Technology Blog

Raise your nerd quotient! Learn to code!

A bunch of nerds

Lately, my nerd level has felt at low ebb. I’ve yet to find a RPG game to replace my last obsession, and I’ve finally caught up with all the comics I missed while I was out of the country. I found myself wondering: what new activity can I take up which I will have difficulty explaining to my beautiful and surprisingly patient wife?

So I’ve decided to learn JavaScript.

There are fantastic resources online for those who want to learn how to code: I’ve started at Codecademy, which provides a series of self-paced, online tutorials on JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. It’s gamified, meaning that you can earn points and badges for completing lessons and projects, brag about it on Facebook or Twitter, and you can compete against friends, should you have any.

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:

What is KeyTrain and what's in it for me?

growdenveroed

Are you a job seeker? Have you wondered what KeyTrain is all about? Are you currently employed but looking for a new opportunity? Perhaps a KeyTrain session is just what you need!

If you're looking to increase your job skills and employability, KeyTrain sessions are a good place to start. KeyTrain is an online interactive learning tool used as a pretest and remedial tool to pass the WorkKeys CareerReady Colorado Certificate in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. This certificate shows employers that you've got what it takes to get the job done!

Google lets users go for a 5TB Drive

Earlier this week, Google introduced Google Drive, a free cloud-storage system for Google users. Users get 5GB storage for free and can buy up to 1TB through monthly subscriptions.

Many years ago, when Gmail started, a Gdrive always seemed imminent. There was even a “g-drive” extension for Firefox, which turned a Gmail account into an online hard drive--except all the files were split into 25MB parts, limiting its usefulness. It also was an independent geek creation, not an official Google product.

How do you say "technology blog" in Spanish?

An angry cat speaking Spanish

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:

Reference and Translation Help:

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.

Party Planning Online

evite

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.

What's the Deal with Facebook Timeline?

Facebook Like

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

One for you, nineteen for me. Or just e-file for free.

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 Better!

Google

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.

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