Madam Geek…

Finding the geek in every woman

I’m still an iPhone gal… March 30, 2010

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My husband, Marlon Parker just arrived back from Finland after being there for 3 weeks. He visited one of his favourite places: Nokia. It must be his 3rd or 4th visit already.

Marlon has been an avid Nokia supporter and user since long before I met him which was 10 years ago. He loves technology and all things that push the boundaries of how we use it.

He is also a very romantic husband and decided to surprise me with a Valentines Day gift: iPhone. I have longed to own one since January 2008. Yes, I remember the date. That was the first time I held one in my hand and fell in love with it. It was love at first touch! So now I have my very own iPhone that I absolutely love!

Ok, so back to the point of this blog post: Marlon IM’d me from Finland during his trip and said there is something he just had to get and he is toying with the idea. After he said what it was I immediately googled it and couldn’t believe that he was still toying with the idea of buying it? He hasn’t got himself a new phone in over 2 years. After a bit of back and forth chatting, the next day he says he bought himself a NOKIA N900! I was happy as I know he absolutely loved Nokia and didn’t really enjoy playing with my iPhone.

The minute he got off the plane I heard all the details about the NOKIA N900. I like listening to people passionate about their mobile devices and decided to do some research and hear what other people are saying about. I was not given a chance to touch, play or test the phone yet myself. It was demonstrated to me, but no touching it for myself. Maybe one day I will get to play with it?

I found this blog post and wanted to share it. I like to be objective about things and give every device the benefit of the doubt even if I don’t personally agree.

Check out this post:

If you are an iPhone gal, don’t get offended as we know who wins hands down!


True men: young and not so young! March 28, 2010

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In my previous post I spoke about setting up and the many hours it took in getting ready.

Well I would like to dedicate this post to the young and not so young men that came out to help us.

Carrying goods for 150 gift boxes, prizes, sound equipment involves some serious lifting and manovering. I won’t even talk about the poles and ladders involved in getting the decor to look like a master piece.

Thank you guys from the Impact Centre, husbands, sons, good friends and brothers for your help leading up to the conference. You have helped and given of yourselves selflessly. Also I do have to commend you for the patience you practised while we were giving instructions and changing our minds quite a bit as to where the boxes and decor items were to be moved to!

We would like to thank you for showing us as women that there are stil true men and gentlemen out there and most importantly in our lives! You are amazing: Alistair, Aldrin, Angelo, Craig True, Craig Dumont, Donny, Jason, Kyle, Gary, Theo and our youngest helper Liam. God bless you guys.



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Yesterday, Saturday 27 March we hosted a Womens Conference titled Educate, Empower & Conquer: I am Woman!

The venue was at Ratanga Junction Theme Park in one of the venues. Staff were amazing and very professional. Excellent service we received.

Wow what an amazing day we had? The women braved the weather and come out in full force bright and early on this saturday morning. There were 152 women dressed up and ready to enjoy their day.

I have to apologise for not blogging or tweeting the event. The minute I started writing, someting needed to be done and I had to lay down my phone. It’s no joke keeping over 150 women captivated and interested for 6 hours straight. But it was successfully achieved!

The team of ladies I worked with are amazing and each one has their gifting and talent. Quite a dynamic and diverse group of ladies, with excellent team working skills.

Here are a few pics of our preparation leading up to the big day. We spent 2 late nights/early mornings setting up and preparing to get everything just right!

Look out for further posts about this conference. Lots more to share!!!


What do you do when your internet is “broke”? March 25, 2010

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Go sleep!

Yesterday evening I thought I broke my 3G modem. My friend is here from the UK and I was trying to get her connected. Actually I just gave her the USB 3G Vodafone modem and told her how easy it is to install and use it. I had high praise for this device and it’s connectivity. Well you can imagine why: her being from the UK, with high speed broadband, 24/7 access that’s literally free!

