Archive for the ‘Computers and Technology’ Category

Its Here! The Apple iPad Mini launched Nov. 2, 2012 has been much anticipated yet the buzz has become crickets with other national events going on. I’m sure by Christmas the crickets will be singing as Holiday gift giving and loyal Apple users will begin to pick up where Apple left off.

Apple Mini

 

 

Although smaller than the predecessor iPad it still packs a big punch.

The WiFi-only iPad mini weighs just 0.68 pounds (308 grams), which is less than half the weight of the fourth-generation iPad. Thin at 7.2mm (vs. 9.4) and measures 7.87 x 5.3 inches (200 x 135mm) on the other dimensions the screen plane is 7.9-inch, 1,024 x 768 IPS LCD.

 

Many users are excited for the more discreet size iPad and although sales are not met to expectation of Apple’s prediction, I think it’ll be a slow and steady win to the race.

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Its official, October 29th Google will hold The Android Event in NYC. Invites have been sent out to major Android participates and rumors of Android 4.2 will be out with vanilla Android phones and the new Nexus 7 32GB which is the Androids trump card this Holiday to the iPhone 5. “The playground is open”, speculates OEM for Android and as we’ll as the new user interface for Google Play.

An opportunity for LG and many other Smartphone competitors to release news, phones, software and more to the media, giving peak for to the uncurtained 2013

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ImageInstagram is one of the most popular social application available on the iPhone and Android smartphones out. Various photo filters give the photographer options to express their squared box view. Many “Instagrammers” post 4×4 color captures of foods, buildings, landscape, pets, candids and quotes making it a viral phenomenon among social network users

A concept to share mobile photography by Kevin Systrom and “Mike” Krieger created in Oct 2010 (Wikipedia) this spark ignited many mobile application developments such as InstaTweets, InstaFonts, InstPicFram, Insta…almost anything.

More and more iPhone and Android applications are becoming “Instagram-friendly” making it easy to share among other Instagrammers.

High profile social networks like, Facebook and Twitter make sharing your snapshots easy as a tap, making this young company noticeable. So noticeable that in April 2012 Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg bought Instagram for around $1 Billion dollar, making it that’s InstaFamous and a leader among the pack!

Instagram continues to thrive in the ever changing and competitive social network of applications. Currently pioneer a new development called InstaMeets, Instagram bringing the free photo sharing application on another plane of networking.

Instagram brings creativity and expression popularity from all generations and level of users. Hey, my Mom even has Instagram! “Its only official if it’s on Instagram”

I’m back in Delaware for a couple if weeks until it is T-Minus pack and move back to Cali.
The days are going by faster than I can grab and it seems like when you want to treasure moments with those you love the most, they slip faster than you can imprint in your mind.
It comforts me to know I will be back shortly for visits, birthdays and Holidays that will quickly arrive.
On the flip side of the coin, my new adventure, new path, chapter is eagerly awaiting for me with crisp, fresh, clean pages as I readily dip my pen in ink to begin my calligraphy.
From the East to the West I’ll be heading back to where it all began and where I used to call

“Home”

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Skyfire Mobile Browser

Skyfire is now becoming the hotess mobile web browser for the smart phone. With the new leased update version of Skyfire 4.0, allowing users to utilize social networking apps with their floating “SkyBar” on the bottom, there’s no need to switch apps to Tweet or Like a page. RSS feeds, including Google Reader as well as Groupon and the ever so appreciative Flash Video for Apple users. These are just a few of the amazing options you have with the ‘worlds most social browser’.


As an Android user I prefer the all-in-one browser. Its user interface is nice and its easy to switch from Android view or desktop. For the iPhone/iPad user, the Flash Video makes it easy and fast to watch videos that are sometimes unavailable to users.


Skyfire is FREE in the Android market (with a $2.99 for video license) and $3.99 for iPhone/$4.99 for iPad. Android users are offered a 3 day free ‘video trial’ before the decision of purchasing the lifetime video licensing.
Verizon VCast customers will have free access to video feature as well as the 3 million beta testers who already had downloaded the app.
Skyfire QR code will take you to the Android app with your Bar Scanner
Use your bar code scanner

Skyfire with the Eight New Features makes it not only a powerhouse but number one choice for Android/iPhone/iPad mobile browser use. You ask me, it’s worth the price of a tall coffee from Starbucks.

