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Happy New Year!

For all those people who are reading this blog, I’d like to thank you first for dropping by occasionally or often, as would be the case. I wish every one of you a wonderful 2008, full of joy, discoveries, and adventures. If life doesn’t feel like it’s taking you on a ride, you’re not living. You’re existing.

It’s been a spotty 2007 for me, blogging-wise. I’ve had an incredibly hard time trying to figure out why gigabytes were leaching out of my server, most of it coming from my blog. I eventually figured out it was a combination of the theme I was using, the number of categories I had, and the size of the pictures in my posts. I can now understand why a lot of people use a blog service such as wordpress.com to blog. Although I have more flexibility with having my blog on my own server, it can be a pain to update the software and it can use up a lot of resources.

Nevertheless, I plan to continue on with this blog. I’ll be picking up the Techno-guide and talk about how you can improve your experience with your computer or your internet use. I’ll continue to find weird and/or wonderful things that, if I inserted them in my books, no one would believe. And I’ll also continue to talk about whatever takes my fancy.

So, hop on for the year, and we’ll see where it leads us.

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Popgadget: Personal Tech for Women

While surfing for something completely unrelated to this post, I found this nifty webzine (it probably exists also on paper):Popgadget.

The zine, which is more blog-like than zine-like, touts itself as a technology magazine for women:

Technology magazines ignore women and women’s magazines ignore technology. Popgadget is a lifestyle magazine that embraces technology as a regular and essential part of women’s lives. We cover topics traditionally seen in women’s magazines, such as health and fitness, beauty and fashion, home, family, and entertainment, but with a unique focus on the products and people that bring exciting innovations to those aspects of our lives. But if you’re looking for a bikini-clad model straddling a Power Mac G5, you won’t see it here.

Yay! Gotta love it, even though some of those technological finds can be silly, like the purse with a flexible solar panel that can, it avers, recharge your cell phone. I really needed one of those, especially at $383US.

But there are also great posts such as how technology is “sold” differently to men and women, or this Holiday Gift Guide for Technophobes. I want one of those microwavable teddy bears.

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Technical problems, travelling, et al.

For those who visit my blog regularly, many apologies. It appears that it wasn’t accessible for a whole month. There’s an explanation for it, I promise.

On 8 September, I left for Rome (Italy, not the US, where there are actually 10 States who have a town called Rome) for a month. Came back last Sunday.

During that time, I made it a point not to access the internet, except for basic email to parents and friends, and the odd online reservation to museums. Big mistake.

A few days before I left, I had to change my server’s username; I thought everything was fine, but it appears the changes took only after I left for Europe. Hence disabling my blog.

Well, it’s fine now, and I’m back. I had a wonderful holiday and over the next weeks will discuss my experiences and of course add pertinent photos. Rome is an incredible place, where ancient times compete with 21st century technology. It was exhilarating, humbling, and sometimes disappointing. I was able to experience some of the culture since I was there a month and we rented an apartment, much more I think than if we had traveled through the country. The apartment was in a less “touristy” place than the center of Rome and gave us a glimpse of how people lived day-to-day. I’ll be talking about that.

I’ll also be talking about the incredible sights, the mix of ancient, old, and new, and how conflicting it looked for the Romans. Again, those are only impressions and they stem from my own culture. I may be way off base.

If any of you, my readers, are Italian or of Italian background, I’d love your opinions and rebuttals on what I’ll write. The only way you can learn about another culture is through exchange of ideas.

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A New Look

I had to choose another look for my blog, because of a WordPress update that made the theme I was using obsolete. There are hundreds of new themes to choose from, but I decided on this one because it’s a very similar green to the one I had before, and I’m stressed right now so I wanted something calming to look at.

The new WordPress functionalities will take a while to set up to my taste, so please be patient if you don’t find things you did before. They’re all going to be put back.

In the meantime, I’d appreciate comments on the new look. Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? Enquiring minds would like to know.

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