My Week Ending 2019-10-13

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.

  • We talk about Internet Explorer negatively these days.  But, there was a time when it really helped shape the internet we know.
  • This is another story about problems that teachers face in the classroom because of student behaviour.  In my opinion, they need to be shared widely so that it’s well know.
  • Of course he should be fined for wearing an Apple watch.  Tough guys wear Samsung Gear S3s.  It must be a tough contract that they have with Microsoft.  Remember when the announcers called the Surface tablets iPads?
  • I’m pretty sure that none of these airlines fly in and out of Detroit Metro so I’m safe.
  • One of the first articles that I read about problems with Apple’s Catalina upgrade.  My first reads were from fanboys who said it was the greatest ever.  Maybe some day it will be after the bugs are fixed.
  • This is a report of the collective agreement deal with CUPE.  Financially, they’re going to drop behind inflation.  But, they can still take the time off that they had before.  Does it set the standard for the other federations?
  • Well, if Linus isn’t worried about Microsoft taking over Linux, I guess that I won’t have to worry either.
  • So, here’s advice about not upgrading to the latest version of the Macintosh OS.  A day late for me.
  • I have varied relationships with people from the Hamilton area.  Some of them are the nicest people you’ll ever meet.  Apparently, this confirms that there’s another side to it.
  • I’ve always been pretty good about hitting the mileage written on the little white sticker on the inside of my car.  Usually, it’s 7 500 km between oil changes.
  • I knew most of these things about Google Assistant but learned a few new things and that made reading it all worthwhile.
  • I know a couple of people who bought the crappy Macintosh keyboards of recent years.  I’m sure they’ll be happy that they’re about to be fixed.
  • It’s impressive that a small country like Denmark can find the space to do community design like this.
  • If your Blackfoot needs some upkeep or you’re just interested, there’s an app for that.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – October 11, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

This week’s show.

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Blog posts this week came from:

  • @mcguirp
  • @TESLontario
  • @MrsRChambers
  • @ProfvocateMel
  • @mme_aston

Technology Troubleshooting

I had a couple of bad download updates this past week.

Macintosh Catalina – horribly full of bugs by reports and a few I encountered including not being able to connect to the internet with any browser except for Safari.  It was probably the only one that Apple tested.  So, I had to use Safari which reminded me of how much I detest using it.

Still waiting for an upgrade.

Chrome OS 78 – After a run of good luck with Chrome OS, a problem returned.  When I would close the lid of my Chromebook, periodically the operating system would crash.  The irony was that when I tried to report the problem, the reporting feature would crash the browser.

Updated this morning and it seems to be working well again.

Video of the Week

Is there a better ballad?

Photo of the Week

The Big Dog from the Cowbell Brewery in Blyth.  Best hot dog I’ve had in a long time and the only one I can ever remember eating with a knife and fork.


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Whatever happened to …

… docking stations?

Thanks to Alfred Thompson for bringing back this memory.  He recently shared this picture.


Of course, I had to make a smart comment about him not embracing Bluetooth.  I then confessed that mine was behind my laptop and contained connections to my keyboard, mouse, printer, and tablet.

That’s what we do these days.  Many laptop computers have one USB connector (if you’re lucky) and you may well have to shuffle things to get the device that you want at hand.  That USB extender like the one above offers a solution.

But, before these things came along, there were docking stations.  You’d have all of your devices plugged into the station and then you would add your laptop as yet another device and through all the connections, everything just worked.  I remember having to do research once for my superintendent to get him the best one possible for his Lenovo laptop.  He claimed that his biggest use was going to be to connect a big external monitor to help him with the monster spreadsheets that he used to develop.

The one we eventually bought wasn’t cheap.  I think it ended up being $400 or more.  But he loved it.  A quick scan of the BestBuy website shows that there are devices that carry the same name but were nowhere near the unit that we ended up buying years ago.  It was anything but portable but allowed my boss the full desktop experience in a laptop that could be undocked and moved.

For a Sunday, your thoughts …

  • how many USB ports does your current device have?  How many devices have to content for these ports?
  • did you ever own a formal docking station?
  • do you use an external monitor for your laptop?
  • USB has had various variations over the years.  Can you name them or, more importantly, know the difference between them?
  • do you have a USB extender like Alfred does?  They’re commonly given away as swag as conferences these days?
  • Or, have you opted to drop USB altogether and outfitted yourself with Bluetooth devices to get rid of all of the wires?

I’d be interested in your thoughts.  They don’t necessarily have to apply to your current device; you’ve had more than one in your past, right?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

OTR Links 10/13/2019

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