IT Gem Girl is a blog that brings the best in technology with style all together. Melissa shows you current products from a woman's perceptive of where technology is going for the Modern IT GIRL. She will provide you with updates on events, conferences, and forums to discuss topics with others. As a Network Engineer, Singer and someone in love with Technology, her insight provides quaff that has been so lacking for the GEEK GIRLS worldwide! Today is Friday, September 30, 2016

7th NYC Girl Geek Dinners event — sponsored by Microsoft

Oct13

 

 

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Purchase tickets from http://ggdnyc7th.eventbrite.com/

Full Details:
Women and gaming weren’t two terms you heard together a few years ago. But our presence in this field of the industry is growing, and today women are targeted by the gaming companies both as consumers and employees. Join us for an evening of fun, learning, and mingling. We’re also preparing a few surprises for you, so get ready, and get EXCITED!

Date & Time: Friday, October 22, 2010.  Registration starts at 5:00 pm, and the event will last from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Venue: Microsoft NY Midtown Offices,
1290 Sixth Ave, 6th Fl., New York, NY 10104 (map)

Hosted by: GGDNYC and Microsoft

Speakers for the dinner:
Jessica Hammer - "Women and Risk: Taking Chances in the Game Design Classroom”
Jessica Hammer is a Mellon Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Fellow at Columbia University and a founding member of the Teachers College EGGPLANT game research laboratory.  Her work focuses on how games can help solve intractable social problems, from sexism and racism to addiction.  She also designed and developed the game design course sequence for the Communications, Computing and Technology program at Teachers College Columbia University.  In her free time, she runs an experimental storytelling group in New York City.

Kelly Farrell  -  “Dungeons and Digits: Building an Empire in your Basement”
Kelly Farrell is a web developer and hacker who spent most of her childhood saving up her $2 weekly allowance for a Nintendo Entertainment System and subsequent Nintendo consoles. She is a web developer by day and hacker by night, and is probably better than you at Geometry Wars 2. You can read more about her projects at Kellbot.com.

Attendees: Boy geeks are welcome to attend…if invited by a girl geek!

 

Any questions please email:  info@ggdnyc.com

*Please Note* Tickets for this event can be purchased online only. Tickets are non-refundable. If you want to bring a guest, you must purchase a ticket for them. Attendees must bring photo identification and proof of purchase to enter the event. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get an iPad for Free.... ( This is for Real just follow the steps)

Sep18

Alright everyone you know that I never do any type of advertisement on anything. I am giving you this link so we can all help each other to get a free iPad.

Go to this site  http://www.YouriPad4free.com/index.php?ref=6633968

Sign-up with your Email and then pick the "offers"  like NetFlix or the "One Spirit" book club.  You will need 10 people who will be your referrals. You don't have to keep the NetFlix after the  offer expires. I will report back to let you know when I get my iPad. I will post a video showing you proof.


Internet Week : 6th Girl Geek Dinner in NYC on June 10th!!!

May17

We're thrilled to announce our 6th NYC Girl Geek Dinners event — sponsored by Fog Creek Software Inc

You can purchase your ticket at http://ggdnyc6th.eventbrite.com

Event Full Details:
Date & Time: Thursday, 10th June, 2010.  Registration starts at 5:00 pm, and the event will last from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Venue: Midtown, 267 Fifth Ave(map)

Hosted by: GGDNYC and Fog Creek Software

Speakers for the dinner:

Speaker 1:
Caterina Fake with Joel Spolsky: co-founder & CEO of Fog Creek Software
- Co-founder Hunch & Flickr  
- Caterina's blog:  http://www.caterina.net/

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Natalie Podrazik
- Director at Six Apart, creators of Moveable Type, Vox and TypePad.  
- Natalie's blog:  http://nataliepo.typepad.com & http://www.nataliepo.com

Format: Cocktail reception, speaker sessions, Q & A followed by buffet dinner
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Attendees: Boy geeks are welcome to attend…if invited by a girl geek!

Any questions please email:  info@ggdnyc.com


5th NYC Girl Geek Dinner

Apr12

 

 

 

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Purchase Your Ticket Here:  www.ggdnyc.com $15 per person

What: 5th NYC Girl Geek Dinners
When: Tuesday, April 27th, 2010. Registration starts at 5:30 pm, and the event will last from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Where: White & Case LLP, 1155 Avenue of the Americas, 29th floor
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Sponsored by: White & Case LLP

The Rules: No female, no entry!
Girl Geek Dinners are for the girls! But it doesn’t mean that men can’t attend, they just have to come as the guest of a female. Here are the rules: If you are male and wish to attend the event then you will need to be invited by a female attending the event. Girls, one date only please! (We want to keep the numbers balanced!) The best way around these rules if you’re a guy who wants to attend? Convince or bribe someone to let you be their date for the dinner.

