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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Design Thinker · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer · Pastafarian
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You absolutely need a good plain text editor to do any sort of basic text file manipulations. I love TextWrangler. Unfortunately the app has been discontinued. But they do have a pro-level text editor app called BBEdit. You can use it in unlicensed form, and it will probably do everything... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I previously blogged about running a Windows VM on your Mac to do IE and Edge browser testing. But if you want something even more lightweight, Microsoft has a page where you can enter a link to your site and it will come back with screen grabs of the site... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I was trying to set opacity on the background of an HTML container (DIV) element. But if I used opacity:.5 style, it also sets the opacity of children elements inside. And this cannot be overridden by setting opacity:1 on those children elements. The workaround is to set the opacity as... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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HTML email messages are fragile things. One possibility you have to be prepared for is how it looks if the images do not load. Maybe the image host is down, maybe the device is offline, or maybe the viewer’s email client is blocking images for security or bandwidth issues. My... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I had to set up DNS for a micro-site that my org just launched this week. I was surprised that there wasn't good documentation out there on how to do this. First, I set up the MX records to get the email working with G Suite/Gmail. It was working fine... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I was working on a donate form recently. The code that created and managed the cart was a library that couldn’t be easily changed. But I needed to customize some of the labels. So I used CSS pseudo classes. There are two ways I ended up doing it. The first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Handbrake is the best free utility out there for converting movies from one format to another. This is essential if you are switching platforms such as importing AVI files into iMovie for editing on a Mac. Besides, getting MOV and AVI files as MP4 just makes sense. They are more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
This is apparently a well known CSS trick, but I just implemented it and I really like the elegance of it all. Well, despite it essentially being a hack. 😊 Besides not needing code (which means it still works when scripting is disabled), it also doesn't involve dummy anchor links,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I recently needed to configure the DNS records for a new micro-site domain we are launching soon. It can be a hit and miss process trying to get everything configured just right since every registrar is slightly different, and there are delays propagating the changes throughout the internet. I’ve previously... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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Sometimes you want to add some text to the beginning of styled text—such as a web link—but when you try to do it, the text picks of the style from the text before your cursor. I work around this by putting the cursor between the first and second characters, typing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
The second line in the Edit menu of Microsoft Office apps is Repeat. It does the same thing you just did, but to whatever the new selection is. So say you want to highlight cells in Excel with a background color. Do it for one with the mouse. Then just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
If you do any custom HTML email templates, then you absolutely need a solid CSS inlining tool. I tried a few and settled on Inliner.cm. I just saw a video from the design and development shop Zurb—who released the email template system Foundations—and they recommend it as well. Zurb does... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
If you aren’t testing your emails before you send them out, you risk poor formatting for some of your readers. This is especially true when you are talking about Outlook and some of the mobile apps. I’ve previously blogged about Outlook’s image constraints. It’s easy to forget such things if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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OK, I’m on a text selection kick here. Sometimes you have a long line of text and need to delete the end of it. A common scenario is with a web URL. You want to delete the end of it to get just the home page, or get rid of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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OK, I’m on a text selection kick here. Sometimes you have a long line of text and need to delete the end of it. A common scenario is with a web URL. You want to delete the end of it to get just the home page, or get rid of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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If you ever need to select a line or section of lines in Microsoft Word, move the cursor into the left margin. The cursor will flip from pointing to the upper-left to pointing to the upper-right. It’s subtle and easy to miss. Now when you click, a whole line of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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I just debugged a mysterious printer issue where a colleague was trying to print onto a ½ sheet (5✕8½") and the printer (a Brother color laser) was simply passing the page through untouched and throwing an error. The problem was she had added the printer and used the default print... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Sometimes you need to quickly select a single word. For example, when a web site emails you a security code that you need to enter before you can sign in. Or if you want to format (bold or italics or add a link) to a word in an email or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I’m sure you’ve closed a tab in your web browser and then instantly regretted it. Thankfully there is a way to undo that. On the Mac in Chrome, the File menu contains an item for Reopen Closed Tab the shortcut is Cmd Shift T. This shortcut works in Firefox too,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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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 Jul 21, 2017 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 Jul 19, 2017 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 Jul 19, 2017 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 Jul 18, 2017 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 Jul 16, 2017 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 Jul 16, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits