Post with the most comments: Whitby Falls

I decided to check which of my posts over the years has attracted the most comments.

With 16 comments the winner by far is my posting about the Whitby Falls Coach House.

I did this post way back in September 2011.

Should you be interested, then click on the image to open the page.

Following are the last four comments posted.

  • From Shannon : I love this property and see its potential as a micro brewery, restaurant, function centre, accommodation

  • From Raelene : Can anyone tell me who owns it as I would like to take our Paranormal team in for a few hours

  • From Annette : Norma (or anyone else) - do you know where I would be able to locate ownership/employee or any other records regarding the coach house.....

  • From Norma : The Whitby Falls Coach house (previous the Jarrahdale Inn) and the asylum were on opposite sides of the Road. I don't think the asylum was visible from the Road. The asylum housed the more improved patients and they help run a bit of a farm.

    The Coach house was owned by the Cockram family and after the death of Mr. E. Cockram it lay empty for a number of years until it was bought by my late husband's father Victor Silich in 1933. They lived there until 1940,working the property as a farm. It was sold to a Mr. Riley who ran horses on the property. Then it was sold to a Mr. Edwards who turned it into

    restaurant etc. He built the brick shed and extended the house out the back for a kitchen and eating area. There have been a few owners since then and apparently the property was not viable, so it has been closed for a number of years.

The Whitby Falls Coach House would be one of those projects you might take on if you won $10 million on the lotto because, sadly, due the current state of dis-repair, I think you would need at least a million, and maybe two, to bring this great old property back to any useful state.

Oh! No! Is this the end of all the special goodshit over at Goodshit?

Just been to the Goodshit site and encountered this . . .

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Looks like Fred over at Goodhit is changing his site format and posting policy.

Looks like the interspersed “Rule 5” light relief postings that Goodshit was ‘famous’ for are going the way of the Dodo bird.

If this is the case then it is a sad day for the Web. First Tumblr and now Goodshit.

This might mean I have to remove the link to Goodshit from my sidebar. What a sad thought after all these years.

Attempting a "photo-a-day for 365 days" projects in 2019

I think I am going to attempt to take on one of those ‘photo-a-day for 365” days type of projects. Some time back—probably at least 10 years ago—I tried the “photo-a-week for 52” weeks challenge. But I failed at that after about week five.

So there may not be much hope for me in this new undertaking. But I am going to give it a try.

Sometimes the photographs posted will be new, and sometimes they will be from my back library of digital photographs stored in Lightroom. And maybe, if I ever get around to it, they might be a scanned slides or negatives from the times before about 2002 when I went digital.

By doing this project I might:

  • Use my camera more. I have the best camera I have ever owned. A 42MP full-frame SONY A7R III and, seriously, I am taking the fewest pictures ever.

  • Enhance my photo-editing skill further in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Luminar 3.

  • Get out more. Lately I have more or less just been staying in-doors and letting the days glide by.

  • Finally start digitizing some of my thousands of slides and negatives from before about 2002.

I have created a new page to post the “photo-a-day” pictures to. It is in the title bar as “Photo Blog”. Or just click on the picture to jump over to the Photo Blog.

Which browser to use with Window 10?

There was a time, believe it or not, when the only choice you had for a graphical Web browser was Mosaic. Yep! There was only one. Back in those days, those of us lucky enough to be on the Internet did not have to worry about which graphical browser to download and use to get around the Web because the only answer was Mosaic.

As you can see from the following Mosaic browser screen grab from the past, not much of the graphical Web was very graphical—compared to today.

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Before Mosaic you ‘browsed’ the Internet manually. There actually was no Web. There was just the Internet. The Web, as we know it today, is actually a sub-set of the Internet. A very large sub-set, but the Internet is significantly bigger than the Web.

The so called ‘Web’ is that part of the Internet that is accessed via a Web network protocol such as HTTP/HTTPS using a Uniform/Universal Resource Locator address (URL). In most cases the browser hides the protocol being used so you you don’t need to bother about that. However, in most cases, you do need to enter the URL of the site you want to go to—or click on a favourite that has the URL saved for you.

I actually have no idea how big the Web part of the Internet is and after about five Google searches I was not able to find a useful answer.

Anyway. Back to the topic of which Web browser to use.

Today the more interesting Web browsers available are (in no particular order):

  • Internet Explorer (by Microsoft)

  • Edge (by Microsoft)

  • Chrome (by Google)

  • FireFox (by Mozilla)

  • Opera (by Opera Software)

  • Safari (by Apple)

  • SeaMonkey (by SeaMonkey Council)

  • Vivaldi (by Vivaldi Technologies)

  • Brave

  • Ghost

I am only considering browsers for Windows 10 here so I have not mentioned the likes of Dolphin or UC Browser, or the many other Web browsers available for Android.

By far the most used Web browser is Google’s Chrome browser, as this chart from TechAdvisor from Dec, 2018 shows.

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As at Dec 2018 Chrome is used by 63.5 percent of computer users with Apple’s Safari being used by 13.9 percent—and I would bet that about 95 percent of those are Apple devices (i.e., NOT Windows PCs). In third place we have the combined percentage for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge browsers at 7.3.

Up until recently, on my Windows PCs, I used either Edge (mainly due to its speed) or Opera (due to its very low resource requirements—particularly its CPU usage requirements).

However, Google have made some very noticeable performance improvements to Chrome in the last couple of updates. They have also made the user interface more satisfying.

As much as I like Edge there are a number of Web sites that do not render perfectly with it. I feel that as more site developers move away from making their sites compatible with Edge there will be more and more sites that Edge cannot faithfully render—which is tech code for “they don’t come up correctly or as expected on the screen”.

While Chrome is still more CPU hungry than Edge on Windows 10 it’s CPU-chewing habit has been significantly improved over the last six months. I can now have 10 or 15 tabs open in Chrome and the Windows performance monitor is still only showing about 5 to 7 percent CPU usage on my 8th Gen i7 PC and memory usage is under 10 percent (with 8GB of RAM).

So my general recommendation today for Windows 10 is the Chrome browser.

However, I should add that some of the other browsers have special attributes should you want to consider them. For example, Vivaldi has special security features including (as I understand it) a VPN that can be toggle on and off from the browser.

Also, I have not used Apple’s Safari for Windows for a long time. However each time I tried it in the past I found it very heavy on resources and the two times I tried it with SquareSpace content creation it hung on me—but this was over 12 months ago. I suspect that Safari works very well on Mac and iOS devices, but I suspect optimising Safari for Windows is not a priority for the team at Apple.