This is something that makes all Canadians very angry, these much higher prices that we are forced to pay here on so many items. The Canadian dollar has been around or above par with the US dollar since September of last year but we are not seeing a reflection of that in the prices in the stores. So there is a lot of grumbling, especially as we can now compare prices so easily on line. It is also a huge issue with books since they have the Canadian and the US prices right on the dust jacket and we were seeing a book which sells for $25.95 in the US being marketed here for $35.95 and there was quite a rebellion against that. They could not use the excuse of customs duty since books are duty free coming into Canada and of course we have the North America Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA as it is commonly known, to boot.
Anyway I have been patiently waiting for them to arrive with the new memory and yesterday my son-in-law who is a research scientist at IBM and an absolute computer whiz installed the memory into my laptop in about two seconds flat. Of course he could not leave it at that but ran all kinds of diagnostics and defragmented the hard drive which apparently I am supposed to do regularly but have not, since who knew? Certainly not I. But I will do so in the future.
Recently Nobody Important has been getting a myriad of fraudulent emails from various "banks". I always delete them immediately but those from the "Bank of Montreal" seem to contain a virus which my internet provider security program catches fortunately, sending me warnings and cleaning the emails. However we ran an anti-virus scan too and that was clear so I think this laptop is a good as it can possibly be for now.
Well we've come a long way, Baby, in this area. Things we take so much for granted now are really very recent technological developments. However I, for one, am very grateful for my laptop and while I am not on the cutting edge I am satisfied with it for a little while longer now that the memory has been upgraded.
But my old 6GB iPod mini has definitely got to go. I think I'll take a look at the new 32 GB iPod Touch any day now. It looks like my kind of toy.
I apologize in advance for lack of visiting my blog friends and light blogging here as my daughter and family will be here for two weeks and I have to be a good hostess. I'll try to keep the homefires burning with snippets here and there.