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Teach Yourself Tech!

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Can't make it to the Learn to Code Meetups in ideaLAB on Monday nights? Wish the library offered classes at midnight, or on Veteran's Day? Fuggedaboudit. We've got your back.

Free Microsoft Word & Excel Classes at the CTC

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Are you looking for work and need to brush up on your Word or Excel skills? The Community Technology Center offers free Microsoft Word and Excel Basics classes, plus several topic specific modules, every month! Once you have the basics down, pick and choose the modules that best meet your learning needs.

Click any of the links below to get more information about the class, to view its handout, and find out when it's offered next.

Social Security Online -- this Wednesday!

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Did you know that you can use a my Social Security account to:

 

  •     Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year;
  •     Get an estimate of your future benefits if you are still working;
  •     Get a letter with proof of your benefits if you currently receive them; and
  •     Much more?

Attend the Social Security Internet Services Seminar and let SSA help you find your SOMEDAY!

Learn how to market a business, event, or community group at the Community Technology Center!

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If you’re a small business owner who wants to increase exposure, if you work for someone who wants you to help promote their business, or even if you’re an activist organizing a rally, the Community Technology Center has some great classes coming up for you!

You can Excel!

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Have you been wanting to learn Excel?  The Central Library offers Excel Basics every month, followed by several modules at the same time the following weeks.

Start with the basics if you’ve never used Excel before, or if it’s been a while and you’re looking for a refresher. Then dive into modules to learn specific skills. You decide what’s right for you. The next series starts tomorrow!

Mercury in Retrograde

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Some strange technological things have been afoot the last few days, so I looked online yesterday to see if the planet Mercury was in retrograde. (This is something I do pretty regularly when I see a rash of technology failures, even though I’m a skeptic at heart.) It is. Mercury is in retrograde until July 1, apparently. Technology can be glitchy at any time of year. And I’m not someone who really subscribes to astrological explanations for things that happen in my life. But I work with tech all day, and have an array of gadgets at home.

Learn All About Social Security Online and Changes Coming in 2014!

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Beginning August 2014, Social Security number printouts will no longer be available at field offices. Individuals who need proof of their Social Security number and cannot find their card will need to apply for a replacement card. In addition, beginning October 2014, Social Security administration field offices will stop providing benefit verification letters, except in emergency situations. Benefit verifications are available online, and can be obtained by registering for a mySocial Security account, or by calling 1-800-772-1213.

We Want YOU to be a Technology Volunteer!

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Are you the person in your family who shows your parents how to use their new smart phones? Do you laugh in the face of a resume created with a never before seen template? Would you like to make an extraordinary difference in your community?

Windows 7 has arrived at DPL!

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Whoo hoo! Say goodbye to Windows XP and helllllooooo to Windows 7!

As many of you have probably heard, Microsoft will no longer provide support for its XP operating system after April 8, 2014. So if you're a home user who hasn't switched to Windows 7 or newer, check out this page for more information.

DPL has already started the upgrades to all public computers. Along with the Windows 7 rollout, there are some other upgrades as well. All the browsers, including Internet Explorer, are up to date.  And now customers can download and install software, too!

Too Much Tech?

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I work with technology all day, yet I still find myself on the iPad in the evenings, watching YouTube videos and checking the news. Sometimes, as I complete another sudoku game or post another Facebook comment, I wonder why I don’t have the gumption to just unplug. I’m going to give it a try. Sort of, anyway.

I don’t think I’ll go so far as attending the summer camp for adults called Camp Grounded. No digital technology allowed! I can understand its appeal, though.

Perhaps I can take the advice of New York Times writer, Nick Bilton, who blogged earlier this year about How to Take a Break from Your Technology. He lists tips such as turning off all smartphone notifications, and establishing “gadget-free zones.” Pretty good ideas, methinks.

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