My Week Ending 2019-10-27

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.

  • As users, we have all kinds of opportunities for cloud storage. Here’s a summary for OneDrive.
  • There are all kinds of ideas to stop students from cheating. I’ll admit that this is one of the most bizarre.
  • The federal election was still done with paper ballots and a pencil. Yet, I guess, there are ways to screw even that up.
  • I didn’t find this Mathematics quiz all that difficult. Would you?
  • I had my own problems with the Macintosh Catalina but they aren’t nearly as bad as some of the ones reported here.
  • Every time I read stories about teachers being abused by students in the classroom, I cringe..
  • I haven’t had the desire to use TikTok. Maybe I’m too old. But, here’s a primer for parents.
  • For all my librarian and teacher-librarian friends, a delightful collection of library puns – some that will even make you laugh out loud.
  • Who didn’t grow up lvoing Audubon’s bird pictures and how a collection of them are free to download.
  • The advice given here is good. Do your security a favour and download and use a Password Manager.
  • If you’re paranoid that your computer is listening to you, you can always turn it off. Here are instructions for Cortana.
  • I’m also paying for slow, crappy internet access. If it was faster, I’d be doing this for sure.
  • Maybe if we didn’t have rules, I would have been a better writer as a child.
  • A review of the new Google Pixelbook Go. Finally, a Chromebook from Google that might be considered affordable by some.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – October 25, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

This week’s show

Intro song:

Blog posts this week came from:

  • @acampbell99
  • @avivaloca
  • @LisaCorbett0261
  • @AMKeeLCS
  • @MrsLyonsLibrary

Technology Troubleshooting

I’ve been reading stories about just how bad the Macintosh Catalina upgrade as been. I upgraded and my problems are documented in this blog.

There was a minor “fix” (which was still about 1GB in size – not what I would label “minor”) and I applied it.

My latest reading revealed this –

“Bricking” and “computers” should never appear in the same sentence. I know my computer is older but I’d rather than Apple just stop supporting it instead of providing a new upgrade that has such little quality control and can cause major damage.

Video of the Week

If this doesn’t make you think, I don’t know what will.

Photo of the Week

The squirrels are getting ready for Christmas and the new chips in the yard look like easy digging, I guess. How will they find them once this is covered with snow?

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


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