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Wednesday December 1st 2010
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I spent the day working on WordPress and Expression Web.  I do some web hosting and development and had received a request to transform an existing site.  That always has some hidden kinks, so I did some testing.

I've also considered converting this diary to a database-driven format, but every time I've looked into WordPress and other options, I have decided to stick with what I am using -- an old copy of FrontPage.  I have Expression Web on this machine, and it is claimed to replace FrontPage but when I used it to work on this site, it gave me some problems, so I have continued with what works.

I also spent some time looking at yacht charters on the web.  I have been considering buying a boat, but am quite convinced that this is not the best region for me to have a boat.  The cruising grounds are quite sparse and open to the ocean, and when I am here, I like to spend time with Jon and the kids.  I think Florida or the Caribbean make more sense for ownership, since they are warmer in winter and offer many places to hang out.  The West Coast is another option, since the Vancouver area is hard to beat.  the problem is the short season and the fact that I have other obligations and attractions during the spring, summer and fall.  Winter, on the other hand is when I would love to be away from Canada.

As a result, if I want to sail around here, the best bet is either sign on for a lesson or charter.  I've had the lessons, but it looks like the cheapest, easiest way to get on a boat, have some company, and best of all, someone else is responsible!

I had lost a wheel disk off this brand-new Ford on the freeway the other day and after phoning around, tracked one down for $70 at a dealer about a mile from where I figure I lost it.  I could wrangle with the rental firm, since the loss was obviously due to bad assembly, but for the $70, I'll think just replace it and write it off myself.  No hassles.

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Thursday December 2nd 2010
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The kids went out the door at 7:15 and are off to school.  After school, they go to their mom's for a week, so Jon and I are on our own.  I have some things I want to do while here and the time is running out -- I leave on the 7th -- so I am free to get doing them.

It is also month's end, so time to do some bookwork, too.

I drove down to Dana Point to get the hubcap.  I couldn't figure out how to put it on, so asked the service guys.  They took the car into the shop and put it on for free.  Apparently, they had to remove the wheel nuts to do so.  I have no idea how it could have come off on the highway and neither did they and they figured it must have been faulty assembly at the factory.  The car has 173 miles on it.

I like the car, BTW.  It is a 2011 Ford Fusion SE.  I think it must have a 4 cylinder engine judging by by the sound and the revs.  It seems to use very little gas and is quite peppy.  It drives very well and is fairly quiet.  I wonder about the transmission, though.  Some of the shifts sound funny.  These new transmissions have to "learn", however, so hopefully that is what is going on.

In the morning we had been discussing the Mission San Juan Capistrano with Jon's cleaning woman who had worked there some years back.  I had not been to the Mission since 1988 and had been thinking of going again, and it happened that the Ford dealer was about a mile away, so I parked, paid my $9 admission and spent an hour on the grounds.  It was getting chilly and dark around closing time at 5, so I left a little early.

Jon and I were planning to meet in Dana Point for supper, but the furnace repair guy had shown up, so I bought some groceries on the way back and we had supper at home.  The furnace repair is now completed and it is nice to have heat, although it is seldom needed in Laguna Beach.  Sometimes the mornings are a little cool -- frost has been seen on vehicles early in the morning occasionally at this time of year.

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Friday December 3rd 2010
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Jon and I went to Frys to pick up a modem/router combination in the morning.  That took a few hours all said and done.  I must say that I was impressed by Frys, never having been in one before.  They certainly have everything and the decor is 'way over the top, too!

After lunch I played around with Ubuntu 10 and in the evening, watched several episodes of "Lie to Me" on Netflix.  I couldn't believe it, but $7.99 allows for unlimited watching for a month, and we have a free trial to boot.  I watched on the Wii and widescreen, then on this netbook.  The netbook consumed 242 MB for 42 minutes or so of watching.  That is cheap with unlimited Internet, but could get costly at the $5 per GB that I pay at home.  The Wii and TV ate up around the full 3 megabit bandwidth of Jon's Internet connection, though, so idea that is out of the question for my home Internet in Swalwell.

