Recently, I needed to sort a list of names in random order. Rather than manually figure out a random sort, I decided to see if Excel could do the sort for me. Guess what - it can! It's a little clunky, but it works.
Those of you that have received a new PC within the last several months have seen that we are deploying Windows 10 PCs. With that Microsoft Edge has taken over Internet Explorer as the stock browser. Edge uses Bing as the default search engine. Some users may not care for Bing. Users can change this default search engine to any they would like but the process is a bit different than other browsers like Chrome or Firefox. The following will explain how to change the default search engine for Microsoft Edge:
Jing is a productivity tools that I have relied on for years. This free, easy to use, and powerful screencast program is useful when answering reference questions (even on chat), creating quick training videos, and developing step-by-step procedures.
Here are my 5 favorite Jing features along with resources to get you started.
Favorite Jing Features:
1. Annotate Images: After using Jing’s Capture feature to grab an image, you can add arrows, text, frames, and highlight features.
2. Narrate Videos: With Jing’s Capture, you can create a short video (less than 5 minutes) with or without narration. If you choose to add audio, you are prompted to connect to a microphone. Pause and restart buttons make it easy to record, and re-record the video.
5. Web Hosting: If you setup a screencast.com account, you can upload your Jing videos and/or screenshots to the web. A url and embed code is then available for sharing the Jing content. (Limitations = Jing users have 2 GB of storage, and 2 GB of bandwidth per month.)
Free Jing Download: https://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
Jing Training Materials: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-jing.html
ScreenCast Account FAQ: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-jing-what-is-screencastcom.html
How often have you been peacefully reading online content on your PC and some garish video unexpectedly takes over? Boom! Peace gone. You can configure your browsers to disable video autoplay. Here’s how.
Before we get started, please note that not all browser versions may have some of the click-through options mentioned below. That could be interpreted in a variety of ways. It could be that the video autoplay was not enabled to begin with or your version of browser has a different set of steps to disable this feature. Consider the steps below as guidelines.
- Type “about:config” in the address bar.
- Accept the warning.
- Do a search for “media.autoplay.enabled”
- Double-click it. This will set the ‘value’ to ‘false’ and will turn off HTML elements
- Go to “Tools” and select “Manage-add-ons”
- Select “Tool bars and exensions” in the left pane.
- Locate and double-click “Shockwave Flash Object” on the right.
- Select the “Disable” button and then click the “Close” button.
- Go to the Chrome Web Store
- Search for “disable HTML5 autoplay”
- Click the “Add to Chrome” button
- Click the “Add extension” button in the pop-up
Each of these ‘disable’ steps are reversible. The effectiveness of the disable may vary from browser to browser but hopefully videos barging in on your reading will at least be diminished. Peace out!
BadgerLink is a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction which provides Wisconsin residents with licensed content not available through regular search engines.
Some of the resources BadgerLink provides include LearningExpress Library (practice tests and tutorials for students and adult learners), EBSCO databases (everything from auto repair to articles on business, health, and general topics), HeritageQuest Online (genealogy resources), to name just a few. We link to some of the BadgerLink resources from the SCLS System-Wide Resources webpage for easy access for SCLS residents, and the full collection resources is available from the BadgerLink website.
Here are some more interesting tidbits about BadgerLink.
Did you know...
Although I use BadgerLink resources all the time, I had never known exactly how BadgerLink is funded, who is behind the scenes, and how BadgerLink came to be until I read "Behind the Scenes at BadgerLink." It's worth a look!
The SCLS order form has been updated to include the current Dell PC and laptop models.
The form now includes two PC (Optiplex) and two laptop (Latitude) models. Both systems offer a lower end 3000 series and a higher end 5000 series device. The 3000 series PCs and laptops are configured more for patron and the low level staff stations that don’t have a lot of devices connected to them. The 5000 series PCs and laptops are configured more for staff stations that have several devices connected to them, like RFID tagging stations, Label printers and receipt printers. Both of the 5000 series models can accommodate higher end processors like the Intel core i7 and more RAM, up to 16GB.
The biggest differences between the new 3000 series models and the 5000 series model PCs is the number of ports available. The 3000 series has 8 USB ports, 4 in the front and 4 in the back. It also has one display port so you can control two monitors from the same PC. The 5000 series has 10 USB ports, 4 in the front and 6 in the back. It has two display ports to control up to 3 monitors. It also has legacy serial, keyboard and mouse ports, which I know you will not need, but they are there, just in case.
Both laptop models have a 15.6 inch screen; they also include the number pad on the keyboard. The 3000 series laptop has 3 USB ports whereas the 5000 series laptop has 2 USB ports and a USB C port for connecting to a dock.
Microsoft added an Undo Send feature to Outlook on the Web back in January. Those of you who use the SCLS-supported Office 365 mail can enable the Undo Send feature for up to 30 seconds by following these simple steps.
You have now turned on the Undo Send feature. How do you actually use it?
Have a good weekend everyone!