My Week Ending 2019-02-24

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.

  • This article challenges that user friendly language that we run across so often about permissions to use a website. Stop saying it and tell the truth!
  • Why can’t we all be like the Danish? Actually, part of me is.
  • As if we haven’t changed away from Internet Explorer with all the information that we’ve received so far, here’s more advice. Does anyone ever confess to still using it?
  • Another Danish story. Cool! This time, it’s about time. I didn’t know this.
  • Are you a software developer? You might want to grab one of these domains before they’re gone.
  • Let’s do something about the price and maybe we all could do this and make the world a better place.
  • The teenage brain is an amazing thing. Here are some insights for understanding what’s going on in there. Or maybe what’s not going on as well.
  • Some great tips for making your classroom more inclusive. And, the tools might be good for all and not just those with special needs.
  • Jaimie and I are happy to read this article about service dogs and Pearson Airport. I wonder if I can get him a job?
  • Life before Google in the library. For yucks, go ahead and ask Google the same questions.
  • Personally, I hope that we do. It’s time we all played hard ball. I like that Canadian news sources still use the term NAFTA.
  • Are you old enough to know about Ed Sullivan?
  • Everything you want to know about graphic image files. This is worthy of printing and posting to a classroom wall if you’re doing any web development or other things that uses lots of graphics. I used to work this knowledge into many workshops.
  • Facial recognition may be found in more locations that you think. Here’s a list of more places it’s used. I know of some of them but some were new and that made reading the article worthwhile.

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My daily contributions to this blog.


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

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Technology Troubleshooting 

If you listened to “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” on Wednesday or on demand, there was another life’s most embarrassing moment for me. Right in the middle of a conversation with Stephen, the clock on my wall fell. Of course, we record the show live so anything bad gets mixed into whatever is good. It was so loud though.

So, why? and why is this in the category of Technology Troubleshooting?

Because it involves technology. We’re not wireless here completely. There’s the cable that comes in from outside that goes to my router and, from it, there are cables that come to the laptop that I’m typing on right now. They are strategically wrapped around the left side of the clock and somehow they decided to use a little gravity to mess things up on me.

I need a permanent solution; right now I’ve put the clock back up and wrapped the cables around it but it’s a problem that’s just begging to happen again.

Video of the Week

A number of things happened this week to bring this memory back for me. Are you old enough to remember this song and the show that it went with?

My Favourite Photo of the Week

This picture should look oddly like a chalk outlined body from a crime scene. Except the body is mine! Remember that snow that we had last week? It covered everything including a bunch of water near that alien fire hydrant I showed last week.

So, I’m walking the dog and I slipped and fell. Fortunately, I had my elbows at the ready and they broke most of the fall as I went backward. My head did snap back and hit the ice enough to throw my headphones off.

Jaimie just turned and looked at me as if to say “Suck it up buttercup and let’s go”.

Stupid dog.

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Whatever happened to …

… the web that you could read and trust?

The inspiration for this flashback came from this post The Web Through a 30 Year Old Lens.   The article took me back to a web that was young and had reference to one of the first web browsers – this for the NeXT Computer.

Since it was a working simulation, I had to give it a shot.  Here’s a peek at this blog as rendered by the browser.


Ah, the blog has text.  You’ll notice that it renders only standard text characters.  And all the beautiful colours and graphics that I have around here are missing.

Now, the reality is that you don’t have to work on an emulator to get the same effect.  You can also use the Lynx browser, still in development.


It was a different time.  People were using the WorldWideWeb (I can’t believe I just typed that) to link documents to each other.  Content in the form of text was king.  (Actually it was the only game in town so that’s easy to say).  The whole premise, it seems to me, that it was an academic challenge for coders to actually show proof of concept of a world where we were connected to documents for research.  Everything that was happening was visible on the screen.  There was no tracking or other things going on behind the scenes.  (Or at least I’d like to romantically think so)

Then, things changed.  I wonder if it was inevitable or whether companies realized that they could make money from the concept!  In addition to the good uses, we hear daily of the bad things happening involving those who would access bank accounts, re-create others identities, and so much more.

There doesn’t come a day where I can’t read yet another article about how to stop Facebook or Microsoft or Google or Apple or <insert anyone here> from stalking me.

Today, you have a whole slew of browsers at your disposal.  I can recall moving from Lynx to Mosaic and Netscape and then the flood gates open.  On this computer, I have Chromium, Lynx, Firefox, and Opera installed.  And, it’s important to keep them updated lest you visit a website where you are admonished to return with a “modern” browser!

I’m sure the Lynx developers would take offence.

For a Sunday, your thoughts…

  • Have you ever used a text only web browser?  If yes, which one?
  • What was the first web browser that you used?
  • What browser are you using to access this post?
  • Are you concerned that companies are tracking you?  What sort of evidence do you have that they actually are?
  • Do you have privacy extensions like Disconnect, Ghostery, Privacy Badger, DuckDuckGo, Adblock, etc. installed to protect yourself?
  • Does advertising on the websites that you visit bother you?
  • If you were giving advice to a first time Internet user, what sorts of things would you include?

As always, I’d be interested in your thoughts.  Please share them in the comments below.

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OTR Links 02/24/2019

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