Google Compute Engine Review

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

Mightn’t a little bit of autism be a good thing?

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?

Saving money

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