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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Designer · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer
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I am tall and thin and none of the standard sizes (S, M, L, XL) fit me well. M fits well through the body but is too short and binds at the armpits. L better, but then I am swimming in with excessive width of it. Medium tall is perfect... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Hi Rick, glad you found it useful. I just tried printing my own Google Calendar, and the PDF that it created wrapped the appt titles. And I don't even have Stylish installed anymore.
I've gotten around such errors previously by installing this plug-in. Works great if it's only getting used on your computer. If you need to roll it out to others in the org, might not be the best solution, and of course it's a hack.
The technology of dash cams is progressing so quickly, the four-year-old one I have is pretty dated at this point. I did upgrade to a newer model about a year later and moved the original to the rear of my car, so I now have front and back views. You... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Shaun White talks about his “loss”* at the 2014 Winter Olympics. I love his perspective: People felt for me even more to see the one expected to win… not win. People that were in the sport that really disliked me were all of a sudden posting on their Instagrams about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Wow. This is self-reported data so grain of salt, but according to 23andMe, nearly twice as many women have reported experiencing depression compared to men. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I have digital photos from the late 90s and early 00s that just aren't very high resolution. In fact I have my first-ever selfie that was taken on an Apple QuickTake 100 back in 1994 at 640✕480 pixels; ⅓ of a megapixel. But neural networks and machine learning are making... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I've been buying a lot of items from Amazon based in part on the rating. My go-to baseline search criteria these days for any item is Prime and 4 stars and above. Of course some sellers know this, so they generate fake positive reviews. Amazon hasn't done a lot to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
If you have been the victim of ransomware, before you pay for the key, definitely check No More Ransom first. They are publishing known keys, so you may be able to unlock your files without having to pay. No More Ransom Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I just watched this TED talk which was a fantastic introduction to the web site Dollar Street. It is a massive database of images taken from all over the world of people, homes, and the artifacts it their life. Anyone who is thinking about problems or opportunities in a particular... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
These are sobering stats: ⅙ of all women will be a victim of rape/attempted rape in her lifetime; nearly ½ (44%) of rapes happen to minors. I tried to find stats on the profile of the assailant/rapist. ⅔ are family/partner, friend or acquaintance. I couldn't find stats on the number... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
When you are involved in wildlife conservation, you spend a lot of time traveling in undeveloped areas. That's sort of the point, right? Keep wild areas wild. As a guy, I'm lucky that I can relieve myself pretty much anywhere there is a bit of privacy and not too much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I recently left my full-time job to contract. This meant I needed to get my own health care plan. I ended up going with Kaiser since it was very highly rated, and literally ½ the cost of the next cheapest option. Sorry, PAMF. I like you but not that much.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
If you travel a lot, like most of the wildlife conservationists I support, then you will likely want a Kindle or other eBook reader. Amazon makes its easy to manage books purchased on the Kindle or at, but not so much for books you aquire outside their ecosystem (like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
On this MLK day, the one thing I am reflecting on for my own life is non-complementary behavior. There was a fantastic Invisibilia podcast on this about 18 months ago called Flip the Script. I highly recommend listening to it. This is a cornerstone to the game plan of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I just watched this TED talk by Joel Jackson about his company Mobius. The concept is simple and brilliant: design a vehicle specifically for the rough roads in Africa, leave out all non-essentials to keep costs low, and build it locally (in Kenya) to avoid import duties. There's also an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I was talked to my friend Kerah about champing vs. chomping and tack vs. tact, and that got me thinking there must be a canonical list out there of the most common of these. I did find this list, which is very thorough. A little too thorough in my opinion.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this one out. I regularly buy freshly-squeezed orange juice (or tangerine when it’s available; Yum!). It comes in HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic containers, which have a seam where the two halves of the injection mold came together. The seam... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
My previous non-profit supports dozens of international wildlife conservationists, who come to the states 1–4 times each year for about 1–2 weeks each. As we all know, it is super useful to have a working mobile phone with data plan, especially for on-the-go logistics planning. FreedomPop is a good solution... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Excuses deny responsibility. Explanations allow for responsibility to be acknowledged, and also for the situation to be explored and understood. From Psych Central. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I was always a big fan or Warby Parker's concept: cheap, stylish glasses from a company that had good values. The only problem was I never really found a style from them I like. I did end up getting one pair, but I actually went back to my previous pair... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
One of my favorite comedians is Myq Kaplan. He recently posted on Facebook asking his fans to comment on a memory of meeting him or hearing his material. He made the point of responding to each comment, including mine. And now I see his posts all throughout my feed. So... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I absolutely love this scene from L.A. Story. It so perfectly captures the moment. The music is also a perfect match. On Your Shore by Enya. Strange how my heart beats To find myself upon your shore. Strange how I still feel My loss of comfort gone before. Cool waves... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I love this concept: Instead of Saying “I Don't Have Time,” Say “It's Not a Priority” We all have the same amount of time and attention. It's simply a matter of how we choose to spend it. Which reminds me of this great exchange in the excellent coming-of-age movie, Lady... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright