Forge Connections: About Operating Systems

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Today is the day that Windows 10 will be installed on the computers of those who signed up for the upgrade and are at the front of the queue.  If you didn’t know, anyone currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8 can get a free upgrade to Windows 10.  You can find more information about how to do that here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade

Of course there are other operating systems out there that shouldn’t be forgotten.  If you’re an Apple user you will be familiar with OS X and iOS.  You may also be sitting back thinking it’s funny that a free OS upgrade is such a big deal since you’ve been getting those for a while now.

But there’s another operating system out there that doesn’t get much attention from the average person.  Chances are good that you’ve either not heard of it, or have heard of it in passing but don’t know much about it.  Believe it or not, we’re actually surrounded by Linux systems.  The Android operating system used on so many mobile devices is based on Linux.  Also, if you look at the operating systems used by Internet servers and supercomputers, the vast majority run on Linux or other Unix-like operating systems.  Check out the numbers here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems

Linux was created by a worldwide community of programmers.  There are those who don’t think that an operating system created by a nebulous group of people could possibly be any good, but those numbers from before would tend to indicate otherwise.  But don’t take my word for it.  Why not check it out for yourself sometime?  It’s freely available to download and many of the programs written for Linux are free as well.

So on this, the day when the first people will be getting their shiny new copies of Windows 10, I encourage you to learn more about your OS of choice and some about the alternatives.  You never know, you may end up with a new favorite.

Trey Ford
Technology Librarian
The Forge
http://dentonpl.com/forge

July 29, 2015 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

New Books in August! Put them on hold today.

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The following books will be released in August but are available in the catalog to put on hold.

LORD OF THE WINGS by Andrews, Donna

DECEPTIONS by Armstrong, Kelley

MARGARET TRUMAN’S INTERNSHIP IN MURDER by Bain, Donald

POWER SURGE by Bova, Ben

MALICE AT THE PALACE by Bowen, Rhys

IRON WOLF by Brown, Dale

FRICTION by Brown, Sandra

THE BANGKOK ASSET by Burdett, John

BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD by Crider, Bill

LAST BUS TO WISDOM by Doig, Ivan

DEVIL’S BRIDGE by Fairstein, Linda A.

THE DROWNED BOY by Fossum, Karin

FLOOD OF FIRE by Ghosh, Amitav

X by Grafton, Sue

THE TAMING OF THE QUEEN by Gregory, Philippa

DEADLY ASSETS by Griffin, W. E. B.

WOMAN WITH A SECRET by Hannah, Sophie

FOOL’S QUEST by Hobb, Robin

THE MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES by Hoffman, Alice

THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTER by Kellerman, Jonathan

DRAGONBANE by Kenyon, Sherrilyn

BROWN-EYED GIRL by Kleypas, Lisa

LAST WORDS by Koryta, Michael

SILVER LININGS : A Rose Harbor Novel by Macomber, Debbie

LONG UPON THE LAND by Maron, Margaret

CANDY CORN MURDER by Meier, Leslie

POINT BLANK by Michaels, Fern

THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION : stories by Mieville, China

SECONDHAND SOULS by Moore, Christopher

KEEPER’S REACH by Neggers, Carla

ALERT by Patterson, James

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Penny, Louise

HOSTAGE TAKER by Pintoff, Stefanie

THE LAST TIME I SAW HER by Robards, Karen

IN THE DARK PLACES by Robinson, Peter

TRAP by Tanenbaum, Robert

A PATTERN OF LIES by Todd, Charles

GRAND OPENING by Weber, Carl/ Pete, Eric

THE SWORD OF THE SOUTH by Weber, David

WHO DO YOU LOVE by Weiner, Jennifer

STARLIGHT ON WILLOW LAKE by Wiggs, Susan

~Kimberly

July 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Guitars, Cadillacs, and Hillbilly Music

I often wake up with a song in my head. This can be a good thing; today it is. This morning’s earworm is Dwight Yoakam’s, Guitars and Cadillacs, running through my head. Since it will not vacate the premises, here it is for your enjoyment. I hope it worms its way into your ear, as well.

Here are few good things now available at your local library to enjoy while Ol’ Leather Pants’ song is reverberating in your noggin.

Rock on, y’all!

William James Smith

 

Riffs

 

 

classic

 

 

HillBilly

 

 

July 22, 2015 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

Reading With My Ears

I always enjoyed reading a book at my leisure, listening to the characters in my head with imagined voices. But as my time became more valuable and scarce I turned to audio books. I found that an experienced narrator, with their vocal intonations, will draw you into the magic of the story.  Listening to an audio book allows me the convenience of doing boring household chores, while getting lost in an adventure that is in another place and time.

DevilcoverI do have favor narrators like Jim Daley narrating the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowlings.  But my all time favorite narrators are Scott Brick and Katherine Kellgren.  Anything Scott Brick narrates is “pure gold.”  My first exposure to Scott’s narration was The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.  I still get goosebumps thinking about the story.  But Scott has narrated many books by many authors from David Baldacci to Sun Tzu’s Art of War (on Hoopla). He has a few prestigious awards like Audies and Grammys.

