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Practical Technology Podcast – Future Tech, Today

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I was negligent in getting this podcast posted before my Upgrade Your Computer workshop, which took place on March 10. Please let me know in the comments if you are interested in this workshop and I will schedule it again for a future date!

-Tony L.

Super-Couponing with Jill Cataldo is ONE WEEK AWAY! OPEN REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN! REGISTER NOW!

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Looking to save money?

Join us on Saturday, March 14 at 11:00am as Jill Cataldo presents her popular Super-Couponing workshop!

Jill Cataldo will teach you how to maximize your grocery savings and purchase hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for just pennies! Learn couponing secrets of the pros, which stores will let you stack multiple coupons, how to track sales and discounts online, and best of all – how to get the store to pay YOU to shop.

Jill’s couponing habits have captured the attention of ABC’s Nightline, Inside Edition, the CBS Early Show, ABC News, Fox News, and many other media outlets. She is also the author of a syndicated newspaper column, “Super-Couponing Tips,” read by over 20 million people nationwide. Now, she’ll share her methods with you!

Register online at http://www.fountaindale.org or by calling 630-685-4176.  No Walk ins please!

Maureen G.

Super-Couponing with Jill Cataldo is ONE WEEK AWAY! OPEN REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN! REGISTER NOW!

jill_cataldo_coupons_horiz

Looking to save money?

Join us on Saturday, March 14 at 11:00am as Jill Cataldo presents her popular Super-Couponing workshop!

Jill Cataldo will teach you how to maximize your grocery savings and purchase hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for just pennies! Learn couponing secrets of the pros, which stores will let you stack multiple coupons, how to track sales and discounts online, and best of all – how to get the store to pay YOU to shop.

Jill’s couponing habits have captured the attention of ABC’s Nightline, Inside Edition, the CBS Early Show, ABC News, Fox News, and many other media outlets. She is also the author of a syndicated newspaper column, “Super-Couponing Tips,” read by over 20 million people nationwide. Now, she’ll share her methods with you!

Register online at http://www.fountaindale.org or by calling 630-685-4176.  No Walk ins please!

Maureen G.

Practical Technology Podcast – Hobby Kits

Links mentioned in this podcast

Upcoming library programs

Open Source Software, Tuesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Learn about software that you can download and use for free, including software that can stand in for Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop. Registration open now!

Teen Tech Week, March 9-14
All programs, except the Retro Techno Fair, take place in Studio 300. All programs, except Teen Geek Out and Retro Techno Fair require advance registration. Click the links to be taken to the registration pages.

  • Scratch Game Design, Monday, March 9 – Use Scratch to design your own computer game. Registration begins February 16.
  • Raspberry Pi, Tuesday, March 10 – Learn basic computer programming using a Raspberry Pi. Registration begins February 17.
  • Light Painting, Wednesday, March 11 – Try your hand at Light Painting where you use light and camera equipment to “paint” a photo that resembles a hand-drawn sketch. Registration begins February 18.
  • Lego Storytelling, Thursday, March 12 – Create your own comic using LEGO® blocks, camera equipment, and the computer program Comic Life. Registration begins February 19.
  • Teen Geek Out @ Studio 300, Friday, March 13, 3-5:30 p.m., grades 6-12 only – Teens are taking over Studio 300! Drop-in to try out the computers, video and sound recording equipment, and more.
    • Please note: Studio 300 will only be open to teens in grades 6 through 12 during this time.
  • Retro Techno Fair, Saturday, March 14, 2-4 p.m., all ages – Experience technology from days past and see how far we’ve come. The fair looks back at old(er) technology — phones, computers, video games, slides, LPs, and so much more. Join us for this all ages trip down memory lane.

To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade: Is That Old Computer Worth Keeping?, Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Have an older computer lying around? Need a speed boost? This workshop will give you the info you will need to upgrade your old PC to make it seem like new again! Registration begins February 17.

Tax Forms

At this time, the IRS and the Illinois Department of Revenue only sent us basic tax forms – Federal 1040; 1040A; and 1040EZ as well as IL 1040. We received communication that we will not receive any instruction booklets for these forms nor other forms and instruction booklets due to IRS and state budget cuts.

What does this mean for you?

The forms we did receive are available on a rack on the 3rd Floor to the left of the elevators (to the right when you get off the elevators). We do have a limited number of IL 1040 instructions available at the 3rd Floor desk. Federal 1040, 1040A and 1040 EZ instruction booklets are available for checkout at the 3rd Floor desk. Instructions can be checked out for one (1) week.

All forms and booklets are available to read, print or download on the IRS website: www.irs.gov

Don’t wait until the last minute! If you must have paper copies, order them today:

To order paper copies of forms and booklets online:

For Federal forms, go to: www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs

Click: Order Forms & Pubs

Select: Forms and Publications by U.S. Mail

For state of Illinois forms, go to: http://www.revenue.state.il.us/taxforms/index.htm

To order paper copies of forms and booklets by phone:

Call the IRS at: 1-800-829-3676

Call the Illinois State Department of Revenue at: 1-800-356-6302

Note: This post was updated with new information on 02/06/2015.

Practical Technology Podcast – The Proper Care & Feeding of Your PC

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Upcoming practical technology programs:

  • World of Open Source: AKA Free Software – Registration begins January 20, but drop-ins are welcome!
    • Come find out about the open source movement! We’ll discuss popular (FREE!) software that can replace many commercially available packages. Open source hardware will also be featured.
  • To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade: Is that Old Computer Worth Keeping – Registration begins February 24, but drop-ins are welcome!
    • Have an older computer lying around? Need a speed boost? This workshop will give you the info you will need to upgrade your old PC to make it seem like new again! Windows machines 7 years old or newer will benefit.

What do I do if I got an infection?

  • Step 1: Don’t Panic!
  • Step 2: Research any error messages or information that you can find. Some of these malware programs will give you a phone number to call to clean the system. Search the Internet for the number or error message to find out how to deal with it. Downloading any of the above software and running it multiple times is a good start. Usually, these will clean up your system and you won’t have to go further. For more insidious infections, move on to step 3.
  • Step 3: Once you get your computer up to a point where you can save files off it, save your documents, pictures, videos, music, etc. to a flash drive or other removable media.
  • Step 4: The only way to truly eradicate an infection is to wipe your drive clean and reinstall everything. Make sure you have your recovery DVDs/CDs and any other software discs you will need to reinstall programs and hardware. You may need to download software or drivers from a “clean” computer if you do not have the original discs. After wiping the drive, here are instructions on doing clean installs for different versions of Windows (Note: this process could take hours to do):
  • Step 5: Install device drivers from the recovery DVD/CD that came with your computer or from the install programs you downloaded.
  • Step 6: Connect to the Internet and run Windows Update. Install any updates. You will have to do this over and over until all updates have been applied.
  • Step 7: Install anti-virus and malware eradication programs.
  • Step 8: Run an antivirus and malware checker on your removable media you saved files to, in case some of those files are infected, before moving those files back onto your computer.

Its a New Year, So Why Not Try Something New?

Its 2015! Not everyone’s resolution is to start a new diet or a new exercise! If you are one of them, come up to our third floor and check out our “Try Something New For The New Year” display! Maybe you want to start a book club or learn French…. maybe you are interested in organic living…. or finally starting that small business you have been dreaming about. Our display has something for everyone! Maybe it will even inspire you!

-Christine

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