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Welcome to Geek Girlfriends. I’ll be your host. I am a technology writer and have been for too long to admit in public. I’ve written for all the big geek magazines and have written columns for PC MagazinePC World, InfoWorld, and IT World. (As well as Family PC and USA Weekend). If you are now thinking, “Hmmm. Dubious distinction,” you have come to the right place.

Through all of that, I have worked remote, freelance, as a 1099 contractor. This site is for the self-employed woman. I cover the tech and the tools but also the lifestyle.

A note about the ads on this site.

There are ads on this site and, occasionally, paid content. I work with brands I like and use. And I place ads here for products that I like and use. It is not possible to advertise a product here that I don’t like. If you click on and purchase through my affiliate ads, I make a little money.

A note about the product reviews on this site:

I often try products and review them here. In order to get possession of that much gear, I receive review products from companies. Most of those I return. (I have a limited amount of space.) Occasionally, though, the company doesn’t want a product back. Most of the time, I give that stuff away. You don’t see many negative reviews here because if I don’t like something, I don’t cover it — unless I feel a strong urge to warn you away from it.

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  1. Hi Christina,

    I have read through your blog and think you might be interested in an offer from my client, YesVideo. As a blogger, people look to you for guidance on what’s new, what works, and where to go for the best service and deals. It’s important that you have confidence in what you’re recommending especially when someone comments on something you’ve said. YesVideo understands that! That’s why we are offering you a chance to relive your favorite memories – for FREE!

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  2. Last summer Amy Rae Elifritz went from being a healthy and happy 20 year old with her whole life ahead to losing her life in a matter of days . . . sadly, this could have been prevented.

    Did you know that tampon related Toxic Shock Syndrome is real, relatively common, and can be deadly? Last summer when Amy experienced flu-like symptoms the fact that she was menstruating seemed unimportant. A few days later, on June 13, she died from Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

    Lisa Elifritz, Amy’s Mom, founded You ARE Loved to help raise awareness about the link between tampons and TSS with the goal of saving lives. This summer, our new non-profit organization is seeking to mobilize bloggers to help spread the message and is inviting you to write a blog post on this important topic.
    I encourage you to read this note, visit us online (website: http://www.you-are-loved.org/ — Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amyelifritz –, Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/youarelovedtss), read our informational brochure: http://issuu.com/youareloved/docs/youareloved_brochure, view a two part story by the Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH-TV (part 1: http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/i_team_8/whats-killing-hoosier-women-tss-toxic-shock?ref=scroller&categoryId=10001&status=true and part 2: http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/marion_county/toxic-shock-i-team-8-investigation-attracts-attention), read a sample of what one blogger wrote: http://thistalkaintcheap.blogspot.com/2011/05/tss-you-are-loved.html (about TSS) and another wrote: http://www.shopaholicmommy.net/2011/06/puberty-education.html (about puberty education), and also to do your own research.
    We will be adding a section to our website linking to blogs featuring information about TSS and You ARE Loved. Please share the url of any post you make so that we can include it on that page.
    Thanks in advance for considering the opportunity to partner with You ARE Loved in our effort to raise awareness about tampon related Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

    For more information, please contact Lisa at lisa@you-are-loved.org or 812-526-6768. Alternatively, you can write by snail mail to
    You ARE Loved
    Attn: Lisa Elifritz
    4801 West Randy Road
    Edinburgh, Indiana 46124

  3. Dear Christina,

    My name is Sheri and I am a summer associate at Springboard Enterprises, a national non-profit organization that educates, showcases, and supports women entrepreneurs as they seek capital and build their businesses. This fall, we are hosting the AllThingsMedia: 2010 Venture Capital Forum in October, 2010 which will showcase investment-ready, high-growth media companies led by women. We are looking for advocates to help us spread the word about this event to potential applicants.

    Some of your website/blog/twitter followers may benefit from this program, as Springboard’s venture forums have presented some of the best commercial stage companies to the nation’s investment community, including ZipCar, Constant Contact, Blurb and wowOwow.com These and the other 400 emerging growth companies that have presented at Springboard’s 20 venture forums since early 2000 have raised over $5 billion in equity, grants and strategic investments.

    If you could post about it or feature this event in some of your future postings, we would greatly appreciate it!

    Visit: http://www.springboardenterprises.org/vcf/atm

    Best Regards,

    Best

  4. It’s nice to know you’re out there digging and sifting through technobabble and specifications so us “regular girls” can feel confident about technology purchases we make.

    I discovered your blog via your Family Circle column and it’s great to see how a fellow writer uses her blog as well. I began mine last fall to start establishing that all important “online presence.” While I do freelance work I also teach creative and expository writing to 6-8th graders at a public, magnet middle school for the arts in Jacksonville, FL.
    Our sites: http://www.duvalschools.org/lavilla and http://www.lavillawrites.org

    I’d love any hints you might have on utilitzing technology in the classroom. I’m learning to use the smart board we have and we have two banks of 40 laptops on which students write and create.

    In the meantime, thanks for being geeky. I hope to increase my geeky factor by reading what you say in Family Circle.

  5. Hi Christina,

    Watched the Extreme Gamer video? There’s a new second installment! Take a look and follow our Extreme Gamer on his exciting adventures, from Paris to Barcelona and beyond:

    http://bit.ly/doHy84

    If you need any further information, please let me know and be more than welcome to share with your friends and online community.

    Thanks!

  6. Dear Christina,

    I am hoping you might help us get the word out about an important event we are putting on that is targeted at your readership.

    It is called the USA Science & Engineering Festival. See http://www.usasciencefestival.org

    It is the United States largest celebration of science and engineering and is all geared toward reinvigorating the interest of young people in the sciences. It is non profit, non commercial, totally family oriented fun and educational project. You can get a sense of it from this short video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r65ywxcQqeo

    Here is a little background on the event.

