• Life,  Security

    Are We Being Watched?

    I was born in an age where many people could not afford a telephone. An age where the Middle Class splurged for a Party Line (a single phone line shared between multiple households). One was considered wealthy if they could afford a phone at all, and only the “truly rich” could afford a private line or a long-distance phone call.…

  • Recycling,  Simplicity

    When Older is Better

    I took the opportunity to visit the computing section of a major store yesterday. Reader John had posted on Facebook about how laptops have gotten to the point where not even the keyboards are easily replaceable so I wanted to confirm his complaint. To my dismay, every single laptop offered for sale was designed in a way to make replacing…

  • Life

    Distraction

    At first it was the television. It sat front and center of every living room. Residents and visitors alike would stare at the glowing screen, chatting during commercial break. Then came the video games. Names like Atari and Commodore. Devices attached to our precious televisions gave us something to do while we were glued to our televisions. We could direct…

  • Frugality,  Simplicity

    The Art of Delayed Gratification

    There comes a time when even the biggest cheapskate decides that it is time to bite the bullet and spend some money. I needed a new writing computer whether I liked it or not. It isn’t easy to wait for something you need while you save up money for the purchase. Every time you see a sale pass you by…

  • Frugality

    Old Computers

    I have a confession to make. I really, really love computers. In my heyday when money was flush it was common for me to purchase at least one new system a year. One year I would purchase a new desktop, the next I would buy a new laptop. If a new version of Windows came out or a computer with an…

  • Frugality,  Writing

    My New Writing Setup

    In yesterday’s post I mentioned that I was dedicating my old XP to writing, so today I figured that I would talk about my setup. My computer is really old. In the 11 years that I’ve had it the battery has died and the speakers have started failing. It is currently on its third keyboard, and even that is starting…