Computers and Web

This is the website I just completed for my sister, Diana Wright, in Nanaimo, BC. She owns and runs a professional website where kids have fun, work together, and learn. Have a look at the site and contact Diana if you live in Nanaimo area and you are looking for the best daycare in the area.


There will a WordPress Blog soon where postings may be made by parents and others.

I’ve been busy working on website and graphic design. I designed this site for a woman in Alberta who is a farrier and a gold certified trainer under the coaching of Chris Irwin.



Upgraded Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 last week and I like it compared to 8.1. It’ more like Window XP/7 than 8.1. Some software drivers are not fully 10 ready but that shouldn’t be too long.

Upgrading to Windows 10

Upgrading to Windows 10

The upgrade/install didn’t take too long and was quite smooth.The Control Panel we are all used to seems to be gone and replaced by “Settings.” Over all, quite happy. It’s more similar to Windows XP/7 than it is to 8.1. Still waiting for some software to upgrade their drivers for Windows 10 but that shouldn’t be too long. If you have Windows 7 to 8.1 you can upgrade for free for the next year. I will post more as I learn more about Windows 10.

I installed Text + app for my Android tablet and think it works well. Sending and receiving texts works well. Text + to Text + can be made free any where. Calls to phones without Text + can be made to Canada, US, and Mexico for 2 .3 cents a minute. Great app.

I’ve always done my posts from Windows so this is my first post from my tablet using the WordPress Android writer. I’ll try an image next post if the writer can do this.

i960_image_600 The i960 is one of the best printers I’ve owned and used. I bought mine in 2003 and it still prints like the first day. However, during our move to the farm this year I was so busy I did not use it for about 3 month. When I fired it up I had plugged heads.

The first thing I did while I may not have had to, was to replace all cartridges in the printer with new ones and did a software nozzle clean. All worked except for black and cyan. I did a couple more cleans and the black cleared itself, but not the cyan.

Last resort, pull all the cartridges out, flip the print head retainer and remove the head. I used isopropyl alcohol and Q-tips to clean inside tank intake area. Then I use the iso with foam tips to clean the the heads themselves. I flipped the head back and forth to clean inside with the Q-tips and outside with the foam tips until the color was  pretty clear. After that cleanup I used the foam tip and iso to clean the electrical contacts.

I put the head unit back in the carrier, put in the tanks, closed the lid and went into software maintenance where I did a quick clean and nozzle check. Still not quite clear so I did a deep clean and all heads were printing correctly. Next I did an alignment on the heads and we are back to normal and the i960 prints like it always has.

Always print a page every week or two even if you are not using your printer during a period of time and you will prevent what I went through. I have always preached that but this is one time I did not follow my own orders.

Any questions about this procedure please contact me. By the way if your i960 head is toast you are still able to buy them from Canon, the price I am not sure of but I think it’s about $100. Not too bad to save a fantastic printer.

If you are interested in the history of the Railway in British Columbia, Canada, or the rest of the world please visit us at the Trainwreck of 78 Forum. Furthermore, the Trainwreck of 78 website is in memory of Kenneth Scott Bateman and Francis William Watson who were pushed into the Skeena River by mud on the morning of November 2, 1978. The site is also in memory of Cheryl May Halwas who died at Lake Kathlyn School when the wind blew a tree over and it landed on her crushing her. We love you and will always remember you!

Ken Bateman

I was working on my computer this morning when I heard an earth shattering bang which made me jump. The power went out and my UPS system began beeping. I ran to the window and saw a big puff of smoke at the top of the power pole. From the smoke black feathers were falling. Yes, a crow had shorted the power system out and left only his feathers behind. It’s times like these that makes you happy to have a good UPS system. Bye Crow!

Some people have never heard of this browser. It is called Seamonkey. It is very similar to Netscape Navigator and I believe that some of the writers of Navigator are involve. It is very fast and easy to use. You can access email accounts and newsgroups in a separate window while in the browser. You can create or edit web pages in Composer. If you are a web designer it is a good browser to view the pages you are creating. It is worth having a look at. Seamonkey


Yes, there is lots of free software available. A lot are really well written programs which after you have them and are using them everyday you wonder how you did without them before the download. Well, Vista Start Menu is one of those programs. It just works well and is a whole bunch better than the Windows Start Menu. Try it and you will love it. There is a Pro version which you need to pay a bit for but, the free one works excellent for me. I will be including more links to free software in the future. I will also include some software which cost a bit but is extreme value as well. If you have any questions about Vista Start Menu leave me a comment.


Happy Canada Day!

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