    Event Name:
    USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall

    Date and Time:
    Oct 23 & 24, 2010, 10:00am-5:30pm
    Location:
    On the National Mall, 3rd to 7th Streets (closest metro stops: Smithsonian
    and Federal Triangle on the Orange and Blue lines)

    Description:
    What is the universe made of? Why did dinosaurs go extinct? What do magic
    tricks and hip-hop have to with math? What can amphibians and reptiles tell
    us about the environment? What do engineers have to do with baseball? Find
    out at the first ever USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the
    National Mall! Explore science & engineering with hundreds of free, hands-on
    activities and over 40 science shows on three different stages. The two-day
    Expo is perfect for teens, children and their families, and anyone with a
    curious mind who is looking for a weekend of fun and discovery. Build an
    underwater robot, chat with a Nobel Laureate, explore the science behind the
    magic of Hogwarts Academy and see a car that drives itself. From bugs to
    birds, kitchen chemistry to computer games, environmental monitoring to
    electronic music – the Expo has something for everyone and is completely
    free of charge. The Expo is the pinnacle event of the inaugural USA Science
    & Engineering Festival to be held in the greater Washington D.C. area
    October 10-24, 2010. The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a
    collaboration of over 500 of the nation’s leading science and engineering
    organizations. For more information on all Festival events and how you can
    get involved, visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org

    Best regards.

    Larry Bock
    Executive Director
    USA Science & Engineering Festival
    biobock@mac.com
    760-8463473

    Follow the “Woodstock of Science”:
    Twitter: http://bit.ly/feKGH
    Facebook: http://bit.ly/12EiHm
    LinkedIn: : http://bit.ly/3I6Y6

    Ever wanted to talk with a Nobel Laureate? Did you know red wine goes well with steak, but also has anti-aging properties? Want to uncover the mysteries of baseball’s knuckleball? These and other intriguing questions are answered at the Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival, the biggest celebration of science the World has ever seen!

    Inspired by international science festivals that draw crowds in the hundreds of thousands, the goal is to increase our nation’s awareness of science and inspire our nation’s youth to consider science-related careers, while uniting our country and showcasing the amazing science and innovation taking place throughout the United States. The Festival descends on Washington, D.C. with events throughout the city for everyone, from the smallest child to the most established scientist; promising to be the ultimate multi-cultural, multi-generational, multi-disciplinary celebration of science in the United States.

    Curious? Want to participate? Host an event, compete in a contest, volunteer, earn community service hours or help sponsor the event?
    Contact: Larry Bock biobock@mac.com

    Check out a video of the San Diego Science Festival (SM) at http://www.scivee.tv/node/12528

    Note: Something you should know about me. I have poor vision, so if I don’t recognize you, thats probably why!!

    (SM) — San Diego Science Festival is a registered California Service
    Mark of Science Spark

  7. awesome. no, seriously. awesome.

    having worked for a teenaged start-up (as in, founded in 1999, and was one of the survivors of the dot com “incident” that throat-punched so many of our internet brethren – 11 years on. who knew?) for the better part of the aughts, this site pretty much sums up my “site to devour in the AM with coffee, prior to email, after realizing I forgot to put on mascara” daily requirement.

    As one of 6 women in an office of (up to 45) male colleagues – well – let’s say the challenges are “particular”. A female co-worker of mine (a programmer) took to regular pilgrimages to Sephora (the location served many purposes – “girly” smells were a welcome change. makeup is really fun. and it’s one place that we could be relatively certain that some dude wasn’t listening in).

    anyway. well done.

  8. Hey Christina!
    We made this video to promote breast health among women of all ages. Our friend is a recent survivor of breast cancer and inspired us to make this video. It’s incredibly important for women to be aware of the potential a mammogram has to save their life. That’s why we created a fun little video to spread the word in a way that makes a mammogram less intimidating. We’re putting our faith in the internet to help us spread this positive message. If the video tickles your fancy and you support the message, we’d love if you pass it along to friends and family and post it on your blog!

    Here’s the linke
    http://www.youtube.com/mammogramawareness

    Thanks,
    Alex Askot
    Mammogram Awareness

    if you want to embed here’s the info!

  9. Happy Memory of The Day: The first shipment I ever received from Amazon.com was from the Tynan-Woods. It began a life-long of the web and all of its shopping opportunities! My credit card companies thank you!

    Miss you guys! I love this site, and keep it going!

    Jamese

  10. Nice blog Christina,
    funny and interesting.

    Keep on writing.

  11. Hi! I run GamingAngels.com, an online community for women that love all things geek. We cover video games, comic books, anime, gadgets and technology. We are currently going through a re-design, and one of the new areas we are adding is a book review/podcast. I would love to not only have my editors review your book but have you on as a guest to our podcast to talk about your book and the issues we face as women in tech.

    Please let me know if we can fit this in your schedule. It won’t be until at least the first week of January.

    Thank you for your time and have a great day!
    Trina
    CEO/Editor
    GamingAngels.com

  12. Hello, we saw that you are featuring some of wonderful sites and we were wondering if you’d be interesting in a link exchange with us.

    http://www.sahmanswers.com/news.php
    SAHMAnswers is the magazine written by Stay at Home Moms giving hopefully one or two answers to get you through the day.

    Thank you for your time and have a great day.

    – Maria Spanadoris

  13. Hi Christina,

    I would like to send you a review unit of hField’s Wi-Fire, a USB WiFi Adapter with 1000-foot range, allows geeky gals 😉 to reach distant signals in small offices, SOHO situations, airports, hotels and hotspots all around the world!

    We have 2 for you to giveaway as well.

    Please let me know if you are interested.

    Kind regards,

    Stephen

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