Internet Exile, Part Two

Two quick observations after avoiding the Internet for a week:...more

What to read before you buy your iPad 2

If you read my blog, then it is no surprise I love almost everything about my iPad. Sadly, I do not have the iPad 2–yet. The timing of the launch of the new iPad 2 conveniently fits the shopping deadline for my daughter's upcoming birthday. (And fortunately we like to share gadgets.)...more

Girl Gamers: a new option for tweens

Girls and video games: in the predominantly male world of game developers, the combination is still somewhat of a mystery. Most games for girls are super pink and girly, like Barbie and anything on this site, and while that may not be terrible in itself it doesn't contribute to growth as many games aimed at boys do....more

The Internet Strikes Back: What Net Neutrality Means to Your Blog

For those of you not in the U.S., or in the U.S. and not sure what the hell I'm talking about, Net Neutrality is about allowing Internet users the same speed and level of connection across devices, hardware, and method of connection. If Net Neutrality were not in effect, Verizon, for example, my Internet service provider, could give me faster connective speeds to its sponsored sites and block access to sites it doesn't want me to see. Moreover, it could block my access to competitors or sites it doesn't like me to use. ...more

I think that the way you explained this is so understandable and attainable. Thank you for ...more

5 Cool Valentine's Day Gifts Bloggers Should Ask For

Bloggers are a special breed. (Like you don’t know that already.) When it comes to the perfect gift, we’d pretty much just happy just to have you stumble our posts and retweet our links. But when it comes to Valentine’s Day, something a little more romantic is called for. ...more

I am a sucker for anything with handmade art, especially children's art. There are many more ...more

How the Kindle Simplfied My Life

                                                                           BOOK TAKEOVER! ...more

I agree Connie. I have to budget too if not I will go overboard. We just purchased the Nook as a ...more

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