My Week Ending February 10, 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’m starting to see the i9 processor mentioned more and more. Here’s a comparison with the i7.
  • A Superbowl potty story.
  • Things happening at the Freedom Museum during Black History Month.
  • The more we read about the opioid crisis, the more we realize that something serious needs to be done. This story from Brantford.
  • This is probably overdue but let’s hope that Microsoft keeps their iconic blue screen.
  • As mentioned before, the whole concept of crypto-money-things is a fascinating obsession for me. But, what happens when things go wrong?
  • After initially struggling with Inbox, I came to really like it and now Google is pulling the plug. But, after all, it’s just email. Couldn’t we just customize Gmail?
  • Perhaps the second most useful tool on the internet is the Internet Archive. Here’s the genius behind it.
  • Canadians learned and heard so much about the difference between consecutive and concurrent sentences for crimes this week. How does a judge decide?
  • If you wrote your own obituary, would it be as good as this one?
  • I know that stories like this are often clickbait but that doesn’t stop me from reading. After all, there might just be one useful, helpful tidbit in there that I’d hate to miss.
  • I’ve heard both sides of the argument about letting people know about upcoming speed traps. I mean, who hasn’t had oncoming traffic flash their lights to let you know. This time, the flasher is Waze.
  • Don’t we all know how social engineering works? Haven’t we all been tempted to click to find out? If you’re teaching about security in class, and who isn’t?, this is a helpful resource.
  • If you lie awake at night worrying about who at Google is stalking you, you might want to consider one of these alternatives.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.


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

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Technology Troubleshooting 

This is a silly nuance but its appearance is a reminder of how much of a creature of habit I can be.

Right now, I’m using the Opera Browser. Why? It has awesome features and a battery saving mode that makes my MacBook Pro run on and on.

If you look above, you’ll notice that I’ve got a lot of links highlighted and that means a lot of copying/pasting. A true 21st Century skill!

With every other browser on the face of the planet (or at least the ones that I’ve used), I can highlight text by setting the starting point, holding down the left mouse button, and swiping either left or right to highlight. I’ll bet you can too.

For some reason, Opera only lets me highlight when I go from left to right. It’s probably the way most people do things since that’s the way we read text but I find a desire to go either way depending upon where my cursor is. When I try to highlight from right to left, it is highlighted for a second and then goes away.

First world problems.

Video of the Week

For me, there’s always something extra special when a spectacular song is played by the original singer but backed with an orchestra. This is classic Supertramp.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

The world’s most demanding dog lying at the end of the hallway staring at me. He knows that he and his ever shedding fur is not allowed in the room when I’m blogging. He continually refers to this alleged contract with the Humane Society that he says I signed when he was adopted that entitles him to three walks a day.

Thanks for reading.


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Whatever happened to …

… red exit signs?

In the past week, I’ve had cause to be in waiting rooms, well, waiting. One thing that they all had in common were green exit signs.

Now, you and I grew up with red exit signs.

Of course, they come in various permutations.

Recently, I had a discussion with a professional who had purchased a new office space and was forced to remove the red signs in favour of new green ones.

In addition to the cost, I got one of those discussions about education.

“When we did fire drills at school, we were told to stay calm and walk to the exit. Now, we have green signs that imply that we need to run!”

It was an interesting take on the concept. Of course, the schools just had to be the root of all the evil!

Of course, there is a logical reason for the switch.

For a Sunday, your thoughts…

  • Do you agree that the green sign conveys the concept of running?
  • Of course, Canada has two official languages. How was the red sign made bilingual? Do you know where one of those is?
  • How about your school or place of work? Have all the exit signs been changed to the new green?
  • Can you name a place that still has a red sign?
  • Click “play” and close your eyes. Can you name the band?
  • How about this one?
  • Do you have a favourite song mentioning “fire” or “sign” that you can add?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

This is a regular Sunday series of memories. You can read them all here.

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OTR Links 02/10/2019

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.