Test and boost your home wifi

Let’s take a look at your home Internet setup. With many of us working at home and sharing our home wifi with kids, spouses, ex-spouses, extended family, and the mysterious person you suspect might be living in your basement, here… Read moreTest and boost your home wifi

Search Deflector makes Windows 10 search better

The “Type here to search” box in the lower left corner of Windows 10 is handy for searching all kinds of things. Except the Internet. Windows forces you to use their Bing search engine inside of their Edge browser. But… Read moreSearch Deflector makes Windows 10 search better

Be kind to your eyes, find your phone, see and boost your wifi signal strength, delete whole words at a time, & a monitor recommendation

This is a mishmash of stuff that I’ve been collecting. Enjoy! Be kind to your eyes: 20-20-20. We are all spending way more time in front of our computers than we did, say, in February 2020. I’ve heard from colleagues… Read moreBe kind to your eyes, find your phone, see and boost your wifi signal strength, delete whole words at a time, & a monitor recommendation

Managing work/life balance teaching from home

I taught my first online course in the late 1990s. I had done my homework, reading up on everything I could find about teaching online, attending conference sessions about teaching online. While the Internet was out of its infancy, it… Read moreManaging work/life balance teaching from home

Bulk delete/unpublish pages in Canvas

My college has been with the Canvas learning management system for a few years now. There are many things I like about it, but the cumbersome number of clicks it takes to delete a bunch of pages is not one… Read moreBulk delete/unpublish pages in Canvas

Show Desktop: Keyboard shortcut for Windows and Mac

When someone knocks on your office door, you may have a sensitive email or student work on your screen. Rather than figuring out if what is on your screen can be safely seen, use a keyboard shortcut to minimize everything… Read moreShow Desktop: Keyboard shortcut for Windows and Mac

PhraseExpress: Are you typing the same thing over and over again?

I first wrote about PhraseExpress in 2009. My new policy: if I’m still using a particular technology 10 years later, it deserves a new blog post. PhraseExpress is a text expander (and more) for Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone. The… Read morePhraseExpress: Are you typing the same thing over and over again?

Using Inoreader with Trello: Plan, plan, plan

In my last post, I wrote about how I use the news feed reader Inoreader to keep up with what’s new. I promised at the end of that post to write about how I use Inoreader in combination with the… Read moreUsing Inoreader with Trello: Plan, plan, plan

Recovering unsaved MS Office files

A lot of new tech stuff I learn is too often due to me making a bone-headed decision. In this case, I created an Excel file to look at some data. Thinking I had everything I needed, I closed the… Read moreRecovering unsaved MS Office files

Use your tablet/phone/practically any other device as a second monitor for a Windows computer

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We are leaving in a couple days to visit my father-in-law. I want to work while on this trip, including getting my online courses ready for the fall*. Now that I routinely work with three monitors, the thought of trying… Read moreUse your tablet/phone/practically any other device as a second monitor for a Windows computer