May 12th is Mother’s Day, and I hope that you already have the perfect gift in mind for your mom! If not, I’m here to help. I have a few ideas, especially if your mom is a classy, stylish CEO or VP. Or really, any mom that has an office…
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In our very hectic lives, we turn to computers to help simplify them. We make lists, create spreadsheets, fax, email…you name it, we use a computer to do it. Well, except to wash dishes and clothes, which frankly would be phenomenal if someone can figure THAT out.
So what do we do when we’re going to be away from our digital vault of our lives? We load it all onto a USB flash drive. No matter what you call them – flash drives, jump drives, thumb drives- they are the new storage device that we carry with us to access all our important data.
Gone are the days of the floppy disk and diskettes. Even CD’s are becoming obsolete as data storage devices now that flash drives are dropping in price and gaining more storage – all while becoming even smaller than they already are. Some are so tiny; I’m scared they’d get lost!
We can even express our individuality through our flash drives. My husband’s favorite flash drive is his Boba Fett. Mine is my StormTrooper. I also have one that’s kind of fancy looking, that I use if I have a meeting or a presentation to give. No matter what your personal preference, or what you use it for, flash drives are our new best friends!
Just like the digital camera and Blu-Ray revolution, I fought the advent of e-readers and tablets. Why? Well, we have laptops and netbooks and smartphones, so why do we need another electronic device to keep track of? If you want small, you get a netbook. If you want even smaller, you get a Samsung Note II or Galaxy 3, with the added benefit of talking and texting to people. Why get a tablet?
Never mind the fact that I am a bibliophile. I always joke that if I built a house, it would consist of a huge kitchen and a bigger library! I’m a published author, and books have been my life since I was ten years old. Why would I give them up for something digital? Famous last words…
My husband got me a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas, and my reading life has not been the same since! Surprisingly enough, I use it a lot more than I ever thought I would, and that’s just reading. I take it with me everywhere I go, which means I am never without something to read.
And it’s like my phone; I love to dress it up and get accessories for it! Chargers, cases, skins…it doesn’t matter. I know that the iPad has more accessories, but I just love my Kindle. I can play games, watch movies through Netflix and HuluPlus, email, Facebook…everything that I need to do to stay connected! I’ve been brought over to the dark side…
With 2013 arriving, resolutions are being made and appointments are being set. Doctor’s appointments are on the rise, since the first part of the year is when most people get their annuals, and summer vacations are being planned. Parties, conferences, trade shows…all things that you need to keep track of. How do you keep track of all the appointments and engagements? Besides your phone and Outlook calendar?
If you’re anything like me, it’s with a funky planner. Something with style and pizazz. Inherently me, but with a practical side. Also, I have so much going on in my life that I need my phone, my Outlook calendar, AND a planner. You just never know when you might forget to put that important meeting with the boss in one of them, so for me, triplicate is best.
Everyone has different styles of what works best for them, whether it’s blocked in a monthly format, a lined daily format, or a mixture of both. I like having a place to jot notes on the side of the page as opposed to an area in the back of the book. Some people like a planner that has a closure to it, others don’t want to fuss with a zipper or a snap. Regardless of your style, have fun with your planner, let it reflect your personality and style! That way, when you see that appointment for a root canal, at least it’s in a book with a cheery cover!
There’s nothing like tearing open a Christmas gift and seeing that piece of technology that you always wanted. A TV, a camera, a computer tablet…whatever it is, you are excited! The first thing you want to do is hook it up, but then you realize you’re missing something.
When you get a game system or a new Blu-Ray player, you need an HDMI cord to bring out the best features, but these items don’t come with something as necessary as that – because obviously you need to spend more money to get the full effect! Or you get a Kindle or Nook, and the wall charger isn’t included. Lets not forget all the extra batteries you’ll need to buy for remotes and smaller electronics.
