Personal Stories
May 29, 2017

Smoking: Prohibited

One of the clients that I work for, Champlain College Saint-Lambert, recently posted the following notice on their blog (emphasis added): Champlain College Saint-Lambert will become a smoke and tobacco-free campus for all for employees, students, and visitors effective July 1st 2017. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited on campus properties, both indoor and outdoor, of the College including all buildings and grounds owned by the College. This policy applies to the parking lot as well as the front and side walkways. Tobacco is defined as any type of tobacco product including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, electronic cigarettes, smokeless or spit tobacco or snuff. For those who are interested in stopping their use of tobacco products please contact Health Services (students) or…
Personal Stories
May 28, 2017

Are You Friendly?

Photo by Matt Refghi So it was the day of my final exam in Law & Society, and there were only a few mins left before I'd have to leave. And yet, casually, I launched Rust on my computer, logged into a server, and stepped away from my machine while the world loaded. As I was cleaning my apartment to pass the time, I noticed in the distance that the game had finished loading. In Rust, when you connect to a server for the first time, you're placed in a random location, and you have a first person view of your character laying on his side, just having woken up. When you join the world in this manner, you're known as a "naked" by the community.…
Tutorials
December 5, 2016

How to Use Task Manager’s Hidden Tiny Footprint Mode

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUHvN4f2MPE Transcript Now, if you're a Windows user, there's a certain point in your life where you learn that Ctrl+Alt+Del is your best friend. From Ctrl+Alt+Del, you can actually pop up the task manager. So, I can't show Ctrl+Alt+Del on screen here, because of the way my video capturing software works, but that's one way to pop-up task manager. The other way is to simply right-click in the taskbar in Windows, so down here for example. And then you'll notice that there's a task manager option. I can simply select that to launch task manager. But regardless how you do it, I wanted to quickly show you a feature that not many people necessarily encounter. So over here you see a simplified list of apps.…
Tutorials
December 2, 2016

How to Send Photos as Attachments in Gmail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj6uAQDYNn4 Transcript A while back, Gmail decided to change the look of the Compose Email interface, I'm talking about this feature right here. When you press Compose, in the past there used to be a full screen editor. Right now what they have is a little pop-up like this that writes New Message, to, subject, cc, bcc, has a place to type your message, and then of course you can send, and there's some controls. Now, this is different... but let's go ahead and do what I'm looking to do, which is attaching a file. I have this photo right here. Let's say I wanna send this photo to myself. My instinct, to get this done, is to drag the photo, and then drop it…
Tutorials
December 2, 2016

How to Hide the Clock In Windows 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCTPeb7j7f8 Transcript Now if you watch my videos, you may have noticed that I like to hide the clock in Windows 10, when I'm doing a tutorial - I'll show you what I mean. So if you look in the bottom right corner here, you see the time, you see the date. Now, I like to hide this because when I make edits in my videos, sometimes it spans a few minutes. The cuts are a few minutes apart. And I don't want people to see the clock jumping, I think that that's a distraction, so I like to hide that clock. Now I'll show you how you can hide the clock as well in case you're recording, or if you just wanna hide the…
Tutorials
November 30, 2016

How to Show Or Hide File Extensions in Windows 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9nBdkg35nA Transcript Alright, here's how to show or hide file extensions in Windows 10. You'll notice on my desktop I have a file named Note. I can tell it's a Word file, but I can't see the .docx extension. If I really want to see that, I have to enable file extensions in Windows, I'll show you how to do that. All you have to do is launch Windows Explorer, and once Explorer appears, all you have to do is locate the tab at the top named View, and then click it. And once you're in this area, you'll notice on the right that there's an option here: File name extensions. It's really that simple. Click the checkbox, you're all set. If I go back…
Tutorials
November 30, 2016

How to Add Hiberation to the Power Options in Windows 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRjHEEpCpPo Transcript Okay, everybody, here's how you can add Hibernate to the list of power options in Windows 10, in case it's missing. You can also use the same steps to remove it, of course. So Windows 10 has a number of power options: Sleep, Shutdown, and Restart. These are all pretty well known by people. What you need to know about Hibernate is that it's kind of like Sleep, except it does not keep it in a low power state, it actually shuts down. So Hibernate will take the computer offline, but it will also save the exact state you were in, all the windows, you had opened, all the files you were working on, whatever, it will actually save them to the hard…
Tutorials
November 25, 2016

How to Change the Default Homepage and Search Engine in Internet Explorer 11

https://youtu.be/HoZaBFDxOZU Transcript In this video, I'll be showing you how to change the homepage and the default search engine in Internet Explorer 11. Now, while I am using IE 11, keep in mind that these steps may work in IE 10, or even IE 9. Alright, so the first thing that happens when I launch Internet Explorer is typically I get hit in the face with MSN. MSN is a very busy website, and some people like it, but me, personally, the first thing I want to do is get this monstrosity out of my face. So to do that, I have to first click the gear button in the top right, I'm just gonna zoom it so you can see it here: tools. So…
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November 24, 2016

