Internet and Computers

I like computers. I like the Internet. I design my own website and blog. I write on them all, from time to time.

Apr 102015
Back Behind the Rocks

“It’s like you were in jail, got a taste of freedom, and now you’re back in jail.”     Apt description of my relationship and communication headaches in North America, I thought. It’s not like this is solely a North American problem or that all North Americans fear communication or trying something new in order […]

Aug 192014

Distraction therapy is a time-honoured, doctor-endorsed way to cope with pain of all kinds, chronic illness, lifelong injuries, basically 24/7 health problems that drive you bonkers if you don’t find some way to separate your mind from them even if it’s only doable for a minute. Judy Taylor, the woman who couldn’t eat and suffered […]

Oct 112013

I'm getting an iPhone. Hopefully, this year; they’re a tad in demand. I made this decision after weeks of building problems and one particularly frustrating set of days. One big problem I have is that I can write on my iPod Touch within the white noise of the subway but cannot post my draft to […]

Jan 212012
Quitting Squidoo for Violating my Terms of Service

The Error message reads: “Whoops! No publishing allowed. This lens is currently locked for a violation of our Terms of Service, as per the email we sent you. You’re welcome to a) Grab your content and take it elsewhere, if you’d rather not continue with Squidoo or b) Review your content and make edits here […]

May 202011
Greener Families Does the Right Thing: Takes Down Plagiarized Article

I’d steeled myself to take the next step in my salvo against the ones who’d plagiarized my chocolate article, especially as I hadn’t received an email of apology or compliance. I went to the page and… Well, isn’t that a surprise! First Squidoo does the right thing and restores my deleted article and now Greener […]

May 172011
Fighting Plagiarism and My Squidoo Article Restored

As I blogged on the weekend, an article I had written back in the 1990s and had updated for publication on, had been plagiarized by I immediately used Greener Families’s contact form to tell them to take it down. As of this writing, I have not heard anything from them. So now that […]

May 142011
My Copyrighted, Original Article on Chocolate was Plagiarized by and Locked by Squidoo

I am pissed. Squidoo had locked Part Three of my series on chocolate and had notified me back in April. At the time, I was in the middle of a big writing project and was battling a virus (which got me second time round right at the beginning of May), and so I had little […]

Dec 302010

One of the best things about my Sony Reader is that I can read library eBooks on it. One of the most frustrating things about the iPad is that I couldn’t. But on Boxing Day, I finally solved that problem. The Toronto Public Library uses Overdrive (among other services) to stock their virtual library. The […]

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