Archive for February, 2010

Review: Taipan Sleeve for 15″ Macbooks by booq

by on February 26th, 2010

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When I had booq send me their Taipan sleeve I thought how the heck will I make this interesting…The Taipan by booq is simply a sleeve so what could I do to get our fans interested? Just descibe it and post as many pictures as possible was my easy solution. I believe sleeves are important because us ladies tend to throw our technology in our totes and purses.  I go through a notebook every 6 months to a year due to my wreckless behavior so this made me realize that I need a sleeve to keep my PC longer. Continue Reading…

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Review: CS40 Headphones

by on February 25th, 2010

IMG_1923When I got the request to pick up some iFrogz Ear Pollution CS40’s at Macworld to check to them out for cutegeek; I was excited. As you may know I punctured my ear drum by a random q-tip incident a couple weeks ago therefore I am now fascinated with the iFrogz Ear Pollution CS40’s headphones. Though I love my JBL ear buds I realized it may be time to make the big switch to headphones. When I first put them on I thought to myself that these earphones feel like giant marshmallows or pillows on my ears.  I realized I look like a huge geek walking down the block but then again I am a cutegeek.  I also realized that people with headphones similar to mine give each other the eye contact high five in the city.

I decided to first try them on a plane trip out of SFO. Nothing says “do not bug me at an airport” like a set of headphones and after being on a flight with a crying baby I was lucky I got these iFrogz  Ear Pollution CS40’s headphones.  The sound almost canceled out the 2 babies in my row plus the sound quality is amazing. I have to be careful though because my ear is still ringing so even though my marsh mellow headphones have all the power to drown them out I had to keep it in the low. Continue Reading…

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My Interview with MindTouch CEO Aaron Fulkerson

by on February 25th, 2010

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I had the opportunity to interview the CEO of MindTouch Aaron Fulkerson via telephone.  I was intrigued with the new MindTouch Cloud software since I watched a demo at Macworld and also interested to chat with him. His bio was pretty impressive as he started his first business when he was 9!  When I first got on the phone Aaron  jokingly stated that he had a hard stop due to his hip hop class. HA HA! Though a busy CEO he still had time to check out my bio which immediately gave him cutegeek points. MindTouch is an open source alternative to Microsoft SharePoint that was created in 2005 by Aaron and business partner Steve Bjorg. As Aaron explained some of MindTouch‘s clients include major companies like Microsoft, Intuit, U.S. Army, Mozilla, Intel, U.S Department of Defense, BP and Harvard (plus several more). Continue Reading…

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Web Wednesday: Slide Share

by on February 24th, 2010

For this week’s Web Wednesday post, I wanted to highlight a recent Web site that I’ve been using for both personal and professional development. Have you ever been making a presentation and instead of starting from scratch, you asked a co-worker if they made a similar one already? Many of us at one point or another (or will, if you’re still in college) need to make a presentation, give a talk, or just need some information in general. But why start from scratch when someone out there probably already started a great framework?

Unbeknownst to me until a few weeks ago, SlideShare is a veritable repository of presentations, documents, and PDFs from professionals all over the place. You can find interesting information for your own perusal, or pull slides that contain interesting facts relevant to whatever it is you’re creating, whether it is for class, work, or your own business. Not only that, but you can set up a profile, comment, share, and connect with others.

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Lensbaby turns 6 & giving away presents…

by on February 23rd, 2010

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Lensbaby’s 6th Birthday is TODAY, February 22nd and to celebrate they are giving away numerous photo gifts supplied by their pals in the photo industry.

Per Lensbaby’s website below are the requirements/ qualifications.  Here is a link  to the entire Lensbaby  press release and GOOD LUCK cutegeekers!

The Grand Prize will be a Lensbaby Composer plus all 6 Optic Swap Optics – one for each year of our life. In addition, lucky participants will get fabulous photo gifts donated by our friends including ACD Systems, Bay Photo Lab, Datacolor, Digital Photo Academy, Focal Press, Hoodman, Joby, Kubota Image Tools, Lenspen, Plywerk, Nasty Clamps, New Skin Media, RadioPopper, SmugMug, Tamrac, and Trek-Tech. 

There are 7 ways to enter, and you get one raffle ticket for each way you enter giving you many chances to score a birthday present. Enter now through March 5th. We’ll announce winners in mid March.
The seven ways to win:

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Review: Barnes & Noble Nook

by on February 22nd, 2010

How heavy is your purse?  How many things do you carry in it?  How many individual gadgets?

With the advent of devices like the iPhone, I have, like many women, been able to trim the “fat” from my bag.  I’ve combined my cell phone with my music device with my GPS and stash multi-use makeup/beauty tools, among other things.  However, I almost always have a book in my purse that adds some heft.  I love the feel of a book in my hands and the idea made me wary, but in an effort to streamline, I decided to see if an ebook reader could further lighten the burden on my shoulder.  I decided to crack open a Barnes & Noble Nook. (Note: no gadgets were harmed in the making of this review.)

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MacWorld Recap- Part II

by on February 22nd, 2010

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By mid-day I realized I should have ate; dumn mistake and should have known that from previous E3’s and CES’s.  Admittedly I was a tad grumpy however I was not ready for this.  At every show as a women blogger some dude is going to either think we don’t know our products (women make up over 60% of household decision making) or they are just sexest. I ran into one of those booths that will remain un-named. It’s sad that women in technology still get treated this way.

After that bad taste in my mouth I decided I should visit a fun booth; ie Hard Candy…Surely these folks would be sweeter; I mean the word candy is in the product name! When I walked up to Hard Candy Cases I got a big smile on my face; the booth was  ran by all women at the time! Their product line was bold but durable; everything a women now-a-days needs!  These cases do not scratch and if they by chance do it’s an easy buff out. They also had cases for the iPad and showcased a new all rubber case for Macbooks which felt kind cool. I am looking forward to checking out  Hard Candy’s Cases  and how these will work with my Macbook. Continue Reading…

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OhMiBod ClubVibe Winners Announced!!!

by on February 22nd, 2010

Congratulations to Alyssa and Omar for winning OhMiBod’s Club Vibe – thank you for those great music choices, and please tell us what you think when you receive it.

Please email Michael@cutegeek.com to arrange for shipping.

The winning songs were:
1. David Guetta & Akon – Sexy B*tch
2. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood

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Nina’s Favorite Website of the Week- www.eventbrite.com

by on February 22nd, 2010

I love event planning! As part of my small business and social commitee duties for my building I plan meetings and events. I wanted a website that I could create an easy URL that folks could remember off the flyers in my elevators for our building social events (not some random numbers/ letters that no one could ever recall). I found this website recently called www.eventbrite.com.  Unlike evite on this website you get a URL that is personalized, sell tickets for your event (if you want), and upload all the important event information/pictures for your guest. It’s pretty simple to use as you just put in all the important information for your event and what type of URL address you want. As a user you also can create a color scheme, post to various social medias, create headers and footers, and truly personalize it to your event. Below is a Mock up event I created for you all to see how easy and simple it is to use plus the URL to check out my fake event 🙂 http://cutegeek.eventbrite.com/

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It’s the best way to have a short time URL for your event and/ or sell tickets to your events. So everyone check out my simple mock up and let me know what you think!

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Web Wednesday: Rentalic

by on February 17th, 2010

For a bit of a departure this Wednesday, I thought I’d share a site that I recently discovered through The Consumerist (who in turn found it from the Boston Globe) called Rentalic. Similar to the business model of other famous sites such as Rent The Runway and Bag Borrow or Steal, Rentalic is an online marketplace that lets communities rent out items and simple services that they need. Need a rake? Instead of buying one and throwing it in the garage for storage most of the year, why not rent one?

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Here’s the story of how the little ingenious idea came to be:

Some time last year, our founder was faced with a common problem that many people in our society face. He was re-doing his backyard and needed a wheelbarrow. Even though buying a wheelbarrow is not expensive, he did not want to own one because it takes up space to store it. He knew that his neighbor has a wheelbarrow just sitting in their backyard, but felt bad borrowing it yet again for free as he has already borrowed it a few times. He started thinking: ‘What if my neighbor rented it out for a small fee?, then I would not feel bad about borrowing it again, and the neighbor gets the added benefit of making some extra cash from an item that just sits in their back yard’.

I find the whole online borrowing concept really interesting. I wonder if it would take off like the next Netflix for household items. When you think about it, you could rent the place you live, rent everything you own in it and have nothing belong to you…not even your clothes! What do you guys think? Would you use a service like this, or has the loaning culture of the Web started to get a little crazy?

The Internet is a big place. There are so many sites to read, widgets to play with, and viral videos to watch. In the midst of all the trending topics and links being sent around, sometimes there are those little tidbits on the Internet that go unnoticed. Have something to share? Drop me a line at Shay@cutegeek.com!

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