Friday, July 20, 2012

Using Task Manager to Shutdown Applications

Windows: End Task on the Task Manager

To close a program that's frozen on Windows:
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to directly open the Task Manager.
  • In the Applications tab, click on the program that's not responding (the status will say "Not Responding") and then click the End Task button.
  • In the new dialog box that appears, click End Task to close the application.

These instructions were found on  If you've never used the Task Manager to close applications before, I would recommend opening a few programs (Word, Internet Explorer, etc) and try closing them using Task Manager.  Don't forget that this feature is often helpful when a program has frozen and will not let you close it down in the regular fashion.

Downloading Device-Compatible Books from Project Gutenberg

When using a site with a variety of ebook titles, like Project Gutenberg, one of the most important things to pay attention to is the file type.  File types are the indicator of what devices each file will work with.  Choose file types that you know are compatible with the device you want to use. 

Find information on using Project Gutenberg titles with various devices on the Project Gutenberg website. 

This is a great topic to try out yourself with a device.  There are a variety of options: you might try it out on LT's Kindle (located in the sups' office), request a device from HI, try it out on your own device, or coordinate with a helpful coworker to try it on their device.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

iPad-compatible TumbleBooks

You can use iPad-compatible TumbleBooks by accessing TumbleBooks through the DCL website on your iPad/iPhone and going to the Story Books section.

Just below the "Story Books" heading, there is a link called "Click here for iPad-compatible titles". Click on this link, and the iPad books will be sorted for you. Now, simply click on the "iPad" button to launch the book of your choice! The book will appear in a small window at first, but to expand, simply click on the "full screen" button.


Monday, July 16, 2012

File Extensions

Here's a list of some common file extensions:

.doc - Microsoft Word document
.docx - Microsoft Word open XML document
.txt - plain text document
.wpd - WordPerfect document
.pps - PowerPoint slide show
.ppt - PowerPoint presentation
.xml - XML file
.mp3 - MP3 audio file
.wma - Windows Media audio file
.flv - Flash video file
.mov - Apple QuickTime movie
.mpg - MPEG video file
.wmv - Windows Media video file
.bmp - bitmap image file
.jpg - JPEG image
.pdf - portable document file format
.xls - Excel spreadsheet
.com - DOS command file
.exe - Windows executable file
.htm/.html - hypertext markup language file

Check out this website for more extensions, as well as detailed explanations of all of these file types.  If you need to search for a specific extension on the web page, don't forget Ctrl F!

Windows Media Player

The following link will take you to the Microsoft website page that explains basics of the what, how and why of Windows Media Player:

Getting Started with Windows Media Player

QuickTime PictureViewer - QuickSummary

PictureViewer is a component of QuickTime for Microsoft Windows and the Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9 operating systems. It is used to view picture files from the still image formats that QuickTime supports. (from Wikipedia)

Windows: If you have QuickTime Pro, you can use PictureViewer to import and export various types of still image file formats and to rotate images. PictureViewer is in the QuickTime folder on your hard disk. (from