Saving The World, One User at a Time

It’s been a busy week on the Almonte IT support front This week so far I have: Advised a lady in Tim Horton’s how to update her copy of CCleaner Free – a program that cleans up old files and junk on your PC. Upgraded a lady’s laptop to Windows 10 while she’s off cruising ...

Netbook Resurrection

We all know netbooks are dead, right ? These cheap low powered laptops had a short time in the sun between 2008 and 2012. They were eventually killed by consumer apathy, Microsoft trying to install Windows on them and most of all by the iPad and Android tablets. I’ve always been sorry to see them ...

The Sweet Spot

I’ve been playing around with microcomputers for close to 35 years now. One of the biggest changes I’ve seen in that time is in the video display. When I started with a VIC-20 back in 1982 the display resolution was (wait for it) a dazzling 128X128 pixels. Feed that into an old 20 inch color TV as I ...

Our Boy

His much anticipated birth was a highlight of a year marked otherwise by a lot of sorrow and family tragedy. He was born on a historic day when an African American man assumed the Presidency of the United States. He’s our first grandchild and only grandson. Quite a start if I do say so. And ...

Train Simulators Revisited

A few months ago I wrote a post on the two most popular Train Simulators out there – Train Simulator 2016 and Trainz: A New Era. At the time I wrote that I would revisit the issue after a bit more experience with T:ANE. It had just been released at the time. Having now played around with ...

So Much for El Nino

It’s been a roller coaster winter here so far, but it sure feels like a normal one for Almonte today. We had a mild December and the first green Christmas in a long while, thanks to El Nino I guess. After the New Year we experienced a pretty significant snowfall courtesy of a Texas low and ...

Grandpa’s Family

Richard MacDonald – my paternal grandfather – died before I was born. I met only two of his siblings as a child – my uncle Eddy the retired locomotive engineer, and my Aunt Lizzie (Elizabeth) who lived at the time in Bobcaygeon Ontario. So when I got interested in researching the MacDonald family tree I ...