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  • Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Not-awesome #889

    # 889.
    Physically Shaky Film transfers to DVD.
    How is this N.A. even possible?  Do you ever find old movies or TV series where their transferred images shake violently?
    The images are stored on simple frames aren't they?  Running them through in a rushed and herky-jerky fashion is next to not bothering to make a film transfer at all.
    I don't need the extended remastering treatments.  Often I greatly prefer NOT having modifications applied to an original source of material (both as to audio and video).  At least, and not requesting further, please try to set any original film copies steadily.
    Physically Shaky Film transfers to DVD, not-awesome.

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    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Now, will Rogers Cable demote Russia Today from its NewsMix 179 channel's 1st position?

    As I wrote on May 18th, I think Rogers Cable should demote Russia Today (RT) from its first default active mini-windowed position within Rogers Communication's digital channel 179's New Mix line-up.
    In-between they had swapped out their entire selective NewsMix feed during the World Cup of Soccer event.

    This week, their regular in-house NewsMix line-up - with Russia Today presiding as its priority position default channel (and while other Cdn. and fellow Free-world news stations of peacefullly co-existing countries are excluded) - was restored as usual.
    On Thursday, an international passenger jetliner was shot down by a missile attack while flying innocently across Eastern Ukraine.  There had also been another cargo plane reportedly shot down in East Ukraine earlier this same week.

    Cmon Rogers...  Make the News Mix 6-in-1 line-up change already.

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    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    World Cup's 'added time' boy from ... Canada?

    During today's World Cup match, the [UK] announcers via CBC's english language coverage had noted a disappointed boy 'from Argentina' as they assumed, soon after the overtime goal by Germany's Mario Gotze.  However, shortly before the game's conclusion their cameras again surfed across multiple crowd reactions from the stadium.
    Did anyone notice the same boy of about 11 or 12, within a wider shot, was standing next to another youth - perhaps a big brother or cousin.  That older boy was - to my eyes - wearing a shirt emblazoned with the city name of 'Toronto' right across his chest in 4-5 inch lettering.

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    Not-awesome #890

    # 890.
    Left-out Butter.
    I have a family member that does this.  They leave the butter out.  To a reverse fault, I'm a 'keep it in the fridge' and gripe when it can't be applied person.
    If you are talking about taking the butter (but, not the milk container!) out a half-hour beforehand, for meal-time; that is the ideal.  However, there are people who leave their butter platters out 24/7.
    Ditto for jars of peanut butter spreads and chocolate treats to the point of melting.  Bags of chips to grow air-staled, and food aromas to draw the insects near.
    With the butter though, it feels (to me) more like a filmy soup being applied to bread and/or cobs of corn.  What about the waiting and re-spreading of the still semi-hardened and cold butter?
    Left-out Butter, not-awesome.

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    Sunday, July 06, 2014

    Not-awesome #891

    # 891.
    Wearing out Shoes.
    Not "worn-out shoes". "Wearing out" shoes.  I'll hold on to my worn-out shoes like claimed gold.
    Wearing-out my footwear is different.  They were in good condition.  They'll never restore to the same.  I didn't foresee buying a second pair - for storage saving.  Then the era of falling apart arrives.
    Even as all qualities of shoes will wear down, a degree of comfort is built up.  Shoes that never were better than okay can somehow become reliable and thus depended upon.
    And then, oh no, my 'cherished' shoes are "wearing out".

    The worst shoe disaster I had, was with a solid pair of leather Clark's.  These were nice!  All-black, with sturdy rubber soles.  Elegant without prissiness.  I wore them with thick McGregor Happy Foot socks.  I had a pair of all-tan dock style Clark's as well.
    What happened to the black leather pair was that I used a set of (snug) shoe trees.  A period of non-wear took place.  These weren't to be squandered by everyday usage.
    One day, I reached for my favourite shoes.  The shoe trees had burst out the entire seams of both shoes' connecting uppers from their soles.  The soles were also fractured into separate pieces.
    I looked, but it had been a few years since I purchased my last pair; the newer Clark's were unappealing and often double a former $180 price tag.
    They didn't even get a chance to wear out.
    Wearing out Shoes, not-awesome.

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    Saturday, July 05, 2014

    Worst (new) Potato Chip Flavour.

    C'mon.
    “We take our customers’ feedback, including complaints, seriously and we’re currently investigating the claim.”
    That was a statement issued by PepsiCo Foods Canada, the owner of Frito Lay (plus Canada's former Hostess chips) and the makers of Doritos, in regards to a mouse droppings news story, here in the Toronto area, involving one of their Doritos products earlier this year.

    So now, their brand new - not as yet for sell in the U.S.A. - potato chip product: PepsiCo Canada has launched 'Doritos Roulette', a new flavor edition in which most of the packaged chips are nacho cheese flavored, while others are insanely hot. Consumers are calling the chips "dangerous" and "a solid slap in the face" and hundreds of people are posting videos of themselves eating the chips on YouTube.
    BTW, PepsiCo Foods Canada is headquartered within a Toronto area suburb. A 'New Coke'?
    Usually I like Pepsi's products. However better, at least, might have been re-introducing their old Cdn. issued Hostess Grape-flavour chips into this Roulette mix. IMHO, it is just not the year, here in Ontario, for snack food roulette.


    NOTE: Pardon the MS-Office 2010 program forced foul-up. Public Library access doesn't allow for a cleaner Wordpad program to cut / paste my pre-coded Wordpad-created RTF-file entry to here. (I even tried re-saving the opened file as txt-only. Another fail :(
    Entry is reloaded from a second cut/paste (Jul 10th).

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    Thursday, July 03, 2014

    Happy 4th of July; old photos of America.

    Neat stuff of American (U.S.) History.
    The first colour (my Cdn. spelling, here) photographs of the New World (or rather, from across continental America).  The images would later have been be repeated into postcards.  These images are newly included into a book entitled, An American Odyssey.

    Wow, those photos remind me of my early youth as mesmerized by piles of 1950s era ViewMaster reels! No cartoon characters, no gimmicky 3D b-s; just places and places and places organized into their many individual reels and packaged via simple plain blue paper envelopes. (Unfortunately those reels apparently decay after 30 or 40 years. At least mine probably ended up being recycled, once more, at a neighbourhood used toy sale.)
    H/t to End of your Arm blog.

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    Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    Israel - Palestine. A Healed Life and three youth Deaths.