Audie Award winning Katherine Kellgren narrates the Bloody Jack series by L. A. Meyer. I listen to the first Bloody Jack book and from then on had to listen to all the other books in the series.  Katherine gives the story suchbloodyjackcover life that you feel you are part of the story, standing side by side with Jacky/Mary as she moves from one adventure to another. Katherine doesn’t limit herself to just youth books, she also narrates adult books. She is nominated for this year’s Audie Awards for her narration of Erika Johansen’s The Queen of the Tearling and others titles. I am waiting for the library to get this book in audio book format so I can listen to Katherine and get lost in this story.

So when you search the library’s catalog, select author and in the search box type: Brick, Scott or Kellgren, Katherine.  See what the library has in its holdings for either narrator, then check out one of the audio books.  You will be glad you did.

Carmen
North Branch Library

July 15, 2015 at 1:37 am Leave a comment

New DVDs! Put them on hold today.

Cinderella

 

The following DVDs have recently been added to our catalog and are available for holds.

Cinderella

Far from the Madding Crowd

Little Boy

Unfriended

The Water Diviner

~Kimberly

July 9, 2015 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

How to Keep Your Kids Happy on a Road Trip

Summer is halfway gone, and hopefully that long awaited family vacation is just around the corner. If you are planning a road trip, we have a few suggests for keeping your kids busy and happy while stuck in the car for a long period of time.
I always pack a selection of books to read on vacation everywhere I go. But if you are like me and motion sickness sets in the moment you open a book in the car, audio books may be the answer. The Denton Public library offers audio books to download from either Hoopla or Overdrive onto your phone, tablet, or laptop. If you are feeling old fashioned, you can pick up a Book on CD instead. (You could even listen to a book about a road trip while you are on your road trip.)
A few tips:

  1. Download your books before you leave on vacation. You don’t want to get stuck somewhere without internet access.
  2. Don’t forget your charger!

If you need suggestions of what to read, here is a list of Audies Award Winners and Finalists from 2014 and 2015. These are not all of the award winners, just the ones you can find in the library’s collection. Check out the Audio Publishers Association website for a list of all Audie award winning audiobooks from past years.

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

This Is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen; Narrated by John Keating

Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter
by Beatrix Potter; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Creepy Carrots!
by Aaron Reynolds; Narrated by James Naughton

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman; Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Neil Gaiman, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind-Tutt

A Snicker of Magic
by Natalie Lloyd; Narrated by Cassandra Morris

Unstoppable Octobia May
by Sharon G. Flake; Narrated by Bahni Turpin

A Long Walk to Water
by Linda Sue Park; Narrated by David Baker and Cynthia Bishop

Matilda
by Roald Dahl; Narrated by Kate Winslet

Sugar
by Jewell Parker Rhodes; Narrated by Bahni Turpin

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
by Kathi Appelt; Narrated by Lyle Lovett

TEENS

Boston Jacky
by L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Cress
by Marissa Meyer; Narrated by Rebecca Soler

Curtsies and Conspiracies
by Gail Carriger; Narrated by Moira Quirk

The Impossible Knife of Memory
by Laurie Halse Anderson; Narrated by Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels

Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell; Narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra

Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein; Narrated by Sasha Pick

Need more suggestions?  Here are a few other ways to entertain your kids on the road.
http://www.pbs.org/parents/summer/road-trip-games-for-kids/
http://mamapapabubba.com/2014/06/11/portable-lego-kit-for-little-travellers/

July 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

In The Weeds, 7.8.15: Bug Town

Admittedly a more eye catching title than “Elizabethtown”, “Bug Town” was the nickname for an early Denton County settlement named after Elizabeth Creek which was, in turn, named after John B. Denton’s daughter Elizabeth. In the far southeast corner of the Shamblin Survey you can see a tiny cross indicating the Elizabethtown Cemetery. That plat is located near the intersection of Hwy 114 and I-35W (click on image for larger view):

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Elizabethtown is one of several Denton County ghost towns and got its nickname from its settlers who hailed from Tennessee who had never seen the number and varieties of insects in that area.

Here is a Google Earth image of the area:

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In Hollace Hervey’s book “Historic Denton County: An Illustrated History” published by the Denton County Historical Museum, Elizabethtown is said to have been settled by Peters Colonists in 1847 at “the point where the Ranger Trail and the stage route from Ft. Worth to Denton crossed the creek.” Isn’t it interesting to see how closely I-35W has apparently paralleled the old Anglo trail which, in turn, may have followed an Indian trail?

By the late 1870s, the town had several businesses, a post office, saloons, and its own school district. However, the eventual arrival of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad a couple miles to the east in Roanoke sounded the death knell to Elizabethtown. On August 2, 1881 the post office was closed and reopened the next day in Roanoke. The community barely survived into the 20th Century and by the 1940s was little more than the location of a cemetery (seen below). The bugs are probably still there, however.

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There is an excellent history of the the town and cemetery written by Mrs. I. Neal Samuels and Mrs. A. B. Harmonson located in our vertical files at the Emily Fowler Library, and an article from the Oct. 19, 1966 Denton Record Chronicle available at any DPL location from Newspaper Archives.

Chuck Voellinger

June 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

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