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Don't Fear IT! How to Relieve your Techno-Stress

I would bet that everyone has felt stressed out by technology at some point.

By 2018, as many as 90% of jobs will require or involve computers.

Whether you join us at the library for classes, or completely online, Richland Library is here to help you!

We are here to answer questions and explain how much of this new technology works.  We also want to help you relax!


  • It is normal to be confused by technology!
  • Check out more library classes & events
  • Understanding the "big picture" can often help put things in perspective and reduce stress.  The definitions below can help.
  • Take care of your physical and mental health; breath, stretch and visualize success.
  • Schedule time away from technology.

App - an abbreviation for application. An app is a piece of software. It can run on the Internet, on your computer, or on your phone or other electronic device.

Here’s a great video that explains the evolution of apps and how they are impacting our lives today.

Learn more about apps:

Google Drive and Google Docs   Sky Drive and Office Web Apps   Apple App Store     Google Play

Cloud Computing - in basic terms means something is stored online rather than on your computer.

Here’s an excellent video that explains how the cloud works!

Web Browser  the tool that you use to access the World Wide Web. In order to get the most out of the Web, it’s important to understand the various features of a browse.

Try the video below, Web Browsers Explained!

Learn more about these common browsers:

Chrome             Firefox               Internet Explorer 8

Operating System   the most important software that runs on a computer.  It manages the computer’s memory, processes, and all of its software and hardware.  It allows you to communicate without knowing how to speak the computer’s “language.” Without an operating system, a computer is useless.

Mobile devices such as phones, tablet computers and MP3 players are very different from desktop and laptop computers, so they run on operating systems that are designed specifically for mobile devices.

Learn more about these poplar Operating Systems:

Windows 8 Windows 7  Windows XP Windows 8  Mac OS X Lion  Mac OS X   Mountain Lion

iOS:  iPad or iPhone

RSS is a relatively new and efficient way to keep up with all of the many happenings on the internet.

RSS (Rich Site Summary)  is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works – such as blogentries, news headlines, audio, and video – in a standard format.  An RSS document (a “feed”, “web feed”, or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, plus metadata (data about data) such as publishing dates and authorship.

RSS feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favorite websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place.

The video below explains RSS in Plain English

QR Codes   Unlike traditional bar codes which only contain information horizontally, QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are designed in a matrix style with information in both horizontal and vertical directions. One QR Code can hold as many as 7,089 numeric characters and 4,295 alphanumeric characters compared to a bar code which can only contain a maximum of 20 digits (Mobile-Barcodes, n.d.). This large capacity makes it possible to encode things like URLs, phone numbers, text, Google Maps locations, and vCards (electronic business cards) into one small code. When scanned, QR Codes can also cause mobile phones to perform a certain action like opening a browser window or email client. Also, QR Codes can be read from scanners in any position. QR Codes can be generated by a variety of free tools on the internet through websites like,, and .

QR Codes in Plain English explains it well!

Helpful Resources:

  • GCF Learn Free A program of Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC, Inc., creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. By delivering over 750 different lessons to millions of people in over 200 countries and territories.
  • Webopedia is a free online dictionary for words, phrases and abbreviations that are related to computer and Internet technology. Webopedia provides easy-to-understand definitions in plain language, avoiding the use of heavy jargon when possible so that the site is accessible to users with a wide range of computer knowledge.

Don’t Fear IT class slides:


Don’t Fear IT!  Make it work for you.  Richland Library can help.