    I first heard of these co-stories a week and a half ago, during a Sunday afternoon channel surf across Israel News Now, on Daystar (ch 67.4 in Buffalo, NY).
    While three teenaged Jewish boys were kidnapped in Palestine, the opposing Palestine leader's wife was receiving free health care at a hospital in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, last month.

    Sadly, the three young to-become-men (ages 16, 16, and 19) have been found dead.  The news show had also then reported of current rocket attacks against the Southern portion of Israel, as well.
    Here in Toronto, Canada, the annual local Pride parade (this year serving double as the 'World' Pride host) included the so-claimed Israeli Apartheid group once again.

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    Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    Canada; places geographically Here and Over There.

    From Maclean's magazine is a series of data maps for Canada.  I found their international cities of approximate latitudes interesting.
    Today is July 1st; enjoy Canada's national birthday.
    H/t to Quotulatiousness blog.

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    Sunday, June 29, 2014

    Not-awesome #892

    # 892.
    Long Songs.
    Last year, I listened to the annual Juno Awards CD.  Rush was a winner for the nation's best rock album.  They had a new album's song included.  So did a number of other big name Canadian artists, besides a few lesser known yet also talented artists.
    Rush's inclusion to the compilation disc was a 7 minute, twenty one seconds song.  C'mon.  No wonder I hadn't heard it beforehand - via the radio or in video form.
    Prog rock has a history of admired long-play music.  So does Jazz music and Dance club genres.  I like many of these efforts, too!  More than just song duration, there is often a difference of pace plus some interesting mid-song change-ups.
    Then there is the time to just play out a tune and get down to it.  A catch-all compilation would be that time.
    Four and a half minutes and I've moved on, regardless.
    Three minutes and 15 seconds and I'm happy and not checking against my watch.
    Long Songs, not-awesome.

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    Friday, June 27, 2014

    Recent (underaged) girl-dance video should be removed.

    This week while channel surfing past Much Music I noticed a new music video that I thought should have been rejected beforehand.  It features a very young-looking girl/woman dressed in a flesh-matching leotard plus a wig that is similar to the internationally popular Lazy Town children's show's girl actor, stretching herself about in an empty apartment setting.  Probably a trained gymnast; she appears more like a young stick-figured preteen.   That's it; there's no other storyline involved.  Just the girl by herself in a flesh-mimic suit - for the entire song duration.  This same video has appeared multiple times during limited channel surfings I made this week.  Given the tiny font display - I don't know its song title nor music artist.
    I don't think I'm a complete fuddy-duddy as to pop culture trends; for example I had felt that last year's Wrecking Ball video (as I viewed it on TV) was artistic.  This new music video, however, doesn't belong upon any de facto mandatory fee charging TV-system carriage channel.

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    A Sugared Beach for Shaw.

    Apparently, the Corus Ent. (Shaw Comm.'s radio division) fancy Toronto adjacent beachfront grounds, Sugar Beach, had benefited from a million taxpayer funded dollars to enhance its appearance.
    The Star's (headquartered at One Yonge St. - northside) Christopher Hume calls it well worth it.  And continues on to berate any of its financial critics.
    I once thought that waterfront development, directly upon the shoreline was supposed to have been barred.  That a long-running public Waterfront Trail would preside - ideally from St. Cathrines clear around Lake Ontario to Cornwall - as much as possible?   That pre-existing shoreline business properties, such as the former motel strip near Etobicoke's Humber bay area would be appropriated over time and development periods.  That new business locales and/or residential towers would thus need to be developed upon the far (or northside in Toronto) of any shoreline roadways.
    Does Hume feel that Torstar's own "Martin Goodman" trail portion wasn't cheaply done?

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    Monday, June 23, 2014

    A local CQ(?) exhibit, of old Television sets.

    Smile of the day.
    H/t to TV feeds my Family's Bill Brioux.

    Note: recent new favourite (U.S. sub) broadcast TV channels include:
    67.1 WBBZ's blankly letterboxed Me-TV affiliate.
    56.2 Throwback TV (nearly all of this is black and white era stuff.)
    26.3 TCT-Kids (its prime time / late night B&W TV and 1940s B-movie era programming)
    67.2 The full Me-TV schedule (although it's shown in 4/3, the original filmings appear just a little wider via letterbox.)
    56.3, and 56.5, ... soon to air.
    2.3 Antenna TV
    56.1 Cozi TV (although its imaging is a little bit zoomed in.)


    Although who am I kidding? I won't be spending time and limited money at any museum. My old timey set still has a 'Three' on its side panel. Although I really like never having any Volume Bar display running across the screen!
    It does make watching this month's 2014 World Cup seemingly impossible, with current Sports Text graphics more designed towards high definition and much larger screens as well.

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    Sunday, June 22, 2014

    Not-awesome #893

    # 893.
    Plastic foodwraps that require Scissors to be opened.
    When I was young, apparently I had teeth.  Real teeth.  And nimble hands, too.
    So if I had a Mr. Freezy ice treat or a bag of chips, I didn't think twice about directly tearing those packages open.
    Now I default to searching for a pair of scissors.  If I get all he-man in thinking, sure enough that is when a modest package won't tear open.  Or worse, it will except only to splurt the contents everywhere.
    Maybe it is me.  Those good childhood teeth got replaced, the hands grew less nimble... Reliable kitchen scissors win the contest.
    Plastic foodwraps that require Scissors to be opened, not-awesome.

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    Saturday, June 21, 2014

    Hideaway from those other Songs of the Summer

    Today's Star newspaper happens to contain an article from the USA Today's Patrick Ryan. "Get ready for the song-of-summer smackdown".  In this are four main challengers with five added contender songs.
    I'm gonna stick with Kiesza's Hideaway.  Her video is killer 1987-1991 dance stuff!  Does anyone else recall the old NRG genre of the late 1980s?   It's also nice to find another young Canadian music artist.

    Another Canadian singer I've recently noticed is Lexi Tellings.  Only from hearing a couple of solo piano performances via a community cable program, I'd like to find out whether her finished product EP has a 'smoother than today's pop music' instrumental backing.

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    Well biased, Toronto Star.

    Nah, newspapers etc., don't have political biases.
    Enjoy today's Letters page of the Toronto Star.
    Their print edition's headline, "Well done, Ontario voters". The page contains a gathering of joyous pro-Liberal responses from its readers.
    Onliners will (as of currently) alternately need to make do with "Ontario votes wisely" page, as led by an supportive editorial blurb.

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    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Worst Cookbook Ever.

