My Week Ending 2019-08-04

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 might be a feature in Chrome OS that people that don’t tinker with things will like. Ever since I first installed Ubuntu, having the bar that manages apps has always been positioned on the left edge of my screen. In the days of widescreen, I don’t need all the left to right space I have and prefer to have just a bit more top to bottom.
  • I did a pretty good job on this quiz. There is a lot that Samsung has added to the basic Google way of things.
  • Who knew that librarians would be decorated with tatts? Here’s a collection to look at. I’ll never look at a librarian the same way again!
  • It was a nice surprise feature to see included in the Brave browser. Now, Firefox? I would have thought that Firefox would have been firest.
  • This search has captured the imagination and interest of Canadians. It also introduced me to Gillam, MN – a place that I didn’t know existed.
  • This might be a feature to use for those who don’t check email regularly. Now you can legitimately say “this message destructs in ….”
  • If you’re doing things to address equity in your Computer Science class, you might be interested in this fellowship from the CSTA.
  • Wait! There can be a problem with standardized testing? How do you address them when they appear? Here’s what British Columbia did.
  • I had to read this article without my dog looking over my shoulder. He has all kinds of research that indicates that 10 000 isn’t enough.
  • Every student needs to have a safe place when they’re at school. Actually, all places should be safe. In this case, it’s a library.
  • I’m intrigued by the Titan Security Key. Now, it’s available for purchase in Canada. Do I need one?
  • Kudos to Sobeys for doing this. Who is next? When will we be accustomed to using them everywhere?
  • The whole Capital One event has people thinking about security and privacy in so many ways. In Canada, there may be those who have had their Social Insurance Number stolen. Here’s why you can’t just get a new one.
  • In a time and place when we want to reinsure people that Mathematics is fun and easy, people go out of their way to make it anything but.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – July 19, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

There was no voicEd Radio show this week but there was a blogpost!

Blog posts this week came from:

  • @ssunderaswara
  • @mrJameyByers
  • @matthewoldridge
  • @jcasatodd
  • @Ahpotts
  • @bonstewart
  • @dcarruthersedu

Technology Troubleshooting

In every vehicle that I’ve ever owned, there has been an accessory setting that you can turn the key to. It allows you do to things in the car without actually turning the car on. It’s nice.

My son borrowed my car yesterday and left us with his. On his way to where he was going, I got a call asking me to close his sun roof. No problem.

Well, a bit of a problem. His car has one of those proximity things. So, no key in the ignition, you just have to be close enough to the car to turn it on. I wondered – does the proximity allow for accessories?

I just sat in the car and tried the button to close the sun roof and it didn’t work. Feeling a little silly like I’ve been beaten, I turned the car on and closed the roof and then turned the car off.

Video of the Week

I can remember when it was extra special when a horse ran under two minutes. 1:49.4! Wow!

Photo of the Week

On a recent dog walk, we ran into this.

Obviously, a prank. But how was it done?


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Whatever happened to …

… oil cans? and metal spouts?

As I went to cut the lawn the other day, I did a ritual. I pulled out the dipstick on the lawn mower to check the oil. I was good to go, but had I been down a bit, I could go to the shelf in the garage and unscrew the cap on a plastic litre of Pennzoil and top it up.

Checking oil in the car is equally as important.

But, the procedures are certainly different today. Years ago, we didn’t have the self-serve stations that we have today. You’d pull in and a typical instruction to the attendant would be

Fill ‘er up and check the oil

And, unlike today, there were often times when you’d need to add oil. The attendant would go over to a stack of metal cans and grab you a quart. But, there were no screw tops. It was just a can and the attendent would have to puncture the top with a metal spout after lifting the hood on your car and pouring. I remember the car manual warning against overfilling but, for all the times I had to add oil, I don’t ever recall being told that I didn’t need that full quart.

For a Sunday, your thoughts…

  • do you remember a time when oil came in quart cans instead of plastic litres?
  • did you / do you have a preference in oil brands?
  • have you ever used a metal can with a metal spout yourself?
  • how do you determine when it’s time to change your oil?
    • from the sticker left on your windshield
    • according to manufacturer’s recommendations
    • when the computer on your dashboard says it’s time
    • when the engine starts smoking
    • other?

How about sharing your thoughts via comment below?

OTR Links 08/04/2019

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