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Practical Technology Podcast – Automotive Tech

CAFE standards – It’s more confusing than I was aware of when we recorded this podcast. Various makes/models of cars will have different CAFE standards. This article from Edmund’s is a good explanation as to the scheme, including a chart of vehicle types, representative models, and what that type will have to achieve by year.

Cylinder Deactivation – Variable Displacement Engines

Ford Ecoboost

General Motors Ecotec

Hybrid vehicles

Electric vehicles

Vehicle Safety Technology

Vehicle WiFi Hotspot – GM is rolling this out with their OnStar service, but do a Google search for Vehicle WiFi Hotspot and you’ll find ways to add it to your current vehicle if you are interested in doing this.

– Tony L.

 

Win a Free Laptop at Fountaindale Public Library’s Passport to Success University on April 18!

Attention Fountaindale Public Library card holders!  Looking for free computer classes and wantPassport to Success Univeristy Graphic to win a free laptop?  Complete two free Passport to Success University computer classes on April 18, 2015, and Fountaindale Library cardholders will be entered to win a laptop computer.  Choose from seventeen classes throughout the day and enjoy great perks as a Passport to Success University participant!

Morning Session – 9:30 am to 11:30 am
COMPUTACIÓN BÁSICA (ESPAÑOL)
BLOGGING 101
CAREER ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION
INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXCEL
PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS

Lunch break in our Passport to Success University Coffee Lounge – Noon to 1 p.m.
Relax and prepare for your Passport to Success University classes in our Coffee Lounge! Enjoy light refreshments in a space dedicated to our Passport to Success University Participants!

Afternoon Session – 1 pm to 3 pm
INTRODUCCIÓN A MICROSOFT EXCEL (ESPAÑOL) 
INTRODUCCIÓN A PHOTOSHOP (ESPAÑOL)
INTERMEDIATE MICROSOFT EXCEL
PHOTOSHOP 101
RESUME WRITING AND JOB SEARCHING

Afternoon Session – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
INTERNET BASICO (ESPAÑOL) 
FINDING FREE ONLINE RESOURCES
INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT ACCESS
VIDEO EDITING and 3D DESIGN & PRINTING
PODCASTING 101

Want extra chances to win a laptop computer?  Complete our Passport to Success program and you’ll be eligible to win two additional laptops prize drawings!  Learn more about our Passport to Success Program on our website.  The Passport to Success classes are always free and give you the chance to earn cool prizes and a nifty completion certificate.

Want to earn a free high school diploma?  Fountaindale Public Library is proud to be the first Illinois library offering district residents ages 19 and older the opportunity to qualify for an accredited online high school diploma from Smart Horizons Career Online High School. The first 75 residents to complete our Passport to Success Diploma Track, uniquely tailored to prepare potential students for the online high school learning environment, will earn a grant funded scholarship (a $1300 value!)

Don’t have a Fountaindale library card?  No problem!  Non-card holders are not eligible for the laptop prize, but there are other cool items available for participating in the program.

Register for Passport to Success University classes today!  Spaces are limited and registration guarantees you a space in each class!  Contact the library at (630) 685-4176 to sign up!

Practical Technology Podcast – Future Tech, Today

Items discussed in this podcast:

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.

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