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Tech Tips

Welcome to the New Sachem Tech Tips Site!


Welcome to the new Tech Tips Site for the Sachem Public Library! Visit us often. We will add new links about tech news, helpful hints and services the library offers weekly!!!

PC or Apple? That is the Question...



When going to buy a new computer, people often ask whether they should buy a PC or an Apple (Mac) product. The answer is, unless you need to run a specific program that works on only one type of operating system, the decision between a Mac or a Windows computer comes down to personal preferences and how much money you wish to spend. Windows-based PCs tend to be less expensive.

Additionally, the Mac may require some getting used to after years of Windows. The same goes for Mac users being used to the Mac operating system and techniques then switching to a PC. The latest version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Windows 8, is noticeably different from previous versions. You may want to go to a store that sells both types of computers and try each one. Apple’s Mac computers cost a little more to start, but have their devoted followers for their elegant software and ease of use. Things are shifting, with software for PCs catching up to that for the Mac, but Macs are still generally less of a target for malicious software. Using special software, a Mac computer can also run a version of Windows if you can't decide which to choose or decide you want both.

Since both systems can easily handle standard tasks like e-mail, Web browsing, word processing and displaying photo, audio and video files, the type of machine that can run the software you like best may be a deciding factor.

Home Printing Disaster? Try Print @ Library!


Printer frustrationNow you can print your documents on our printer.  If you can go online, you can print your documents to a printer in the Library's Technology Center.  Whether you have run out of ink or toner, had a paper jam you just can't clear or simply want the clarity of a color laser printout, we can help. 

From the Library’s Home or Adult Page click on "For Your Convenience" and then choose the "Print @ Library" link.  Follow the directions to send your document to our printer, and then come in to release your print job and pick up your printouts.  You must come to pick up your printouts at least 15 minutes before closing.  If you happen to be printing a large number of pages (over 30), you will want to come earlier in order to allow time for the job to print and be verified. 

How do I print from a mobile device like an iPad?
To print an email message or attachment, simply forward or send your email to


You will be sent a release code for the email message and each attachment. Use these release codes to retrieve your documents. Email forwarding is ideal for online email portals such as Yahoo!, Hotmail or Google Mail.

Printouts are $.25 per page, black and white or color.  Speak with one of our helpful Technology Center staff members for more information.

Document and Image Scanning in the Technology Center


Need to email a document that you only have on paper? Do you have a printed photo that you need to post on a website? Our Technology Center can help...
One of the services we provide to our users in the Technology Center is image scanning. If you have an old photo you would like to save, edit, print or share, our helpful Technology Center staff will scan documents onto your storage device for only $.50 per scan. Paper documents can be scanned to attach to emailed resumés or store for future use. Bring your USB flash drive to store the image or buy a reasonably priced flash drive in the Technology Center. We cannot scan to a floppy diskette, nor do our library computers have floppy disk drives. Speak with one of our helpful Technology Center staff members to find out how.

Tech30 - Tech help in 30 minutes or less


Is there a particular website that you just can't seem to figure out? Do you have a problem with your email or with using a Microsoft Office product like Word, Excel, Publisher or PowerPoint? If you have a specific computer-related question that has been troubling you, then you might benefit from a 30 minute, one-on-one tech session.

A Tech30 session is an individualized session with a member of our Electronic Services staff. These sessions are designed to address a specific technical issue you may have, not as a class on using a particular application. If you should need an introduction to any of the Microsoft Office applications, please visit the library's online program calendar to view our upcoming workshops.

We offer walk-in assistance on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please call 588-5024 x 232 to make sure a Tech30 staff member will be available.

Download, fill in and carry in or mail this form to the "Technology Center" at the library address.