Month: February 2020

English: hyphens in numbers

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor mentions hyphenating numbers. Indeed, numbers like 74 should be hyphenated, if written: seventy-four. I’ve never known so. Source: Hodges, Horner et al. Harbrace Handbook for Canadians. Scarborough: Nelson, 2003.

Baking: brownies: eggs

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor mentions a lesson he learned. Sometimes I make brownies from scratch, sometimes from a box mix. Last night it was box – yes, Betty Crocker. I noticed, in small print, a suggestion: to make the

Windows 10: latest update

Self-tutoring about Windows 10: the tutor observes…. I’ve a discount Windows 10 laptop from about three years back. This morning it prompted me something like “your version of Windows 10 will soon be outdated…restart to update now?” The other choices

Exercise and fitness: how to work “the” stair-climber

Tutoring workout equipment? The tutor mentions an impromptu situation. Let’s play a game. I’m going to talk very specifically about a stair climber, but not tell you where it is. Maybe you use it, maybe not. Possibly, you use one

English: vocabulary: “self-effacing”

Tutoring English, new words are new discoveries. The tutor mentions one. I don’t know if I recall hearing “self-effacing.” However, I encountered it today. It means “tending to avoid attention.” Source: Mish, Frederick C. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

English: non-words: “irrecognizable”

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor relates a story. For years I’ve used “irrecognizable.” I guess I just didn’t type it. When I did yesterday, the spell-checker complained. (I think the spell checker and I have been ready to divorce numerous

Computer science: what is metadata?

Self-tutoring about comp sci terms: the tutor mentions metadata. Metadata is data about a source of data, such as a file or book. Its metadata includes title, creation date, author (owner), and length. A computer file’s metadata also includes permissions

Linux: block devices: info about a file system

Self-tutoring about Linux: the tutor mentions Linux block devices and how to discover the file system type. In a Linux file system, a block device is a device listed as if it’s a file in a directory. The command lsblk

File systems: fat32 and vfat

Self-tutoring about computer systems: the tutor shares a term. vfat, apparently, is a file system type of which fat32 is a variety.

Home computer use: dual-boot

Self-tutoring about home computer systems: the tutor shares an observation. Linux can allow dual-boot – a situation in which there’s another operating system (such as Windows) on a computer, but you can start it in Linux. Today I loaded Linux