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    Backflowing

    1) Always backflow. You ought to have enough time to finish the backflow and finish during CX and Neg Block Prep. 2) If your partner can't read your handwriting: write in all CAPS handwriting on their flows. It makes it much more legible for them.
  2. Oops, yes I am. It's all that school switching!
  3. Best coach/judge: honestly, y'all seem to way underappreciate and under-utilize Steve Rowe's (Interlake) debate experience and knowledge. Best squad/school: interlake, tbh Best team: interlake lm (strictly speaking, sgs rm) Most Improved Team: Vashon - y'all not only improved from year to year, but from tournament to tournament. It was awesome to see. Best aff: I hate you all Best negative position: case turns, disad, PIC (I hate you all, this topic was built for it, especially given how lazy everyone was in cutting/breaking new affs) Most persuasive speaker: kashif Most helpful person: all of your judges. Few debate areas get as much high quality post-round and ballot instruction as WA tournaments tend to have. Fastest debater: bring me more case/disad/PIC debates and I'll tell you next year Best debater overall: slim Squad to watch out for next year: Interlake (lots of 7 weeks? Yeah, I'd say watch out) Funniest debater: you're not funny edit fixed for stupid.
  4. HAHAHAHA, how cute, you think I'm not also browsing reddit at the same time Although, that should explain to all of you why I am quick to forget every round you've ever had in front of me. Actually, I just care about adjudicating and then stop caring about past rounds. I'm only on reddit during prep.
  5. Install a desktop interface behind ChromeOS, you can then "Alt+Tab" between ChomeOS and the desktop, install full software from Linux, etc. That would allow you to use the DebateOS template with LibreOffice, which is compatible with Verbatim.
  6. It's important to know that Verbatim and all templates, in general, have gravitated to using native styles, rather than custom styles. You can recreate this by assigning an Alias to a current style, instead of creating a "new" style. This should also allow you to make Verbatim friendly docs in Google Docs or LibreOffice, for example, or really any generic text editor with Headings 1 - 4 (as the main/most important styles for making Verbatim and other templates work). Guide for Open Paperless Project based templates: http://paperlessdebate.com/SitePages/Open%20Paperless%20Project.aspx I think everyone should watch these videos if they use Verbatim: OS X: PC: Here are defaults for these and default keystrokes that make you compatible with any Verbatim or Open Paperless Project templates I know of. Pocket = Heading 1 CTRL-1 Hat = Heading 2 CTRL-2 Block = Heading 3 CTRL-3 Tag = Heading 4 CTRL-4 Underline = CTRL-U Paste Special = Shift+Command+V (this is slower than the macro, but brings up a dialogue box to paste unformatted text) You can customize the keystrokes to the F1-12 keys by going: 1. Select Tools ==> Customize Keyboard 2. Select the appropriate category on the left and select the right command (Probably Styles and Heading 1 - Heading 4, for example) 3. Assign a new keyboard shortcut (F4 - Heading 1/Pocket) 4. Click o.k. twice 5. Repeat for the functions you have/need F2 – Paste Unformatted F3 – Remove Returns F4 – Pocket F5 – Hat F6 – Block F7 – Tag F8 – Cite F9 – Underline F10 – Emphasis F11 – Highlight F12 – Clear Formatting
  7. http://www.cedadebate.org/forum/index.php?topic=4978.0
  8. Probably fine. Would need to have to be practiced and worked on to get used to it's unique abilities. Cons/No Advantage: #1 above is probably the biggest issue. Quickly pulling up and loading large documents, many of them at the same time, might bleed out a few extra seconds of prep time that you wouldn't have with a better piece of hardware. This only goes for the RT's, the Surface Pro's have some decent hardware inside. Touch typing wouldn't be recommended, nor flowing, I'd guess. Will still require you to have a keyboard and mouse Pros: Probably great as something to read off of in reading mode in MS Office, though. No need for a table tote, go back to stacking things and fitting your flows next to your paperless speech. Lighter/easier to pick up and move about during team preps in the hotel, etc. Tablets are fun and awesome Re: Chromebooks: I disagree on the chromebook comment. People just aren't taking full advantage of what a Chromebook can do. You can run a Linux desktop side-by-side with ChromeOS and "alt+tab" between ChromeOS and a regular desktop (I would suggest XFCE). That makes it possible to prep, research, and debate paperlessly without problems if you use LibreOffice and the DebateOS Template. All it takes is a couple terminal commands to install it, and then learning that Alt + ~ (I think) alt-tabs between a desktop and ChromeOS. From the Chrome Books thread: http://www.reuters.com/video/2013/03/05/multitasking-with-chrome-os-and-linux-on?videoId=241474089 http://lifehacker.com/how-to-install-linux-on-a-chromebook-and-unlock-its-ful-509039343
  9. I've started the next version of DebateOS Linux and need y'alls help. In trying to make Linux a viable alternative for paperless debate, the largest hurdle I generally face is the interface set-up. The Linux desktop needs to intuitively act and look similar enough to the most common paperless debate set-ups y'all have out there to make transitioning to Linux and teaching paperless debate as seemless and easy as possible. Post your workflow screenshots and help make DebateOS better, please The last time I helped someone set-up a paperless Windows workflow, was probably Whitman 2.0 with a vertical start menu on the left hand side and panel shortcut menus to the debate folders/tub for file access. This worked great and was incredibly fast. Below is an example of what i'm talking about with a Linux set-up using the XFCE desktop. In windows the panel was wider and the folder names were attached. I've customized icons to represent folders, instead, as seen.
