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Stream Movies Direct to Your TV

Streaming Devices

More than 29 million people in the US subscribe to Netflix.  Hulu has 4 million paid subscribers. When you are already paying for these entertainment resources, why also pay for cable? Let's take a look at some affordable digital TV options to save you some money!

First, there's Apple TV. Apple developed a box to plug into your computer to stream content through. That can be movies, TV shows or music you bought through the iTunes store.  You can also set up your Netflix, Hulu or many other accounts for direct access.

Free Microsoft Office Classes? That's Awesome!

MS Office Image: Free Microsoft Office Classes? That's Awesome!

I'm sure many of you already know about the wide variety of technology classes we offer in the Community Technology Center at Central Library.  For those of you that don't, check out our online calendar!  For those of you who have loyally visited us in the past, we have a whole new roster of Microsoft Office 2007 classes we'll be introducing in August and September.

Here's a list of the Office products we have scheduled to teach in August and September:

The Future of Technology

Friends. I have seen a meme on the internet that just isn’t true. Shocking, I know. We have not yet reached the day Marty McFly went to the future in 1989’s hit Back to the Future II. That won’t happen for another 2 years. But the prevalence of this lie has made me want to examine how far we have come since 1989 and see how much technology has changed.

When I rewatched Back to the Future II and saw 1989’s vision of what the future would look like, I wanted to laugh and cry. We have made so many wonderful improvements in our technological capabilities, but there is one thing we forgot to invent. The hoverboard. I know, we have so many wonderful toys that fulfill our every whim, life is great! But I really, really wanted a hoverboard!

Browser Extensions and Internet Security

Browser extensions are small pieces of software you can choose to install that enhance the capability of your web browser. You may also hear them called add-ons or plug-ins, depending on the browser you use.  The benefit to these small pieces of software is you can personalize your browser so you can easily access information, block annoying ads, or even increase your overall Internet security.

I have a few extensions that make it into my favorites category.  Let's take a look at what they are and what they can do for you.

Marketing With Social Media

social media lady

Have you been wondering how to advertise your small business using tools like Facebook?  Check out some basic tips to help get your social media marketing plan started!

One of the first things you need to consider when you start using social media to advertise your small business is your media strategy.  Think about questions like, "How often do I need to post?"  "What kinds of posts would appeal to my market?"  "How do I get maximum engagement from the people who are following me?"  Think about who will be writing the posts and who will be reading them. 

FREE Online Entertainment

I blogged about online entertainment several months ago and talked a bit about music, TV and online games. The thing is, there is so much more you can do with free online services! If you are looking for a great time sink, check out a few of these options.

Browsing:

Stumbleupon.com - Set up a profile using your email address and let Stumbleupon know your interests. You will then be routed to websites that match your interests. Just like on Pandora, you can tell Stumbleupon if you like or dislike the sites they take you to so they can better match you next time!

Looking For a Job?

Looking for a job today is a tough business. People spend hours looking for jobs, more hours applying, and even more hours waiting to hear back from potential employers. It's a tough business.   Hopefully some of these tips can help you!

First, take a look at some of the classes the Community Technology Center has to offer. We have a wide range of job search classes that we offer monthly.

 

Interviewing 101: Wednesday, July 11, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Learn how to answer common interview questions and make a good impression at your interview.

Resume & Job Search Workshop: Friday, July 13, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Looking for a job? Need help with your resume? Drop in and work on your resume and get some job search tips.

LinkedIn Hacked - Change Your P@$$w0rd

LinkedIn recently reported that it was hacked and the passwords to 6.5 million accounts were compromised. If you have a LinkedIn account, make sure you change your password to protect yourself. Take a look at a few tips to make a strong password to protect yourself in the future!

There are several rules you should know when you are creating a new password:

1. Always use 8 or more characters
2. Never use a dictionary word or a person's name
3. Always use letters, numbers, & symbols
4. Never use personal information to create a password
5. Always capitalize random letters

Email Safety - How much do you know about Phishing?

No Phishing

I know, most everyone can determine that the letter from the exhiled Prince of France is a fake.  You will not get back $3 million for your meager $2,500 investment.  And I know you know that.  But scammers also know you know that, so they have moved on to new tricks, are you prepared to avoid them?

This topic has recently been troubling me because I have gotten several emails from our "System Administrator" informing me that I am over the limit on my mailbox storage, emails that I know are fake.  The problem is, they are written convincingly enough that I'm worried that if people don't know what to look out for, they could be taken in by it. 

Here's the full text of the email that was sent to me:

So you want to be a web designer?

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.

Monday, April 16, 5:30 - 7:30p: Learn what HTML is and how to format text, insert images, and create links in HTML.

Monday, April 23, 5:30 - 7:30p: Learn what CSS is, how it relates to HTML, and start styling backgrounds, texts and fonts.

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