Technology rss

The only Apple product I’ll ever own will be missed … but not yet(0)

May 13, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, I thought my long-suffering iPod Classic was finally gone. It accompanied me to a local trade show, and after packing up, it seemed like my little MP3 player had been lost. Such was not the case, thankfully. I’ve had my iPod Classic for at least eight years. It doesn’t hold a charge like it used… Read More ›

Getting the Pi back up and running

After backing up my photos and music from my now wonky desktop computer, I got the behemoth of a tower off my desk and stored safely away in the basement (y’know, to collect dust for the next few years or something). Now my office workstation is much more minimalist. There’s the Pi, a monitor, the wireless keyboard… Read More ›

Is there (computing) life after Windows?

Let’s just say there were many expletives that escaped my mouth. Most, if not all, may have started with the letter “F.” It all began on Friday when I dismantled my desktop computer. When I finally reconnected it today, I managed to damage the video card input. Now my Windows 10 PC is incapable of showing anything but… Read More ›

The only two reasons I can’t walk away from Windows

Aside from my first computer (if you can call the ADAM a real computer), I have always been a Microsoft operating system user. Back on my family’s 286 in the early 1990s, we ran MS-DOS; and when we graduated to a 386 a couple of years later, we shifted right into Windows 3.1. I’ve used Windows as my primary OS… Read More ›

From Pi to Chrome: In search of the ultimate digital media centre

Sometimes a good idea simply doesn’t work out. When I went down the Raspberry Pi road last year, I initially bought the unit to act as a digital media gateway connected to the TV. Yesterday, the Pi moved from the living room to the office where it will double as a second computer. For the… Read More ›

Internet of Things? Does that come in a double-double?

The only thing that stopped me from ordering a smartphone-enabled coffee maker this morning was the lack of an Android app (apparently that’s coming soon). I told this to Linda over an eggwich and a fluffernutter sandwich at lunchtime (I shit you not; I had the eggwich). I didn’t notice any eye rolling, but I could certainly… Read More ›

My 2016: A year in preview

That’s it. We’re now into the downslide of this decade, heading screaming toward 2020. No brakes. No helmet. And certainly no idea as to what’s coming a little further down the hill. But hey, with predictions articles all the rage the last month (I got my first technology predictions pitch right after U.S. Thanksgiving), I’ll join in… Read More ›

My 2015: A year in review

We’re now a few days into 2016 and I’ve already managed to shift my brain into writing the correct year on my cheques. I’m going to take that as a sign of good things to come for this year. If I had one wish to make for 2016, though, it would be that it is a hell… Read More ›

Finally switching the theme up a bit

Ever since I ran into some issues, I’ve been using a standard WordPress theme, but starting today, I’ve switched over to Mimbo Plus (honestly, it’s the same theme I’m using over at Beer In Canada). I’ll need to tweak things a little bit, but I think it’s already looking better than the crummy Twenty Fifteen… Read More ›

Scratching the coding itch

What coding experience I have goes way back to high school. For those keeping score, that’s more than 20 years ago. When I was a kid, I taught myself some BASIC programming, and then I was educated using Turing through two years of computer science classes in high school. That’s a far cry from the… Read More ›