My Week Ending 2022-07-03

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. They’re posted to the blog daily under the title OTR Links.


  • In case you ever need to know how many cores are in your Windows computer, here is how to find out
  • It’s so sad to read of the lifeguard shortage all across Canada – it was a great summer job for me. Folks, you can’t become a good swimmer in a 24 foot round backyard pool


  • A family in Sarnia have taken in a family from Ukraine and are fearing them up for Canada Day
  • Microsoft is warning us that Russia may be attacking countries that are supporting Ukraine – that’s a big list


  • This is a nice introduction to what you’ll need to take digital notes
  • Parts of David Garlick’s book are now available for download as a podcast


  • A story about my old high school and a successful virtual reality program. Why didn’t they have this when I was there. Heck, why didn’t they have computers?
  • This was so sad to read – it’s a state by state summary of how much money you need to be happy. Convert it to Canadian dollars and get really depressed


  • ChromeOS got an upgrade to 103 in the Stable Channel and here are some thoughts about the features and why you’re going to like it
  • Who doesn’t like a good story and picture of clouds?


  • Negotiations are off and running, at least unofficially, and those darned teachers better be in classrooms and coaching in September
  • You don’t read the panic about viruses anymore but they’re still out there and Windows computers are in the crosshairs. Do you need protection?


  • I had never heard of Spiral Linux but after reading this article, I’m getting the urge to try it out
  • This is a nice summary of things that you can do with Google Docs. (the reference to Writely brought a tear to my eye…) Lots of reminders if you’re a regular user but there’s some new ideas as well

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 1, 2022

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voicEd Radio

This Week in Ontario Edublogs is a blog post/show/podcast that features great writing from Ontario Edubloggers. Stephen Hurley and I use their writing as the basis for a conversation.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Charles Pascal – @CEPascal
  • Kristy – @2peasandadog
  • Sue Bruyns – @sbruyns
  • Cal Armstrong – @sig225
  • Nilmini Ratwatte-Henstridge – @NRatwatte
  • Marie Snyder – @MarieSnyder27
  • Gary Stewart

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

Technology Troubleshooting

Sometimes, there are just those little gotchas that drive you crazy.

The watch face that I’ve used for years on my Samsung watch keeps crashing. I know because I’ll look down and see it displaying the default theme.

I may be a slow learner but I finally decided to act on it. I deleted the theme and went with another one. What drives me crazy is that the new one has more features and I would have thought that it would be a bad actor.

Fingers crossed, but it’s working really well.

Look what I made

With all the Wordle craze, I of course blogged about it earlier but also created a Wakelet of all the Wordle clones I could find. Once created, I’ve been adding to it daily, it seems. I guess it’s presumptuous to think I could do it all in one session. It certainly has taken the online world by storm.

My collection is available here:

Update – July 2: Up to 68 entries.

Video of the Week

Being young isn’t what it cracked up to be.

Photo of the Week

Jaimie and I went and did the Greenway for our morning walk yesterday and I caught this neat picture of the track ahead and the sun peeking through the trees. What I failed to capture were the flies! They were everywhere.

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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