*Please Note* Tickets for this event can be purchased online only. Tickets are non-refundable. If you want to bring a guest, you must purchase a ticket for them. Attendees must bring photo identification and PayPal transaction ID to event. There will be no ticket sales at the door.



Round 2: HP SLATE READY TO MAKE ITS DEBUT SOON

Apr06

Seems as thou everyone is ready for the next round of slate PC's to come out. They just can't come out any faster for all the techie gurus out there. Makes you feel like a Mike Tyson fight that your waiting for the final blow to happen with anticipation! Just days after Apple's iPad hit the market, a slide to compare it to Hewlett-Packard's Slate tablet device surfaced on the Engadget blog. Its being reported that the HP Slate is going to cost $549, have 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 5 hour battery.

 

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Engaget's  blog didn't reveal the source of the slide which showed a Windows 7-based Slate priced at $50 to $100 less than comparable iPads. It shows a 32-gigabyte version will cost $549 and a 64GB version will cost $599.

One big difference on the upcoming Slate is it will have two cameras: one facing in for video calls and another facing out for picture taking. The iPad has no camera.

The Slate shows a 1.6 gigahertz Intel Atom processor, compared to iPad's 1 GHz processor.

The Slate's touchscreen is 8.9 inches vs. iPad's 9.7 inches, but both weigh in at 1.5 pounds.

The battery life of the Slate is shown as half the 10 hours touted by iPad.

This is really got to be the most interesting times for technology. As we see how PC's affect us in our daily lives. This is truly changing the way we think about netbooks, lab tops. Its only going to get better from here. Lets see what happens at this point. I know for me I am still on the fence on what new slate that I want to get. I do know that I am most likely leaning towards a HP Slate. Unless Apple comes out with a new version with a camera then I would have to reconsider. What do you want an iPad or a Slate?

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Texas Hold 'Em on the Poker Surface

Mar27

Lay your cards on the table, or hold them on your cellphone. Double-tap your chips to change denominations. Don't spill anything. This student-designed Poker Surface poker game is, well, it's almost as promising as Surface D&D. [Project Abstract via recombu]

 

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First order of iPads have sold out, new pre-orders ship April 12th

Mar27

Hope you got your iPad already pre-ordered because Apple has pushed back the shipping date for all new orders to April 12th. Seeing that there have been reports that Apple may already have 500,000 iPads in the bag. It might be quicker at this point to start camping out at a  Apple Stores or Best Buy if you must really have an iPad!!!  Best Buy will at least have a small supply on April 3 to serve the Apple faithful. I can't wait to see how this goes...


Noteput – Interactive music table

Mar27

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Noteput – Interactive music table from Jonas Heuer on Vimeo.

 

“Noteput” is an interactive music table with tangible notes, that combines all three senses of hearing, sight and touch to make learning the classical notation of music for children and pupils more easy and interesting.


JAPAYORK : New Artist the next big thing to happen in the industry

Mar27

 

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I happen to stuble on this new artist  he is 22 years old. He is a musician and graphic designer whoe is currently based in London but lived in both Japan and New York hence the name. I love the logo on site and liked the song called "OUR NOW". I would love to do an interview with him online and see what he's like. Anyway Girls check him out very interesting.....

http://discodust.blogspot.com/2010/02/japayork.html

Twitter: http://twitter.com/japayork

 


Jimmy Choo's Illuminated Heels

Mar25

Jimmy Choo is the latest shoe designer to add a bit of twinkle to his SS 2010 collection. The Zap Sandal, priced at $2,495 USD, is a patent leather and suede sandal with a 5" lucite heel that illuminates when you hit the dance floor.

 

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I love it when famous designers integrate the slightest bit of technology into their collections. it really brings the idea of integrating technology into fashion for your everyday person. 

I'm curious as to how the lights are switched on? Pressure of the heel? Or by flipping a standard switch? Perhaps the interaction design of the shoe is an entirely different matter…
What do you think?


Illuminated Heels

Mar25

Rodarte's Illuminated Heels

It looks like fashion designers are employing  the tiniest bit of technology into their collections. Rodarte, showed their Fall 2010 collection with these spectacular illuminated heels.

Rodarte's Illuminated Heels

Look at the three-inch heels! the texture!

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The wave of the future for the Newspaper

Feb28

As all people ritual are fixed like they started their morning with coffee and curling up with newspaper. Yeah, it has the benefit of an inbuilt alarm and fresh content from variety of global papers, but imagine you carrying new flexible display, where many of us reading it at the same time as we commute to work.

 

 


Barbie Video Girl Available for Pre-Order

Feb28


MTR4807lg 300x300 Barbie Video Girl Available for Pre Order Last week I went crazy over the Barbie Video Girl. If you just can’t wait to get your hands on it can pre-order it from Entertainment Earth. Not only is it available for pre-order, but we also unearthed an African American version which wasn’t mentioned to us at Toy Fair. I am  loving the diversity! According to Entertainment Earth, they will both be available in April (Subject to change) and retail for $66.79.  I can’t wait to run around with this and I am just being a girl at heart!!!

 


Updates on a few things...

Feb28

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002...

Get Seen Book
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470...


iPad Accessories for Women

Feb28

The Apple iPad is coming out very soon. Already case makers and accessory makers are designing tons of stylish sleeves, bags, add-ons, and more.

Seems its going be a social statement as it is a fashion statement, it’s essential that a girl gets to pick out the perfect compliment to her new iPad. Here’s a few of the new iPad accessories

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iLuv Pink iPad Sleeve

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If love pink, then this iPad sleeve is just what you need. A bold paisley and flower pattern decorate this cute pink iPad sleeve made by iLuv.  It appears to be neoprene and have two external pockets for keeping all your accessories close by your side. iLuv lists it for $19.99.

 

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Josita Josi Black and White iPad Sleeve

This iPad sleeve shouts stylish right from the very beginning. Found on Etsy, home of handmade crafts and artistic creations, the Black and White iPad sleeve is inspired by the 60’s fashionista Jackie O. It is 100% cotton, has double fill padding to protect your iPad, and a velcro closure on top. Simple and stylish and retro there’s something very poetic about how the past meets the future with this iPad sleeve. It is $35 on etsy.

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Stay tuned to itgemgirl.com for more updates and full reviews!


Reality mirror to see what makeup looks like without trying it on......

Feb07

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Currently at the Takashimaya department store, there is a Digital Cosmetic Mirror that allows customers to see what make-up will look like on their face, without putting it on.

There was a similar demonstration of augmented reality at CES 2009 that allowed people to test it out. I can’t imagine that this Digital Cosmetic Mirror could do a good job putting makeup on a person and make it look good.

 However, technology is getting better all the time, so who knows, maybe the augmented reality image really is what the makeup looks like.

If so, then why can’t they make augmented reality to see what clothes look like without trying them on? Hey, they could put these in clothing shops and completely remove the need for dressing rooms altogether.

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iPhone Ultimate Holiday Gift Basket

Dec15

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iPhone 3GS Goodies Ultimate Holiday Gift Basket. This is the perfect gift to satisfy any need they may have for an iPhone accessory or gear. The basket is stuffed with products for the iPhone lover in your life. Exclusively available at Fommy.com, the iPhone Goodies Gift Basket contains items that support all 2nd and 3rd generation iPhones. Included is a Amzer Solar Charger, ZAGG invisibleSHIELD Full Body Protector, Wireless Wipes Anti-Bacterial Cell Phone Wipes – 1 Pouch, Bytech Portable Mini Speaker, Case-Mate Napa Leather Case/Holster Combo – Black, 1800 mAh Li-Ion Battery Back up, and several other goodies. The iPhone Goodies Ultimate Gift basket retails for $184.95.


THE JACKSONS: A FAMILY DYNASTY -- (IS A SHOW TO WATCH)

Dec14

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When I was 5 years of age I was first introduces to the group “The Jackson 5”. My mother played all the albums of every song that she had liked and that they had ever made. Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Jackie, are a true testament to brothers who stick together through thick and thin. OF course a lot of people have a great curiosity in their life and wanted to tune into last nights premiere of “The Jack5ons: A Family Dynasty.”

For this family to at least share a glimpse of what they have to endure based off of the media lies am happy that they want to tell their story. I don't see how this family in any way is trying to do anything but be who they are. They are brothers first and foremost, and for them to lose a brother and then let the world in while some of the pain they are enduring at the time is very brave. I see the pain in their eyes as they are struggling with the past of what happen with Jermaine and the loss of Michael. This is far beyond what they had expected to happen.

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Yet they still stay strong and determined to show the world that they are human beings who are hurting and only want us to understand that they feel too. I proud of them for doing this and look forward to the next shows. I hope that this album they are working on come into fruition! I am not a TV guide writer I am just a person who truly feels that the great Jacksons are back. They are here to prove to the world that they do and still have it. I look forward to the day of when their concert comes as I know I will be attending. All the media tries to do is lye about the Jacksons. Who better than to tell the truth but them and I applied then for being so strong and making us believe in the magic. I am looking forward to this journey as its a new leaf turning for this family.

