My Week Ending January 27, 2019

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.)

  • I hope that I look as good as Popeye when I turn 90. See how he evolved over the years.
  • The Microsoft Phone is toast. Where to now? iPhone or Android? Hey, what about Blackberry?
  • Yes, it was cold in Detroit this week. And, by proximity, it was cold here too.
  • This is a good read for anyone who is considering being a brand ambassador for EdTech products. This includes putting badges on your social media too. I’ve seen so many people who have sold their soul and have missed the goal because of loyalty to a particular product.
  • Seat belts on buses sounds like a good idea. Can you imagine the beeping and red lights when there’s just one unbuckled though?
  • How safe is your school and student data? Does it take a data breach before you get serious and put a serious program in place?
  • This report of a design flaw on the MacBook Pro should give you pause for paying for this pricey product. Have you a budget for repairs?
  • Pretty well, I would guess. For some, it’s the one and only browser that they use.
  • This is a great collection of ideas for makerspaces. Even if you have one, you can never have enough good ideas. If you don’t have one, you just haven’t been paying attention.
  • Another reason to switch to Linux. It’s pretty hard to ignore that badge that indicates something isn’t up to date.
  • In this day and age, you should read any news site guardedly and constantly be on the lookout for a second opinion. Microsoft’s Edge gives a warning about this site. It sounds like a good idea but who or what makes the ultimate decision?
  • Arduino and Science lovers will love this.
  • Canada’s new food guide – guaranteed to make dairy farmers angry. Milk has always been a staple for nutrition around here.
  • A big list of programming paradigms.

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Opening song this week:

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

Sometimes, I think the writing is on the wall. This computer, a Sony Vaio I purchased back in 2010, came with Windows 7. At some point, it became just a pig in terms of performance. For yucks, I installed Windows 10 when it became free for the upgrade. I was pleasantly surprised that it worked well – at least for a while.

The computer has always been dual boot. In the early year, Ubuntu was on the other side of the hard drive. (at least how I visualize it). At one point, I thought I’d try Linux Mint and so replace Ubuntu with it. I have two desktops on it – Cinnamon and XFCE. Generally, I can run with Mint or Windows without problem.

Except at times, the hard drive light just comes on solidly and the computer becomes unusable. Force the computer to restart and things work normally again. I suspect that the hard drive is feeling the end of life although the utilities that I run on it say that it’s just fine.

Video of the Week

Doing my research about a new blog post featured in TWIOE.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

The school at the end of the highway in Ontario. Thanks, Tania Sterling.

Thanks for reading.


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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.