Tech Tips – Vacation Notifications

Tech Tips

It’s the time of the year where things wind down at site and we have time to travel for camps and to visit other PCVs, right? Nevertheless, one thing is usually on my mind, how will I check my email and let people know that I can’t answer it while I’m away? It’s simple. I […]

June 1, 2012

Tech Tips – SourceForge

Tech Tips

Do you ever wish you had a certain piece of software for a certain kind of work but then you realize that you’re a volunteer and you really don’t have an income to spend on software? Yeah, me too. But fear not, there is a remedy. Open source software can help you in your times […]

May 25, 2012

Tech Tips – Jango

Tech Tips

Did you used to be a fan of Pandora internet radio back in the States? Are you now sad that you can’t just turn on Pandora unless you first start-up Hotspot Shield? Maybe when you did use Pandora you were frustrated with advertisements or that it would stop playing if you left your computer idle […]

May 18, 2012

Tech Tips – Language Immersion for Chome

Tech Tips

I’ll admit it, I was going to introduce you to a comparatively lame topic this week, but I scrolled across this one and instantly knew I had to share it. Unfortunately, this is for the Chrome web browser users out there only (if you’re not using Chrome, you should; if you need a few reasons […]

May 4, 2012

Tech Tips – Ukrainian Train Website

Tech Tips

Guys, I think I’m really behind on this but my site mate introduced me to this great website for checking the train schedules. Best part of all, it has an English option. Can’t beat that when it comes to planning complex trips now, can you? Check it out, the URL is:

April 27, 2012

Tech Tips – Multiple Clocks

Tech Tips

I’m weird. I haven’t changed the time on my computer’s clock yet. I’ve been in Ukraine twenty months now. I’ve gotten used to adding eight hours to get the current time (or I just look at my watch). It’s nice having Midwest time on my computer because I easily know if it’s a good time […]

April 20, 2012

Tech Tips – PDFSAM

Tech Tips

From time to time, while I’m preparing for a lesson, I come across a PDF with things I’d like to use for class. However, the problem is that the PDF is ten pages long and I only need a page or two out of it. I certainly could just print the thing and use only […]

April 13, 2012

Tech Tips – Spring Cleaning Disk Defrag

Tech Tips

In continuing with our computer Spring cleaning started last week, I want to offer another suggestion to speed things up now that you have more hard drive space. This week, we’re going to defrag our hard drives. Doesn’t that sound like fun? We’ve talked about this before, but it’s always a good time for a […]

March 30, 2012

Tech Tips – Spring Disk Cleaning

Tech Tips

It’s finally nice outside, nice enough to open the windows and motivate ourselves to do a bit of Spring cleaning. I, personally, have done a fair bit of cleaning in the past week (though I have yet to tackle that chunk of kielbasa that’s been hardening and dripping grease in the back corner of my […]

March 23, 2012

Tech Tips – Google Fight

Tech Tips

This week we have a guest submission for your Tech Tip. It comes from Katherine Axelsen (Group 42). She directed me to a website,, and suggested some great uses for it. The site is simple to use, enter two words, terms, or phrases and it will tell you which one garners more hits on […]

March 15, 2012