    During a visit to my parent's place, I took notice of some of the cookbooks collected by my mom.  Following are the cover scans of (IMHO) a worst ever cookbook:
    frontcover image:

    That's right. Kellogg's Corn Flakes Break'n Bake Recipes (volume 2) little 107 pages paperback cookbook. From Kellogg Salada Canada Inc., in 1983.
    Now, typically I really admire the American Kellogg's cereal company.  (Its founders were pioneers of their industry.)  Except for its flagship standard Corn Flakes product - and of course - any of the modern day sugar treats as food products; I prefer my cereal choices solid and plain.
    Why single out Corn Flakes? Because I didn't trust its processed food colouring effect upon my urine stream. Virtual neonized(?) glow.  I'll stick with Special K, Bran Flakes, and/or Rice Krispies, please.
    And now I've found an all-meals inspired cookbook of recipes - each one featuring Corn Flakes brand product.
    backcover image:

    Maybe next time I'll look around for a Jell-O cookbook instead, lol.

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    Monday, June 16, 2014

    Blogging Tories group worse than Hudak.

    Sure Ontario's Progressive Conservative leader Hudak lost last week's election.  As it might have been pre-expected. The 'official' conservatives - as a social media presence - are worse.
    For years I've been a blogger and blogosphere commenter. Despite any preferred urban, and non-partisan, leanings, I've been consistently drawn towards the (genuine) fiscally conservative side of politics. Remember Spendlicious gum? Numerous entries can be randomly rediscovered with the search results for "spend". Any commentings received... Virtual zip. C'mon.
    At some point don't people ask themselves why they participate within social media? It seems worse whenever I've commented, or attempted to comment, at some of the Blogging Tories' websites. I've been often ignored and/or unapproved into deletion. Sometimes if/when an independent opinion isn't in their assumed lockstep I've been griped for repeating 'Liberal taking points' and not understanding the issues.
    This recent provincial election was a Conservative disaster. Hudak is still only one person. We had a new young candidate, in a lost cause riding of Parkdale - High Park, sure, who shouldn't have been. And for seemingly most previous elections we've only had a cycling (if never a cyclist) of complete two/three hours' out-of-towner or non-representative ballot box choices. Instead, I was telephoned repeatedly by another riding association from the other side of town (Willowdale). At least they existed. As during with every election and in-between elections' cycle of the past decade, where were the Ontario/GTA areas BT's.
    2014's local MPP map is virtually [AND even MORESO than ever] 100% Liberal Red as between Hamilton, Kitchener, and through across to Oshawa. It's not really a surprise.

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    Hoarding Pennies, converting (2nd car) Beemer to cash.

    Monday morning personal financial troubles.  Courtesy of the National Post:
    'Hoarding as investment strategy: Why one [Cdn] man stockpiled 3M pennies'.
    And...
    Retirement. Can I keep my house and my BMV Convertible after taking a $60,000 pay cut?.  Age 59, a Quebec woman adjusts to a new job paying only $48,000 a year.
    Remind me to adjust, financially, to not having a [Shaw's] newspaper subscription nor cable/satellite subscription, nor radio plugged into a wall outlet.

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    Sunday, June 15, 2014

    Not-awesome #894

    # 894.
    Hot pavement [bad in Summer, good in Fall Winter Spring].
    This is a mixed N.A.  Warm pavement is great, outside of Summer.  The snow and the rain dry out quickly, making the roads safer to drive on.  In the Summer, pavement can be lousy for walking upon.
    Even that isn't a full season effect.  And night-time pavement temperatures are reasonable, too.
    Maybe, instead, it is a worthy trade-off?  At least... until one gets the ol' summertime hot-foot.
    Hot pavement [bad in Summer, good in Fall Winter Spring], not-awesome?

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    Sunday, June 08, 2014

    Not-awesome #895

    # 895.
    Fans that Leave Early.
    This happens with every city's sports' venues.  Here in Toronto, our ticket prices are often steep.  Maybe it matters less elsewhere.
    Still, unless a 'sad sack' home team is completely being demolished; fans leaving early are no fans at all.  What about the comeback?  Worse are those attendees who leave early during a tight or reasonably close game.  Is the post-game traffic really that too much for them?  If so, maybe the game itself was too excitable for their peace of mind(s).
    Fans that Leave Early, not-awesome.

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    Friday, June 06, 2014

    June 6th - day of determination.

    Northern France. The D-day invasion across five beaches, June 6th, 1944. Canada would take Juno beach; British and American armed forces separately invaded the other four during that allied mission.

    BTW, consider listening to a few post-war 1940s radio broadcasts (approx. 13 minutes each) of Danny Marsdon and Gisele MacKenzie for a sampled tone of Canada's national-international identity of that time.

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    Wednesday, June 04, 2014

    June 4th - day of denial.

    China. Democracy protests at Tiananmen Square, June 4th, 1989.

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    Tuesday, June 03, 2014

    forever freeware(s) - May 2014 [reposted].

    Yes, after a long-running series of noting freeware programs here, during 2012 and 2013, after the roll-outs of Windows RT, 8, and 8.1, XP's official support retirement, after my own fall back to a Windows 2000 machine... a few worthy additions of mention!

    Esc Close v2.0 by Anand K Gupta. Maybe there's an overall hotkey program capable of this item's trick. I like it. Classify it with a trusty 1998's restored context-menu's New Folder option tweak. (Hey hey, don't knock old-school.) The time setting adjustment for double/triple clicks completes it IMO.

    Magnifixer v4.0 by BlackSun Software. Customizable small viewing window magnifying program. (Unlike a few others, this works readily in Win 2000, btw.)
    Spews v1.03 by Jody Holmes. Part of the NANY 2014 event. A wallpaper change scheduler with an exclusion feature for when user-listed programs are also running.

    ToDo Reminder by JM Falcao. A basic version of this type of program. (Sometimes I don't care to 'learn' excess programs without end.)
    Pic Viewer by JM Falcao. Useful for me and a Win2000 machine (or it would be - if that older machine could more quickly load 2MB+ JPG photos.)
    MP3 Quality Modifer v2.53 by Kevin Schneider. Downsizes audio files; such as to lowered bit rates and/or stereo to mono. Creates a file copy by default.

    Others: A pair of context menu programs were discovered. Untested by myself however. Easy Context Menu v1.1 by BlueLife and Velociraptor. Context Menu Manager by Fahmy Corporation (linkage lost).
    Run Blocker v1.1 by BlueLife. Untested (by CQ) as yet.

