Technology Blog

Tips for buying a computer

Tech Gadgets

Shopping for tech can be overwhelming  because there are so many options out there:  desktops, laptops, netbooks,  tablets, ereaders--all with different bells and whistles.  Some of our upcoming classes can help you figure out which device is right for you.

Buying a Computer 101
Interested in buying a new computer? Not sure what RAM is or how big a hard drive should be? Learn what to look for so you can determine which computer is right for you!
• November 19, 2-3:30 p.m., Community Technology Center, Central Library, Level 4.

Hold the turkey, hold the stuffing.

cornucopia

Are you freaked out because your son is bringing his vegan girlfriend for Thanksgiving? Wondering what to feed a gluten-free friend? Cooking for someone who has food preferences different from your own can be daunting. Fortunately, the internet has a treasure trove of recipes that will please any type of eater. So get out your laptop, fire up the oven, and prepare to sit down to a feast that everyone on your guest list can enjoy!

You're probably wondering what a post about special diets is doing in the Library's Technology Blog. Well if you're an adventurer like me, you hop online to get the latest news, check weather reports, and ooo and awwwww over photos of your friends' kids. The web is also my favorite place to find recipes! It's true. I can often be found whipping up vegan vittles in my kitchen with my laptop sitting safely atop the breakfast bar. I have piles of vegan cookbooks, but when I've cooked for friends with different dietary restrictions I went to the internet for recipes.

eBooks: Update for iPod, iPhone, iPad, and how to return eBooks

iPhone

Reading eBooks on your trusty device is all the rage!

For everyone who reads or listens to eBooks or audio eBooks on your iPhone, iPad or iPod: With the upgrade to iOS 5, you'll need to update your Overdrive Media Console. This affects just about everyone using an Apple device, whether you're downloading directly or downloading audio to Windows and then transferring. Update Overdrive Media Console now.

Question of the week: How do I return an eBook early?

Use the same technology you used to download the book.

When Good Computers Go Bad

a very, very dead computer.

It's happened to everyone: you're in the middle of your 150 page final paper that's due tomorrow, or about to hit the submit button on the tax filing you've put off until the last minute, or all your plants are finally ready to harvest in Farmville and. . . suddenly, everything stops working. The screen freezes, or goes blank, or suddenly flips to the dreaded Blue Screen of Doom, filled with codes and numbers and - was that a warning that my computer will self-destruct in 15 seconds?

What do you do when the technology you love suddenly turns on you? You can always pay someone to fix it, of course, but many people would rather have that extra money to spend on little things like food or rent. Luckily, there are some free options you can turn to when good computers go bad:

Get Your Game On @ the CTC!

video game

Think you can beat your friends at Super Smash Brothers? Want to see what it’s like to play games with no controller with our new Kinect?

If you are in grade 6-12, come on down to the Community Technology Center at the Central Library every other Tuesday afternoon and show everybody what you can do!  We have a Wii, a PS3, and a Xbox 360 PLUS a Kinect!  Did I mention all this fun is 100% FREE?

Grade 6-12, No registration required.
Every other Tuesday, 3-5 p.m.
Community Technology Center, Level 4, Central Library

Upcoming dates:
October 25
November 8
November 22
December 6
December 20

Open Labs - We're Here to Help!

Computer Lab

Did you take an Excel class and need a little help practicing what you learned? Are you looking for work but aren't quite sure how to upload your resume to an online job application? Open Labs are designed for people just like you!

An Open Lab is a good place to practice the things you've learned in CTC classes. Of if you're a job seeker you can get pointers on your resume. It's a great place to get help filling out online applications or replying to Craigslist job posts. If you are mostly comfortable working on your own but think you might need a little help from our staff, stop in and check out an Open Lab!

Thursday, October 13 - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 20 - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 27 - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Facebook Changes that Help You Protect Yo'self

If you use Facebook you’ve noticed some pretty big changes in the function and layout of your page-especially your newsfeed. You can learn about the whole host of changes at the Facebook help center but I wanted to give you a quick rundown on how the new digs affect your ability to protect your privacy.

And I have good news- in my opinion, things have improved. Here’s why:

Is the Purple Pill Right for You? - Get Health Information Online

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. 

Learn more in our free class, Is the Purple Pill Right for You?

Computer Guts

Inside a PC

Interested in how the stuff inside your computer works and want to know which part does what? Or maybe you're trying to upgrade your computer's hard drive?

Even if you're just curious, the Community Technology Center is offering a hands-on class to get to know your computer better! PC Hardware 101 will be held on September 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. on Level 4 of the Central Library — and it's free! The CTC is staffed with talented people who are always eager to help you learn, so come and discover your computer's guts!

What You Need to Know About Cyberbullying

bully girl

Bullies used to have to do their dirty work face-to-face, lurking on the school playground or outside the neighborhood 7-11. These days bullying also happens online, on social networking sites, in emails, and via text message. Check out these online resources for facts on cyberbullying, how to help prevent it, and what to do when it happens.

National Crime Prevention Council - Cyberbullying

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