My Week Ending 2020-04-19

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.

  • I found this kind of eye opening. I’ve never used a food delivery service opting instead to pick up my own pizza or other food. The amount of money that was charged blew me away.
  • We really didn’t need this. Anytime, but especially at this time. There are pictures here from Stoney Point on Lake St. Clair of the flooding.
  • Normally, I’m all over updates on my computer to make sure that I have the latest features and security. This is a warning for Macintosh users that some computers have become bricked as a result of this update. Gulp.
  • Take a little time and smile if you’re a teacher. Here are some words that might just be in your vocabulary. If not, they might soon be.
  • Easter eggs in software are kind of cute and nice to see. It’s just too bad that developers didn’t work on getting the base software bug-free first.
  • I don’t have fast enough internet and my account has a data cap to boot. But, if you’re one of those streaming enjoyers, you might find this list helpful.
  • Every time I read stories about the environment cleaning itself, I get a nice warm feeling. Here’s it’s the Ganga River.
  • And here is a wonderfully Canadian story. What happens when a Loblaws store is left open all night? (Go for the toilet paper, right?)
  • I actually knew this. But, certainly not to the depth that I do now. If nothing else, it will save you a few bucks in the long run.
  • Rainbows in Elora. Here’s a great story about the goings on in a great little Ontario community.
  • I’m guessing that many teachers who have reached the retirement requirements will indeed call it a career. It’s just sad that many of them will retire without saying goodbye to students and staff face to face or be honoured at a year end assembly.
  • I’m 100% behind this. If I’m in a hospital, I want to make sure that everything that comes near me is clean and sterile.
  • I think we all know that technology eventually will become obsolescent. It’s infuriating though to think that some of it is planned.
  • I’ve been a participant in many Zoom conferences but have never hosted one. Lots of Google Meets when I was President of ECOO. It’s always scary when you read about passwords being available to others.
  • So, we’ve established that not all kids are the digital natives that some would call them these days. But, they’re not completely tech unsavvy.
  • If you haven’t hugged a teacher lately, reading this post will shame you into doing it when it becomes possible to do so.
  • For those living in Windsor and Essex County, here’s a new service for home delivery of local beers.
  • Here is some advice and a collection of the tools that Richard Byrne (remember him from an early Bring IT, Together conference) uses regularly.

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 – April 17, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about trouble shooting, being at home, polls, sharing, and teaching online.

This week’s show –

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Tim King – @tk1ng
  • Sheila Stewart – @sheilaspeaking
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Rola Tibshirani – @rolat

Technology Troubleshooting

All I needed to know to fix a problem with my Macbook Pro was to read Tim King’s blog post and do step #1.

Rather than checking this and that, I turned if off and on again.

Problem solved.

If only everything was this simple.

Video of the Week

They’re here to reclaim their land.

Photo of the Week

April 17th in Essex County. Reminds me of two years ago coming home from #ECOOcamp Owen Sound.

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.


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Whatever happened to …

… daisywheel printers?

Peter Beens recently sent me this image asking if it was OK to recycle the magazine.

Looking closely at the cover reveals that this magazine was from 1984. I’m guessing that it’s probably safe to let it go. We’re all doing a little cleanout these days.

I can say that I definitely never owned one of these. But, we did have at least one of them in the Practice Office which was located across the hall and down one room from my room at school.

It was an interesting process – if you look at the wheel in the magazine cover, there were essentially little keys in a circular arrangement. When you wanted a letter, it would spin to the appropriate key and then a little hammer would smack it onto a ribbon and then your paper. Every letter, upper and lower case, and character had its own key. I could sit there and watch it spin and print for hours! And that was pretty much all that it would do. No graphics – unless ASCII graphics counted. It was suprisingly fast. Ours were, if I remember correctly, unidirectional whereas there were more expensive ones that printed in both directions and so were faster. You could send a code to print boldly which basically meant print the same letter a couple of times.

Like any typewriter, they’d have to be cleaned periodically. I recall using toothbrushes for the task. Their big claim to fame was speed and quality of the output. (just like a typewriter!) Their lifespan was pretty short as dot matrix printers came along with good quality, lower prices, and networking capability.

For a Sunday, your thoughts…

  • did you ever own a daisy wheel printer?
  • can you imagine a piece of office equipment that would make more noise?
  • what was your first printer – at school, at work, and at home?
  • how important is print quality to you?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below. “I’ve never heard of this before” is an OK answer too!

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OTR Links 04/19/2020

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.