Island Musings

Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it

Dog people can be odd at times — December 7, 2018
A spark? — December 6, 2018

A spark?

From the CBC

It’s now a five-way race for leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of P.E.I.

Kevin J. Arsenault kicked off his leadership bid Wednesday night.

I wonder if he can bring the needed spark that the Tories desperately need.

Jobs — December 5, 2018


My former employer had a job opening in Montague. This is an inside clerical position which pays an above average salary plus benefits and training is provided. They advertised the position in all the usual job banks plus newspaper and had two applications.

Five years ago we had a similar job opening in Charlottetown and had 150+ applications. Conclusion?

Streaming war — December 3, 2018

Streaming war

The CBC just broadcast a radio piece on the so called war between TV streaming services. They never mentioned the elephant in the room – the millions and millions of viewers who are watching what is often called pirate TV.

Watching any season or episode of almost any TV show ever produced and almost any movie ever produced when you want has proven to be appealing to many. As the tech has matured to a point of being much like watching Netflix it will become more appealing.

You can’t stuff the genie back in the bottle. Remember the change Napster brought to the music delivery model.

George H. W. —

George H. W.

I consider myself reasonable well informed of US politics. As I listen to comments from various politicians in the US as well as world leaders I realize I, like many, did not realize many of the accomplishments of #41.

Question — December 2, 2018
What to do — November 27, 2018

What to do

An old friend, who’s brother died of bowel cancer has been instructed to have a colonoscopy every 3 years. He has complied for the past decade. His recent routine diagnostic indicated blood and he must have another colonoscopy.

His doctor has retired and his name has been added to the list of those needing the procedure. This list is maintained by the province of NS and the province decides who get the diagnostic and when. He has been told there are 742 patients currently ahead of him and he should expect an 18 month wait.

He is currently arranging the procedure via a ‘for pay’ clinic in Montreal.

It seems to be getting more common to hear that those who can afford private clinics are taking advance of these facilities.

From weather network — November 26, 2018

From weather network

Atlantic Canada

“We think if any part of the country has got an epic winter in store, it’s Atlantic Canada,” Scott said.

He said the region will overall get a long and stormy winter, with “significant snowfall” that will persist into spring.

Scott said above-normal amounts of snow are expected for most of Atlantic Canada, particularly the southern part of the region.

The network is forecasting colder than normal temperatures for the northern part of the region, and normal winter temperatures for the southern part of the region.

Anything? —


Anyone hearing anything on this or did it disappear? I have not seen any new fibre being hung in my direction. I will be happy to admit I was wrong if rural PEI does get adequate bandwidth. I doubt our provincial overlords really understand how much it costs to deploy equipment sufficient to bring real high speed Internet to the country.

From the CBC July 11,2018:

The provincial government will soon issue a request for proposals (RFP) for a company or companies to help enhance internet service in rural parts of the province. It is the latest step in government’s ongoing work to improve internet service for all Islanders.

Xplornet could be the disrupter if there is a business case to be made. They are already providing 25 meg DL to those living in an area they service. I am fortunate I do and am entirely satisfied with their tech and service. However, I want more.

Plugged — November 25, 2018


Miscellaneous bit of information. (MBI).

I have a LED flat screen TV, Nvidia streaming box, Vizio 5.1 sound and (seldom used) Shaw satellite receiver. My Nvidia device is the master device in that after 2 minutes of no input goes to ‘sleep’ and forces the other devices to sleep. All are plugged into an APC UPS. In addition, plugged into the UPS are my router and XPlornet modem which do not sleep.

My UPS tells me how much power is being used and while everything is in standby; that is to say not being used, I am consuming 58 watts.

Thus the privilege of having the devices plugged in costs me approximately $76 a year.