Sunday, December 27, 2009

Blu-Ray Players & Non-HD TV's?


Hey Gang! So, I just got a really good question that came into the old GeekGirl email inbox (geek.girl@earthlink.net for those of you who are new here!), and I thought I'd share it with y'all because it might be a common question: "...quick question for you - do Blu-Ray players work on regular tvs or do you need an HD TV ? there are some great deals on players and I want to pick one up, but my tv isnt HD."

Here was my response:

Blu-Ray players are meant for HD tv’s just because the picture is so stunning and has such great resolution, and thus they come with HDMI cables that eliminate the need for the old RCA (the yellow/red/black/white cables that you currently use for your DVD –to-TV connection. However, I’m pretty sure that you CAN still use the old RCA cables to connect to a regular TV, and then if/when you eventually upgrade to an HDTV, you can just swap the cables.

Just make sure when you buy your Blu-Ray player to check that it has the regular Audio/Video OUTPUTS on the back (most packaging will show you a diagram of the inputs/outputs on the back of the player, and if not just ask someone at the store) and you should be good to go. You should see something like this:



The outputs on the image at the very top left that are green, blue and red are HD outputs, as is the HDMI output at the bottom. But right above that HDMI output is the “LINE OUT” box, which still has either the S-Video option (which works with normal TV’s if you have an S-Video input) or just the standard yellow, red and white video inputs. This means that you can use it with your non-HD Tv!

Hope that helps!
Happy holidays!

Cheers,
GeekGirl

PS-Make sure to follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows

Sunday, December 20, 2009

GeekGirlLive Holiday Gadgets Video Blogcast: Recap & Replay!

Hey Gang!

Thank you to ALL of you who joined in on the LIVE video blog-cast today featuring GeekGirl's Top 10 Holiday Gadgets! Just in case you missed it, here's the replay! (It's almost an hour long, so feel free to fast forward if you like. I don't mind. LOL):



YOUR interaction made this 1st official LIVE GeekGirl blog-cast a HUGE success, and we had a LOT of viewers and peeps in chat giving me feedback! Thank you all for joining and I can't wait to do the next one!

As promised, I'm also working on the written list of the 10 items (and bonuses!) that we discussed. I will have that posted here by EOD as well!

Ok guys, Happy Holidays-keep checking back here at the blog and also on Twitter at twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows for more great savvy tech tips from a not-so-ordinary GeekGirl. :)

Cheers,
GeekGirl

We are live NOW!

COME JOIN THE FUN!

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/geekgirllive

SEE YOU THERE!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! GeekGirl Holiday Gadgets LIVE Video Blog!

Hey Gang!

Got some last minute shopping to do? Still owe someone your own holiday wishlist? Protesting the last minute holiday shoppers on the last weekend before Christmas by staying home in your comfy pants and/or Snuggie? Well, have no fear, it's FINALLY here! Tomorrow (Sunday 12/20/09) @ 11:30 a.m. PST I am going to be broadcasting LIVE on my USTREAM CHANNEL about my fave picks for holiday gadgets!


So, what do YOU need to do to participate?

Go to my USTREAM channel at 11:30 a.m. PST on 12/20 by clicking HERE. You can join in all the LIVE fun by Tweeting your questions/comments at me or we might even open up the chat on USTREAM if we feel like it! You can also post comments here on the blog entry that I will post on www.GeekGirlKnows.com as soon as we go live tomorrow, and I will make sure to check in on them throughout the broadcast as well.

Oh, and don't worry if you can't make it. I will post the video (USTREAM lets you record your live feed and then embed it-how cool is that?) RIGHT HERE on the blog as soon as it's over and you can watch it as many times as you like.

So, if you have any suggestions or things that you want me to mention as great techy or tech-inspired or anti-tech holiday items, Tweet at me here: twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows OR post a comment below and I'll check them before we go live.

I'm excited to "see" you all tomorrow and share my picks for favorite holiday gadgets! Let's hope I work the USTREAM thingy out right and we all have a ball. :)

Cheers,
GeekGirl

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

GeekGirlKnows on Inside Dish with Ross Mathews-The Video!

Hey Gang!

First of all, to those of you who are new, WELCOME! This is a place where technology meets creativity and I try to help you free yourself from the fear and stereotypes of what it means to be a Geek! Join the fun by scrolling down through the blog posts and checking out my videos (you can click on the archives on the right hand side of this page, OR go to my YOUTUBE CHANNEL to just cut to the chase and see all the videos! For my regular peeps, here's me on Inside Dish yesterday:



Another Link to my YouTube Channel in case you missed the one above :)



Stay tuned-info about our LIVE USTREAM BROADCAST where we will talk all gadgets holiday is coming up in the next few days just in time for those last minute shoppers!

If you have any questions you want to ask me, email me at geek.girl@earthlink.net OR post a comment below. Oh, and of course you can always Tweet at me here: twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows

Cheers,

GeekGirl

PS-Because I mentioned it in the Inside Dish video, Here's a great free e-Book, free-standing App that you can download RIGHT NOW for your iPhone or iPod Touch (it's a great book too, I have read it a few times!) Admit One: My Life in Film Here are a few screen-shots of the application itself, it's pretty awesome:


Also, you can pre-order the actual book here, for those of you who are like me who love real books and still buy them. LOL: Admit One: My Life in Film

Monday, December 14, 2009

On set with Ross Mathews

On the Inside Dish set!

The historic CBS Radford lot

I'm here! Stay tuned!

Sent from my iPhone

GeekGirl on Inside Dish with Ross Mathews!

Hey GeekGirlGang!

Guess what guess what? RIGHT this very moment I'm getting all dolled up to go shoot an episode of Inside Dish with Ross Mathews, one of my nearest and dearest friends and an old co-worker on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I'm super excited, and we are going to give a sneak-peek of my holiday gadgets episode and might even ustream a bit while I'm there! I'm taking the laptop just in case.

Click on the logos for HelloRoss.com, Ross' personal website, and the Inside Dish logo for the official show page:




Keep checking the blog here for updates throughout the day on my journey into the Inside Dish studio! I will be taking pics with my iPhone and emailing them into my blog here and they will publish LIVE from my emails! Cool, right?? Gotta love technology. :) (BTW-if you want to know how to do that with your blogger blog, email me or comment below and I can teach you how to set it up-it's super cool and easy!)

Ok gang, keep checking in. I'll let you know after we are done shooting when we the episode will air this week on the Inside Dish website!


Cheers,
GeekGirl

Thursday, December 10, 2009

GeekGirl, uStream Test and an artichoke.

Yes, that's right, an artichoke.

Have no idea what I'm talking about? Watch the video below of my very first LIVE broadcast on my brand-spankin'-new ustream channel. Very cool! I wasn't expecting anyone to show up but you guys definitely delivered by coming by to say hi and even chatting with me. About my artichoke. LOL. Just watch the video:




Now that I know it works, we are setting up a LIVE video Q&A in the next 2 weeks where you guys can ask me all your questions! I think I'm going to do my holiday gadgets episode LIVE with you guys! Fun, right?

Here's the permalink to my ustream channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/geekgirllive. I'm still working out the kinks but so far, so good! Got any tips for me now that I'm a Broadcaster? Hey, I like the ring of that! Broadcaster! GeekGirl Live has just opened up a whole new world for us, GeekGirlGang, and we're going to take it by storm!

Cheers,

GeekGirl

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Back in the Blog-s-sphere & Twitterverse!

Hey GeekGirl Gang:

There's good reason for my long absence from the blog/Twittersphere, and hopefully something will be inked and final in the next 2 weeks and if so, I'll be able to share it with y'all! In the meantime, lots of changes are going on in my world, and ALL roads point to MORE GEEK GIRL VIDEOS for the holidays AND for the New Year!

Here's what I've got in production right now:

-eBay horror story and tips quickie
-Holiday Gadgets
-2010-the future is here!

Any tips, suggestions or requests, GeekGirlGang, on topics you'd like to see discussed? I'm also considering doing a live, streaming chat a la my dear friend Ross Mathews (click HERE for his blog, and see below this paragraph for our live chat re-broadcast below from his Jay Leno Show dressing room backstage last Friday). What do you think of the u-stream software? Should I use the same software? Does anyone have any suggestions for great live streaming software with chat tools/features, etc.? I want to know!



I've missed you, GeekGirlGang, and can't WAIT to get all of this new stuff (and hopefully the good news I hope to share!) out there to YOU guys, the people who inspired this blog in the first place!

Post your comments in the COMMENTS section below, OR email me at geek.girl@earthlink.net!

Cheers,
GeekGirl

PS-Make sure to follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

IMPORTANT ALERT: eBay Fraudulent Buyers!

Hey Gang:

So I've had a horrible last 2 days with some dangerous eBay buyers who have a fraudulent system set up to prey upon people legitimately trying to sell stuff. It just happened to me TWICE in the last 3 days on the same item and I've spent hours on the phone with eBay and PayPal. I think it is so so so important to educate everyone out there about what happened to me that I'm going to cross the boundaries of GeekGirl and tell you my very personal story of what happened to me a few years ago and also just this week because I think you ALL need to know about it if you engage in any e-commerce on even the smallest level. We need to help protect one another in an ever-growing cyber-world!

While I'm working on this video I want to know if YOU have had any eBay or PayPal horror stories or phishing attempts-if you have and you feel comfortable sharing them, please email them to me at geek.girl@earthlink.net. I might be referencing YOUR story in the video!

Cheers,
GeekGirl

Monday, November 2, 2009

GeekGirl Co-Hosting The Baub Show TONIGHT!

Hey Gang!

I haven't posted in a while, but it's for good reason! I have a VERY exciting announcement coming up but I can't say anything about it just yet, but trust me, it's GOOD!!

However, tonight at 7 pm PST I'm again lucky enough to be co-hosting The Baub Show (an online radio show) with my dear friend Bob. The musical guest is Jaron from Evan & Jaron and it's bound to be a hoot. Plus, I'll be giving you a few tips on holiday gadget must-haves!

Go to www.thebaubshow.com to find out how you can listen, or even call in, to talk to us! It's always great fun, so I hope to Hear you all there. :)

Cheers,
GeekGirl

Sunday, September 20, 2009

GeekGirl Quickie: Flip Ultra HD

Hey GeekGirl Gang:

So for those of you who follow me on Twitter (click HERE to join!) you might know already that I was super-excited to get my new Flip Ultra HD camera, and then severely disappointed when I got it-it was defective! Well, I finally got a replacement Flip and I was able to shoot a Quickie for YOU talking about my favorite new HD video fix. :) Check it out:



So what did you think? If you want more info on the flip, go to their website by clicking on the image below:


Keep checking back for more great news and brand spankin' new videos, sponsored by Roddenberry.com!

And remember, you can always email me at
geek.girl@earthlink.net - I love to hear from you!

To follow me on Twitter, click here: http://twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows
To check out my YouTube Channel, click HERE.
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Cheers,
GeekGirl


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

GeekGirl Quickie: Screenium!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for SCREENIUM! Hey GeekGirl Gang!

Check out this GeekGirl Quickie where I talk about my latest find, an A/V capturing software for your computer called Screenium!
So, what did you think? Do you have Screenium? Love it? Hate it? Know of it for PC? (Still looking into that for ya!) Post in the Comments section below or Tweet at me!




Click on the image below to download Screenium and learn more about it:


Keep checking back for more great news and brand spankin' new videos, sponsored by Roddenberry.com!

And remember, you can always email me at
geek.girl@earthlink.net - I love to hear from you!

To follow me on Twitter, click here: http://twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows
To check out my YouTube Channel, click HERE.
To check out my MySpace and become my friend, click HERE.

Cheers,
GeekGirl

Sunday, August 16, 2009

It's Time!! Part 2 of Social Networking & a GeekGirl Quickie!

Hey Gang!!


It's Time! I'm back after a short hiatus and working fervently on the next episode of the GeekGirl Podcast: Part 2 of Social Networking! I'm going to focus on MySpace, LinkedIn & Twitter! Here's Part 1, to refresh your memory:




Any sites you feel that got left out of Part 1? Any questions about Part 1 or what I'm working on now? EMAIL me at geek.girl@earthlink.net or post a comment below. OR tweet at me! http://twitter.com/geekgirlknows.
Oh, and i'm also working on a quickie about a new, favorite gadget of mine!! Lots of new great stuff coming at ya!

Cheers,
GeekGirl :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

GeekGirl on TheBaubShow!

Hey GeekGirl Gang!

I had the tremendous honor and personal pleasure to co-host the live radio program called TheBaubShow with my dear friend Bob, Nick from the band Luster, and a few special guests (Ross Mathews of Inside Dish and Marcellas Reynolds from Big Brother All-Stars! (and even a few of my loyal Tweeps and GeekGirl Gang called in)! You can listen to the WHOLE thing below, and we had a blast. It was all about the importance of social networking, and a whole lot of other miscellany:



Thanks to those of you who called in and I hope that you are all new Baubles! You can always tune into TheBaubShow on Tuesday nights at 8:35 PST for an hour of fun and chat (and go to the site by clicking HERE). :)

Cheers,
GeekGirl

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Episode 12.1: A GeekGirl Guide to Social Networking-Part 1 + A GeekGirl Poll!

