Tech

Happy Easter

Because it wouldn’t be Easter without a few fun pictures (would love to give photo credits but these are out of emails I’ve gotten so I have no idea). Have a great day!

Depends On Where You Start From

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Peep Show

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Volunteer Work With Zoey’s Room

Good For Girls and Good For Me

Wherever I’ve lived, I always feel the need to get involved in some kind of volunteer work. In college, I tutored a high school kid. When I moved back home after college, I answered the domestic violence hotline a few times a month. On Vinalhaven, my job was all about coordinating community service. I mostly  do volunteer work related to education because it’s something that I’m interested in.

Labratzoey_2Since I’ve moved to Ellsworth, I have been searching for my new volunteer opportunity. It is finally happening as of this week.

Zoey’s Room is an online girl’s technology community introduced to me by a friend Ally on Vinalhaven. She ended up starting a club there and the girls loved it. The website, only for girls 10-14 years old, teaches girls technology skills and gives them a chance to socialize. Online safety is stressed, there is the potential to learn a lot, and I’ve liked the "mentor"y relationship I had with the girls, especially since I don’t get to work with kids a lot anymore.

I gave an info session to a couple hundred girls after which, eleven of them showed up to join the club. They are all so different from each other, leading me to believe even further that there is no such thing as a "typical" girl. They have a ton of energy and are itching to get started. We’ll be meeting weekly until the end of the school year. It’s pretty low pressure; the girls are all on their computers checking out the web site at their own pace. I’m just there to answer questions, help out when I can, and to get to know them better.

So I work a couple jobs, blog daily, and also like to take care of myself and other people. Why volunteer? I have a few reasons why volunteering is good for you in addition to being good for the world:

1) The less time available, the more critical it is to manage it. Maybe you are like me and given a lot of free time will waste it on gossipy magazines and too much snacking. Not to say a little of that is bad; it’s just good to keep some things to a minimum.

2) It’s a good way to meet people, for business and personal reasons. Whether you are in business or not, knowing more people helps you. For example, the more people who know I blog, the more will read it. I also could meet people who could potentially be really important for me in the business or friendship sense. And if you move to a new place, it’s a pretty good way to make friends.

3) It puts things into perspective. Think you have issues? Nothing like looking at something from another point of view to help you see your situation more clearly… and probably make you feel better.

4) It’s good for the world. The more good things you put into the world, the more you get back, right? At least that’s what I’ve always thought.

5) Something new to learn and something new to do. And who doesn’t like that?

So I’m looking forward to Monday afternoons with some new gals because I’m sure it’ll be an experience of value.

Have you done any interesting volunteer work?

Image from: www.yourtownscable.com/zoeysroom 

Volunteer Work With Zoey's Room

Good For Girls and Good For Me

Wherever I’ve lived, I always feel the need to get involved in some kind of volunteer work. In college, I tutored a high school kid. When I moved back home after college, I answered the domestic violence hotline a few times a month. On Vinalhaven, my job was all about coordinating community service. I mostly  do volunteer work related to education because it’s something that I’m interested in.

Labratzoey_2Since I’ve moved to Ellsworth, I have been searching for my new volunteer opportunity. It is finally happening as of this week.

Zoey’s Room is an online girl’s technology community introduced to me by a friend Ally on Vinalhaven. She ended up starting a club there and the girls loved it. The website, only for girls 10-14 years old, teaches girls technology skills and gives them a chance to socialize. Online safety is stressed, there is the potential to learn a lot, and I’ve liked the "mentor"y relationship I had with the girls, especially since I don’t get to work with kids a lot anymore.

I gave an info session to a couple hundred girls after which, eleven of them showed up to join the club. They are all so different from each other, leading me to believe even further that there is no such thing as a "typical" girl. They have a ton of energy and are itching to get started. We’ll be meeting weekly until the end of the school year. It’s pretty low pressure; the girls are all on their computers checking out the web site at their own pace. I’m just there to answer questions, help out when I can, and to get to know them better.

So I work a couple jobs, blog daily, and also like to take care of myself and other people. Why volunteer? I have a few reasons why volunteering is good for you in addition to being good for the world:

1) The less time available, the more critical it is to manage it. Maybe you are like me and given a lot of free time will waste it on gossipy magazines and too much snacking. Not to say a little of that is bad; it’s just good to keep some things to a minimum.

2) It’s a good way to meet people, for business and personal reasons. Whether you are in business or not, knowing more people helps you. For example, the more people who know I blog, the more will read it. I also could meet people who could potentially be really important for me in the business or friendship sense. And if you move to a new place, it’s a pretty good way to make friends.

3) It puts things into perspective. Think you have issues? Nothing like looking at something from another point of view to help you see your situation more clearly… and probably make you feel better.

4) It’s good for the world. The more good things you put into the world, the more you get back, right? At least that’s what I’ve always thought.

5) Something new to learn and something new to do. And who doesn’t like that?

So I’m looking forward to Monday afternoons with some new gals because I’m sure it’ll be an experience of value.

Have you done any interesting volunteer work?

Image from: www.yourtownscable.com/zoeysroom 

How To Free Up 10% Of Space On Your Hard Drive

I know, I know. My posts are getting more techy and less saving money lately. Essentially the issue is my almost five year old laptop is not running so hot (imagine that) but I can’t afford to replace it, at least not right now. When I tried to run a defrag a week ago after deleting some non-essential programs and files, my memory was too full for a defrag. I only had 5% free space and I need 15% to run a defrag.

