Technology Blog

Round 2 of Volume Starts Now!

Are you ready for some great new local music? I hope so, because we've just finished reviewing the second round of submissions for Volume, our local music site. We received over 60 submissions this time around, and have chosen the albums that will be used. We're working with the musicians on the paperwork, and on our technical end to get the music loaded. We'll be releasing new albums, every Tuesday, as we're ready (again, DRM- and $$$-free to DPL cardholders!).

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.

Teach Yourself Tech!

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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.

Monster Bomb at Family Lab

Our first Family Lab at ideaLAB was a smash hit!

In case you haven't heard, the second Saturday of every month is now Family Lab from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And we are very excited to follow up the first one with a monster bomb workshop with our pals from A Monster To Love.

Check it out.

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Much e-ink has been spilled--rightfully so--about the brave new world we live online. Targeted advertising, data breaches, the NSA; it’s easy to grow overwhelmed by the potential dangers of sharing personal information electronically. Practically everything we do on our phones and computers is tracked, often in an effort to sell us something or gain some upper hand (financially, politically, socially, etc.). Consequentially, there is now an unprecedented amount of detailed data about us that's ripe for the parsing.

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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WordPress Happiness Hour in ideaLAB

ideaLAB is thrilled to host the next WordPress Happiness Hour on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30pm!

If you are a front-end designer, intense developer, writer, or a person that likes to poke around on the Dashboard, then come on by. Bring your WordPress work and questions.

Here are the details:

WordPress Happiness Hour at DPL
Central Library, Level 4 ideaLAB
Tuesday, 10/14 from 6:30pm-8:00pm

Free Microsoft Word & Excel Classes at the CTC

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Are you looking for work and need to brush up on your Word or Excel skills? The Community Technology Center offers free Microsoft Word and Excel Basics classes, plus several topic specific modules, every month! Once you have the basics down, pick and choose the modules that best meet your learning needs.

Click any of the links below to get more information about the class, to view its handout, and find out when it's offered next.

ideaLAB Now Open for Families!

We're happy to announce the launch of Family ideaLAB next month! Starting in October, every second Saturday of the month from 11am to 1pm will be all ages in the ideaLAB, our makerspace in Central. We'll be offering projects for families to work on together, but you're also welcome to drop in and just explore the lab and work on your own projects together.

Coding As a Trade

This may be my weirdest piece of Photoshopped blog accompaniment yet.

One of my coworkers recently left an interesting Wall Street Journal article on my desk - it was a short piece by Christopher Mims about how programming should be thought of as a trade, more akin to welding or woodworking than, say, structural engineering (Side note: the article is behind the WSJ's paywall. Sorry!). Mainly, he thinks that a computer science degree shouldn't be the only thing that can get you into the field.

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