Let’s say you got a Playstation 3, which comes with one controller, but there is at least 4 people in the house that want to play at the same time. You need to get extra game controllers! So you spend Christmas day taking turns playing games. That’s no fun! You all want to play the games together! Also, you now have all of these devices that charge via USB but only a certain amount of ports on your computer, so now you need a multi-port USB charger.
With the majority of our electronics have touch screens or delicate LCD screens, you have to be able to maintain them, so you need screen protectors and cleaning cloths, so you don’t create static electricity and short-circuit them! In the end though, you have what you always wanted, and get to enjoy it!
The holidays are coming, and someone on your list wants a new computer. Whether it’s your teenage son who is tired of sharing, or your husband who is just not happy with the current laptop, someone will ask. The question is, how to you pick the perfect PC? Buy or build?
A long time ago in a galaxy much like our own, I dated the quintessential computer nerd. Back then, it wasn’t cool to be a geek, not like now, and we were definitely part of that subculture. This is the time before personal laptops, but he managed to set up his computer on the bedside table and angle it so that he could work on it at night. He was dedicated. He preferred building his own PC and taught me a lot about it, although I’m sure he thought I wasn’t listening. His personal preference was Hewlett Packard, now more commonly known as HP, and it stuck with me.
Building a PC with the right components can be cost efficient and get you more bang for your buck. If you are a serious gamer or do a lot with your PC, then building is a definite option for you. It gives you the freedom to choose component options that most likely won’t come with a pre-built PC. Maybe you don’t need an operating system because you already have one, or you need a superior graphics card and more memory…the list goes on.
Buying a pre-built is what is suitable for most PC owners. Higher graphics, super-fast processors, and great sound always makes the use of a computer nice, but when you’re just surfing the ‘Net, emailing Grandma, and storing photo’s, you don’t have to expend the money on a blazing fast system with HD graphics. A basic desktop would do you just fine, unless you want portability.
Teenagers, like a certain 14 year old that I know, do best with laptops. They have the mobility they want, the guts to do gaming and surfing, and they can take it with them everywhere (except school. A lot of schools still say no to personal computers. Unless its college. I’m digressing) they want to be. School work and research is a breeze, and they can decorate it with skins (not human). Kids love decorating with skins.
Now, there are tablets. I am just scratching that surface and it’s taken me almost two years to decide if I want an iPad, an Android tablet, a Kindle Fire…wow. Guess what? Still can’t decide. I know what I want to do with it, but can’t find one that encompasses it all. Maybe next year I can do a blog on tablets…
It’s the start of the holiday season, folks. Shopping in earnest will commence as soon as the last Jack o’ Lantern is extinguished, and stores will become madhouses. Money will be tithed to the retail houses of worship, and consumers everywhere will drag, pull, shove, and curse bags of merchandise home and stuff them in hiding places until it comes time to wrap them and/or assemble them. In a lot of those cases, you’re going to need…batteries.
Batteries are ubiquitous in our lives. Almost everything we use runs on batteries. Phones, cars, remote controls, toys, toothbrushes, laptops…the list goes on and on. There is nothing more frustrating than the batteries dying in your remote and you don’t have replacements. You actually have to get up and use the controls on the TV!
I stock up on batteries, and Duracell is the brand that we run to. Not just because I can still remember the old Duracell commercials on TV (Dur ∙ A ∙ Cell, the Coppertop battery!) with the snazzy little jingle, but because they just always seem to last the longest and not leak. They last FOREVER! They have batteries for everything, from a professional series to portable phone chargers!
I have huge packs of AA and AAA batteries, and smaller ones of C (because really, not much takes a C) and D’s. A small package of 9V hides in the back corner of the linen closet because nothing in my house takes a 9V anymore, but SOMETHING might be purchased at some point and we’ll need them. I also have a small Tupperware container filled with watch and camera batteries, even though no one in my house owns a watch OR a camera. But, you know, it could happen. I’ve even got a small pack of AA in my fridge.
Batteries are a way of our lives nowadays, and you definitely want one with a great track record and can’t go wrong with Duracell. Always keep spares on hand, and you can’t go wrong. How do you keep your spares?