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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Designer · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer
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Emotions clearly have value for survival and reproduction. They are complex and costly, so if they didn't, they would have never made it this far in the process of natural selection. Fear is an obvious one and that is probably our oldest emotion and we share that with many (perhaps... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Darwin’s Razor
Most of the wildlife conservationists I work with are based internationally, and the majority of them are in Africa. I have previously recommended Scott's Cheap Flights as a way to save some serious money on airfares (especially if you can be flexible with the dates). Just within the last couple... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I often forward on emails such as Google Alerts or newsletters. But a problem with this is many senders try to make things easier for you, so they have one-click unsubscribe links, or auto-sign-in links for managing your account. This is great for the primary recipient, but can result in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Darwin's Razor states that since our human bodies and minds evolved over hundreds of thousands of years during which time our ancestors lived as hunter/gatherers in band societies, we will feel most fulfilled living a life that most contains the key components of that lifestyle. Band societies were the norm... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Darwin’s Razor
I have a theory. I am a user experience designer by trade. But I have also done a good amount of work in the last seven years on self-discovery and how to live a fulfilling life (triggered by the unexpected and far too early deaths of both my parents). Evolution... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Darwin’s Razor
Like a lot of non-profits, the ones I support order many things through Amazon. If your have Amazon Prime (and you probably should if you are ordering more than a few items per year) then you should absolutely get the Amazon Prime Rewards credit card. This card gives you 5%... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I just visited my friend Jen who owns a horse ranch in Washington state. She has 15 acres including the main house, horse barn, lower barn, extra auxiliary barn, workshop, tack room, arena, back cottage… you get the idea. She was just using the default wifi router that her ISP... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Endless OS makes an inexpensive Linux computer targeted at families and education. If you have an education program where you do computer-based learning, this might be a great opportunity to outfit your classroom with their hardware. Apply for an Endless Computers grant Disclaimer: I have no firsthand knowledge of Endless... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Yes, small states have equal power in the Senate, which gives them more power per capita than the larger states. It prevents the larger states from completely ignoring the concerns of the smaller ones and simply outvoting them all the time. This is a feature of the system, not a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I used to use FakeSpot to check Amazon products for fake reviews, and it's still a solid service that I recommend. However I like ReviewMeta. It looks like a more transparent system to me and I think they have been doing it longer, so I feel like I can trust... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
In this time of political divisiveness, this is a good reminder from an ex-CIA undercover agent on the perspectives of those we consider “the enemy”… Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I previously blogged about a site for downloading videos from YouTube for offline viewing, which is essential for embedding in a presentation. (Never ever rely on the internet for critical pieces your presentation.) That site no longer works, but after a brief search I found one that does. YouTube... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
If you live and work in a place where you don't have unlimited data, Windows 10 is problematic. It is always downloading massive updating in the background. Even worse it downloads the same updates for each computer on the network, eating up even more bandwidth. But there is a solution.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I found a fantastic fare to Beijing via Scott’s Ch... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
If you are looking for an inexpensive Windows 10 laptop you can use as a dedicated backup computer (as I mentioned in my previous post regarding a cheap, reliable backup system) then check out the open box and refurbished ones available on Blinq. $100–$200 laptop deals at Blinq In this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Here’s all the gear you need: 1 inexpensive Windows laptop (ideally with an Ethernet port) such as an ASUS L402 or a HP Stream (~$200–300) 1 USB flash drive if the laptop internal storage is small (~$20) 2 ✕ 4TB portable USB external hard drives (~$100 each) Resilio Sync app... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Really interesting stats in this article: The world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, according to the study. Yet since the dawn of civilization, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and 50% of plants, while livestock kept by humans abounds… Farmed... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I'm currently staying at place that has a central WiFi access point at the main building, and my room is the furthest. I can get reasonable signal on my laptop, but my phone—which has a weaker antenna—cannot reliably sustain a connection. My solution is to use the Internet Sharing feature... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
So the DNC filed lawsuit against the Russian government Trump campaign and Wikileaks. I think The Onion said it best: the American people must remain solely preoccupied with every little goddamn detail from the 2016 presidential race... The American people have a right to publicly re-litigate Hillary Clinton’s defeat and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I thought this was an insightful and super important message when it comes to helping save wild animals. [Marketers have] created highly visible “virtual populations” of these [threatened] animals, which had led us to believe the animals were much more common than they actually are. Because of this misperception, there... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Refurbished items are a great way to get a discount on something that will look and work like brand new. It makes a lot of sense for gear I buy that will be used overseas. A longer warranty doesn't make sense if there's not a convenient way to get the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Grey goo is a pessimistic hypothesis about the upcoming nanobot revolution in that an overly successful self-replicating bot will consume all resources on the planet making copies of itself. But it turn out we humans are the grey goo. We are continuing to expand our footprint at the expense of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
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.