Archive of ‘Geek Speak’ category

High Tech Baby Gear

Personally, I’ve been out of the baby game for a couple years.  We’ve moved into the toddler stages.  This post is for all you new geeky moms who are lucky to live in the 21st century!

 

Parental Exercise Bikes

Why not get your work out in when the baby won’t sleep at night? You get fit and the motion of the bike puts the baby to sleep.  Awesome.

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CleanUp!

 

One of the best ways to keep your computer system running efficiently is to clear temporary files and delete Internet browsing cache.  In the past, this was a manual process.  With Windows CleanUp!, you can do this in a flash!

My geeky friends and I have been using this program for years.  A lot of programs on the Internet promise to help your system and never deliver.  CleanUp! actually does what it says it will do.

Here’s How To Get It

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Top 5 Games for Families in 2011

image 2011 is expected to be an awesome year for gaming.  Games have infused into our culture and its easy to understand why:  they are a stress-reliever.  Not only that, but with the Wii and Kinect from Xbox, they are becoming more interactive and good for the entire family.  Some of my best memories as a kid was when the family got together and played board games.  Even though the technology is much fancier, gaming together as a family offers the same results for your kids.

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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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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.  

Chat Programs in the Work Place … Productivity Increase or Are We Just Lazy?

image There is a growing debate in a lot of workplace circles on whether or not to allow chat programs for employee use.  Speaking from someone who was in the workplace long before online chat was even thought of, there are a lot of positive aspects to it and only a few negative that I can see.  Now to preface this – I am not an expert, I am a normal employee who works 8am – 5pm.  So don’t go and show your boss this article and expect him/her to implement chat immediately.  But he/she may weigh the pros and cons himself/herself and decide to implement the changes at their own pace, if they are smart!  

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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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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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PAX 2010 Review

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The beautiful city of Seattle was taken storm by gamers, geeks, freaks,and entrepreneurs over labor day weekend.  This was my first gaming convention and PAX definitely did not disappoint.  My picture says it all – a whirlwind of people demoing games, hardware and competing with others.

 

Here’s a list of my top five experiences at PAX 2010.

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High Tech Travels – Day Two

Yes, I love my Android.   I will continue to make posts about all the wonderful apps this phone has brought to me!  So please pay attention =)  Of course, the iPhone, Windows Mobile, etc have access to a lot of apps as well, but there is just something about an open source OS that makes me feel all gooey inside. 

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