Author Archives: davidrv

 Windows 10, upgrade or no upgrade

Today I have noticed comments in the “Infobox” about Windows 10 upgrade. I have been a Windows Insider since December 2014. I’m not smart enough to contribute. I was just interested to see if my genealogy program would still work under Windows 10. So I had an older laptop with Windows Vista installed (Vista, which […]

 A few thoughts

I have been on this site for 4 years already. I have never experience any negativity. This could be because I am not actively involved in chats. Or it could be that I have mellowed to a point that nothing is worth fighting about; there is no need to vindicate what I did, what I […]


The blog about the Temporary Foreign Workers has upset me a little, first because I’m a Canadian, second because I was not aware of the phenomenon. But now I am aware. I will look differently at an establishment that employs such employees. I have children and grandchildren. Although I’m a few years from retirement, I […]

 Update on course

I already spoke twice about Coursera dot org, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). I’ve been enrolled since February 5th. The course is Programming for everybody (Python). The course ends with the final exam on April 28th. I’ve been reading the discussion forums for that course and yesterday I came across a few that thought […]

 Just a thought on this Tuesday morning

8:23am. I’m sitting in my dining room, looking out the French doors. There’s over 3 feet of snow on the ground. It’s minus 24 Celcius. I’m looking over to the refrigerator. I’m using energy to keep the food cool. Reminds me of a joke, something about selling refrigerators to Eskimos.

 Of course, it’s a course.

Excerpt from an interview with Daphne Koller of Stanford University, co-founder of Coursera ( This interview was hosted by Charles Severance of Computer magazine. Charles is also a teacher at Michigan University. The question was, “What’s your dream?” Maybe it’s time to get out of your comfort zone. What would it be worth to learn […]

 Older blog

August 5th, 2011 Today I wanted to write a blog. One of my co-workers retired today. He is 58 I think. That had me thinking about when I started here. I was number 88. Tomorrow I will be number 4. So many men have retired through 33 years. I am glad that I could meet […]

 When does Christmas stop?

Until yesterday I would have never really thought about it. I was picking up my mom at her place. We were going to my older daughter’s place to celebrate an early Christmas supper. Long story short, my younger daughter’s children were going with their father on Christmas Day until after New Year’s. While I was […]

 Coursera sera

I wonder if the title is descriptive and enticing enough. Probably not, it’s just a curious assembly of letters; anyway, whatever will be will be. I found out about Coursera while I was listening to a podcast; I had written the web address in my notebook, where I keep important information, figuring I’d investigate later. […]