Reviews and Blog Posts: Technology

Teach Yourself Tech!

code

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.

A Civilized Discourse on iPhone v. Android

Ok actually this is more of a rant than a discourse. I tried to be civilized but got all riled in the writing of it. Read on, though, read on- albeit ranty, it is fair and balanced in that I’ve given them both an equal shot at impressing me.

 

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La Tienda Garcia and How Computer Classes en Español Helped a Small Business Grow

Watermelon

This is Juan Carlos Garcia. He owns a delightful little bodega just east of Franklin St. and Bruce Randolph called La Tienda Garcia. Walk into his store and the first thing you’ll notice is the divine smell of the fruits and vegetables on display in stacks — fresh plump apricots, bristling pineapples, fragrant melons, sweet yellow mangoes and of course, enough chile peppers, cilantro, tomatoes and onions to make salsa for a small army.

ideaLAB: Adult Swim

Introducing ideaLAB: adult swim!

Starting September 2, we’ll be kicking the kids out of the pool on Tuesday nights, and will be welcoming adults for the first time into our digital media open lab.

The lab is staffed and set up so you can start creating stuff in one or any of six program tracks: music, web design, art & design, game design, video, and electronics.

So come hang out, sign up to use our 3D printers or our recording studio, learn to program an Arduino, and learn to make some cool stuff.

Teens learning web development at the library: DevCamp wraps up!

Last Friday, we wrapped up DevCamp, a two-week crash course in web development for teens. Over six days, 24 teens learned the basics of HTML and CSS - with a bit of JavaScript sprinkled on top - and worked in teams to develop websites on topics they selected.

You can Excel!

excel, microsoft office

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!

ideaLAB Rock Stars!!

Several weeks ago, Jesse Perez, along with some of the talented teens from ideaLAB, were asked to take a look at the L.E.D. message board that hangs above the Books and Borrowing checkout station. Considering the sign was pretty old, no one was sure if it could even be fixed!

Two weeks later, the sign was back in its place displaying an array of useful, multicolored greetings for DPL customers.

Summer of Tech 2014 is Going to be SO RAD.

Teens! (Parents of teens!) Looking for something to spice up your summer? Bored of lazing around the house? The ideaLAB's Summer of Tech 2014 TECH BLITZ will have have you out of the house and making amazing stuff! 

Oh and What is a Hashtag???

oh and what is a hashtag???

Ok, I’ve heard this comment from so many otherwise tech savvy people that I’d like to take a moment to explain hashtags. There are many explanations on the internet- but here’s mine, short and sweet (I hope).

A hashtag is a pound sign (#) in front of a word or series of words that becomes a clickable link to everything else that has the same hashtag in the place where it’s posted (say, twitter or Facebook). In effect, it has two functions.

Mercury in Retrograde

Mercury

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.

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