My Week Ending 2019-04-28

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.

  • There were survivors in the Notre Dame fire. Lots of them. Read about it here.
  • This is an inspirational story that shares how a community can come together to combat big business and bad dealings.
  • I don’t know how something can qualify to be in the “top 10” when you’re talking about computer techniques but these are worth a look if you’re a Chromebook user.
  • And they blew it. Any Boston fans now?
  • If you’re a user of OneNote, you’ll find all kinds of things to do with it in this article. It also lets you take notes.
  • I don’t have any sympathy for these people. They put me in danger and put you in danger.
  • Until I had read this article, I had no idea that Microsoft had developed another programming language. Didn’t Google and Apple also do so?
  • It’s actually pretty easily done if you want to do add extensions. But, someone wrote an article to make sure you don’t screw up.
  • Maybe you’re not using OneNote but Google Keep instead. Here are some tips.
  • I cut my drawing teeth with Windows Paint. It’s good to read that it’s not scheduled for the digital dump just yet.
  • Does anyone really need an i9 processor? There are still lots of higher end looking PCs running with i5s. If this sounds like it’s coming from a cheapskate, you’re right.
  • You knew this was coming. School districts aren’t going to have the wide variety of courses to offer that they once had. The timing was a bit surprising for me.
  • We decided that we were going to plant a new tree in our yard. It’s not going to make a different like 50 million but it’s a start.
  • If you’re concerned about detecting whether or not you are using incognito mode, this will show you how to prevent it.

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Technology Troubleshooting 

This was a strange one even for me.

I went into an online meeting on Friday morning like I’d done so many times. Only this time, I couldn’t hear anything.

I tried every technical thing I could.

  • made sure the speakers were plugged in and on
  • turned up the volume
  • left the room and reentered
  • checked the settings in the room
  • and probably a whole bunch of other things

It was too bad. I had time before the meeting to set up my reference notes on an external monitor connected to my laptop. The connection was HDMI.

Guess what? My computer decided to use that monitor with no speakers as my default output. Whaaaaa?

A couple of clicks later and I’d returned the output to where it should be.


Video of the Week

Photo of the Week

The only good thing about a morning rain is the rainbow.

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

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Whatever happened to …

… skipping to school?

Part of the dog’s and my morning walk routine involves going by the elementary school that our kids went to. Typically, we buzz by around 7:30 and the only inhabitants appear to be the caretaker, a few eager teachers, and the people at the latchkey program.

When you walk the same path day after day, it’s not hard to pay attention to detail. It would be a long lonely walk if it wasn’t for looking at things and listening to music or podcasts on my headset.

The other day, we noticed a pickup truck stop in front of the school and two students emerged. It was a nice warm (for April) morning so we were a bit surprised when we saw the kids go along the sidewalk into the school. I would have had a seat in a bench somewhere and enjoy the sun! But, one of the students literally ran to the door and the other one followed skipping along. Once the mother dropping them off noticed that they were safely inside the school, she was off.

Now, my background is in the secondary panel and I don’t ever recall a student skipping to get to school. And, the only time I recall seeing any student running was when it was raining and, of course, appearances are everything!

Usually, they come to school like they’re walking the last mile.

So, there has to be a change in attitude somewhere.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic.

  • do you ever remember skipping your way to school?
  • have you ever seen a student skip to school? At what age?
  • what’s the oldest student you’ve ever seen do this?
  • do you have a theory as to why attitudes change?
  • if you’re reading this blog post, chances are you’re a teacher. Have you ever skipped to school?
  • what can schools do to keep the happiness (and the skipping) alive?

I’d be most interest in your thoughts on this topic. Please share them in the comments below.

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OTR Links 04/28/2019

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