Searching 101: Pros and Cons of Online Search! (2/16/19 Part 1)

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Searching for things online is a great thing to do, but… its got issues. Can you trust random searches? Are searches objective? Why do you see what you see? Searching – Both Online and Offline Great links for you! Eli Parsons’ Ted Talk about Filter Bubbles: https://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles DuckDuckGo, LD’s favorite search engine! https://duckduckgo.com/ StartPage, formerly known as IxQuick. https://www.startpage.com/ NewsGuard, a fantastic plugin for many internet browsers. https://www.newsguardtech.com/ And don’t forget… where’s your local library? http://www.lib-web.org/united-states/public-libraries/

Searching 101: Libraries! Do you know the Dewey Decimal System?

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Ah, Conan the Librarian… a classic joke from Weird Al Yankovic’s movie UHF. Tech available at your Local Library! Thankfully, real librarians are super nice folks with tons of knowledge but without the swinging swords. Fun links! Millennials love the library! http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/21/millennials-are-the-most-likely-generation-of-americans-to-use-public-libraries/ No, they really love the library! http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/09/10/younger-americans-and-public-libraries/ Hawai’i State Library System – https://www.librarieshawaii.org/ Want to borrow eBooks, audiobooks and more from your library on your phone or tablet? https://www.overdrive.com/ The Hawaii DOE has library services too! http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/LibraryServices/Pages/Home.aspx Audible! You can check out audiobooks from the library using them as well! http://www.audibletrial.com/MauiOnline

Office, Office, and Office! (2/2/19 Part 1)

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Office productivity software is a staple for businesses, schools, non-profits, and many households. Word processors, spreadsheets, even presentation software! Which Office? What’s out there? Well, we look into Microsoft Office/Office 365, LibreOffice, and GoogleDocs/GSuite for Business, talking about them and asking, “what about you?”  

Are You Ready to be MOONED? (1/19/19 Part 1)

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A supermoon? A wolf moon? A blood moon? Its all those things combined! Holy smokes! And we’re going to talk about it this hour! We Like the Moon! Need links? Here you go! http://lxwl.mj.am/nl/lxwl/l8klm.html? https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/your-guide-to-januarys-supermoon-total-lunar-eclipse/ https://photographingspace.com/smartphone-part-1/ https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a25697/beginners-guide-to-astrophotography/ And regarding the Lojax rootkit (bad nasty ugly bad thing), you can find out more at: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/01/8-months-after-its-discovery-unkillable-lojax-rootkit-campaign-remains-active/

Computers 101: Peripherals, ergonomics & More! (1/19/19 Part 2)

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Computers 101! Computer basics for everyone! Computers 101 – Ergonomics and Peripherals This week we’ll be covering peripherals and ergonomics! Keyboards, monitors! What are ergonomics? Why, its got to do with how your body interacts with your work space and computer so it doesn’t hurt! Listen in, and we’ve got some additional reading for you! Our friends at OfficeMax/Office Depot can help you with this too! https://www.uhs.umich.edu/computerergonomics https://www.thoughtco.com/setting-up-ergonomic-computer-station-1206666 https://ergo-plus.com/office-ergonomics-position-computer-monitor/

Its Charity Season! Its Scam Season! Its a 101! (12/15/18 Part 2)

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Its holiday season! Its a time for giving, peace on Earth, and goodwill to your fellow human beings. And sadly, its a time the bad guys try to take advantage of your good nature. Charities and Scams! But we’re here to help! Charity watchdog sites https://www.charitywatch.org/home https://www.charitynavigator.org/ http://www.give.org/ https://www.guidestar.org/ Charity scams https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2017/charity-check-scams.html https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/how-donate-wisely-and-avoid-charity-scams https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search http://www.nasconet.org/resources/state-government/

Gifts for Geeks! (12/8/18 Part 1)

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Its the holiday season! Be it family, friends, or coworkers, chances are there’s a geek in your life. Maybe you’re the geek in your life 😀 Geeky Gifts! Here are some ideas we covered! Gift cards! Its safe, its easy, and its even usable immediately! You can get them anywhere, and even online to email to the recipient. Learning! You can check out classes with Q&A as well as UH EdVenture! Raspberry Pi – a small mini computer usable for many projects! For the DIY nerd in your life. And if they’ve never Pi’d before? You can find many books on the subject. Got a creative type? A DIY fixer-upper person? A 3d Printer would be a good idea! Know someone who works on electronics a lot? An iFixit tool kit would be right up their alley. Adobe Creative Cloud for Students and Teachers is a great price on a very expensive service. Know someone who is ready to learn?

Net Neutrality & the CRA Update (12/8/18 Part 2)

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Net Neutrality update! Net Neutrality Update Its a marathon, its not a one-and-done, and we’re helping you to keep up with it. We firmly believe that low competition creates complacent, non-customer focused companies, and we’re not alone! http://stopthecap.com/2018/11/08/net-neutrality-violated-nearly-every-u-s-wireless-operator-is-throttling-you/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/12/fcc-still-hiding-possible-evidence-of-russia-meddling-in-net-neutrality-comments/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/12/attverizon-lobby-misunderstands-arrow-of-time-makes-impossible-claim/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/12/ajit-pai-buries-2-year-old-speed-test-data-in-appendix-of-762-page-report/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/senate-votes-to-let-isps-sell-your-web-browsing-history-to-advertisers/

Does Mars have a chewy center? (11/24/18 Part 1)

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Wait, what? Are you comparing Mars to a candy bar? Nee, a Mars Bar? Maaaaybe. Insight on Insight! But we’ll be talking about Insight, which should be landing on Mars on Monday, November 26th, 2018. First you heard of it? Well, frankly, we had a reminder from The Oatmeal (and he has a fantastic comic about it involving a mole). Want to watch? Maybe you can clear some time out this Monday! And NASA can help – check out https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/timeline/landing/watch-in-person/ And if you want to see the pictures of Venus that LD was talking about? You can find them at http://www.thescinewsreporter.com/2018/11/japanese-akatsuki-probe-sends-back.html