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Sungworld’s 7-inch netbook, world’s cheapest costs $73 only

Oct15

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If the price of a netbook is an issue instead of the specs, you’d better get hold of the Sungworld’s 7-inch netbook, which should be the cheapest netbook to date and it costs only $73.

The Sungworld 7-inch netbook is claimed to be a “Macbook Air-style netbook” that is targeted at the oversea market. It was found in the market of the mainland of clones. The factory price of this netbook is only 500 Yuan or about $73 in USD. With such a super low price, you should also expect low hardware specs.

The Sungworld netbook is powered by a 300MHZ VIA VT8500 processor, with a 7-inch 800×480 display, 128MB RAM, 1GB storage, built-in 1800mAH Battery, runs Windows CE OS and with WiFi connecitivity. If you just want a cheap device that can let you stay connected to the Internet while on the run, the Sungworld should not be too sluggish to let you do so. You may wanna consider using a trimmed-down version of modern browser that has minimal plug-ins for better response time. This cheap netbook measures 23.5×16.5×28.4mm and weighs 700g.

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Nokia Booklet with Microsoft

Oct15

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As we promised, we got you pictures and a hand-on review of the newly released Nokia Booklet 3G. Hi-res versions at the end.

The device is only 10.4 in wide by 7.3 in long by 0.78 in thick. Some might accuse Nokia of “Applism” due to the single piece aluminum body. But who isn’t doing that these days? (*cough* HP Envy 13 *cough*) The Booklet still feels solid, despite making the air look bulky. Not like some netbooks that feel like you can snap them in half by speaking too loudly. Here’s my hand for scale.

DSC00338It has everything you’d expect from an on-the-go device. A 10.1 in screen with a maximum resolution of 1280×720. 1.3 megapixel camera with integrated microphone, 78-key keyboard, and internal accelerometer. A 16-cell battery gives 12 hours of usage on a single charge. The device will have 3G, WLAN, WWAN, and GPS capability at launch, and the WiFi comes in all three flavors, 802.11 b/g/n.

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The Booklet will come in three colors, blue, white and black. Windows 7 is standard, along with a host of Nokia and Microsoft software. All in all, its a very good device. It might be small, but it’s not cramped to the point of being uncomfortable. Boot-up time from a cold start is about a minute, but out of sleep mode only takes a few seconds.

Look for it at any Best Buy location on the AT&T network.

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Chico Debarge’s is back with a powerful Addiction....

Oct15

 

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I thought about this and thought is was fitting to give my big brother a write up on his masterpiece. Lot of people don't know that I happen to be Chico's backup singer for a brief moment a few years back. We have grown to be family  and he is my "big brother"and very talented.  Chico has been thru alot the last six years, musically and personally.  Prior to the release of his new Album Addiction, his album Long Time, No See was his most notable project.   

Chico used the time to write songs and from it came a wonderful masterpiece. Chico has a gift of taking you thru parts of his emotions that not alot of  artist tend to do in this day in age. I am reminded of Donnie Hathaway when it comes to Chico  as he passionately elevates the love and pain that he feels at times. Donnie Hathaway always had a way of doing that as well, taking the listener thru the emotion that would be felt thru every part of their soul. Chico has that gift of eliciting those reactions in people. You wonder where the music industry is really taking us and I feel we are going back to the love and the expressions of music.  Chico is not afraid of letting you know that he went through his struggle with addiction. 

He admitted to being addicted to painkillers for the last six years.  He mentioned that he needed time to get himself together.  “Addiction is an honest record, and I hope you can appreciate his honesty in the music”, he said in somewhat of a vulnerable tone.  THe music industry needs to appreciated Chico’s human side. We fall down, but we can’t stay down we need to keep our soul HIGH!  So feel the music and let the "Addiction" take you to a soulful place....

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Philips Emobracelet + EmoBowl let you be aware of your emotions

Oct15

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Philips is working on a device that can let you stay aware of your emotions. The device is called “mirror of your emotions” which clearly reflects your emotions so you can then find a way to cool yourself down, before it’s too late.

The Philips’ emo gadget consists of a Emobracelet which is to be worn on the wrist by the user, and a EmoBowl which is like a bowl that shows the user’s emotional readout in various lighted patterns. The Emobracelet can wirelessly send your emotional data gathered from your wrist to the bowl for a clear reflection of your emotions.

If you’re someone who’s been on the stock trading market or who always needs to make big decisions, your emotions will always have a big leap. Having this Philips device lets you stay aware, and it’s time to take a break, and you must learn to know when enough is enough.

