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Mouses and Mice

The average mouse doesn’t look much different from ones developed 50 years ago. The trackball became a popular alternative, but even that style caused repetitive motion injuries. Here are four alternative mice (or mouses) that may aid those who have physical difficulty moving the traditional mouse and help computer users avoid or relieve injuries.

Is It a Bargain?

I’ve been doing the bulk of my shopping on-line for a few years now, and I am convinced that there is no better way to shop. I avoid the crowds, the parking problems and inclement weather. My orders are delivered right to my door. Best of all, I can shop when I want to without walking for miles in search of the best price.

How can you tell whether an advertised price is really a bargain? Here are two websites that can help.

A Genius in Your Pocket

Do you ever have moments when you really could use a scanner, but don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on another gadget that you will rarely use? The library has a great scanner that scans documents to e-mail and flash drives, and you can use it for free. For those times when you don’t have the time to travel or wait, Genius Scan is an app for your tablet or smartphone that turns your device into a handheld scanner.

Protecting Your Privacy

One way to minimize your risk of exposure to cybercrime is eliminating accounts at sites you no longer use. Have you signed up with a website that you never use or a newspaper site you don’t read anymore? The personal information that you provided is probably still on those computers and vulnerable to the next hacker.

Do You Need to Update Your Passwords?

Passwords should be easy to remember and hard for anyone to guess.  We all know that is easier said than done, and it can be exasperating to think of something unique and memorable. According to an article in PC World, the top five most commonly used (and guessable) passwords of 2013 were: 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty, and abc123. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you set a password.

Robotic Poetry

The digital age is changing our perception of art, and poetry is no exception. As researchers investigate artificial intelligence, some are asking whether computers can actually create poetry. Here are a few interesting studies.

Microsoft Ends Life Support

Microsoft Corporation will cease support of Windows XP and Office 2003 products on April 8, 2014. For the average home user, this means that we will no longer be able to get software updates, security updates and technical support for any of these products.

Computational Fashion

Technology is merging with every aspect of our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined just a decade ago. Special emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is sweeping the country in an effort to prepare students for jobs of the future. However, the jobs of the future are not only building roads and bridges. Even artists and fashion designers will need knowledge in these areas.

Putting Out Fires with Google Glass

If you regularly watch the library’s website, you know that we now have Google glass and many patrons are making appointments to see them and try them out. For those who haven’t seen them, the Glass we have is worn like a pair of eyeglasses and has a tiny camera/screen that the wearer can view in the upper right side of their vision. They can be controlled by touching the arm of the glass or with verbal commands.


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