Merry Christmas –Joyeux Noel (2014)

Dear readers and subscribers,


The Christmas season is now upon us and perhaps (just maybe), we can put aside the worries of the moment and reflect upon the joy and the beauty, the giving and the sharing, that Christmas brings to so many of us.

Christmas remains wonderfully inescapable. Its traditions and rituals, established in simpler times, continue to remind us – that those we hold close, are the greatest gifts of all. The Grinch was on to something when he offered – “Maybe, Christmas doesn’t come from a store.”

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The happiness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.

Have a wonderful Christmas, however you define it.


Tech Thoughts is winding down for the Christmas break – so, you will find us fairly quiet the next several weeks. Regular posting will begin again on Thursday, January 5, 2015.


Filed under Living Life, Personal Perspective

38 responses to “Merry Christmas –Joyeux Noel (2014)

  1. I’m Jewish, but Merry Christmas to you, and a Happy Hanukkah for moi.

  2. Hey Bill,

    Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas. As usual, glad to get an update from you.


  3. larry

    Hey Bill,
    Wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Hope that you had a productive year. Look forward to visit your blog every morning in 2015 as of past years.

    Thank you. Larry

    • Hi Larry,

      Always good to hear from you and, I’m pretty chuffed that you’re still hanging around here. 🙂

      Have a wonderful and safe Christmas and into the New Year.



  4. woody

    thank you for a wonderful year of interesting articles may the coming year find you and your family well

  5. Enjoy your well earned Christmas break. The nicest time of the year when we think of friends far and near.
    A time to reflect of all that’s happened during the past year and hope we can do things as well or better next year.
    A time to give thanks to the Lord up above. A time to think about all those we love.
    A time also to think about giving back to those in need some of the excess we really don’t need.
    This is the season for giving and sharing it’s one way to show love for your fellow man by caring.
    You’re never taller than when you stoop to help someone in need. So step up and do that good deed.
    Make next year be the best year of your life and share the joy with a friend, a neighbor, a relative and your partner in life.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015

  6. Hey there!
    happy holidays to you and yours’. well we racked you another one, since i discovered you column. so have a nog for me and enjoy the holidays. now if i can just remember my psw so i can post this(smiles)

    Happy Holidays
    kenneth lunkins
    cleveland ohio

    • Yep, we made it through another one Kenneth. It’s been a few – hasn’t it? 🙂

      I’ll surely have a nog or two on you – and, you do likewise.

      Best wishes for a Christmas to remember fondly, in days to come.



  7. Ramblinrick

    Merry Christmas Bill…


    • Hello my friend – it’s so good to hear from you.

      It’s been a long time Rick, and here we are still at it. And, it seems no plans to pack it in yet. 🙂

      Have a terrific Christmas, surrounded by the warmth of a family I know you cherish.



  8. Rocco

    Hey Bill
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    I have been diving into the Linux world but still love to read your posts. So thanks for all the work you put into this site everyday.

    Merry Christmas and Have a good Boxing day as well.

    • Hey Tex,

      Thanks for the Boxing Day mention. 🙂

      Best wishes for super celebratory Christmas, and all that means to you and your family.

      Great to hear from you Tex.



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  10. Clifford Truesdell

    Same to you Bill. Thanks for all the valuable information. Merry Christmas!

  11. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    The year has ended badly for us, both on a personal family level and with the tragic news of the horrific accident in Glasgow city centre today:

    We are determined to have a great Christmas and to make the most of every minute we are granted. At the same time we think of all those who are affected by loss of a loved one or who are not fortunate enough to be with friends and family at this time of year,

    Have a peaceful and whiskeyful break my friend and “may your god go with you”. Thanks for all you do to keep us amateurs out of trouble.

    Kindest Regards,

    • I’m sorry to hear of your family difficulties John – my sincere condolences. A trying situation at the best of times, but immeasurably so at this time of the year.

      The Glasgow tragedy is simply heartbreaking and an terrifying example of the fragility of life. My heart goes out to those involved, both directly and indirectly.

      Take care my friend, and as best you can, party until the lights go out. I’ll be thinking about you.



  12. Frank Carreira

    And many happy wishes in return to you and yours, Bill; and looking forward to your excellent posting when you resume. I would have liked to send you some “sunshine from the Caribbean/”

    • Hi Frank,

      Got to tell ya – I’d be very receptive to that Caribbean sunshine just about now. Put a rush on that. 🙂

      Best wishes for a safe and joyful Christmas.



  13. Mal

    Merry Christmas Bill, and all you readers, have a happy and safe one.


    • Hey Mal,

      Thanks mate and the same back at ya!

      Sit back, chug a few and take in all that Aussie sunshine. Now that’s celebrating Christmas in a style that we Canadians have no experience with. 🙂



  14. Fred

    Dear Bill,
    That was so beautifully put, I would wish that all would take to heart what you wrote here today.
    And I am ever so grateful to all that you do to inform, to defend our liberty, to help those of us in need of your insights and expertise. I truly thank you my friend. Have a most blessed Christmas and the most joyous New Year!
    Ever and most truly your friend,

    “There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,” returned the nephew: “Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come around – apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that – as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that is has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”

    We had a friend who was our friend from early days, with whom we often pictured the changes that were to come upon our lives, and merrily imagined how we would speak, and walk, and think, and talk, when we came to be old. His destined habitation in the City of the Dead received him in his prime. Shall he be shut out from our Christmas remembrance? Would his love have so excluded us? Lost friend, lost child, lost parent, sister, brother, husband, wife, we will not so discard you! You shall hold your cherished places in our Christmas hearts, and by our Christmas fires; and in the season of immortal hope, and on the birthday of immortal mercy, we will shut out Nothing!
    – Charles Dickens
    And I leave you with the closing verse of Greg Lake’s “I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS”

    I wish you a hopeful Christmas
    I wish you a brave New Year
    All anguish pain and sadness
    Leave your heart and let your road be clear

    • Hi Fred,

      Very appropriate passages – Thank you.

      Just put your feet up this Christmas and watch the World go by – secure in your own peace of mind.

      All the best to you and yours, Fred. 🙂



  15. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too, Bill. 🙂

  16. Christopher McAndrew


    Many thanks for all your tips and news all year going.

    Profacts team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2015.

    Best regards,

    Christopher McAndrew

  17. delenn13

    Hey Bill,
    Merry Christmas to you and yours! Everyone, be safe out there.

    For the Geek on your list….HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Download “Dork Covenant” for free!

  18. David Fenn

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you as well Bill.
    May you have yet another successful year with your great blog.

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  20. Thanks for the Christmas greetings. Hope yours was filled with Love and fun.Merry Christmas and thanks for posting. I have learnt quite a few things from your posts. Appreciate it. Cheers.