Seniors in need of computer training are invited to Senior Surf Day from 1-3 p.m. today and Sept. 24 at the Rainbow Senior Center, 211 N. Third Ave. E.
Participants are asked to pick one of the dates to attend. You’ll learn computer basics, how to search the Internet and access websites of interest to seniors. The class is designed for beginners. To register, call (800) 333-2433.
The Duluth Children’s Museum is preparing for a special chat between a group of local kids and an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station, via amateur radio.
The 10-minute live forum will take place today starting at 10:03 a.m. and will bounce between the museum’s participants and astronauts as the astronauts orbit 250 miles above Earth.
The public is invited to listen and engage in special engineering and space activities surrounding the radio contact. Doors to the “command center” open to the public at 9:30 a.m. with no admittance after 9:45 a.m. Refreshments will be served and admittance will be free up until 9:45 a.m. The museum is located at 115 S. 29th Ave. W. in the Clyde Iron complex.
They hate to brag, but the Duluth Police Department did let slip that its Facebook page is one of the 10 most “liked” pages in the country among departments of its size.
As of Friday afternoon, it was No. 9, to be precise, behind police and sheriffs’ departments in a lot of southern cities and counties plus the Rapid City (S.D.) Police Department. The Duluth Police Department has 9,264 “likes,” which was 55 more than the Monroe County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office. Unfortunately it’s also 111 fewer likes than the Taunton (Mass.) Police Department (9,375).
The department to beat in the category is the Livingston Parish (La.) Sheriff’s Office, which has 13,789 likes. The most-liked department in the country, all categories: New York with nearly 179,000 likes.
Well, it only took until 2013, but Duluth’s first Marketing Technology Summit is on the horizon.
The free, half-day conference is 8-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Inn on Lake Superior, 350 Canal Park Drive. The topics of the morning include customer-relationship management, marketing automation and aligning sales and marketing efforts to help the bottom line.
Lake Superior College says its Robotics Summer Camp develops critical thinking skills, creates problem-solving scenarios and teaches the importance of teamwork.
Plus it’s four full days your teen can spend away from the TV or Xbox.
From June 17-20, Duluth-area students ages 13-17 will have a chance to work in teams to build robots at LSC. They’ll use a variety of manufacturing tools and equipment in the process while meeting new friends and learning valuable skills for their future endeavors.
Wanna register? Or know someone else who’d be interested and need more info? Call Ed Wrazidlo at (218) 733-2033 (office) or (218) 464-3710 (cell), or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are needed for the U.S. to remain competitive in the global marketplace. But many college students fail or become bored with such courses, studies say.
Hear about this and the differences in educational systems across the world from Jim Riehl, dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth, at a Royal D. Alworth Jr. International Lecture at 7 p.m. today in the UMD Library fourth-floor rotunda.
The lecture, “A World View of STEM in Higher Education,” will describe Riehl’s study of 10 countries and include the impacts of national demographics, faculty attitudes and parental pressure on student career choice.
People now can send anonymous tips to the Superior Police Department using iPhone and Android apps.
Community members with Android phones can visit the Google Play Store from their phones and search for “SPDTip.” iPhone users are encouraged to visit the Apple App Store from their phones and search for “SPDTip.”
This program works along with the department’s existing text-messaging service known as “tip411,” which is provided by a St. Paul-based company named Citizen Observer. With “tip411” the community has been able to make anonymous tips to the police by texting the word “SPDTIP,” followed by the tip, to the number 847411 (TIP411).
The department’s land-line-based tip line, (715) 395-7468, is available, too. All tips are received anonymously, but the number isn’t monitored 24/7, so emergencies should be reported to 911.
An alert caller wanted to give readers a heads-up about a scam that’s hitting people via text message. The warning rang a bell with the Eh? desk because we received the same message.
On Sunday night, a generic text message came in from an unfamiliar number. It said something to the effect of “problem with account” and provided a call-back number. This Eh? desker just ignored the text by deleting it. Our curious caller dialed the call-back number and got a recording, which said there was a problem with his debit card and asked for the card’s 16-digit number. Knowing it was an obvious scam, the man hung up. He later checked with his bank, which assured him that nothing was wrong with his account.
So promise Mr. Eh? you won’t fall for these hokey problem-with-account text messages and e-mails, capiche?
Here’s another one of those events for people who recently received high-tech digital devices they don’t know how to use.
This one is called, “Did you get an iPad for Christmas and it’s still in a box?” You bring your iPad, smartphone, e-reader or wristwatch (ha!) to Benedictine Health Center and a technologically savvy instructor will help you figure out how to use it. No need to be embarrassed.
The session is 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the Westwood Terrace Community Room at BHC. It’s a free event, and they’re even serving treats, but you should call (218) 723-6405 to reserve a seat.
A similar recent event you might have missed was the library’s training session on how to check out books for your e-reader. You can always get a librarian to advise you on that, no appointment necessary.
The Commerce Department provided some good advice on how to spot a fake e-mail or Web link:
- Look for suspicious typos and grammatical errors.
- Hover your mouse over the sender’s address to see if the real address is different.
- Copy and paste the text into Notepad (not Word). Notepad does not support HTML, so if a link is fake, the real link will show up.
- Avoid filling out forms in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
- Look up and log on to the official website instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail.
- Contact the actual business or agency that supposedly sent the e-mail to find out if it’s genuine. Look up phone numbers or e-mail addresses rather than using contact info provided in an e-mail.