Reviews and Blog Posts: Technology

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

Keep Celebrating!

Schlessman birthday cake

Thanks to everyone who helped to celebrate the Schlessman Family Branch's 10th birthday over the weekend! Keep celebrating by attending another Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!

The birthday celebration continues tonight, Monday, March 12 6:30 p.m. at Schlessman with Monica Kadillak teaching us how to make Homemade Ice Cream and Toppings! Come get great ideas for your next sundae! Recipes and samples included!

Feeling lost when it comes to technology? You have a few opportunities to learn at the Ross-University Hills Branch this week:

Don’t forget to backup!!!

computer fail

Many of us are familiar with this scenario: You’ve just spent a lot of time working hard at the computer when the computer turns off unexpectedly or crashes. Or maybe it catches a virus that destroys the whole system! Without a way to retrieve your data, all that hard work is gone. To save time and avoid frustration, start getting in the habit of backing up.

A few of my favorite backup software choices are:

Tech, Crafts, and Music!

Knitting for Dummies

What do you want to learn this week? Knitting? Guitar? How to use your new eReader? Fresh City Life My Branch has it all for you!

Maybe your New Year's resolution is to finally learn to play that guitar or ukulele that's been sitting in your closet? Join us starting tonight, Monday, January 9, at the Ross-Broadway Branch for So You Want to Play…Guitar? Ukulele? at 6:30 p.m. You'll learn how to choose an instrument, what accessories you need, and more! Space is limited, please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

When Good Computers Go Bad

a very, very dead computer.

It's happened to everyone: you're in the middle of your 150 page final paper that's due tomorrow, or about to hit the submit button on the tax filing you've put off until the last minute, or all your plants are finally ready to harvest in Farmville and. . . suddenly, everything stops working. The screen freezes, or goes blank, or suddenly flips to the dreaded Blue Screen of Doom, filled with codes and numbers and - was that a warning that my computer will self-destruct in 15 seconds?

What do you do when the technology you love suddenly turns on you? You can always pay someone to fix it, of course, but many people would rather have that extra money to spend on little things like food or rent. Luckily, there are some free options you can turn to when good computers go bad:

Facebook Changes that Help You Protect Yo'self

If you use Facebook you’ve noticed some pretty big changes in the function and layout of your page-especially your newsfeed. You can learn about the whole host of changes at the Facebook help center but I wanted to give you a quick rundown on how the new digs affect your ability to protect your privacy.

And I have good news- in my opinion, things have improved. Here’s why:

Technology, Travel, and Retirement!

Social Security

Whether you have questions about Social Security and retirement, technology, or just want to virtually travel to India, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!

Got computer questions? Whether you want to know more about being safe online, sending email, the Denver Public Library catalog or databases, or how to download ebooks or audio ebooks from the DPL web site, our Tech Open House can help you feel safe and successful when using the computer! Bring your questions! Wednesday, September 7, 2:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch.

What You Need to Know About Cyberbullying

bully girl

Bullies used to have to do their dirty work face-to-face, lurking on the school playground or outside the neighborhood 7-11. These days bullying also happens online, on social networking sites, in emails, and via text message. Check out these online resources for facts on cyberbullying, how to help prevent it, and what to do when it happens.

National Crime Prevention Council - Cyberbullying

Ask the Gadget Guy!

Have a new or old tech toy and wish you had someone to help you figure it out? Want to know more about Android apps? Trying to make the most of your iPad? Dying to know what a Nook is? It's time to Ask the Gadget Guy!

On Saturday, August 27, the Community Technology Center's Gadget Guy will be available to answer all of your gadget questions. Don't have a gadget yet to bring with you? Not to worry. Devices like the iPad, Motorola Xoom, Nook and more will be available for you to try out.

Ask The Gadget Guy
Saturday, August 27, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level 4
Community Technology Center
Free and open to the public

Presenting with panache!

PowerPoint logo

Everyone likes to be a show-off once in a while!  You can learn to make fabulous visual presentations that will knock the socks off your classmates or colleagues using PowerPoint or Prezi!

Students are often asked to present research or report to classmates on subjects for school.  Business professionals sometimes find themselves speaking in front of clients or colleagues.  Don't get caught off guard the next time you're asked to speak.  We can show you how to create a visual component to accompany your oh-so-eloquent voice!

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