Most of my posts in this series are about “my” choices, things that are mostly within my span of control. Things I do with my computer, for instance. I don’t have to consult anyone, it’s not a “joint” decision, it is just me.
But with schools in Ottawa re-opening, the question comes from the school board as to whether we intend to send our son back in September or not and that is not a decision that “I” can make on my own, it’s a joint decision of mainly Andrea and I, but Jacob is involved too. We wanted to know what he is comfortable with, what his concerns are, etc. And it helps that all three of us independently came to the same decision in this case. Jacob will do remote learning in September rather than return to school.
During a broader discussion with family during our vacation, when we were still mildly “on the fence” while hanging very firmly to the “stay home” side, I was asked, “What would I need to see to feel comfortable sending Jacob back?”. » Read the rest
Admit it…that subject line was weird enough to grab your interest. 🙂
So here’s the deal. I need my glasses for distance and for reading, and rather than do bifocals, I do progressives. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I have had progressives since I was 19, and for 33 years, I’ve had no optical issues. I’m not a candidate for laser surgery to fix my eyes and I probably wouldn’t even if I could. I have no real problems with my glasses, and even when I can take them off, I just leave them on. They don’t bother me, and I feel I look weird with them off.
But I recently bought new binoculars for astronomy, and I was struggling to get them to work reliably to focus. I thought it was a bit weird until I did some reading about it, and something jumped out. Using my binoculars, my prescription doesn’t normally affect anything — and I tend to take my glasses off anyway given that it is monocular experience and I like having my eye close to the eyepiece to block stray light from the sides. » Read the rest
When most people say they’re going to treat themself for dinner, the immediate thought is likely eating out somewhere. But, to be honest, we eat out a lot anyway. There are even times where it feels less a treat than simply just time and energy management.
But that isn’t what I’m talking about for today. When I was growing up, we had several treats throughout the year. January, February and March were pretty much a wash. In April, the local DQ would open up for the season (it was a simple building with walk-up windows, no in-store seating). I remember going to B.C. and being surprised they had actual “walk-in” stores that were open year-round and had full Brazier offerings. My local B.C. friend mocked me for the fact that I asked, “Is it open yet?”. 🙂
May was the month for setting up at the lake, and that would usually mean the start of BBQ season too. » Read the rest
A new computer, a fresh install of Windows, all the software (or almost all of it) back up and running. And now it’s time for my data to be in the right places after the upgrade.
Cleaning my C Drive
I was low on space with my previous setup, and when I moved to using Mylio as my photo management software, the only place I had available to create a “vault” of photos was my C Drive. It was a 500GB hard disk drive, and software was eating up about 100GB. The Mylio vault of 20K photos (captured so far) ate up another 40GB or so, but there’s another 100GB+ to go when all my photos finally make it into the vault. I don’t like putting data on my main Windows drive, I prefer to keep it as just my “installed software” drive, if only to avoid having to dig too deep to do backups. » Read the rest
As I mentioned yesterday, I have an almost-new computer setup — not a new computer, just a lot of upgraded components, including more memory, more storage, new Windows install, new ports, etc. Faster and more efficient, and a cleaned-up install. But that clean install comes at a price. I have to rebuild everything that sits on it. Today’s focus was mainly about the apps.
I had the techies install Windows fresh and clean, with no caffeine, but everything after that is on me. They could have migrated my old install but that would have defeated the purpose of the upgrade. Too much old bloat. Going through some of the old files, I found remnants of programs that I removed over three years ago! Pass.
I tend to think of my software as grouped by headings:
Systems — This is basically technical apps, like the NVIDIA controller for the graphics card, and I also threw in my drivers for my colour printer.