Free Fonts

Free Fonts

Have you ever looked at a word and wondered…what da font is that called? Or as a designer was in need of a particular “look” to make that project POP.

Font – A set of type of one particular face and size of characters

And believe it or not, font is IMPORTANT to any project.

Now, there’s a pool of resources to fish from for ‘fonts’. Some you have to pay and others are free (yes, life is always better when its free). DaFont.com is not only an awesome water hole that most designers use from, but they’re FREE. They also allow you to see what your sample text will look like with the particular font you are considering. This is fabulous because it saves you time from downloading and installing something that you really don’t want or can use. And we all know…time is money.  You can search by genre of font styles such as serif, sans-serif, foreign, script and also dingbats. I know, I know, why would you want to know about dingbats… but believe it or not, take one of those dingbats and make them into an outline and BAM you have yourself a graphic object. Even if your not a designer but maybe like the way a word was written or looking for a cool lettering style for a tattoo (although not all fonts are recommended) its a place to go and gander….kinda like ‘window shopping. 🙂

I’ve been using DaFont for the past 5 years now and like that they carry most of the popular fonts that clients like to see. The search is easy and helpful, also if they don’t have your font, they share with you other (of course sponsored) sites that do. You can also create an account and upload your own fonts you create.

I have to say, they have come to the rescue at times, like when I’ve received files and the font file was missing and the sender didn’t know what I was talking about….it was no worries. I just searched, downloaded and viola, borken links fixed…. timeline met 🙂

project: AnonymousBastard | PIMIT Photography | Holiday Inn Lake City | Tshirt Design
music : Sigur Rios | Brand New | Saves the Day | Silversun Pickups

Lately I’ve been doing more web work than graphics. It’s a different pace and gives the other side of my brain a halftime break while I input the HTML. I’ve come across Wibiya.com which is a very resourceful FREE social media toolbar that will help increase your internet traffic to your blog or website.

Wibiya.com

Social Media Toolbar

Wibiya.com provides a nice resource of website applications that are easy and user friendly to add to your toolbar. Its allows the visitor to LIKE your site and automatically shares it in their newsfeed as well as subscribe via RSS or FOLLOW, just to name a few popular Social Networks.

Wibiya allows you to customize your toolbar in size, appearance and applications. The wizard is very easy and depending on how customized you want your toolbar, it could be done with a Source Code in less than 5 mins. Now, that’s fast!

example of wibiya toolbar

example of wibiya toolbar

Once you create your account, you can monitor your traffic from your dashboard with details of location, key searches and application hits.

I think the Wibiya Toolbar is an excellent tool for people who are looking for an easy but more intermediate way to control their web traffic.

Projects: PIMIT | AnonymousBastard | Michigan Heritage Corridor | Small Sacrifices Greater Rewards | Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

Listening: Tegan & Sara | Trentmoeller | The Pixies | Mums | (overtime) C89

Google Voice

Google Voice

A friend of mine really had me thinking some time ago about Google Voice. I remember hearing the rumors and seeing the clips of Google Voice from my Gmail inbox, but didn’t really pay note to it since I was happy with my voicemail I already had. And then it happened. My content little answering application from the free Android apps decided to ‘charge’ a fee for the service. Ugh! Not only that, it started to have ‘glitches’ and like a friend who moved away, it began to forget about me. It started not to notify me of voicemails or cut off in the middle of the callers attempt to leave a message. I have to admit, I became disappointed in my little app I had grown so fond of.

