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Get Your Internet Connection’s Speed from Google

speed limit sign

As I type, the Google doodle says that it’s the search engine’s 18th anniversary, which is a very long time of continuing to provide relevant search results on the internet. Google’s search engine, though, has long done far more than that, which brings me to the topic of today’s post: internet speeds.

From time to time in everyone’s life, it can be useful to know just how fast your connection to the internet is. Maybe you’re trying to decide whether to prep for class by reviewing a video, or to…


Learn Your Keyboard Shortcuts

A black Mac keyboardIf you’ve been reading ProfHacker for a while, you probably know that one of our primary goals is to talk about those things in academia that people simply don’t talk about. If you’re here–so the logic goes–you must already understand <insert topic of choice here, like which are the prestigious journals in your field>, and so we won’t bother to teach you these things. But these things are important; it turns out that knowing the hidden information of the university is a really powerful way to ma…


Want To Read Faster? There’s a Bookmarklet for That

Summertime, and the reading is easyThere are, no doubt, many, many benefits to doing teaching and research (even service governance!) in the modern networked, mobile-enabled era.

“Having less to read” is *not* one of those benefits! Quite the reverse, really–there are more and more articles and books to read, blog posts to follow, papers/exams to grade, and the like. For the forlorn obsessed dedicated, there are even committee minutes and by-laws.

It is a modern commonplace to note that the problem of research used to be one o…


Using Keyboard Shortcuts in Google Tools

sign for 'Short Cut Road'

Last month I covered an easy way to create keyboard shortcuts for anything. Using the built-in tools of Mac OS X or AutoHotkey in Windows, you can customize keystrokes for any program to help you get your work done faster. Of course, many of us do our work in browsers these days. You can use shortcuts to control the browser itself—using Ctrl-T / Cmd-T to open a new tab, for example—but that will almost never help you control the specifics of a site.

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