    Process Piglet v1.0114. Part of the NANY 2014 event. XP+ tray area notifier to point out programs (processes) which take up resources. Calculatormatik v1.91 by Mustafa Bugra AKTAS. An extensive conversion calculator.
    BK ReplaceEm (Ecobyte Replace Text v2.2) by Bill Klein. A (2009) multiple text-search-replace(s) program.
    Added: Clipboard Magic v5.02 by CyberMatrix.com. A basic version of this program type.

    BTW, this is 64bit Win7Home reposting, of last Tues' entry(s) - using an initial Wordpad document* as its copy/paste 'from' program! *Re-fixed for Office 2010's fancy quotation mark replacements and a line break code added in manually (as opposed to the Sat. entry - from Wordpad - which pasted with untyped line break codes added.

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    Monday, June 02, 2014

    Vote with Father Jerzy and young Madi etc., or vote with the Cops and Liberals?

    Here's a political sequence.
    Last night I found myself watching a 2014 documentary about Poland's Father Jerzy Popieluszko.  He was a catholic priest assigned to serve Poland's steel worker community during the early 1980s when Soviet Communism was still in force.  Speaking out for basic freedom and truth - to a massively growing (and impovished) audience - he was later brutually murdered by a politically corrupt police force.
    This 90-minute documentary was broadcast on channel 17.2, PBS's The World subchannel, from Buffalo, NY.  This channel is just one of all U.S. border station subchannels which have zero Canadian cable /satellite carriage nor local newspaper listings for regional (free, over-the-air) antenna users.
    This morning I hear that Ontario's own police force have now asserted themselves into our June 12th provincial election.  They are openly campaigning directly against voting for the Progressive Conservative party and its leader Tim Hudak!

    Hudak is calling for a public sector rollback towards 2009's level to be achieved, over a few years, primarily by not replacing any upcoming retirees.  He is also suggesting a real pay freeze in order to help re-contain Ontario's massive yearly deficits of over-spending its annual taxation revenues by [currently more than 14] billions of dollars.  All this, while multiple children have gone begging in public for advanced medicines and surgeries denied by our "free" public healthcare provincial governance.

    In the past year, we have witnessed as our Toronto cops spoofed being a stranded GO Train passenger, after a sudden riverside flood, upon an unwitting TV news' interview.  We have viewed the independent surveillance tape of a troubled and entirely alone streetcar passenger being gunned down (eight out of nine kill shots) and then tasered twice - while another immediately on-the-scene dozen or more cops stood by.  There was also a Hamilton police officer who quickly took his fully pensioned retirement after being suspended with pay(!) - for four years(!) once his gov't employment hearing was... finally... about to take place. 


    Now our own highly paid, $100,000+ Sunshine List, cops are telling us who NOT to vote for??  Should the 3rd place NDP's Parkdale - High Park incumbent candidate need an independent bodyguard?  Did citizen 'Adam Nobody' and many others during Toronto's G20 event, require personal protection - from our police?
    Note:  Although I am generally supportive of the PCs (and previously for the police as well) - I wasn't going to vote for the PC's local candidate nor Hudak this time around.  Now I will be voting for the PC's.

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    Sunday, June 01, 2014

    Not-awesome #896

    # 896.
    No Cats, No Clotheslines bylaws.
    Since I was kid, growing up in the spaciousness of surburbia - many of us had outdoor cats and clotheslines.  What happened?  (Besides a tightening of townhouse uniformity developments.)
    We had a cat.  No litterbox; it went outside, year-round.  A few dead birds and critters would appear at our front step; but there were plenty of others living strong each year.  Self-built nests could be noticed within the neighbourhood trees.  And that was all with now-outlawed chemical lawn care products as applied.
    Bed sheets, undies and t-shirts and towels often dried under the backyard seasonal sun.
    Boys, by the thousands and millions, also rode banana seat U-bar bicycles freely and skateboarded, etc.  But that's another N.A. of its own merit.
    We also had an antenna - on a tower with a rotator motor.  Now you can readily find the eyesores of corporate aligned satellite dishes, legal and grey market.  But the once common free-tv antenna?  Heavens' mercy.  Better to disallow that with another(!) bylaw.
    No Cats, No Clotheslines bylaws, not-awesome.

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    Saturday, May 31, 2014

    Ballmer slights Mrs. Gates?

    Thursday was a big news charity announcement day for Melinda Gates, spouse of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.  She appeared publicly here in Canada - a part of North America - for the news coverage issue of spending 3.5 billion dollars, via the Canadian government, towards international maternal healthcare.
    An exact same day item, as reported via the CBS Evening News program, was that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is bidding to purchase the hot-issue NBA basketball team, the Los Angeles Clippers.


    That's right, buying the 'Clippers'.
    If you want to know what is wrong with Microsoft (both Windows and its Office suite) for the past decade...
    Recall that, according to generalized reports, it was the future Mrs. Gates who was a key project leader for the short-lived MS-Bob program in 1994.  One of its most notable 'newbie' user-level components, however, was a selection of animated assistants.  "Clippit" or Clippy would next appear, disfavourably to many, within Microsoft's 1998 Office suite.
    Ballmer couldn't have issued his own potential sports acquisition news (about the Clippers, of all things) upon any other business day?

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    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    Empress quasi-remembered.

    I suppose it is a good thing that the Empress of Ireland passenger ship is now being remembered. It was accidentally struck by a freighter and sank, 100 years ago - today - May 29th, 1914. The ship sank in mere minutes; over a thousand persons died. There are estimates that from its prior eight years of service, 1 in 30 Canadians can still trace their ancestry to this ship. That's a possibility for me, as well. (I know that one of my grandmothers and her family would have emigrated from England at around that timeframe.)
    Until this week, honestly, I had never heard of this Canadian disaster.

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    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    forever freeware(s) - May 2014.

    Yes, after a long-running series of noting freeware programs here, during 2012 and 2013, after the roll-outs of Windows RT, 8, and  8.1, XP's official support retirement, after my own fall back to a Windows 2000 machine... a few worthy additions of mention!

    Esc Close v2.0 by Anand K Gupta.  Maybe there's an overall hotkey program capable of this item's trick.  I like it.  Classify it with a trusty 1998's restored context-menu's New Folder option tweak.  (Hey hey, don't knock old-school.)  The time setting adjustment for double/triple clicks completes it IMO.

    Magnifixer v4.0 by BlackSun Software.  Customizable small viewing window magnifying program.  (Unlike a few others, this works readily in Win 2000, btw.)
    Spews v1.03 by Jody Holmes.  Part of the NANY 2014 event.  A wallpaper change scheduler with an exclusion feature for when user-listed programs are also running.

