Technology Blog

Virtual Connections in the Real World

meetup

Sometimes you meet people online and you may never actually see them face-to-face. With Skype and Face Time and online classrooms, this scenario is completely feasible.

But what's super fun about social networking is what can happen after the laptop or the iPad is powered down. The web can be a great way to meet real people with similar interests -- in the real world!

iOS 7, eBooks and You

iOS 7

iOS 7 has been released, and many of you Apple users may have upgraded your device or will be upgrading in the near future.

If you're already using library eBooks on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, your Overdrive Media Console app will fail when trying to open a library eBook.

A fix is in the works, but in the meantime, the immediate remedy is re-authorize the app with your Adobe ID. If that doesn't work, the next step is to uninstall and re-install Overdrive Media Console app which will also require you to re-authorize with Adobe. IMPORTANT NOTE: A re-install will clear the bookshelf, history, and app settings from the app.

Your Bookshelf of checked-out eBooks will still be available from your eMedia Account so you can re-download any titles you still have checked out.

Women's Open Lab

woman working on computer

Women of Denver, are you looking for a safe place to create? Connect? Work? Practice? Learn? Build? Collaborate? Discover?

Check out the Community Technology Center's weekly Women's Open Lab! We provide:

Internet access, Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and highly skilled staff available to assist with:
   - Resume writing & job searching
   - Basic computer skills
   - Email
   - Internet searching
   - Social networking

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:

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:

Making It To Management - Password Management, That Is

Wow, it looks like you're having a bad day.

First, you got a financial tip; pork bellies are out, beans are in. You'll have to access your managed futures portfolio right away or you're ruined. Also, your mother-in-law's birthday is coming up, and she wants a new Ikea milk frother. Worst of all, your library book, The World's Strongest Librarian, is overdue.

Tech Makes Cycling Even MORE Fun!

denver bike to work day 2013

Wednesday, June 26, is Denver Bike to Work Day, and lots of Denver Public Library employees will be pedaling to their branch that day. Some of us ride to work several times a week or more! What does cycling have to do with technology? Lots of things, actually.

Denver is a fairly bike friendly city. There are great routes all over, bicycle and mixed-use trails, and roads with dedicated bike lanes. There are a few tools I use to find my way on two wheels.

Advanced Internet Searching for the Extra-Curious

Google

The internet is chock full o' curiosities, and if you're curious like I am, a plain old Google search just ain't gonna cut it.

It's true that often, when I’m looking stuff up online, I just throw a few words into Google and see what happens. Actually, most of the time that will actually work just fine. But sometimes a search requires a little more finesse in order to dig up really good results.

Did you know you can use Google to search within a website?

Did you know using quotation marks around two or more words creates a search for those words next to one another, and in that exact order?

A simple minus sign before a word in your search prevents results containing that word.

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!

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