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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 880 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.  Viewers from 52 countries saw posts.

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Even more computers!

We’ve opened up Room 202 on the second floor to provide even more computers.  Twelve more!  Printing is sent to the Print Release Station in 201.

Please remember that Room 202 is also the room we use for teaching classes to use the Library, so appointments by classes will be posted on the whiteboard in the window by the door to 202.

At those times, we will ask anyone using the computers to please move out so we can hold a class session, so check the whiteboard in the window before you settle down to work in 202.

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From time to time in Internet Explorer 7, you may see this warning pop up on a blue window when you click on a link:

There is a problem with this website’s security certificate. The security certificate presented by this website was not issued by a trusted certificate authority.Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept data you send to the server.
We recommend that you close this webpage and do not continue to this Web site.
You might see something similar in Internet Explorer 6, although not quite as scary-sounding.

First, don’t panic.  This sometimes appears even on Microsoft’s own website.  It’s supposed to be a protection measure, but it doesn’t work as well as it was intended to in normal use.

If you’re using part of the University’s web site, the Library web site, or the Library article databases — any links from our campus web sites (meaning with “uafs.edu” or “uafortsmith.edu” somewhere in the URL address location box at the top of your browser window) — GO AHEAD AND GO THROUGH TO THE WEBSITE ANYWAY.

Explanation: web sites are supposed to pay for a “security certificate”, and pay to update it regularly, to show they are legitimate and safe.  However, sometimes they don’t do it soon enough, or something else is out of sync, and your browser (usually, Internet Explorer) gets worried.

If this were just any web site out there, you should be cautious, but the campus web sites and the ones linked by the Library are considered safe, with or without a security certificate.

If you’d like to avoid these warnings, you could switch to another browser such as Firefox, or you could follow Microsoft’s official advice every time this happens for a campus-related site:


To work around this issue, install the Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 (Windows SBS) self-signed certificate on the client computer. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. In Windows Internet Explorer 7, click Continue to this website (not recommended).
    A red Address Bar and a certificate warning appear.
  2. Click the Certificate Error button to open the information window.
  3. Click View Certificates, and then click Install Certificate.
  4. On the warning message that appears, click Yes to install the certificate.

This should only be done when coming directly from a campus site (with “uafs.edu” or “uafortsmith.edu” somewhere in the URL address box at the top of your browser screen).  For any other sites, you should still be a little cautious.

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example of a U3 flash drive

example of a U3 flash drive

The flash memory drives that plug into USB ports on computers are a fast, reliable way to carry your data around.  They’re small, light, and usually faster and more reliable than diskettes or CDs, and we use them here at the Boreham Library for some of our staff work, too.

They’re called USB drives, flash (for the type of memory chip they use) drives, ThumbDrives (which is a brand name), pen drives (even if you don’t write anything on them), jump drives (not to be confused with jumping beans), keychain drives (but you don’t need to put them there!), memory sticks, and “those little gimmicks” (we use a lot of technical terms at the Library).

U3 Drives are an exception to a few rules

One particular kind of flash drive is the U3 type, which will have U3 marked on it someplace.

U3 drives have pre-loaded software on them, and you can add more at places like http://www.u3.com/ .  This allows you to run programs off these special flash drives, if the computer permits you.

U3 drives, however, are usually divided (partitioned) into 2 drives.  Plug in a U3 drive and check My Computer, and it might look something like this:

U3 drive listed with other drives

U3 drive listed with other drives

The U3 drive shows up as drive E (which is locked, to protect the software stored there), and drive F, which is where you can save new software and your own files.  Save your documents and such to drive F and leave the drive marked U3 alone (it’s only a small part of the total space, anyway).

For more information on USB Flash drives, check the information on our Computer Helpers blog.

Oh — you don’t have a U3 drive but still want to run software from it?  Check the blog for those, too — there are also places to get software that doesn’t require a U3 drive to work.

We highly recommend using these for saving your work when using Library computers.

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Yes, the Boreham Library staff is using Delicious, the bookmark sharing site.

Our site is http://delicious.com/boreham_library_ua_fort_smith and we offer a wide variety of web sites that looked like they might interest some of you.  You can use this link or you can use the link in the right column of this blog.

We have sites for faculty, we have sites for students, we have sites that are serious, and sites that are just fun.

How about “Keep Rocking” which covers over 30 sites for free music, or “My Education Discount” to save you some money?

How about “LibriVox” or “Telltale Weekly” with free or low-cost audio books?

There’s the Beloit College “Mindset” list of what the graduates of this and other years have in common as their view of the world.  There’s a list of the best ways to learn guitar.

We have Professor Steven Dutch’s responses to the standard excuses from students who did not do well in his classes/exams, and we have the Study Guide Zone.

We have recycling information and web site design help.

Drop by every so often, or use the RSS feed to keep up with new posts.  (Don’t know what RSS is?  Check the Computer Helpers blog.)

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The Boreham Library has a new home page design!

The Library staff is always looking for ways to improve services, and our web site is important to that effort. The new design is intended to get the most important information — or links to it — out in front.

Some new features: the left sidebar that appears on many other UA Fort Smith pages is still there — just click on the arrow tab on the left side of the window if you want to see it, or click again to slide it back off the screen.

This blog and the Computer Helpers blog are now listed up front, along with other services you may not have remembered before. These are all up in one window — no need to scroll down to see them.

Many linked pages have been redesigned as well.

We’d really appreciate feedback — is the new design more useful? Can you find what you want by using it? Use the suggestion box to let us know, or enter a comment on this blog post, and thanks for your interest.

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