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Finnish Government Announces Broadband for All

Oct15

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My first reaction was – sweet, how forward thinking of them!  But once I started reading other people’s reactions to the story, a few other questions came to mind like, how? Why should the government take the time and effort to implement broadband throughout the country?  Is it a trivial waste of time and money? When considering this debacle, I turned to Ville Vesterinen, Finnish Editor and Co-Founder of Arctic Startup, a website and information source that focuses on technology startups and growth entrepreneurship in the Nordic and Baltic countries. When I asked Ville (pronounced Vill-lay) his thoughts on the matter and what implications the law may have, he responded:

Well functioning Internet access – which today means Broadband access – will be one of the corner stones of our equalitarian society in the future and comparable to the universal suffrage in importance. The first European country to introduce women’s suffrage was the Grand Duchy of Finland. Finnish women got the right both to vote (universal and equal suffrage) and to stand for election in as early as 1906. Today Finland is again among the first to advance the principles of a truly egalitarian society. Well functioning Internet access should a birth right in every modern country.

What Ville helped me understand is that there is so much more to this decision than just a Finnish nerd’s dream of 100 Mb of broadband. It’s about the wealth of information and connectivity that the Internet provides. This form of Finnish “egalitarianism” is more about leveling the playing field and providing everyone with the same tools to succeed, if they choose to use them. I wonder if perhaps when universal suffrage was announced whether people had the same type of reaction; How? Why? Is this a waste of time and money? The Finnish government not only recognizes the value of the Internet, but sees it as an invaluable resource, one that its people should not, and will not go without.

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Could Brizzly give Twitter a run for their money?????

Oct15

-5If you know me personally, then you know that I’m a huge Twitter addict, but I have to admit that some of Twitter’s usability is a little lacking. 140 characters limits long-winded-self-promoters to just a few words, which prompts the use of shortened URLS for the maximum tweetage. But with the use of shortened links, tweets may contain links to either really cool content or spammy websites and self promoting blogs. So how can we know for sure where those shortened links are taking us without clicking on them? Also, is that twitpic your friend just sent of his breakfast worth taking the time to open up in a new window? If you struggle with these dilemmas everyday like I do, then Brizzly is here to help. An enhanced way to experience Twitter, the site pulls in your Twitter feed and takes its usability to the next level. Plus its mascot is a really cute grizzly bear.

brizzly bearWhat makes Brizzly really cool is the fact that links are expanded to their original size so you can see where a link will take you, photos are revealed, and videos are embedded directly into the feed so you can easily start watching. Since I started using Brizzly, I’ve seen Twitpics that I never thought I’d see before by just glancing – no clicking required! Also, I check out a lot more videos now, which I might’ve have otherwise missed. Brizzly reveals links from twitpic, Yfrog, Flickr, etc., maps from Google Maps, and video from YouTube and Vimeo.

Direct messages appear in an IM style box to the right of your Twitter feed along with an alert, which is a hell of a lot easier than clicking on “direct message” everytime you want to check your messages. You can also add up to five different Twitter accounts and manage them all from the Brizzly interface.

An added feature totally unique to Brizzly is the “groups” function, which lets you filter the conversation based on network. For example, you can add the people you’re following to various groups like “Work,” “Friends,” “Celebrities,” etc. Brizzly basically has all the features of regular Twitter with added helpful things like the IM feature, tweet drafts, trends explained, and expanded URLs and pictures. Although unavailable to the public yet, you can sign up for this free tool on Brizzly.com. Pretty much, Brizzly rules.brizzly4 226x300 Brizzly Fixes Everything You Hate About Twitter

 

 

 

 

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Why Desktop Touch Screens Don’t Really Work Well For Humans ??

Oct15

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Hewlett Packard refreshed their TouchSmart line of computers today. If you’re not familiar with these, imagine an iMac all in one computer that has a touch screen, and you’re most of the way there. I really like the TouchSmart line, and use a second generation machine as my main Windows test computer. The touch interface is done via infrared, which is a very cost effective way of creating a touch interface on a large screen. Microsoft, in fact, uses it in their experimental TouchWall product that can make a touch screen of virtually any size wall (more TouchWall footage). Overall I give the TouchScmart top marks – the only drawback is that it is inexplicably heavy at something like 60 lbs., and no one seems to know why. But since it sits on your desk, it’s not like you’re lifting it very often, so it doesn’t really matter. But the machine is still all wrong. Anyone who has used one for a long time will tell you that they quickly revert to using the keyboard and mouse. And it isn’t because of the software or touch technology – both are fine.
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