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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.

eBook Renewals!

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Have you ever wished you could renew eBooks and audio eBooks? Well, now you can!

Here's how it works.

If you have an eBook or audio eBook checked out -- and there is no one else on hold for that item -- you will have the option to renew it! There are a few details that you should know about:

Virtual Connections in the Real World

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Sometimes you meet people online and you may never actually see them face-to-face. With Skype and Face Time and online classrooms, this scenario is completely feasible.

But what's super fun about social networking is what can happen after the laptop or the iPad is powered down. The web can be a great way to meet real people with similar interests -- in the real world!

Women's Open Lab

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Women of Denver, are you looking for a safe place to create? Connect? Work? Practice? Learn? Build? Collaborate? Discover?

Check out the Community Technology Center's weekly Women's Open Lab! We provide:

Internet access, Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and highly skilled staff available to assist with:
   - Resume writing & job searching
   - Basic computer skills
   - Email
   - Internet searching
   - Social networking

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