My Week Ending June 10, 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.)


  • One thing about modern web browser is that so much of what we want to do can be done right in the browser.  Hence the popularity of the Chromebook.  The verdict is still out on Windows S.  And, if you can’t do it in the browser, just add an extension to get the job done.  Here are 35 extensions for Chromebooks.  Of course, you’re not necessarily limited to the Chromebook – if you’re using the Chrome browser, they’ll fit there.  They should typically work in any Chromium based browser like my favourite – Opera.  Usually, there’s an equivalent for Firefox and often for Edge.
  • If you do any kind of reading about developers or coders, you’ll inevitably run into a discussion about JSON.  What is it?  Here’s an introductory lesson.
  • I don’t know how helpful this would be for most people.  If you believe the statistics, people just install the Chrome browser and forget that there are other options.  This article lists alternative browsers for Ubuntu.  If you don’t use Ubuntu, don’t worry – most of the browsers work on other operating systems.  The message here though is to not settle for the easiest and most convenient.  Alternative browsers have focus on security, functionality and new features.  Often you’ll see them there first and then they get folded into your favourite browser later.
  • This is a feature that I’m looking forward to in the new Mac OS.  A dark mode.  People think of dark mode for work in the evening but I personally find the contrast works nicely in daylight as well.
  • I’d love to see the algorithm behind this initiative from Twitter to identify and get rid of underage accounts.  Can’t we all be childish at times?  I think it’s time to get the thesaurus out and start tweeting big words.
  • When I got my first teaching job, I had the world’s best teacher-librarian.  He knew his stuff and was only too happy to make sure that we had relative and recent resources in the library.  More rationale for why the school librarian is not a frill can be found in this article.
  • In case you need to relive the results from the Provincial election, here’s an interactive map that’s been embedded everywhere it seems.  Some of the more southernly districts like, say, Essex don’t appear in the popup.  Does Ontario really end at London?
  • I found this to be an interesting article.  Can we really trust the view of the world that the various mapping programs provide us?  I know that I do and have always done so.  Like most things online, perhaps we need to ask a few more probing questions.
  • It’s probably best geared for those who have the higher end Chromebooks that comes with styluses.  I do have a stylus around here somewhere but I tend to be able to do any touch things with my fingers.
  • Now that Ontario has a Conservative government, this article itemizes 5 things that it can move quickly on.  Sadly, buck-a-beer didn’t make the list.  So much for appealing to the common man.  I can remember when you could get two draughts for $.25 at the Commercial Hotel in Seaforth.  If we’re destined for the good ol’ days, let’s go for the gusto.

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Technology Trouble Shooting

Two Clicks solved and more! – It never seems to rain but it pours!  Last week, I spent some time training myself how to do a triple finger tap to close a tab in Chrome.  Then, I did some research and blogged about new looks for Chrome.  It offers a solution that takes you back to clicking on the X to close the tab.  If you turn on the touch setting, everything gets just a bit bigger – including the X.  Now, there are even more choices!

Eggs in salad

I had to smile when I read this story Google removes egg from salad emoji to make it inclusive to vegans, the internet reacts.  The moral of the story is that, no matter what you do, you’re going to upset someone.  On the other hand, as I mentioned to Alfred Thompson, this would be a great opportunity to have students do some fancy Photoshop work and make their own salad emoji.

Video of the Week

Blame this one on Stephen Hurley.  He sent out a message for a recommendation for a summer song from years past.  This came to mind and has been in my head ever since.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

Last Sunday, I went to the harness races at Dresden Raceway.  On the way, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a bigger rain storm.  Check out the track.  If you look carefully, the water is actually inside the pylons that mark the edge of the track.  It gave new meaning to “on the rail”.  Surprisingly, the speeds weren’t off by much.


Thanks for reading.


Published by dougpete

The content of this blog is created by me at the keyboard or as a result of an aggregator of my daily reading under the title OTR Links. On Fridays, look for my signature post "This Week in Ontario Edublogs" where I try to share some great writing from Ontario Educators. The other regular post appears Sunday mornings as I try to start a conversation about things that have gone missing from our daily lives.

2 thoughts on “My Week Ending June 10, 2018

  1. Where is the link to this article? I’d like to read it.
    Now that Ontario has a Conservative government, this article itemizes 5 things that it can move quickly on. Sadly, buck-a-beer didn’t make the list. So much for appealing to the common man. I can remember when you could get two draughts for $.25 at the Commercial Hotel in Seaforth. If we’re destined for the good ol’ days, let’s go for the gusto.

    BTW, when i was waitressing in high school, bottled beer was 80 cents so I usually got a 20 cent tip from every bottle served.

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