After Julia’s 5th attemp of trying to get onto the world wide web, I finally got out of my seat to go and help her. I have never had a problem connecting with my Vodafone 3G. So what could the problem be?

After attempt #6, trying various ports on her laptop, switching on mine, using an extra laptop as well, swapping sim cards and even trying the Telkom USB. Nothing worked! This was a mystery to me and relunctantly I then decided to plug in our network cable and used the ADSL! The ADSL line we have at home is such a waste – but that is another blog post!

In RLabs we use a term: “who broke the Internet”. Well it seemed to be me. After 1.5hours of trying to connect Julia to the Internet so that she can Skype her husband to say that she arrived safely in South Africa (did I mention that she just arrive yesterday?) I answered a call from my friend Monique also known as She’s the Geek.

During chatting and catching up I tell her about my battle with my 3G connections. To my surprise she tells me that hers is not working either! I’m thinking how can this be? Monique is very quick when it comes to technology, so she discovered that she couldn’t connect via her mobile phone either. I did not even think of trying to connect via my phone. So the conclusion we came to is that Vodacom service provider was down and data usage was non existent. We could use vodacom to make and receive calls and SMS’s but not access the Internet.

Monique who is an avid Vodacom supporter was now using MTN to browse the Internet for the evening. What has this wwworld come to – When your Vodacom data connection cannot give you access to something so important as the internet, you have to resort to using Telkom ADSL and surf the Internet via your mobile phone using MTN?

So, what do you do when your Internet is “broke”? Go sleep. That’s what I did because after trying my phone to check what’s happenning out there and getting no response going to sleep was the next best thing for me to do.

I guess if my Internet was not broken and I didn’t go to sleep so early, I would not of been up at 2.30 in the morning blogging from my phone while laying in bed! It’s after 3.40am now and I have read my Twitter streams, facebook status updates and newsfeeds and read and replied to emails. Oh yes, and of course blogged!

Now I feel sleepy and need a couple of hours more sleep….


Unconventional Blogging Talk March 22, 2010

Last week Wednesday, the talk show titled Let’z chat with Mel on the Series channel on DSTV had an interesting show. It was about women and technology.
I was quite excited to watch the show for two reasons:
1) I have heard quite a few talks or presentations on blogging but have never seen it on TV and a South African show. Very advanced for South African media and unconventional for a talk show.
2) The second reason is that one of the guests on the show was none other than Marlon Parker who is the director of RLabs, a community organisation based on Cape Flats. One of their initiatives is a project called Mom3.0, that teaches women how to use social media to make a change in their communities by using blogging in particular. He did an actual step by step presentation showing the viewers how easy it is to create their own blogs.

Madam Geek is proud to be associated with RLabs and all the women of Mom2.0 and Mom3.0. What an innovative initiative.

Exciting times ahead ladies!

This blog post was written and uploaded from my mobile. The pics were taken during the show while I was lounging on the couch. Wow, never knew blogging could be this easy!


A new discovery… March 21, 2010

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Came across this by accident late last night. Couldn’t wait to tell you about it. VR+ lite is a free tool from the Internet that you can use on your mobile phones. You download, register and use it. Easy as 1,2,3
You can record a conversation with your phone and it saves it in a mp3 file. After you save it you can upload it to Twitter, facebook, blogger or email it.
Still busy experimenting with it and will keep you updated with this free App.


Mom3.0 – RLabs March 20, 2010

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I was up quite early this morning at least for a Saturday. The organisation I work with is RLabs (Reconstructed Living Lab – RLabs)
And today we have 3 training sessions running all before 1pm.

We have Mom3.0 using Social Media to make a social change. These are a group of women from our communities across the Cape Flats. Currently 25 women attend these sessions every alternate Saturday morning. Today the facilitators are signing them up for Facebook. The energy in the lab is full of excitement and a bit of nerves as most of the women have only been introduced to computers/laptops, the world wide web, and social media this year for the very first time in their lives. Their ages vary between early 20’s to early 70’s.
See the pic below with a few of the ladies.