My Week Ending November 11, 2018

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


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

  • This is good advice to anyone wanting to purchase Apple products.  The entry level products which might appear to be a deal (although more expensive that competitors) often have to be upgraded to make them perform like you want.  Then, there are the repairs…
  • I like this concept.  Out-Android Google with a better product.  You just know that the Google folks are embarrassed and will be back at the design board coming up with a better product.  The winner?  We, the consumer.
  • Hopefully, the original applications are learning from these lighter versions of the same thing.  Does anyone really use all those features?
  • There’s no doubt that Windows 10 will eventually replace all others.  But, it’s been slow.  I still see and recognize way older versions of Windows than Windows 7 because the software that runs on it just hasn’t been upgraded.  Or people can’t be bothered to upgrade.
  • North American can learn a great deal from Europe about borders.  In the Middle Ages, there were no borders and people moved about freely.  But, I’ll admit, one of my favourite television shows is “Border Security” so I guess there still is a need for them.
  • That’s just CrazyTalk.  But, it will keep those who like this sort of thing busy for hours.
  • An ugly guy wearing a jacket.
  • At supper in Niagara Falls, we had a discussion about Apple locking out other operating systems from their hardware.  I read this report to confirm it.  I got trolled over it.
  • A good warning for parents who allow their kids to play Fortnite.  There is scum everywhere these days.
  • The next time that I’m in Toronto, I hope that I have time to visit this.
  • This is something that every town and city should do to show how they’ve grown and changed.
  • Now, you can’t even trust apple juice.  Fortunately, in Essex County, we can buy apple juice and cider directly from farmers.  That’s the way it should be.
  • I’m still not a fan of voice assistants but Alexa is coming to Windows so that you can ditch Cortana if you’re interested.  Or maybe to get a second opinion?

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

At the Bring IT, Together Conference this past week, I had three opportunities to connect laptops to data projectors.

Twice – during my session with Stephen Hurley and my own session on Hyperdocs, I used my Chromebook and it displayed on the data projector like a champ.  HDMI is just genius, what can I say?

The other time was getting ready for the ECOO Annual General Meeting and I connected my MacBook Pro.  Peter McAsh was hurrying me so that we could display the link to the form collecting names for the door prize.  Congratulation, Tim Hawes, by the way.

But, as I often find, my MacBook Pro had a mind of its own and wanted to do things its way which meant extending the screen instead of mirroring it.  No problem – every Mac OS user knows what to do – go to the Preferences and change the setting.  It’s just a check box.  How difficult could that be?

The problem is that to get to the settings, I had to get my cursor to the extended screen to access my dock.  So, it’s quite a few metres away, at an obtuse angle, and behind me.  Ever try working a trackpad that way?

I’m sure I amused anyone who was watching but eventually got things to work.  It’s just a check box.

Why can’t computers be easy?

Video of the Week

Niagara Falls.  What else for this week?

My Favourite Photo of the Week

Still one of my favourite Bring IT, Together pictures, two friends who were out on a “Run with Alana”.  Do you know these ladies?  Add their names in the comments below.

I’m still in awe with how close you can get to the edge of the Falls.


And, this picture still is kind of neat.  I took it in 2016, I think, standing on the corner waiting for the light to change.  It’s still one of the images that appear on Google Maps when I visit that location.

I meant to take a new one this year but it was so cold and windy, I forgot in my rush back and forth to the warmth.

Screenshot 2018-11-11 at 10.15.48

Thanks for reading.


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