Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A Reason to Have Students Conduct Traceroutes Even if You're Not a Computer Science Teacher

Back in November I published a video about using the ping command on a Windows computer. The reason for that was to show an easy method to check if a website is down or if there is a problem on your end. 

Using the ping command in the command prompt window on your computer might seem like something only computer science teachers and students should do, but the reality is that any teacher or student can benefit from knowing how to do it. Likewise, running a traceroute might seem like something only a computer science teacher or student should know how to do, but it's actually something that anyone can benefit from knowing how to do. 

A traceroute shows you the hops or connection points between your computer and the destination (often a website). This is an interesting way for students to see where in the world traffic is going to and coming from. Run a few traceroutes with your students and see if they're surprised by what they see. Watch this short video in which I demonstrate how to conduct a traceroute. 

Oh, The Irony! - The Websites That Plagiarized My Posts About Copyright

I knew this would happen. I also know there's not much I can do to prevent it other than file DMCA takedown notices when it happens. The "it" I'm referring to is the plagiarism of my blog post announcing my free webinar about copyright and the one containing the recording of the webinar. 

As an exercise in venting with the small hope that one of these sites actually responds after I publish this list, here's a list of places where my work is regularly plagiarized. 

Cloud Computin

I've been trying for more than a year to get them to stop stealing my work. They haven't. Their hosting service is Name Cheap. Name Cheap appears to not care about DMCA takedown notices because their only replies are "we received your complaint and we're investigating." Name Cheap never does anything to comply with the takedown notice after that. 


Daily Advent

Great Plains Computers & Networks

Gaming Post


A New Look for Presenting With Google Slides

On Monday Google announced a change to the presentation menu in Google Slides. Yesterday afternoon I got to try it for the first time. The new Google Slides presentation menu is a great improvement over the old one!

Just like before you still need to click the "present" button in the Slides editor. You'll notice the changes after doing that. When you enter the full presentation mode you'll notice that the large menu of presentation tools that used to be in the bottom, left corner of your slides is now gone! That large menu has been replaced by a tiny, easy-to-miss, menu that only appears when you hover your cursor over the bottom, left corner of your slides. When the menu does appear it will only show the number of the slide that you're on an arrow to advance your slides. To get the full list of presentation options you'll have to open the little "three dot" menu that appears next to the slide advancement arrow. See my screenshot below for picture of the new menu when opened. 

I love the change that Google has made to the Slides presentation format. The new "hidden" menu is far less obtrusive than the old menu. Watch my video below to see the new menu in action.