Author Archives: iain

Inauguration thoughts

Today’s not a very interesting news day. There’s very little to glean anywhere other than the inauguration of President Obama. It’s an historic event, that an African-American has reached the highest office in the free world. And it is, there’s no question about that. But I can’t help feeling that the intense focus on the […]

Budget Halloween House

How to make your house scary for Halloween without great expense:

Victory, with honor

“This strategy has succeeded. And we are winning in Iraq. And we will come home with victory and with honor.” Senator McCain in the first 2008 presidential debate. Among many stories of the consequences of our invasion of Iraq is this one. I heard it last week on All Things Considered. If this is the […]

A fishy story

Vicki’s tropical fish tank has been set up for years, and I hadn’t realized how run-down it was getting until we started working on it a few months back. Adding some new angel fish was a bad idea; we introduced a disease that killed off all but one of our clown loaches and all but […]

Windows UI annoyance

Will Microsoft ever realize that popping up a dialog while I’m working is a bad idea? I’m tying away when a dialog popus up, and the next key stroke has a random effect on it. The number of installations I’ve screwed up by accidentally responding to dialogs may be part of the reason my Windows […]

Conning Kids

I was paying last month’s cellphone bill this week and found a charge I didn’t recognize on Simon’s phone. He’s 11, and shouldn’t be incurring extra charges. He did have a couple of games that Vicki told him he could download, but this wasn’t one of them. AT&T couldn’t tell me anything about the charge. […]


After abandoning Graffiti 1, I’ve been using TealScript exclusively, and I have to say that I’m very happy with it. I haven’t spent my $30 yet, I’m still using introductory trial, but I certainly will be. It recognizes my Graffiti 1 letter construction better than the Graffiti 1 libraries (and better than my earlier Palm […]

More Palm evilness

Though I now have Graffiti 1, I’ve now run into the problem mentioned in the thread I linked. When I exceed the size of a text box in the Blazer browser, the device resets. Sigh. I can’t go back to Graffiti 2. I’ve read several comments to the effect that “if you practice, you can […]

Why I hate my Palm (and what I’ve done about it)

I’ve owned various versions of the Palm Pilot for many years. I think my first was a Palm III, which I upgraded at least once before buying a Palm IIIc (the color version). I still have notes from Pooks‘s class that I took in 1999 or 2000 that has moved from one device to the […]


The con was worthwhile. I brought home a couple of useful pieces of knowledge. Always read a story aloud; to someone else if possible, but to yourself if not. You can hear clunky phrases more clearly. If you stumble over a sentence it might be awkwardly written, and if you run out of breath, it’s […]