Madam Geek…

Finding the geek in every woman

Embrace the Irrational and the Childish September 9, 2010

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Just watched this talk on ReadWriteWeb – 10 Inspiring TED Talks for Startups. Very interesting and inspiring talk below.


Google Instant saves the day! September 8, 2010

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I was searching the internet earlier this evening using Google search. There was nothing new or different to the website, but a few hours later just like magic there is something new!

It’s called Google Instant. When searching in Google, while still typing your key words, links to possible sites automatically come up. You will see results instantly and can alter your search accordingly. As You have to be signed in to your Google account to use Google Instant.

This is sure to save you time. Google is really pushing boundaries and I can’t see anyone not using any Google Apps. How do you get through the day without either: Google Docs, Google Calendar, Gtalk, Gmail, Google Chrome or any other Google innovation?


The search is on…iPhoto September 7, 2010

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The latter part of my day was spent playing around with iPhoto and Photobooth. I spent many hours playing with my iPhone and all it’s features, but even after receiving a MacBook from my husband as a get well gift over 2 months ago, I still spend more time on my iPhone than my Mac.

So this evening I decided to change that. After downloading some cool 3D Apple Wallpaper pics I wanted to create a slideshow and have music in the background. Well I could not figure out how to do all this on my iPhone so I switched on the Mac. After transferring all the pics into 1 folder and opening iPhoto, I discovered a whole new world. Exactly what I wanted: photos sliding in and out randomly across the screen at a pace set by me. And a nice surprise was that there is music preloaded in iPhoto. I found a song that is on the soundtrack of Twilight. Of course this was my first choice.

So after watching the Slideshow a couple of times with the music blaring and making Marlon watch it with me, I could transfer the pics to Flickr and Facebook. This was easy to do. But now I wanted to share the entire Slideshow with effects and music and all, with friends. For the life of me I could not export the slideshow as is! This is quite frustrating. I’m sure there is someone out there that knows how to do this! I will continue the search tomorrow, as one of my best friends is Google after all.


I am Woman!

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Classic! This one is to all you ladies out there! If you are a woman, this song is dedicated to you. We have inserted the original version of the song and new version from Sex and the City 2 and also as a treat to help you sing-a-long the words. Enjoy ladies!

I Am Woman

-Artist: Helen Reddy from “Helen Reddy’s Greatest Hits”: EMI ST 11467
-peak Billboard position # 1 for 1 week in 1972
-Words and Music by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
’cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
’cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
’cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul


I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land
But I’m still an embryo
With a long long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman
Oh, I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman

Transcribed by Robin Hood with help from Maid Marian

These lyrics were transcribed from the specific recording mentioned above
and do not necessarily correspond with lyrics from other recordings, sheet
music, songbooks or lyrics printed on album jackets.


Some History on Apple Products

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Was checking out one of my favourite sites: Slideshare . And as usual I was searching Apple. Thought it would be good to share it with the rest of the Apple junkies out there!


What did you do with your apple today? September 6, 2010

Spent the last 6 hours on my iPhone. Apple has really come up with an amazing device. Yes, I’m an Apple junky. Each time I think I have done it all and experienced it all this little device surprises me. Maybe there are other phones that do similar or identical tasks but I’m sure it can’t be as smooth as on the iPhone.

I started off my evening reading emails and replying. Then of course moved on to Facebook and switched over to Twitter. Once in Twitter and reading peoples updates and following their links, I stumbled upon some interesting websites. Most of these I re-tweeted and shared. The most interesting one was on how to speed up your iPhone. Do you ever look at your screen and wonder when you actually downloaded a App? Well I do, most times I completely forget about it and it just fills up my screen. So I decided to do some housekeeping. Deleted Apps I have never used or Apps that turned out to be pure junk! Definitely not what they describe it as in the store. You can’t return it but you can throw it out.

Time was reserved for the daily, iTunes updates and checking what’s new in the App Store. Nothing intrigued me tonight so no new Apps were purchased. But I did spend a lot of time downloading some new 3D Apple wallpaper. Will put it on Slideshare tomorrow, when I get onto my Mac.

During the evening I broke away to fix dinner for my husband which took all of 5mins to put in the oven and served it 20mins later. You could say that I put my phone down for all of 25mins this evening, taking into account a toilet break and putting on a movie to watch in the background. And tonights movie choice was Pretty Woman. I was privileged to be served with tea and refreshments by my dear husband during this time.

After going back to my 2 favourite Apps: Facebook and Twitter I went on to vote on She’s the Geek and RLabs for the SA Blog Awards. A couple of my favourites nominated as well are: iGeek and Tertia and Micro Blogger: Clive. Well as anyone who has been voting knows what a process it is, it took me nearly 40mins to vote and confirm my votes from all 4 my email accounts. Maybe it was just my wi-fi connection that was a bit slow.

So now my last task for the night is my. WordPress App which I’m using to blog from right now. I’m trying to blog more often, but sometimes it’s hard to put into words what I have to say. But tell me: What did you do with your Apple today?


I am … September 5, 2010

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I decided to unpack my novels in the attempt of finding an easy romantic read! You might ask: why do you have to unpack novels? Why not just have on a bookshelf? Well we have a cupboard with 3 shelves dedicated to all our books. Many of them are inspirational, motivational and even educational.

But to let you in on my secret: I love books and romantic, corny soppy ones are my favourite. So I keep them in a crate stashed away on top of my cupboard. These are my books and are not for public veiwing. Now don’t get me wrong and think they are these sordid X rated books. I like clean romance with a bit of comedy or drama (depending on my mood) and always a happy ending. It is a good read in my opinion if the guy chases the girl because he thinks she is the best thing that happened to him and knows that his life won’t be complete without her in it! Soppy? I know. I also enjoy Christian novels. If you seek you will find. So I found a couple of romantic, dramatic and really funny novels by brilliant Christian women. Nice and clean and edifying and sometimes a tear jerker.

I love reading and have always found reading to relax me and inspire me at the same time. My second favourite author is: Jill Mansel and she is English. I own 10 of her books and have read each one of them at least twice. She writes in my definition: Romantic Comedies. I do wish that someone would turn them into movies. They are always romantic, funny, insightful into the female psyche, dramatic and just pure pleasure. And an easy read, you don’t have to skip the middle to get to the best part. I just hate those kind of books when you need to skip a couple of pages out of pure boredom.

My addiction for the past year and a half has been the Twilight Saga. I have all four books and managed to convert quite a few of my friends as well. These I read all the time over and over again. I even read and re-read Midnight Sun: based on the first story from Edward’s point of view. It’s only available on the website of Stephanie Meyer the author. The movies have gotten mixed reviews. But I don’t think anyone can scrap the movies if they haven’t read the books.

And of course my all time favourite is Jane Austen. I even downloaded an app on my iPhone with all Jane Austen’s books. What a difficult life she led and a tragic way it ended. Alone! After writing about love and romance. When I was in England I went to visit her tomb at Winchester Cathedral. In 1800 she started reading her novels to her family but only in 1811, her first novel Sense and Sensibility was published. As we read, being a female in those days was challenging let alone to become a writer. Men had the privilege of choosing any career they desired. But that will have to be another blog post.

So now, I took down my box and unpacked all these books and started writing this blog post while flipping through some pages and trying to decide which one to choose to read tonight. 58 books are laying on my bed and I’m thinking: what posseessed me to take them out?

I am a hopeless romantic!