    ToDo Reminder by JM Falcao.  A basic version of this type of program.  (Sometimes I don't care to 'learn' excess programs without end.)
    Pic Viewer by JM Falcao.  Useful for me and a Win2000 machine (or it would be - if that older machine could more quickly load 2MB+ JPG photos.) 
    MP3 Quality Modifer v2.53 by Kevin Schneider.  Downsizes audio files; such as to lowered bit rates and/or stereo to mono.  Creates a file copy by default.


    Others:
    A pair of context menu programs were discovered.  Untested by myself however.  Easy Context Menu v1.1 by BlueLife and Velociraptor.  Context Menu Manager by Fahmy Corporation (linkage lost).
    Run Blocker v1.1 by BlueLife.  Untested (by CQ) as yet.

    Process Piglet v1.0114.  Part of the NANY 2014 event.  XP+ tray area notifier to point out programs (processes) which take up resources.
    Calculatormatik v1.91 by Mustafa Bugra AKTAS.  An extensive conversion calculator.
    BK ReplaceEm (Ecobyte Replace Text v2.2) by Bill Klein.  A (2009) multiple text-search-replace(s) program.\


    BTW - THIS ENTRY was Fucked Up either by Copy Paste from Microsoft Office (2010 or 07, or Google's Blogger when taking my originally self-edited linkage post as cleanly pre-written in Wordpad.  It took about three tries, then a complete new copy paste out of a first Blogger posting entry - omitted title in frustration.

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    Monday, May 26, 2014

    An 8-hour trip to visit hospital.

    Sometimes I believe there's got to be a better way...
    Needed/wanted to visit an ailing parent recently.  It took me eight hours to acquire a one-hour stopover.
    Basically my time added into this:

    3 hours' walking.  (To/from Islington Station, saving the initial Toronto system's fare price.)
    Then I commited a felony of hopping through the - extra Friday afternoon manned - TTC stations's ticket gates in order to purchase five Mississauga bus tickets via a MissTransit-only vendor booth.  Last year, btw, a new Shoppers Drug Mart official ticket seller ($10/hour clerk and her $12(?) manager) - within Miss. - refused to sell me a common strip of five tickets ($14) instead of the 10-pack ($28).  Still cheaper than the cash fare.  I also used the public washrooms - across the street - at the Sun Life Centre; Islington station's amenities were shuttered as of 1979.
    2 hours' suburban bus ride  (Bumpy as heck upon the return route.  Accessed an independently unsheltered transit-hub adjoining mini-mall's washroom ahead of an expected 9 p.m. weekday closing time).
    3 hours' of getting an outside GTA car ride - listening, naturally, to other people's music.  And being a cost of gas freeloader, etc.
    I did add 30 minutes as well for checking in online at a public library branch with empty e-mail, jobboards, and social media.  'Ate defensively' for the day as well.  (Took along an apple; planned my pre-lunch leftovers and the night before's meal.)
    Combined altogether; this both tired and temporarily demoralizes me.

    This was actually a lucky break in a way; just having the attainable option to visit a relative in the hospital, etc.  (The parent is getting better; I fell ill during the next couple of days.)

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    Was news media too predetermined in O.J. Simpson's guilt?

    Recently I came across an alternate 'theory' of the Simpson/Goldman murder case.  Regardless of any merits; I was surprised by not knowing had there legitimately may have been any other adult - one allegedly documented as troubled with drugs and weapon violence - besides O.J. himself, potentially on hand.  O.J. and O.J. only(!) was my open and shut core armchair follower's opinion.  Everything after that was a basic gloss-over to my own level of attention.

    That aligns to mind with this year's mega-news story of the lost 787 Malaysian Airplane.  Weeks of non-stop absolute expert analysis opinions, targetted search team efforts, etc.  Then came requestioned doubts towards any or all of its preceding facts.

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    Finland's 2014 IIHF failure.

    It's not that they lost, or won.  Finland had the opportunity to send Russia a clear international message as to Russia's hostile, undemocratic, taken during the Para-Olympics Games, with undeclared military aggression threatened, land grab(s) against its fellow peaceful neighbour nation Ukraine.
    Finland could have refused to play in Sunday's gold medal hockey game versus Russia, being held this spring in Belarus.  There are political matters more important than any one game or tournament.
    Next time around maybe it will be Finland against whom Russia annexes for itself (and a re-asserted geopolitical Baltic sea regional wish).  And maybe it should be?

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    Sunday, May 25, 2014

    Not-awesome #897

    # 897.
    Over-Perfume.
    "Hey Brut!"
    Once, when in high school, I was fairly new to the world of deodorants.  I slathered some on - one early morning.  Hours later - yes, that was the friendly tease from a girl sitting behind me in class.
    She knew, having an older brother, exactly the brand I had applied towards myself.  I was lightly embarassed.  My aroma, however, stayed acutely oblivious.  It was a life onto itself, lol.
    It wasn't long before I switched, permanently, to using unscented products.  Soaps included.
    For some people, allergies to perfumes and smells are a real health issue.  Trapped into a confined, if temporary, space with any Mr., (or Ms.) aroma is just a real nuisance problem for everyone else.
    Over-Perfume, not-awesome.

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    Saturday, May 24, 2014

    Memorable celebrity commercials

    Recently I found the online time to notice the MeTV network's website.  Besides their seasonally updated programming changes, they have a webpage of long ago television commercials.  The audio video quality - of the few that I watched - was poor.  However, their retro flashback / early TV-celebrity quality was top-notch.
    I can recall that MeTV had actually aired a couple of such spots directly within their television broadcasting - when I first discovered it a couple of years ago.
    For (primarily) Southern Ontario viewers of the 1980s-90s, I will also mention the YouTube channel belonging to RetrontarioFrom Buffalo NY, MeTV broadcasts from channel 67.1 (local affiliate station presented in black letterboxing) and also channel 67.3.

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    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Indy cars rule again.

    A thankful change of pace, with this entry.
    The open-air Indianapolis 500 speedway cars have been a life long sporting favourite of mine.  During its unfortunate split era, I sided with the CHAMP - CART series - that excluded the fabled speedway oval itself.  However, for a few years now, Indy is back!
    Meanwhile I dislike NASCAR.  For whatever reason, I just can't enjoy stockcar racing.  Its night-time and/or pickup truck races have (IMO) an initial novelty about themselves.  But so does a variety of other styles of motorized racing events.  And I prefer the (non-stadium) off-road races over NASCAR as well.
    I would still wish to follow an extended Indy "500".  A car race shouldn't take less apparent time than a typical big city commute.  That's really about the only drawback I can think of.
    Too often, last year, I settled in to watch (quite a number of) its different races, only to find myself feeling like a boxing fan after a one or two round fight.  And yet I still enjoyed all of those 2012 races.
    One of my so-called bucket list items was visiting that historical speedway.  That was some years back, for me (not the race itself, though).  An additional F1 'road course' track modification was in place at the time.  So was a great on-site museum featuring a number of its past era(s) championship cars.