  10. Those are Surface RT's, which are pathetic pieces of tech. A real Surface wouldn't be so bad if you can afford it, etc.
  11. To answer the OP: I doubt it's possible to go beyond file creation and reading/viewing laptop with anything built on Chrome OS, alone. And even then, file creation, while it would be compatible with Open Paperless Project standards, would likely have a weird look that most people would want run through and re-saved via MS Office or LibreOffice, anyways. With some Terminal work, you can make a Chromebook work, though. You just have to install a Linux Desktop Environment of your choice (I suggest XFCE or Cinnamon for a debate environment). What's very very cool is you can literally alt-tabbed between Chrome OS and the Linux desktop. Video demonstrating running Linux/ChromeOS at the same time: http://www.reuters.com/video/2013/03/05/multitasking-with-chrome-os-and-linux-on?videoId=241474089 How to do it: http://lifehacker.com/how-to-install-linux-on-a-chromebook-and-unlock-its-ful-509039343 Just a little update on that, since there's a nearly identical cross-x thread in the Tech Forums. I'm the developer for DebateOS and am also putting together a team and have started work on a Google Docs port for a basic Template for file cutting collaboration. Right now the plan is for the following scripts: Remove Paragraphs (in beta) Small font (in beta) Pocket - Tags (although if you can't just use the dropdown for Heading 1 through Heading 4 you fail, and we may just require you to do that so that I can further the "Tech Integration" education argument to high schools for No Child Left Behind common core standard requirements) At the moment we have no plans to try to replicate Speech creation since we are still just now learning what scripting with Google Drive can do. But we think there's enough need and desire for a GDocs port for file creation to make it a major project priority.
  12. First, read the above ^^^^^^ Word can export/save to PDF. To cut out most of the crap on news articles (ads, boxes, menus, etc) I highly suggest the Evernote Clearly add-on. I know it's at least for Chrome and Firefox, haven't tried it for Safari or IE. This should help with card cutting, putting it cleanly into Word, etc. Before Clearly (It's the little Lamp button next to Home on the top right) After Clearly:
  13. I'll assume it's not Document Map (I think they call it Navigation Pane, now) on the left, for now. But if it is, then yes, LibreOffice has it, but they call it Navigator. My teams use it to navigate their files to the parts they want to send to the speech. You can drag and drop within the Navigator to rearrange the speech or file, too.
  14. I've used Open Office almost since it began. First, on a Windows 98 machine, then when it was x11 based on a G3 white MacBook with OS X 10.1 or 10.2. If you happen to be a freshman or sophomore in high school, then I've probably been using it since before you could talk or speak whole sentences. I'm the person who writes the paperless macros for LibreOffice, now. When Open Office failed me, and it did, sometimes, I'd just use any basic text editor and save in RTF. Then I'd e-mail a friend who would save it as a .doc for me to send to my profs.
  15. I have not used Word in over a decade. You'll have to be more specific than Ctrl+F "thing". Is it not "Find"/"Search Document" as with nearly all word processors?
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