Com­puter classes at Cedar­town Li­brary help­ing lo­cals mas­ter tech

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­

The Cedar­town Li­brary is trans­form­ing lo­cals into com­puter masters one step at a time, and the lat­est weekly les­son was all about USB flash drives.

New and re­turn­ing at­ten­dees alike were given lap­tops, mice, and ev­ery­thing else they needed as class host and li­brary staff Ian Wil­liams spoke on the im­por­tance of the tool.

“The porta­bil­ity is prob­a­bly the main perk of these,” Wil­liams said of the drives. “Be­ing able to carry work be­tween more than one com­puter is a big thing for a lot of peo­ple, but ease of ac­cess, like be­ing able to move files in­de­pen­dently for later ac­cess, is an­other.”

Flash drives, also known as thumb drives or data drives, are re­mov­able stor­age de­vices avail­able in nearly ev­ery elec­tronic and gen­eral store. Wil­liams said they al­low users to copy files from the com­puter it­self onto the drive for porta­bil­ity, or­ga­ni­za­tion, and stor­age pur­poses.

Those or­ga­ni­za­tion and ease of use ben­e­fits were points Wil­liams con­sis­tently ham­mered home dur­ing the class. Guests were asked to drag files into the fold­ers they cre­ated, and the var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tion meth­ods were taught shortly af­ter.

“You can or­ga­nize it by name, size, the type of file, and when it was opened, so that’s an­other thing you can do to set it how you like,” Wil­liams said. “I keep most of mine by name, but I also make sure my fold­ers are at the top. It’s just pref­er­ence.”

Flash drives are de­signed for porta­bil­ity, but re­mov­ing them from their port in­cor­rectly can cause file loss or cor­rup­tion. It may be temp­ing to sim­ply yank flash drives from the com­puter, but Wil­liams in­sisted on right-click­ing and hit­ting ‘eject’ for the safest pos­si­ble re­moval.

A quick ques­tion and an­swer seg­ment topped off the fi­nal min­utes of the March 21 course, and while the agenda for the up­com­ing March 28 class is still in the works, those in­ter­ested in learn­ing the ba­sics can sign-up for free at at 245 East Ave, Cedar­town.

“A lot of peo­ple I know are just scared of us­ing com­put­ers,” Wil­liams said. “They think its re­ally com­plex, but the main thing is just get­ting used to them, and the only way to do that is to at­tend a class or do it on your own. So, I say just give it a try and if they like it, they can keep com­ing.”

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