Hey GeekGirl Gang!

The long-awaited video on all-things social networking is here! In this multi-part podcast I go over Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn & Twitter, but first, I take you back to the roots of social networking as it exists in the real world! I like to think of this full episode in the GeekGirlKnowsEpisode 12.1. Watch & enjoy and then take the GeekGirl Poll below it:



canon as my thesis and commentary on social networking and it's principles (watch out, I get SUPER geeky in my research for this one!). I now present you


Keep checking back for more great news and brand spankin' new videos, sponsored by Roddenberry.com!

You can email me at
geek.girl@earthlink.net

To follow me on Twitter, click here: http://twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows
To check out my YouTube Channel, click HERE.
To check out my MySpace and become my friend, click HERE.

Cheers,
GeekGirl

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

GeekGirl Comic (Not Related to me but what a coincidence!)

Hey GeekGirl Gang!

So I got an email from comic book guru Sam Johnson the other day informing me of - wait for it - a comic strip based on a Geek Girl super-hero! Now, mind you, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with this blog or me or any of my videos, but I just thought it was really cool and something that you guys should definitely check out!

Click HERE (or on the image above) to read an interview with Sam Johnson about the genesis of his Geek Girl and the concept behind it. There are also links in that article to how you can check out the comic itself.

From the real-deal GeekGirl to the comic one, I have to give Sam Johnson a tip of the GeekGirl Glasses. :)

Cheers!

GeekGirl (the real-deal. LOL.)

Keep checking back for more great news and brand spankin' new videos, sponsored by Roddenberry.com!

You can email me at geek.girl@earthlink.net

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Working on the new Video NOW! Need your input!

Hey GeekGirlGang!

It's that time again...I'm prepping to shoot next week's episode of GeekGirl and it's going to be ALL about social networking.

What I need from you is to email, comment or Tweet at me with your favorite/most visited/most used social networking sites and applications! Or, email me and tell me that you will never set one virtual foot in any of them (but if you feel that way, make sure to tell me WHY so that I can understand!) Lastly, if you have any questions about Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or LinkedIn, those are the main categories I will be focusing on, so send in your questions!

Stay tuned!

Cheers,
GeekGirl

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Episode 11.1: Wacom Outta the Park

Hey GeekGirl Gang! Ever wanted to know what a graphic pen & tablet or WACOM tablet was? Wanna know how you can replace your mouse forever in an ergonomic and way cooler way? Check out this video to find out!



Hope you liked it! Email or Tweet at me with any questions or comments or post below! And here's a link to all those case studies I promised you: CASE STUDIES.


Keep checking back for more great news and brand spankin' new videos, sponsored by Roddenberry.com!

You can email me at geek.girl@earthlink.net

To follow me on Twitter, click here:
http://twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows
To check out my YouTube Channel, click HERE.
To check out my MySpace and become my friend, click HERE.

Cheers,

GeekGirl

Friday, June 26, 2009

Hey GeekGirl Gang!

I'm working on the next podcast RIGHT NOW and I need your help! Anyone out there use a Wacom or other graphic pen/tablet instead of a mouse?



If so, I want to know what you use it for! Do you like it? Prefer a mouse? I want to hear about that too! Have no idea what I'm talking about? I want to hear what you've heard about graphic pens & your thoughts in general. & to all of the above: stay tuned! LOL.

Tweet @ me via my Twitter feed OR email me at geek.girl@earthlink.net RIGHT NOW so that I can include your thoughts in the podcast!

Don't forget you can always email me at geek.girl@earthlink.net

To follow me on Twitter, click here:
http://twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows
To check out my YouTube Channel, click HERE.
To check out my MySpace and become my friend, click HERE.

Cheers,

GeekGirl

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

WE HAVE LIFT-OFF! Roddenberry.com Official GeekGirl Channel!

Hey GeekGirl Gang!

So, after a long period of anticipation and some technical snafoos, GeekGirl's channel on the incredible SciFi website Roddenberry.com is officially live! Click HERE to go to their homepage and click on the screen grab below to go to MY official channel there!


web design and programming is never easy, even for the simplest of projects, and I'm so happy that the fine folks at Roddenberry.com created such a slick and cool channel for me! The videos you will see there will be exclusive to Roddenberry.com and some will be videos you can also see here, so make sure you check both places!

