Archive for the ‘Geek Squad’ Category


Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Here I sit at IzeaFest2009. I’ve used the time productively – while speakers are on, I’m in the background updating WordPress on my blogs and trying to fix the errors caused by updating WordPress on my blogs.

I’m also enjoying a girls weekend with Jennifer – we’ve got a very strict schedule of blogging, naps, dining out, and visiting bars. Last night was Ice Bar and tonight is Howl at the Moon. Tomorrow is a day at Sea World. It’s rough, but we’re managing!

buy computer memory online

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

During my class yesterday, my professor (not the most technological person ever…but a nice lady) was complaining about filling up her flash drive too quickly. She’s been putting her PowerPoint slides for each weeks lecture on her flash drive and bringing it to school with her so she can pop it onto the computer in class and display the slides on the projector. Her daughter told her to invest in an external hard drive, and I think that’s the way to go. The computer memory on the new external hard drives is a really versatile option for someone like my professor. Instead of putting a single lecture on a flash drive, she can pop all of her lectures for the entire course onto an external hard drive and have all of her course content at her fingertips – tests, quizzes, slides, and even handouts.

Computer memory options like the external hard drives I linked to above have gotten amazingly cheap over the past few years. I remember being amazed seeing computers with a 6GB hard drive in the late 90′s, and now it’s not uncommon to buy a PC with a 160GB hard drive. You can buy more memory online as well as video cards, optical drives and laptop batteries.

Come to think of it, I should probably take my own advice and get an external hard drive to store all of my digital pictures on…or I’m going to need some more memory myself!

how this mommy blogger spent 8 hours with john chow

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Probably the coolest thing that happened to me this weekend at IzeaFest was meeting John Chow (also known as JohnChowdotCom). When I heard that John and Jeremy Shoemaker (also known as Shoemoney) would be speaking at IzeaFest, I knew I had to be there. I’m definitely far from being an A list blogger, or even a B, C, or D list blogger. I’m not the kind of person who would ever be on the radar of John Chow or Jeremy. I’m just over here blogging about my kids and dirty pants from Old Navy and almost getting arrested for horn honking.

(Translation: small potatoes.)

Unless you’re living under a rock on the internet, you’ve heard of John Chow and Jeremy Shoemaker. You don’t need to be an A lister or move in certain circles to know who they are, because chances are you’ve stumbled onto a picture of Jeremy’s huge AdSense checks, or you’ve heard about John’s fall from Google grace.

So back to the neatest part about this weekend…meeting John Chow. And when I say I “met” John Chow, I don’t mean that I worked my way over to him in the conference room, introduced myself, shoved a business card into his face and called it a day. That’s not my style baby! Instead, I drove John and his wife (who is lovely, and I don’t like to keep referring to as the nameless wife, but I don’t know if she’s mentioned on his blog by name and so I will refrain from doing so for now) to Universal Studios (along with Cass and Marisa) and played tour guide for the day to my new (and old) friends.

How many bloggers would give their right arm to spend 8 hours with John Chow? I could have picked his brain about blogging and what makes him tick, and nagged him incessantly about linking to me, but instead I enjoyed a lovely day with my friends, John, and his wife, and showed them the best Universal Studios had to offer. (Much thanks to Trevor and Andrew from Izea for meeting us there as well!) This whole post makes me sound like I’ve got John up on a pedestal, and a shrine to him in my living room, but I really don’t – I’m just impressed with what he’s accomplished, and it was neat to be able to spend time with someone who has done so much with a blog.

You would think the story ends there, but it doesn’t. In my email tonight, I found this:

Hi, ColleenC.

JohnChowDotCom (JohnChowDotCom) is now following your updates on Twitter. Check out JohnChowDotCom’s profile here:

You may follow JohnChowDotCom as well by clicking on the “follow” button.


How cool is THAT? John Chow has 2,073 followers, but he only follows 75 people…and I’m one of them! (John, you can never stop following me…I’d be crushed.)

I guess the moral of this story is that networking is cool, and you never know WHAT will happen at an event like IzeaFest!

red wave

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

You may have noticed the change in themes around here.

I’ve wanted a new look for a long time, but there are always more pressing things to deal with. I found these theme and it fit all of my layout requirements, but honestly, after having the old red and yellow theme for so long, I’ve over the red. I’m hoping to tweak the images and switch the whole theme from red to another color. We’ll see.

I also upgraded my WordPress and installed a few new plugins, so it’s been a productive day!

cloudshot – the next generation in blog networking

Friday, September 12th, 2008

I know what Ted Murphy of Izea is going to be letting out of the bag at IzeaFest this year…and I found out about it ALL by myself, unless last year when Ted sent me an early press release about SocialSpark. I’ve got my alpha key code – do you? It’s easy to find if you know where to look!

This year, the buzz is all about CloudShout.

Why CloudShout™?

Interact with others across the cloud: Engage in realtime chat, games and more on a single blog and across the blogosphere.

Discover and install with one click: Search through a database of applications contributed by the developer community and install with no new code.

Take gadgets with you: Find the gadgets you like, then use them on other CloudShout enabled blogs.

izeafest: thursday night

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Yesterday I left work around 1pm and drove myself over to Orlando. After a quick trip to the downtown Orlando Publix for sodas and snacks, I left the store, only to find a monsoon outside. I waited it out in front of the store for a bit and then made a quick dash to the car, getting soaked in the process.

Cass and Marisa had left the hotel and headed out for a walk, and had called it quits when the rain started. I circled around the block and picked them up, and we headed to the Grand Bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando (also know as the site of IzeaFest) to check in. The hotel is beautiful – the website does do it justice. The colors and decor are rich and over the top. It’s decorated a bit like a bordello, but it’s a beautiful bordello!

