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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Design Thinker · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer · Pastafarian
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Have you ever needed to select a file to upload on a web page and you don't want to deal with the hassle of navigating through all of your folders? Well I have a workaround for you. You can simply drag the file you want and drop it onto the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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Here's a handy tip for cleaning up data that is in columns in Word or TextEdit. If you hold down the option key, you can select columns of text—or any rectangular region. I do recommend you make sure the text is in a monospaced font (I prefer Consolas, but Andale,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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If you have data in a table in Excel or Google Sheets that require scrolling, you should absolutely use the Freeze feature. It pins the first row or column to the screen so that it won't scroll off the page as you scroll through data. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
A partner of ours recently purchased a bus for transporting kids to and from their education camps. They won't be using it all the time, though, so they wanted a system whereby other nearby orgs could book it and use it for their own purposes. I did some research and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I rarely want to go into full screen mode on my Mac; Pretty much the only scenario is when I am watching a video or in a video conference. So it drives me crazy that the default click on the green maximize button now goes into full screen mode. Thankfully... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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So I get it: most people do not see the difference between fake small caps and real, designed ones. Otherwise they wouldn’t be so prevalent. So I thought I’d show everyone what the big deal is with an exaggerated example—fake, real, and fake exaggerated: The issue is with the relative... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I'm really getting fed up with AT&T. They've hiked my personal plan rate twice in the last year, all while delivering the same mediocre experience. But what's even worse is their business account care, which is only open during extended US business hours (it should be 24/7), and even worse... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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Disclaimer: I haven’t used these resources directly, but I have heard positive things second- and third-hand from colleagues and online reviews. If you need some contract graphic design help—specifically around logo design or branding—then check out the crowdsource sites CrowdSpring, 99Designs, and DesignCrowd. CrowdSpring was the first that I’d ever... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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OK, I admit this is a huge pet peeve of mine, but there are far too many organizations out there using fake small caps in their documents. I just ran across this example while staying at an upscale Disney resort hotel: Scribner—a book publisher—regularly uses fake small caps in their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Our organization is setting up specific projects with their own domains, and we need to receive and respond to email on a primary address (info@) but also a few secondary addresses. The obvious thing to do would be to set up a separate account for each email address. But between... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
So Outlook messed me up again. We just created an email that went out to donors with a large image with text as the centerpiece. I set the IMG to use the standard responsive CSS, so that it will look great no matter what the device size. <img style="width: 100%;... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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There are a lot of reasons you might want to embed images directly into your HTML email. They will be quicker to load, they will look good even if the reader if offline, and they will never break if the image online moves or becomes unaccessible. Of course there is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
OK, probably these things don't get a lot of use, but still we sometimes like to add “share this" links to emails or news articles. Turns out there are online tools for this. The one from MWD Agency (formerly DonorDigital) is the one I ended up using. For example, here’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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We find Skype works best for all of our video conferencing. Previously we would have to dial people in manually at the time of the meeting. But recently Skype added the ability to share links to conversations which has made logistics a lot easier. I'm sure it works for PC... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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Image scaling in web browsers (or at least Google Chrome) still has a bug where the bottom edge can appear clipped if important pixels are right up against the edge of the image. Even worse: if you use image sprites for your site, pixels from one portion of the sprite... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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I often want to pull tabular data off a web page or out of a document into Excel to do some math manipulations on it. You might think that Paste Special > Text (aka Paste and Match Formatting) might be how to do it. But unfortunately that removes all of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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Have you ever wanted to see a previous version of a web site? Maybe of your own site? Well there’s a tool for that, and it’s called the Wayback Machine. It’s from the great folks at the Internet Archive (whom I’ve personally donated to). Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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We've used South Bay Scenic to put on 4 all-day expos where presenters give talks backed up by slides and videos. They have been a pleasure to work with and I can’t recommend them enough. Previous events we put on all had some sort of technical glitch, whether with the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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Non-profits don’t have the budget for marketing resources, so a site like All The Free Stock is a valuable aggregator. A cool thing they offer: stock images of devices that let you upload you own screen to make it look like someone is using your website/app on a device. Pretty... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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I could get my iPhone onto the network, but the Mac just wasn't working. It'd get an IP address, but addresses wouldn't resolve. I fixed it my manually copying the DNS server addresses from my iPhone (10.0.110.30 and 10.0.110.31) over to the Mac and then everything worked great. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I previously blogged about the site: search parameter. Another useful one is related: which shows sites similar to one you know about. I use it to get a sense for competitors or alternatives in a new space I am researching. I've mentioned AlternativeTo, and this is a good alternative to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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I always hated Caps Lock. It causes me to mistype passwords, and functionally I never use it. ALL CAPS is a holdover from the typewriter days when it was used for emphasis. Modern computers have bold and italic. All caps is simply no longer needed. And—to me—this vestigial key causes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Twice now I've had co-workers who had a MacBook trackpad stop responding to clicks. The cursor worked fine, but clicks just weren't registering. In both cases, it turned out there was a paired pointing device that had something resting on the button. In one case a book had fallen off... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
We needed a VPN solution, and after doing the research I found that the best deals were lifetime subscriptions available via the TechDirt Deals online store. I checked the responses in TorrentFreak’s 2017 anonymity questionnaire. Based on that, I chose Windscribe. I also previously bought a personal lifetime subscription from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
If you are a non-profit in the San Francisco Bay Area and are looking for a meeting space for up to 40 people, then check out Metta Fund. It’s in the Financial District during business hours (M–F, 8:00–5:30) and has a bunch of amenities like WiFi, a projector, white boards,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits