Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Buggered "Old" video card bites the dust.

After all the work involved with modifying the Artctic Cooler to fit my AIW X600 card, the card finally packed it in around noon on Wednesday.

What to do ?

I was very lucky in that my notebook kept me from being cut off from the rest of the world. A quick search on the net and I had found my next card. The AIW 2006 Edition. The best price I could find was at one of my favorite computer stores, Logic Computer House. I picked it up and installed it as quick as I could. Looks good. I hope this card lasts longer than six months. Now I just have to decide what to do with the old card.

The new notebook.

After a few months of waiting and watching the notebook market, I finally bought in. I knew what I wanted, I was just waiting for the right time. After playing with it for over a week I can honestly say that I like it. The Compaq Presario R4225CA, visit for specs, is as powerfull as my desktop computer.

Another piece of Canadian aviation history about to head South.

Canada's last surviving Super Connie is about to leave.

We seem to have a problem with keeping Canadian history in Canada. The Seattle museum where Super Connie CF-TGE/FN405 may end up is planning to display her in her original TCA livery.

Why couldn’t we do that here in Canada?

The Toronto Aerospace Museum has been trying to acquire her for some time now, without luck. The current owner of the aircraft has decided that Seattle would be a better place to send her. Who is pulling the strings here? What is more important, preserving the history of your country or making a quick buck? Unfortunately in today’s reality money trumps all.

When it comes to a loonie, all else is forgotten.

There may not be a lot we can do to stop this but, we have to try. If enough of us speak out, we may be able to save another important piece of our heritage.

We can help by signing the petition at and by checking the site regularly to keep up to date on what is happening.

I hope we can find a way to keep our Super Connie where she belongs, in Canada.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

My weekend with a 2006 PT Cruiser

Last weekend I rented a PT Cruiser to transport myself and three members of my family to Peterborough Ontario.

During the three days that I had the car I found it to be "peppier" than my Neon, 150 hp vs. 132hp, taller and more comfortable.

The interior is spacious, almost cavernous, with plenty of head, leg, and shoulder room. All aboard where comfortable.

The rear cargo area was much larger, and adaptable, than a compact car's trunk.

The updated restyling of the 2006 model falls more in line with the newer concept cars. The clean sharp lines of the center instrument stack look very similar to a high end stereo.

The bumper redesign was apperently done to "beef up" the Cruiser's look. I like it.

This extended test drive has helped me decide that this will more than likely be my next car.