How The Internet Has Changed



In 1999 I got my first computer, I was already 47 yrs old. It was for my teenage kids and I took to it like a duck to water. We were running an operating system that kept crashing. With only a 10 G hard drive which soon became full. Crashes were common and I had to learn to “fix” the computer.

My older brother, who was more savvy about computers at the time, was called on frequently. If I heard, “What did you do that for?” one more time I thought I would scream.  So not wanting to call on my brother I taught myself how to fix the issues.  Researched the issues and fixed many problems.  That operating system taught me a lot about computers.  Fortunately I upgraded my operating system and got more room on my hard drive and the issues became less.

Over time the internet has gotten more restrictive and full of garbage and advertising.  In North America there is a clear division between Canada and the US.  A lot of the time you can’t get US programming or some of the US sites are restricted. Canada now has it’s own Google, Facebook, and search engines.  Where as before you could get out to other countries to get information it has become harder to do this.  Not wanting to become a hacker I live in frustration.

Pet peeve, going to a site that has so many ad pop ups and videos running that it freezes my browser.  Trying another browser it’s the same thing.  I have the latest operating system, graphic card and lots of storage so this is not the issue.  Now advertisers have figured out that the internet is the way to go.  More and more people are forgoing their cable TVs and only relying on the internet for viewing.  Website owners are signing up for advertising to make money for themselves.  Nothing is free any longer.

The internet is used for communicating, dating, pirating, exchange of ideas, flaming, and ripping people off.  Unscrupulous people have misinformed us and tricked us and misdirected us.  Is it any different than the real world?  No, but the exposure to a wider variety of people has lead to privacy issues.  We all had to learn to clamp down on our privacy.  We had to teach our children how to responsibly use the internet for their safety and not click on everything on the screen, and not believe everything they read.

“Sneaky little Hobbitses. Wicked, tricksy, false!” – J.R.R. Tolkien –

“All’s well that ends better.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


No Cable For Me or Netflix Simply Explained.

family-watching-a-cartoon-tv-artistic-wallpaper-1920x1080-3414Mother’s Day 2014, I signed up for Netflix. I have not stopped since. Cable is a thing of the past for me. I have watched whole TV series, movies, documentaries, scifi, romance, mysteries, detective, kids shows, animated features, action and international programing.

Each episode can be watched consecutively, you can pause, leave and come back the next day and start watching right from where you left off. Now this is how you should be able to watch TV. No commercials blaring at you and interrupting the story line. You can watch each series and get a better feel for the story line instead of having to wait a week. Also, having worked shifts I could not catch the shows when I wanted.  I ended up with a recorder full of shows I didn’t get to watch. Having not watched much TV (husband who hogged the TV) I have pretty well caught up with the series and movies I may have missed during that time.

Three things are required to view Netflix:

1.  Netflix, subcription. Yes, there is a monthly fee depending on which type of service you want $7.99 CAD or $8.99 CAD.

2. WIFI connection (Internet service provider). Make sure you have enough data in your data plan to watch streaming videos. << link to how much data you can use depending on which picture quality you choose.

  • Low (0.3 GB per hour)
  • Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)
  • High (Best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)

3.  Receiver attached to your TV set (I chose the Roku box.)  You can use other boxes like Xbox 360 or Wii box. << help center to set up.  Just follow the instructions from the Roku box on the TV.   You will need to know your WIFI password and name of network. Call your ISP if you don’t know your WIFI password. You can also just watch on your computer, IPAD or laptop from the Netflix website


I have been having a field day watching what ever I want when I want. :0)  A little free advertising for Netflix.



Virtual Property

ImageRule of thumb, don’t buy any virtual properties. You don’t really own it. It belongs to the game or the website you purchased it from. The game or website have power over the object, perk, gear, pet, picture, mount. The virtual object can be changed how it appears or taken away altogether by the web site or original owner. These are ruses to get you to spend money. You are not getting good value. The courts are trying to set up laws regarding virtual property.

Definition of VIRTUAL

1: being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted <a virtual dictator>
2: of, relating to, or using virtual memory
3: of, relating to, or being a hypothetical particle whose existence is inferred from indirect evidence <virtual photons> — compare real 3
4: being on or simulated on a computer or computer network <print or virtual books> <a virtual keyboard>: as
a : occurring or existing primarily online <a virtual library> <virtual shopping>
b : of, relating to, or existing within a virtual reality <a virtual world> <a virtual tour>

Pet Peeve Time.

All I want to know is who is in the picture? That’s all.  So I Google the movie or characters, click on a picture, no one is identified in the picture clearly.  There are a lot of names in the text but the picture has no identification of who is actually in the picture and when it was taken.

Blog after, Blog after, Blog of just pictures no identification.  How lazy are people?  Some wonderful photos and some wonderful art work who knows who took the picture or even spent the time and drew and created the picture.  Oh and where the heck was the picture taken and when.  I have seen beautiful pictures and want to know where it is taken. No luck. :0(

Please identify photos and pictures and art and places and when it was taken.  I don’t read minds…. yet.

© Valerie Weik 2012

Sock Monkey © TapestryIII Graphics 2011 Identifying picture. This is my rendition of a sock monkey for Super Poke Pets.  This has never been published before.  Super Poke Pets does not exist any longer. Google got rid of this game.

Oh and never buy a virtual property you don’t really own it.  It belongs to the person you bought it from.  They have the power over the virtual property and can choose to take away your access to the virtual property.

Enough pet peeves for one day.  I shall continue trying to find out the identity of my 3 young stars.  Carry on internet.

Scary Stuff – Technology and Me

IMG_0095It started in the 1950’s with learning to use the sewing machine and graduated to the computer in 2000. Humm, that’s a span of 50 years.  In between there was the comptometer (a type of adding machine), manual typewriter, old copy machines that required to manually turn the crank. Remember those old DOS computers?  Electronic calculator >  They’ve gone digital!

Then there were software programs. Software programs that could do all sorts of things like:

  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Highlighting
  • Calculating
  • Spell checking
  • Inserting
  • Word processing
  • Graphs
  • Charts
  • Complex calculations
  • Translation

Communication: type a letter, send an email, leave a voice message, play telephone tag, have a meeting by Skype, or just meet face to face.  Postmen are only used to deliver junk mail now.

Phones too have undergone a transformation.  They now fit in your pocket. The office can contact you anywhere they want.  You’re scared to take a bio in case the phone rings while you’re in there.  The new multi-line phone system (I think these really are going to be obsolete) that has all the lines flashing at once.  Voice Mail is a wonderful invention and Email is even better.  Automated answering systems seem to be the norm for large companies.  What a waste of time they are.  Mind you they have managed to sort some of them out.  Nothing worse than being in an automated message loop that goes no where.

What’s really, really scary, you can now see the other person you are talking to.  Talk about the future slapping you in the face.  This was only a cartoon when I was a kid.  If we can imagine it, we can create it.



Comptometer and Gestetner Copy Machine