One PDF to hold them all.

Working at a Junior college computer lab provides some insight into the needs of the students. They have papers to write, print and turn in. Some instructors want the papers all gathered together into one PDF at the end of class.

So I will present one way to make that happen.

Most students will be using some type of word processor, word, office 365 or Google Docs. All of these will allow you to print a range of pages.

With this method you will write each paper in the same saved document, starting each on a new page. Then printing only those pages that are needed each time.

Whenever you instructor asks for a single file of all your documents the you just save the entire document as a PDF and email it to them.

If you were unfortunate enough to find this post late in the class then I have another solution. Create a new document the is empty, then open each of the others, one at a time. Select all  and copy, the commands can be found under the edit menu. Then paste into the new document, starting each paste on a new page.

Once done you can save the document as a PDF and email to your instructor.

If  you have any other ways just let me know and I’ll include them.


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Password Rodeo

Here we are, once again someone has posted usernames and passwords they claim to have taken from some service by nefarious means. This will continue to be a problem as long as we are use some means to protect our things. Dropbox is our current scare.

Security breaches will happen and that can not be changed, what can be changed is your password. By using a long unique password you can protect your services. When these breaches occur and one of your services is affected you need to change the password to it as soon as possible. This will close the door on the breach to your data.

The best protection is to use two factor logins, which some services can provide, long passwords are the next best protection. These can be a problem, especially 20 character random passwords. To solve that problem I use a password manager. With a password manager I can store the many unique passwords for my services and generate new ones.

There are several services and apps that will help you safely store your passwords. I use, free for web use and currently $12 per year to have premium access including from your mobile device. Here is a list of password managers that is maintained on Wikipedia.




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