I was surprised that Ubuntu does not recognize the video hardware in this netbook and drops to a default resolution, and there is no solution.  ...And here I was thinking that Ubuntu is ready for prime time.  Guess not.

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Saturday December 4th 2010
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Time to go home soon.  Brrrr.  Minus eleven for a high on Tuesday does not sound too pleasant to me from the perspective of Southern California.  It's too cold for good skiing, even.  Minus ten is our lower limit for enjoyable skiing although years back, on ski patrol, we went out at minus forty a time or two.

I have the kids tomorrow and figure on the Wild Animal Park, or maybe the Zoo.

Sunday December 5th 2010

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The kids and I went to Mission San Juan Capistrano.  We also went looking for a good dollar store, but could not find any.

I had wondered about all the Spanish names of streets and areas and found the answer at the Mission.  On the wall of one rooms was the map at right which shows how the whole area to the north as far a s Seal Beach was Mission land at one time, then was divided into ranches under Mexican rule.  The names of the ranches have survived to this day in the names of streets, neighbourhoods and streams.

On the way back, we went to Thalia Street Beach right at low tide to see how storms have washed away the sand and exposed the rocks.  Last summer we swam there and the rocks were nowhere in sight and the beach was much wider.  I suppose another storm will bring the sand back again.

The whole area is shallow and rocky under the sand, and shallow offshore, and that is what keeps the whole neighbourhood from washing away.  I never realized how shallow much of the oceans are near shore until I began sailing yachts.   Of course there are places where the cliffs plunge down hundreds of feet below the water surface at shore, too, and there are trenches over a mile deep in the oceans, but many places there are shallows extending miles from shore.

In the evening, I watched a few episodes of "Lie to Me" and one of "Bones" via Netflix using both the Wii connected to the 46" flat screen TV, and outside using my 11" netbook and headphones.  Both work well.

I must say that Netflix is amazing.  All the TV and movies we can stand cost a flat $7.99 a month, and we have the first month free.  That is the US plan.  I won't be able to use it in Canada unless I use my VPN and tunnel into a US exit point like LA.  I could buy a Witopia router, for that matter. 

I am also seriously limited in my bandwidth at home.  A GB costs $5 if I go over 10 GB.  At the rate my laptop was sucking down the data, 1 GB would give me about three hours of TV or movies.  That is not too bad, considering he amount I watch when I consider that I am currently paying Zip.ca $26.20 a month and that gets me as many as 12 disks a month, but I cannot control what I get or when.  The same money would give me about 10 hours of video on demand by my estimates if I got a US subscription.

I cannot access the Canadian Netflix site from here, since I do not have access to a Canadian IP, but I understand that the same streaming deal is available in Canada.  I think I'll cancelZip.ca.  If I watch on a computer (and possibly throttle the bandwidth), I should get by nicely.  I can see, though, that with a Wii and a HiDef TV, that the bandwidth consumption would skyrocket.

Monday December 6th 2010
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Tuesday December 7th 2010
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I'm home.  I was up around seven and on the road to LAX at eight.  Traffic backed up a few places on 133 and the 405, but I made the 49-mile trip to the car rental on Century near LAX in an hour and a half and was early for my flight. 

Mike picked me up in Calgary just after 3.  I did some grocery shopping on the way home.

It is cold here in Alberta and there is snow on the ground.  That is a big change from walking in the beach last evening with Jon and Daisy.

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Wednesday December 8th 2010
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Unless plans change, I'm home for the next month.  The next trip planned is in January to the North American Beekeeping Conference.  The early registration deadline is coming up fast.

I'm looking at the weather and thinking of skiing.  I see some snow predicted, but, after today, the next pleasant weather appears to be coming Sunday and I am booked for dinner with friends that day.

I did, in fact, sign up for Netflix.ca and it is the same deal.  I've been monitoring bandwidth, though and I can see that this will be a problem if I decide to watch on a TV.  On my slower computer, over a VPN, I was using an acceptable amount -- around 6 MB/min -- but on my faster machine, connected to Netflix.ca, I was using about 15 MB/min and that is serious usage at $5/Gb.  The quality was a bit better on the faster machine, but not worth 3x the cost.