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    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Tatham's is tops.

    As I first discovered a year ago, Simon Tatham's freeware coffee break games are great.  Simply massive fun.
    There's Unruly (also known as Binario), Filling (Number Clusters) Keen (KenKen), SameGame (with customizable sizings as all many others), Towers (a 5x5 number grid), a dominos' set pairs on a grid game, Unequal (aka Futoshiki), Loopy (once around a numbers grid uninterrupted), Mines, Guess (mastermind), Solo (Sudoku), etc.  Approximately three dozen such primarily paper and pen'ish games in all.  A tiny file(s) footprint.  No goofy children's level animation trinkets neither.  Coffee break games that any 11+ aged person wouldn't mind displayed over their shoulder.
    After some usage, I finally then noticed the extra ability of entering (multiple different coloured) tiny pencil check numbers into individual cells - as well as full size numbers.  This really does make this collection a world's greatest.  Keyboard navigation is a breeze as well.  Written and playable upon a variety of computer operating systems.

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    Monday, May 19, 2014

    Good is bad and worse is good?

    U.S. CO2 emissions are at a 20 year low.  H/t to Ezra Levant via Sun Media.

    Madi Vanstone, 12 years old, living with cystic fibrosis and a refusal of Ontario's FREE GOVERMENT medical coverage, got no-showed (again) by Liberal Health Minister Deb Matthews.

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    Sunday, May 18, 2014

    Rogers' 6-in-1 NewsMix ch. 179 - today

    I was surfing across a Rogers digital cable lineup last night.  Up around 176-190 were a cluster of news channels; some will appear upon other, lower, cable numbers.  Anyway, the accessible channels "started" with Russia Today - 177 (unavailable Al-Jazeera - 176).
    Then an unavailable CNN-I - 178.

    Then a six-in-one screen at channel 1"79".  Uh huh*.
    The selected group of six, in order of left to right, top row then bottom row, were:
    RT, CTV Newschannel, SunNews, and BNN, CNN, BBC World News.  With this channel a viewer can click across each live mini-screen box of the above listed news channels.

    Why is Russia TV the default 'active' news channel (with both a running feed of audio and video)?
    Alphabetical?  No.
    Canadian or more locally targeted?  No.
    Geographical?  No.
    Highest rated?  No.
    Worthy of being Rogers' channel 179 default active mini-screen?

    FoxNews isn't carried within 179's grouping; neither are a pair of NBC news channels.  Nor is good ol' CBC Newsworld part of their six-in-one selection channel.
    *  CityTV in Toronto (decades ago) began its over-the-air broadcasting at channel number 79.

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    Not-awesome #898

    # 898
    Fireworks with Music.
    In Canada, this is our annual Springtime fireworks weekend. For the (Queen) Victoria Day celebrations.
    As such, fireworks are often featured across many different cities and towns. There has been a running trend of attempting to merge pop or classical or... type X music to those firework festivities.
    Not good. Not good at all.
    Fireworks are a work of art in and of themselves. Therefore any supplementation is only that of a very irksome blemish. Like a gnarly tattoo or a metal piercing placed upon an attractive person. Or like piped-in jock rock and/or overhyped music instead of permitting sports stadiums to voice themselves with only their purely authentic fan reactions.
    Real fireworks have moments of built-in boom, lingering slowdowns, and communal anticipations with shared and hushed silences of awe.
    Marring the sounds of a fireworks event is the same (to me) as cancelling an entire fireworks show. (And I'd much rather have a cancelled fireworks than allegedly-only "sequenced" and overbearing external musical accompaniments.)
    Fireworks with Music, not-awesome.

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    Saturday, May 17, 2014

    A podcaster without the Internet.

    Per a Toronto Sun article by reporter Don Peat, Toronto's mayor and political podcaster doesn't, hadn't (during 2013's Summer months) might not if/when re-elected use his office computer's internet access.
    Unless maybe the mayor occasionally clears his browser's history - for example to reset the cookies counter used to read X number of unpaid for Toronto Sun, etc. news articles online.

    Windows' DESKTOP Snooping alert:
    Besides internet, there are small freeware programs that can read how many times a Windows system computer was ever on. There's also a counter-reader for usage of the Start Menu button.

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    Thursday, May 15, 2014

    Why (IMO) Hudak's PCs won't win their election.

    Here.
    Simply put, Hudak's team is Golden Horseshoe tone-deaf.  Goofing upon a Yonge St. subway photo op was just a visible example of this.
    One of their North York local campaign teams called me, somehow I was on a list.  Except that I'm a downtown Toronto (parkdale-high park) resident.  Okay fine.  Later that same team called me upon their same North York candidate's tele-meeting events.  C'mon.
    Of all the parties, it is the Progressive Conservatives who should be primed for the prime-time of an election!  Shouldn't they be?  I still have no idea who my riding's ballot box token PC name, for this time around, is.  That's the Al Gore - try to win without half the states - strategy.  With so many banks, plus big and small businesses, and other major organizations, where are their to-be-taken seriously urban candidates?

    I sure don't have any of those Debty-Sunshiny glory-am-I-before-you lifer jobs.  So in contrast to the competition-protected media people, I'm in general agreement with the startings of Hudak's public intentions.  And then he goes off upon big tax cuts as well as attrition employment rollbacks.  Who the heck believes in both?  If anything we'll need to raise overall taxes while daring pink slips.  That is "need to" not "want to".
     For example, has anyone met a bus driver who wasn't, by double, always the richest incomer on board?  I'm okay with comping the serious traffic driver - say, the drivers of a Dufferin or Steeles ave. route.  Their jobs are tough enough.  But that gravy often seems to flow too freely when it continues down to the least active ticket collector (boozing water tester, etc.) hogging overtime year after year (and driving in from two hours away) despite so many unemployed and under-employed local citizens.