How to Free Up Space In Dropbox (What to Do When Your Dropbox is Full)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X398oLysdg Description The WinDirStat video Download WinDirStat here: https://windirstat.net/ Dropbox "Get Space" page: (Make sure you log in first) https://www.dropbox.com/getspace Transcript Alright, so this is definitely one of the most popular questions I get asked: what do you do when your Dropbox is full? There's actually two approaches to this. The first is to maximize the free space that Dropbox gives you for performing certain tasks. The second is to flat-out delete files that are using too much space in your Dropbox. I'll be exploring both of these with you. There is of course a third option, which is to pay for Pro, Dropbox Pro, I think it costs about 10 bucks a month. Alright, so the first way I'm going to show you involves…
Tutorials
November 23, 2016

How to Recover Windows That Are Stuck Offscreen (2 Solutions)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GAVzZGSgak Transcript Hi everybody. Today I'll be showing you what to do when you encounter a window in Windows that is stuck offscreen. And by that I mean you can't actually open it, but you do see it in the taskbar. So no matter what you do, you can't actually make it pop up. All you have to do is hold shift over the taskbar icon, and then right-click, and here you'll have some options. The option you're interested in is Move, second one from the top. So you click move, and as soon as you've done that, you can kind of, like, let go of the mouse and keyboard. You should press one of the arrow keys, doesn't matter which one, in this case…
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November 22, 2016

How to Open Multiple Instances/Windows of Notepad++

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfLEEP6QsFQ Description Never heard of Notepad++? https://notepad-plus-plus.org/ Transcript In this video, I'll be showing you how to open multiple instances of Notepad++. That is, multiple windows. By default, when you double-click on the shortcut, you'll get one window. Double-click again, still one window. The reason is of course that there are tabs, so the program doesn't the logic in opening multiple copies of itself. But of course there are cases where this could be useful. In this particular case, I have two files, list a, list b. To view one, I have to hide the other, so naturally, there is a benefit to having both open at the same time, and I might actually want that. To get that done, I simply need to click…
Personal Stories
November 21, 2016

Snow!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39_7VICym7Q Transcript Hey everyone, it's snowing outside and I'm really looking forward to going to the mountain today. I didn't plan on this snow, but it's going to be worth it, check it out. That's where I'm going. I'm on my way to the mountain now and I just overheard someone saying that they hate this weather. Why would they hate this weather? Isn't it fantastic to be hit in the face with snow? To each their own I suppose. I just came back from actually signing up for my student ID for Concordia. It makes me pretty happy and not so much because it's Concordia, not that there's anything wrong with Concordia, moreso because it's a symbol of lifelong learning. So in a few…
Tutorials
November 20, 2016

How to Free Up Disk Space In Windows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfHCVhYnwE0 Transcript Hello everybody. In this video I'll be showing you how to clear up hard drive space. So we've all been in this situation, we accumulate too many files and we need to clear up some space so we're able to install whatever, install a game, install some software. I'll be showing what I typically do to clear up space. Now the most basic thing you can do is if you're aware of where the largest files are on your drive you just manually go to them and delete them using Windows Explorer. But let's assume you don't know that. There's a few things you can do. Even though I'm using Windows 10, most versions of Windows that are fairly recent have this particular…
Personal Stories
November 17, 2016

The Puddle

On August 1st, 2016, I decided it was time to continue challenging myself just like I did with my two 30-day challenges in 2013. The third challenge turned out simpler than the previous two: I would bike at least 20 km (~12.4 miles) per day for thirty consecutive days. Unlike 2013, there were no other rules - no photos, no mandatory checkpoints. And, for some reason, I also decided to keep the challenge completely under the radar until I completed it. The only people that could see my progress were those that followed me on Strava, since I named my rides incrementally (Day 1, 2, etc) as I went along. And so the challenge began, and progressed without fault for two weeks. Then came day 16, a particularly rainy day. I wasn't…
Personal Stories
November 16, 2016

Despite My Fatigue, A Smile

On the night of April 9th, 2015, I collapsed onto my couch, having finished a second day of working at a job fair that took place at the Palais des Congres de Montreal. On my face, despite my fatigue, was a smile - I greatly enjoyed working at fairs. At the time, I would occasionally work job fairs for one of my corporation's clients, Champlain College Saint-Lambert. I even wrote a blog post about what they do. For those that didn't read that post, here's a quick run-down: I worked primarily with the Recognition of Acquired Competencies (RAC) department, which fits within the realm of Continuing Education, for adults. RAC is a process that people can use to have their life and work experience recognized towards obtaining…