My Week Ending 2020-01-19

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.

  • A heartwarming story about how animals are getting fed during the forest fires in Australia.
  • For Star Trek fans, a timeline infographic of this terrific show. I’m not a Star Wars type of guy.
  • For those interesting in podcasting, here’s an article that talks about three ways to get started.
  • As a long time Popeye fan, I was so disappointed that this person got the answer wrong. Of course, you have to be a certain age to fully understand.
  • It’s sad to read this story which tells us what it’s painfully obvious to see – there is no movement in resolving the teacher contract issues.
  • This just takes things to a new low in terms of outright prejudice. Anyone else would have their Twitter account suspended.
  • With the release of the Microsoft Edge browser based on Chromium this week, there have been lots of positive messages about it.
  • Just when you thought that you’d seen every Lego going, they come out with something new. It’s actually kind of intriguing. Anniversary issue.
  • Uh oh. If this comes true, will the iPad suffice or will people end up buying a computer and learn how to use it all over again.
  • Never underestimate the power of social media to effect change. All it took was one story about McDonald’s not filling a reusable mug.
  • I was torn after reading about this. Yes, it seems pretty awful to extend their abilities but it’s better than flying all the way to Hawaii and then getting refused admission to the USA. I watch way too much Border Security.
  • Here’s your Google Docs tip of the month. We’ve encrypted files locally for years so encrypting in the cloud is a logical next step.
  • There was a time when teachers could bank sick days. Now, you use them or lose them. So, in a previous life you might tough it out but why? Read the entire article and not just the headline.
  • I’m sure that the people that want to track you will find another way. In the meantime, people continue to fight the good fight.
  • Macintosh users will love access to this collection of desktop images – if they haven’t kept their own collection, that is.
  • I can see this happening. I’m sure that it’s happened to me. Even if you cleaned them off before driving, there’s always a change that they’ll get covered anyways.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.

#FollowFriday – January 17, 2020

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  
You can listen to all of the previous shows as podcasts.

This week’s show –

Intro song

Blog posts this week came from:

  • @sig225
  • @TESLontario
  • @dunlop_sue
  • @PCMalteseFalcon
  • @sbruyns

Technology Troubleshooting

We’ve cut the telephone cord around here. I’ve always had a cell phone but now my wife was her own and the number is our old land line.

Sadly, she’s somehow got onto someone’s spam list. Who hasn’t. My theory is that it goes back to the old landline where she answered all calls and the bad guys now know that it’s an active number.

But here’s the deal. She insists on carrying the phone in her purse and hates to miss a call. So, the volume is cranked up loudly to help the cause.

Well, the problem is that the spammers don’t care. Recently, she’s been receiving calls that her phone is detecting as “Potential Fraud”. We both finally reached our limit with this person/thing and have gone through and used the blocking feature to block that number. Read about it here.

What I’d really like to do is block all of these calls from now on and into the future if they’re identified.

Video of the Week

This has been big in the news this past week.

Photo of the Week

Lake St. Clair really is rising. Thank you, Thames River. This is from the Belle River. We’re on the other side looking at the new Jetty which is closed for the river. Those are icicles hanging from the walkway. Baby, it was cold outside.

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


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