508 Compliance for PDF Documents

This is a follow up to my previous post 508 Compliance for Word Documents. If you’re unfamiliar with Section 508 or want to learn more, check out my post Intro to Section 508 and Accessibility. In this post, I will cover how to convert a prepared Word document to a PDF and how to adjust […]

10 Things to Keep in Mind When Teleconferencing From Home

With so many people around the world now working, socializing, and learning (or teaching) from home, it may be time to think about your approach to teleconferencing. In the past, it may have been easy enough to log into an occasional video chat now and then when necessary, without any sort of strategic thinking. Now […]

How to Get Your Resume to Stand Out to Recruiters

Today we discuss resumes – for some positions we may get quite a few resumes and time only allows for a quick scan. We are going to let you know what makes your resume stand out from the rest.

508 Compliance for Word Documents

In my last post “Intro to Section 508 and Accessibility” I explained what Section 508 is, why it’s important, and how to be compliant. As a quick review, Section 508 is a law requiring Federal agencies to meet standards during “development, procurement, maintenance, and use” of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). These standards help users […]

How to Host a Hackathon

Hackathons are becoming extremely popular nowadays.  They’re being used for education, small business initiatives, social purposes, as well as big-corporation product development.  In fact, MIT’s medical technology group recently held a hackathon with the intent to find solutions for infant deaths caused by breathing problems. NASA even holds an annual hackathon for earth and space […]

Sending Emails from Google Sheets

Our employees often have a need to view, review, or collaborate on documents when they are not in the same office or location. We find Google’s products such as Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms to be great resources that allow us to do just that. Best of all, most of their products are free. […]

Scheduled Task Running

I like to think that I learn more every day, but I still really embrace being a computer novice in a lot of ways. About four years ago, I learned about using Windows’ Task Scheduler to run processes on a defined timetable. The typical things it became useful for in my daily activities were: backing […]

Task Tracking Using Python and ArcGIS

Managing a team of Geospatial Analysts, and all their ongoing projects, requires a decent bit of effort for the Project Manager on one of our current contracts. At the onset, the PM would ask each GA what they were working on, obtain it verbally or via email, and manually enter the information into an excel […]

Calculating Distance and Direction using ArcPy

While working with geospatial information, it is often advantageous to find out how close one particular piece of data is to other pieces of data. This leads to a greater understanding of the area of study. The knowledge of how things relate to one another spatially is articulated in Waldo Tobler’s First Law of Geography. […]

Using AWK to Ease your CSV Manipulation

We often hear that we should use the right tool for the right job. The problem for developers is becoming aware of those different tools. So I want to save you some time and introduce you to an old tool that is good for simple processing of CSV files. The language is so simple that […]