My Week Ending August 5, 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.)

  • Readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of the Opera web browser.  In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that my show on voicEd Radio requires Chrome, I would use it all the time.  Chrome is just so popular and has such a large installed base.  How will Opera compete?
  • Tattoos every librarian should have.  I think someone should do a show and tell session at the OLA Superconference.
  • I’m a longtime user of LibreOffice and OpenOffice before that.  In fact, I’ve never had a copy of Microsoft Office on my own computers.  We did have it at work.  This posts gives reasons why you should use LibreOffice and also a few why not.  What is missing, though, is a connection to the web.  That would make it really perfect.
  • One thing that Microsoft does really well is OneNote.  Here are some tips for getting more from it.  I really like the fact that there’s a OneNote for every device that I have.  It’s also a piece of software that I’m positive I should get to know more about.
  • Is bigger always better?  Or is it overkill?  Here’s some good advice about what sort of processor you should have in your next computer.
  • I think this is a concept that people just take for granted.  After all, we’ve used the term “collaboration” for years.  But, do we really understand the best techniques?  You might learn something new from this article.
  • It’s an ad from Google about things that you’ll miss from Windows and Macintosh when you switch to Chrome OS.  Sure, it’s a little tongue in cheek but no matter what your level of fan-ism is, you can’t deny some of the imagery.  Faster processors minimize the effects but it’s still there.  With Chrome OS, the biggy for me is not having the think about finding a time to upgrade.
  • Peanuts has always been one of my favourite comic strips.  I think I went to school with a Pig-Pen.  Maybe it’s me?  But, did you know that Franklin has been in the comic strip for 50 years.
  • Why choose a Pixelbook over a Macbook?  Here are 10 reasons why.
  • I use Linux Mint on my PC.  I found this post about Peppermint interesting.  At this point, though, not interesting enough to permanently switch.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

Blog Post on

voicEd Radio

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

Do you see that list above?  It’s among the hardest blogging thing I do.

  1. I type @avivaloca
  2. I highlight the name
  3. I bold the name
  4. I click the link editor
  5. I type
  6. I highlight @avivaloca
  7. I paste it at the end of the link
  8. I then highlight and copy so I don’t have to type it again
  9. I then click on OK
  10. One done.
  11. I type @cherandpete and go to step 2 and repeat 4 times

I do this every week.  There are only five names but it takes a while to actually do it.  I’ve shortened the experience with the copy/paste of the part.  But, sadly, I have not been able to do it successfully yet.  Inevitably, I end up missing Step 5 somewhere along the line.

It’s a personal goal to get this right.  Just once.  Wish me luck.

Video of the Week

Last week I shared a video featuring Always b Miki and I commented about Wiggle IT, JiggleIT.  He’s got to be owned by a computer user.

I did some followup and enjoyed this running of the Little Brown Jug.

Then he went missing.  That happens in horse racing.  But, he’s been swimming and getting into shape for a return this summer perhaps.  I’d love to see him show up at Mohawk.  I’d go.  It would ultimately be very cool if he raced at Leamington but Stakes Races don’t run there.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

From a morning dog walk, here’s where our local firefighters stay on top of their skills.

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I wonder if they bought a permit.

Thanks for reading.


Whatever happened to …

… those old formatting things?

It was a couple of week ago in a post by Gerry Smith that I saw “it”.  I didn’t know what “it” was at the time but “it’ just kept nagging me.  He’s since edited the page but at the time I grabbed a screen capture for my TWIOE post, it looked like this.

Can you see “it”?

I felt like a dummy because I didn’t clue in when I saw it.  He had full justified the text.  You’ll notice how the left margins and the right margins all line up perfectly and there’s a hyphenation in the word “environments”.

That took me back to the advent of word processors.  It was so easy to do.  Everyone did it.  You typed your text and, with one click, the magic happens. You turn your copy into the same full justification that is found in newspapers.  It was the finishing touch that said “I’m really published”.

Then, as I tend to do, I wonder how he did it.  I can’t ever remember full justification in a blog editor. All I could see in the WordPress editor were left, centre, and right justification.

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I came up with all kinds of scenarios.

  • He’s not using WordPress
  • He’s blogging in a word processor and copy/pasting the text
  • He’s using some advanced HTML or CSS to make it happen

Then, I looked at the editor and the three dots that toggle advanced settings.  There it was!  It was just sitting there all by itself on the second line.

Screenshot 2018-08-02 at 11.11.30

And it works beautifully.

Over the next while, I kept an eye on the blogs that I read and couldn’t find any that had used full justification.  The closest I could find were some PDF files of text.

This also got me thinking of other formatting things that were crucial when word processing and the output was to paper.  I started to think about the TAB key.  Remember in typing, you’d set a tab five spaces in from the left margin.  Every paragraph or document had tabs all over the place.  You don’t see that any more either.  In fact, the actual TAB key on the keyboard was taken on a new role and that is to jump to the next clickable option.

Your thoughts for a Sunday…

  • do any of the blogs that you read use full justification?
  • in what places these days do you see full justification?
  • compare your favourite newspaper online versus the printed copy.  (I know; you might have to go to the variety store to check)  Why is the printed copy fully justified but the electronic version isn’t?
  • Not up for walking to the store?  Check out the Newseum front pages
  • has the concept of “Publish” changed?
  • check your editor.  Yes, you can move the margin but it’s not like the traditional tab on the first line…it moves the entire paragraph.  In WordPress, it’s called the “indent”
  • is there even a way to tab the first first line of a paragragh?  (short of cheating and inserting a bunch of spaces)

I’d be most interested in your thoughts on this.  Please add them below via comment.  The post is part of a regular Sunday series.  You can read the past posts here.

Thanks, Gerry, for the inspiration for this post.  I love it when I’m forced to do some thinking and research.

OTR Links 08/05/2018

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.