Technology Blog

Teens - Make your own electronic instrument in the ideaLAB!

Do you like music? Do you like electronics? Do you like electronic music? If you answered "YES" to any of the above, sign up now for the Make Your Own Instrument workshop in the ideaLAB, August 13th and 14th, from 1-3 p.m.

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.

How Technology is Helping Me Learn to Babble On

(This blog post was written by Cody from the Community Technology Center.)

In preparation for an upcoming trip to Ecuador, I decided, once and for all, to learn Spanish…and I’m making real headway!

Steve Jobs patented a staircase?

Steve Jobs Staircase Patent

Steve Jobs means Apple Computers basically. Think AppleII, Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac, MacBook, iPod, iPad, iPhone.

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.

Mass surveillance, the internet, and you

You may or may not have noticed, but June 5th is Reset the Net day. It's been a year since Edward Snowden leaked documents detailing how broad and far-reaching the National Security Agency surveillance of American's telephone and internet activity is.

Nerd alert. I really like my text editor

vim

If I’m coding, or writing anything more significant than a medium-length email (like this blog post for example), I’m likely to close out of my email program, MS Word, or whatever else it is I’m using, and reach for Vim.

Vim and Emacs are two of the very first text editors ever made for computers, and they’re still very popular today.

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