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Social Media Making You Crazy? Remember the Rules.

Here is a guest post, with some basics you can share with with your kids, parents, or anyone in your social networks who might need a reminder, from Scott Steinberg author of the new book, Netiquette Essentials: New Rules for Minding Your Manners in a Digital World. ONLINE ETIQUETTE 101: MIND YOUR MANNERS ON SOCIAL NETWORKS Social networks – self-contained online…

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This Carhartt Vest Is Necessary

I hike somewhere in the hills in the Bay Area every day. I only go for an hour or two so I don’t need a backpack. I just put on hiking boots and go. I do want my phone, a wallet, car keys, sunglasses, and sometimes a bottle of water. But I’m a girl. So athletic clothing makers think I…

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Review: Wacom Bamboo Slate

This is a guest post by synesthete artist, GeekGirlfriend, and bon vivant Brandy Gale. A digital sketchbook that uses real ink and real paper? Yes, please! I am a visual artist. So I when I make notes and drawing studies I prefer real ink and paper to a stylus on a tablet. That’s not very geeky, I know. And it leaves me…

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Tested in the GGF Labs: Plantronics Voyager 5200

Here in the Geek Girlfriends Lab, we have tried many Bluetooth phone headsets. I subject them all to the same rigorous test: How do they hold up to a conversation with my mother. Nobody is happier to hear my voice, but if I don’t sound perfectly clear then she derails the conversation into an interrogation about my well-being. So she…

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The Perfect Tool for Training Kittens

Being a cat person, I have discovered a great upside to living with a family that includes a teenage girl: She brings home kittens. Not all the time, thankfully. Once is enough. But the new family kitten (above) is fun to have around. Unfortunately, he just learned how to jump onto the table and the kitchen counter, which means it’s time…

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Upgrade Your Laptop Charger

You think your power cable nightmares are bad, imagine what it’s like in the GeekGirlfriends.com real-world labs? In addition to all the gear that comes through here for review, there are two adults, one college student, and one chaos-spewing teen. Last week, I dug around the tech archives here looking for a laptop to use for design work and 3D…

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I’m Being Pelted with Deals!

I am getting pelted with Black Friday Holiday deals from all quarters. I can’t keep up with them all. I can’t write posts that explain why you want this stuff. I’m just gonna share them so you know about them. Okay? Microsoft Surface & Xbox Microsoft store is having a huge super sale. You can save as much as $400 on…

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Deal: Put the Fun Back in Their Pants!

Buying gifts for people you won’t see over the holidays is a bit thankless. You go through the usual amount of gift-selection angst. Then you have to wrap and ship the thing. But you never get to see your recipient open it or get the laugh and hug that comes with. That’s why I like sending a last-minute gift card, especially…

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A Hoodie with Plenty of Pockets

I work at home. So I wear a lot of leggings and cute T-shirts to work. The problem with this comfy work uniform? No pockets. So I choose my warm layer for it’s ability to carry my phone, keys, and Bluetooth headset. SCOTTeVEST sent me the Chloe Hoodie to try months ago. I was skeptical, at first, that I would wear…

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Why I Love a $200 Laptop

I get a lot of computers in to try here at GeekGirlfriends.com. Expensive ones, cheap ones, innovative ones, pretty ones, and powerful ones. I often get attached to one computer, though, and my reasons have less to do with price, specs, cleverness, or bling than function. And when I say function, I don’t mean speed and features. I mean, how…

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