My Week Ending December 30, 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 an interesting guide if you’re a bit older and yet still want to go back to college. Of course, your mileage may vary.
  • Google did indeed win in 2018. Especially in education. What will Apple and Microsoft do in 2019? We’ve seen experiments, particularly with Microsoft, of a stripped down version of Windows but that doesn’t fool anyone. With Google’s direction, you know they have the best operating system they can have based on Linux. It will be a challenge for the other two. Most people are happy with working in a good browser.
  • There was no shortage of advice about how to take advantage of your new devices received at Christmas. This is one of them. It’s also good advice for your older devices too.
  • Huawei certainly has its detractors but they’re doing well selling smartphones.
  • This report confirms that Santa Claus lives in Canada and pays taxes. I’m curious about the deductibles though.
  • A computer monitor of this size is intriguing but where would I put it? My 15 inch monitor is elevated behind the 17 inch screen on this laptop and there’s no room left.
  • Another upgrade is in the future if you live and die by wifi.
  • This is the greatest war story of history, bar none. It did bring a tear to my eye, I’ll confess.
  • This is absolutely wonderful news to support the Truth and Reconciliation cause. Now, if only it would be supported by our premier.
  • If you’re a Christmas baby, then this article should make you feel extra special.
  • I think this is an interesting concept. A rolling Daily Double!
  • People” need to suck it up. It’s not the end of the world.
  • This is an inspiring story from a new pilot. I wish her the best of luck and hope that her modelling inspires other.
  • Again, “People“, suck it up.

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

After taking my wife’s Jeep to the dealer three times for a slow leak in the tire, it finally went completely flat over the past week.

Presumably to save weight?, it doesn’t come with a spare tire. Instead, it had one of those pumps that also pumps a sealant into the tire. So, the concept is to have the sealant patch the puncture from the inside.

I was a little nervous because I’ve heard varying experiences with devices like this. But, it did come with the Jeep and I could at least try before getting the vehicle towed.

I don’t typically have success with stuff like this but, guess what? It worked beautifully; the puncture was actually visible from where it had been parked so I could watch the sealant bubble out a bit before it stopped and then inflated the tire.

Following instructions, I drove it for about 10 minutes to make sure that enough sealant was in place and it was still full the next morning. This time, we took it to a place that specializes in tires and $25 later, we’re back on the road again.

Since the pump is well buried in the back, I took the time with the wonderfully warm weather yesterday to also vacuum dog hair. That, I was less successful with.

Video of the Week

My Favourite Photo of the Week

I don’t want to that badly.

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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.