15 August 2016

Three Ways to Keep Your Data Safe




Although we often think of digital disasters as being a software failure, aka the blue screen of death, there are several other ways we put our digital devices (where our data lives) at risk. These include physical damage from fire/flood/accidental destruction, theft, and malware or a virus. What can you do to keep your valuable information safe?

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11 January 2016

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere Resources




Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere!

Resources from January 2016 Presentation to NAPO-SD, creator April Merritt, MLIS; all rights reserved

 

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18 June 2014

Where’s my cell phone?




As a techie type girl I have seen the studies and opinions regarding our relationship with our cell phones. I got my first cell phone in college – the size of your average hardback book and only to be used in the car.

I believe that it’s okay if I am not immediately available.When I am home I don’t always keep my phone at my side; don’t have it set to alert me to new emails or Facebook posts. There are specific ringtones for specific people so I can decide if a call or text is worth interrupting my work.

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19 May 2014

Digital Spring Cleaning




Time for spring cleaning!

Spring is almost here! Now is a good time for spring cleaning for your computer and mobile phone.Yes, physical cleaning is important – blowing out the dust and wiping off the keyboard, but don’t forget about cleaning out your data. Are there apps on your phone you can get rid of? Apps that you tried and didn’t like? How about those documents on your computer? Are there drafts or duplicates that can be deleted? Too many bookmarks in your browser? Find out which ones are still relevant and let the others go. Need help tackling this? Contact an expert!

 

9 May 2014

Digital excuses




Excuses and excuses for digital clutter

 

Do any of these excuses sound familiar?

  •  “I might need that someday!”
  •  “I could use that again if I started doing such-and-such.”
  •  “It’s worth so much money, I can’t just get rid of it.”
  •  “But so-and-so gave that to me, and I don’t want to hurt their feelings.”
  •  “That’s what I have to remember so-and-so by!”
  •  “I like it, I just don’t have a place to put it yet. But when I move…”

digital disorganization

We often use the same excuses in the digital world that we do in the “physical stuff” realm.

What other excuses do you have for hanging on to digital items you might no longer need?

28 April 2014

Information Diet




Information Diet – Cutting down your intake

tape measurer
Have you considered a low-information diet?

Reduce the number of people you follow on Twitter or Facebook. Eliminate blogs you are no longer interested in from your reading list or RSS feed. Set up filters on your email to keep those unwanted emails from your inbox. Unsubscribe from mailing lists you don’t want to receive.

In these days of digital it can be difficult to see just how much stuff we have; how much weight we are carrying around. A two foot stack of papers on the floor next to your desk feels more immediate and urgent than 50 unread messages in your Inbox. But are they the same thing, just in different formats?

What are other things you could trim from your daily information intake?

Image Alan Alfaro(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) used via Creative Commons

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