Tech Tips – Resume Builder

This week’s tech tip is for all of you, but I really think it’s most important for you Group 38ers out there. Why? Because this week’s tech tip is to help you easily create an awesome resume, free. I came across late at night while I was searching for something completely unrelated, but that’s how the internet works. The website is fairly straightforward and all you need is an email address to sign up (I haven’t gotten any obnoxious spam email yet either, which Continue reading →

Tech Tips – OS and Virus Update Reminder

This is your friendly reminder from the Technology for Development Working Group to update your computer and to update your security software. Updating might take time away from your day, but it’s the best way to keep your computer safe from viruses and running smoothly. On Windows machines, find “Windows Update” in the Start menu. When it’s opened, check for updates and install at least the recommended updates. You may need to restart your computer. In the Apple menu, in the upper left corner, choose “Software update…” Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Backup PSA

I have a friend who didn’t heed my advice about the importance of backing up files and she ended up paying for it. She kept all of her important files on a flash drive but failed to keep a backup on her computer. Then one day, she plugged into a strange computer and picked up a virus that wiped her flash drive clean. Fortunately, she had listened to me and installed a virus program (Microsoft Security Essentials) and the virus didn’t spread to her computer Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Word Proofing

When I was making my way through the education system back in the States, I would constantly be having papers returned with notes on them yelling at me to not use passive voice. At the time I lacked any teachers who were able to explain to me how to avoid this mortal sin of writing. Back then, I wish I knew the secret I’m about to share with you. I’m sure you’re aware that Microsoft Word has spelling and grammar check, but did you know Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Disable Startup Programs

I’m not your average computer user. I don’t buy desktop computers in one piece that will work out of the box and I don’t buy a laptop without finding some way to customize it and make it better. I like to add more RAM and bigger hard drives. I like to boot Windows 7, Ubuntu, and Mac OS X all on the same hard drive. I like to reformat and reinstall repeatedly. I think it’s fun. The first thing I do after I freshly install Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Foreign Country Internet Setup

A year ago, when I moved into my apartment, I wasn’t the smartest person. I let myself be convinced there was no way I could have gotten internet in my apartment because my counterpart told me so. I was convinced that she knew more on the subject than I did because she could understand the language. She said no internet for me because I had no phone line. But no, I protested, I can get internet through the cable company. She told me no such Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Google Voice Setup

Note: This details the process for setting up a US Google Voice number in a country where Google doesn’t allow the creation of US Google Voice numbers. Do you like talking to your friends and family back home? Do you hate that you have to wait until they’re at a computer to talk to them? Are you unwilling to pay for a Skype number so you can call their phones but still wish to call them anytime and anywhere? Look no further, I’ve got you Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Passwords

I had a conversation with my mom the other day about how she has a hard time remembering all the different passwords she has for different websites. She has a particularly hard time dealing with the special characters and requirements of different websites. I expressed my sympathies with her and offered her the only password she’d need to know for the rest of her life which would be easy to remember and fulfill all modern requirements of passwords. I told her to use “Ilovemyson11”. She Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Dropbox

Before you start reading this Tech Tip, ask yourself whether you could travel to each of your friends and back in a single day? I can’t. But I’ve found that there are times I want to share files with them that are too big to email. Sure, you could snail mail them or leave them in the PCV lounge for them to pick up the next time they’re in the office, but what if it’s time sensitive? What then? Have you heard about Dropbox? It’s Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Distraction December YouTube Mixers

To wrap up the Distraction December Tech Tips, I thought I’d offer something you might find useful for wowing your friends this coming New Years. What’s a party without music? What’s a good party without someone to DJ the music? If you’re like me, then you can’t stand when the music gets interrupted because someone wants to switch between your finely crafted playlist from your own library of music so they can play a song on YouTube, which you don’t have on your computer. What Continue reading →