Madam Geek…

Finding the geek in every woman

Be the kind of woman! March 11, 2012

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I haven’t blogged in ages. Can’t believe that one can be so interested in or passionate about something for a while and then ‘poof’ just like that it’s gone. But thank goodness we can choose.

Well I guess that’s human nature and as we know there are only 2 constant things in life and that is – Change and Death.

As I’m definitely not dead yet change is inevitable and no amount of resistance can stop change.

So why not just embrace it with all the tenacity and fierce we would naturally use to fight it? Over the past couple of weeks I have met various women and have had countless conversations whether in a group or one on one. And one thing that stood out for me each time is that God knew what He was doing when He created women. Our ability to love, share, accept, give, forgive, be vulnerable and strong at the same time, care, support, nurture, empathize and feel and hold everything at once is truly God’s creation. So how can we not love and appreciate each other? One thing we all have in common as women is that we are all women.

So I would like to salute all the women, regardless of age. Even the young girls turning into ladies: the potential locked inside of you and emerging slowly as you grow into women is evident and not to be looked down on or taken for granted. No one is a mistake and is placed on the earth or at a specific place for nothing. We all have a purpose and destiny. And as we continue to love, care, support, share, give, forgive, accept, empathize and be vulnerable we will embrace life and all she has to offer.

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Accidental Billionaire… October 26, 2010

Filed under: Madam Geek,RLabs,Social Media — madamgeek @ 2:24 pm
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Last night we had an opportunity to watch The Social Network at Ster Kinekor in Cavendish Square, Claremont. There has been many opinions and comments about this movie since the trailer was released earlier this year. As part of our daily work at RLabs is to tell people about Social Media and introduce them to various social networks, thus it was good to get the background and history of Facebook. Most of the people we train proclaim that Facebook is their favourite social network. We hope that all our trainees will set aside 2hours of their time to go and watch the movie.

 

My new love! October 10, 2010

Filed under: apple,Gadget,Madam Geek,Nokia — madamgeek @ 11:26 pm
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I love Apple and especially the sleek, extra smooth feel of their devices. Well as a woman I am well aware of my sense of touch and feel. How I measure objects is usually by sight, touch and how and it feels when sliding my hands over it. This might not be technologically sound or correct, but as women its important to stay true to ourselves and what makes us truly tick or get excited when it comes to gadgets. Yes, I said it. I used the word gadgets and excited in the same sentence.

I am especially blessed to have had the honor of receiving not only 1 but 3 Apple devices in the past 8 months. Since the birth of my mobile phone life I was a Nokia fan and each phone I had, became the love of my life. My last Nokia phone I had was a Nokia E65 which I had for over 4 years. It was the first mobile device I used to access my emails and Facebook. But then with the exposure to Social Media and friends who started using Apple products (especially the iPhone) happened to arouse my interest. So I started playing around with the idea of moving over to Apple and more specifically an iPhone. It usually takes a while for me to decide when it comes to gadgets as I believe you have to love or at least like something that will become part of who you area and a have to carry it around with you.

So my journey started around Valentines Day (14February 2010), when my husband clearly thought I was ready for the jump and surprised me with a slightly belated Valentines gift of an iPhone. My first reaction was: how do I move all my contacts and info over from my Nokia? And I felt a bit unsure. But let me tell you after the first touch I was in love and most definitely hooked. It didn’t matter that all my contacts and info was still on my old phone along with the photos. I made the jump with both feet and loved running ever since. My favorite feature on the iPhone was the WordPress app and of course Facebook and Twitter. One could say that my social media journey really took off then. Because I could lie in bed and blog, tweet, update my facebook, read up what all my friends are up to and do my emails all in one go on my iPhone. Even when I was out and about there was no barriers to keep me from staying connected. Unless the 3G reception was bad or wi-fi non-existent.

