• On the next Tech Talk: Windows 10

    by  • October 6, 2014 • 0 Comments

    ncompassLiveMed.jpgThe first technical preview of Windows 10 (yes, they’re skipping Windows 9) has been released and Michael has been testing it. Join us for a tour of Windows 10 with a look at the new features and the differences you’ll need to be aware of whether you’re currently using Windows Vista, 7, or 8.1.

    In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

    Register online @ http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=13504

    Friday Video: Randall Munroe, “What If?” Authors@Google

    by  • September 26, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions.

    The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:

    • What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?
    • Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?
    • What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?
    • Are fire tornadoes possible?

    His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements.

    The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical. (Published on Sep 24, 2014)