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You bring your laptop from home to work in a coffee shop. You connect to the Wi-Fi service, start the web browser to check the news, and then go to Outlook to check email. You read what’s arrived and write a quick note to a friend to make plans for lunch next week. Up pops […]

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Sometimes, life hands you a banjo

It wasn’t just life, though. It was long-time friend Ken. We met for breakfast this morning and talked for hours about flame plate in fighter jets, great teachers, the colored water of the old Nashua River, adaptive learning, and Massachusetts politics. It was the kind of conversation that Ken and I have had since we […]

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Crime in suburbia

From The Landmark (subscription required):[Ed. Note: there were 22 suspicious items this week.]HoldenMonday, November 269:47 a.m. Public service, lock-down drill at school, Jamieson Rd.1:55 p.m. Vehicle lockout, Main St.2:29 p.m. Caller complaining about protesters in front of post office, Main St.4:27 p.m. Person at station to have someone speak to his daughter about underage drinking, Main […]

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Google Drive nixed

It took Google a long time to release its Google Drive product. People had come up with work-arounds involving storing files as attachments to Gmail messages. When it was finally released earlier this year, it was almost too late. Products such as Dropbox, Box, and Microsoft’s SkyDrive (variously named Live and other monickers) had filled the […]

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How to get a window seat on the bus

I’ll be seeing some friends from high school this week. As we swap stories, sometimes we forget if events happened to us or someone else. It’s a bit like the bats in the Pogo comic strip, Bewitched, Bothered and Bemildred, who often forgot who was whom. Anyway, … Our junior high science teacher wanted us to […]

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The first of December …

We are well on our way to a repaired home. You may remember that the hurricane knocked down a tree that knocked down our chimney that broke the ceiling where Sandra sat. The chimney is fixed. A new roof is on. The ceiling will be replaced early next week. We are, for the time being, […]

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Crime in suburbia

From The Landmark (subscription required):[Editor’s note: there were 16 suspicious items this week.] Holden Thursday — November 15 2:24 p.m. Request for officer at high school, unknown issue, Main St.3:25 p.m. Assist person locked out of vehicle, Main St.5:14 p.m. Person ticketed for parking in handicapped space unhappy. Claims not to have been in handicapped […]

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Walking as a health hazard

I had my annual physical. Nothing much to report. I’m in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in. We live about a quarter-mile from the doctor’s office, a nice walk on a cool morning. On the way, a neighbor drives past quickly. She’s talking on the phone and  drinking a cup of coffee. She […]

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When you need a disk drive on a Saturday …

One of the family desktop computers developed a problem. The disk drive was failing. After tinkering with various disk repair utilities, I determined that we needed to replace the drive. We were coming in to the Thanksgiving holiday week, with only two days of school, so I didn’t hurry to order one online. I figured […]

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