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Quick Tip for Smartphones: Taking Screenshots

Sometimes you want to show pictures of your screen for various purposes, such as showing a screen from a website or making a how-to. It’s not too hard to do from a computer using a tool like Snagit for Google Chrome, but what if you’re using a smartphone or tablet? Fortunately, that’s even easier. On an Android device, press and hold down the volume down and power buttons, and on Apple devices press and hold the sleep/wake button and press the home key. That’s all it takes. On Android you can find your screenshots in the Screenshots folder in your Gallery, and on Apple in your Camera Roll. You can share, email, or upload your screenshots just like any other picture. What will you use mobile screenshots for? Continue reading

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Ruby Hashes

Hashes in Ruby are a helpful way to organize information. As can be seen in the screenshot below, I’ve created a new hash, named it example, and given it a couple keys and values to start. To create your own hash, just pick the name you want it to be called and set that equal to Hash.new. Since Ruby is case-sensitive, it’s important to remember to capitalize Hash.new. To set keys and values, use the format: hashname[“key”] = “value”. In my example hash, I’ve created the keys “cold” and “hot” and given them values of “pluto” and “sun” respectively.

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Next, you can get input from the user and add it to the hash as  a key or a value.

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The Basics of Google Drive Explained

There has been confusion regarding the difference between Google Drive and Google Docs. There is NO difference… They are exactly the same. Google Drive was previously called Google Docs.

Now I’ll explain some basics.

 

First, to access the Google Docs, when you’re on the Google Homepage, click, “Drive” on the upper navigation bar.

 

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Ruby Basics

Although we’re still trying to get Ruby on the Mac, I did get a chance to try it out on another computer. It’s very confusing to jump straight into it, although I do think that’s the best way for me to learn it. I read through the first bit of the chapter on Ruby in the “Seven Languages in Seven Days”, and I did understand a few things. Only a few, though, so my phrasing and understanding may be off. Continue reading

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LAN Networks

There are several types of networks. For this post, I’ll be focusing on the type used at my job: a LAN. LAN stands for local area network. It links computers that are close together geographically, e.g., in the same building. I only understood what networks actually do when I was trying to transfer files from one computer to another. I had had a vague idea that a network had something to do with connecting the computer to the internet (completely incorrect, I realize now). I was clicking around, trying to find how to email the files to myself so I could download them onto the other computer when I clicked on “Network”. (and yes I know I could have opened a browser, gone to my email, opened a new one, and attached the files, but see how long and boring a sentence that is? Doing it in real life is even worse) After clicking on “Network”, I was surprised to find a list of the other computers in the office. Continue reading

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Writing Scripts in Ruby on a Mac

I have learned to do very basic commands with Codecademy and Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby, but, more importantly, this week I learned how to write, save, and run scripts in Ruby. It was actually surprisingly difficult to figure it out, since nearly every source I combed through online just said to save a script with .rb, then type “ruby filename.rb” in terminal. With the lack of additional information, I did not know where I should write a script, what format it should be in, etc. It was only after a lot of trial and error and one very helpful video on youtube that I understood what needed to be done. This post will take you through the steps to write a ruby script and run in it the terminal. Continue reading

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Google Chrome Calendar Instructions

The Google Chrome calendar is a very useful application that Google offers to its members. Anything and everything from meetings to due dates can be neatly organized in a simple fashion pertaining to days, hours, weeks or months. To all the inexperienced tech users who are not the best with computers, we are here today to instruct you on how to create your very own calendar!

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