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Playing around with Windows 10 – Artificial Intelligence, Cortana

Cortana has a sense of humor… Image via Tumblr


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Windows 10 free upgrade ending soon! – July 29 2016

win10aI tried Windows 10 when it was first available and didn’t like it for several reasons:

  • Windows Defender seemed mandatory
  • not as many options to control Windows Update behavior
  • used more RAM than Windows 7
  • seemed like a lot of ads that I didn’t want

But I am a sucker for free things so am installing it now before the free offer expires on July 29. I can always go back to Windows 7 if I want to. But I doubt I will. I have an old machine running Windows XP and fully realize what a hassle it is when software updates are discontinued.  January 14, 2020 in the case of Windows 7.


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Does Blogging Change Anything? or How I Beat The Midsummer Blues

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Sitting in front of a library, annoyed by a nearby smoker. Asking myself, does blogging change anything?

I mean, since graduating I’ve spent untold hours on a computer, and more recently tab or phone, and what has changed?

In the beginning I had high hopes for earthpages. I really believed it would make a major impact. But today I wonder.

Should I pack it in? What keeps driving me to blog for virtually no monetary gain? (No, I’m not set up for life as some might imagine).

Hmm. A midsummer meditation.

Maybe I just like doing it. That must be it. Although I must admit, some of those entries at earthpages.ca take some discipline to revise.

I change. What once interested me becomes boring.

Anyhow, this is my first blog written outdoors on a phone. That was fun.

Good enough reason to keep at it!

Afterword… and I walked home smiling.:)


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Ice Cream Screen Recorder – Freeware Demo

This program also handles sound but I didn’t feel like talking today. It’s been a busy week so far, including about 10 hours of driving in one day, which takes a day or two to fully recover from.:)


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Rolling thru the years

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Just discovered that I’d backed up this old pic of me at our piano on 222 Rose Park Drive in Toronto. I loved that piano, even though some of the keys were broken.

I once told my parents that if I inherited one thing, I would want the piano. Sadly, when they moved to a smaller place, there was no room for the old beast. I still hanker for real pianos. I have lots of VST stuff but it’s not the same.

There are two pianos at a downtown Church that I go to. But I’m not formally registered there, and it seems like a bit of a club (to be able to actually play it). I suppose there’s the library, which has five piano rooms. But something tells me I’d be worried about picking up germs there. Turning into a clean freak in my old age… maybe the spirit of Glenn Gould is influencing me. Apparently he covered his face with a handkerchief to keep out germs.


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On the beach

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Still photo taken around the same time as movie, below.


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Go with the flow

Some kid left their beach ball on the beach. Video zooms in after a few secs…

Last night about 100 miles East of Toronto, Lake Ontario. I might go into YouTube and rename this Go With the Flow. After all, wind isn’t really caused by gravity but by atmospheric pressure.:)

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