Learning to Fly

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings. …Tom Petty (1991) The grandkids were out last weekend and they brought their bikes – minus the training wheels. As I watched Dave run up and down the street behind them, it struck me that learning to ride a bike is akin to a fledgllng leaving the ...

Living in A Trendy Town

The story of Ontario is largely a story of small towns, and we have been fortunate (?) enough to live in three that are really trendy right now. They weren’t necessarily trendy when we moved there, but it certainly worked out that way. When it comes to residence we always seem to be a bit ahead ...

When the Record Starts Spinnin’

60 years ago when Danny & The Juniors were getting ready to record “At the Hop,” IBM was spinning their own brand of records. It was early days in the computer revolution. A business computer was room sized, its cabinets had thousands of cable connections and still used vacuum tubes. COBOL and FORTRAN were languages ...

You Can’t Take It to the Bank

Like many fine Edwardian buildings in small town Ontario, Deseronto’s town hall started out as a bank. BMO had the building constructed in 1904 and occupied it until 1932 when the branch was a victim of the Great Depression. In 1905 Standard Bank arrived, and constructed a smaller but still solid edifice on the opposite side ...

The Netbook – Life, Death and Resurrection

The netbook (2007-2012) can probably trace its origins back to the Toshiba Libretto of the late 1990s but it was heavily influenced by the One Laptop Per Child project of the early 21st century. OLPC – a largely academic project – had the goal of making a cheap and rugged small laptop for distribution in ...

Shades of the Past

They were born in Victorian times. They were young over a century ago. They passed away in the 1960s. Nobody under the age of 60 is likely to remember them at all. They don’t appear to have family descendants who are researching their memory. There’s plenty of info on the Internet about them but I ...