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Prepare Yourself for Christmas Day Gadgets and Toys

image As Christmas approaches, the thought came across my mind that a lot of kids and spouses will be getting wonderful techie gadgets and toys!  This is wonderful for the one receiving the gifts, but often times Moms are stuck putting together or figuring out all these gadgets on Christmas day.  Wouldn’t be nice to sit back with a nice cup of coffee, while the kiddies and husbands play without bothering us?  I think so too.

 

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The Men of Geeky Moms 2011 Fantasy Calendar

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The "Men of Geeky Moms 2011 Fantasy Calendar" is ready for purchase!  The calendar features men who make geeky women salivate.  Let the men entertain you month to month with wonderful quips such as "Wanna see my hard drive?"  or "Would you like ftp access to my server?"

We had such a great time creating this calendar.  As an added bonus, Geeky Moms is donating a percentage of the sales to our Relay for Life team!

Thanks to all the models and support from our family and friends this calendar is now available!

Go to geekymencalendar.com for more details and purchase information!

Google Image Search Yourself Facebook Isn’t Private

image Have you ever googled your name?  Most people have searched for their name across the Internet.  But, have you ever Google Image searched your name?

A few months ago, Facebook faced criticism from privacy activists after they changed privacy controls, and opened up profiles for easier searching of friends. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, published an essay with a philosophy that the more people share about themselves, the more connected the world will be.  Apparently, this philosophy transcends to how Facebook shares information with their partners.

If you Google Image search your name, you will be surprised to see your Facebook profile pic all over the place.  My privacy controls on Facebook are locked down accordingly with all the restrictions I can place.  Yet, if I Google Image search my name, my profile picture from Facebook appears. How is this possible?

According to Facebook’s Privacy FAQ, “Any content that is available to "everyone" is considered public information. To help real-world friends find you, your name, profile picture, gender, username and networks are always open to everyone.”  Which means in simple terms, that your profile pic, gender, username and networks do not have any privacy controls attached to them.  Whatever you choose as your profile pic will be indexed by search engines.

What does this mean for you?

If you are concerned about privacy, simply do not use a profile pic.  Another option is to change your profile pic to a cartoon or avatar.

 

A word of advice? Don’t put your kid’s pictures in your profile pic.  Personally, I don’t feel comfortable having someone Google Image search my name, and it shows the world all the pictures of my kids.

 

Perhaps the trend of using a cartoon from your childhood as your a profile is not such a bad idea.

 

The bottom line?

If you are really super paranoid, and don’t want your information anywhere on the Internet, stop using social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace.  If that’s not possible, at least limit the amount you expose on your profile.  

Top Ten Techie Bad Habits

We’ve all got “bad” habits.  If you’ve been using a computer for over ten years, then yes, YOU have issues too. 

nail biting and stress, stop nail biting kidsTechie Bad Habit #1 – Speaking in Emoticons or Internet Lingo

I’ve been a victim of this habit.  “Slash cry more,” or instead of really laughing, saying out loud “L – O – L,” or adding an ‘x’or” to normal words (fuxxored, roxxored, suxxors, etc.)  Some times normal people will look at me funny.  I can’t help it.  The words just stumble out of my mouth like I’m swearing.  My teen son says “rofl” as a real word, not just an acronym.  Oddly enough, geek speak is becoming quite common place in youngsters vocabulary.  I wonder how long it will take for ‘lol’ or “rofl’ to hit Webster’s.

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Ladies – Get your RED Wii Bundle

image Nintendo knows their consumers.  Moms across the world adore the Wii.  They even encourage their children to play it as many games are fitness friendly.  Nintendo has stepped up once again.

Painting the original Wii black appealed to more gamers.  I know my brother broke down and purchased a Wii, but it wasn’t until it came out in sleek black.  The marketing geniuses at Nintendo are using the same merchandise, changing the color, adding a different game, and making it appear new and fresh. 

The red limited edition Wii bundle becomes available on November 7th and comes with Wii Sports and New Super Mario Bros. Wii.  Along with the red Wii, Nintendo is releasing a DSi XL bundle which will feature a red handheld and a copy of Mario Kart DS.  image

The red bundles are in honor of the 25th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. game for  the NES.  Pre-order your Red Wii Bundle today!

2 Billion People on the Internet

imageAccording to a report published by the International Telecommunication Union, the number of Internet users around the world doubled in the past five years and will surpass the two billion mark in 2010.  1.6 billion people now have Internet access available to them from their home.

Broadband subscriptions rose substantially with 8% of the world Internet subscriptions using broadband.

The amount of SMS (text) messages tripled over the past three years to reach 6.1 trillion.  This means about 200,000 text messages are being sent every second! 

Netflix for Wii Now Disk Free

 

Wii owners can download the new Netflix disc-free streaming update from the Wii Shop Channel.  Up until now, Netflix viewing through the Wii needed a special Netflix disc.  This update adds Netflix as a menu option on the Wii Menu.  Previously, the only console which had disk free streaming of Netflix was the XBox 360. 

Sony’s Playstation 3 also requires a disk, but an update is expected to be released sometime today to allow disk free streaming.

 

You still need a Netflix subscription in order to take advantage of the streaming.  Subscriptions start at $8.99 a month. 

Be the Match

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Geeky Moms proudly sponsors the Be the Match program.  Be the Match is a foundation established to create a bone marrow donor registry for patients and families looking to cure life-threatening diseases like lymphoma or leukemia.

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Geek Speak of the Month – Email Hoaxes

image “Dear Winner,

On behalf of [Prestigious Fake Company], I wish to announce you are one of the 3 lucky winners in the lotto draw. You have been approved to win[$exorbitant amount of money] .  Please send us your name, address, and telephone number and the winnings will be sent to you immediately.

 

Sincerely,

[Some President from some company in Africa]”

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Cooking Dash 3 Thrills and Spills Review

image Last night, I excitedly installed the pre-release of the new Cooking Dash 3 Thrills and Spills.  I’ve played a few casual games in my time, but haven’t delved into them lately.  If you have played previous Diner Dash games, you will remember Flo & her Grandma as the main characters.  They are back again, yet this time Flo and her friends are teenagers. 

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