My Week Ending 2020-01-26

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.

  • This is an amazing picture of 24 hours of snowfall in Newfoundland.
  • If you’re looking to move from education to working in the corporate world, here is some advice for what should go on your resume.
  • I haven’t seen a computer running Windows 10 S yet so can’t verify this but it’s a nice comparison against Chrome OS.
  • Yes, there’s an App for everything! In this case, it’s a new app for the Cree language targeted for education.
  • There have been lots of stories like this as every media outlet wants to be on record indicating that they understand the issues in the current education system in Ontario.
  • An interesting take on the concept of respect for teachers and its effects on students. Why have respect when mom and dad don’t.
  • Surprisingly, parents are told to take the money they get from the government while teachers are on strike for “Buck a Beer”. Instead, some are donating back to classrooms.
  • You just might have an old external hard drive kicking around collecting dust. Why not turn it into a network drive?
  • Kids ask the darnedest questions like do teachers get paid when they’re on strike.
  • Not even doughnuts are safe from the ire of the Canadian public. Here, Trudeau treats workers in Winnipeg to something sweet and local. I would have thought he could have sent someone out to get them. It would have saved the knife throwers another reason to complain.
  • After reading about this second screen device for any smartphone, I was ready to drive into the city and buy one. But, it’s just a prototype.
  • I suppose that there should be outrage that Microsoft is changing the default browser for Google Chrome to Bing. Just change it back if it bothers you that much. Or bookmark your choice to DuckDuckGo. You know how to do that, I hope.
  • I suspect this is the most common sense article that I’ve read about smartphones recently. Do you really, really need the latest and greatest and expensive iPhone? How stupid and rich do companies think people are?
  • It’s probably a sign of the times. Do people even send cards anymore much less the really expensive ones that are retailed here.
  • Who doesn’t like a good article about cursive writing and education. Kids these days…
  • I think that this is something whose time has come. I studied Shakespeare and remember nothing about it. A contemporary approach via an indigenous author might just be the right thing.

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 24, 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:

  • Beth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary
  • Ryan MaGill – @mrmagill1
  • Heather Swail – @hbswail
  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris

Technology Troubleshooting

For years, I have connected my desktop computer and later, laptop computer to a set of Bose computer speakers. Awesome sound. The speakers accept two inputs; the first from the television across the room and the second from my computer.

Therein lies a problem. With my new computer, there’s a real annoying buzz now coming through the speaker. Buzz to the part of being annoying.

So, I’ve tried all the things that I’d recommend to anyone else.

  • update audio drivers
  • move the power adapter to a different outlet
  • swap the television and computer input
  • twist the connector
  • curse

Nothing seems to work. Every time I reconnect the speakers to the computer, the hum returns. I’ve tried to divide and conquer. Sadly, I can’t make the problem go away and each set of attempts either points to the computer or to the speakers. I know that the speakers are old; maybe they’ve had their day. But it just started with my new computer.

As it would happen, I have another Bose device in the room. It’s a Sound Dock and it takes two inputs – one from an iPod and an input in the back. I connected my computer to the back and removed the iPod and I have beautiful sound. I connect another computer to the old Bose speakers and I have beautiful sound. It’s just the particular combination that’s a problem.

But, I do have a solution at least for now.

Video of the Week

To prove that not is all serious in the NHL on the day of the All Star Game. Well, actually, it will be yesterday by the time this post appears.

Photo of the Week

During yesterday’s This Week in Ontario Edublogs post, David Garlick (@garlickd13) indicate that I was trending on Twitter. Serious? So, I checked it out after the show —- turns out that every “Doug” on Twitter thought that it was about them…which made it trend even more…

But, I was a celebrity at the restaurant last night when a lady I used to work with came up and wanted to know if I was the guy Twitter was trending about …

(Let me have my moment)

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


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