June 2024


Dear Apple,

By the time you read this, it will be too late: I’ve made the decision to shift my custom away from Apple environment.

My gateway drug, the Apple iPhone, is not for me. I still remember when it was for me: It was at the WEBMU in Bremen (I think) where PapaScott showed me his […]

Picking A Username… or not.

Back in 1992 when I arrived at the University of Wyoming, one of the first things we had to do was register for a computer account

Sitting down at the terminal, we were to type newuser for the username and newuser for the password—we would then be instantly launched into a series of steps which […]

Bletchley Park

Last year was the 100th birthday of Alan Turing—the brilliant, gay, scientist who helped break the Enigma machine, and then (probably) committed suicide in 1954.

During the Centenary Celebration, I became aware of Bletchley Park, a museum at the wartime site of British code breaking. I filed away this knowledge for a future trip to […]

My computer ate my homework.


I spent more than a few hours yesterday morning working on a fairly large project at a nearby coffee shop – made lot a great progress. Came home, worked on some other things, mailed off the results, and forgot about it.

Until I got an email asking me if I’d done anything.

It seems […]

My DSL is working again.

And I’m getting caught up with a lot of things now that I can be online at home—it makes me wonder what life was like before DSL speed Internet at home.

I found out, to a limited extent this week when I went out for dinner with a friend on Tuesday and then, Wednesday, I […]

A Window on my Computing

The current hoopla about Microsoft Windows 7 has sent me spinning into my computing history—remembering days of yore.

I realize the history of computers and me is probably boring—and I will probably refer to some computers that some of you (the younger ones) have never heard of.


Elementary School

In elementary school there was […]

Losing Control

Seriously, I like the idea of collaborative writing, but this goes a few steps too far for me.

Meanwhile I’m on a jet plane. See you on the other side of the pond.

New Laptop

I am starting the process of thinking about buying a new laptop.

Traditionally I’ve been a Windows person, but that is up for grabs at this point. If you were getting a computer, what would you get, and why?

The only constraint at this moment is that I want a German keyboard…

The Weekend Begins…

Happy Friday to you!

I’ve had a really good week, and it’s closing off with two friends coming over for homemade Pizza, homemade dessert (TBA), and movies.

Strangely, after returning from the States, my computer came down with two viruses—I don’t know whether I’ve had them for awhile or if the latest updates of my […]

Lips Sealed

Ok, all it took was me writing that the black computer reboot thing had been fixed.

Let me assure it, it wasn’t and last night it totally screwed up my computer, to the point where I gave up trying to use it, and went to bed with only my imagination working. It’s scary out there.