Psst…Wanna Buy a Monitor?

This is the last post I’ll make on computers this year…I promise! But I thought if you were ever in the market to buy a monitor for a new PC or upgrade the one you have now, this might save you some time and effort. Of course if you have a laptop or tablet or ...

Wrapping Up the Old Year

Back in the days when I was still gainfully employed, this time between Christmas and New Year’s Day was one of my favorite periods. I always took the week off, and after the mandatory Christmas hubbub it was nice for the three of us to get away for a few days to a hotel with ...

In the Bleak Midwinter

The cold and snow came early to the Valley in late 2016. We missed the first big storm by hiding out in Florida but the freezing temperatures were waiting when we flew back to Montreal at the end of November. We’ve had a taste of the Polar Vortex – that bone chilling winter weather that ...

The Emerging Monitor

It’s been nearly 35 years since I got my first home computer – called a microcomputer back in the day. And for the first few years I didn’t have a dedicated monitor. Both my VIC-20 and Commodore 64 just hooked up to an old color TV I had kicking around. It wasn’t until the late ...

Hanging In

I retired early – at age 58. I am not making any apologies for my decision. Hindsight is 20/20 I guess. I probably could have worked longer. But at the time my mental health was none too good and I had a history of physical problems to contend with. The reason I bring this up ...

Traveling with Electronics

In this age of convergence I suppose it is possible to travel with a smartphone and have it take care of your electronic needs on the road. I don’t see this working for me because: I don’t have a smartphone. Maria has a Motorola flip phone that routinely makes phone calls but that’s it. I ...

12 Years On

First day of winter – again. Another year of retirement over and hopefully a few more ahead. I never mind the Winter Solstice when it marks such a nice anniversary. 12 years of retirement – you don’t think of it in career terms I suppose – but I’ve been retired longer than anywhere I worked ...

Six Months of Hearing Aids

Well it’s been about six months now since I got these new beauties and on balance I would say the experience has been positive – once I recovered from sticker shock and went through the stoic acceptance of advancing age. Maybe I could go over the positives and negatives just in case you are heading ...

100 Years Ago Today

100 Years ago today a young baby named Mary Minetta Louise Hawley was born. That is her being held by her great uncle Weston Price near the door of the old Price Eagle Rock farmhouse the following year. 2016 has been touted in the media as a tough year – but 1916? A brutal war ...

The Value Pyramid

A lot of people are familiar with the Hierarchy of Needs postulated by Abraham Maslow in the 1940s. I learned about it in the 1970s and I’ve always believed that it makes up an important part of organizational behavior┬átheory (along with Herzberg’s Satisfiers/Dissatisfiers and McGregor’s Theory X and Theory Y models.) Maslow introduced the concept ...

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