Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tech Tips – Ad Hoc

Imagine this scenario, a fellow PCV comes to visit because he/she has some downtime at their site due to it being the summer. The PCV brought their computer with so they can do some work at your site. But alas, you only have one internet connection and you need it to do your own work. If only there was a way to share your internet wirelessly. There is. Mac: Click the “Apple” menu then choose “System Preferences”. Select “Internet Sharing”. Choose a network service to Continue reading →


I’m not cut out to be a teacher in Ukraine. I was brought up in the American school system. Here, your success is your business. Your friend’s success is your friend’s business. Your grades are your business. Your friend’s grades are your friend’s business. Plain and simple. Don’t ask, don’t tell. It’s a little different in Ukraine. Here, grades are announced to the whole class. A student can take another student’s test and look at it before the owner gets to look it over. It’s Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Proxies

Summer is upon us and we all know it means that most of us are going to have a fair amount of free time on our hands. While I’m sure that I could recommend countless things to do like reading or studying Ukrainian and Russian, but this is a technology tip so I’ll stick with technology. We all need some mindless watching from time to time but I don’t doubt that most of you have watched your entire store of movies and television already (I Continue reading →

Tech Tips – DOC & DOCX

Are you or someone you know running an older version of Microsoft Office? Do you feel left out when someone forwards you and your friends a document and you’re the only one who can’t read it? Well, it’s time to stop living in the dark ages and the time is now to embrace the future. As you may know, with the introduction of Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft introduced new file formats for their productivity suite. The new formats created much smaller file sizes and are Continue reading →