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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Design Thinker · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer · Pastafarian
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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 yesterday 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
I use TextWrangler as my main text editor on the Mac, VLC as my video player, and Pixelmator for image editing. I want my Mac to open files in these apps rather than the built in ones (TextEdit, QuickTime, and Preview respectively). To do this: In the Finder, Select a... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
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 May 26, 2017 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 May 25, 2017 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 May 24, 2017 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 May 23, 2017 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 May 22, 2017 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