I also have encountered stoppages periodically on both Netflix URLs while using computers, both with with and without the VPN, so that may be a deal breaker.  Is it the Netflix server loading up, Rogers' tower system, my machines' caches, or some upstream provider throttling the data.  They did not do so when we used Cox direct in the US and with the TV and Wii, we were drawing about 3 megabits/sec (21 MB/min).  (Ref)

I should do a traceroute, but I'll have to ID the server which is actually doing the delivery, not the Netflix sites themselves.  That should be easy.

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Friday December 10th 2010
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Well, I did not write yesterday.  I was up early after a fitful night of sleep and off to Red Deer for  dentist's appointment.  It turned out I was 3 hours early.  Somehow I had put down 10:30 in my Google Calendar, but found out that it was supposed to be 1:30.

At any rate, I discussed billing, insurance and the number of appointments required with the receptionist and concluded 1.) She does not care and 2.) I am wasting my time there.  I have a quote from Tijuana for three crowns, some root canal work by a specialist, and some other minor work for $800 US at a dentist I have visited twice.  I know I can walk in and have the job done within several days by a good dentist with no distractions.

This Red Deer dentist wants $900 for one crown, and a ceramic one at that -- this is a molar and I have hard bite -- cannot do root canal work, and would require several visits requiring a 70-mile drive each way, each time.  Did I mention it is cold up here?  Tijuana is a short walk across the border from San Diego and about 90 miles from Jon's place.  I usually stay in San Ysidro on the US side when I am there and walk to the dentist's.  I have some reluctance to visit Tijuana much these days, though after encountering a police search and attempted shakedown on the bridge over the canal in broad daylight.

I'm kicking myself for not getting to Tijuana on my last two trips, though,  I should really get this tooth capped again.  I get busy withy the grandkids and don't go. 

I should phone ahead, but phoning Mexico is just one other little thing that put me off.  The other thing is the word about things happing in border towns these days and the knowledge that Mexican police are not to be trusted.  Anyhow, I have Skype and means of phoning and should get on it.  TracFone can call Mexico for no more money than any US call. The Tijuana dentist had given me an email address and I had written last summer, but got no reply.  It is Hotmail address and who knows where the email went?

For a year now, a cat has been coming and going through Amos' cat door, sleeping in our building (we live in a huge old schoolhouse), eating our cat food and using the litter box.  In summer, he was not around at all, but he came back this fall.  He is a tom and is housebroken and well-behaved.  He is very shy, though, and Amos takes after him whenever he can; they then fight and leave tufts of fur around the house.  We seldom see more than the back of him disappearing.  Ellen finally caught him on film the other day with the game camera.

In the afternoon, I went out and blew snow.  The neighbour had thoughtfully plowed the drive, but there was some clean-up to do and I need to ensure access to the coal bin for the truck coming late next week.  Wrestling with the blower in hardened drifts is not easy work.  I'm out of shape.

The usual suspects came for supper and a good time was had by all.

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Saturday December 11th 2010
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Two weeks until Christmas

I finally arranged my flight to Houston and the hotel.  I have another hotel reserved and paid, but now have someone to share a room, so have decided to move to the Holiday Inn.  It is $89 + 15% tax instead of the $57 + 15% tax I had arranged previously, but this one has two queen beds instead of one king and is non-smoking.  Now I have to cancel the original reservation and register for the conference before the discount expires on the 16th.  Three weeks and a day from now, I fly out.  I have no return ticket at this point.  I may go to San Diego or I may got to Florida.  I think I should go to San Diego and get this dental work over with.

The Wikileaks story continues.  Apparently the main site is down, but many mirrors have sprung up.  This is an interesting story.  It seems that trying to plug the leak only makes things worse and draws attention to the release of the details of things that everyone who reads and thinks at all knew or strongly suspected.  The Guardian is featuring material from Wikileaks, but most other media is merely reporting the Assange story.

This episode reminds me about the surprise that many people express when news of the widespread and almost institutional abuse of children by Catholic priests surfaces.  Almost any child has known about this back as far as I can recall, and there have been quite a few jokes on the topic in circulation forever.  It has been well proven that the CEO of that huge and prosperous organization was aware, if not complicit, and that is hardly news either.  It seems that these leaks embarrass slightly, but don't seem to change the way the world works much.

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Sunday December 12th 2010
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We drove down to spend the afternoon with Mavis and John, had an early supper and retuned home.

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Monday December 13th 2010
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Ellen had an eye appointment in Calgary, so I drove her in.  On the way back we stopped at Crossiron Mall.  This was my first time in the new mall and although it is huge, I did not enjoy it.  It is noisy and the construction is cheap.  I had spent a few minutes in the Chinook Mall while waiting for Ellen and the difference is night and day.  Nonetheless, I am finding malls les and less interesting.  I must be getting old, but there is very little there I want and row upon row of stores selling pretty much the same stuff.

Before we went to the city, I got a call from a neighbour.  She reported that their home computer was popping up a security warning and that it looked like the last time they had one of those fake warnings which come from the actual trojan, asking for a credit card to pay for cleaning the computer.  what happens if you actually fall for it, I don't know. 

Anyhow, Malwarebytes free version made short work of it.  Microsoft Security Essentials popped up a message during the process.  Apparently the Malware had made it past that protection.  I looked and MSSE was set to scan just once a week, so I set it to do daily scans.  Nonetheless, it was sobering that MSSE did not catch and block the infection, while Malwarebytes, when updated and run manually found five infections, including two trojans.   They are still running Windows XP.

I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials along with Winpatrol and Spybot Search and Destroy as my protection for the last year or two.  I also have UAC active (I hate it) and have had no problems I can see on three computers running Win 7 (2) and Vista (1).  The neighbour, though, I suspect, visits some questionable sites and probably opens greeting cards and some of the emails going the rounds which can contain exploits.

Tuesday December 14th 2010
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Where did the day go?  I got a cal, from the eye doctor's office at 9:30 wondering where I was.  I was getting ready for an appointment at 10:30 and it turned out I should have been there at 9.   My mistake.  That one I can't blame on Google Calendar, other than it did not pop up the warning it should have.  I'll have to look into that, but it was my own stupid fault.  We rescheduled for Thursday.

The rest of the morning was wasted in writing on BEE-L and some of the afternoon as well.  In the afternoon, though, I went downstairs and began cleaning up the north basement.  Quite a few item, for the riding mower and snow blower to the extension ladder and van seats were clogging up the space.  In addition there were 8 drums of ashes accumulated and in need of removal.  seeing as the weather is mild, this is the opportunity to get the job done, so I took out the ashes as well and then swept up and tidied further.  There is still lots to do.

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Wednesday December 15th 2010
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Colder weather is coming.  Looks like I missed my skiing opportunity for now.  Seems I'm suffering from inertia.  Years ago, we used to wax up the skis the night before and be up at 5:30 to head for the hills.  We'd ski all day and be the last ones off the hill.  These days, I tend to be out of here around ten and home by six, if and when I go at all.

I spent the day in the north basement and am making progress.  In the afternoon, El and I went to town.  She went o the library and I went grocery shopping.

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Thursday December 16th 2010
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It's snowing today.  I have an eye appointment this afternoon to replace the one I missed the other day.  I have on my list to file my hours and expenses for the inspecting I did this year.  I hate filling out reports and have successfully procrastinated thus far...

Bob Hack has started a website.  I don't know if he is ready to advertise, but here is a sneak peek.

I notice there is some action again in the Honey Bee World Forum

I went town in the afternoon and had my eyes checked.

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Friday December 17th 2010
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I was looking at my vehicle records and it is now 6-1/2 years since we bought the '93 Merc and the '98 Toyota van.  It is 5-1/4 years since I bought the '98 Plymouth van.  All have been excellent value. 

The Plymouth has put on 27,000 miles, the Toyota 48,000 and the Merc 64,000 miles.   Each of them presently has just under 300,000 km on the clock.  When we bought them, they were high-milers, but all in cherry condition 

The Merc has needed a bit of minor work from time to time, but the others have been maintenance-free, other than oil changes.

We spent $4,500 (Merc), $11,000 (Toyota), and $7,000 (Plymouth) = $22,000 for 139,000 miles so far.  The present value of the vehicles, I estimate at about $9,000, so $13,000 has taken us 139,000 miles at a capital cost of about 9 cents a mile.  That's not too bad.  Over that time, we have spent at least $20,000 on insurance and more than that on gas.

Here are some of my current BEE-L posts:

> Or by simply wearing nitrile or strong latex gloves, available from any good mechanic's supply.

I did not wear gloves beekeeping for many years and still prefer not to, but as I age, I find my hands cannot stand the detergents necessary to clean up after handling propolis and wax.

Additionally, I am required to wear nitrile gloves when inspecting and have come to like the ones supplied which are thin blue nitrile ones. The last batch were purple nitrile and they are a little tougher, but still have just about as good feel as bare hands.

These gloves are available at Costco, NAPA stores, Home Depot, drug stores and many other places. Some stores have little or no selection, but others, especially large auto supply stores, may offer a plenty of choice. Finding the right size takes time. be sure to try them on in the store. You may have to open a box, but do it.

The correct gloves should be almost snug, and not stretched or baggy. Different manufacturers seem to have different ideas of what "Large" means and one may fit beautifully while another brand will be tight. A quick Google will turn up many online suppliers, but what if they don't fit. Best to order a brand you know.

Nitrile, latex and vinyl gloves all seem to work equally well and come in differing thicknesses. They typically cost around a dime each in boxes of 100. The thinnest (blue) give best "feel", but tear easily. The purple ones are nearly as thin and still give good "feel", but sometimes last a whole day if treated carefully, even in rough work -- but not if you get very sticky. The black ones are thicker and for auto mechanic use and have enough "feel" for that work.. They are tougher. yet. Then there are the full-length nitrile gloves that are really thick and loose-fitting. They last forever, and are easy to put on and off, but they have no "feel".

I now wear these thin gloves anytime I am about to do any sort of work which will get may hands dirty, and instead of my hands being rough and sore, they are smooth and clean. It was getting to where I hated to do oil changes and other dirty work because of the resulting dry, sore hands after washing, and now I enjoy doing these things again.

A little hand lotion applied before putting the gloves on plus the moisture conserved inside actually softens and moisturizes the skin, leaving the hands in better shape after work than before! On hot days, sweating inside the gloves can be a minor annoyance, though.

My vehicles now have clean, non-sticky steering wheels, though and that is a bonus.

If only Howard Hughes had had access to nitrile gloves...

One last thing: These gloves are short, reaching just to the wrist. If the bees are perturbed, you'll get stung along the edge.

Ordinary bee suits have elastic at the cuff of each sleeve. If you cut one inch or so of the stitching on the fold that encloses the elastic, directly in line with your thumb, to reveal about an inch of that elastic, you can loop the elastic down over your thumb.

That holds the cuff comfortably against the back and front of your hand and and prevents bees from reaching bare skin.

Simple, and 100% effective!

>> a Danish beekeeper about it at Apimondia and he was happy that it did not reduce honey crops.

> Unless the foundation had a lot of extra wax in its composition.. Granted
> that drawing out foundation doesn't require all that much wax per frame, but
> the time to do that would take time away from other honey production
> activities to my mind.

I think a lot of the variation in opinion and experience comes down to the breed of bee, timing of flows, climate, hive design, management, and consequent population demographics at flow time. These all vary from region to region, hive type to hive type, and year to year.

Where flows are slow and steady, the weather is warm, populations of young bees are large, and the hive interior is continuously warm, comb building is probably least expensive to the bees. Where flows are sudden, heavy and short bees will be unable to exploit them fully.

Where short, heavy flows happen suddenly and the other conditions are not met, the bees find they have no place to store the nectar, which may take up ten times as much space as the honey that is ultimately made from it. On foundation, they have no place to store it except in the bees themselves and foraging is slowed, although accelerated comb building is a reflex to this state.

Imagine what happens in a colony of bees on foundation on one of those days when a hive on comb brings in 30 pounds of nectar, as is not all that uncommon up this way. Obviously the foundation hive is not going to be able to accommodate even a quarter of it. Opportunity lost.

As for the cost of drawing foundation, the type of foundation used is important, too. As mentioned, the bees the draw the extra wax which is designed into the thick wall bases of heavy wax foundation up into cell walls. Some foundation has more wax in the wall bases than others, and in some cases there is enough there to form a fairly deep cell without adding new wax. A careful examination of various foundation brands will reveal the differences.

Plastic foundation bases obviously cannot be drawn up and the slight amount of beeswax sprayed on the sheets is just for attraction and cannot make much comb. Some beekeepers dip the plastic sheets or frames in hot wax or paint them with beeswax so the bees have more material available and claim good results.

So, my take on this question is that in some circumstances and some seasons drawing 100% of the comb from foundation can be a minor burden, but in others can cost most of the crop.

For a hobbyist, a year without a crop can be convenient and even a marriage-saver. It can provide a weekend without extracting and the associated mess. For a commercial beekeeper, it can lead to bankruptcy.

Since comb drawing is chancy in many regions, prudence and an appreciation of the risk of going "all-in" is important for deciding a strategy.

Additionally, as I often mention, hives which have been on all-foundation do not winter well here in Alberta. Bees here winter better on at least some dark comb in the brood boxes.

> She showed that bees will coat rough wood, but not necessarily
> smooth wood, with propolis. Mann Lake, Dadant should take note. > Plane the outside of the board to facilitate paint, etc., but leave
> the backside (inside) rough.

I think old beekeepers all know this and prefer smooth lumber for that very reason. In addition to filling the pits of rough surfaces with propolis, bees tend to build more wax attachments on rough wood.

When beekeepers made frames in the home shop, especially before the widespread availability of cheap planer blades, beekeepers discovered that their bees loved to gum up the rough surfaces left by rough saw cuts.

For that matter, I have plenty of boxes with smooth interiors that are well varnished over the entire interior surfaces, but without propolis build-ups.

I think that there are various degrees of smoothness depending on the wood and the machinery used in production. Excessively smooth exterior surfaces are a problem, too, since they do not hold paint as well.

So, I guess we have to decide how rough is rough enough. I think that it is more important that the surface be porous than glossy. I suppose that brings up the question of plastic boxes and frames. In my experience, they both get completely varnished in time.

I think that there are various degrees of smoothness depending on the wood and the machinery used in production. Excessively smooth exterior surfaces are a problem, too, since they do not hold paint as well.

So, I guess we have to decide how rough is rough enough. I think that
it is more important that the surface be porous than glossy. I suppose that brings up the question of plastic boxes and frames. In my experience, they both get completely varnished in time.

Today I checked out the free online scans that are listed at the bottom of every diary page.  One is no longer current, since M$ bought them out, , but the other three are still going strong. 

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These scans tend to report cookies as threats, but I don't ever delete the cookies, since they are important for accessing sites where I remain logged in and I don't have any reason to hide my activities.

Kaspersky has been promising a free online computer scan for over a year now and hasn't delivered yet, but they do have a free online file scanner.

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Saturday December 18th 2010
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I had been planning to visit Jean and family yesterday, but Mckenzie had a flu and I decided to wait until today.  Around noon, I drove to Red Deer and met Chris at Best Buy.  I wanted his expert advice on smart phones and other new technology.  We then drove to Lacombe, had supper and I babysat for the evening.  They have unlimited high-speed and that allows me to use Netflix without cost.  I watched the rest of the 'Collision' series.  The Canadian Netflix subscription has a deferent and more limited selection compared to the US.

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Sunday December 19th 2010
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In the morning, Chris went downtown for supplies, then I put up his new weather station.  I returned home in time for supper.

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