My Week Ending May 13, 2018

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Readings (You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Here are a selected few from the past week.)

  1. It won’t be long now until the end of the school year.  The storage of computers is always an interesting challenge.  This article talks about care and storage of Chromebooks with a focus on maintaining battery life.  It’s good advice for everyone.  I wonder if anyone would be brave enough to do what is recommended at the end of the article.
  2. For some reason, I was drawn into a discussion about the best stylus for a computer for drawing things.  I’m not sure that I would be able to offer anything that resembles good advice for someone who is an artist.  But, I did learn about this site so the exercise wasn’t wasted.
  3. This is not a Chamber of Commerce moment for Hawaii.  Watch as a flow of lava nails a car.
  4. Speaking of wrecks – we’re in for an election.  MacLeans is a good resource for daily updates.  Do politicians live up to their election platforms?
  5. Kudos to Halton DSB for the launch of their districts portable application.  It’s a great way to meet their community where they live.  The ability to push via an app as opposed to the traditional way of people visiting a website is an interesting approach.  Shouldn’t all districts do this?
  6. The demonstration of Google Duplex got a variety of responses.  Of course, there’s the Wow factor.  But the privacy issue got a big uptake forcing an update to let us know that it will identify itself as a bot if it ever comes to fruition.
  7. Given how the 2016 election worked out in the US, I think we’re overly suspicious of things in Ontario.  That’s a good thing; question everything.  Why would anyone think hiring actors be a good idea?  If you can’t get enough people that legitimately support you to show up, you’re in trouble.  At least it didn’t result in fighting so that’s always a good thing.
  8. I can’t imagine a digital world without passwords.  But, Firefox can.
  9. I can’t get over how many people get nailed by Border Security by having bad things stored on their phone.  In a cloud world, why wouldn’t you put it up in the cloud and delete it from your phone?  This ruling indicates that there is hope for those who aren’t smart enough to do that.
  10. Here’s a wonderful collection of inspirational quotes for Education Week.  Add to your profile, put on your blog, share them with everyone.

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Technology Trouble Shooting

Chrome OS – A recent update to Chrome OS left me with an interesting problem.  Normally, I can just flip the display around and use the touchscreen to run Android applications.  That stopped working.  I ended up having to launch via the keyboard and then flip the lid.  I figured it was me so rebooted a couple of times with no success.  It turns out that it was the Chrome OS.  An update later in the week fixed it.

A Tale of Two Stores – Last weekend, I spent some time at the Eaton Centre.  One of my visites was to the Apple Store.  What a zoo!  It was packed with people obviously in love with the technology.  My first thought was a religious revival.  Whatever Apple is doing, they’ve got people onside.

Then, I went to the Microsoft store.  It was completely different.  There was all kinds of room to move around and you could actually talk to a salesperson without having to shout over the din.  I got to play around with a number of different Windows computers and couldn’t help but notice that the screens were really brightened far more than any computer that I own because I worry about battery life.

The Microsoft devices were terrific to operate.  There’s just the price thing.

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Video of the Week – From “This Week in Ontario Edublogs”

Every week, one of the blog posts inspires me to select music to go with it.  Lisa Cranston’s post about Outdoor Classroom go me thinking of Led Zeppelin’s “In through the Outdoor” album and this song.
My Favourite Photo This Week

Right out our front door.  Happy Mother’s Day

Screenshot 2018-05-13 at 10.41.28

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Thanks for reading.

dp

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