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November 26, 2020

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Inventions: Your Halloween Fright, and it’s not the jack-o’-lantern helmet that’s scary

This one is interesting … and scary: “a new and useful Improvement in Jack-o'-Lantern Helmets”. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a...

Win 10 Tips ‘n hints – easy photo editing VIDEO

I'm trying something new - videos of various tips and hints for Windows 10 users.  I started thinking about doing this as an aid to my customers and...

Use Skype without an account for meetings

Microsoft has rolled out a few useful updates lately, the best being the ability to use Skype without an account. If you use Microsoft Edge, you can...

Mouse scrolling disabled in Win 10 – last ditch fix

I've been plagued by an irritating problem for the past 2 weeks. After a Win 10 update, the mouse scrolling was disabled. I did a deep dive into...

End of the line for the much loved Picasa

Google announced February 12, 2016 that it will be killing Picasa, the much loved, user friendly photo management program.  It's being retired...

Technological marvels – lowly & underappreciated pencil sharpener

We don’t spend much time thinking about the little bits of technology that make life easier, do we? Here’s a case – the pencil sharpener. When was...

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW – telecom dealings

My friends will laugh at this entry – they are all too used to my insane rants about dealing with telecoms here in Canada – especially Rogers (often...

NASA patent & technical drawing bonanza

I’ve been rooting around looking for something interesting to explore and came across NASA Patents of Apollo Drawings and Technical Drawings page. I...

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...

Still using Google+? Going, going, gone

Are you still using Google+? Hopefully you received the note about it's pending demise.  Google is putting an end to their social media experiment...

The Pringles can, 1 patent & a new design

Pringles cans have been in the news lately so I thought I'd look up the original patent for the container. Along the way, I learned a few...

Ransomware 101 – precautions are up to you

A lot of ink is being spilt over Ransomware this month, the cyber threat de jour. This week alone, I counted 5 articles bemoaning how the authors...

Win 10 mobile update Aug – Well this is irritating

Installed the latest rounds of Windows 10 mobile updates for my Acer phone and woke up to a 1/2 functioning unit. Yea, I'm pissed off. A number of...

Ponder the TV dinner cranberry sauce – yes, there is a patent for that.

Ever lay in bed wondering about something and become obsessed with it? Over the past weekend, for reasons that admittedly mystify me, I became...

Doping & 1 scarce Royal Flying Corps manual

Today, we’re going to look at doping. No, no, not that kind, the aviation kind. Early airplanes were made of cloth pulled taut over a wood frame. To...

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...

Wall art on Bathurst – some older photos revisited

I've been whiling away the hours by looking through photos I've taken over the last couple of years, especially the wall art. They've been bringing...

Waiting for the TTC @ Union Station – digital art

I'm glad I found my Wacom. I really missed it. I've been fussing around with it quite a bit lately, trying to create a decent brush archive. I think...

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...

More Toronto wall art – bright city lights

I've been digging through older photos of wall art, looking for something a bit cheery to blow away the winter blues. My mom often reads through...

Looks like nipple to me

I sat for at least 5 min, chin on hand, pondering an ad that popped up on my Facebook page. I cocked my head a few times and thought “dear, oh dear,...

Mapping TO – a quick trip around Yonge & St Clair

I pottered around the neigbhourhood setting out a formula for the Mapping Toronto project. In case you missed the earlier post, I'm going to visit...

Are you kidding? 303 slides on one webpage?

I've complained about the absolute insanity behind the proliferation of slide shows - why use a couple of pages when dozens would do, right? But...

Designing a logo for Bitter Grounds – it’s not that easy

After over a decade of blogging, I've decided to design a logo for the magazine. Better late than never, n'est pas? And, let me tell you, it's not...

Foggy morning in Toronto – winter goes at last

Good news! Winter finally moved along. Bad news, I’m Canadian which means I’ll still talk about the weather regardless the conditions. It rained and...

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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