Author Archives: Robert Pogson

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

This Could Be Important, A Means To Readily Convert CO2 To Ethanol Electrically

“we report a common element, nanostructured catalyst for the direct electrochemical conversion of CO2 to ethanol with high Faradaic efficiency (63 % at −1.2 V vs RHE) and high selectivity (84 %) that operates in water and at ambient temperature and pressure. Lacking … Continue reading

Posted in technology, weather | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Some Dirt Is Better Than Others

“this latest ruling, from the very court that upended things nearly two decades ago in declaring software much more broadly patentable than anyone believed, may now be the nail in the coffin on software patents in the US. The headline, … Continue reading

Posted in technology | Tagged , , | 60 Comments


I’m old. I’ve seen good times and bad. I’ve seen people at their best and their worst. I’m absolutely amazed that a significant number of USAians (and visitors) in Florida are not evacuating from the east coast of Florida in … Continue reading

Posted in politics, weather | Tagged , , , | 170 Comments

Democracy At Its Worst – Colombians Choose War

“Polls conducted ahead of Sunday’s vote suggested a comfortable win for the “yes” campaign. But in a surprise result, 50.2% of voters rejected the agreement compared with 49.8% who voted for it. The difference with 98.98% of the votes counted was less … Continue reading

Posted in politics | Tagged , | 31 Comments

Open Standards And FLOSS Go Together

“in the 66 courts across Slovenia, the 4400 staff use Apache OpenOffice. It is well-integrated in the court’s case management system, allowing automatic document generation by combining a template repository with case data. The courts also use the Mozilla Thunderbird … Continue reading

Posted in Linux in Education, politics, Teaching, technology | Tagged , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

US Senate Overrides Obama’s Veto – Chaos Imminent

“The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged connection to the attacks, pushing the kingdom one step closer to having to follow through on its pledge … Continue reading

Posted in politics | Tagged , | 23 Comments

My Experiences Converting Users To GNU/Linux

“If you sit a child in front of a Linux computer, they usually just start using it. It’s an amazing thing to watch. Kids are curious by nature and they also have the added advantage of not having any preconceived … Continue reading

Posted in family, Linux in Education, Teaching, technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments

Small Things Make Big Changes

Last winter, I ordered a plant, a variation on our local wild hazelnut shrubs, from T&T Seeds, a local supplier. I planted it in our best-drained soil, right on top of our septic field… It started out as a bare … Continue reading

Posted in food, horticulture | Tagged | 7 Comments

Good and Great News

Sometimes new things are amazingly good and sometimes they are frightening. Yesterday TLW rode the Chinese roto-tiller. Afterwards she said, “That was fun!”. Now, that’s frightening. The machine frightens me and she barely knows how to steer… On the good … Continue reading

Posted in family, food, horticulture | Tagged , | 49 Comments

Syria – The Time For Talk Is Over

“The UN has suspended all aid convoys in Syria after a devastating air attack on its lorries near Aleppo on Monday. The strikes destroyed 18 of the 31 lorries, which were bringing wheat, clothes and medical kit to the area around … Continue reading

Posted in politics | Tagged , , | 20 Comments

Collecting Recipes

I often cook without recipes. It saves time, I usually get it right and it’s just the kind of guy I am. However, with lots of fruit-bearing trees in the ground and a few more as seed and in pots, … Continue reading

Posted in family, food, horticulture | Tagged | 22 Comments

Tactical Routing

“Rather than replacing routers when they literally stopped working, I increasingly needed to act earlier—swapping in new gear because an old router could no longer keep up with increasing Internet speeds available in the area. Famously around the Ars forums, … Continue reading

Posted in family, technology | Tagged , , , , , , | 41 Comments