08/02/2014 § Leave a comment
My parents recently moved to Niamey and invited me to visit them – I of course took this opportunity to discover a country completely foreign to me and had absolutely no idea what to expect.
Here are 6 things I immediately noticed upon my arrival as we drove through the capital of Niger:
1. Though trash bags have been outlawed in 2013 in Niger, Niger has a problem managing its trash. My mom’s friend told me the locals joke that the national bird and flower of the country are a black trash bag.
3. Gasoline is often sold in liquor bottles at vendors along the road – a way more affordable option for locals who travel on their scooters.
4. Donkeys, goats, cattle, camels, over-loaded vans… these are a few things that are normally on the road here.
5. Drying clothes out on the bridge is common.
6. A major rail called the Niger-Abdijan railway is being constructed and will link Niger to the Ivory Coast, which will be huge for improving infrastructure and development.
09/27/2012 § Leave a comment
Ok ok, I am back to this topic again. But seriously, I can’t make up my mind!
As you all know, I’m a college student on a college budget. But my greed and urges to own a tablet has gotten the best of me. So I’ve been researching the market for a quality tablet that offers all the flexibility and functionality of an iPad, but on a college budget.
And in comes the Samsung Galaxy 7 inch screen, 8GB (expandable memory via SD card), w-fi, with a camera for $249.99. Pretty sweet deal! Let’s quickly compare to some other similar products at around the same price point, and maybe I can win you over the same way this tablet has won me over.
- Kindle Fire by Amazon, $159.99, 8 GB, no camera: you can only buy products/apps through Amazon
- Nook by Barnes & Nobles, $179, 8 GB, no camera
What I like most about this tablet is that it fits nicely in my hands. The iPad is a little bigger, clunkier and heavier in my hands, but I feel like I can more comfortably take my Samsung Galaxy anywhere with me. Of course, that means having a smaller screen. But in all reality, I knew I wasn’t going to use my tablet every day and let’s be honest, tablets are really just pretty advanced toys. I’m not going to spend $499 on a tablet when I’m a college student!
Now let’s just hope that I didn’t act too soon! Apple reported that it would be releasing the iPad Mini soon. So Google vs Apple? Pretty hard decision. However, I do applaud Google for moving ahead of Apple in releasing a smaller tablet at a more affordable price, smart decision!
06/15/2012 § Leave a comment
I read an article the other day about how Apple is weaning itself off of Google to try to truly distinguish itself in the market and outshine Google. That made me thinking, if I were to choose between Google and Apple, which would I choose?
Right now I have a Macbook and iPod and I frequently use iTunes, but I heavily use Gmail (Google search engine, Google Docs/Drive as well) and I own an Android Pro.I really feel like the two companies have what the other doesn’t, just like the article said below;
And to support that little snippet there, I’d have to agree that the Androids just don’t compare to the iPhones. My Android Pro is pretty glitchy, has a low battery life and doesn’t have quite the selection on Google Play Store.
So wouldn’t it just be nice to have the companies merge and make nice? Of course, this would never happen, especially in this economy when mergers = job loss.
Guess I’ll just have to sit and wait this one through, but if I had to choose between the two, I don’t think I’d honestly be able to.
08/04/2011 § Leave a comment
Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted something! But I’ve been itching to post a blog about Google+.
One of my co-workers at the DoIT Help Desk, where most of the staff are men and most of which have Google+, referred me to a great quote on Wikipedia that is applicable to this new social network:
“There is a lesson here for ambitious system architects: the most dangerous enemy of a better solution is an existing codebase that is just good enough.” (Plan 9 from Bell Labs, Wikipedia) Why switch over when you are already using an already good enough social network with an established, loyal customer base? My curiosity got the better of me and I decided to join.
Two great things stand out to me about Google+ that sets it apart from Facebook.
1. Ability to easily direct each thing a user posts to a specific network: a user can create different networks that have different privacy settings on Facebook, however a user cannot specifically share an update, comment, picture, etc to a specific group of people without going through the settings again each time. This feature, as numerous articles have noted, makes targeting an audience really easy and great for companies.
2. Hangout feature: users can video chat with other Google+ users and anyone can join in!
3. Simultaneous connection to Gmail account: I have a Gmail account, so why not join Google+? I am a huge Google fan already.
The drawbacks, however are that users cannot directly post a comment on someone’s wall or message others privately (or maybe I have not discovered it yet).
According to Andrew Lipsman, vice president of industry analysis at comScore, “the rate of growth is much faster than that of Facebook, Twitter and MySpace over the same time period” (Wasserman, Todd at Mashable).
Most of the people in my network have not made the switch to Google+ and I can see why. Furthermore, most of the users are male.
But as the pool of users start to grow, I think companies will be able to use it more effectively.
Bottom line: I’m still willing to wait it out, just waiting for more pool of users to network with. In the meantime, I’m sticking with Facebook.
05/07/2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve been trying to keep up with Mashable (which I love), and it is just crazy what news people have tweeted! Instantaneous news!
Though I don’t really use twitter, I am on it just so I know how it works. (All the following are from Mashable).