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 →

Tech Tips – Updates

A friendly reminder to install updates for your computer. Updates are your operating systems way of defending itself from new threats and a way to keep your computer running smoothly. Updates will fix security holes to keep attackers out of your computer. Updates will also repair parts of your system which have bugs that can cause crashes and programs to respond slowly. Don’t delay, update today!  

Tech Tips – Antivirus

Are you running a computer without antivirus software installed? Do you have a Mac so you think you’re immune to viruses? Does having many virus scanners make your computer safer? If you don’t have virus protection on your computer, you should seriously consider getting some software. I personally cannot count the number of times my flash drive has been returned from being used in a Ukrainian computer only to find out it had a virus on it. Now is not the time for your computer Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Mac Jar Files

Are you a Mac user? Are you having problems opening .jar files ? Here is a helpful hint to get you on your way. Mac provides its own Java reader though it may not be set as the default program to open .jar files. You might need to ‘right click’ (hold the Control key while clicking) the .jar file and click on “Open with”, then select “Other” from the popup menu. Navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices folder and select ‘Jar Launcher’. Remember to check “Always Open With” Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Blog Passwords

Have you read over the Peace Corps blog policy lately and realized that you’re too lazy or busy to send your blog posts to your regional manager for approval before you post them and you desperately wish to password protect each post but don’t know how? You’re in luck because this tip will teach you how to password protect posts for Blogger and WordPress. The official Peace Corps policy for blogs can be found on page 17 of the “Policy and Procedure Handbook” (this can Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Language Bars

Tips from Technology for Development Let’s face it, sometimes we want to write in Ukrainian or Russian but we don’t feel like translating everything on Google Translate. We want to be able to type words directly on our computers. Follow these steps to add a Ukrainian or Russian keyboard to your operating system. Mac Users: Under the Apple on the far left of the top menu bar select “System Preferences”. Click on the “International” icon, which should be in the top row. In the “International Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Backups

Remember to backup up your important files on your computer regularly. You will need an external hard drive to do this. This can save you a lot of agony if your laptop decides to die. It won’t save your laptop, but it will save your files. Here are some simple instructions on how to backup once you have connected your external hard drive: Mac Users: Open Time Machine. Click “Set up Time Machine” when the window pops up. Select your external hard drive to use Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Passwords

When creating a password, it’s easiest to create a password you will remember but an easy password is hardly a strong password. Peace Corps policy requires a password to be at least eight characters long. It must contain at least three of the four following types of characters: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, or special characters (!@#$). “Peace2011” is a valid password but it isn’t a strong password because it contains a properly spelled word and numbers. Use your creativity to write your password. “Peace2011” Continue reading →