My Week Ending 2019-11-24

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.

  • Way too much bandwidth was given this past week about a comment from an Apple representative as to why Apple products are better in education than Chromebooks. He missed the whole point of teaching. You can spend all the money you want on technology but if you have no idea how it can work with a child, it’s just money blown away.
  • We need a champion to talk about the role of Linux on the student desktop. Oh yeah, there’s the Chromebook thing and the fact that the only app used on a Macintosh is the Chrome browser …
  • I’m fearful about the banning or at least restricting of adblockers in the future for Google Chrome. I like an advert-free experience. So much faster; I never paid attention to advertisers anyway.
  • Because it’s the essence of education and the reason why we have a highly paid professional in the classroom.
  • Personally, I never liked Windows 7. It was slow and clunky and convinced met that Linux needed to be my main operating system. Then, Windows 10 comes along and I’m changing my mind.
  • I’ve heard about this legendary drink but kind of doubted that it was available anywhere. But, if you hurry, you can get one.
  • This is great news if you’re looking for something new to listen to. Maybe something you haven’t listened to for a while?
  • I’m surprised that we’re not seeing lawsuits about the cutting of classes and programs across the province.
  • This is a sad story for journalism. Locally, our newspaper has one reporter who is everywhere with his camera. Sadly, it doesn’t give him the time to dig deeper before publishing.
  • This is a good collection of “essential free” apps for Windows. They typically have Linux and Macintosh counterparts. Finding the same functionality for Chrome OS can be done with a little work.
  • OSSTF is going to move to work to rule in the next step in negotiations. I think it’s too bad that they just don’t go to a general strike. Unlike their elementary school counterparts, it will be less of a political problem since secondary school students don’t need day care.
  • Happy time at Huawei. I can’t help but think that we lose just a bit though. If they had to develop competitors, it might have raised the bar.
  • I’ve never really had the desire to own a pickup truck. But, I’d oddly intrigued by Tesla’s offering. I’m pretty sure I don’t need bullet-proof glass so take that off the list.
  • I will have the pre-game show on starting early this afternoon and will be there for the final seconds. How early? According to the guide, the pre-pre-pre-pre game show starts at 1:00pm. My only regret is that the Allouettes won’t be there.

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#FollowFriday – November 22, 2019

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Blog posts this week came from:

  • @TCHevolution
  • @LisaCorbett0261
  • @misterwashburn
  • @jprofnb
  • @MrSoClassroom

Technology Troubleshooting

One of the interesting features of the Samsung MAX VPN is the ability to take a look around the network you’re connected to.

At home, I always give it a look every now again. Despite the fact that we’re kind of rural and there’s no chance to catch someone trying to poach our internet, it’s interesting to see just how many things that are on the network.

We were on the 401 over the weekend and stopped into an ON Route where I attached to the network and looked at the connections. There are a lot of people glumming wifi at the place the signs call a “text stop”.

I’m always interested in the names of the devices that people choose. The advice that you get is to change your name for security. I had to smile when I thought that a generic name would blend in and not stand out like some of the names chosen.

Video of the Week

This will be important for the uninitiated in about an hour…

Photo of the Week

One of the gingerbread house offerings on display in town. Definitely not made with a kit.

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Whatever happened to …

… ribbon cables?

It always takes me a couple of days to reset up everything when I’m returning from a conference. Like most people, I suspect, I have cables everywhere. Speakers, charging cables, external monitor, USB extender, …

But as I was reconnecting and redoing the velcro cable wraps, there was one cable that I didn’t have to attach – the old ribbon cable for my printer.


Actually, I haven’t had to do that for a number of years. It’s been that long since I had a parallel printer. But, I certainly do remember the process of setup; the cable actually attached to the bottom of my computer and then to the back of the printer.

I remember the cable as being very fragile. At work, we had to replace more than one since all that it took was a crimp and the cable had to be replaced. It was fun though for playing around with the hardware since you could address each of the individual pins to do things. For the most part, we would play around with the content that we’d send to the printer.

Of course, you don’t see these things for sale any more. (At least in the circles that I run) We’ve moved to USB printing or to attaching the printer to the network with an Ethernet cable.

For a Sunday, your thoughts…

  • Have you ever owned a parallel port printer?
  • Have you ever had to replace a broken cable?
  • What kind of printer do you regularly use at home now? I have a Lexmark printer that also doubles as a scanner.
  • I can’t remember the last time I actually printed to the printer. It probably was for an airplane boarding pass years ago. Today’s problem include dried out printer ink. When was the last time you used a printer?
  • Does your printer have faxing capabilities?
  • If you’re like me, is it easier to put what I need on a USB key and go to the drug store to print?
  • Have you ever emailed yourself a document so that you could print it at school?

Please take a moment to share your printing thoughts. Can we judge your age by your use of paper? <grin> Answer in the comments below

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OTR Links 11/24/2019

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