Archive for the 'Personal' Category

Flying on Fios

September 15, 2008

After over a month of waiting, I finally got Fios installed.  I ranted an raved on my Twitter about how it was

such a pain to get these people on the phone and set up an install time and a package.  They screwed up my

order, couldn’t find my destination.. but then they found my tweets.

The Fios twitter guy

sent me a DM and tried to help me.  I am sure that they wanted me to shut up on Twitter.

The guy, Mike, came promptly at 8 AM and even let me have some time to wake up.  He went right to work and then took a lunch break.  He had some issues and wasn’t even able to set up the Fios software on my Mac because their software wasn’t Mac compatible.  It was funny because the install guy didn’t even recognize my Mac book.  He messed up the WEP password because he said he had “fat fingers” and had a hard time typing.  They were both learning how to install FIOS but were happy about it because they were bored setting up the past way.

They did not look like the “jerk face fios guy” who used the Bindle to do installs.  They didn’t even have the Bindle.  They had little beeper things and crappy little Tough Books.  But they did a good job.  I am flying!  My internet is so fast!

I also spent over a month with no Cable TV.  Thank god for HULU.  Without Hulu I wouldn’t be watching so many great new shows like Arrested Development. So, now I can watch anything (including client channels).  I am watching HBO and the other movie channels and I have DVR! I was so bored…

Now even Ish can wacth TV because before this he was watching himself on Youtube.

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I Officially Don’t Like Plurk

July 3, 2008

I officially don’t like Plurk.

From a User perspective, it is messy.  I am not used to navigating horizontally and it feels uncomfortable for me to do so.  I also don’t like having to chose or having the option to chose words like; gives, wants, hates, loves, feels, pukes.. Oops I meant plurks.

There is always 134090327 unread messages.

The only things I do like is the ability to embed media into the “plurks” and the fluidity of conversation.

Since those things are key, there is a possibility that I won’t always be a hater.

Twitter can break down all it wants to… I’m still a fan.

Frozen2Late’s Personal Blog

June 14, 2008

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It dawned on me that since my last post, people might disappointed that I am cutting down on my blogging and putting more efforts into working. Things are very busy at work and I just simply don’t have time to blog about things that have been talked about a million times over. Plus, I have the best blog in the world to blog for, The SEO Chicks.

For anyone who still cares about me, reads my twitter and still wants to know more…weird… I also have a personal blog. It is a blogspot blog, not fancy and pretty old. Nothing too personal of course, but fun none the less. I realized that I have been blogging for about 7 years now, but on a different domain.  You might have to do some detective work to see the older blog.

You can read the official Frozen2late personal blog if you feel like you might miss me here. On the blog is a feed from my Youtube Channel, and updates on what I do at work and in my free time.

Enjoy!

Sick of The Blogosphere

June 13, 2008

Okay, it’s official.. I am sick of reading blogs.  I no longer want to read “social media” or “SEO” type blogs because they are honestly not saying anything new.  When I was first starting out, they were great, but now it is just the same old thing for a popularity contest.  Once something new comes out that is embraced, like Plurk, everyone rushes to their blog to be the first one to talk about it.  That’s fine.. and I get it but… I am too busy to care about blogging about these new tools and sites.  When something comes out, lets just assume I am using it!

I am also kind of sick of SEO blogs that are written in complete buzz words. Everyone is afraid of blogging seriously now because they might be accused of using poor strategies.  My opinion, if you a good strategist… you are probably too busy WORKING to blog.

I really respect bloggers who have slowed it down a bit and have decided to discontinue reading those bloggers who create bad SEO link bait to get traffic.  Sorry… I am too busy working to read these blogs now.

By no means am I upset about any of this.  I love my Twitter because I can see my peers links to their blog posts with titles and if I am interested, I will read it.  I no longer have to even go to my RSS reader.  In my opinion, if it is a Social Media or SEO blog and it is not using Twitter, than it is a bad blog. However, I am still reading some entertainment and music blogs through a reader.

From now on I am only going to use this blog when there is something really worth writing about.

Social Media Mafia: The Big Sitdown in NYC

April 25, 2008

Last night was definitely a fun night.  Conversations made more sense than the last episode of The Sopranos, thats for sure.  Might be because I got to have dinner with the Conversation masters, members of the Social Media Mafia.

I got to meet a lot of wonderful people who were all in NYC for PodCampNYC. I love meeting Twitter efficient people who live cast and know how to bicker back and forth.

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It was definitely a please to meet Chris Hambly, founder of the Social Media Mafia.

Fellow musician Jody Gnant from Pheonix who livecasts on Ustream about her life and her music.

David Blumenstein, who lives in one of my favorite neightborhoods and  assured me he has been involved in the internet since the 70’s (which is awesome).

Marshall Sponder, artist and web analyst from Brooklyn who handed me a really neat looking card with a self portrait on it.

Christine Cavalier & Annie Boccio, who from what I hear on Twitter is awesome at PodCampNYC.

