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Wheezyrider slide show is worth a look.

I made this out of photos swiped from Peter Sever’s blog (which you can get to from the slide show page). Peter approves. Here’s the link: http://ripple.ca/wheezy/

May 23, 2009   1 Comment

Fred’s beloved pet passes


Madge made it to the ripe old age of 18 and she lived up to her name. A class act. Madge was completely blind in her final years and at the end, very, very frail, but she was in no pain. She spent her last day napping in the sunshine and purring when visitors came to pet her goodbye.

Our neighbour Fred is going to miss Madge, but no cat could have had a better home or been more loved. Sorry for your loss, Fred.

May 20, 2009   No Comments

Bye, bye Google ads

Google says it didn’t like the click activity on my site, so it has decided not to pay. No big deal. I just wanted to find out how it worked and planned to remove the ads this month anyway. I like the site much better, ad-free.

What I get out of the experience is this story. I started Google ads on this site and MacMemos.com on Jan. 1st (same Google account for both). [Read more →]

March 6, 2009   2 Comments

A cover story by John Robert Colombo

far-cryCasting about for an image to use in a  header for one of JRC’s blogs I found a promising Hubble photo of the Orion nebula. John wanted something a little “out there” and fun for the site and he was pleased with the result.

Today, I received an email letting me know that the image was receiving further use, this time on the cover of John’s latest title. Click the thumbnail for a closer look.

Here’s the information that came along with the cover shot: [Read more →]

February 22, 2009   4 Comments

Cellphone plans are a Valentine heartbreaker

heartbreaker-cellphonesA briefly entertained gift idea has been dashed by my reading of terms on available cellphone plans. The offerings are so slyly devious that I feel like taking a shower. I just can’t put anyone I love into the hands of such an unsavoury lot.

February 7, 2009   2 Comments

FYI: Ad revenues for January


Not enough to earn a payment yet, but a third of the way there. Cheers!

February 1, 2009   No Comments


google-pinLearning how Google ads work is a kick. The basics are quite simple but signing up to be paid involves waiting for a PIN number to arrive by snail mail. Sure enough, the postcard arrived today.

This blog and my Macmemos.com blog attract completely different advertisers, so the Google content analysis works well. I have chosen to run text ads in the middle of the page and an image ad in the right column, as you see.

Once an ad guy, always an ad guy, I guess.

January 29, 2009   No Comments

Ever heard of the interrobang?

interrobangIt’s a combined punctuation mark with a name derived from the fact that questions are interrogative and that programmers call exclamation marks “bangs”. I like it, but doubt that it will gain widespread use. It would make a nice tee shirt design, though, especially in white on a dark background, don’t you think?

The Fritz font by Christian Schwartz provides the nice example shown here.

September 26, 2008   No Comments

My advice about Webserve.ca: Don’t!

If your search term was “Webserve sucks”… you are on the right track.

When I signed on with Webserve.ca as my web host back in 2004, service was reliable, support helpful and prices competitive. Things had changed by the time I left in 2008. My site was often down for extended periods of time and support was, shall we say, less than helpful.

A big fire trashed the Webserve operation in July, but I was patient, feeling that the fault was not theirs (although better backup systems could have been in place). Service deteriorated long after the fire damages were overcome and I had to go elsewhere by the latter part of August.

Although Webserve was failing to provide the service I had signed up for, they dinged me $25 to shut down an automated renewal that I could not prevent (because their service was down, of course). I would not advise anyone to give credit card information to this company. Without it, they could not have imposed the ridiculous closing charge on me, nor could they have renewed my annual account without permission.

The Better Business Bureau notes that Webserve’s web site falsely claims BBB membership and gives Webserve.ca an unsatisfactory rating due to unresolved customer complaints.

Your best bet is to stay away from Webserve.ca and to plan a change if you are a customer now.

FYI, I moved my account to HostPapa.ca. It doesn’t gain me anything if you choose to do the same, but I find the prices better than Webserve’s, the support superior and the service more comprehensive. I only have a month’s experience with HostPapa, but so far, I’m happy.

September 21, 2008   19 Comments


Is there some way that the Windows logo can be expressed as type or is it only possible to make the Apple logo this way?   

September 7, 2008   No Comments