My Week Ending May 20, 2018


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

  1. If you’re tired of static text on your Google Site, you might want to read this tutorial about how to make a scrolling banner.
  2. For some photographic editing, check out Darktable.
  3. This might be tough to prove in court but I don’t see a problem with it.  If you send a text message to someone you know is driving and they’re in an accident, you could be at fault.  On the other hand, I hate that it has come to this but just go for a walk and look at the number of people who are on their phones while they’re driving.
  4. I think this is an ingenious invention.  Imagine being able to project your own movies no matter what room you’re in.
  5. Yet another malware story about some baddies stealing information.  Can you safely go online anymore?
  6. Advice to help the distracted student.  Yes, it does seem to make sense to me but does it make sense for students?
  7. This is a nice prompter for Open Source software.  I always check these posts out to see if I can find just one more new title.
  8. A debate for our times.  Are Chromebooks and iPads computers?
  9. FreeOffice sounds like an interesting entry into the desktop office suite market.  I’m going to have to give it a shot.
  10. It was only a matter of time – a 3D printed bicycle.


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Technology Trouble Shooting

A New Phone – Not for me but for my daughter.  It was interesting to just be an observer and watch the negotiating (such that it is) as a new phone was purchased and the old data moved over.

As a geeky father, it was a proud moment to just listen to her lay out the details for what she wanted in a phone and in a phone plan.  She recognized that it was a two year commitment and knew exactly what she wanted.

Someone else’s computer – I never really know how much I customize and make a computer suitable to how I like to work until I go and use someone else’s.  Recently, I went into Best Buy to poke around and explore new Windows 10 computers.  As they’re set up for display, it’s right out of the box.

That’s completely foreign to how I use a computer.  How can people work like that?  I like things set up for my work flow.  It’s really not appreciated if you do that to a floor demo at a computer store.


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

A reminder that this was how I started to play the steel guitar.

My Favourite Photo This Week

We see you!  But, Jaimie and I lowered our walking speed just to be safe.

Screenshot 2018-05-20 at 12.37.44


Thanks for reading.


Author: dougpete

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