My Week Ending 2019-08-18

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.

  • I’m glad to see that Denmark and Greenland are loud and clear about Donald Trump’s musings about buying Greenland.
  • Those administrators who would get rid of school libraries would be advised to rethink. This article will help.
  • Short of designing a web browser specifically for education, your best bet is to take a browser, any browser, and add extensions. Here are ten.
  • I find it so bizarre that this is even a story. Money to be the default web browser search default. Do people not realize that changing it is a click away? Or, just type the URL to your favourite in the address bar.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Book compares nicely to the Microsoft Surface Pro. The winner? Us, who buy them.
  • There is a guaranteed way to stay virus free. Just stay offline and use the default software that comes with your computer. But, where’s the fun in that?
  • The best thing I ever did in high school was to buy this book about how to speed read. It’s been a great skill to have and even better now there’s so much information around. Now a font to optimize the process?
  • From the OLG, everything you want to know about slot machines including a simulator to show you how things work. Fascinating.
  • Every library needs to share this article with kids and parents for the upcoming school year.
  • This will be controversial, just like Turnitin was. Google now has a cheating feature in its classroom offering. I still think that the best checker is to sit down and have a 1:1 conversation to see if the student knows the content and can demonstrate they know the content. Isn’t that the goal we really want?
  • This suggests that the functionality in Google Search has shot itself in the foot and people don’t click through to see the results.
  • For some reason, there’s a desire to make Cinnamon look like the Windows interface. I don’t get it; why not just install Windows if the menuing is a big deal.
  • Linux Mint 19.2 is here and here’s how to get it. I just used the utilities to perform the update here and it worked nicely.
  • I wonder if there will be a followup to this – like my secretary used to say “someone needs to be fired”.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – August 16, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

This week’s show – with special guest host Terry Greene.

Intro song:

Blog posts this week came from:

  • @greeneterry
  • @IrenequStewart
  • @Cambrian_Jess
  • @LisaCorbett0261
  • @MrsLyonsLibrary

Technology Troubleshooting

Yesterday morning, I was awakened by a storm that went overhead. It was really loud and things really brightened up with each flash of lightning. I couldn’t get back to sleep so went down to the rec room.

On the way, I stopped and started a cup of coffee in the kitchen with our Keurig coffee maker. By the time I got to my chair, the power had flickered. This caused two problems.

  1. The coffee maker thought it was out
  2. The power protector has cut out the power to the wireless access point

So, I reset them both. A few seconds later, power out again. Reset. Power out. Reset.

This time the coffee was done and the internet stayed on. But, the coffee result was interesting. My cup is a big hand crafted WesternRCAC gift that is way bigger than a standard cup brewed by the coffee maker. However, the failed brewing ended up with a full cup as opposed to the half cup that I usually get.

I needed it at 3:30 in the morning.

Video of the Week

I saw the movie this week. This song was big when I was a kid but not the version by Bruce Springsteen.

It was only later that I knew who really wrote it.

Photo of the Week

This is genius. I could have saved thousands had I thought of this when my kids were younger.

Thanks for reading. Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting.


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