My Week Ending February 3, 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, with commentary, from the past week.)

  • I like the concept of removing the active tiles and other things in this article but we’ve heard of Microsoft’s new OS and implementations many times only to see it dropped.
  • This is a great concept and we can’t enough awareness about cybersecurity. Who will train the trainers?
  • We could see it coming. It still was as cold as _______ around here. Fill in blank with your favourite items.
  • I’ve used the Chrome Browser for long enough that many of these features are not hidden from me. But, it’s still enjoyable to read the article to find new things perhaps and help others to get more from their browser. Productivity rules.
  • You know, if Apple would just decide to use standard things, like screws, assembling their stuff in the USA wouldn’t be a big deal. Thankfully, there was a “how-to” on the internet that showed me where to put the two long screws back in my MacBook Pro when I replaced the hard drive. Spoiler – the placement made no sense to me.
  • Have you hugged your bus driver lately? This one definitely goes over the top for literacy.
  • A portal of educational activity for kids from TVOntario. This is really well done and could be a one-stop place to get activities.
  • One of the things that I did when President of ECOO was introduce Slack as a workplace organizer and conversation piece. So, ECOO is 9 of the 10 million users.
  • Will Internet Explorer finally go away? OMG. What about those school districts that refuse to remove it from their image or to update utilities that will only work with it? Look for the panic when Edge uses the Chromium resource…
  • This is a heart-warming story involving Jane Goodall. Everyone should read it.
  • Another article explaining why building your school networks on the cheap and then wondering why it doesn’t work for long.
  • Until this article, I had never heard of a white hole.
  • I won’t use this NewsGuard feature but it might be helpful for some.
  • The “Man in the Middle” has always worried me. Firefox plans to let us know about that person but is there anything that can be done about it? That’s the bigger question. Will other browsers follow?

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.


Here’s who I tagged as “Active” last Friday morning.

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

Opening song this week:

The latest #TWIOE show features blog posts from:

There was no show this week due to Stephen being unavailable. But, if there had been, there would have been a discussion about posts from these folks.

Technology Troubleshooting 

So, Gutenberg is now the default editor with WordPress. It took a bit lot to getting used to and, sadly, it’s not without its issues for me. If you have a solution for me, I’d love it hear it.

  1. With the old editor, there was an option to make a clone of an existing post. It’s not something that I used a great deal but it was handy for this type of recurring post. I’ve meddled around with a style/format to get something that worked for me. But, I can’t find the ability to do that anymore. I may have to bite the bullet and create a template or something. For now, it’s a matter of scrolling back to last Sunday and doing a copy/paste in the editor. It works but not as elegant as I’d like.
  2. This one is really annoying and I’ve got to believe that it’s a bug. With big posts like this one, I seldom finish them in one writing. So, I got in the habit of scheduling it ahead and then returning to finishing it off. It works most of the time but … periodically, while I can get back in the editor to finish things off or, gasp, do some proofreading, I can’t get to the Publish/Schedule button to safe any updates. That is throw the computer through a window worthy.

Video of the Week

Could there be a geekier scene in television? Can you handle a computer with this sort of skill?

My Favourite Photo of the Week

I don’t have a pet groundhog but I do have a dog and Jaimie didn’t see his shadow yesterday.

Thanks for reading.


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