Category Archives: General Office

Advice for the office environment. Applicable to any office worker.

Free and Legal Access to MS Word, Excel, Office

Need to get access to Microsoft Office for a new PC, but don’t have the cash on hand to get the latest version just yet? Try these free and legal options: Microsoft Starter 2010 – Free "light" versions of Word … Continue reading

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Why American Women Graduates are Quitting Engineering

So I dug into another "women in engineering" report, trying to see if anyone had cracked the code on why women tend to leave engineering 2-3x more often, despite being just as qualified. It's a 64-page review of graduates all … Continue reading

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Convert Units Easily with Factor-Label Unit Conversion

Converting units is a very common work task, and trying not to get tripped up by it is a real pain at times. I'm sure you've already read the Mars Rover and other trite examples, so what can we do? … Continue reading

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“Learning” Spanish in 10 seconds

With the growing opportunities in Latin America, I've found myself having to deal with the occasional document in Spanish, despite never having taken so much as a high school class in Español. (I ended up with another language instead.) In … Continue reading

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The Eight-Hour Year: a metaphor of new graduates and young workers

Have you ever been frustrated at a young hire in your office? “Kids these days! Schools don’t teach them anything! How can they keep making such stupid and obvious mistakes?” Or maybe instead, you are a person new and inexperienced … Continue reading

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