My Week Ending 2019-03-10

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.

  • Have any of your passwords been caught up in a data breach?  This extension will keep an eye on them for you.
  • If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings, then you’ll really enjoy these watercolours inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien.
  • 25 resources to lighten up your mathematics classroom.
  • If it’s under warranty, take it back.  If it’s not under warranty, Apple does its best to get you to pay through the nose for repairs.
  • My fascination with eCampusOntario and its open initiatives continues with the announcement of this Open Library initiative.  (Yeah, I know I used the word initiative twice here; I’ll see if anyone notices.)
  • Peter Beens got me back to playing around with the Brave browser.  It had been a while since I updated it but it was worth the update.  I like the TOR network access.
  • Do you think the government will listen or rely on self-regulation to solve all the challenges with students with autism.  They need to stop watching “The Good Doctor”.
  • Road signs guaranteed to at least generate a smile.
  • That phishing is on the rise shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.  Or, if it is, you need to take a class.  Here are some statistics.
  • I wonder how long before Linux 5.0 appears on Linux Mint.
  • This was sad news.  Yes, King Kong Bundy was a “villain” in wrestling but you’d always look forward to matches with him featured.  61 is way too young.
  • I hate reading stories like this.  Yet, we know that some students and parents are exactly like this.  It strikes home when you know of teachers who have been forced to transfer school.
  • It really was a shame.  Chromebooks have come a long way in their short career.  I’ve worked with both an iPad (bought a Bluetooth keyboard) and a Chromebook.  I’ll take the Chromebook any day of the week. 
  • This would be a great reason to fly to Singapore.

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:

Technology Troubleshooting 

Digital is so good.

I woke up this morning and my phone and computers had all flipped over to Daylight Saving Time.  (note the lack of an S)  The problem is that I couldn’t see them; I don’t sleep with them!

But, as I rolled over and looked at my alarm clock, I had to do some memory searching and mathematics calculations.  Had I changed the clock before I went to bed like I was supposed to?  If I did, what time is it really with my biological clock?  If I didn’t, what time is it supposed to be?

Then, it was off to change all the other analogue clocks in the house, including the one that slid down the wall during my voicEd show. 

But, I know that I’ve missed some clocks.  Twice a year, I realize just how many clocks there are around here.

It will probably be a week or so before I get them all.

Video of the Week

If you think setting the clocks in your house was a challenge …

My Favourite Photo of the Week

This was funny and sad at the same time.  We took the dog to one of our favourite walking spots – the pier at Colchester where all kinds of ice, very thick ice, had been piled up because of the recent wind storms.  Unfortunately, this poor guy got caught up in an ice chunk.



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