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The ‘Cell Phone Slows Restaurant Service’ Story Going Viral Has Some Holes in It

I'll admit, after reading the story of a "restaurant" that did a "study" (sorry for all of the "quotation marks"), I thought it sounded legit enough to post it on Facebook, so I did. Later, I read another article on the Happy Place blog that disputed some of the "results" listed in the original article. Are you still with me? Good.

I usually try to check things out at places like Snopes.com (an excellent resource for sorting out online fact from crap), but this time, I didn't do any fact-checking. Happy Place did, though, and you can see what they concluded here.

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Tech Basics: Microsoft Power Point 2010

The Victoria Public Library will present an introduction to the presentation program Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Learn how to create professional slide presentations using WordArt, ClipArt and other special effects found in this powerful program

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Tech Basics: Microsoft Excel 2010

Learn the basic elements of Microsoft Excel 2010 spreadsheet software. Create a spreadsheet using formulas and chart the data. The class will be held at the Library (302 N. Main St.) on Thursday, July 17th at 9:30 a

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Tech Basics: Microsoft Word 2010-Pt. 1

Learn the basic elements in Microsoft Word 2010 word processing software. Participants will edit an existing document in a variety of ways: Exercises include: adding a bulleted list, cutting and pasting text, copying and pasting text, editing the quick access toolbar, spell checking, tracking changes, saving and printing the document.

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Tech Basics: Intro to Microsoft Office 2010

This free class at the Victoria Public Library will introduce commonly-used features in Microsoft Office 2010. Exercises include creating a document, changing the document format, and saving and printing the document

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Tech Labs: Online Job Application Help At Library

The Crossroads region is booming with more and more opportunities for employment every day. Get that job! The Computer Lab at the Victoria Public Library is reserved and staffed to assist participants completing online job applications.

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Electric Companies Say Beware of Scammers

Another day, another way that scammers are attempting to rip you off! Read up on the latest methods thieves are using to steal your personal information and use it fraudulently. It involves you getting a phone call telling you that your power is about to be cut off...don't fall for it!

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Crowdfunding Workshop at UHV

Perhaps you've heard the term, "crowdfunding," and wondered what it was all about. The UHV Small Business Development Center will present an "Introduction to Crowdfunding" at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This presentation includes what works and how you can take advantage of this funding approach. The presenter is Lance McNeill, MBA.

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BBB: Don’t Fall For “Catfish” Scam

June 25 is National Catfish Day. “Catfishing” doesn’t only mean going down to the river with a fishing pole. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants to warn you that catfishing can also be a technique commonly used by dating scammers. 

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Online Dad’s Day Gift Buying Tips From the BBB

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and although there is nothing quite like the gift of fatherhood, many consumers will be trying to brainstorm the perfect gift to honor dad. Spending on Father’s in the U.S. is predicted to reach almost $13.3 billion this year, based on a survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF). That is a 4.5 percent rise from last year’s projection. Consumers will be looking to buy tools or appliances, sporting goods or leisure items, home improvement items, personal care items, books and automotive accessories—with 28 percent of Americans making these purchases from online retailers.

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HD Video: The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio

You've probably read my many posts about the hobby and service of amateur (aka "ham") radio. Some folks think that amateur radio is an "outdated" technology, but as this brief video shows, ham radio remains on the cutting-edge of communications. If you know of a younger person who shows an interest in technology, please share this video with them. Did you know that some kids as young as 7 years old have passed their FCC license test to become amateurs? It's true!

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Tech Basics: Microsoft Word 2010, Part II

This class is a continuation of basic elements in Microsoft Word 2010 word processing software. Participants will edit an existing document in a variety of ways: Exercises include: adding a bulleted list, cutting and pasting text, copying and pasting text, editing the quick access toolbar, spell checking, tracking changes, saving and printing the document.

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