My Week Ending 2019-03-31

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.

  • A good story to remind the Ontario government and the teacher federations that there are students caught up in this.  Their voice and needs need to be heard.
  • It’s always important to keep the updates rolling on your computer devices.  Here’s a look at Windows updates.
  • Only if I had money to burn would I buy a leather laptop cover.  But, I’ve never been accused of being a fashion plate.
  • Interesting that Linux would have cheat sheets.  Doesn’t everyone just compile their own?
  • Information would take how much room?  Note that there’s no discussion on the quality of that information though.
  • So, the new Edge has been leaked on line.  The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if instructions to do so came from the top!
  • If you’re a computer manufacturer, this is definitely not the type of information that you want to have happened and then have the world know about it.
  • News, Apple style.
  • Another list I’m not on.  But, on the other hand, I don’t have to pay the type of income taxes that those on the Sunshine List have to pay.
  • I had to read this a couple of times and watch the video to realize that the apology to Manitoba was legit and not a Beaverton story.
  • Absolutely, the choice about Artificial Intelligence should be driven by you and me and everyone who wants to take charge.
  • And, it starts by saying “No, I don’t want fries with that”.
  • Wouldn’t you think that Apple would have resolved the issue with their keyboards by now?
  • Maybe this is true.  When was the last time something really new and innovative came along?  And, not a rehash of what someone else has done.

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:

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Technology Troubleshooting 

When all else fails, reinstall.

How many times have you heard that?  How many times recently?

Things have actually got far more reliable recently.  I do remember a time when a piece of software would just take on its on action and become unreliable.  You’d tweak and tweak and then give up and re-install.  Typically, it would be to go back to the original CD-ROM or DVD-ROM and install.  Then, you’d go about letting it reinstall updates.

I had a program go bad on me this week and decided to reinstall.  But, we’ve come a long way.  The software never came on physical media.  It was downloadable.  So, when I did a download to reinstall, the latest and greatest version of the software was what got installed.

We’ve come a long way.

Video of the Week

This big kid likes to learn about dinosaurs too.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

My amazing daughter made these centre pieces for a recent event she was involved in.  I wish I was this creative.


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Whatever happened to …

… those great computer keyboards?

I’ll attribute my interest in this originally to learning how to type on a typewriter.  The typewriter was really heavy which made it stable to work on.  You really had to work to get it to physically move on the desktop so generally you didn’t.

Then, of course, we moved to computers and they needed their own keyboards.  Typically, if you have a laptop, you’re good to go although smaller laptops do have compromises.

So, if you’re like me, you might just attach an external keyboard to the laptop to give you the whole keying experience.  I love the embedded keypad and programmable function keys.

Without a doubt, the best keyboard ever are the ones that used to come on the IBM Personal Computers.  They were made of metal and were the closest to a great typewriter experience that I ever had.  Perhaps a bit noisy but that was part of the whole experience.

But you had to buy an IBM PC to get one!  When you buy a clone of the PC, you get something less than that.  I think it’s a cost factor for manufacturers and most of them are plastic and actually move around if you type with emotion.

My desktop experience is now one where I plug an external keyboard into the USB port on my laptop.  I’ve found a great keyboard – Logitech Internet Navigator Keyboard.


It plugs in nicely to a MacBook Pro, Chromebook, or Windows/Linux computer.

For a Sunday morning, your thoughts please…

  • Do you plug an external keyboard into your laptop?
  • If you do, which one do you own?
  • What’s your favourite computer keyboard of all time?
  • When you’re buying a new computer, how important is the touch and feel of a keyboard to your choice?
  • There’s one key that adds additional functionality to regular keys.  It’s located in a different position on the standard Macintosh keyboard.  What’s it called on the Mac, in Linux, or on Windows?
  • If you use an external keyboard, does it come with special function keys?  Can you or do you reprogram them?

I’d be interested in your comments with respect to keyboards.  Share them in the comments.

Got an idea for a future post?  Let me know.

OTR Links 03/31/2019

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

Great movies

One of my little self indulgences is watching old movies.

Particularly, the really old black and white ones.  Heck, I’ll even watch silent movies.

And, in the process, there’s some unplanned learning as well.  Like Raymond Burr wasn’t the only actor to play Perry Mason.  Who knew?

Periodically, television channels will show old movies.  I can remember when Channel 20 around here used to show the old Charlie Chan movies on Saturday mornings.

I think what I like about the old movies as opposed to the latest and greatest was that the entire story went on in your head instead of the current trend towards surround sound and graphic effects.  A great comparison is to watch some of the old horror movies where you didn’t actually see blood and body parts compared to some of the gore you see today.  Personal preference I guess.

Many of the really old shows have moved out of copyright because of age and you’ll find them on YouTube if you look for them.  That was my usual way of doing it until I found “Classic Cinema Online“.


Admittedly, there is lots of advertising but I find the presentation very interesting.   Not only are you escorted to the show via your current seat but many times you’ll find the movie poster that accompanies the original movie.  You don’t find that all in one spot!

Any other classic movie lovers out there?

OTR Links 03/30/2019

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