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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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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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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Choosing to boot or reboot an aging computer

Estelle Sidler

Q: I have a Windows 10 computer that has become increasingly unreliable as it has aged over its three-year life. I’ll be using Outlook, Excel or Chrome and the computer stops responding until I reboot. Often, multiple reboots are necessary before it settles down. I tried deleting all non-Microsoft or Google apps, but to no avail. Do I need to buy a new computer, or is there an alternative?



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The Windows 10 operating on a Microsoft Surface computer.


A: There’s a common misconception about computers in that computer owners think that their PC is slowing down or misbehaving because the hardware is wearing out.

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It’s not surprising, as we all know that this is true for things like our car or for household appliances that have a dominant mechanical component with many moving parts that can and do wear out and

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4 expert ways to speed up your computer and remove all the junk that’s slowing it down

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If your slow computer might is driving you up the wall, read on. (Photo: Getty)
If your slow computer might is driving you up the wall, read on. (Photo: Getty)

The spinning rainbow wheel of death is one of the more frustrating sites in our modern world. Sure, you can refer to it as a beach ball if you’re feeling lighthearted. Or you can call that computer-freezing icon what it really is: the bane of your existence. 

A slow computer that takes forever to load web pages, open documents, and respond to pretty much any basic command is more common than you think. It’s often just a matter of poor maintenance or disorganization.

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An HD Webcam, 21-Inch Monitor and 13 Other Computer Accessories Under $100

Estelle Sidler

Smartphones and tablets have earned their place in the world of tech, but most of us still spend a big chunk of our day in front of a computer. Whether you’re an office worker, freelancer, or student, nothing will quite replace the power of a Mac, or PC.

Pairing your computer with the right accessories can help you get the most out of your machine. That could mean enabling you be more productive, adding, upgrading, or replacing a crucial component, or using your computer for more than just work.

We’ve collected the best accessories for your computer that cost less than $100. All of these accessories will work with a Mac or PC, and most will work with a Chromebook. We’ve also made sure that a majority of our picks can work with both a laptop or desktop, so you’re not limited to one type of machine.

1. Edifier R1280T

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Get a great tiny computer

Estelle Sidler

(Pocket-lint) – There are still plenty of us out there who doubtless remember very well the glory years of desktop computers that were absolutely huge, whether in an office setting or at home.

The fact is, though, that over time computers have been shrinking further and further, with cracking computers now available in frankly tiny packages. We’ve gathered some of the very best mini PCs (and one Mac for you Apple fans) for you to choose from right here. 

Our pick of the best mini PCs to buy today

HP

HP Z2 Mini G4

HP’s arguably a bit of a grandmaster when it comes to small form-factor computers, and it has another far more mainstream entry further down this list.

We’ve started, though, with its apex predator, the Z2 Mini, which is a frankly amazing PC. It can be configured in a few different ways, but regardless of what

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