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  • 1. Public Computers Features and Limitations Lucien Kress [email_address]
  • 2. Computer Types
    • Internet Stations
      • Microsoft Windows XP
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
      • Microsoft Office Standard 2007
      • Microsoft Picture Manager
      • Microsoft Media Player
      • Adobe Flash, Shockwave, and Reader
      • Accessibility and language utilities
  • 3. Computer Types (cont.)
    • Adaptive Stations
    • Everything an Internet Station has, plus:
      • JAWS 9 (screen reading software)
      • ZoomText 9.1 (screen magnification software)
  • 4. Computer Types (cont.)
    • Catalog Stations
      • Microsoft Windows XP
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 with restricted access to internet
      • Can get to the catalog and selected websites only
  • 5. Computer Types (cont.)
    • Kids Internet Stations
      • Just like the regular internet stations, but always filtered
    • Kids Game Stations
      • Selected games; no internet access
  • 6. Pharos Login
    • Pharos login requires an active library card account
    • Login screen accepts 8-digit or 14-digit patron barcode
    • Currently set to allow multiple sessions totaling one hour per day
  • 7. Filtering Choice
    • Adults 18+ may choose at each login
    • Teens (13-17) may choose unless guardian designates filtered access
    • Children (12-) always filtered unless guardian designates ability to choose
    • Those with choice can change their choice by logging off and back in
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  • 9. Software
    • Microsoft Office Standard 2007 includes:
      • Word
      • Excel
      • PowerPoint
      • Office Picture Manager
    • Media Players include:
      • Windows Media Player
      • QuickTime Player
      • RealOne Player
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  • 12. File Management
    • You can save or download files to:
      • A USB drive, if it doesn’t require additional software to function
      • The desktop (also known as the F: drive) – but the files will disappear the next time someone logs in
    • If you don’t have a USB drive but want to save your files, you can save them to the F: drive and then upload them to a file storage site or an email message.
    • Important! If you log out and then remember that you left a file behind, don’t log back in. Any files will be deleted. Talk to a staff member to retrieve the file.
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  • 18. Note – click with the right mouse button to get this context menu!
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  • 20. Accessibility Utilities
    • Microsoft Magnifier
      • Shows whatever the cursor is pointing at in a magnified window at the top of the screen
    • Microsoft Onscreen Keyboard
      • Allows typing using mouse instead of physical keyboard
    • StickyKeys (Shiftx5)
    • MouseKeys (LShift+LAlt+NumLock)
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  • 23. Language Utilities
    • All supported languages are displayed automatically
    • Microsoft Language Bar lets you type in a foreign language
    • Supported input languages include English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese (PRC & Taiwan), Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese
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  • 26. Frequently Asked Questions
    • How do I protect my privacy?
      • Log out when you’re finished. When the next person logs in, all personal settings and files will be deleted.
      • Make sure you only type private information into a website when the address line says https://... (not just http://...).
      • Educate yourself about phishing and other scams.
      • Be aware of who is standing behind you.
  • 27. FAQ (continued)
    • Can I get a virus?
      • Yes. But only from your own activities.
      • Stay away from shady websites and don’t click on links in email messages from people you don’t know.
      • If you do get a virus, it could infect your Word documents or your USB drive.
      • Any virus this computer catches will be erased when the next person logs in.
  • 28. FAQ (cont.)
    • How to I save my documents if I don’t have a USB drive?
      • Save to the desktop.
      • Open a file storage website like Dropbox and upload the file, or…
      • Open a new email message to yourself, and attach the file.
  • 29. FAQ (continued)
    • I forgot to upload my document before I logged out. What do I do?
      • Don’t log back in. Doing so will delete the document.
      • Ask a staff person to help you retrieve the file before anyone else logs in.
      • Once the next person logs in, your documents are gone forever.
  • 30. Online Help
    • Staff knowledgebase
      • http://lib-util/kb/kb.asp (Public Access Computers)
    • Patron knowledgebase
      • http://lib-util/pubkb/
      • Accessible from patron browser toolbar
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