is Free for OSU, Technically

What is offers well organized tutorials on all kinds of software such as the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Suite, various other multimedia programs, professional development topics, project management, programing languages, and more. To be clear, I don’t work for nor do I get a kickback for endorsing them here. It’s just a really great product, and I’ve gained a lot of advanced expertise all on my own using the tutorials available. You can see all the topics and courses available without logging in, so take a look to see what I mean. You can even watch some of the videos, just not entire courses.

Inside of Thompson Library at OSU. Photo features a staircase overlooking a main floor and several stories of the building with glass walls.

Thompson Library

How do I get free access?
You’ll need a free Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) membership to get free access to Bring your BuckID to Thompson Library to sign up for a CML membership. You’ll need to fill out a form listing an Ohio address, which should ideally be your home, but could also be your office, dorm or department. After completing the form, you’ll get your CML card and PIN on the spot. Alternatively, you can sign up for a membership at one of the many CML branch locations around Columbus or online. If you choose the online option, you may have to wait up to 10 days for your library card to arrive in the mail.

How do I sign into for free?
Don’t go to and click on the Sign In button like a normal paying user. Instead, visit, to be prompted Continue reading

Sprint Through an Hour Lecture in 30 Minutes or Less

With just 2 minutes of setup, you’ll be able to speed read through an hour lecture in 30 minutes or less. All you have to do is install Google Chrome and the Chrome extension, Sprint Reader. Recently, I’ve been using this setup to take an online course about science and cooking. The great thing about online courses is that there’s usually a transcript for each video lecture. Open the transcript, highlight the text, and right click to open Sprint Reader. Here’s my 2 minute video to illustrate the process. For reference, the average adult reads at 250-300 wpm; slide presentations are delivered at 100-125 wpm; and auctioneers speak at around 250 wpm. In this example I have Sprint Reader set at 450 words per minute. That’s Continue reading