Then 5 months later I get another surprise (also from my husband), a white MacBook. I just got out of hospital and was still recovering and as a get well gift, I received a MacBook. Let me tell you that that really worked. I was moping around the house feeling real sorry for myself because my recovery was taking too long for my liking. But one look at the box and the unpacking of my new Apple toy, I completely forgot about being sick. Now being an all Windows groupie for many many many years, it was a bit of a culture shock to move over to Mac from PC. Thank goodness for google and the Apple site. I managed to navigate my way through downloading all the necessary tools to stay connected and migrating all my documents. The only thing I couldn’t get over was my windows email. Tried various tools but nothing worked. It truly amazed me how totally incompatible Mac and PC are. Unless you buy the MS Office for Mac. Well after checking out those prices, I decided to do a complete transformation and say goodbye to Windows. As I work in an environment where most devices are Windows based and even the network printers don’t come with Mac drivers, it’s a bit challenging at times. But it’s all good and life is still full of challenges no matter if you using Mac or PC. At least I don’t have to worry about viruses!

So now we are in October and it’s my birthday month. My new love is my iPad! One of my birthday gifts from my husband. My love is 3 days old and just being a newbie I only managed to do my first blog post today. Unfortunately their aren’t many apps in the App store yet. The screen is bigger than the iPhone and the apps on the iPad has more features. My favorite one so far is the WordPress app. The brilliant extra feature is that you can have all your blogs in one app. Even the self hosted blogs. As I am a contributor on several blogs this is a handy feature because now I can manage and blog from just one device and all in one app, by just switching between blogs.

I wonder how many women get introduced to a new device by means of a gift! These were definitely among some of my favorite surprises.

 

Who are you playing with?

Filed under: Gadget,Madam Geek — madamgeek @ 9:33 pm
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I read loads of articles on “women in tech” and they all seem to go around women either whining about how we don’t get enough scope or recognition from men. Funnily enough most of the writers are male. But fortunately for me, the women I find myself surrounded by do not see themselves at the bottom of the ‘tech space food chain’ but at the top of their game! Meaning there is no need to prove themselves to anyone or to fight with men for recognition, but to just enjoy technology and the beautiful journey of discovering amazing and new things everyday and how it can be used to not only make our live easier but to make a difference in someones life or to help impact an entire community.

Well for the first time in my life I actually love gadgets! A mobile phone was obviously my first gadget. It was acquired more out of necessity than out of curiosity or love. But once I got used to it, it became a fashion accessary and I remember buying covers for my Nokia 5110 to match all my outfits. Now you know how old I am (not sure how many of you remember that long back in the mobile phone era). This was in the late 90’s when you were a trend setter by the mobile device you had. Now I think you a trend setter by how you use the gadgets you have. Maybe its my unconventional thinking or just crazy notions I have now and then, but in this day and age in 2010 we cannot choose to let gadgets we possess to dictate our status! Whether you trendy or not does not depend on what make, model and year you have. Come on technology is advancing with or without us as players in the field, but what we do with what we have or have access to I think sets us apart and gives us all the status we crave and most importantly who you take to join you in the playing field as an equal player.

 

Presentation Time for Mom3.0 Session October 2, 2010

This morning the moms came out in full force once again to attend the Mom3.0 Cafe Session. Today the RLabs facilitators thought it would be interesting to surprise the ladies by asking them to choose their favourite social media tool. Once they have chosen their tool they would get 15min to prepare themselves and then have to present a step-by-step guide to signing in and using this tool to the rest of the class.

We always have to shift and change our mindsets and get helped out of our comfort zones. So this exercise was quite useful. The moms were good sports and when presenting, encouraged each other to continue and not focus on the mistakes during the presentations. The favourite tool of the morning was Facebook. When asked why that tool is their favourite? One of the moms shared that she loves looking at peoples pictures and reading their status updates. The fact that you can see everything on one screen is wonderful and very exciting.

Below we have one of the moms Jackie Biggswho is an avid micro blogger. She chose Twitter as her tool to present. When asked why Twitter? She answered its quick and instant. One does not have to wait before updating your status. If you feel or experienced something you can say it immediately without waiting for someone to comment on or Like your status. Jackie has been for over a year now and it is always interesting to read what she has to say and how she contributes to the world wide web.

You can follow the Mom3.0 Cafe Session moms on: www.mom2zero.com

Source: RLabs

 

Embrace your inner girl September 13, 2010

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This is my inspiration video of the week. Thanks to Veera Uusoksa for sharing it on Twitter this morning. It’s a video done at TED India in 2009 by a lady by the name of Eve Ensler.

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Gmail Priority Inbox September 9, 2010

Filed under: google,Madam Geek — madamgeek @ 5:30 pm
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This might be old news but it is still new news to some. To view the priority box look at your top right hand corner of your Gmail screen.