    When PM Jean Chretien and finance minister Paul Martin pulled Canada back into fiscal solvency - they did cut the national spending and transfer payments, and therefore the Harris and (moreso!) Klein provincial cuts.  The federal liberals also raised taxes!  They did so with a flat-ish surtax upon all income plus through increased payroll tax collections.  They also kept the federal GST up at 7%.   Harris's team talked the same game as Klein, except that only Klein delivered.  Harris simply shifted costs away to the municipalites and segregated Hydro Ontario's burdens.  Then they sold off farm acres such as the 407 highway while maintaining more (free and costly) traffic loads upon the parallel all-public highways
    I still can't even figure out who ANY of the Central Toronto / GTA PC candidates are.  How does Hudak expect to win without BOME - Brampton, Oakville, Mississauga, Etobicoke, (and competing within any of Inner Toronto's ridings).  It just won't happen while other-riding GTA candidates are repeatedly calling out-of-riding voters.

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    Sunday, May 11, 2014

    (mandatory) Union Dues from the Disabled.

    Per Michigan's SEIU (Service Employees International Union).  Also home to a bankrupted city of a World Series finalist team.
    After some legal delays, they've now lost 80% of their membership.
    H/t to End of Your Arm.

    Perhaps Michigan's disabled and elderly community simply are not politically powerful as 'Working Families'.


    From neighbouring Wisconsin:
    Sober woman arrested for drunk driving after deputy falsifies reportH/t again.

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    Not-awesome #899

    # 899.
    Morsel Meals (small servings' restaurants).
    This is a provided N.A.  I doubt if I've ever eaten at a small servings' restaurant.  I'm lucky enough if, "where's the clown?" isn't the fast dining hall question.
    So I will share this Not-Awesome.  It's readily understandable.  You dress up and schedule ahead, you line up, and then also await, pay an enlarged bill... Then find yourselves still looking 'for the clown*' or maybe the red-headed girl's fast food drive-thru outlet afterwards.  Delusionally, one might eat something more 'substantial' beforehand.  No, leaving off only to pay out to somewhere else for their lofty claimed yet leftovers-free atmosphere; that's...
    Morsel Meals (small servings' restaurants), not-awesome.

    * And maybe this helps to explain both, Mayor McCheese's and Grimace's continued and loyal patronage.

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    Thursday, May 08, 2014

    Cozi plus FIVE.

    Cozi TV, a retro channel geared towards the mid 1970s and 1980s has a new std. definition (3/4 frame) broadcast signal (56.1) in Buffalo, NY.  That makes three plus one over-the-air retro stations available from Buffalo. As listed; MeTV (letter-boxed in simple black with full end-credits and excellent promos for a perfect presentation), AntennaTV (channel 2.3, a WeatherNation affiliate at ch. 2.2, both in 3/4 frame), and now Cozi.
    The plus one is TCT Kids (26.3, formerly TCT Family) which airs black & white half-hour shows (fallen into public domain?) during the late evenings and over-nights with mimimal interruptions for non-commercial donation requests and religious blurbs.  MeTV also has a pure network feed at 67.3 (std. def.).  Channel 67.1 additionally includes a VHS era (mostly) movie substation - ThisTV (67.2), and a Christian station - Daystar (67.4, std. def.).  MeTV's local affililate, WBBZ Z 67.1, selectively airs other programming choices with an eye to sports and local interests.

    However Cozi didn't startup alone!  Channel 56.1, (WBXZ) will have six subchannels, 56.2 to 56.6.  Another retro station, 56.3 appears to be geared towards black & white shows pre-1965.  Cozi's WBXZ is just starting to unroll these new stations.  Their preliminary On-screen program guides - attached to every OTA broadcast signal, BTW, reads as follows:
    56.2 - Heartla
    56.3 - Retro
    56.4 - Shop
    56.5 - PBJ
    56.6 - Ebru
    At a preliminary glance, Cozi's promos are skewed towards a modern putdown attitude, though.  Why mock product which their viewers have already selected by choice?

    African-American centric Bounce network is available at ch. 23.1; country music's Zuus is available at 29.2.  PBS-Buffalo - in high def. widescreen (with PAL-scaled Britcoms letterboxed in black), carries a PBS World feed; PBS Rochester transmits World and Create.


    Now tell yourself to be very thankful to Canada's own industry!  None of the above are available - noting PBS ch. 17.1 as described -  on Cdn. cable or satellite systems.  None(!) of the above have TV listings nor guides published in any Toronto area newspaper.  There are zero OTA subchannels licenced in Toronto and Hamilton - excepting a needless std. def. version of the GlobalTV broadcast (ch. 41.1 with 41.2).  I hadn't received Burlington's underpowered CTS (ch. 36.1) signal in quite a while either; a Rogers cable feed shows it as 'very grainy'.
    It is Toronto, Ontario, that possesses a world leading communications tower near its downtown waterfront.  It sure doesn't seem like it.

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    Sunday, May 04, 2014

    Not-awesome #900

    # 900.
    Ugly Stamps.  Oversized Stamps.
    Usually this only gets noticed moreso around the holiday seasons.  I'm not a follower of stamps.  I know that there is a tradition of collecting them, however.  Countries, therefore, will issue many different images and series for their stamps, in view of this fact.
    Sometimes they try too hard.  The simple easy-to-interpret flag, or otherwise stodgy, image is enough for me.  Those same-price stamps that take up nearly an entire envelope corner aren't any better.
    Ugly Stamps.  Oversized Stamps, not-awesome.


    My stamps-overall side note:
    (I still have flashbacks of needing to apply two or three stamps each week - 30 per year - to former accounting school assignments.  And their return envelopes.  It got so that I would rather travel out of my way, via rush hour public transit for those constant weekly in-person dropoffs.)

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    Saturday, May 03, 2014

    First weekend of May.

    Riverdale Park, at Toronto's east downtown.


    A 'Summerish' image from The Postcard Factory, photo by Chris Cheong.

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    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    Not-awesome #901

    # 901
    Rain or Shine.
    When is Rain ever as good as (sun) Shine?  It's not.  Unless it is for farm crops.
    In the Spring, you might readily find such weather option notices.  Outdoor Yard sales, or maybe local sport events often carry this carry-on advisement.  Things (and people) get situated outside, preknowledged with the incurrence of a fair chance of rain.  And then it all just gets left for the outside, and the rain.  To become needlessly soggy and damp.
    If events were just scheduled to be conducted as 'Rain only', then who would show up?
    Rain or Shine, not-awesome.

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    Friday, April 25, 2014

    Dear Windows World: my 16-bit wish.