The actual 1st episode (which you guys saw part of in my episode 10.1) will be up on June 28th and then every other week from that point on there will be a brand spanking-new episode up for your viewing pleasure!

And keep checking here for new blogs about all things tech-related (oh, and the resolution to my Time Warner vs. High Def TiVo battle! Yes, it's FINALLY over and I have TV now!). OH, and 1 last thing...we are going to have our very first official GeekGirl TweetTalk session where I give you a time where I will be live on Twitter and you can ask me questions about tech things you want to know about and get LIVE answers from me! Stay tuned for the Call to Action on that coming up very, very soon!

Don't forget you can always email me at geek.girl@earthlink.net

To follow me on Twitter, click here:
http://twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows
To check out my YouTube Channel, click HERE.
To check out my MySpace and become my friend, click HERE.

Cheers,

GeekGirl


Sunday, May 31, 2009

I NEED YOUR HELP! Tuning Adapters for HD TiVo??

Hey GeekGirlGang:

So I actually need help from all of YOU out there! I have been in HD TiVo H-E-Double Hockey Sticks for a whole week because it turns out that Time Warner cable, (the monopoly that controls cable in my area), is not compatible with my brand new, shiny, HD TiVo.

It took me a week without TV (still counting) and talking to the TiVo people, Time Warner people and multiple cable visits to my house to find out that I actually need a TUNING ADAPTER in order for my TiVo to be compatible with the new cable cards that now replace your cable box. (Here's a picture of what they will supposedly look like, and also if you click on the picture it takes you to an article that tells you more about them:)


But here's the kicker: MY CABLE COMPANY DOESN'T HAVE THEM YET. I'm on a darned waitlist to get one once they do roll them out, and I'm just amazed that NO ONE at Time Warner had ANY idea what I was talking about. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, did you end up getting a tuning adapter? Anyone know where I can even get a trial or beta version of one so I at least have TV for the interim? I'm SOOOOO frustrated and decided that YOU guys out there probably know more than the 20-some-odd people I've spoken with this week about this issues.


HELP! I need your advice, information, personal experiences, etc...anything that will help me have TV during the NBA Playoffs!! email me your info (or post in the COMMENTS section below) at geek.girl@earthlink.net.

To follow me on Twitter, click here: http://twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows
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Cheers,

(A very frustrated) GeekGirl
:)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Episode 10.1: Allow me to introduce myself... (UPDATED!)

Hey GeekGirl Gang and Newbies!

I just updated the video on YouTube with fun annotations (you can't do it until the video is done processing!) Check it out again if you've already watched it-the phrenology head and the laptop always have something to say, and I give you little bits of info in pop-ups along the way that you won't get anywhere else and are exclusive to the YouTube videos!) Or, if you are new here, welcome and check out the video I made just for YOU!







Keep checking back for more great news and brand spankin' new videos, sponsored by Roddenberry.com!

email me at geek.girl@earthlink.net

To follow me on Twitter, click here:
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To check out my YouTube Channel, click HERE.
To check out my MySpace and become my friend, click HERE.

Cheers,

GeekGirl

GeekGirl Episode 10.1: Allow me to introduce myself...

Hey GeekGirl Gang and Newbies!

So, I'm re-introducing myself and this blog/podcast for a very special reason. Watch the video to check out why!





Exciting, right?? Comments, questions and thoughts please!


Keep checking back for more great news and brand spankin' new videos, sponsored by Roddenberry.com!

email me at geek.girl@earthlink.net

To follow me on Twitter, click here:
http://twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows
To check out my YouTube Channel, click HERE.
To check out my MySpace and become my friend, click HERE.

Cheers,

GeekGirl

Sunday, May 24, 2009

On Set!

Shooting the podcast! Episode 10.1 coming right up!

Cheers,
GeekGirl

Monday, May 18, 2009

HUGE News! Houston, we have a Sponsor!

Hey GeekGirl Gang!

Guess what...? After a few months of discussions and lots and lots of planning, I'm proud to tell all of you that the
GeekGirl blog has just gotten an official sponsor! I present to all of you Roddenberry.com:




One of the reasons that posts have been few and far between lately is because I've been working with the fine peeps over at Roddenberry to iron out all of the details! We are going to try this out for a few months and see how it works out! So I would LOVE it if all of YOU would click on the Roddenberry logo above and go check out their website-they have TONS of cool
SciFi stuff on there!

