Dueling Technologies

When it comes to Windows systems I find that Bitdefender Internet Security is the best for me. It’s got a great Firewall and Antivirus combination, it’s silent and unobtrusive, it doesn’t bog my PC down, and best of all unlike (choke, gasp!) McAfee it actually prevents malware. Bitdefender also has excellent online technical and commercial ...

20 Years Online

I was not an online pioneer but I’ve been around it a while. This year marks 20 years of online presence and activity for me. I’ve messed about with computers for close to 50 years but certainly the last 20 have made the biggest difference in my information lifestyle. An example: in 1994 we wanted ...

Conglomerates, Slicing the Salami and Other Reasons to Fear for Humanity

Being retired from the Canadian food industry, I am uninformed and unaffected by most of what passes as corporate progress, but once in a while this nonsense strikes home. With my afternoon tea, in fact. Back in the 1970s there was a Canadian brand called Peek Frean which was part of the iconic British based ...

Another (Birth)day in the Valley

Come November 19 I’ll be celebrating 11 birthday anniversaries ┬áin Almonte. This photo was taken around the time of my 2nd one in 2006. A lot has happened since then, even to things in the photo. The old flour mill in the background has been renovated; the railway signals and even the trains are gone ...

Too Good to be True

If you buy a laptop or desktop computer today, chances are you don’t give much thought to the operating system it runs. And chances are it’ll run Windows. Despite the inroads made in tablets and smartphones by Apple and Android, Windows still reigns supreme in the conventional computer market. About 90% of the so called ...

Another November and Here I Am

Oh once in a while you get a November day like this, such as the one we had in Auburn NY in 2012. But sadly they are few and far between. Today was more typical I’m afraid – gloomy and wet and cool. The leaves are gone and so are the songbirds. Baseball is over ...

Laptop v. Desktop – No Contest

If you’ve had a personal computer around home for more than 10 years, chances are it started out a desktop with separate screen, speakers, and keyboard. It likely had an wired printer attached and ran Windows XP. You probably had a desk setup for it and plugged a cable into the desktop directly from your ...

The Lion in Springtime

In human terms a cat year of life averages out to about 5 years, but it isn’t that simple to calculate. Cats mature far more quickly, and so it transpires that in the first year of existence kittenhood is left quickly behind and it’s headlong into adolescence (approximately age 15.) The next year takes your ...