    After another visit with a 64-bit Windows 7 (Home) / Office 2010 Starter, typical all-black keys [see Not Awesome #351 (APR21, 2013] laptop - plus a peek at a few 8.1 o/s machines displayed at a Microsoft Store... I still want to go back to the future 'of 1995'.  Besides its delayed and iconic operating system change, IMHO all of those then-current 16-bit programs were at their finally updated perfection levels.
    I used to think maybe it was me, as I disliked(!) their original 32-bit replacements.  Twenty years on and I still find myself taking to any 16-bit program like a fitted glove.

    As to operating systems, I did especially like the 32-bit XP Professional edition - IF with a Win98 style interface, added RAM memory, AND a handful of tiny 3rd-party critical freeware additions.  Under the Hood computing improvements have their place - just not, IMHO, onscreen or within the file folders' directory organization.  Every Microsoft o/s GUI-level change seems to have been a devolution rather than an advancement.

     
    One new laugh I had was when I installed, then uninstalled a small 32-bit Yahtzee game upon that Win-7 laptop.  I either cut/pasted or copied its shortcuts to a different Games\board\ subfolder under its program menu.  I couldn't just access the Win7 Home's program menu folder secton via (file) Explorer.  The gameware-included uninstaller thus didn't remove its menu shortcuts.  (Reason for uninstalling was that the game became a limited trial version).

    When the 64-bit Windows 7 Home laptop was restarted at a slightly later date:  it automatically ran a start-up problem(!) check(!) subprogram.  That subprogram came with a serious looking Windows 95(!) dialog frame.  C'mon.  Danger danger!  It provided its own cancel button (and a corner X button).  However, it refused to be cancelled - with an added message of refusal!  It ran for... I don't know how long: 15 minutes, maybe 45 minutes?  Finally it gave up - problem unfound.

    So I took about five seconds, noticed my own manually added/copied (empty) program menu shortcuts still in place.  Deleted these with a right-click option (remember that this folder is otherwise unaccessable by the laptop's lone user /adminstrator).  Serious 'Problem' instantly gone.  There never was a start-up subfolder 'issue' either.  I'd once encountered this same default panic check routine perhaps a couple of years earlier.  Why not just paint its panic-95 framebox with a MS-Dos or MS-Bob design?

     

     

    What I Want:

    I want to have those previously straight forward 16-bit programs simply updated to allow for 48+3 file length names.  No 'space' character or other extended characters are wished.  And I wish to have those otherwise GUI-unchanged 16-bit programs as 32-bit programs (only since I can't imagine having any wish to run a 64-bit o/s computer).  Naturally, if/when there are related library type files involved, ditto.  I don't want advancement replacements; just those as-original programs except with a space character-excepted 48* plus three file naming allowance.  Better still, have all such then-Windows directory loaded folder stuff resituated into subfolders contained within any 16-bit program's own subfolders.  Then, I would ditch the whole Win-95 issued 'Progam ~ needless space key character ~ Files' common folder structure for EVERYTHING as well!

    It is not just Microsoft.  I'd like to have this feature updated from all past first-half 1990s' PC software developers!

     

     
    * Why a length of 48?  Why not?  16 or 30 could probably be completely adequate.  It may as well be a file name length of 48.  Should I ever become a multi-millionaire, then I'll probably call with a paying software order.  And I will order myself a two-tone beige or grey keyboard (real or virtual) while I'm at it.  (My own Win-2000 laptop shouldn't require a 1980s' 101 attached desktop keyboard - with its Right-ALT key remapped by freeware.)

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    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Streetcar death Toronto Cop Unsuspended.

    Last year, there was a midnight streetcar passenger killed by Toronto Police gunfire.  Sammy Yatim had snapped and brandished a knife.  Per various news reports to date: no one was hurt nor touched.  Independently filmed by a corner store's surveillance camera, all other passengers and the transit driver quickly exited to their own safety.  The last fellow passenger even bothered to carry out his own bicycle from within the streetcar.
    Approximately a dozen or more officers responded to the scene within minutes.  One officer fired at the suspect nine times; eight bullets entering the body.  The suspect was alone and inside towards the front doors of the streetcar.  He, or his sudden corpse, would become tasered twice as well - by an as yet unidentified co-officer.
    As expected, there was a legal review of this incident.  The cop who singularly fired nine times at the suspect was suspended WITH pay.
    None of the other police officers on hand, retired, nor across Toronto's 'thin blue line', have stated any public disagreement with this citizen's death by repeated shooting.
    BTW, there was a Hamilton, Ontario, police officer who had continued his own with-pay suspension for over four years; in 2013, he then retired to a full police pension one week before his own legal procedure was to finally take place.
    This afternoon it is announced that the Toronto police officer, Constable Forcillo, is no longer suspended and is now working within the force's administrative activities.  Per CP24, this move is supported by Police Chief Blair.

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    Happy for Montreal.

    Happy for Montreal. I say this as a lifelong Torontonion.
    Their Canadiens hockey team have won a first round sweep against the comparable Tampa Bay Ligntning. IMO, Montreal could have had a statistically easier matchup with the previous (and preferred) undivided full East Conference 1-8 seedings. The same 'rivalry gimmick' penalty* now goes for a potential second round series.
    I miss the way my hometown+ used to be. We used to criticize about Montreal's all-talk pro sports fandom; now we are the empty-hype drone machine.


    * Consider those crummy NHL Norris division teams of the 80s and 90s. Except for one notable third round appearance of the Maple Leafs versus Gretzky and the L.A. Kings, we never had a faint chance, in real playoff terms against... the Jets, Flames, Oilers, nor Canucks. Oh joy(?), mostly we instead had rivalry(!) rounds against a limited number of other sad sack Norris division-only teams.

    + Tuesday night we had two three sideline miscues for Toronto's pro sports.
    First up was a Rogers employed CityTV lead (female) sportscaster narrating that a visiting basketball player should "suck on it/that" as she presented that game's recap. Language aside, it came soon after the Raptors' General Manager was fined $25,000 (by the NBA) for his own public swearing against 'Brooklyn' during a fan rally. Rogers Communications is the co-owner of MLSE.
    Phil Kessel's fishing season tweet.
    Kessel is supposed to be the Leafs' top player - though he is not their team captain. A big market city, a handful of years playing here; so he text messaged that nothing was better than night fishing with his friends. Fair enough - if this wasn't precisely during the first round of missed playoffs as 'rival city' Montreal just completed their own 4-0 victory. C'mon.
    Party like its (dead) Neil Hope's birthday: Hometown Confetti falls as the MLSE Raptors won a game to tie their opening round basketball series at 1-1.

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