Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Wondering what to do with all of those VHS tapes?


VHS Tape
Do you still have VHS tapes that you think "someday" you'd like to convert to DVD?  If so, you're in luck!  The Library has conversion equipment free for your use.

All you need is:

1.  Time
2.  Your VHS Tapes
3.  Blank DVD's or Flash Drive
DVD

Staff are available to assist you.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

PASSWORDS, PASSWORDS, PASSWORDS!

How do you remember all those passwords, let alone keep them safe?

There are options:

a.  Write them down and put them in a safe place.

b.  Try to keep them all straight in your head.

c.  Use an app or online service to keep track of them for you.

Here is an article about free password management programs.  Of course there are Pro's and Con's to each one so you will need to decide which one is best for you. And remember, Password managers aren't hack proof either!

Below are a few links to information about staying safe online and keeping your passwords secure.

Stay Safe Online
Google Safety Center

Good luck and stay safe!




Monday, August 3, 2015

Random Passwords

We’ve all been told to use random passwords for each of our accounts.
I don’t know about you, but I find it challenging to come up with passwords that are random.

Keep in mind that the most commonly used and easily cracked passwords are:

  • password
  • 1234546
  • abc123
  • Qwerty
  • Letmein
  • password1
  • 123123
  • 111111

So... if you are using one of the above, I suggest you change it immediaely!

I've found a few helpful password generators if you want to click on each one and give them a try.

Secue Password Generator 

Password Generator

Safe Password

Now, remembering all those passwords, well...that's a topic for dicussion next time.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Which way does this go in?

USB Symbol
Almost all computers have a USB jack now,  if you are like me, you may have had trouble putting in a USB drive.   USB drives are supposed to be quick and easy to use, but, they will only go into the computer one way, and if it the drive doesn’t have the USB symbol on it how do you know which way it goes in?

Watch this 30-second video so you will know how to insert a USB drive the correct way - every time.

As always, if you need any help, please sign up for a Tech N Go appointment.

Credits:
• source: How to Tell if the USB Plug Is Right-Side Up by David Pogue at Yahoo! Tech

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What do you call this thing?


Do you know this device is often called many different things?  A jump drive, flash drive, key drive, memory stick, pen drive, thumb drive or USB drive.

No matter what you call it, these portable storage devices are very useful.  They plug into a computer’s USB port and functions as a portable hard drive or storage device.  They are easy to use and small enough to be carried around in your pocket or on your key chain.

If you would like to learn how to use one of these ingenious devices, just sign up for a Tech & Go appointment!

Credit:  Photo of memory stick 3 from ctr via free images.

Friday, March 13, 2015

What should I print?

The library's 3D printer went live today, and several people have asked, "What can I print?!"

Here are some sites with plenty of ideas for you to try!

If you want to use the library's 3D printer, send an email to 3dprint@tiptonpl.org.
If you want to learn the process, sign up for a Tech & Go appointment!