Full disclosure: I often use a Mac at work but occasionally find myself in need of jumping into Windows. I’m running Windows 10 via Boot Camp.

In this article, I’ll address one particular issue common (I believe) to anyone who often switches between a Mac and a PC. It has to do with the differences in layout between a Mac and a Windows’ keyboard. The layout of a Mac’s keyboard isn’t set up to work with Windows, but there is a solution for this problem. Just keep on reading!

The main issue, at least for me, has to do with “shortcuts”. For example, when “cutting and paste” on a Mac, we use Command+c and Command+v. When using a Mac keyboard on Windows, the layout is different: Control+c and Control+v.

Since I switch between the two operating systems quite often, confusion is a common event. This confusion is explained by behaviour psychologists, and more recently by motor control and learning experts. The term is called negative transfer of learning, and it can be explained by the cognitive confusion theory. In this case, confusion happens due to the unfamiliarity of the keyboard. Note that the problem here is not related with limb control. You already know how to strike the keys in a sequence. The problem is the unfamiliar location of the keys. To avoid this confusion, one can remap Windows keyboard shortcuts in Boot Camp on a Mac. Follow the link below to get this set up on your Mac.

Source: How to Remap Windows Keyboard Shortcuts in Boot Camp on a Mac


The excerpt below is from BMJ and may be used as reference when the intention is to write research manuscripts describing pilot data.

Articles reporting pilot studies should explain the work’s wider context and explain why the term ‘pilot study’ applies. The term ‘pilot study’ should not be applied to justify reporting a small-scale study. Justifications for a pilot study include: trialling a new procedure intended for use in a larger programme of research, establishing power calculations required for a full-scale study, establishing how many patients and/or healthcare professionals can be recruited, evaluating the financial, technical, administrative or logistic feasibility of a full-scale study, including issues of data collection, protocol adherence, and questionnaire design. The sample/patient size should still be justified. The article should explain the impact that the pilot study had on decisions regarding future research.


Have you ever wonder how to play sound in the background during a slideshow with MS PowerPoint? Click on the link below to learn how it is done.

Source: Play music for the duration of your slide show


The Text-to-speech (TTS) feature of MS Office 2013 is a great feature. I am especially pleased with the quality of the voice.

Essentially, it gives your computer the ability to playback written text as spoken words. “Depending upon your configuration and installed TTS engines, you can hear most text that appears on your screen in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote.” (Office Support).

I took the time to record a chunk of text from one of my PowerPoint slides. Check it out by playing the audio file below:


Source: Using the Speak text-to-speech feature


Although they have a plural meaning, most uncountable nouns like this (including information, administration, management, advice, accommodation) are singular with no plural form. This information is very useful.Learning English | BBC World Service

Source: is information plural or singular – Google Search

Iso image files are very popular nowadays. My friends often ask me how to burn iso files to a CD/DVD. Follow the tutorials below to learn how it is done.

Not using Mac? No problem! Click here to learn how to burn an iso image file using Windows 7 or 8.

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Follow the simple steps below to burn an iso file in Mac OS X.

  1. Insert a blank disc.
  2. Start Disk Utility.
  3. From the File menu, choose Open Disk Image and select the ISO to be burned.
  4. In the list of volumes, you will now see an item representing the ISO file.
  5. Select it.
  6. Click the Burn button and follow the instructions.

Source: How to burn ISO disc images – Mac OS X Hints

An ISO file is an image of a CD/DVD. You don’t need to download any special application to burn iso files to a CD/DVD. Windows 7 or 8 is equipped to burn iso files. The video in this post shows how it is done in Windows 7, but the steps are similar in Windows 8. Soon, I will post a tutorial that explains how to create iso files using DVDStyler. Stay tuned!

Not using Windows? Try my other post that explains how to burn iso image files in a Mac.


Very often, we need to convert, merge, split, etc. PDF files. How many times have you tried to convert a PDF file into a PPT (PowerPoint) file on the fly and got stuck?

The smallpdf website is here to help. See below how the smallpdf site can help you.

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via Smallpdf.com – A Free Solution to all your PDF Problems.


We’ll once more rely on the APA Style Blog to learn how to cite works that are either in preparation or were submitted for publication. I provide below the relevant examples. Refer to the full article for more information on this topic.

Use the example below if you want to cite (APA 6th Ed.) a manuscript that is under preparation.

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Bolin, M., & Furtado, O., Jr. (2014). The relationship between BMI and FMS performance in rural children. Manuscript in preparation.


Use the example below if you want to cite (APA 6th Ed.) a manuscript that has been submitted for publication.

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Fontana, F. E., Furtado, O., Jr., Mazzardo, O., Hong, D., & Campos, W. (2014). Perception of obese individuals by professors teaching PETE majors. Manuscript submitted for publication.


APA Style Blog: Almost Published.

Diigo, the alternative to Delicious bookmarking system, has just released a new feature called Diigo Outliner. First you need to install the Diigo browser extension. I have only tested the version for Chrome.

Perhaps, the best way to explain it is by using an example. Say you are preparing a lecture and need to collect, organize and share supplementary information from the web with your students. Diigo Outliner helps you through the process. Once you visit a relevant site or video (or anything else) you want to share with your students, simply click the Diigo button and save the content to an “outliner” (see figure below).

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Below is how it will look like. Then, simply grab the link Diigo provides and share it with your students. That’s all!

via Appchangelog.