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Important News for NetLibrary Media Center users

NetLibrary logoIf you have downloaded and installed NetLibrary's Media Center software on your computer for downloading titles from NetLibrary, please be aware that effective May 20, 2010, NetLibrary will no longer support Media Center Versions and lower. If your version of Media Center is or lower, you will need to uninstall the software and reinstall the most current version to continue accessing eAudiobooks.

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Last Minute Tax Resources - April 2010

Image of tax formsThursday, April 15th is the deadline to file your state and federal tax returns. We've compiled a list of resources that can help you if you're still working on completing your forms.

For those who are unable to file by April 15th, view this resource about filing for an extension of time to file from the IRS.

National Census Day - Every Person Counts

Census LogoApril 1 is National Census Day. The US census takes place every ten years and is mandated by the US Constitution. The first census was conducted in 1790 under the direction of then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.

The population count of everyone living in the United States is used to apportion seats in the US House of Representatives. Because many state and federal programs are funded based on the Census's population totals, it's important that every resident in Waterford is counted. Returning Census forms in a timely fashion also helps to save tax dollars. Each completed form returned is one less household that Census workers will have to visit later this year. 

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Microsoft joins the anti-virus effort

Microsoft has dabbled in about every aspect of personal computing software. Some offerings, like Office, are mainstays in the home and business computer world. Others have been relegated to the ash heap of failed computer programs. Where the new anti-virus and anti-spyware offering Security Essentials falls remains to be seen. Early reports about this new free program from Microsoft have been positive. Microsoft has indicated that the goal of the program is to provide a lightweight anti-virus and anti-spyware solution for millions of Windows users. While the program is free and provides real-time protection for your computer, it doesn't provide the comprehensive protection that other programs in this field provide. If you're looking for a free anti-virus and anti-spyware solution for your computer and don't mind being tied to Microsoft, Security Essentials is worth a look. 

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Daylight Saving Time

The end of Daylight Saving Time arrives Sunday, November 1st at 2 AM. Before heading off to bed Saturday night, you should set your clocks back one hour to return to Standard Time. You are also encouraged to test and replace the batteries in your smoke detector. 

While the twice-a-year changing of the clocks is now taken for granted, it wasn't that long ago that the very idea to "spring forward" or "fall back" was quite controversial. Image of a clockMichigan used to fall into the Central Time Zone. This meant that sunrise during the summer came as early as 5 AM [A few counties in the Upper Peninsula remain on Central Time]. Even after moving to the Eastern Time Zone, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Michigan chose not to observe Daylight Saving Time. It took a statewide vote to settle on observing Daylight Saving Time. Thanks to the combination of being on the far west side of the Eastern Time Zone and observing Daylight Saving Time, Michigan now enjoys late summer sunsets. The trade-off for those late summer evenings is dark mornings in the spring and fall.

To learn more about Daylight Saving Time (no "s" in Saving), check out these web sites: Read more

Ice Bridge, Mackinac Island's Hidden Season

This DVD features spectacular photography of Mackinac Island in all seasons. Do you know what a "fudgie" is? Mackinac Island has over 700 horses in the summer and only 20 in the winter. Where do they go? Watch how the "Ice Bridge" transforms the Island in winter.
Review by: Chris Hurt, Library Aide, Technical Services

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes iconAs a techie by trade, I get a lot of calls from friends and family about computers that start out with "Help!" Often the computer problem can be traced back to a virus or spyware that's managed to get itself installed on the computer. If you're asked to troubleshoot a computer and you think a virus or spyware might be installed on it, download MalwarebytesAnti-Malware. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a virus and spyware scanner that when installed on your computer can find and remove viruses and spyware that have infected the computer. 

While there are many programs out there that provide the same features as Malwarebytes, in my experience here at the library, none of them work as well as Malwarebytes. I've never met a virus or spyware that it couldn't wipe out. It sometimes takes more than one scan and reboot of the computer to completely clear out the offending files but Malwarebytes eventually does the job. Malwarebytes offers two versions of the program, a free version that provides on-demand scanning and a paid version that also provides real-time scanning. You can pay for the additional protection of real-time scanning but for me, the on-demand scanning is sufficient. 

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Here Comes Windows 7!

Windows logo If you're a Windows user, you may have heard that a new version of Windows is in the works. In three weeks, on October 22, Microsoft will release Windows 7, the newest version of its Windows operating system for desktop and laptop computers. From what I've read in reviews, Windows 7 is supposed to provide much better performance than Microsoft Vista. Let's hope so! I've been holding off on migrating the library computers to Windows Vista from Windows XP because of the slowness and user unfriendliness of Vista. I'll be checking out Windows 7 after it's released to see if it lives up to the hype. Check out some of the reviews below:

Help Protect Michigan Libraries!

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Learn more about what you can do to help protect and preserve library services in Michigan.