My Week Ending 2019-03-03

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.

  • Great advice to throw back any time someone says that SAMR explains it all.
  • This is an amazing piece of information about a practical use of AI.  I’d be even more impressed if they could program it to work in front of a green screen!
  • This sounds like a fabulous product.  At the same time, we’re hearing about all the bad things that could potentially come from the company.  Who’s right?  Is the product safe?
  • Great advice for anyone putting together a technology conference.
  • I’m intrigued by foldable phones.  Will they ever come to the consumer or are they just proof of concept?  How durable will they be?  Do I really need a $2 000 phone?
  • Stick this into your Chromebook and you might have enough for a small server.
  • Excellent news for my old high school.
  • This is great advice to heed whenever anyone makes claims about statements supporting negative positions.  Challenge everything.
  • Great news if you’re a fan of Visual Basic.
  • Microsoft Chrome just doesn’t roll off the tongue yet.  Maybe some day?  Here’s what you need to know.
  • I am a fan of dark themes so naturally had to read this article.
  • Doom across the curriculum”.  Sign me up!
  • I can’t believe the negativity that comments to this story generated.  C’mon people, we’re Canadian.  A Zamboni story should be fun.  And mathematical.  We don’t jump over problems that start “A boy walks into the grocery store and buys 146 pumpkins”
  • Does the moon need a library?

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 

Confession time – I did go back to the new Gutenberg editor her on WordPress.  

The reason?  With all the promotion, it has to be the future.

But, with yesterday’s post, I ran into the same problem.  I had scheduled a post and wanted to go back and edit it again.

But, I couldn’t figure out how to do that.  It was sitting at the “scheduled” screen and wasn’t budging.

So, I’m back to the classic editor again.

Video of the Week

It’s time to lobby the weather …

My Favourite Photo of the Week

Friends who listen to This Week in Ontario Edublogs may be aware of the clock falling off the wall during our live show a couple of weeks ago. 

Here’s the offender.  It’s 100% metal so you’ll understand why it made so much noise.

I love this clock.  It was always hanging on my workplace wall.

Now the hour hand is bent.


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Whatever happened to …

… 640 x 480?

This is a throwback to a simpler time. I was inspired to think about this after poking around last night. I was inspired to write because, well, I needed something for Sunday morning and thought I’d like to see how others feel about this.

Things were so much simpler. You bought a computer; you bought a CRT monitor to go with it; you lugged it home; you found deskspace strong enough to hold it; you turned it on and got at it.

Typically, the screen resolution right out of the box was 640 x 480. This referred to the resolution which was typically 640 pixels across the screen and 480 pixels up and down. Everything that you did was displayed by the pixels and the colours that they displayed.

But, this is technology. Nothing stays the same!

Someone decided that a higher resolution would be a nicer thing. For most of us, that mean an upgrade in resolution to 1028 x 768. I remember being wowed the first time I saw a monitor in this setting. So much more could be displayed on the screen. The downside was that the text was smaller. Thanks to a terrific optometrist, I accommodated.

Then, the world exploded. Apple now has something they call retina display which people buy into just because of the name and it’s cool.  It’s something like 300 pixels per inch. Monitors have so much higher resolution now. Fortunately, the screens also have gone larger to accommodate. Recently, I cleaned out an old monitor and threw it on to view it for old time’s sake. How could people (i.e. me) live like that?

So, last night I was playing around with the resolution on this Chromebook. I changed it to the default

which you can see is 1536 x 864. It’s still at this setting as I type this post but I’m feeling the pain. I’ll probably go back to 1807 x 1016 although I could go as small as 2194 x 1234 or as large as 1182 x 665. There’s a price to be paid in font size and fortunately a separate setting allows for the adjustment of the font. The trick is to find the right balance between screen space and readability.

For me, the biggest annoyance are menus. There’s so many options in programs these days that an entire pull down menu doesn’t display without scrolling. That’s just wrong! I’m looking at you, Twitter.

For a Sunday morning, your thoughts…

  • Do you mess around with screen resolution or do you work with the defaults right out of the box?
  • What’s your current screen resolution?
  • What’s the highest/lowest resolution that your eyes can tolerate (and read)?
  • Does resolution factor into your choice of computer?
  • Does 1080p mean anything to you and affect your viewing on either a computer or television?
  • Have you been around a computer long enough to have used a computer with 640 x 480? Or lower?
  • Mathematics teachers should be able to find all kinds of problems/questions with this concept.  Can you help them out?
  • Bonus question: what’s the screen resolution on your Smartphone?

As always, please share your visual thoughts in the comments below.

This is part of a regular Sunday morning series. You can read all the past issues here.

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OTR Links 03/03/2019

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