And Julia Roy, who I have been following on Twitter and Facebook for a while and definitely was a pleasure to meet and share pizza with!

…Hope I wasn’t in too many Qik videos!

PC+Stephanie= Fail

April 21, 2008

A long time ago I wrote about how I wanted to finally switch from PC to Mac.  I ended up getting a new job, using a mini Mac and learning a whole lot more about them.  I never ended up actually buying a Macbook because it just wasn’t entirely neccesary to make the purchase yet. 

Now that I am doing some more work from home, I am ultimately confused when it comes to speaking the PC langauge. I really hate constantly switching now that I love working on Mac’s. 

I got really fustrated today and messed up my computer.  I deleted some important things and not being a IT genius and being irratated… I am ready to throw this thing in the garbage.  But instead I might just take it into the IT dept. at work for them to take a loot at it.

Any advice for buying a Mac? I am definitely going to do it by next week.

 

Busy Busy Busy

February 21, 2008

I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth!

I am now working for Morpheus Media. It is an amazing job and I couldn’t be happier.

They keep me super busy, therefore I wont be posting as frequently, but I will definitely still be writing.

Follow me on Twitter for updates on day to day things!

Social Media Hair Dye

January 22, 2008

As some of you might already know, I recently dyed my hair blonde (rather I am in the process). The first thing I thought about when dying my hair is how this might affect my Social Media avatars. There are so many reasons having a recognizable avatar is important. It is how you are seen on the web.

In most cases, I use a picture that was taken of me at a family function by my cuz Elizabeth.

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I have had black hair for years. It is the avatar for 95% of my Social Media Profiles. Many people don’t even recognize me with blonde hair.

Here is my blonde hair in progress.

Blonde Hair Steph

So here is my dilemma: What should I do? Do I change all of my avatars to a new picture or leave my old one? Will this change the way I am viewed online? Or even worse, will this make me unnoticeable at conventions and meet ups?

All advice is greatly appreciated.

WikiWine Bottle!

January 16, 2008

                      Wine bottle

Traveling around San Francisco with my friend Liz, we decided to get a California specialty, Two-buck Chuck (really cheap wine) from Trader Joes. Being a really cheap wine, I thought it would be a “twist-off”. However, when we got back to the hotel room (to read our feeds, and catch on up Social News <cough-geek-cough>) we discovered that this gross-cheap-wine has corks!

I instantly remembered this happening to me before, and giving up. Being that my only option would be to go downstairs from the hotel and maybe ask a seedy bar if they could help out, I thought … “Duh! There must be a way to open this bottle without a corkscrew”.

two buck chuck

I instantly did a Google search, and thought about the SERPS. This was an interesting search I was doing, and I would’ve changed the wording around but I wanted this specific phrase. I wanted to go with LifeHack because I have trusted their content in the past, at the #4 position. And strangely there was a Metacafe (not a Youtube) video. But the most helpful link was the WikiHow results. Having never used Wikihow, I was skeptical as usual but this site gave me 6 different ways to open my wine bottle. The page was simple, the content I was looking for and 6 Ads by Google. Just how I like it 🙂 Might be a community I will be joining in the near future.
Now I am happy drinking my wine!liz

However, The only thing WikiHow didn’t mention is how much the process of opening the wine bottle without a corkscrew would hurt my friend’s poor finger.

iPod Loyalty

January 10, 2008

ipod It was only two holiday seasons ago that I received my first iPod as a gift from my parents. I was a bit later than the crowd, having enjoyed CD’s and being a musician, not wanting to go digital for what it was doing to the music industry.

It was in my Music Business class in college that it dawned on me that there was no way out and my love for music, gadgets, and culture must evolve and begin to use digital music gadgets.

Automatically, I wanted an iPod. Who had a better marketing campaign, acclaim, and cutting edge design? No other player would be acceptable. When I received my first iPod Nano that holiday season, I was really excited to take part in the downfall of CD sales.

Two years later having been surprised with a 3rd Generation iPod Nano, I have noticed that people who use iPods usually never make a switch to any others like Microsoft’s Zune, or Creatives, no matter how many great reviews these products receive. Surely, other brands have loyal consumers of their own, but it is nothing compared to Apple.

Apple’s release of the iTouch and iPhone this past year continued to further the domination of the industry. The appeal of the brand is just too much to resist. If I wasn’t equally loyal to my Blackberry, I would have purchased an iPhone.

The iPod 3rd Generation Nano is fantastic. I give it 9/10. CNet gave it 8/10 because they were not crazy about the new size, which I agree with. Ergonomically, I am not comfortable holding it….yet. I also love the 3 games it comes with because I am one of these people who can’t always read on my 2 hour train ride home.

iPod
Becoming so loyal to the Apple brand also made me feel more comfortable switching operating systems. Scary huh?

It made me wonder: How much popular is Nelly Furtado now compared to her pre-Apple branding days?