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Keeping up with technology is challenging for everyone from the casual user to the industry insider. There is just so much news coming out about Internet privacy, identity theft, data breaches, the latest devices, the best app, etc. Where do you go for reliable, accurate and authoritative information about technology that is useful to you? On this webpage I will introduce you to such resources as I discover them.

My name is Genie Contrata and I'm going to help you navigate the world of technology information. Who am I? A librarian, a mostly self-taught computer user and a casual+ user of the Internet.

At the library you will find me at the 2nd floor Information Desk or out and about the town of Greenburgh promoting the library's digital collections. If you need help with GPL's digital collections call me for a one-on-one appointment. I can be reached at 914-721-8232 or

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Genie's Simple Tech Tip

Google Searching Tip - Exclude Words by Using a Hyphen

Keying in homonyms can lead to multiple confusing results since Google can’t understand what you really mean and want to search for. You can use a hyphen to exclude certain words to reduce the number of results and filter what you don’t want to appear.

Example: Crane -birds

Crane can mean a type of bird, a machine, or a body movement. If you type the example above, you will filter out all content that refers to the crane as birds. This can radically decrease results which will allow you to find relevant content faster.

Genie's Internet How To Sites

Favorite How-To Site

As much as I love information, learning new things, and just knowing how stuff works, I don't like a cluttered email box.  Every recommended website in this list asks for permission to send me notifications. I never allow websites to send me any notifications. When I need information I'll find it.

Lifewire provides expert-created, real-world technology content for more than 10 million users like you every month. I really like this site, the articles are easy to understand and the visuals are great. They really do live up to their tagline, Tech Untangled.

The Lifewire homepage is broken down into four categories, How To, Fix, Buy and Do More. Check out the Feb 6, 2019 article, How to Cancel a PayPal Payment, it's not always possible.

Icon for Make Use Of webpageMakeUseOf is an online publication that issues tips and guides on how to make the most of the Internet, computer software, and mobile apps. Their mission is to help users understand and navigate modern trends in consumer technology. MakeUseOf was founded in 2007.

I like this site very much, the articles range from basic and very practical to more advanced for Linux users. Please check the publication dates, I suggest skipping articles older than last year.

In January 2019 MakeUseOf, did a nice article on reducing eye strain by switching to a dark theme on your Windows 10 computer.

Genie's Favorite Tech Podcast - USA Today Talking Tech with Jefferson Graham

Image for Rich on TechI discovered the Rich on Tech podcast listing to Jefferson Graham's Talking Tech podcast. Rich DeMuro is the tech reporter for KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles. His podcasts are longer than Jefferson Graham, about 30 to 50 minutes. Rich covers multiple topics per episode and answers listener's questions. Rich averages 1 podcast per week. There are multiple ways to keep up with Rich.

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