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Entries from January 2011

More Snow–Think About Your Roof. . .

January 31st, 2011 · Comments Off · News

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has updates on the storm forecast and a warning from the National Weather Service to clear snow off roofs. Click here for information.
Recent news reports have emphasized that the weight of snow on flat roofs can be substantial and some buildings have collapsed from the weight. [...]

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Protests in Egypt

January 30th, 2011 · Comments Off · News, Websites

Today is Day 6 of the protests in Egypt calling for the resignation of the Hosni Mubarak government. In my Twitter sessions at the Library, I spoke about how one can use Twitter to both send out and follow grassroots information. I have created a Twitter list (@wiltonlibrary/egyptprotests) that you can follow. [...]

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Open Office Usurped by LibreOffice. . .

January 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · News, Reviews, Software

Open Office was the first major office suite that was both free and legal. The open source model of the community coming together to continually improve a product is a wonderful idea. But, what happens when forks in the development process happen? LibreOffice is the result of such a fork. This [...]

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Thinking About A Tablet PC?

January 27th, 2011 · Comments Off · Hardware, News

Are you thinking about a tablet PC? Not sure what’s out there? Check out this article from Retrevo listing this year’s current and upcoming releases.  I find that my tablet (the iPad) does not substitute for any of my computer equipment; it functions as my eReader, email checker, and social networking device but [...]

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You Couldn’t Make This Up!

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off · News

You truly could not make this up–this is supposed to be a train on Metro North from New Canaan to Grand Central!  I’ve heard of doors opening without warning but always believed that trains could not move if the doors were not closed.  Can someone explain why no one found a conductor?
~mary anne
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The Online New York Times Will Go To A Paid Model

January 25th, 2011 · Comments Off · News

I found this Wall Street Journal article by Russell Adams on Twitter.  The article tells us about how The New York Times online plans to move from a free model to a for fee model.  We know that the news industry is in a bad state–where should the line be drawn between giving news away [...]

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Keep An Eye On Backpacks and Computer Bags!

January 21st, 2011 · Comments Off · News, Websites

Most of us are carrying more and more stuff. Business people have briefcases and computer bags; students have heavy backpacks and these bags often contain expensive computer and electronic equipment. The computers also often contain important and/or sensitive information. It’s important to guard against theft and be aware at all times of [...]

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Pay For Your Starbucks With Your iPhone or Blackberry

January 20th, 2011 · Comments Off · News, Software

This article by Rimma Kats in Mobile Commerce Daily tells us that you can now use your iPhone or Blackberry to pay for your Starbucks in-store purchases.  One less card to carry and easy access to your balance and reloading your card.  A Droid app is in the works; no current plans for Windows.
~mary anne
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File Taxes With An App!

January 19th, 2011 · Comments Off · News, Programs, Websites, Wilton Library Resource

There is an app for almost anything! Intuit has released an app that allows filers of the 1040EZ form to file their taxes on their Android phones or iPhones. This New York Times article by Verne G. Kopytoff explains who may file via phone and also lists some other tax apps you might find interesting. [...]

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Snow and Roofs

January 18th, 2011 · Comments Off · News, Websites

This article in the New Canaan Advertiser reminds us of the importance of monitoring the snow load on our roofs and decks. This can be particularly important if you have a flat roof.  You may also want to check out the Connecticut Building Code and to keep up with the latest weather reports, weather.com. [...]

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