So time and energy has been thrown at this problem. I have successfully reached my 15% goal and a defrag will run while I sleep tonight.

Here’s how I freed up 10% more space on my computer:

  • You know those free T.V. shows they have once a week on iTunes? (If you want an archive of them or don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this blog.) Well, since I don’t have cable, I download one every week in hopes it’ll give me my television fix. So deleting all those shows I will never watch (read: Gossip Girl) and watching those shows I’m ashamed to admit I like and then deleting them (ok, I’ll admit: My Big Redneck Wedding). Deleting unnecessary video has created some much needed room. Like a show? Burn it on CD or DVD for future enjoyment.
  • Uploading photos to my Picasa web albums, which I talked about last post. Free 1,000 MB and, if you don’t know how much that is, I’ve probably uploaded close to 1,000 high quality digital photos and there is still room. As my boyfriend asked in amazement, "Do other people know about this?"
  • Delete photos you don’t like. I have some unflattering pictures of myself, fuzzy photos, duplicates, etc. that I’ve been holding on to for too long. I think many people feel guilt about throwing away pictures. I am no longer one of those people. Since I was getting my pictures ready to upload anyway, I took some time to delete. And it was good.
  • Delete podcasts. You know, I always mean to listen to the CBC podcasts but sometimes, it doesn’t happen. Then I end up with a pile in my iTunes folder and it makes me feel like such a slacker, sort of how I would feel if I subscribed to an intellectual magazine I only read sometimes. I deleted all podcasts that were over a week old that I had no sentimental attachment towards. I kept a few This American Life ones though because they rock.
  • Don’t forget to empty your little recycle bin/trash can. I know, I know. Just had to remind.

Hopefully this will help my, and maybe someone else’s computer run a little better. I like to think of myself as the kind of person who repairs something broken rather than going out and buying new things so here’s hoping my computer is not the exception. 

No Computer Issues Google Can’t Fix

I am one of those ridiculously focused types who, when I really want to get something done, will obsess until it is. So what I thought was a little photo problem has become way bigger as I begin to dig.

Sean and I went to Moab last April. Beautiful scenery, had a great time, took a lot of silly pictures. I downloaded them with photo software, either Kodak Easyshare or some kind of Adobe photo-looking-at program. I forgot about it.

I go to organize my pictures and decide, hey, I wonder where the Moab pics are. I have looked through all the jpegs on my computer (and everything named moab and kodak). I also searched my external hard drive, which I back things up on all the time. I have tried to reinstall Kodak Easyshare which was not working properly and the software CD won’t work. I can’t find the Adobe program. So, in short, I have 400 photos on this computer that I can’t get to and spent a good eight hours on this problem only to be in the same place I started.

I go to defrag and, wait, there is not enough memory to defrag. You need 11% free and I’ve got 9%. Yikes. Maybe it’s these 12,000 other jpgs I have on my computer clogging up my memory and slowing me down. No more.

I am downloading my favorite albums into Picasa web albums (after putting them on Mr. External Hard Drive) then deleting them to free up precious space. Picasa let’s you store 1000ish MB for free (and after that you can upgrade for a small yearly fee) but let me tell you, putting them online will be piece of mind. If I ever find my Moab photos, I will do this immediately for them.

Will some photos off my memory and a defrag help me find Moab? It couldn’t hurt. After I do a little cleaning house (here’s hoping that’ll fix the getting the Kodak program working problem), I will go way back in time to a restore point sometime last summer when these photo programs did work. Then I guess we’ll see. My computer (and myself, actually) will probably need some professional help if these steps don’t work.

Your comments and thoughts of free or cheap online photo storage are most certainly appreciated. 

No Computer Issues Google Can't Fix

I am one of those ridiculously focused types who, when I really want to get something done, will obsess until it is. So what I thought was a little photo problem has become way bigger as I begin to dig.

Sean and I went to Moab last April. Beautiful scenery, had a great time, took a lot of silly pictures. I downloaded them with photo software, either Kodak Easyshare or some kind of Adobe photo-looking-at program. I forgot about it.

I go to organize my pictures and decide, hey, I wonder where the Moab pics are. I have looked through all the jpegs on my computer (and everything named moab and kodak). I also searched my external hard drive, which I back things up on all the time. I have tried to reinstall Kodak Easyshare which was not working properly and the software CD won’t work. I can’t find the Adobe program. So, in short, I have 400 photos on this computer that I can’t get to and spent a good eight hours on this problem only to be in the same place I started.

I go to defrag and, wait, there is not enough memory to defrag. You need 11% free and I’ve got 9%. Yikes. Maybe it’s these 12,000 other jpgs I have on my computer clogging up my memory and slowing me down. No more.

I am downloading my favorite albums into Picasa web albums (after putting them on Mr. External Hard Drive) then deleting them to free up precious space. Picasa let’s you store 1000ish MB for free (and after that you can upgrade for a small yearly fee) but let me tell you, putting them online will be piece of mind. If I ever find my Moab photos, I will do this immediately for them.

Will some photos off my memory and a defrag help me find Moab? It couldn’t hurt. After I do a little cleaning house (here’s hoping that’ll fix the getting the Kodak program working problem), I will go way back in time to a restore point sometime last summer when these photo programs did work. Then I guess we’ll see. My computer (and myself, actually) will probably need some professional help if these steps don’t work.

Your comments and thoughts of free or cheap online photo storage are most certainly appreciated. 

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