Keeping Your Cool

Living as we do north of the St Lawrence River by a hundred kilometers or so we don’t get long stretches of heat and humidity like – say Baltimore. But it does get warm enough (scheduled for low 30s – 90 degrees F today) that it is worth it to have whole house air conditioning. ...

Suck It Up

I needed some canned compressed air the other day, to blow the dust out of a laptop fan. My can in the workshop was exhausted, so I headed over to the local hardware store to get another one. I couldn’t find any on the shelf in the electronics section so I flagged down a store ...

The Formula

I see quite a few references to the fact that Boomer parents have passed on to their Millennial and Gen-X offspring a “formula for success” in life that said offspring must follow. This “formula” will have the following elements (among others:) Get a good education (preferably at university.) Get a job. Buy a house. Prices ...

The Linux Mystique

Right then. It isn’t that there are that many people going around bragging how proud they are to be running Windows on Their PC. Bill Gates may be an exception, but these days I have heard more complaints about this monopolistic operating system than ever before. Folks don’t like the forced updates in Windows 10. ...

Bring On the RAM – If You Can

My very first microcomputer – back in the Duran Duran era – was a Commodore VIC 20 that featured an 8 bit processor, a cassette tape storage drive, and 5 kilobytes of available RAM. I managed to get a couple of expansion cartridges and boot the RAM all the way up to 32 KB. Impressive. ...

Cat 3.0

It’s been nearly a year since the tragic final failure of Cat 2.0 and we’ve had Cat 3.0 installed now for close to 11 months. A technical review is in order. Look and Feel Cat 3.0 has significantly brighter and multicolored appearance compared to the monotone gray of Cat 2.0, although the tactile impression of ...