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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Designer · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer
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I’ve been wanting to create an automation for these tasks ever since I first did presentation wrangling for all of the 18 or so presenters at the 2014 Wildlife Expo. The best presentations are the ones where the slides are a simple as possible, and presentation is carried by the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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The biggest downside of the most recent line of MacBooks is that they are unable to be upgraded. The memory and storage chips are all soldered directly to the logic board. However at least with the MacBooks (both Pro and Air) made 2012–2016, there is a workaround. You can use... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
When people talk about tech, they often mean electric devices that need a power source and usually have an on/off switch. However there are at least a couple of different kind of tech that can be just as (or even more) useful: design tech and materials tech. OXO products—especially their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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I just double-booked myself because and event I had committed to on Facebook wasn’t in my personal Google calendar. So I decided to fix things to prevent it from happening in the future. I did find articles on the web about how to do this, but since Facebook updates the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
It’s coming up on the end of the year giving season, and you are planning to donate $1000 to your favorite charity. You could just give it via cash / check /credit card like most people do, and they will happily take it. And of course you can then deduct... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Since I primarily manage Mac and iOS systems, I haven’t blogged much about Windows. However if you are a Windows admin, then you absolutely need to know about Microsoft’s Sysinternals toolset. I use Process Explorer as a much more powerful replacement to the standard Windows Task Manager. And Autoruns is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
The folks I support often do presentations in whatever venue they can book for cheap or free. Sometimes it’s just a large living room in a supporters house. So having the right gear is important. For the projector, I highly recommend one with a “short throw”. That allows you to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
The Centre for Effective Altruism in the UK runs a great website called 80000hours.org. I only just signed up a couple of weeks ago on the recommendation of a respected advisor, and so far it looks really great. Sign up for their weekly email series to get it pushed to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I always tried to use the space bar to play and pause YouTube videos, but if the focus isn't in the video player itself, it always scrolls the page down. Well no more! I now use the K key to play/pause, and J to jump back 10 seconds. L also... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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Wow, this is huge. For the longest time I thought the only way to get a movie to play in PowerPoint using just a presentation remote was to change the Play setting to Automatically. The default value is On Click, but that never worked; a click would just take you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I previously blogged about Google’s site: search operator (which also works in other search engines). You can create shortcuts for commonly-used sites in Chrome using the Search Engines setting. It helps if you have a bit of knowledge about how URL parameters work, but even if you don’t, just follow... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
It’s surprising that this still isn’t fixed. But yes—when you save a Word doc to PDF or try to print to PDF—it completely removes all of the hyperlinks. It’s insidious because it leaves the blue underlined text styling in place. But that’s all it is: styled text. This does work... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
This is actually a simple yet brilliant idea. Since the first line of defense of any tech problem with the network is the reboot the modem and router, why not do it preemptively to prevent the problems from happening in the first place? This outlet timer is designed specifically for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
It’s a common scenario: you need to send some sensitive information to a colleague or friend, and you know that email is not the way to do it. Instant messaging isn’t any more secure. You could use chat: Skype, WhatsApp, or best of all Signal. But that requires that you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Google Alerts is my go-to utility for keeping up on the latest news about a particular topic. It allows you to search not only news sources but also the whole web in general. It's great for obscure topics that don’t get mainstream coverage. And you can use search operators to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Most people know about Cmd Tab keyboard shortcut on the Mac (Alt Tab on Windows) which lets you switch among open apps without touching the mouse. Back in my early days as a UX designer, I extended this concept to the key right above Tab—the tilde (technically grave accent, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I previously posted about All the Free Stock for stock photos. Unsplash is another option. And of course there is Flickr’s Creative Commons search. While we are exploring the space, here are a few others I found using the most excellent Google related search: Pexels · Pixbay · StockSnap.io ·... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
For our events, we have slide show presentations. But we also want content on the screen during the breaks before, after and between talks. There are 3 viable options: Show a static image, such as a logo, event graphic or just a boring black screen Show an ordered slide show... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
This can be done for any line of text, but I find it most useful for phone number (or other words and numbers containing hyphens). <span style="white-space:nowrap;">123-456-7890</span> Here is an example where the phone number wraps to the next line: 123-456-7890 And here is an example where the span keeps... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I was working on a campaign page that has an embedded donate form in it. When I first set up the thank you page, it loaded within the form. This created essentially a page within a page, and it didn't look very professional. However I found that by simply replacing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I love this story from Richard Feynman about how he understood how to best manage a group of young, smart, driven engineers—tell them the problem they are trying to solve and then stay out of the way. The real trouble was that no one had ever told these fellows anything.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
A partner of ours just had a web site outage and didn't notice until I reported it to them. This was a particularly insidious one as the site was showing a page (so it was technically "up"), but the page was completely blank. These sorts of things have happened to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
There are a few things I am particularly proud of doing. One is moving to an Extended Validation certificate that encrypts our entire web site. When I did this 2½ years ago, pretty much none of the big wildlife conservation orgs had certificates on their main website content. (Of course... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
As our org has grown, the demands on our internet usage have also grown. We started out using consumer-grade routers, moved up to high-end gaming routers with QoS, and finally we got big enough that we had to move to real enterprise-level networking. I did the research and decided to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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I was trying to solve this problem with just CSS, but I'm pretty convinced it isn't possible. That's too bad, since it means I cannot use it in email messages. But it will work in web pages. The solution is based on Jon’s great answer on this StackOverflow question. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits