On email accounts, backing up, and general digital hygeine

Found myself writing a long post on a yahoo group about why and what I do to secure my email inbox against catastrophic loss, and thought it was worth boring to tears sharing with my blog readers. So what do you do? What's your solution or insurance policy for your email?...more

Is the Microsoft Kinect Having Trouble With Black Faces?

About a year ago, we heard reports about the webcam on an HP Touchsmart PC failing to track a black man's face using the state of the art tracking software built into the camera. However, when his white coworker stepped into the picture, the tracking resumed as it should. HP explained the problems as follows: "The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose," Welch explains. "We believe that the camera might have difficulty 'seeing' contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting." ...more

According to today's Seattle Times, this assertion is not ...more

Vanity Fair's "New Establishment:" Not New, Not Very Female

In its October 2010 issue, Vanity Fair did its 100 "new establishment" people - some of the 100 spots are occupied by teams, others by individuals or duos. The formal name of the list is "the 100 most influential people of the information age." Guess how many women are in the new establishment? A total of 14 women, and of those, six are paired with men, while only eight are recognized on their own, individually. The menz? A few men must share the spotlight in team settings, but those team props simply add to the total number of included men further dwarfing the total number of women. ...more
I have mixed feelings when it comes to encouraging women to enter the life of an entrepreneur. ...more

How to Blog (Better): Taking Your Blogging Off-Line with Windows Live Writer

I like to think of myself as a bit of a techie. I can't write code or anything hard-core like that, but I could set up your home network, install a new hard drive (or any other peripheral) in a desktop chassis, upgrade the RAM in anything, and wipe a hard drive and install a new operating system with no problems (including Linux!)....more

The screen shot of Live Writer looks different. I'll assume it's because you're using Windows 7 ...more

Market Like a Mother: 5 Steps for Successful Social Media Blogger Outreach

Moms do a lot of things right. We develop networks of friends to help us in a pinch. We shift though countless options for our kids (soccer, piano, or underwater basket weaving) and choose with laser sharpness. And we work efficiently to run our homes, nurture our children and make sure everyone is having a good time with rich experiences. Marketing like a mother (or father) is about marketing in a way that comes naturally to us as friends and caregivers. To market effectively we need to market authentically....more

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Science fiction geeks as technology prognosticators

Search engines, virtual worlds, the Internet — ever get the feeling you're living in a science fiction fantasy? Well indeed you are. For more than a century, inventors have been driven to create what sci-fi writers have boldly imagined before. via www.npr.org...more

I think that its essential to be smart, funny, and able to access the internet wherever I go.more

Mom vs Machine: The BlogHer-Parenting Magazine Research Study

When it comes to online behaviors and technology use, what are Moms doing online? And what do they really think about what their kids are doing? Do they embrace or fear technology?  Are there generational gaps?  How do moms use their own tech knowledge and social media savvy to monitor their children’s behavior online?  The news is chock full of stories about cyber-bullying among young people, but is it really an everyday occurrence or still mercifully rare? ...more
Hello, Thanks for putting this together!  Fascinating research.  I am particularly interested in ...more

Join us for Singularity University's Women @ the Frontier

Women at the Frontier will begin with a Frontier Expo showcasing groundbreaking women-led initiatives, companies and entrepreneurial ventures, and women's resource associations. Current Expo presenters include Girls in Tech, Pachamama Alliance, NAWBO-sv, Spark, the Myelin Repair Foundation, and several women led tech start ups....more

The iPad: a Near-Miracle for My Son With Autism

My son Leo's life was transformed when a five-dollar raffle ticket turned into a brand-new iPad. I'm not exaggerating. Before the iPad, Leo's autism made him dependent on others for entertainment, play, learning, and communication. With the iPad, Leo electrifies the air around him with independence and daily new skills. People who know Leo are amazed when they see this new boy rocking that iPad. I'm impressed, too, especially when our aggressively food-obsessed boy chooses to play with his iPad rather than eat. I don't usually dabble in miracle-speak, but I may erect a tiny altar to Steve Jobs in the corner of our living room....more
Hello Shannon! I just found your blog and seen the story about Leo and his iPad. I have a 12 ...more