My Week Ending 2019-04-21

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.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week.

  • If you’re a Windows user, you might want to check out the Easter Egg in this application.
  • Privacy is just a thing of the past.  I think we have to come to grips with just how much we’re prepared to give up just to get along in society today.
  • I think I could have come up with a better title than this and somehow brought in the X-Files in the process.
  • For every story about the problems with Windows 10, there’s a positive one.  This is a really positive one.  Just stay updated though.
  • This comment from the Premier started the fur flying this week.  You’d think that a business person would realize that there are two ultimate actions in a failed bit of bargaining – lock out or strike.  Both are legitimate and legal options.
  • It may well be no silver bullet but I can’t imagine a world without it.  Much as we like to think of the 1950s as golden, they are tarnished if you look at them objectively.
  • I’m still floored when I hear that there are parents that don’t read to their children.  It’s one of the best things about being a parent – snuggling and looking together.
  • This is good news for fans of the Notre Dame cathedral.  I was surprised to see how many friends that I had who had visited and shared their pictures this week.
  • If you haven’t heard about the Brave browser, you owe it to yourself to take a look and see if it deserves a home on your computer.
  • It was an interesting headline for sure.  But, the response from the chair of the Catholic Board indicates that it won’t happen if it relies on them.
  • It’s interesting to see headlines like this coming from communities that I would normally consider as being very conservative.
  • While not coming from a Canadian study, the content is definitely serious and all parents and teachers need to be concerned.
  • If you like to tweak, you need to move to Linux.  Here are some new icon themes for Ubuntu.
  • Until we used it for online CSTA meetings, I had never heard of the Zoom conferencing app.  I like it.

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

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Opening song this week:


The latest #TWIOE show features blog posts from:

Technology Troubleshooting 

With this title “Now what?” this week,

I looked at the end and saw the -3.  I let WordPress generate the URL for my posts so this was its way of telling me that I had used the title three times.

Out of curiosity, and I don’t do this enough, I took a look at what the other two posts were about.

I blog about the darnedest things.

Video of the Week


Photo of the Week

A beautiful shot while out dog walking.  As soon as the leaves come, you won’t be able to see it all.  Trails give you insights to all kinds of things that you’d otherwise drive by in a car.


Please join me daily and I hope that you check in next Sunday for a summary of my week.

Thanks for reading.


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Whatever happened to …

… Geocities?

The time was well, early in the Internet.  How early?  Here’s a timeline of captures from the Internet Archive.  Is that a blip I see on the right?


A colleague and I were trying to figure it all out.  We both had a sense that this was going to be the future and it was going to be big.  We had bought into the concept of running programs from a school fileserver so running programs from this internet thing was just a logical next step.

At the same time, the computer department didn’t trust the two of us monkeying around with their servers and were doing their best to block us from it.  Mutual trust wasn’t big back then.

So, we turned to this internet thing to see about building stuff there and there was Geocities.  The concept of giving information to some nameless and faceless entity was still new.  We did what any self-respecting paranoid would do and created a disposable email address and some meaningful and yet untrackable (we thought) username and there we were.  Our first internet presence was born.

Try as I might for the purpose of this post, I tried to remember what it was called.  It probably was some permutation of Doug and Grover.  Poking through the Internet Archive, it was easy to see that yesterday’s masterpieces are today’s embarrassments.  I’m positive our early efforts would be in that category.  You might enjoy this.

So, for this week, how about sharing your thoughts in the comments.

  • Did you ever use Geocities?
  • Where was your first internet publishing presence?
  • Have you ever lost track of something that you created and posted?
  • Do you trust free services to host your content these days?  Which one(s) do you current use?
  • Have you ever wandered through the Internet Archive to see your early online self just to embarrass yourself or to feel good about your current level of experience?
  • Does anyone remember Doug and Grover?  We were featured speakers on the concept at ECOO, MACUL, WesternRCAC, and ISTE conferences under the topic of “Doug and Grover Mine the Internet” and “The Internet Across the Curriculum”.

As luck would have it, Andy Forgrave recently sent me this from an old ECOO program.


That was such a long, long time ago!  I’ve never been able to take a good picture.

As always, I’d enjoy reading your thoughts.

This post is a regular Sunday morning appearance around here.  They’re all archived.  (and on the Internet Archive too!)

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OTR Links 04/21/2019

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