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October 29, 2020

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WT:Social – an alternative to Facebook?

I’ve signed onto WT.Social  to see if it’s a viable alternative to Facebook. Like many, I’m experiencing a growing distaste for Facebook's...

Microsoft’s OneDrive has a recycle bin – who knew!

I've been using OneDrive for quite a while now (dating back to when it was called SkyDrive) and just finally realised, it has a recycle bin. If you...

Win 10 Mail – Turn off conversations

If you're like me, you loathed Windows 10 Mail conversations view.  When 10 originally came out, there was no choice, we were all forced to use it....

App reviews for Windows – V-Browser for Surface Tablets

Alternate browsers for Surface Tablets - V-Browser by Epic Apps App Review   ----   ☕☕ /☕☕☕☕☕ I’m always looking for alternative browsers for my...

Meet a grammar assassin’s phishing fail

A customer just sent me this phishing attempt they received via email. I've blocked out what they wrote along with the 6 lines of cc: email...

Google’s staggeringly ill thought out April’s Fool prank

I’m not a fan of April Fool’s. I find the entire concept contrived and tired. Very rarely are the jokes amusing and they often seem to be built...

Win 10 app review – Twitter for windows

Win 10 Twitter App - ☕☕/☕☕☕☕☕ Twitter seems to think Windows users either don't use their service or they aren't interested in anything other than...

We were promised magnificent flying cars

I know I promised irradiated feet, but I couldn’t pass up the Edsel of flying cars. Take a moment to appreciate the breathtaking fins on this: Every...

Clear the clutter with Microsoft’s Sticky Notes

NOTE: This article was originally posted Jan 7, 2019 and updated Sept 27, 2020 Oh, Sticky Notes, how you tidied up my messy desk. I have a habit of...

New browser for Windows 10 – Spartan

The cat is out of the bag. This week, ZDNET reported Microsoft will be unveiling a new browser for Windows 10. Although IE11 will still ship with...

Arriving late to the dance – Twitter finally takes harassment seriously

For years people have complained about the vicious level of trolling and bullying that is conducted on Twitter. There have been concerted campaigns...

Win 10 Tips ‘n hints – a little fun with the calculator app VIDEO

Episode 2 of my new series - Windows 10 Tips 'n Hints for the home user.  This week, I look at the extras included in the much ignored built in...

Win 10 – Can no longer adjust screen brightness

If you can no longer adjust your screen brightness, there's a quick fix. Right click on the small Windows icon located at the bottom, left hand side...

The obligatory update on my Acer phone – next time I’ll polish my crystal ball

Good news – it’s back. Acer shipped me a brand spanking new M330 to replace the wonky one. For reasons that will remain a mystery, the new one came...

Microsoft Office for Android and IOS tablets

Microsoft's Office offering for iPhones and iPads has exceeded 80 million downloads to date. That doesn't mean everyone who downloaded the app kept...

Digital art – construction sites, diggers & big ass trucks

In my never ending quest to explore more challenging forms of digital art, I threw myself into the deep end yesterday.  How about trucks, diggers...

NIK plugins for Photoshop / Lightroom – UPDATE

Somehow I missed this news from October. Google sold NIK filters for Photoshop and Lightroom to French company DxO.   In case you aren't familiar...

Yellow daisies & face planting on cement

If you’re wandering around Toronto and see someone fall out of a garden or over a fence, that would be me. I periodically become so fixated on a...

Table of contents – mapping

Update on the construction site across road – AUGERS OH MY!

I haven't had a lot of time over the last 3 months to do as much on Bitter Grounds as I want. That also included taking photographs around the city....

St Mike’s Rectory in Toronto – funky heads

Toronto is an interesting city to play tourist in.  Lots of great sites, fun place to see and tons of great food. One of the best things to do...

Digital art Motion Project #4 – pedestrian path on Yonge

I have a couple of "regular" photos to post later, not much outstanding though. Caught some good wall art, just deciding which ones I like the best....

Toronto weather – wanna be funnel cloud & relief from the heat

It's been unreasonably hot and humid here in Toronto over the last week. With the humidex, the temp has been pushed over 40c (that's over 100 F for...

Lurking on McCaul Street where even the graffiti is cool

Beautiful day to look at wall art & graffiti in Toronto. Finally, a few days of sustained warmth and sunshine. I've been lurking down around...

LOOK! I found a unicorn – hunting mythical creatures in Toronto

Okay, so not a unicorn, but definitely a relic from the telecom dark ages: I spotted it in Chinatown (Dundas and Spadina, north east side) a couple...

About the author

Haven't decided what to say.  I'll have to chew on this for a few weeks before I figure out what to drop into this section, but it certainly needs...

Bitter Grounds Magazine & Catpaw

Bitter Grounds Magazine is the latest incarnation of a long line of blogs/magazines I've kept since the early days of the public Internet. My first...

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