During a visit to my friends house, the subject of ‘voicemail’ came up again. My friend’s sister needed a new number to avoid a somewhat obsessive/mental ex but 1) there’s a fee to pay for the phone number change 2) still needed the current number for expecting incoming calls. Solution, Google Voice. It was perfect and also my cue as well to chime in on the opportunity to also create my account.
It was easy. Not too complicated and easy to follow steps. One thing I love about Google – It’s simple and understandable 🙂
So whats the big deal?
1) Google Voice is a FREE voicemail client
2) It’ll text you as well as send an email of voicemail notification
3) You can create a number of your choice (if available) which is awesome for someone like me since I freelance
4) You can keep the lowest phone plan and utilize Google Voice to make your calls, which again….are FREE
and 5) You can personalize your voicemail(s) for certain calls.

Check out the vids, –

I liked this one too

Need I say more?
I’ve been using Google Voice ever since. Not only have I been able to save on my minutes, have a professional number AND filter my phone calls, the best part is I don’t miss my voicemails anymore…now if I can just get a new phone, lol 🙂
Who said there’s nothing in life that’s for FREE….Love, Peace and Hairgrease 😉
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So I’ve been seeing Foursquare social icons on more and more websites. I recently updated my TweetDeck and finally decided to find out, what the heck “Foursquare” is.  After some research, here’s the jest.
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Foursquare, the latest social network that's catching on fire!

New York mobile startup Foursquare is one of the hottest Internet companies around.
But what is it? What’s it for? How can you get started?
Foursquare is primarily for letting your friends know where you are and figuring out where they are. Secondarily, it’s for collecting points, prize “badges,” and eventually, coupons, for going about your everyday business.

And it’s becoming popular. Foursquare now has almost 275,000 users in less than a year.

As a business, it hasn’t done much in the way of revenue-generation yet, but some strategies for doing so are coming in to focus. Promotional deals for frequent customers have already started popping up on the service. Co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley tells us that Foursquare will be experimenting with a wide-range of strategies over the coming months.

You can read more and where I got my info at: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-hit-location-based-social-app-foursquare-works-2010-1#ixzz0zSNAoq2N

I have to say, to be in this business and not have your computer is like a construction worker with no tools, a truck driver without a truck, a football player without a footbal, it’s just plain sucks! So when my PC gets the hiccups or decides to crash, contact a virus from its permiscuity of surfing the net, its not a good day in the life of Desiree.

One day I was working on my computer vigiously and suddenly I saw the blue screen of death. My heart stopped, my eyes popped open and the clicking stopped. WTF? No not now! I’m so close to being done and I didnt, yeah, you may have guessed it….I didn’t SAVE yet! I’m sure for some you can sympathize where this is going. It was 4PM on a Saturday and the only place I could think of for computers was the worse place I could think of…BEST BUY! Not to say they can not fix or accomadate a problem, my issue is THEY are EXPENSIVE!

Where the heck was I going to find a computer repair at this hour during the weekend. I couldn’t wait till Monday, I had files ready for the printers, web updates and at that time I was going to school, and finals! Talk about stress. I didn’t have access to the internet without having to go to the local print shop and pay for internet time so I did what any other person would do… I GOOGLEd on my phone. 🙂

*Puff* Lists of computer repair, repair, computers, etc and etc. I began the list of calls. Closed, no answer, too expensive, not friendly, wrong store, no longer open and then on the second page second one down I found him. The one I now have on my speed dial, favorites and admirous adore.

Jim “The Computer Guy“. Now thats not really his business name, but that is what I have him under in my phone. His business name is  A Plus Computer Services.

It was like “AHHhhh” the clouds opened and let the sun shine in. He answered the phone on the second ring – this was good. His voice was chiper and polite – 2 goods and he was willing to discuss my computers problem without even mentioning cost until after we finished our discussion – I’m in!  I’m sure you could see the smile from here to Texas. Talk about a life saver. Not only could I drop my computer off at then, 8pm, his prices were very reasonable.

Jim fixed my computer and returned to me first thing the next day. It was amazing how fast the turnover was, not to mention he also gave me some helpful computer advice (free of charge).

I like Jim.  I’ve moved to Tampa and still have made the trips back to Gainesville whenever I have any mishaps with my computer (yeah, he’s that good) as well as boast to all my peers how wonderful he is.

So a toast to you Jim Q.  My Computer Guy. Much success to you and your business. 🙂