Library now open at 9:30 am with limited computer usage

(September 8, 2020) The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to announce that as of Tuesday, September 8, the library will be open at 9:30 a.m. Limited usage of the computers will begin on Tuesday as well.

The rules for computer usage are as follows: Westfield residents will have access to one thirty-minute session per day. Westfield residents without a library card will be able to get a guest pass at the Circulation Desk with proof of residency. Non-residents will not have access to computers.

Those who would like to print will need to have coins or one-dollar bills as the library does not currently have change. Due to limited staffing, computer assistance will not always be available.
The computers will be shut down 30 minutes before closing.

Since occupancy in the library remains limited, we request that patrons wait outside or in their cars should all computers be in use

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How to make Twitter appear in dark mode to reduce battery strain on your computer or mobile device

Estelle Sidler



a computer generated image of a keyboard: Twitter technically has several different dark modes across its mobile app and desktop site. NurPhoto/Getty Images


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Twitter technically has several different dark modes across its mobile app and desktop site. NurPhoto/Getty Images

  • You can make Twitter appear in dark mode to set a dark background with white text, save your battery, and possibly reduce eye strain.
  • You can find dark mode in the Settings and Privacy menu on the desktop site and mobile app.
  • Twitter allows you to choose between “Dim,” which sets the background to a dark blue, or “Lights Out,” a true black background.
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There are a few reasons to like the dark mode function on apps, desktop sites, mobile devices, and your computer. Not only does it have the potential to reduce eye strain and potentially help you sleep better (though the science isn’t definitive on that front), it can help extend the battery life of your mobile device

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OWC Launches New Mercury Elite Pro Dual with 3-port Hub, the Digital Desktop Centerpiece for Home Office, Small Business, Creative Pros

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WOODSTOCK, Ill., Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — OWC®; a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company and one of the world’s most respected providers of Memory, External Drives, SSDs, Mac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits introduces the new OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual with 3-Port Hub. Designed to handle diverse workflows, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual offers up to 32TB of storage capacity plus a built-in high-powered USB hub for accessory connectivity and device charging, easily making it the centerpiece of your digital desktop. The compact Mercury Elite Pro Dual is equipped and ready to go to give you its best performance with any USB equipped Mac, PC, or tablet from nearly the last decade. You don’t need to worry about what system you have, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual with 3-Port Hub is there to provide the performance, data capacity,

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Sarasota tech group seeks computer donations for people in need

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Sarasota nonprofit that fixes up and donates computers and more is in need of contributions

Emily Wunderlich
 
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Mike Hutchinson and other volunteers at the Suncoast Technology Users Group are accustomed to turning old technology into problems solved. 

But now they’re faced with a new problem: not enough technology to circulate back into the community.

The Sarasota-based nonprofit refurbishes and donates roughly 1,200 computers to people in need every year. This year, STUG has donated roughly half as many due to low numbers of requests and donations.

More: Read more stories about digital access for people in Sarasota-Manatee

Hutchinson says that schools, businesses and nonprofits are usually the organization’s biggest hardware contributors. But as more students and families become reliant on their computers to learn and work from home, those contributions have slowed. 

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, roughly 10% of households

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Giant robotic scorpion could be the ultimate gaming computer rig

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It may look and move like a scorpion, but this $3,999 chair is the ultimate gaming and work station.

A US firm unveiled the Scorpion Computer Cockpit that is powered with a push of a button, allowing the user to transform the design to fit their needs.

The ‘tail’ moves from the back of the chair overhead to become a screen mount that holds up to three displays and owners can choose to sit upright or lie down to take a break.

Stretching nearly five and a half feet long, it is also equipped with a massage and heating feature so ‘can enjoy some quality time while you’re making yourself look like the ultimate villain.’

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a person sitting on a chair in front of a curtain: It may look and move like a scorpion, but this $3,999 chair is the ultimate gaming or work station. A US firm unveiled the Scorpion Computer Cockpit that is powered with a push of a button, allowing the user to transform the design to fit their needs


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It may look and move like a scorpion, but this $3,999 chair is the ultimate gaming or work station.

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the clearest picks for your PC and setup

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A set of the best computer speakers is a great move for any PC and gaming setup. In a world seemingly dominated by headsets, the best PC speakers still open up options for players of games, but also those who use their setups for everything else too. 



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Best computer speakers

A set of the best computer speakers is not a thing of the past anymore; while it did seem like the best gaming headsets and pc headsets for gaming were the only way forward a few years ago, there’s definitely a case to be made for having both now (budget dependent, of course).

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For example, I much prefer having a headset on for socially-distanced web chats at work, while I prefer to blast my music on my PC speakers. As for gaming, it depends on what I’m playing: for shooters, I prefer a headset

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Tiny But Powerful Desktop Computers to Save Space

Estelle Sidler

Laptops and tablets have become the most popular types of computer, but desktops still offer more power, more flexibility if you ever want to upgrade, and a lower price point. But what if you don’t have room for a big tower? Mini-desktops have become a shockingly viable solution.



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Plug it into a separate monitor for all the power at a fraction of the cost of an all-in-one desktop.



a close up of a computer: Small desktops require significantly less power wattage than their full size counterparts.


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Small desktops require significantly less power wattage than their full size counterparts.

Mini-desktops are super small computers, a sort of in-between zone with laptops on one side and desktops on the other. Mini-desktops will allow some upgrades (usually RAM and storage disks), offer lots of ports, and allow you to swap out peripherals like keyboards, mice, and monitors.



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How to send and receive DMs on Instagram from your computer, as well as unsend and delete messages

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  • You can DM on Instagram from your computer using any internet browser.
  • To send direct messages from your computer, head to the Instagram website and click the paper plane icon in the top-right.
  • This story is part of Business Insider’s Guide to Instagram.

In April 2020, Instagram added the ability to send direct messages to its desktop website. 

This means that Instagram users can now send direct messages, photos, gifs, and other kinds of media, as well as start group chats, unsend messages, and reply to chats using reactions, right from their desktop. 

However, some direct message features — like video chats — only remain available In the mobile app version. 

Here’s how to use the direct message feature on Instagram using your desktop computer. 

How to send a direct message on Instagram from a computer 

1. Using

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How to Use Waze to Send Directions From Your Computer to Your Phone

Estelle Sidler

Avid Waze users will be happy to learn the Google-owned mapping app will now let you send directions from your computer to your phone. That’s forward planning sorted.

Waze has launched a new feature that will help you plan a drive on your desktop and transfer it to your app. Given the company’s web Live Map is used by millions of Wazers for traffic conditions, construction block-ups and other trouble spots, this will come as welcome news indeed.

So, how do I use the new Waze feature?

It’s quite simple really. I tested it out on my personal phone (an Android device) and it was no trouble at all. It’s the same steps for iOS devices as well.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Log in to Waze on your phone.
  2. Then log into it on your desktop browser by scanning the QR code using your phone’s camera. If that
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