My Week Ending June 3, 2018

Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.

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

  1. I’ve been doing a lot of reading trying to understand the GDPR because I think we’re going to see something similar around here.  There are times when I think I should have gone to law school.
  2. I found this interesting and a little shocking.  Mac OS X is older than the Classic Mac OS.  Are you old enough to remember both?
  3. I don’t have Alexa but I can understand how some people call it “Creepy as Hell“.
  4. I do believe in the concept that Smartphones are designed to be addictive.  Well, at least the applications.  If you’re not using them productively in class, here are some suggestions for management of them.
  5. 35 and counting people shot at US schools so far this year.  I just don’t get it.  How can anyone fight the logical conclusion that something needs to be done?
  6. Here’s a history lesson.  Can you imagine a world that didn’t have the Google?
  7. I like that there is now credible research that “Learning Styles” are a problem.  I can’t tell you how many times people have called me “concrete sequential” just because I work with computers and enjoy mathematics.
  8. I don’t do this but perhaps I should in case my Chromebook decides to have issues.
  9. Google Slides isn’t just for presentations anymore.  Here are eight other things you can do with them.
  10. This is really cool and it’s available in Canada.  A book vending machine at Billy Bishop Airport.  Especially for those people who arrived too late to charge their device.

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Technology Trouble Shooting

Two Clicks solved – Another update to Chrome OS solved my issue last week about having to click twice to close a tab.  But, in searching for a solution, I came across an even better way to close a tab than moving the cursor until it was right over the closing X.  Of course, I could have just used CTRL-W but that requires that the tab that you want to close is the active tab.  I ran into one of those “### things you didn’t know about Chrome OS” posts.  It turns out if you tap any tab, anywhere in the tab with three fingers it closes it immediately.  No move hunting for that X to close.  I love it.

Dead battery on an iPod

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I solved my iPod problem.  Of course, it was self-inflicted but I’m all the better for it now being able to play FM Radio on my Smartphone.  For the record, I do believe in the conspiracy theories!

Video of the Week

My battery problems took me down the FM Radio rabbit hole.  How’s this for a maker project?  There are LOTS of videos to help in the cause.

My Favourite Photo This Week

The birds are getting bigger.  Sadly, we’re missing one.

Screenshot 2018-06-02 at 17.03.02

Honourable mention to MZMollyTL.  Someone should have told Amy to keep her eyes open.

Thanks for reading.


Author: dougpete

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