And if the name sounds familiar to you, it should! That's because Gene Roddenberry is the creator of one of my favorite things on this planet (aside from gadgets and technology, of course!)...
STAR TREK!!! Yes, that's right. STAR TREK. And Roddenberry.com continues the great tradition of SciFi that was born when Star Trek was created.

I will update the blog a little later to let you all know what great new things you can expect now that we have a sponsor! But in the meantime, please check out Roddenberry.com and then come back here and post a comment with your thoughts and questions! Trust me, this is a REALLY good thing that will allow us to grow this blog together!

Keep checking back for more great news and brand spankin' new videos, sponsored by Roddenberry.com!

To follow me on Twitter, click here:
http://twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows
To check out my YouTube Channel, click HERE.
To check out my MySpace and become my friend, click HERE.

And make sure to subscribe to my videos on iTunes (click HERE for my iTunes Podcast Home Page, and then click "subscribe")...they are FREE and you can take me with you on your iPod. :)

Cheers,

GeekGirl

Thursday, April 30, 2009

GeekGirl Call to Action: Twitter!!!

Hey GeekGirlGang!

As you've probably noticed, Twitter is ALL over the place lately and everyone is talking about it!






So I've been trying it out too! I'm even thinking about doing a GeekGirlPodcast about it. What I want to know is how many of YOU out there would benefit from it?

Do YOU want desperately to know what this Twitter thing is all about? Do you hate Twitter and wish that everyone would stop talking about it? Tell me your thoughts on Twitter in the comments section below, and while you are at it, follow me on Twitter and we can learn together!


To check out my YouTube Channel, click HERE.
To check out my MySpace and become my friend, click HERE.

And make sure to subscribe to my videos on iTunes (click HERE for my iTunes Podcast Home Page, and then click "subscribe")...they are FREE and you can take me with you on your iPod. :)

Cheers,

GeekGirl




Sunday, April 19, 2009

Digital Book on Your iPhone! (and a FREE one for a limited time!)

Hey GeekGirl Gang:

If you have an iPhone, you MUST check out this really great new app just added! Independently published author Emmett James partnered with an open-source software writer for iPhone apps and converted his whole memoir into HTML code AND it's own, self-contained software app! All of the text and images and chapters are formatted for your iPhone, with digital bookmarks, page breaks, page-turners...the works! Is this the future of books?? I'm not quite sure that I can say that I would like it to be, because if you watched my last video you'd know that I LOVE printed books, however I think this free application and way to read a book is SUPER cool.

All you have to do is use your iPhone and go to the App store. Search "Admit One A Journey" and it will come up with this cover art as the icon:


Click on it to download/install, and the whole book with all of its custom formatting will download to your phone in like 3 minutes and you can start reading! There are even active links within the book (at the end) that will let you link to Amazon and purchase a printed version of the book!

I really am amazed by this technology. It's especially important for independent authors like Mr. James who aren't signed with a big publisher and are forced to fight "The Man" and the discriminatory cycle of publishing via grass-roots marketing efforts like this one. And the best part of it all? It's a very GREEN way to consume media! No trees were harmed in the making of this book! And you all know how much I love eco-friendly technology!

I think this type of self-promotion and ease of application creation for the App Store are a sign of the times and speak loudly to the direction our country and technology are moving in general. I also think it's an incredible way for people to be able to create their works of art, be it books, software, or art proper (in all forms of media, of course!) and get it out to the rest of the world without a middleman. All in all, I really think it's awesome! But what do YOU think?

I'm really curious to hear your thoughts on the subject! Please post them in the COMMENT section below. I might even do another GeekGirl poll to see what you all think so we can compare!

Your mission, GeekGirl Gang, is to
1) go to the app store on your iPhone, download the book, and then rate/review it in the app store.
2) come back here and post in the COMMENTS section below about your thoughts on digital books in this format in general!

Got general questions? Thoughts? Comments? Gripes? COMMENT below or email me @ geek.girl@earthlink.net.

Have you signed up for the new GeekGirl Twitter feed yet? Come join the fun!

To check out my YouTube Channel, click HERE.
To check out my MySpace and become my friend, click HERE.

And make sure to subscribe to my videos on iTunes (click HERE for my iTunes Podcast Home Page, and then click "subscribe")...they are FREE and the quality on iTunes is way better than on YouTube. Plus, you can take me with you on your iPod. :)


Until next time, Cheers!

