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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Design Thinker · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer · Pastafarian
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OK, I’ve had it with consumer-grade wifi routers. I’ve tried top-of-the-line for both NetGear and D-Link, and both I’ve found lacking. I met with some fellow IT professionals at a forum in San Francisco and they all recommended Meraki. A Cisco professional consultant told me “if you don’t know networking... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I was recently shopping for external monitors. I knew the specs I wanted: 27" screen size QHD resolution (2560✕1440) DisplayPort input (so it will work at native resolution with the MacBook Air) Even with all that—and filtering on Prime shipping and 4-star ratings—there are still several dozen to choose from.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I just needed to reference how a particular page looked on our org’s site when we launched the new design back in 2013. Thankfully there is a tool for that. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
When you are viewing your list of sent emails in Vertical Response, there is an Actions link for every email. Clicking it brings up a menu of actions, including View Email. Now you might think this would be the way to bring up the hosted version of that email so... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
If you have Prime, Amazon is tough to beat for both price and quick delivery. However for some things, B&H Photo and Video is as good or even better. I was trying to buy two new desktop setups for new employees at my org. I wanted to get 2 of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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Bad UI here. If you are trying to customize the picklist values for a field on a SalesForce object, you of course go to Setup > Customize > [object] > Fields. However, when you scroll down to the field, there is an on-so-tempting Edit link sitting right there in the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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We use Google Apps Suite here. There was an account set up before I joined that was automatically redirecting messages from the work account over to a personal account. This was done way back in the day before browsers supported multiple profiles. I was trying to stop the redirect, but... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I had a Skype video conferencing call today, but the camera built into my MacBook wasn’t working. Opening the Terminal app and pasting in this command (and entering my administrator password) fixed it. sudo killall VDCAssistant Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I get it: media companies want to encourage people to pay to read their content. But they will often give you several free views per month (tracking views in a cookie). And pretty much every media site absolutely wants their content indexed by Google. You can use this to your... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Here’s another good reminder to start using a password manager and 2-step authentication (most ideally with an authenticator app) if you aren't already. I've just listened to a pretty interesting story about a radio journalist getting his Uber account taken over by Russian hackers (episode 1, episode 2). Long story... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Have you ever wanted to grab a specific frame from a YouTube video? Or maybe you are trying to see something that flashes by quickly, and you can't quite nail the timing on the pause button. Head over to watchframebyframe.com, paste in the link to the video, and you're good... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I wanted to sign up for Google Webmaster Tools. To do so, they make you verify that you own the domain by giving you a unique code to add to the DNS entry for the domain. You create TXT record, and paste the code in. I had done that, but... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
24meetings.com is the best utility I've seen for quickly and easily converting time zones. It’s very useful for scheduling international phone/Skype calls. 24meetings.com Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I'm prepping PowerPoints for a day of presentations tomorrow. (Check out my previous post on prepping the presentation computers: primary and backup.) Good presentations have simple, impactful slides. Generally a single image is best. Sadly, PowerPoint doesn't make it very easy to get a single image into a slide with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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I had switched over to a D-Link router since it had the ability to prioritize streaming media. But I was having problems with the router randomly forgetting the QoS settings, and the router simply stopped working several times. It was too unreliable. So I'm back to a Netgear R8500. Their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
We are creating our newsletter email using the MailChimp SalesForce integration. The SalesForce campaign we created included about 19k email addresses, but after using that campaign to created and push a segment into MailChimp, what came through was only about 18.7k. I ran the process for pulling out only the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Since I have a catch-all email account set up for our domain, I get the occasional unsolicited commercial email where sales and marketing people try to guess the email addresses for our staff. I usually ignore them, or just mark them as spam. However if they persist, I'll send this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I've already mentioned LiveImpact as a resource for building and maintaining a website. But their whole pitch is an all-in-one non-profit platform, so they do a lot more than that. If you are just looking for a web site, you can still check them out. However there are other more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
There are a couple of curated resources I use regularly for discovering new things that can help improve my life. LifeHacker is good for online tools, and general life improvements. Cool Tools is best for offline stuff. Please let me know if you have resources you like for these sorts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
There are a lot of Google search tricks out there. OK, not exactly tricks, but functions that aren't obvious but are super useful. One of my favorites is the site: command. It tells Google to only return results from a particular web site. If a site has a poor quality... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I still use an RSS reader (Feedly) for much of my news. It's the best way I've found to aggregate all of my sources in one place. But for a few sources (including my own organization’s news feed), I want to know immediately when something new is posted. I did... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
MacBook Pros—at least the Retina display ones—have a built-in HDMI adapter, which works perfectly for driving an external monitor with a native resolution of 4K (2460✕1440). However MacBook Airs only have a ThunderBolt port, so you'll need an adapter. I started with a standard ThunderBolt (or mini DisplayPort) to HDMI... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
We use VoIP phones at work, and have standardized on the Polycom VVX-310 desk phone. By default when you transfer a call, it will show the transferer's extension rather than the original caller’s info. Super annoying. But there’s a really simple fix for this buried in the phone’s settings. This... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Siri dictation (speech to text) for emails and text messages is by far the quickest and easiest way to input text on the iPhone. Just tap the microphone button to the left of the space bar on the iPhone keyboard. And these tricks will make it even easier. First, you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
We have a campaign page that include a donate widget near the bottom. The problem is that most browsers automatically scroll the page down to the iFrame when it loads, which always happens after the parent page loads. But there is a workaround. At the bottom of your page—just before... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits