Yet Another Snowstorm

It feels every year I have to write something about Montreal’s most punishing Winter days. Being a relatively recent newcomer to Canada, I’m still impressed by the extremes of cold and snow which the local climate can achieve. Quite the juxtaposition to the grey and damp Winters of London I became accustomed to for most... Continue Reading →

Commodore 64 Restoration (Part 2)

Welcome back to the Commodore 64 repair project. If you haven’t read Part 1, it’ll provide the background to this project so I’d recommend having a look to begin with. So, first things first, I only have one antenna cable between my Atari and Commodore, so I’ll need to cannibalize the RF antenna from my... Continue Reading →

Fate of the Orange Line

As any user of Montreal's Orange Line will be able to tell you, it's starting to become overcrowded, particularly on the Eastern branch. Will it improve or worsen? Let's have a look. There are two main challenges which await (or potentially await) the Orange Line over the coming years: The knock-on effect of the REM... Continue Reading →

Stormy Flights

I don’t fly nearly as much as I used to (which is great for my carbon footprint), but occasionally I do have the chance of the odd business trip, the latest of which took me from Montreal to Atlantic City and back via Philadelphia. The fact that I don’t take planes frequently means the experience... Continue Reading →

Philadelphia to Atlantic City by Train

I’ve “reviewed” a couple of train journeys in the past, and here’s another short one about a train ride across the South of New Jersey. So, once again I found myself in the United States, this time travelling from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. NJ Transit’s Atlantic City Line is disconnected from the rest of their... Continue Reading →

Commodore 64 Restoration (Part 1)

Back in 2015, I decided to purchase a vintage Commodore 64 online. I found someone in the Montreal area who was selling theirs, and picked it up. I could talk at length about the Commodore 64 (aka: the C64), as it has a special place in my heart. But, I’ll instead refer you to this... Continue Reading →

From River to Mountain

“La Promende Fleuve-Montagne” (The River-Mountain Promenade) was one of several gifts from outgoing mayor Denis Coderre to himself. A very expensive present, mind you ($55.3 million according to the Montreal Gazette). Paid for with tax payers’ money, and me being one of those aforementioned taxpayers, I reckoned I technically owned at least half a paving... Continue Reading →

A Visit to Place des Montréalaises

Last year, I took a short visit to the new park near Montreal’s latest super-hospital. The neighbourhood around Champ-des-Mars Metro station used to be incredibly run-down, and not at all pleasant. As one of the two stations providing access to the Old Town, visitors were greeted with a dirty overpass, followed by a seedy subway... Continue Reading →

Crontabs Demystified

Crontabs are a great way of scheduling tasks. The crontab command itself is pretty straight forward. In its basic usage, you can do: crontab -l - List existing crontabs crontab -e - Edit crontabs crontab -r - Remove all crontabs crontab -i - Same as -r, but with a warning prompt Notice how e and... Continue Reading →

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