 2015 on our latest cruise in Honolulu. Same company, but on the face of it a few things have changed. We’ve done a ...

The Reasons a Buyer Says “No”

I read a Sales / Marketing blog the other day that outlined the 4 reasons for customer resistance to a sales pitch. This only affects me as a consumer these days of course since I’ve long ago hung up my workplace stuff. But I thought for fun I’d take a look at the reasons in ...

Jerk

Back in prehistoric times when I studied elementary classical physics, things were pretty simple. And linear. And smooth. And predictable. We learned about displacement, velocity and acceleration and that was that. Forces and acceleration were steady and unchanging, if they applied at all. Since then I’ve learned that physics (and life) is a bit more ...

October 2, 1977

\ Jimmy Carter was in the White House. Trudeau and Levesque were in passionate debate about the future of Quebec and Canada. The Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain were firmly in place. Microcomputers were interesting toys. There were no IBM PCs, no World Wide Webs, no mobile devices. The Expos were winding up their ...