It is February, which means I have a mountain of snow outside my door here in Canada, and an even larger mountain of tasks stacking up in my e-mail inbox. Since piles of snow and short days make me want to curl up with a good book – rather than a good journal article – I’ve been toying with some of the many productivity apps available on the web. Continue reading
I have become ridiculously dependent on having two computer monitors. Five years ago I never would have considered the need for a second screen…but now? Can’t live without one.
Would you believe that – techie as I am – I am still a devotee of the paper day planner?
A couple months ago I broke down and bought the tech toy I have been craving since November – the iPad Pro.
Reading other people’s blog posts, I get the sense people are confused about the iPad Pro. It’s a beautiful looking device, but tech b;others everywhere can’t figure out “who the device is for.” . I’ve seen a lot of people cry ‘It’s not a computer replacement!’ and wonder why it doesn’t run the Mac OSX. “It’s too big” others complain, and “only a small number of artists and creative types would really use it!
I’m not sure who Apple intended to make the device for, but I have been using the 12.9 inch pro for the last 2 months and it has fit beautifully into my work flow. Continue reading
For the last month or so I have been using Slack as a way to collaborate with another PhD student in my department on a systematic review.
I have been pretty quiet on here for the past few weeks. I have been getting lots of writing done –hopefully some that I will soon be able to link some of it to this site – but not much blog writing.
In addition to writing, I have been preparing a lot of presentations recently
– one for our student research day, two more for my comprehensive exam defense and a few other miscellaneous talks that I have been asked to give. Continue reading
Shortly before pressing the send button to submit my comprehensive exam I started to feel my wrists start to twinge. Figuring that this was related to typing 41 pages of text (+ blog posts!) in a little less than a month, I trotted off to see my nurse practitioner who advised me to re-think my ergonomic setup for typing. Continue reading
Once you have scanned all of your loose papers, meeting notes, and old highlighted copies of articles, you probably want to make sure that you can find that information again. Evernote and OneNote can both make your documents searchable using OCR (optical character recognition). Continue reading