My Week Ending 2019-07-07

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.

  • This is a lesson to be learned about digital rights management. I wonder how many people will be affected.
  • The concept of the home assistant just doesn’t go away. Here are some tips about using Google Home.
  • If you have kids and are looking for entertainment this summer, here are 100 suggestions.
  • Maybe, but I still like the concept of reading the book.
  • I totally agree with this premise. But, ethics shouldn’t be limited to just computer science students.
  • So, we’re starting to see ideas that Microsoft will add onto Chromium as they actively do try to take on Chrome as your favourite browser. The winners? Us, with a better browser.
  • If you’re into virtual reality, you would be interested in this project.
  • Increasingly, we’re starting to question the values of grades. As noted in this article, they don’t apply in real life, whatever that is.
  • Privacy suggestions for the Macintosh. You can never be too safe.
  • Even if you’re not stuck in an office, these suggestions would be interesting to add to your summer holidaying.
  • These are interesting questions. The concept of a test to be a Canadian is interesting to me. What is a Canadian after all?
  • I know Ben! I look forward to seeing him at CSTA this week and I’m interested in attending his session.
  • I bought my Chromebook without even knowing about the concept that Google is eventually going to stop supporting it. It only makes sense but if you’re in the market, check that you’re getting something that will be around for a while.
  • The Apple fan boys won’t like this post but I think that Jim talks very nicely about the difference between Scratch and Swift Playgrounds in the classroom.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – June 21, 2019

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Opening song this week:

Blog posts this week came from:

  • @cherandpete
  • @Ahpotts
  • @MzMollyTL
  • @McLennan1977
  • @LisaCorbett0261

Technology Troubleshooting

I was pleased this morning when I woke up in Phoenix and my Sunday morning post had gone through at the right time. I hope that I can remember to do it all week if I’m able to right.

Right now, it’s Sunday morning and I don’t have to be at the conference centre to get set up until 8:00am. My phone shows a split screen that it’s 5:37 local and 8:37 home.

So, doing the math, if this is to appear at 17:00, I need to schedule it for 14:00.

Why am I having trouble with this?

I guess we all have our own personal demons and I’ve made a commitment to myself to write and publish on schedule. Wish me luck.

Video of the Week

Photo of the Week

For entertainment, we went to the Diamondbacks baseball game. Fortunately, it was indoors!

You’ll note that the excitement of baseball doesn’t override the urge to check messages.

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 …

… Continental Airlines?

I’m currently at 2176 m according to the altimeter on my watch and headed to Phoenix for the CSTA Conference. I’m too cheap to buy in-air wifi so I’m just jotting notes to turn into a post when I land.

When you hand over your luggage to the airplane company, there’s an expectation that it’s going to show up at the end of the flight. I’ve only ever lost my luggage once and, oddly enough, it was on the first flight I’d ever taken. We flew into New Jersey from Detroit and back for some reason and we were on Continental Airlines. Unfortunately, while I made it back, my luggage didn’t.

So, I had to go through customer service, describe the suitcase, its contents, etc. etc. I was panicking and could just remember that the suitcase was green and had clothes in it. After what seemed like forever, I was told to go home and wait.

So, I got home really, really late and got wakened early the next morning by a cab driver who had a suitcase for me! Throughout, it was great service – it just was frustrating. Continental no longer exists having been bought by United Airlines.

I thought I was going to go through the experience again yesterday.

By the crowds and the other empty Carousels, it seemed like 5 was the number of the day. Eventually, I got my luggage but I’ll admit to being a bit worried. There’s some special treats in their for my American friends so I might not have been welcome if it hadn’t shown up!

For a Sunday, your flight thoughts

  • Have you ever flown on Continental Airlines?
  • Can you name an airline that is no longer in operation?
  • Have you ever had your luggage go missing on a flight? Was your return as successful as mine?
  • Do you check your luggage through or are you one of those people that try to slam a big trunk into the overhead cabinet?
  • Do you ever read the inflight magazine and look at the layouts of various airports and wonder why they don’t get their act together and just make an airport, an airport?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Just as a potential heads-up, blogging from here may be intermittent with all of what I’m doing. I’ll promised to catch up at some point.

And, I’m trying my best to adjust for time zones this time. I’m scheduling this for 3am MST time. Crossing my fingers that that translates into 5am EST.

OTR Links 07/07/2019

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