Surfing the Internet 101! (3/9/19 Part 1)

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If you’re here, you probably typed AlertInternetSurfer.com! Well, why did we name our website that? Because that’s what we want you to be! So, in our ongoing 101 series we go into Surfing The Internet! Computers 101 – Safe Surfin’ Tired of Internet Explorer? Edge? Safari? Try out a new browser today! Mozilla Firefox – https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ Google Chrome – https://www.google.com/chrome Opera Browser – https://www.opera.com TOR Browser – https://www.torproject.org/ Vivaldi Browser – https://vivaldi.com/

Hoaxes! Urban Legends! Tabloid Trash and Conspiracies! (3/2/19 Part 1)

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Hoaxes! Urban legends! Tabloid trash and conspiracies! They’re about as common online as cat videos. So today we’re talking about them because, as the Charles Spurgeon said: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Internet Myths and Fact Checking – Part 1 What can we do about it? Need some fact checking sites and other resources? Snopes.com PolitiFact.com https://www.newsguardtech.com/ https://www.wired.com/story/momo-hoax-viral-scares-advice/ https://www.npr.org/2019/03/02/699663319/the-latest-internet-hoax-momo-challenge  

Defending against Internet Hoaxes! (3/2/19 Part 2)

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So, there are hoaxes. What to do? How do you defend against them? We talk about how you can bop them on the nose! Internet Myths and Fact-Checking – Part 2 For more fun stuff to challenge your brain with: https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/ https://yourbias.is/ https://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles https://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/31/definitive-guide-to-denver-international-airport-conspiracy-theories/

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/