Snippets #4

 

Welcome to the 4th in my series of “snippets” blog posts. See here for previous ones.

GitHub and Macs

Are you using GitHub and on a Mac? Here’s an excellent .gitignore file you can use that will keep all those pesky ._ files out of your repository:

https://github.com/github/gitignore/blob/master/Global/macOS.gitignore

Need to Record System Audio Using Camtasia on a Mac M1 Computer?

Setting up to record system audio using Camtasia on a Mac M1 computer is a bit of a nuisance. See here for the instructions:

https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/360055945312

Data Analysis Content in the Ontario Curriculum? 

My tweet:

https://twitter.com/pbeens/status/1374460114241921028

There were lots of responses! You can check them out here.

Keyboard Shortcuts on a Mac

I recently bought a new Mac but my Mac keyboard shortcut skills are quite rusty. This page has helped me immensely to get back in the groove.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201236

Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reports record 4,456 COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths; 1,513 patients are currently in Ontario hospitals due to the virus, with 605 in intensive care

It’s pretty sad that Canada’s per-capita rate of Covid is higher than the US. Please, stay home everyone, and get vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/04/11/coronavirus-covid-19-updates-toronto-ontario-canada-april-11.html 

Multi Device Website Mockup Generator

This is a recent email I shared with the Communications Technology email list. You may be interested in this if you or your students do website development.

I found a great webpage that will show you what your website looks like on multiple devices at once. It’s great! It would be very useful to make sure your website will look good on mobile devices or tablets.

https://techsini.com/multi-mockup/index.php

Here’s an example when previewing my website:

Multi Device Website Mockup Generator

The only hiccup I found when I was looking at my sites, I had to be sure to use https:// instead of http://.

Check it out!

Snippets #3

Welcome to the 3rd in my series of “snippets” blog posts. See here for previous ones.

Is This Ethical?

Is it ethical for a company to buy ads to deny climate change? Exxon thinks so and Google is gladly taking their money. It’s easy for me to boycott Exxon about this because I don’t buy their gas but Google is a little more difficult to boycott, as I’m totally reliant on their online ecosystem. Continue reading “Snippets #3”

Scammers Are Going After Shoppers Drug Mart Customers With A Tricky New Trap

“Another day, another scam.”

That’s how the article starts, and it’s so true. If you’re a Shoppers customer and if you have their membership card, be sure to give this article a read.

You may also wish to read some of the comments on this Facebook thread.

Bottom line? Be very wary if you receive a phone call from Shopper’s and they ask for any personal information. It’s a good bet you’re being scammed.


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Oh No! The Death of Waze

Waze iconI’ve been a long-time user of Waze, especially since the GPSes I own don’t have traffic subscriptions. I am fortunate to have a cellular plan with a generous data allowance, meaning I can use Waze often without being concerned that I will exceed my data cap. Heck, I would even use Waze to get to and from work, a route my car could probably do with me blindfolded. But it was a route that often had accidents, and Waze would change the route to get me work or to home as quickly as possible.

So it was with interest that I read the article “Did Google Just Deliver A Death Blow To Waze?” this morning. Continue reading “Oh No! The Death of Waze”

Need to Upgrade Your Old Computer? Consider This $45 SSD (Really!)

Do you have an old computer that you want to speed up? Adding an SSD is an easy and quick way to do that.

Samsung SSD

This 250 GB drive is super-cheap now ($45) but is great quality (I have one, which cost me $85 about a year ago).

You may need an inexpensive USB adapter to copy the contents of your old drive to your new one. Samsung has a utility that makes the process easy.

You can buy the drive here:

https://amzn.to/31SS88s
(Amazon Canada link)

 

Humble Bundle Deal – Corel PaintShop Pro Ultimate, Painter, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, more

I love Humble Bundle for some of the book and software deals they offer. This one is especially good, particularly for those that want to edit photos or videos or create CG artwork.

This deal, entitled Humble Software Bundle: Painter – Create with Confidence, is an incredible software package that would normally cost you near $1000, but it in this bundle it only costs about $33. Continue reading “Humble Bundle Deal – Corel PaintShop Pro Ultimate, Painter, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, more”