Category Archives: Basics

Core skills and tools for life online.

Buying and Downloading….Anything, Really

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In the next few weeks, we’ll switch from talking about online audio & video to discussing ebooks – a topic getting more popular every day. To bridge the gap between them, let’s look at how you can buy and any … Continue reading

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Introducing….the Cloud

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First, a note: Last week, I said that we would talk about buying music online and introduce “the cloud” in this post. As I wrote, I realized that it was too much information and should be split in two. So, … Continue reading

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Flickr and Online Photos – The Basics

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Sharing your favorite photos has come a long way from vacation slide shows and sticky-paged photo albums. Web-based photo sites like Flickr will store your digital photos and other images online and let you arrange them for easy viewing, but … Continue reading

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YouTube and Online Video – The Basics

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Enough with the screens and screens of static text and images. The first decade of the 21st century is much like the first decade of the 20th: still images have begun to move! They’ve also started to speak and sing … Continue reading

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Apps – The Basics

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“Is there an app for that?” What Is It? Apps is short for applications, a fancier name for software programs. On your computer, applications include things like your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome), your office programs (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), … Continue reading

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Upload, Download, Attach, Save

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Moving files around on the web has become something we do all the time, whether we know what we’re doing or not: sending and receiving documents by email, applying for jobs online, sharing photos and music, and buying audio and … Continue reading

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Email – Some Definitions

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Email is exactly what it sounds like: electronic mail. Emailed messages are sent from one address to other specific addresses directly, and may have documents, photos or other files attached. Email Providers Web-based email is email that is entirely online: … Continue reading

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Online Accounts: Email and more

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Creating an online email account used to mean just that: you signed up for an email address. Now, all of the major web-based email services – Google, Hotmail/Windows Live, AOL and Yahoo! – also offer other tools like photo sharing, … Continue reading

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Search and Maps

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Now that we’ve covered the main tools used by the Learning for Life Online program, let’s get to some of the other basic tools of the web. What Is It? Search: A search engine is any site that helps you … Continue reading

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The Social Library Catalog

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Learning for Life Online tool #4: The social Boston Public Library catalog As more and more people join social networks like Facebook and buy from online retail stores like Amazon, they have come to expect the same kinds of features … Continue reading

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