My Week Ending May 27, 2018



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

  1. When I normally think of alternatives to Microsoft Office, I normally think about OpenOffice and LibreOffice.  Into the fray comes FreeOffice.  When you have multiple computers, will free alternatives become more in vogue?
  2. For “Royal Watchers”, this was a secret that was held onto tightly until the wedding.  Exactly what royal title would the newly weds get?
  3. School districts are always looking for magic potions.  In this case, what’s the best way to implement a 1:1 program?  Lenovo has an idea.
  4. I remember a good friend of mine being so upset when someone had made a comment on social media about the history of computers.  You need to know and understand and truly appreciate what others have done in the past in order to move forward.
  5. As people get their acceptance emails to present at the Bring IT, Together Conference, I hope that they turn to great ideas about public speaking.  You don’t want people to go home with a Homer Simpson “Borrrrrring”.
  6. What would it take to get everyone to use the zipper merge concept?  Here’s the reason why it makes traffic go faster.  I don’t see it happening on the 401 any time soon.
  7. Given everything that we read from our neighbours to the south, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Canadian government buys Facebook advertisements.
  8. Want to create digital books?  Either you or your students?  Here are nine tools.  Pick one.
  9. I love my Acer Chromebook.  It’s a higher end model and now there are even more higher end machines geared for business.
  10. Do you want to get started with Google Forms and Sheets?  Here’s a starter guide.


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Technology Trouble Shooting

Two Clicks – With the last update to ChromeOS, or as near as I can figure, there is now an annoying problem.  It takes two clicks to close a tab instead of the usual one.  It doesn’t happen in Chrome, the browser.  Just Chrome, the browser on Chrome OS.

It’s a small thing but when you open and close a number of tabs during your workflow, it becomes a big problem.

Tab Crashing –  I had a problem with tabs crashing in Google Chrome when I would wake the computer.  Yes, I rebooted.  The problem followed.

I figured that the problem was probably in an extension and I was right.  I deleted all of the extensions and then added them back one by one until I found the one that was crashing things.  I deleted it and I’m happy again.

Divide and conquer.


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

Stephen Hurley called it the greatest song that mentions education…

My Favourite Photo This Week

The babies have arrived.  Mom Robin took some encouraging to move from the nest and was either complaining to me or telling the babies not to smile.



Thanks for reading.


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