My Week Ending 2021-07-04

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 a post of predictable but important ways to recover from the toughest year of teaching ever
  • The title is a little misleading because we know that if we don’t agree, we don’t get to visit the site


  • Now it appears as though Americans will look into their treatment of First Nation children in their own take on residential schools
  • I tried to learn to program in C but it was beyond me but not beyond its original inventor – a teacher


  • We know that COVID has affected a lot of things; this article looks at higher education
  • It might get to be more expensive for an eye examination if optometrists go this route


  • Insane is a great way to describe the effects of the heat dome that’s covering the west of the continent
  • Bill Cosby is released


  • I had to smile when I read this – the author claims some features in Windows 11 are stolen from ChromeOS
  • You can run alternate browsers on your ChromeOS computer and the newest Opera is optimised to do that


  • A large crowd attends a gathering in London Ontario to remember children from residential schools
  • You can dine anywhere you want in North America, inside and out, except for ….


  • I have this version of Linux on my to-do list to check out some day
  • Wouldn’t it be nice to have alternatives to Word? You can check out five of them from the links in this post

Blog Posts on
doug — off the record

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

#FollowFriday – July 2, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about privilege, leadership, glitching, reading lists, and reflection on a year of teaching.

Featured bloggers:

  • Nilmini Ratwatte-Henstridge – @NRatwatte
  • Will Gourley – @WillGourley
  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
  • Tim King – @tk1ng
  • Michelle Fenn – @Toadmummy

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here. The show is broadcast LIVE almost every Wednesday morning at 8:45 on voicEd Radio.

Technology Troubleshooting

I’ve been having a problem with bulleted (or as a former educator who thought that term was too violent, nuggeted lists)

If I copy/paste something from a document into a list in WordPress, it won’t work. It doesn’t matter how hard I try or how hard I press the keys. And, I do a lot of this so it’s not a new problem. Mac, PC, ChromeOS, Linux, it all does it.

I have a workaround though. If I start where the paste job is supposed to go and type a single character and then paste, it works well. I just have to remember to go back and delete that single character.

So, if you see what appears to be a random character in a post that includes a list, you know why.

Video of the Week

In case you’re still wondering…

Photo of the Week

This single plant outside our bedroom window has finally decided to bloom. Or at least start to.

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.


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Whatever happened to …

… WordPerfect?

This takes me back. I was looking through some old backup files yesterday and found some with an extension that made my brain work to figure out what they were. They were WordPerfect files. I haven’t looked at those files for years. (I never throw anything away.)

It goes back in time to the good old days of computing. It was just you and the computer – none of this web stuff. At the time, I was using Super Scripsit on my Radio Shack computer. Somehow, we had landed three Apple II computers for the Practice Office at school with CP/M boards and we absolutely had to have the best of the best and that was WordPerfect.

It was a great word processor and those that knew how to use it could make it absolutely fly. Driven by keyboard shortcuts to do the regular tasks your hand never had to move around the desktop. The software was fast and reliable.

As we know, the invention of the mouse changed everything. Anyone became able to use a computer. at least for creating documents. You didn’t need to memorize shortcuts, you just went through the menus until you found something that looked like it would do the task you wanted. And, if things weren’t quite right, you could “Reveal Codes” and fix it using the code behind the document.

The original WordPerfect was text based and I think that was another reason why it really screamed in performance. Then, having a graphical interface became the must have and WordPerfect did come with a graphics version but Microsoft had entered this field with its Word product that everyone touted as “industry standard” and the software world was never the same. The WordPerfect product was purchased by Corel and moved on to a fully windowed product, but not in our world.

Today, WordPerfect Suite is still available.

Share your WordPerfect thoughts please.

  • were you a WordPerfect user? Do you remember your first version?
  • What does CP/M stand for? Why was that important at the time?
  • What is the WordPerfect extension on those files I found?
  • Do you remember shortcuts? What do these do?
    • Alt-F4
    • F1
    • CTRL-L
    • ALT-F3
    • CTRL-F8
  • What is your current word processing program?

This is a regular Sunday feature around here and we all would enjoy your thoughts. Please share them in the comments below.

All of the past articles can be found here.

OTR Links 07/04/2021

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