Category: Technical Tips

10 ways to avoid pain when writing a lot by hand

I have done a tremendous amount of writing by hand over the last year as I returned to grad school and then prepared for the PhD written qualifying exams. I was not accustomed to this much writing by hand because

Organizing your Outlook email PST files

Have you ever seen the following message when booting up your computer? “To free up disk space, Outlook Express can compact messages. This may take up to a few minutes.” Do you use Microsoft’s Outlook email manager? If yes to


Most people I know do some kind of work that requires at least a few repetitive tasks. Odds are that this applies to you as well, to some degree. And a lot of those repetitive tasks you perform can be

Emptying your inbox

Until recently, I would regularly keep 20 or 30 emails in my inbox as reminders of things I needed to do. So there were 20 or 30 emails that I knew I needed to act on, yet I would need

Writing things out to better understand them

Have you ever attempted to read through a challenging document (technical or non-technical) that presented a lot of material you struggled to understand? Examples include textbooks, technical papers, legal documents, insurance information, etc. I have found that one of the