Thursday, April 6, 2017

Leprechaun Snot

Yes, that's right. Leprechaun Snot.

With a program title like this one you can bet on a decent turnout. Because really what teen doesn't want to make a nice big bag of snot.

So when it became clear that slime programs were a surefire hit I started to brainstorm some future options for teens. Hence, Leprechaun Snot for March.

And doesn't it look delightful.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Why we weed:Outdated Technology Fiction

Scooter Computer & Mr. Chips: The Computer in the Candy Store
By Leslie McGuire, Illustrated by John Costanza
Western Publishing Company, Inc. c. 1984

There is a difference between science fiction and outdated technology fiction. Had this book been science fiction adult fiction book, I would have kept it. However, with a children's book the technology needs to be relatable to kids. And a desktop computer on wheels with green text on a black screen will not resonate.

Plus this is in reference to an ABC kids show, which I don't even remember but I did find on YouTube.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Printers...the bane of my existense

Printers. Blerg.  I just really hate printers.
The paper jams. The print jobs stall. They disconnect from the computers.

And wireless printers are even more temperamental. Because wireless connections are always dropping or slowing down the more people join the network, wireless printers are also going down.
So, I now have a Printer Troubleshooting 101 guide.
You're welcome.

·      Is the printer on?
·      Is the printer online?
1.    Go to Control Panelà Devices and Printers
§  If your printer is online it has a full color icon.  If printer is offline it is greyed out.
2.    If Offlineà Check cables (Internet cable and/or USB cable)
3.    Turn Printer Off and On Again
4.    Check the Print Queue
§  Go to Startà Devices and Printers
§  Right Click on your printeràSee What’s Printing
§  Select file waiting to printerà DocumentàCancel
§  Go to Printerà Open as Administratorà Cancel All Documents.
5.    Reconnect the printer
§  Go to Start àDevices and Printers
§  Highlight printerà Click Remove Printer
§  Add a PrinteràAdd a Network, Wireless or Bluetooth Printer
§  Find your printer (pick one with only theIP address on the right column—
§  Print a Test Page
·      Ask your friendly Techie if problem persists.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Why paint when you can play with dye?

I am kind of falling in love with FolkArt Ultra Dye Paints. They are so versatile and vibrant and I can't wait to implement them into some of my future programs. It works on wood, baskets and even burlap, so the possibilities are endless for your library

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bucket List

Do you have a personal bucket list? That lovely list of things to do and places to visit before you die...

Now, do you have a professional bucket list? A list of things to do and dream programs to offer before you retire...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fortifying your Defenses: Computer Maintenance

It's boring. It's repetitive. It saves you time and heartache.

Well, maybe not heartache, but it does save you strife and taking a sledge hammer to your computers.


Regular monthly updates, scans and maintenance will keep your computers running quickly and efficiently.

Windows updates are important. Windows OS are the most widely used computers so they are most prone to hackers. The updates fix security threats and keep your computer strong. If an update doesn't go through the first time. Don't panic. Try again next time. If no updates go through for month, contact your IT support.

Please, please, please have an anti-virus. Avast!, Kaspersky, BitDefender are all good ones. Here is PC magazine's pick for top 2017 Anti-Viruses.
Your anti-virus will run scans on a schedule. When running updates its a good idea to update your anti-virus and scan your computer at this time as well.

Malware protections
I use SuperAntiSpyware, Spybot Search & Destroy and Malwarebytes.
Here are some others both free and paid-for versions.

Clean up your browsers. Remove the browser history, the saved passwords, the autofill data. I like to use CCleaner. It cleans out temporary folders from downloads, Caches, history and it can clean up my registry files too.

Run updates on Adobe Flashplayer and Java. Your browsers will be happy. They are always prompting for updates. Note: Java is going away. Chrome has already stopped supporting it. But since Chrome is a RAM hog, you may use other browsers. They still want Java. And I don't mean the coffee.

Do these simple tasks once a month and your computer will thank you for it!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tech Trends for 2017

A new year is here. We may not yet have the technology depicted in Back to the Future, but we do have:

Virtual Reality: Samsung Gear VR

Animal Inspired Robots:

Artificial Intelligence--we are almost there.

But the big tech trend is really scary:
CyberSecurity--hackers are getting better and security programs and companies cannot keep up.
This is a recurring trend. In the beginning of music sharing/downloading in the 90s at the beginning of the Internet in our homes, our laws were behind the technology--Remember Napster? When society caught up, Napster was shut down. Now it is back and legally sharing music.
Hacks of financial institutions and big companies' consumer personal records has been growing in frequency the last few years. It finally forced the U.S. to move to chips in credit cards instead of the magnetic strip. Europe had made that change long before.
So, while this vulnerability of our files and online finances is scary and a real vulnerability, it will in turn help us develop stronger security and systems. I'm not condoning hacking. It just forces companies, systems and software to improve their product. That is the silver lining in this storm cloud.

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