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Public Computer Show-and-Tell

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

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