GeekGirl :)


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

iPhone 3.0!

Hey Gang!

Just in case you haven't heard, the preview for the iPhone 3.0 software came out today! If you haven't checked it out yet, click on the image below:


Questions? Thoughts? Comments about this great announcement? Gripes? COMMENT below or email me @ geek.girl@earthlink.net.

Have you signed up for the new GeekGirl Twitter feed? Come join the fun!

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Friday, March 13, 2009

GeekGirl on Twitter!

GeekGirl is finally on Twitter! Now you can follow my updates there
too! Go to https://twitter.com/GeekGirlKnows to become a follower!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

GeekGirl Quickie 4: Universal Cell Phone Charger Announcement!

Hey Gang:

So the wait is over. The Tech News announcement that excited me so much that I had to do a GeekGirl Quickie about it is finally finished! Don't know what I'm talking about? Find out by watching this video!




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Cheers,

GeekGirl

Cheers, GeekGirl

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Editing the GeekGirl Quickie Now!!

It's just taking longer than I thought! But here's a hint as to what
big tech news it's going to be about!! Make sure to check back this
afternoon for the video!!

Cheers,
GeekGirl

Monday, February 23, 2009

YOU GUESS: GeekGirl Quickie Coming Up Later Today!

Hey Gang! I'm working on a GeekGirl Quickie RIGHT NOW that will post later today! What's it about, you ask? Well, I heard some tech news last week that excited me and I just had to share with all of you! But, you will have to keep checking back here today for the video to find out! In the meantime, if you think you are in the know with Tech news and you want to guess what I'm excited about, take a stab at it in the COMMENTS section below! Tell me what you think it is and if you guess correctly before I click "export" on the video, I will give you a shout-out in it! It doesn't get more interactive than that. :)


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Cheers,

GeekGirl

Cheers, GeekGirl

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

GeekGirl gets Poll-tastic with Star Trek!

Hey Gang!

So lately, my true inner nerd has been in full-force as I've been watching Star Trek nonstop. I know that generally, in the past, "GeekGirl," to most of you, has come to mean "technology and gadgets," but no, web people, my inner geek-ness spans the boundaries of technology and into the world of Sci-Fi too. I love really good science fiction, and for Christmas this year I received not only the Star Trek Original Series Season 1 Special Collector's packaging, but I was also the lucky recipient of all 7 Director's Cuts of the Star Trek Motion Pictures. It's GeekGirl heaven!

An awesome shot of the USS Enterprise from the Original Series

Anyhow, I've been catching up on the episodes/films (I'm not done yet!) and I started thinking about how I am a "new" Star Trek fan. By "new" I mean that I had never ever even seen 1 episode or 1 film of the Star Trek franchise until early last year on my birthday (long story). The irony is that when I worked at a creative advertising agency for 6 years, I WORKED on ALL of the Star Trek DVD packaging, advertising, etc! Yet I had never experienced the joy that was Star Trek myself.

I started to wonder how many peeps of my fellow GeekGirl community were Star Trek fans themselves! So guess what...? Yep, that's right, we are going to do a poll! (remember when i disovered that online tool, PollDaddy, that let's you create & customize your own polls? Yup...I'm a nerd and that still excites me!) So below, my fellow Geeks, are some things I want to know about YOU and how much the gadget/technology world really crosses over into the world of Sci-Fi! Take a minute and share your likes/dislikes with me...!









Keep those emails coming to geek.girl@earthlink.net, and I am still working on Parts 2 of the iPhone and CES videos! I had way too much good content from you all and from the CES show that I've shot myself in the foot with editing difficulties! I'm a geek, but not really a great editor, so it's a slow process, but everyday I get better. I've graduated to FinalCut rather than just using iMovie (which is great too!). Just curious, and for the sake of doing another poll, answer me this:


Allright gang, that's all for now!! Keep checking back for more! Lot's of exciting news coming up that you will want to stick around for!

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Cheers,

GeekGirl


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Let's try this again!

Hey gang!

Why do I look so happy? Well I just discovered a new blogging tool
that let's me email a photo with text to my blog, and it will
automatically publish the photo using the email subject and body copy
as the blog title and copy! How friggin' sweet is that?! But here's a
tip: make sure to type all of your copy ABOVE the photo attachment for
it to appear on the blog-I just made that mistake below. Oopsies!

