I looked out this morning, and it is obvious that summer is coming to an end. It is foggy and below freezing at 28° F, or if you are into Celsius it is minus 2. The fog lifts and just when you think it should be over, it comes back. We have gone this long without a “killing frost” and it is hard to believe. It is now near the end of October, and the gardens still have some green plants. Where we live it is not unusual to have snow or a heavy frost in the first week of September, but to go this long is unusual. Looks like Global Warming might be a fact, as some have been saying for a long time now.

My wife and I were talking about our weather as we looked out, and we both decided that our winter days are far too long. It is close to 8:30 in the morning before we have any real daylight, and the sun is down below the horizon by 6:15 in the evening. Even then, the sky has some light in it, we get a lot of twilight here unlike the tropics where the sun goes down and it is dark in 10 minutes. But it is not enough. By the time of the shortest day of the year we will only have a bit less than 8 hours of daylight. In the summer we get over 16 hours. Unless we can somehow overcome an Astronomy law, we will always have this daylight distribution problem.



Windows 10 has a lot of the old Windows 7, and even a lot of XP look to it. It also looks a lot like the Windows 8 and 8.1, so in many ways it is easy to pick up. The operating system allows it to work with touch screens, tablets, keyboards  and a mouse. It is versatile and will work well across these platforms.

You will need to have an account with Microsoft if you want to do anything other than just use your computer for anything other than use your old programs if you have done an update on your old desk or lap top. It is easy to do, and you can use your existing email address or make up a new one with Outlook or use any existing email you may already have. You now will also need a password, or you can set up a pin number, or you can have both. The Pin is easiest and will be needed to get beyond the start screen. Microsoft built a lot more security in to the Win 10 version.

When you have set up your account and password or pin, you can now check out the apps that come with Windows 10. You will not access or download any of these without the account. Loads of these apps are free, and will take the place of some of the old things that at one time were standard on Windows. You will also have free access to the Cloud or One Drive as Windows call it.

When you start windows and all those little stamp size icons come up in the lower left corner of your screen, look them over and decide if you really do want the ones that Microsoft thinks will work for you. If you would like to get them removed, simply RIGHT click on the icon, and select remove. The program is not deleted, but it is removed from the screen. You can easily move the icons around to suit your own likes, by putting the mouse pointer (arrow) over the one you want to move and hold down the left mouse button and drag it to where you want it to go, the other icons will get out of the way and when you let the mouse button go, it will stay there.

You will also notice that some of the icons are oblong and some are square, some have information in them such as the weather one, and they will change so as to keep them current, like news, business,and weather. You can adjust the size as you wish by right clicking on the icon and selecting what you like.

If you want to create a new icon on the start menu, right click the icon you want to be there and select send to start menu. There are a few other things you can do to customize the look and feel of the start menu, and some can be done through the settings button. Colour is one, background colour is another. Some things can also be changed via the Personalize page. The easiest was to access that is to right click on a blank portion of the desk top and then click personalize. If you have a collection of photos you would like to display on your desk top, and get away from the Microsoft contribution, here is the place to do so.

One last thing, there is a book out there called Windows 10 for Dummies, and I heartily recommend it. You can get it at any store that sells books. They offer a link or web page to look at that just might be useful. Start with: Dummies windows 10. Another one they offer is what the Dummies folks have always referred to as Cheat Sheets. Windows 10 is no exception. Go to cheatsheat

There is a lot of information that is easy to understand and use that is available on the Dummies books. Take advantage of them.


How do you like videos and photos of older cars? I don’t mean those old old cars from the teens and twenties, but more like the ones we grew up around. Some neat car commercials for Chevy for instance by Dinah Shore. There are hours of stuff in here. Take a look: not so old cars

I have written a bit about the upcoming Condo Act Legislation, but one of the old links were not so good. The link was dead. The government is accepting input for their discussion. They have a survey on line that will allow you to have at least some say into how you as a condo owner will be treated by your board, your management company, and/ or your builder. This link is a good one. It is easily understood, and easy to complete. condo stuff




This is a video of a father giving his daughters hand in marriage. It is one of those bittersweet moments that will stay with you. It is funny, but a lot more. wedding

Have a great day and be kind to one another.

Ross Smile


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Older type, enjoys computer, cruising, photography, fishing, travel, good food and movies

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