Category Archives: Hardware

Sleep vs Hibernate

I’ve been using Windows 7 for a while now and haven’t had a chance to really dig into the differences between Sleep, Hibernate, and Hibernate Sleep. This article from How-to Geek, however, answered all my questions in just a few minutes. If you have the same questions, here you are.


Charging Using an Outlet and USB

Modifying your electrical wall outlet so that it will also allow you to charge via USB. That’s what U-Socket does.

From their website:

U-Socket is a duplex AC receptacle with built-in USB ports that can power any device that is capable of being charged via a 5V power adapter, but without the need for the power adapter! When a U-Socket replaces a traditional 3-prong AC wall socket, you can eliminate the clutter of AC Adapters that stick out & take up space in your home or office. Everything stays neat & organized.

CNET created a video that shows you how to install it – it doesn’t look very hard.

What Is There To Say?

Looking for some tutorials/information on the basics of using the computer or the Internet? has lists of resources both for patrons (Learn the Basics) as well as library staff who help patrons (Find Educator Tools).

In the Educator Tools area, you can limit by the skill you want to teach, the topic you want, or just search all the resources. Definitely a site to bookmark!

Reading Ebooks Underwater

Yes, there is a desire to read even while scuba diving! If you dive deep enough, then you have to ascend in stages slowly so you don’t get the bends.

These 2 divers wanted to do something constructive with their ascent time, so each purchased a Sony Reader and had specialized cases created for them so they could manipulate it while under water. Take a look:

Buy the New Commodore 64

The original Commodore 64 computer was available for over a decade starting in 1982 and was a best-selling computer during that time. The “all-in-one” idea was very popular:

The company will soon come out with a new version of the Commodore 64. The outside will look as similar as possible to the original, but the inside will be updated to the latest and greatest technologies. From the New York Times:

 . . . 1.8 gigahertz dual-core processor, an optional Blu-ray player and built-in ethernet and HDMI ports. It runs the Linux operating system but the company says you can install Windows if you like. The new Commodore is priced between $250 to $900.

If you buy one, let me know – I have questions! 🙂

The Rolltop Laptop

A concept for a new type of laptop from Orkin Design in Germany. What do you think?

[from Slashdot]

First Tech Device in the House

Representative Henry Cuellar, a democrat from Texas, brought the first tech device into the House of Representatives this past year.

Previously, the floor of the House was a “technology-free zone.” Some felt that use of these devices would be disruptive with so many members of the House.

However, Rep. Cuellar took his iPad to the Speaker’s podium, later stating that it’s use could make a more efficient Congress.

Then incoming Speaker of the House proposed allowing “certain electronic devices, including the iPad on the House floor, as long as it doesn’t ‘impair decorum.'”

Another Texas first!

[from CNET News]

Google’s Data Centers

Google opened another data center in South Carolina. As its newest, they’ve created a video that highlights its security features. If you’ve never read about them, here’s your chance to see them. You’ll understand the reasons that large universities, companies, and governments have turned parts of their data over to Google – it’s difficult to match their security.

[from Slashdot]

Going Mouseless

Although the author of this article doesn’t see that going “mouseless” is very helpful, I’d love it! The interactions would be the same, e.g., right-click and left-click, but you’d do it without the mouse itself. You’d need an infrared laser and an infrared camera and, I’m assuming, the software, to make it work. They say $20 — I’m in!

The video is a pretty good explanation and, yes, it starts with Tom and Jerry. 🙂

[from Wired]