Now all of my web people out there who blog have a new tool to use!
(if you don't already know about it, of course!)

Questions? Thoughts? Email them to me at geek.girl@earthlink.net!

Until next time, cheers!

GeekGirl

Saturday, January 24, 2009

GeekGirl Episode 8.1: CES is fun!

Finally! Here's Part 1 of my 2-part GeekGirl, behind-the-scenes, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) extravaganza from Las Vegas! I had a coveted all-access pass to the industry-only show floor and brought back LOTS of video and pictures for all of my beloved GeekGirl followers! Get in on the action here (and if you are at a computer with a good internet connection, make sure to watch the video in High Quality by clicking the "HQ" in the bottom right-hand corner!) Remember this is just Part 1-in Part 2, I show you lots more including the MyVu booth, the new Blackberry Storm and all sorts of awesome new technology (including big companies taking exciting GREEN initiatives that mix technology and help our environment at the same time) from the show floor!



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And make sure to subscribe to my videos on iTunes (click HERE for my iTunes Podcast Home Page, and then click "subscribe")...they are FREE and the quality on iTunes is way better than on YouTube. Plus, you can take me with you on your iPod. :)

Last but not least, keep those emails coming to geek.girl@earthlink.net!

Cheers,

GeekGirl


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Update from CES 2009! A video montage preview and some pix...

Hey Gang!

So it's past midnight and I'm in my hotel room feverishly editing all of the AWESOME stuff I filmed for you today at CES. I have come to the realization that since i have to be at McCarran Airport tomorrow morning at 10 am, and the cab lines will be insane, I won't finish the podcast tonight. (Plus, my laptop has run out of disc space and I can't render files! Always a bummer). But I couldn't leave y'all hanging! So here's a preview of the intro with some cool footage in a montage of the stuff you are going to see when I get back to LA and finish this this weekend! Oh, and here are some pictures too!!




The Panasonic Presentation...



The Casio display...



The Panasonic 3D Theatre experience...



Me wearing some super-geeky 3-D TV glasses...



Intel inside TV's-you can create your own widget ticker and view widgets on your TV!



More widget-TV action...



CNET was broadcasting live from the convention...it was really well done..


This was my favorite thing! These are the plaques above all of the toilets. They define "#1" and "#2" bathroom behaviors...hilarious!



Ok, that's it for my quickie preview...off to pack and jet back to LA...more over the weekend! I've got lots of stuff to share!


Cheers,

GeekGirl

Curious? Questions? Feedback? Ideas? Corrections? Additions? Just wanna say hi? Get in touch with me! email geek.girl@earthlink.net

Thursday, January 8, 2009

GeekGirl is Alive and Well, and in Vegas for the Geek Convention to Out-Geek Them All: CES!

Hey Gang!
So guess where I am? Ok, so I guess I sorta told you in the title, but I'm in Las Vegas for the yearly Consumer Electronics Show, CES, which is a HUGE industry-only (meaning you have to work in the industry from some angle) trade show debuting the hottest gadgets and electronics that we will all be drooling over for the year to come!

Here are some pictures from last year's show:

Bill Gates giving the keynote speech. (I know, I'm a Mac gal, but c'mon...it's BILL GATES!)


People EVERYWHERE!


Peeps in line to get into some of the keynote speeches.


And here's what they say about themselves on the CES organization's website, because, well, because they say it better than I ever could:

Each year, the International CES attracts the “who’s who” of the technology and related industries, including C-level executives from the entertainment, wireless and consumer electronics (CE) industries. Plus, more than 24,000 industry and corporate buyers use CES as a means to compare and evaluate new products. That's because CES features 30 product categories, including digital entertainment, wireless, digital imaging, computing and networking, audio, video, in-vehicle technology and accessories for the home, office and road.

So while I'm here, I thought I'd bring my little FlipCam and try to get some exclusive access for y'all from the convention floor and post some tidbits. Would ya like that? huh? Would ya? LOL. I'm just excited to be here, geek that I am. And please know that I have NOT forgotten about the iPhone podcast part 2! I took an unofficial hiatus from the GeekGirlKnows blog, but I'm back in 2009 and better than ever! Promise!

Ok, stay tuned for some fun stuff this week! I'm here for 3 days, and it all starts tomorrow, so lookout for something hopefully tomorrow night!


Cheers,

GeekGirl

PS-Don't forget, you can always email me at geek.girl@earthlink.net!