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February 27, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets March 6

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Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Memory Keepers's Daughter by Kim Edwards.

This is Edwards' debut novel about family tradegy that results following the birth of a baby with Downs Syndrome. "Memory Keeper's Daughter" explores deception, family secrets, and the influence of the past on the present.

The Southwest Book Club meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info or call 407.835.7323.

Computer Tips and Tricks: Best Free Softwares

This week's blog is all about free softwares. Not just free, but the BEST free softwares that you can download at home. These are recommended applications that we can use everyday at work and/or at home, from internet security to photo or video editing. If you'd like to see more of these softwares, check it out at PCMAG.com

SECURITY
  • avast! 4 Home Edition
    A slick antivirus application that scans files on demand and on access, including e-mail attachments.
  • Comodo Firewall
    This firewall keeps the hackers out and keeps unauthorized programs from accessing the Internet, even tricky ones that sneak around normal program control.
  • StartupMonitor
    This application will alert you to programs that try to install themselves whenever you boot up Windows.
PRODUCTIVITY
  • Notepad++
    This is the advanced version of the Microsoft built-in text editor. A source-code editor that includes macros, collapsible sections, and syntax coloring for over 40 programming languages, from HTML and JavaScript to Fortran and Smalltalk.
  • OpenOffice.org
    The alternative to Microsoft Office. It includes a very capable word processor and spreadsheet that are compatible with MS Office files. There's also a presentation app, a diagramming tool, and a database.
UTILITIES & MANAGEMENT
  • Foxit Reader
    Adobe Acrobat can slow older systems to a crawl -- or even crash them. This application lets you get your PDF goodness without the Adobe bloat. It runs small and swift, either as a standalone app or from within your browser.
  • Gaim
    Gaim is a multiprotocol instant-messaging client that works with Google Talk, AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, IRC, Yahoo, and more.
  • RoboForm
    RoboForm automatically fills in username and password fielsds in your browser, with an option to password-protect them.
MUSIC & AUDIO
  • Audacity
    A powerful audio editing/recording package software that works on Linux, Mac, and Windows. Perfect for quick recordings and editing long files.
  • CDex
    CDex is a CD-ripping and file-conversion software for the extremely picky. It includes many different encoders and also has jutter correction for error-free CD ripping.
VIDEO & GRAPHICS
  • GIMP
    A powerful and efficient open-sourge bitmap-editing package. You'll need to get used to its nonstandard menus.
  • Picasa 2.0
    A photo-management tool from Google that creates a library of images on your computer, sorted by date.
  • Winamp
    A classic alternative music player that supports every audio format.


Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

February 15, 2007

Photo Gallery -Carol Smith Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman February 13

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Carol Smith, local collector and quilter talks to a group about the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman. Her presentation included a quilt sampler depicting symbolism used to aid escaping slaves. Carol's collection of Underground Railroad documents and photos will be on exhibit at the Southwest Library during March and April 2007.

February 12, 2007

Computer Tips and Tricks: Restart and Shutdown Shortcut

Are you getting tired of the long process of shutting down or restarting your computer? This process is where you go to the Start menu and select Turn Off or Shut Down and then make a selection again if you want to restart or shut down your computer. To avoid all these hassles, you can create shortcut icons either on your desktop or in your quick launch area. Just follow these simple steps.
  1. Right-click anywhere on your desktop.
  2. Go to New -> Shortcut. A wizard will then pop up and walk you through the steps.
  3. In the "Type the location of the item:" box, enter this code: %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -r (This is to restart the computer).

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  5. Click Next when you're done.
  6. In the box that says "Type a name for this shortcut," enter in whatever you'd like such as "Restart PC" or just simply "Restart".
  7. Click Finish to complete the process.
To create the shutdown icon, just follow the same steps but enter this code instead: %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s and then name it Shut Down.
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You should now have 2 extra icons in your desktop. You can also add them to your quick launch area if you want. Very simple, right?

Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

February 9, 2007

Senior Safety: Driving and Mobility Program February 15

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Did you know as people age their vision, hearing and reaction times may diminish? Older drivers may benefit from adjusting their driving patterns to match their current reaction times and judgment.

Join Fran Carlin-Rogers of the Senior Resource Alliance to learn about issues relating to older drivers and options for life-long mobility.

Thursday, February 15, 2007
3:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323

February 8, 2007

Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman February 13

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During National Black History Month come learn about the Underground Railroad and the life of Harriet Tubman from Carol Smith, local collector and quilter. See a collection of Underground Railroad-related photos and documents and a quilt depicting symbolism that was used to aid escaping slaves on their journey to freedom.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

You may view Carol Smith's collection on exhibit at the Southwest Library during March and April 2007.

Reservations are required. Call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info for more information and reservations.

February 3, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets February 6

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Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Runaway: Stories by Alice Munro.

Munro, an award-winning Canadian author is a brilliant short story writer. In Runaway, Munro writes stories of the infinite betrayals and surprises of love between men and women, friends, parents and children. Picked one of the New York Times Book Review 10 best books of 2004.

The Southwest Book Club meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info or call 407.835.7323.