As a child, I would watch end-of-the-world movies and become concerned about catastrophic events that might destroy the entire human race. Somehow I thought it was important to save humanity. Today, as I watch the unfolding of world events, I’m not so sure. Sure, it’s easy to find human flaws. Extremist religious groups murder innocent civilians. Government officials accept bribes and, in so doing, often … Continue reading Is Humanity Worth Saving?
As a Canadian, I grew up with great respect for America. Canada, for all its virtues and perhaps because of its small population, has historically been invisible on the world stage. America, by contrast, has been a rare defender of common human values in the world. I, and many other world citizens, have counted on America as a beacon of righteousness in a tumultuous world. … Continue reading A Nail in the Coffin: An Open Letter to the People of America
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Why am outlining my planned change of online backup service? I work on many projects which store data on both desktop and online systems. These systems contain a significant amount of original material that would be all but impossible to replace if a data storage device should fail, so backups are essential to protect against their loss. The best of breed For online backups, PC Magazine … Continue reading Online Backups: Why Switch From Backblaze to Crashplan?
Why Azure? Before I present my first impressions of Microsoft Azure, let me begin with a disclaimer: I don’t like Microsoft. With the exception of Excel, I think its products have generally been inferior to and provided less value than its competitors. Although its has released better versions of its operating system of the years (XP and 7 in particular come to mind), it continues to regress on other versions (witness the fiascoes … Continue reading First Impressions of Microsoft Azure
This blog entry is not really just about Google; it’s also about my perception of Google in relation to Apple and Microsoft. In some ways, I hate them all. But love’em or hate’em, Google, Apple and Microsoft are in the contest of the century to control everything technological. And while it might sound like a game, it’s very serious business. And the prize? Not just control of the technological … Continue reading Is Google now evil?
This past week’s Economist reviewed a new book by Stacy Schiff titled The Witches: Salem, 1692. I have not read the book, but the review makes clear how barbaric and unfair the witch trials were. Those that confessed to being witches were often spared while those who were adamant of their guilt were often executed. William Stoughton, the chief justice at the trials, allowed bizarre evidence (“spectral evidence”) … Continue reading Are We Witches or Something More?
The Free Trial I recently discovered that Google was offering $300 in credits to those who want to evaluate its Cloud Platform, an offering which includes the Google Compute Engine. Even though the credits expire after 60 days, I decided it was worth spending a little time to test drive the platform, to see if it was all it claimed to be. I was surprised, both positively … Continue reading Google Compute Engine Review
In The Economist a few weeks ago I read a book review of Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, by Steve Silberman. The review noted that, historically, some geniuses have suffered from various degrees of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specifically mentioned were Henry Cavendish, Nikola Tesla and Paul Dirac. The review reminded me how much I have learned about autism over the last 15 years or so and how … Continue reading Mightn’t a little bit of autism be a good thing?
Opportunity Strikes When our home central air conditioner failed last year, I decided to experiment with an alternative approach to cooling our house. We have seen our electricity costs soar in Ontario over the last several years, so minimizing air conditioner use seemed a worthwhile exercise. Even when our air conditioner had worked well, we had always turned it off when the weather was mild, … Continue reading Saving money