Monday, June 20, 2011

Streaming Television vs Cable

We started using Netflix a few months ago. At first, it was a little tricky for me to figure out because of the box or as I like to refer to it the "thingy" that connected the TV to Netflix was a pain to figure out. Now I've got it figured out and it's pretty good. The kids really like being able to watch shows like Dora, Franklin and the Backyardigans. I like catching some shows I haven't been able to see like "Hoarders".

I like the service for a few reasons. I can use it on my computer, TV or my phone (but really, who wants to watch a movie on their tiny phone screen?). They add new movies and television shows often, so you're always finding new things. The cost comparison with cable is ridiculous. Netflix is much cheaper and I can always find something to watch. Plus you get a free month to try it out. What's not to like?

Last week, I watched "Licence to Drive" which was a favourite movie of mine way back when...of course, back then, any movie with the two Coreys was a favourite. Tonight we watched "Mrs. Winterbourne". I love the movie. I'm a bit of a sap when it comes to romantic movies. I also love "While You Were Sleeping", but I haven't seen that on Netflix--yet.

We've also found a couple movie gems we'd missed before. "Ramen Girl" with Brittany Murphy was really great, but I have to admit that the Nerd picked it and I am glad that he did. It's fun to give some movies a try. If you don't like them, it's no big deal--you've spent the same amount anyway and you can stop watching. It's not like you've bought a ticket to a show or you own the DVD now.

Do you use a streaming television service? Love it? Hate it?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Internet Browsers

I'm a pretty loyal gal when it comes to things that I use daily. If I like a product, I'll use it all the time. I started using Firefox when I had a Mac because I didn't like Safari very much. I liked that Firefox's mission is about opening the Web to everyone and I even Beta tested the latest version of the browser. I used Firefox almost all the time, but I found that some Web sites didn't work well on it, so I was using Internet Explorer for things that wouldn't work on Firefox and vice versa.

I wasn't going to use Chrome. I refused to at first, but my Nerd touted the benefits of using Chrome and I thought I'd give it a try. Those pages that wouldn't load on one of the other browsers? No problem now! Although I do find it ironic that the pages that I have trouble with are Google sites like Adsense! When I try to run Adsense in the new version, it doesn't load at all. Strange, yes?

I'm finding the add-ons for Chrome are pretty good and very easy to load. I'm using HootSuite for my Twitter account through Chrome and I'm also using it on my iPhone. It's got a lot of great features and it's pretty easy to use. And since I'm an iPhone gal, I also added the Angry Birds app to my Chrome. It's not quite the same as playing it on my phone, but it's still fun. I also made my browser look pretty. Right now I'm using a Kate Spade theme. I'm not usually one for girly stuff, but I liked the colours on the theme :) I like to change it up once in awhile.

I think that as Chrome becomes more popular, the apps will get even better and hopefully the Google Web sites will work a bit better in it.

Google Chrome Ad about deleting stuff

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

iPhone App Chat: Kindle App

I used to say that all I needed my cellular phone for was to make or receive telephone calls. Then my Nerd bought me an iPhone. I had been using his previous Blackberry without data and it was fine for making calls, but it wasn't really my thing. I didn't think I'd like the iPhone either. Boy was I wrong!

I love my phone. I have the iPhone 3G I do use it as a phone from time to time, but I use it far more for other things. Since this is a blog all about Nerdy things, I'll share some of the apps that I find helpful or interesting from time to time.

Right now, I'm stuck in bed sick and I've spent a lot of the evening reading a book on the Kindle app. Not only is the Kindle app free, you can also find lots of free books on the Kindle store. I love books and I had no intention of ever getting an e-reader or reading an e-book, so it surprised me how much I like this app. The way I look at it is that it is a lot cheaper to buy e-books than it is to pay the fines at the library when our books get misplaced (remember, the title of my other blog is Getting Fit, Organized & Healthy--organization is not something that comes easily to me.
This is the book I'm reading right now and I haven't been able to put it down. It's quite good! It's not the type of book I normally read, but I'm drawn in by the main character, Mariette and her narration of her life. I can see why this book is one of Amazon's top sellers.

If you are interested in the Kindle app you'll find it in the app store under Books. It's really easy to download books because it links you right to the Kindle store on Amazon. Choose the books you want and they download the next time you open the app. Easy-peasy. I mean, if I can do it, anyone can!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tips for Living with Your Nerd: Nod and Smile Technique

There comes a point in any technology discussion where you reach your limit--the point where you frankly don't care about the topic any more.  The topic may have gone over your head, or it may just plain bore you silly.  Yet your Nerd continues to go on, drowning you with minutiae.  This is where my favourite technique comes in to play:  the Nod and Smile.

Here's how the Nod and Smile works.  You make eye contact with your Nerd and you give them a little nod.  What you're saying is, "sure, yep, uh-huh"--basically, that you get what they're talking about.  Then you smile.  The smile reassures them that you're on board with the discussion.  Yeah, who am I kidding?  If you do the Nod and Smile right and your Nerd is paying attention, they'll realize that you've lost interest in the conversation and reign themselves in.  It won't happen right away, but over time they'll realize that this look means that you have effectively "checked out" of the conversation and they are in fact talking to themselves.  Sometimes they  just need to get the technobabble out of their system.   If you need a break, suggest they contact one of their Nerdy friends.  Just be aware that when Nerds congregate, the talk continues to get louder and more technical as it goes on.  You could lose your Nerd for some time or be pulled along into the technobabble with them.

The Penguins of Madagascar have a version of this called the Smile and Wave:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Welcome to Married to the Nerd

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Technology from the sidelines. That's what I've got for you here, folks. I'm married to a Nerd, but that doesn't mean that I don't know anything about technology. Back in high school, I learned how to program on an completely obsolete system from the UK (they didn't want us to cheat), and I could flow chart with the best of them. I even learned to type on an electric typewriter (I almost failed that class, but that's another story).

Now, I write. You can view my other blogs Special Kid, Special Parent and Getting Fit, Organized & Healthy. I'm a blogger and freelance writer. I write for fun and I sometimes get paid to write. It's a pretty sweet life. One day, I'd love to quit my "real life" job and write full time.

What can you expect to find here?

Well, I'm glad you asked. I'm going to be writing about living with a Nerd. I'll probably share some tips and frustrations of day to day living with a Nerd. I'll share information about technology that I find interesting and whatever else strikes my fancy.

I'm still setting things up here, so there will probably be some tweaks and changes as I get everything the way I want it.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

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