Monday, March 27, 2017

Backup, Backup, Backup...Saving Your Work

Saving your work, especially if you're on a public access computer, is easy to do. Even if you have your own computer, saving your work regularly to a USB drive (otherwise known as a flash drive or a thumb drive), gives you a backup in case of power failure or other issue. Check out the video to see just how easy it is.




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Saving Bookmarks and Accessing Them from Any Device

If you're like most of us who visit certain sites regularly, you're familiar with bookmarking as a shortcut to forgo typing web addresses and get to them with one click. But what happens if you change computers or don't have access to your own? There are bookmarking sites that allow you to bookmark what you want and access them from any computer and any part of the planet -- yes -- possibly even space (though that has not been tested). If you Google social bookmarking sites, you'll see a variety of websites like Pinterest and Google Bookmarks. These sites all have terrific ways to save information.

The library's bookmarking site of choice is used mainly on our desktops; it is free and simple to use. It does require you to login, but it is not tied to a particular email account provider, so whether you have hotmail, gmail or an email account with planet Saturn, it makes no difference. The website is http://www.symbaloo.com and is not only convenient, it's kinda fun to create too. To start it looks like this:


Each tile represents a link to a site you set up as your bookmark. While it comes pre-loaded with site suggestions, feel free to ditch those and simply work on your own. If you feel 60 tiles won't even begin to cover all the websites you visit, there are multiple tabs so you can have as many pages of tiles as you need. You can organize them by subject or most used or any way you feel works for you.

The following video shows you how to quickly create tiles. Once you have the basics, you can go crazy with backgrounds and pictures.

Friday, March 17, 2017

It's Been a Good Long While

It's been too long since we've posted anything here, but the good news is -- we're back. This time we'll have more videos to show as well as tell. So stay tuned since things are about to get crazy good with short tips for better computing.


P.S. We're looking for a catchy name to call our short tutorials and Tech Bites and Tech Bytes are already taken. Any suggestions?