Sep 212018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 September, 2018

Good morning I must start off by thanking everyone who generously responded to the start of our annual fundraising drive last week.  We had 40 kind people choose to send in some support. Depending on if one’s glass is half full or half empty, the half full glass perspective notes that we collected almost as […]

Sep 122018
 
Apple's Annual iPhone Release

If it is September, then not only is Fall making its transformational presence felt, but it is time for an “Apple Spring” with their annual event announcing another year’s worth of iPhones. This year’s event cast off still more of the Jobs legacy, with CEO Tim Cook in white sneakers, light tan Dockers style trousers, […]

Sep 072018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 September, 2018

Good morning I hope you had a great long weekend, and that there’s still a generous measure of Indian summer for you to enjoy. It is certainly way too soon to start feeling the winter blues, but it is not way too soon to start planning an escape from that phenomenon.  And have I got […]

Aug 172018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 August, 2018

Good morning You surely saw some of the news covering the theft and crash of a Horizon Air commuter plane last Friday night.  Alas, what you didn’t necessarily see was much in the way of sensible informed commentary – a lot of what was promulgated by the instant experts was, alas, specious nonsense designed merely […]

Aug 152018
 
Much Nonsense About the Horizon Air Plane Theft

Friday evening’s theft of an airplane was almost as strange as the reactions that inevitably followed.  Let’s first talk about the facts of what happened, then move on to the ‘expert’ commentaries and opinions.  And, as a bonus on what has become a lengthy article, let’s also look at a similar but different incident that […]

Jul 202018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 July 2018

Good morning I hope your summer is progressing positively.  I’m spending much of mine inside, wrestling with computer problems. A hardware failure was bad enough, but during the recovery process there was a brief period of unavoidable vulnerability while opening the server to the internet to download OS patches, and the server almost instantly became […]

May 102018
 
Using an Amazon Echo

We’ve had a love-hate relationship with our Amazon Echo devices since  getting our first back in 2016.  We love what they do, but we hate that we don’t know more about how to use them better, and we get annoyed at ourselves when we forget the appropriate voice commands to do the things we wish […]

May 032018
 
Electric Car Sales :  A Tale of Hype and Hope

If ever there was a promising enormous revolution in passenger vehicle technologies, surely it must be that offered by electric power. An electrically powered vehicle offers huge benefits in a number of areas.  It is a more responsive and more fun car to drive – oh yes, and easier to drive as well.  It not […]

Mar 222018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 March, 2018

Good morning You may have seen the story of the woman killed by a self-driving car in Tempe, AZ on Sunday.  Any unnecessary death is of course regrettable, but the biggest tragedy of this unfortunate incident may be that this accident slows down and delays the continued development and deployment of self-driving vehicle capabilities. With […]