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You didn't read the Terms of Service, did you?

How many online accounts do you have? My list includes Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Instagram, Google, LinkedIn, Nextdoor, Ello, Flickr, Delicious, PearlTrees, Pinterest, Pandora, Amazon, Yelp, GroupOn, iTunes, Yelp, even Myspace...the list goes on and on. And for every one of those accounts, I agreed to the Terms of Service without reading them. If you’re like me (and be honest, who really reads the full terms of service?), that’s a problem.

Winter of Reading is coming

What is the best thing to do during the long cold winter months? Why, read of course! Anyone who is a Book Person (and aren’t we all) can tell you that the best way to spend a cold day is curled up with a good book, listening to some tunes and sipping from a steaming mug of tea.

Net Neutrality Party - Wait, What?!

A while back I wrote about net neutrality- what it is, why it’s important and what you can do to protect it.

I’m upping the ante a bit now- in case a blog post wasn’t enough to get you all fired up, we’re having a Net Neutrality Party! Wait what? A Net Neutrality Party? Back up Simone, and explain what good this will do and why such a dry theme might lend itself to an awesome all-ages library learn-and-make party.

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

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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.

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.

Net Neutrality and why it really matters...in 900 words.

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Net Neutrality is a phrase that’s been in the news a lot lately, and it’s not a simple thing to explain. But often, important things are not simple things. Net neutrality matters to anyone who uses or will use the internet, whether at home or at places like public libraries, schools or community organizations.

My toddler and I light stuff on fire.

We have a new routine at my house. When it’s getting towards bedtime my two and a half year old stands expectantly by the couch and begins her nightly chorus of “can I play Stickman? Can I play Stickman? Mommy, can I play Stickman?

August means Business at the CTC

If you're in business, by which I mean there’s anything you promote, sell or raise awareness about something, be it a product, an event, an idea or an organization, you should probably plan on being at the library a lot next month.

We might as well dub August “Business Month” at the Community Technology Center because we’ve got a whole slew of classes where you’ll learn mad business skills, some about crafting a strategy and learning concrete techniques for successfully marketing yourself online (Marketing with Social Media, Facebook: Business Pages), some about building and running your own free blog or website (Wordpress), some about analyzing the data you capture to put it to work for you.   For your learning pleasure:

DO THIS NOW! Protect your phone from loss or theft (and lots of other stuff too).

Last week my phone and I parted ways. I had it in my pocket as I walked around the library, and it must have fallen out, because all of a sudden I couldn’t find it anymore though I looked thoroughly. Someone must have picked it up and pocketed it, opting out of turning it into the lost and found, because soon enough they started posting to my Facebook account.

Here’s the thing-this was a brand new cutting edge phone (the Galaxy Note II) chock full of every manner of apps to amuse and enlighten me, and as they say, there’s an app for everything. One of my apps could have been a security app that would allow me to locate and retrieve my phone from the lucky thieves who happened upon it. But in all my technological wisdom, I had not activated a single app that could help me recover my phone. And so I never got it back.

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