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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Designer · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer
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I found a fantastic fare to Beijing via Scott’s Ch... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at KPAO by Dave Cortright
You aren't going to find a better price for a cheap Windows 10 laptop you can use as a dedicated backup computer (as I mentioned in my previous post regarding a cheap, reliable backup system). This price is only good through the end of July, or until their stock is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Here’s all the gear you need: 1 inexpensive Windows laptop (ideally with an Ethernet port) such as an ASUS L402 or a HP Stream (~$200–300) 1 USB flash drive if the laptop internal storage is small (~$20) 2 ✕ 4TB portable USB external hard drives (~$100 each) Resilio Sync app... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Really interesting stats in this article: The world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, according to the study. Yet since the dawn of civilization, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and 50% of plants, while livestock kept by humans abounds… Farmed... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I'm currently staying at place that has a central WiFi access point at the main building, and my room is the furthest. I can get reasonable signal on my laptop, but my phone—which has a weaker antenna—cannot reliably sustain a connection. My solution is to use the Internet Sharing feature... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
So the DNC filed lawsuit against the Russian government Trump campaign and Wikileaks. I think The Onion said it best: the American people must remain solely preoccupied with every little goddamn detail from the 2016 presidential race... The American people have a right to publicly re-litigate Hillary Clinton’s defeat and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I thought this was an insightful and super important message when it comes to helping save wild animals. [Marketers have] created highly visible “virtual populations” of these [threatened] animals, which had led us to believe the animals were much more common than they actually are. Because of this misperception, there... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Refurbished items are a great way to get a discount on something that will look and work like brand new. It makes a lot of sense for gear I buy that will be used overseas. A longer warranty doesn't make sense if there's not a convenient way to get the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Grey goo is a pessimistic hypothesis about the upcoming nanobot revolution in that an overly successful self-replicating bot will consume all resources on the planet making copies of itself. But it turn out we humans are the grey goo. We are continuing to expand our footprint at the expense of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I am tall and thin and none of the standard sizes (S, M, L, XL) fit me well. M fits well through the body but is too short and binds at the armpits. L better, but then I am swimming in with excessive width of it. Medium tall is perfect... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Hi Rick, glad you found it useful. I just tried printing my own Google Calendar, and the PDF that it created wrapped the appt titles. And I don't even have Stylish installed anymore.
I've gotten around such errors previously by installing this plug-in. Works great if it's only getting used on your computer. If you need to roll it out to others in the org, might not be the best solution, and of course it's a hack.
The technology of dash cams is progressing so quickly, the four-year-old one I have is pretty dated at this point. I did upgrade to a newer model about a year later and moved the original to the rear of my car, so I now have front and back views. You... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Shaun White talks about his “loss”* at the 2014 Winter Olympics. I love his perspective: People felt for me even more to see the one expected to win… not win. People that were in the sport that really disliked me were all of a sudden posting on their Instagrams about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Wow. This is self-reported data so grain of salt, but according to 23andMe, nearly twice as many women have reported experiencing depression compared to men. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I have digital photos from the late 90s and early 00s that just aren't very high resolution. In fact I have my first-ever selfie that was taken on an Apple QuickTake 100 back in 1994 at 640✕480 pixels; ⅓ of a megapixel. But neural networks and machine learning are making... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I've been buying a lot of items from Amazon based in part on the rating. My go-to baseline search criteria these days for any item is Prime and 4 stars and above. Of course some sellers know this, so they generate fake positive reviews. Amazon hasn't done a lot to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
If you have been the victim of ransomware, before you pay for the key, definitely check No More Ransom first. They are publishing known keys, so you may be able to unlock your files without having to pay. No More Ransom Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I just watched this TED talk which was a fantastic introduction to the web site Dollar Street. It is a massive database of images taken from all over the world of people, homes, and the artifacts it their life. Anyone who is thinking about problems or opportunities in a particular... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
These are sobering stats: ⅙ of all women will be a victim of rape/attempted rape in her lifetime; nearly ½ (44%) of rapes happen to minors. I tried to find stats on the profile of the assailant/rapist. ⅔ are family/partner, friend or acquaintance. I couldn't find stats on the number... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
When you are involved in wildlife conservation, you spend a lot of time traveling in undeveloped areas. That's sort of the point, right? Keep wild areas wild. As a guy, I'm lucky that I can relieve myself pretty much anywhere there is a bit of privacy and not too much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I recently left my full-time job to contract. This meant I needed to get my own health care plan. I ended up going with Kaiser since it was very highly rated, and literally ½ the cost of the next cheapest option. Sorry, PAMF. I like you but not that much.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
If you travel a lot, like most of the wildlife conservationists I support, then you will likely want a Kindle or other eBook reader. Amazon makes its easy to manage books purchased on the Kindle or at, but not so much for books you aquire outside their ecosystem (like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
On this MLK day, the one thing I am reflecting on for my own life is non-complementary behavior. There was a fantastic Invisibilia podcast on this about 18 months ago called Flip the Script. I highly recommend listening to it. This is a cornerstone to the game plan of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I just watched this TED talk by Joel Jackson about his company Mobius. The concept is simple and brilliant: design a vehicle specifically for the rough roads in Africa, leave out all non-essentials to keep costs low, and build it locally (in Kenya) to avoid import duties. There's also an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits