TANG Tech Tips

Republished from the April 2010 Newsletter:

Creating a desktop shortcut to your Apollo Catalog

You can use Firefox to create a shortcut on your computer’s desktop to any page you’ve visited, including your Apollo Catalog:

  1. Resize the Firefox window so you can see both your computer’s desktop and the Firefox window on the same screen.
  2. Click on the site icon next to the Location bar, i.e. where the web address (URL) is shown.
  3. While still holding the mouse button down, move the pointer to the desktop, then release the mouse button. The shortcut will be created.

New CTLS workforce website!

As you may remember, CTLS, AALS and STLS are providing “workforce PCs” to libraries who applied for these last year.  Eighteen libraries in CTLS will receive these PCs.  Included on these PCs are links to workforce sites, including Résumé Maker.

Please let us know if your patrons find this useful, or if you know of other links we should add to this website.

Tutorial for First Time Computer Users

http://tech.tln.lib.mi.us/tutor/index.htm
This tutorial is designed to help people who have never used a computer before. It concentrates on using the mouse and a few other basic skills.

CD, DVD copying

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-best-free-alternatives-to-nero-cddvd-burner
Nero is one of the best piece of software available for CD/DVD Burning, but it’s quite expensive.  Many of you have Roxio, but some versions of Roxio’s EZ-CD Creator remove entries from the PC registry that are required for the proper operation of Deep Freeze.   Take a look at the free CD/DVD burning programs described in the link above.  While some of these are not suitable for use in your library, they would be good, free programs to recommend to your patrons for home use.

More about Networking

What is my IP address

http://whatismyipaddress.com

More internet speed tests

http://www.toledorocket.com/perftest/alltest.htm

And for the truly brave – information on maximizing your DNS

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9020261/Fix_your_DNS_problems

Wireless router suggestions, though these are stricter than what would work for public libraries

http://www.practicallynetworked.com/support/wireless_secure.htm

And, while you are thinking about Networking, register for this upcoming workshop:

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