Category Archives: Software

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How to Easily Schedule a Meeting Across Time Zones

Online communications tools such as Skype and Google Hangouts can make scholarly collegiality and collaboration more personal than email-only relationships. But what isn’t always easy is scheduling the time for phone calls or online meetings, especially when you’re collaborating across several time zones.

International meetings can be particularly difficult to schedule, especially since different countries perform their seasonal clock adjustments (like Daylight Savings Time) on different dates.

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Open Thread Wednesday: Favorite Podcast Apps?

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Back in February I asked you to share your favorite new podcasts. Today, I’d like to learn what your favorite app for listening to those podcasts. (Obviously, there are several candidates to choose from.)

What software do you use — mobile or otherwise — to listen to your favorite podcasts? And what do you like about that software? Please share in the comments!

[CC-licensed Flickr photo by Thomas Kamann]

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Software and Services for Managing Group Tasks


The world of software and online services is a densely populated field of companies who want you to share your to-do list with them. We’ve reviewed some of them here, including Todoist, Gqueues, Wunderlist, Basecamp, and Got Milk?. New options are appearing all the time, but I’ve long been a fan of Omnifocus and have good friends who swear by Things, both of which grow out of the Mac/iOS ecosystem.

However, task management software and services for individuals are increasingly clashing with an …

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2048, Gamemaking, and Creativity


If you’ve been hanging out on social media lately someone has probably linked you to an addictive time-wasting number game, 2048. But did you know you can create your own customized version? The free “Make Your Own 2048” tool is delightful to work with, and it’s really easy to make simple changes to the text or create an entire makeover through replacing the number boxes with images.

The story of 2048 is a great starting point for discussing originality in a world of convenient digital clones. …

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A Not-so-gentle Reminder about Security: Heartbleed

A couple of days before yesterday’s post was scheduled to run, we started hearing about the Heartbleed Bug.

This is a nasty one. It’s been out for quite a while, and it’s a flaw in a software library that’s used by a very high number of websites. Check the link above for the details of just how nasty the bug is.

What can readers do to protect their data?

An important part of the necessary response is beyond any individual user’s control. If a website was using the affected version of OpenSSL, i…

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A Gentle Reminder about Security

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[Editor's note: We will publish a follow-up post next week tomorrow about the Heartbleed Bug, which has been making headlines this week. You can read this follow-up post here.]

There are a lot of benefits to doing much of our work online. Collaboration with far-away colleagues is easy, we can have ready access to our work no matter what device we’re using, and having our work backed up in the cloud can be reassuring.

But there’s danger as well, unfortunately. In just the past two months, at lea…

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Using Browser Profiles for Organization

Many of us have more than one email account these days. I have several, I’m afraid, though I don’t need to use all of them regularly (thankfully!).

Still, there are three that I use on an almost daily basis: my personal account, my main work account, and the account of the office I currently direct.

While I could use a desktop email client to manage my email (and I sometimes do, for backup purposes if nothing else), all three are GMail accounts. Since I also make extensive use of Google Calenda…

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Microsoft Finally Introduces Office for iPad

After years of speculation from users, Microsoft has finally introduced a version of their Office suite of applications for the iPad. As their description on the product’s web page explains, you can

[v]iew, create, and edit Office documents on your iPad® with touch-friendly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. In Word, add comments or track changes while you work together with others. Review and update Excel spreadsheets and add formulas or charts. Change PowerPoint presentations and project them…

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How to Use Pa11y for Automated Accessibility Testing of Web Pages, Part 1

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Here at ProfHacker, we’ve covered accessibility (often abbreviated as a11y) in a number of different posts. This is an ever-growing topic of interest for many, but especially for those who design and maintain websites and want to ensure they can give access to all types of users, including those with disabilities. However, the most common question that I hear is, “How do I make sure that my site is accessible?” The best way to check for accessibility is still user testing, but if you’re just ma…

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Open Thread Wednesday: Online Storage Edition

As Amy wrote on Tuesday, Google recently announced “add-ons” for Google Docs and Sheets, new tools that “extend the functionality of these two pieces of Google Drive.” However, there was another big announcement related to Google Drive last week: they’ve significantly lowered their prices for storage:

  • 15 GB: Free

  • 100 GB: $1.99 per month

  • 1 TB: $9.99 per month

This is pretty impressive, and I’ll be interested to see how (or if) people start migrating away from a service like — say — Dropb…