After an hour or so of showers and primping (Marisa did my eye makeup and Deb curled my eyelashes) we took our prom pictures. (We all took pictures, but our shutterbug Alli is the only person organized enough to have posted pictures!) The red velvet behind us is the curtain in our hotel room – I want me bedroom at home to look at like! Then it was off to the hotel bar for an open bar and all sorts of appetizers. (Try the pot stickers – they’re delicious!) I spent my time schmoozing with an advertiser or two, and catching up with bloggers like Heather (and her gorgeous daughter Crystal), Lisa, and StarrySkye. I also oohed and aahed over pictures of David’s little boy (he’s the Izea controller) and talked to Izea peeps like Pete and Ted and Luke and Louis.

Around midnight, I called it a night and headed upstairs with Cass and Marisa. Julie called me from Las Vegas (miss you and wish you were here with us!) and I talked with her for a bit…loudly, while Cass and Marisa attempted to doze off. Apparently, I also emailed my husband a link to this picture with the subject line “Eat your heart out, baby”…I had no memory of doing this until he mentioned the picture to me today.

I slept like a rock, thanks to the mass quantities of open bar that were consumed.

laptop a day giveaway

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Raise your hand if you’d like a new laptop!

Charter_laptopAll of you with your hands still at your sides…are you nuts? Even if you have a brand new laptop, which I do, you can still always use a laptop for free – give it away, sell it, donate it to a local school…so keep reading. By ordering ANY Charter Communications service online, you’re automatically entered to win big in the Charter Laptop-a-Day Giveaway! 30 brand new HP Compaq Presario C770US laptops, valued at $600 each, are being given away by Charter, and the giving starts on Monday, September 1st. Skeptical you’ll be one of the lucky 30? Not to worry, because just for playing your Charter Communications order online, you’ll receive a $100 Shell gas card – sweet! Charter has put together special deals for the giveaway, including:

  • Charter High-Speed® Internet at $19.99/mo for 6 months
  • Charter Digital Home™ and High-Speed Internet at $69.98/mo for 6 months
  • or Charter Digital Home™, High-Speed Internet, and Charter Telephone® at $99.97/mo. for 12 months

The laptops include an Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor, a 15.4 screen, a whopping 2GB of RAM and a big 160 GB hard drive, a DVD burner, built in Wi-FI and Ethernet, AND a NEOtec Laptop Backpack to tote it around in safely!

You need to get rid of your lousy dial-up service and upgrade to high speed anyway, so why not get a $100 gas card and the chance to win a laptop in the process?

Sponsored by Charter Communications

weening myself from twitter

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Last fall I got into using Twitter in a big way. It was really handy in Vegas in November when I attended Blog World Expo and PostieCon. I used the SMS function to get the tweets of all my Vegas peeps right on my phone. Very useful when you’re trying to get people together for dinner and random hookups. At one point I was following well over 100 people. (Of course, I turned OFF the SMS updates when I returned home from Vegas – I didn’t really need all of those text updates once the vacation was over.) Following that many people (and I realize some people follow many more people, but 100 is a lot to me) wasn’t hard since I was online all day anyway.

I check into Twitter less and less these days, so I’m down to following 35 people now. Make that 32. Oops, I’m down to 30 now. I just pruned my list again! I don’t even know who everyone is. Who is pookee004? Someone who didn’t go to Las Vegas for PostieCon, and someone who doesn’t tweet very often. Should I keep him? Remove him? Is pookee004 a him? These are the things that keep me up at night.

If you’ve been pruned from my list, it’s not you – it’s me. I’ll probably still read your blog and it doesn’t mean I love you any less – I just don’t have time for the 100′s of tweets I was getting a day. I was skimming more than I was reading and responding. Oh, those of you using the plugin that tweets every new blog post or something like that? It does annoy me. Chances are, if I’m following you, I have your blogs in my feed reader. I don’t mind seeing you twitter something cool you wrote once in a while, but every. single. blog. post? It’s too much!

Ok, there we go…I keep pruning, I may get to under 25.

new look for payperpost message boards

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

If you haven’t been to the PayPerPost / Izea message boards lately – you’re in for a big surprise. The boards were recently upgraded to the latest version of phpBB, and the graphics team at Izea (that would be Marty – swoon!) gave the boards a visual facelift. Everything is bright and shiny and sparkly and new! Among the big changes you should know about:

  • The boards are no longer found at – in an effort to brand everything under the Izea name, you’ll find them at, or click here to visit the boards.
  • A new moderator set up – there are two official mods now, and I’m one of them. We’ll have a 6 month term, at which time new mods will be put into place, and we’ll be moved to moderator alumni status.
  • An increased presence from the Izea staff on the boards – Ted (aka Murphman) has been popping in quite often, as well as Carri and Gordon from Customer Love, and various members of the dev team. The result is an increased flow of information and a level of personalization you can’t get just from reading news on the Izea blog.
  • New features have been added – one of these is the birthday tool, allowing users to input their birthday. Each day, users who are celebrating a birthday are displayed on the main page allowing us to send well wishes and gifts of cash. (Hint hint: my birthday is in July)
  • A warmer feeling overall – I’ve seen lots of people returning to the boards who previously stayed away based on the changes. It’s a good thing!

Sponsored by IZEA :


Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Today has been a good day. First, I won Skeet’s Tuesday Teaser, for the first time ever! Just a few minutes ago, I got lucky again. I was the lucky person who snagged a $500 1K Tuesday opp from the fine folks over at Izea. With that added to my blogging total, I’m less than $100 from cracking the $20,000 mark. Yes, I’ve made $20,000 blogging, with just ONE company, since July 2006. Amazing, ain’t it?

My heart is still pounding, and my fingers are still shaking. I think I should go buy a lotto ticket!