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My Week Ending 2020-01-05

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.

  • Just in time for the cold and flu season, some of the myths get proved wrong. Have you got your flu shot yet?
  • Forget the history of the last decade and return to Y2K. This is all about how Canada got ready for the big problems that actually didn’t arise.
  • It’s the best solution for those who are still running Windows 7 and know that support is coming to an end. And, instead of paying and upgrading to Windows 10, why not Linux?
  • It’s the season for click-bait stories and I went for this one about someone’s favourite things on the Internet.
  • Teachers are amazing human beings. Here’s a look back at inspirational moments from teachers.
  • One of the most shared “worst of” stories of the year. I wonder how many people actually read the list or just passed it on. Lots to agree with; lots to disagree with but it’s just another opinion piece after all.
  • This will probably make next decade’s worst of stories but I believe that IoT will have a big impact. Use it wisely.
  • Stuff stolen in Canada. Sad. But, hang in there to the end of the article and it will restore your faith in Canadians.
  • I read these bad passwords articles all the time. I wonder why it’s limited to 2019. I can honestly say that none of my passwords have appeared in the articles that I’ve read….yet!
  • Resistance is futile. What else can I say? Just when you think you’re ahead of the game, big tech overtakes.
  • This is a sobering story about all the internet use that we all are guilty of. What’s the impact on the environment?
  • Here we go again with another strategic walkout from OSSTF. This time, it’s local.
  • We’ve actually become big fans of McDonald’s coffee. I refuse to pay Starbuck’s prices and to stand in line at Tim Horton‘s behind someone who wants a bagel lightly toasted, a bit of margarine, some cream cheese, and … I remember when it was a very convenient place to get a great cuppa.
  • Exhibit A for a reminder that silly things you say in the past will come back to haunt you. Big time.
  • This is a must read article for students who doubt that Google or some other search engine will find them. This is how.
  • Enhancements for smartphones are mind-blowing. But they still don’t answer the question – you need to pay over $1000 for one.

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Technology Troubleshooting

My old iPod Nano went through the new washing machine. It still works but the battery is kaputskies. It doesn’t make for a companion for a dog walking.

So, for Christmas, my lovely wife bought me a new iPod Touch. Great! I plugged it into my MacBook Pro and was delighted that it offered to copy a backup over. Great again! I let it do its thing and returned to check it out.

Sadly, and even though I think I backup regularly, it restored a really old version. Now, if it was just the music, it wouldn’t be a big deal.

But, somehow it backed up with an email address that I no longer have access to. On the Apple Store, I’ve changed to the one that I use but that wasn’t good enough for this iPod.

With the integration with iCloud, it would ask me every 3 seconds it seems to log into that account. I CAN’T APPLE. Just let me do a restore or go back to factory settings. No go as far as I can see because it expects me to log out of the account that I can’t log in to.

My solution? Just turn the wifi off. It plays music very nicely.

Video of the Week

More click bait for Doug.

Photo of the Week

My wife and I went to Bright Lights Windsor and one of the tunnels made a nice backdrop for a selfie/wifey.

I need to learn how to handle a short person in such a shot.

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


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