Thursday, November 4, 2010

...When you are having fun.

We all get busy in our lives and something always suffers for it. For me, it has been my attention to my blogs and websites. For which I must apologize.

I have been hard at work on some large projects, which should come to fruition in early 2011. Most notably, I am

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Keyboard Shortcuts Part 2

Following up on Part 1 of Keyboard shortcuts, I would like to cover a few more cross platform shortcuts and some Microsoft Windows specific shortcuts.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New look

Hello everyone,

   I know I don't post very often, I assure you this is because I am working towards a bigger and better website. Until then, you will notice a few design and layout changes to this blog, I hope you don't mind. 

Have a good day.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Little storm

Found this image on The Weather Network website.

If the rain water had not washed out the highway and half of the homes in my neighborhood, I might have assumed this to be some lazy reporting.

Widespread flooding in Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan June 18, 2010
For more info, Google: Irvine, Alberta and Maple Creek, Saskatchewan

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Keyboard Shortcuts Part 1

Nearly every modern day computer Operating System and most programs within them, have built in keyboard shortcuts. The Microsoft Windows Operating systems from Windows XP and newer contains a set of over 100 shortcuts, many of which have become the standards in the industry.

Today I will be covering 6 shortcuts that I believe will help most users get through their computer day with a little more ease.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Specialties within the Computing World.

     Nearly every job field has it's area's of specialties. Information Technology is no exception!

 I knew when I took on my current job that I would be responsible for the tasks of many different specialties within the field. I feared that I would be responsible for everything, and those fears have come true. 

   It is true that for the most part all aspects of computing are inter related. Everything revolves around the Computing Device, you know - keyboard, mouse or other input device, a screen to display the info and some sort of processing power with the ability to store the info for later use. Or some combination of the above.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Some Time Off

Hello everyone, 

I just wanted to apologize for my lack of posts of late. I promise you I will be back soon, I'm working on something big....Watch for it!!!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Let's all take XP to "The Farm"

That's right folks, it's time to let go of Ol' Yella. 

XP is far too old to keep going. It's like that old cat that the crazy lady down the street keeps giving 16 shots of various medications per day,  plus blends it's food and helps it go to the washroom as needed. I know you love the thing, but you have to let it go! The Patch theory works here too, whether you refer to patches of fur missing, or patches required to keep operating, this many patches should indicate something to you.

OK, you are probably wondering why I am being so mean to your beloved XP, after all, it's been with you for the entirety of your child's life, you were taught how to use it properly way back when, and it is sooooo much faster than all the other Operating Systems. According to Microsoft, speed advantages (if any - my opinion!!!) and familiarity matter not, you should move on to protect yourself, your family and more importantly, the rest of us.

Above chart (blurry; sorry)  Found here:

You see what Microsoft is trying to tell you, buy new stuff! Well, maybe it's not that simple, here's how it works:

The vulnerabilities not only allows malicious users to get into your machine, but as the China based IE 6 Exploited incident should have taught you, malicious users are using your old machine as a doorway into the secure side of the internet, where some of us are trying to hide, thank you!

This is me desperately urging all users of IE 6 and XP (or older) to upgrade. At the very least Install Google Chrome! It's fast, clean and well, I love it. OK, maybe you don't like Google, IE 7 and IE 8 are free! So is Opera and Firefox and others, just move away from IE 6!!!!!!!!!

XP is another story, it will cost you to stick with a Microsoft OS, (Vista or Windows 7 people, don't think older is better here!) but Linux is always free!

Alright, I have been mercilessly cruel, and for this I apologize. However, I do strongly believe in what I have said about moving away from IE6 and XP, so please let me know what you think? Have I fallen for the sales pitch? Have my years of happiness using Vista (since nearly day one of market release) and Google Chrome (since day one! Yes, day 1 of beta market release) all been an illusion?

Keep in mind that I do not game on the above described machine, Programming and Web development business only, is this the difference? Do my large programming tools and database applications pale compared to video games?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Screen Size

Be it a Mobile, Netbook, Laptop, Television or Desktop Monitor - Size Matters.

So, how big do you like it?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Expediting Twitter

Do you have a blog? Do you use Twitter? Finally, do you tweet your blogs?

Before I continue, if you blog and tweet but do not tweet your blogs, you may be missing out on some excellent exposure.

OK, I will keep this short and simple... There are apps that help the process along, personally, I have found that Google's Feedburner does a great job. Set up is easy, and everything is automated, now all I have to do is post on my blog. Not to mention everything else Feedburner can do for your blogs.

Try it yourself, it's free!  Feedburner