So What Is An APU Exactly?

Glad you asked. let’s look into it. Back in 2010 when AMD was losing the processor performance wars with Intel, they made a technical detour to develop something called Fusion – the first Accelerated Processing Unit. An APU combined a capable processor (CPU) with a capable graphics unit (GPU.) Up until that time a desktop computer either ...

My (Former) Piece of the Rock

Seventy-one years ago my parents took out a mini-sized endowment policy on mini-me. I have never seen the point of insuring kids since they are an expense, not an income source but hey – my parents must have seen it differently. Life was more precarious for kids in the 1940s and maybe they needed burial money ...

Your Future Self

I read a Globe and Mail Article today about how tough it will be to refinance one’s debt this year (Visa bills and lines of credit folded into a new mortgage) because the real estate values in places like Toronto and Vancouver are declining. That (and the new stress test one has to pass at 2% ...

Saving This Blog

Wow, what a PITA this is. For many years I stored my image files on a site called Photobucket. For around $30 a year I could link/embed an image to any forum post or blog post. Apparently, this was too much for Photobucket to bear. Last year they announced it would cost $500 a year ...

An Old Fashioned Winter?

This is how it looked in Almonte this time last year after a 30 cm snowfall. Although we have had an average snowfall this year and some brutal cold, we have also had some mild spells so the snowpack is considerably shallower this year. I don’t think we have had a major snow dump either ...