Dr. R. D. Gordon (1936-2017)

When I was a chemistry undergraduate at Queen’s University (a lifetime ago) I didn’t have a lot of personal contact with my professors at the start. Probably this was a combination of respect for elders and their considerably higher credentials. Dr McIntosh – the Department Head – was himself the son of a distinguished Chemistry ...

Want to Use Linux?

  There are many reasons why you might want to use Linux – the best computer operating system you never heard of. Linux is used in over 50% of the servers that run the Internet. A version of Linux called Android is the #1 smartphone and tablet operating system in the world. Linux powers everything ...

More Thoughts on Working Past 65

  Now that I’ve turned 70 I don’t have to feel guilty about being retired. I don’t have to pay attention to all those economic pundits who keep saying that I screwed up Canada’s economy by retiring early. They maintain that productivity will suffer and we’ll all lose if all those hard working boomers stop ...

The End

  There’s been plenty of news lately about the HMV Canada bankruptcy and store closing. As another record store chain goes down, it joins Sam the Record Man, A&A, and Music World on the way to oblivion. About the only record store chain I know of that’s still in business in Ontario is Sunrise Records, ...

Making It Last

  If you recently got a new laptop from a big box store, you can count on 3-5 years of use before you’ll be back for another one. It might be the nature of the beast – cramped layout and poor cooling results in overheating, smaller and weaker components – whatever the reason, it is ...

The Gazette

There are lots of news articles out there about the loss of journalism in the Internet age. Most of them deal with the disruption and shrinking incomes of major dailies like the New York and L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. But there’s another aspect┬áto the story – ...

Cloning

Time was when if you bought a desktop computer, it was totally obsolete and ready for the recycler in about four years. Either it would not run the resource hungry next version of Windows, or it couldn’t cope with broadband Internet, or its memory was meager, slow and outdated, or the storage capacity of its ...

The Bible

Although I still had a couple of years of study ahead, I felt I had really arrived as a chemist the day I got my 47th edition of the CRC Press Handbook of Chemistry and Physics in 1966. Although it had gone through a phase of shortening and abridging a couple of years earlier, the ...