Archive for May, 2009

How to Get Control of your Digital World

Posted 26 May 2009 — by Ellie
Category Featured, Geek Girl

Pile of GadgetsIt is easy to get bogged down with gadgets in our digital world. Most of us have a cell phone, an iPod or MP3 player, a digital camera and a laptop which we carry with us on a regular basis.

As evidenced by my “go bag” and HarriMac‘s, there’s plenty of analog stuff we geeks carry with ourselves on a daily basis, too!

But, today, I want to help you get control of your digital world. It won’t hurt, I promise, and you’ll be feeling a lot better physically and mentally once you get rid of some things by combining them, upgrading or downgrading!

Find your new home easily with PadMapper

Posted 18 May 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

I am in the middle of moving to a new apartment. I used Craigslist to find my new home, but I wanted to know what other apartments were near my desired address.

PadMapper came so handy in my apartment search. I put in the address of a subway station I thought was desirable, and let PadMapper generate a map with all of the listings available on Craigslist!

Now, I can click on the red markers and look at information about specific listings and link back to the original ad on Cragislist.

How To Totally Rock It Out Memorial Day Weekend

Posted 14 May 2009 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

*Disclaimer – I know some of you guys reading this aren’t in the States, but just take all these suggestions and apply for a normal weekend where ever you are! Love ya!

Memorial Day is QUICKLY approaching. I can’t wait for it to get here because I’m getting to go to NYC and spend that time with Ellie. Jealous? I know you are. (But before you get too jealous, realize I have to take a weeklong doctoral exam before I get there) Money is tight but you’re anxious to get out the house and do something. This entire recession is killing the social life/travel life for some folks – gas is high, food costs are high, entertainment costs are high. Well what can you do to rock it out? Check out these tips – the first three are typical things we think of when celebrating time off work, but the rest are ways that could probably better honor the holiday and those it is meant to remember.

National Train Day 2009

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Posted 14 May 2009 — by Ellie
Category Random

Check out my photos and blog post about National Train Day 2009 at Living Car Free. I had a great time, it was definitely worth the long trip to Washington, DC!

What’s in your bag, Ellie?

Posted 08 May 2009 — by Ellie
Category Random

Following the great post yesterday by HarriMac about her go-bag, I am posting mine. I carry a lot less stuff when I’m out adventuring around Manhattan, but I always have room for my favorite gadgets.

Ellie's Go Bag

1. Timbuk2 Eula bag – customized for me with a PINK logo
2. 80 GB iPod Classic – full of great music and podcasts
3. Belkin Travel Charger
4. Tricked out Moleskine notebook – Read my post about 8 Great Uses for a Moleskine notebook
5. Eyeglasses case
6. Reading glasses, because even nerds need glasses sometimes
7. Keys and discount cards on large carbiner
8. Baby oil, because lotion doesn’t work for my skin
9. NJ Transit train schedule
10. Motorola Moto Q9c with extended battery
11. Pentel RSVP pen (Fine)
12. Fossil wallet
13. Bluetooth headset

What’s in your bag, HarriMac?

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Posted 07 May 2009 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

I often talk about productivity and how to make life easier – so I decided to share what’s in my “go” bags with you! Ellie will follow up tomorrow with her go-bag!

Timbuk2 Bag

The School Pack
1. Planner
2. Notebook for school and work
3. Med Center ID Badge
4. Stats Notebook (representing any books for any classes)
5. Wallet
6. Power cord for laptop
7. 160 GB iPod Classic
8. Dell XPS 1530
9. Writing utensils and highlighters
10. Gum
11. Keys on a diamond carabiner
12. Timbuk2 Laptop Messenger (size M)
13. Belkin Travel Adapter
14. Hairband
15. Travel Mouse
16. Flash Drive #1
17. Bluetooth headset
18. Inhaler
19. Journal
20. Flash Drive #2
21. Sticky stuff – post it tabs and post its
22. Tape recorder
23. iPod travel charger
24. Hand sanitizer
25. Lotion
26. TI-83

8 Great Uses for a Moleskine Notebook

Posted 04 May 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Moleskine notebooks are all the rage with geeks and nerds around the world, so you know the Geek Girl had to get one, too! I picked up a black hardcover Moleskine notebook a week ago, and I have found some great uses for my Moleskine in my daily life. You can use these tips with a regular spiral bound notebook, but there’s something really special about a more expensive, durable notebook that doesn’t catch on clothes or bags and never seems to age.

Moleskine by another name: back
Creative Commons License photo credit: bignoseduglyguy

PC to Mac Conversion – Week One

Posted 01 May 2009 — by Ellie
Category Technology

I’ve had my MacBook for a week now, and I have been busy tweaking and installing programs to give me the same functionality of my PC on the Mac. This is a monumental task, as so many people have created great Mac software – and all software is not created equally.

Tigger on MacBook Pro
Creative Commons License photo credit: willislim

I started using ShortKeys on Windows for text replacement, but it does not have a Mac equivalent. So, I downloaded TextExpander and it is working great so far. It does exactly what is says and there are downloadable TextExpander snippet files available for download, too. OpenOffice is my current replacement for Microsoft Office 2007, until I get my copy of MS Office in the mail. It is a good, solid program and I have used the program before on my Vista computer.