Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

Did You Know . . . !

October 13, 2016

For those of you with inquisitive minds who “just want to know” some trivial facts about Google, here is an infographic that will provide you with fifty-five such facts about Google of which you may not have been previously aware.  Enjoy!

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99 Great Ways to Save (Part 2)!

September 10, 2016

In the July /August issue of the AARP Bulletin, several experts offer tips and tricks that will help you save money in a variety of categories: travel, technology, home, finance, style, food, fun, getting there, health, and entertainment.  Part 2 will be the technology category (tips courtesy of Michael Calore [senior editor, Wired] and David Pogue [founder of Yahoo Tech and author, Pogue’s Basics]).

13. Don’t overpay for cables.
14. Don’t throw away money on inferior earbuds.
15. Get expert budget picks (Reviewed.com, TheWirecutter.com, TheSweetHome.com).
16. Know the best time to buy tech.
17. Don’t buy a 4K TV yet.
18. Book last-minute hotel rooms via your smartphone.
19. 911 always works.
20. Keep ink flowing (heat toner cartridge with hair dryer).
21. Free music “speaker” (put cell phone — speaker end — in mug).

Source: AARP Bulletin, July/August 2016, p. 22.

Eight Years . . . and Counting!

June 24, 2016

Happy Friday, and Happy Anniversary!  Eight years ago today I started blogging and began my journey with The Gun-Carryin’ Librarian.  This endeavor began as a learning opportunity when I undertook the Special Libraries Association’s “23 Things” self-paced course of study.  I had no idea what blogging was and was quite behind the curve on all things Web 2.0.  And, while I am still not an early adopter when it comes to new things/technology, I’m not completely afraid to try them either (thanks to SLA’s 23 Things).

Over the past eight years, I’ve managed . . .

  • more than 3,080 posts
  • more than 255,000 views
  • more than 39,100 visitors

My most popular date — June 14, 2012 (1,091 views).
My most popular day of the week — Thursdays (18% of views).
My most popular hour of the day — 5:00 PM (8% of views).

 

Freedom!

April 28, 2016

Every now and then (usually when I’m on vacation where there is truly limited service) I will purposely “unplug” from technology and not check my phone or emails.  For only the second time in my life I found myself at work yesterday morning and I did not have my cell phone (I did not have the time to return home to retrieve it either).  At first I was a bit annoyed (and worried about what I’d be missing throughout the day), but then I realized that I had a very full day already scheduled with meetings and appointments and that not having my phone would not be the end of the world.  As a matter of fact, I survived the day quite nicely.  Yes, there were a couple of calls that I missed, but nothing that I can’t respond to today.  I may have to purposely start doing this more regularly.

Three Thousand, and Counting!

March 29, 2016

My blog has reached a new milestone today . . . my 3,000 post!  A journey that began on June 24, 2008, as a learning opportunity in concert with the Special Libraries Association’s “23-Things” Web 2.o initiative.  A journey that has continued for just under eight years (and counting).

To date, my blog has had . . .

  • 3,000 posts
  • 37,688 visitors
  • 252,901 views
    • day with the most views: June 14, 2012 (1,091 views)
  • most popular day: Tuesday (17% of views)
  • most popular hour: 2:00 PM (7% of views)
  • visitors from 64 countries — the top ten countries by the number of visitors for 2016: U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Australia, India, Brazil, Netherlands, and Spain.

Historically, 2012 was by far the best year statistically with 371 posts published and 59,303 views . . . but the blog goes on.

How Do You Connect to Your Police Department?

October 14, 2015

Here is an infographic that outlines some of the popular apps that people are using to stay connected to their local police departments.

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Meditation Labyrinth!

September 12, 2014

What exactly is a meditation labyrinth?

It is an interactive labyrinth is a mindfulness tool designed to counteract stress and promote wellness by teaching you to focus your attention.  So, as we head into the weekend, let’s take a deep breath and meditate!

There are several types of meditative techniques, but they all share these four elements:

  • A quiet location
  • A specific, comfortable posture
  • A focus of attention
  • An open attitude

Research has shown that meditation may increase your levels of empathy and it has been used to treat and offer relief to a host of health problems.

  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Physical or emotional symptoms associated with chronic illnesses

For more information visit:
http://www.sparqlabyrinth.com/

Our labyrinth display/projection has several patterns to choose from . . . catch a glimpse of the designs here.

  • The Pima Labyrinth
  • The Vedic Labyrinth
  • The Celtic Labyrinth
  • The Chartres Labyrinth
  • A Literary Labyrinth
  • The Serbian Labyrinth

For more information on labyrinths, check out these links:

Use Twitter to Your Advantage!

May 8, 2014

I’ve been “tweeting” for a couple of years now, but I am by no means an expert.  Here is a fun infographic that outlines some “best practices” to help “up your game” when using Twitter as your social media outlet.  I’ll definitely have to consult this frequently until these types of habits/behavior become second nature.  Enjoy!  Thanks Tracy (@LibrarySherpa) for sharing this with me!   For a much more in-depth look at Twitter and its capabilities, check out the Twitter Guide Book.

Checkout the infographic here.

Infographic courtesy of: Passion Digital

Must Have Technology Skills for Educators!

February 21, 2014
Happy Friday!  As ;the weekend rapidly approaches, let us ponder the growing list of “must have” technology skills that today’s educator should possess.  Below is the list of the 20 basic technology skills that all educators should now have (and I would hazard to guess that this list could be expanded beyond the teaching profession).  The advent of the computer and computer-related technology make it no longer acceptable for educators to be technology illiterate.   In addition to being literate, educators must also find the time to keep up with and/or improve their technology skills . . . because the technological landscape will continue to change (and quickly), I guarantee it.  Check out the entire article here.  How many have you mastered?
  • Word Processing Skills
  • Spreadsheets Skills
  • Database Skills
  • Electronic Presentation Skills
  • Web Navigation Skills
  • Web Site Design Skills
  • E-Mail Management Skills
  • Digital Cameras
  • Computer Network Knowledge Applicable to your School System
  • File Management & Windows Explorer Skills
  • Downloading Software From the Web (Knowledge including eBooks)
  • Installing Computer Software onto a Computer System
  • WebCT or Blackboard Teaching Skills
  • Videoconferencing skills
  • Computer-Related Storage Devices (Knowledge: disks, CDs, USB drives, zip disks, DVDs, etc.)
  • Scanner Knowledge
  • Knowledge of PDAs
  • Deep Web Knowledge
  • Educational Copyright Knowledge
  • Computer Security Knowledge

Source: the t|h|e Journal website.

Your Digital Afterlife!

January 24, 2014

Not to be morbid, but here is some interesting food for thought.  Have you ever stopped to think about what happens to all of your many online profiles (your digital fingerprint, so to speak) after you die?  Will you “live on forever” via your social media accounts?  Here is an interesting infographic that shows you exactly what is required to deactivate many of the common social media accounts after someone has died.  Very interesting indeed.

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