I've been doing a lot of translating of materials for our Spanish-language computer classes lately, and now I stop and wonder every ten seconds what I did before the Internet. I mean, I'm old enough to remember a time when it wasn't there, when you actually heard your computer connecting to a network and there were no animated GIFs of bike-riding kittens to be had; but I often forget that.
When it comes to learning a new language - or honing your skills at one you've picked up - here's where I go:
Do you have a website you'd like to be able to tweek and personalize? What about a blog that has so much potential if you could just break thru the limitations of the host site? Or do you just want to learn a little bit about web design? Come down to the Central library for our class series on HTML and CSS, you'll be surprised what you can do!
We have a three part series on HTML and CSS occurring over the next three weeks.
Now that my whole family is on the email bandwagon, planning parties, potlucks and holidays is super easy! Free online tools like Punchbowl and evite help hosts and hostesses keep track of who is attending and who is bringing what -- or whom! I encourage you to try one out, maybe for a big Memorial Day potluck!
If you have a big family or lots of friends, you've probably experienced the agony of planning a potluck. Was Jenny bringing pecan pie? Or did she say coleslaw? I've been bombarded with emails to the effect of, "What can I bring? I was thinking ham." But Dad already agreed to bring ham, so then it's a phone call, text messages or emails to Dad and Jenny, and some Advil.
Facebook Timeline has been making big waves- but what is it? Why all the commotion? Is it mandatory? And most importantly, how do you use it?
Good questions, all of them!
In a nutshell, Timeline is well, a timeline of your activities on Facebook. You can tell someone has installed Timeline by the giant photo that dominates the top of their profile page. But Timeline is not just a visual change. It also allows users to
If you’re like me, you’ve been putting it off for as long as humanly possible – but it’s time, my friend. April 17th will be here soon: it’s tax time. Luckily, however, the days of forgetting to include a deduction and having to white-out your 1040 are gone – anyone can file online and let someone else do the math (though it never hurts to double-check). There are a couple of options for your federal taxes, depending on your income and confidence in your tax-filing capabilities:
Google is a very powerful tool, particularly if you know how to use it correctly. Try a few of the simple tips shared here, and you'll be on your way to Googling better!
All locations of the Denver Public Library will be closed on Monday, March 26, in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. Wait. Cesar who? Let's use Cesar Chavez to practice some advanced Google search techniques.
If you're reading this blog chances are good that you know how to use the computer. But do your grandparents? How about your neighbors, your friends, your aunts & uncles, your co-workers? We all know people who don't know how to use the computer and wish they could! Well, tell 'em that their time has come. The CTC offers a free series on computer basics, and the cycle starts next week.
Monday, 3/5, 2-3:30 p.m., Getting Started - Spend time getting to know the mouse, because you won't go far without clicking!
Monday, 3/12, 2-3:30 p.m., Internet 101 - Learn about the Internet - what it is, how to navigate it and how to search for information.
Monday, 3/19, 2-3:30 p.m., Yahoo! Email Basics - Learn how to set up and operate an email account; even if you already have an account you can learn how to make the best use of it.
Have a teenager in your life? Are you a teenager? Then come down to a branch of the Denver Public Library this March 4th – 10th for Teen Tech Week! We’ll be exploring all things tech, from modding your gadgets to making music, with classes just for teens.
Check out the full schedule of events, including events across almost all of the branches of the Denver Public Library system. I wanted to highlight some of the events that will be happening here at Central, most of which will be on the 4th floor in the Community Technology Center.
Do you have a resume that looks like you typed it one-handed and blind-folded on a typewriter in 1986? Worse yet, do you not have a resume at all and you're on the job hunt?
Nowadays a resume is a must, whether you're looking for a contractor gig or applying to be the next CEO of Apple. Never fear, we’re here to help! The CTC’s resident job seeking experts have created a Resume Basics class designed to give you the know-how to create a sleek, professional resume that highlights your good sides and downplays your not-so-good sides.
Teen Tech Week is March 4th - 10th. As it gets closer, I want to highlight some of the neat things you can do with the programs installed on the public PCs at your local branch, starting with some image editing in a program called GIMP.
GIMP is free software for manipulating images and is installed on all of our public PCs. You can find it in the Start menu under Utilities.
It is a very robust, powerful program that you can spend a lot of time getting to know. (See the documentation and some tutorials at gimp.org/docs.) What I want to share with you is a very simple and specific procedure: creating an animated gif like the one at the top of this post.