Category: Tech

May 26th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

September 9, 2008 to be exact. Listen here.

Many of us use it every day and have trouble remembering life without it.  The usefulness and ubiquity of the Internet has made looking for information as easy as pushing a button.  The personal computer created an Internet where anyone with a keyboard could be master and commander of the World Wide Web. Now,Internet-centered products — such as iPhones, Xboxes, and TiVos — can’t be easily modified by anyone except their vendors and are killing the innovation of the once-open Internet according Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

In a new book titled The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It, Zittrain argues that the Internet’s current trajectory is one of lost opportunity. Zittrain reasons that the seemingly endless Internet is on a path to tighter security— such as car GPS systems reconfigured at the demand of law enforcement to eavesdrop on occupants.

Today Michael Sauers, the “Travelin’ Librarian” from the Nebraska Library Commission talks with guest host Stephen Steigman about how the salvation of the Internet lies in the hands of the users. Drawing on generative technologies like Wikipedia that have so far survived their own successes, we’ll discuss how to develop new technologies and social structures that allow users to work creatively and collaboratively, and participate in solutions. We’ll look at the role technology is playing in library services (both good and bad) and we’ll examine search engines and how to use the latest Web 2.0 – from improving basic search skills and evaluating search results to making the best use of search engines. We’ll also discuss digital rights management, creative commons, and other copyright issues.

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May 20th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

My HP didn’t want to boot any more and it had been giving me fits for ages so instead of fixing it again I just ordered a new box all together. Presenting the Cybertron Hellion XPredator X1. (No I’m not making that up.) Not everything’s hooked up yet nor transferred from the old drives, but it’s up and running and purring like a kitten. Here’s some of the specs:

  • System: AMD FX-6300 3.50GHz Six-Core Processor | AMD 760G Chipset | 16GB DDR3 | 1TB HDD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Pre-Installed
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740 2GB Video Card | 24X DVD±RW Dual-Layer Drive | Audio: 7.1 Channel | Gigabit LAN | Keyboard and Mouse
  • Expansion Bays/Slots Total(Free): 3(1) Ext. 5.25″ | 6(5) Int. 3.5/2.5″ | 1(0) PCI | 1(0) PCI-E x1 | 1(0) PCI-E x16 | 4(2) DIMM 240P
  • Connectivity: 4x USB 3.0 | 4x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Wireless 802.11bgn | Audio | 1x DVI | 1x HDMI | 1x VGA
  • Chassis: Aerocool Xpredator X1 Gaming Mid-Tower w/400 Watt Power Supply | 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty | Free Lifetime Tech Support

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May 17th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

Then (this morning):iPod Touch & iHome

Now (tomorrow morning):Amazon Echo Dot

Header image CC Clemens v. Vogelsang

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May 13th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

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April 28th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

The original netbook, 2008.

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April 1st, 2016 by Michael Sauers

Explore a speculative digital world without screens in this fanciful demo, a mix of near reality and far-future possibility. Wearing the HoloLens headset, Alex Kipman demos his vision for bringing 3D holograms into the real world, enhancing our perceptions so that we can touch and feel digital content. Featuring Q&A with TED’s Helen Walters.

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March 25th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

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January 31st, 2016 by Michael Sauers

And you can figure that our via view source on their Web site…

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December 15th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

When hooking up your Windows laptop to a projection system for a presntation there are a few things you should always keep in mind. For example, no one needs to know when you get new e-mail. They’re also not interested in your screensaver. And lastly, if your laptop goes to sleep during the presentation things may completely fall apart, especially when it comes to the projection system.

Luckily, Windows laptops have a little known feature called the Mobility Center that includes a single button that will take care of all these issues.

To find the Mobility Center, click your start button then type mobility center. The program should appear in your results list; just click to run.

Windows Mobility Center

Once the Mobility Center appears on screen, click the Turn On button under Not Presenting. This will cahnge your sleep, screensaver, and notification settings accordingly.

When you’re all done, return to the Mobility Center and click Turn Off in the same box and all your settings will be put back the way you had them before.

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December 8th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

The folks over at Make Magazine have written a wonderful article on the difference between the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino. Here’s a sample:

Arduino Raspberry PiHere at Make: we see new, ingenious projects from our community every day. Many of these projects are made possible with the use of development boards. However, if you’re new to the whole idea, it can be confusing to parse out the differences between boards and the advantages of using one over another.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO?
An Arduino is a microcontroller motherboard. A microcontroller is a simple computer that can run one program at a time, over and over again. It is very easy to use.

A Raspberry Pi is a general-purpose computer, usually with a Linux operating system, and the ability to run multiple programs. It is more complicated to use than an Arduino.

We’ve created this super simple guide to help you get started. Then, when you’re ready, head to the Maker Shed to check out Arduino and Raspberry Pi Starter Kits, which come with all the goodies you need for your inaugural projects. Not sure you want all those peripherals yet? Start with the essentials: Grab the board of your choice and guide yourself with our Getting Started With series for Arduino and for Raspberry Pi.

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