My Week Ending September 30, 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.)

  • Last week in my “Whatever happened to …” post, I talked about chestnuts, of all things.  It inspired some great discussion and I found this recipe from Martha Stewart about how to roast them!
  • This is a pretty serious Top 10 list.  This time it’s the top 10 tornados in Canada.
  • Great news for Ontario Colleges in the area of IT education.
  • Most definitely in this time and place an important, no, the most important conversation you can have with your kids.
  • I don’t think that this can be said too often.  Jaimie and I see it every morning.
  • Definitely you should do this.
  • There’s always room for improvement but at least we’re trying.
  • Beyond the wording in the title (think about it), it’s a good question to ask.
  • Happy Birthday, Google.
  • I really like this concept.  I don’t know why it’s not replicated more by businesses on behalf of the wellness of their employees.
  • Darwin had a theory.  Thank goodness we have solutions to protect us from the stupidity of others.
  • Confession time.  I’ve tried out all of these alternatives.
  • The title is about Linux applications for education.  Often, open source solutions like this exist for Windows and Macintosh as well.  The list is worth checking out.  They’re worth installing on your own computer and also recommending for parents too.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

Blog Post on

BRING IT, TOGETHER 2018 – The complete schedule is now live.  Have you registered?  It’s also a reminder of the “Bring IT, Together” concept.  Why not bring a group from your school?

Reminder about Early Bird Closing for #BIT18 – For those going to the Bring IT, Together conference, a reminder that early bird pricing ends on October 1.

voicEd Radio

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

Macintosh OS Mojave wasn’t forced on me but I’d been reading about it and, in particular, about the dark mode.

So, I went to the App Store and did the manual installation.  It’s a bit scary since this computer is at the low end of those machines that Apple supports in the upgrade.  I can’t believe that it’s six years old.  Except for the trackpad, I haven’t had too many issues.  I replaced the physical hard drive with an SSD drive last year and it was a great move.

I blogged about it earlier this week and decided to go nuclear on the trackpad and deleted the plist before installing the new OS.  A new one was created for me and things seem to be going well.  I’d cross my fingers but it’s tough to use a trackpad with crossed fingers.

So, OS Mojave started out noticeably slower than the previous OS.  I was almost going to look to see how to roll it back but being lazy appeared to pay off.  Either I’ve stopped noticing or the operating system is adjusting but it seems to be back to being normal to use again.

I’m happy.

Video of the Week

Unless it rains, I’ll be watching the Leamington version of this later today.  Actually, given that I’m writing this on Sunday morning, I’ll have already seen the race by the time you read this.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

Jaimie and I sneaked in a quick walk before the big storm that hit last week.  The oncoming headlights lets you know how dark it actually was.  My phone did a nice job of brightening things up.  The clouds told a story of what was on the way.


Thanks for reading.


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