16th January 2018

Waiting to back up

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time waiting for data to be backed up. Go all the way back to punch cards, when copying a single card took a measurable amount of time to be threaded through the teeth of the card reader. Move forward, through the cassette, to the floppy. Follow that with more tape, and the 1X CD burner. Keep on going.

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29th December 2017

Stopped in a stuff store

Today I worked on my retail list. In a big city, the specialty stores are there just for people like me: the occasional random shopper.

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3rd December 2017

Meatballs and a phone reset

Maybe, just maybe, the next generation will be better! I spent the afternoon among the really young; not much conversation, but watching them master closed doors and light switches that were too high (for them) was refreshing. I’ve grown jaded, with time. Too much news content with only negative viewpoints. I needed to see that the babies are still untarnished.

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19th September 2017

Sliding into autumn

We’re sliding into autumn. Yesterday, on the way north through the province, some of the trees had already changed colours. In the garden, a bumper crop of tomatoes (varied shapes, sizes, colours). A change in the bird count around the place. Dark at an early hour (everything is comparative). Software updates, galore.

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9th August 2017

A big Ap01Og-why

Time to hit pause; I’ve been researching family stuff for someone and let the time get away with it. Having a very productive evening. Easy to let the day turn into night, and the clock to tick into another date.

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16th May 2017

Bumping the camera along

This was a meeting evening. Community service, with a chance to practice my penmanship. In a perfect world, I’d bring along a laptop and do my official recording direct to file; this is not a perfect anything. By scribbling, I extend my workload (decrypting, in large part), but it saves having to volunteer as the go-to IT guy at a time of the day when I would prefer to kick back. I don’t have to prepare the agenda, which is a blessing in so many ways. Just pay attention and take notes, like the good old days in one of those classes in university.

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2nd May 2017

Guessing at menu choices

Remember the kid that played the role of the wizard in nine movies? The one with the glasses and the crazy bolt scar? I knew you would. He took a chance; some people never escape their persona in later movies. In his case, he did. After watching two of the recent efforts, I feel qualified to say that “typecast” isn’t among his weaknesses. A villain AND a skinhead?

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1st May 2017

Remote accounting

As the first sign of dawn approached, I bid son #3 goodnight, and closed the computer. I had dodged my own “taxation stress”, but until his paperwork was filed I still had to play the game. We did this via a chat app. A first, for me; remote accounting.

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21st March 2017

The twisty passages of Kodi

After a long afternoon, I’m left to wonder. If something only half-works, is it successful (as a project)? Today, I decided to explore the twisty passages of Kodi. After all, if the courts are deciding whether or not I have the right to purchase the associated “black box”, then I’ll go ahead and make my own.

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28th February 2017

More Pi possibilities

I’m unable to keep up. Another variety of Raspberry Pi announced and shipped today. Keep this up, and that IofT (Internet of Things) will be more than a wish. Already, people are planning how to turn a ten-spot into something of value!

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